Social Networking

What is a Social Networking???
A social network service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities.  A social network service essentially consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services.

Typical structure

 Users can often upload pictures of themselves to their profiles. add them to their list of contacts. social networks usually have controls that allow users to choose who can view their profile. search for other users with similar interests.  To protect user privacy. and compile and share lists of contacts. contact them. and  .  In addition. user profiles often have a section dedicated to comments from friends and other users. post blog entries for others to read.Typical structure Individual users are encouraged to create profiles containing various information about themselves.

Mobile Social Networking .

 Mobile social networking has become popular. upload or stream live videos.Additional features Additional features-ability to create groups that share common interests or affiliations.  Mobile phone users are basically open to every option that someone sitting on the computer has.  . and hold discussions in mobile phones .

economic. Scholars in many fields have begun to investigate the impact of social .Social impacts     Web based social network services make it possible to connect people who share interests and activities across political. Information is particularly suited to gift economy. Facebook and other social networking tools are increasingly the object of scholarly research. and geographic borders. as information is a nonrival good and can be gifted at practically no cost.

These communities of hypertexts allow for the sharing of information and ideas.  .  Such models provide a means for connecting otherwise fragmented industries and small organizations without the resources to reach a broader audience with interested users. an old concept placed in a digital environment.  Social networks are providing a different way for individuals to communicate digitally.Social impacts Several websites are beginning to tap into the power of the social networking model for philanthropy.

Business Model .

 Some believe that the deeper information that the sites have on each user will allow much better targeted advertising than any other site can currently provide.Business Model Companies such as Myspace and Facebook sell online advertising on their site. and charging for membership would be counterproductive.  Their business model is based upon large membership count.  .

in which a social network's members serve dual roles as both the suppliers and the consumers of content.Cont.. where the suppliers and consumers are distinct agents.  . Social networks operate under an autonomous business model.  Revenue is gained via advertisements.  This is in contrast to a traditional business model. but subscription-based revenue is possible when membership and content levels are sufficiently high.

Business Applications .

Advantages  i. Advertise to expand (generally for start-up firms) iii. Ideal for brand networking v. Business Applications Connect people at low cost ii. Learning cultures across globe . Interconnects professionals globally ( ex: linkedIn) iv.

Educational Applications .

Advantages  i. Sharing ideas and discussions are useful . Educational Applications Users discuss educational topics in groups ii. Having teachers connected online helps access to them easily iii. Educational blogs are helping students think in broader aspect iv.

Dating Applications .

. interests and perhaps a picture People engage themselves in dating or even long-term relations A good number of matrimonial sites also present iii.Advantages  i. ii. Dating Applications Opportunity for people to communicate with new people Allows users to search based on gender. location. age. iv.

Medical Applications .

Medical Applications Professionals manage institutional knowledge Highlight individual physicians and institutions Advertising against uses of tobacco and alcohols Linking patients with same symptoms to help each other in terms of hygiene and precautions . ii.Advantages  i. iv. iii.

Government Application .

Health and hazards awareness through demonstrations iv. . These sites have good technical information even for the established firms or government. Keep the people updated for recent activities iii. ii. Government Applications Used as tool for people views on any current happening.Advantages  i.

There is an issue over the control of data or information that was altered or removed by the user may in fact be retained and/or passed to 3rd parties.Disadvantages  i. Privacy Users of these services also need to be aware of data theft or viruses. . ii.

. Potential for misuse The relative freedom afforded by social networking services has caused concern regarding the potential of its misuse by individual patrons. particularly in relation to online sexual predators. • i.Disadvantages  i. Risk for child safety Citizens and governments have been concerned by a misuse by child and teenagers of social network services.

Some Common Misuses .

Inherently individuals are given the power to post offensive remarks or pictures that could potentially cause a great amount of emotional pain for another individual. ii. . Trolling A common misuse of social networking Online bullying ("Cyber-bullying") is a relatively common occurrence and it can often result in emotional trauma for the victim. iii.Disadvantages  i.

Emerging trends in social networks At the forefront of emerging trends in social networking sites is the concept of "real time" and "location based."  Real time allows users to contribute content.  .  In location based social networking it allows users to "check-in" to places that they are frequenting at that moment. which is then broadcasted as it is being uploaded the concept is similar to live television broadcasts.

 In essence. Social plug-in -Social plugins will allow users to hold conversations with their friends on the website without the need to go to the social network website or even log in to the site..  Social networking sites will become an encyclopedia of information about each of us users..  This not only allows social networking sites to create smarter advertisements that can better target an audience.Contd. these social plugins create a social networking side of virtually any website that uses them..  .

Conclusion Social networks are the gateway of different experiences  Carefulness increases the fun of online sharing of ideas and data  Privacy is the biggest factor  Platform for business advertising  Third party application creators gain attention and money  .

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