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Facebook The Social Networking Phenomenon
Facebook According to “Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.”
What does that mean? Facebook is a way for friends to communicate with friendsFacebook is a way for friends to communicate with friends Facebook is a way for people to:Facebook is a way for people to: connect to one anotherconnect to one another share informationshare information news & eventsnews & events photos & videosphotos & videos
Facebook Beginnings Developed by Harvard University sophomore Mark ZuckerbergDeveloped by Harvard University sophomore Mark Zuckerberg Originally called “The Facebook,” it was launched on February 4, 2003 to be used by Harvard students to communicate and see pictures of each otherOriginally called “The Facebook,” it was launched on February 4, 2003 to be used by Harvard students to communicate and see pictures of each other Within 24 hours, 1,200 students were part of the site, and within a month, half the student population had joinedWithin 24 hours, 1,200 students were part of the site, and within a month, half the student population had joined
The Facebook 2004
From The Facebook to Facebook Zuckerberg was joined by fellow Harvard students Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes to improve and expand the site.Zuckerberg was joined by fellow Harvard students Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes to improve and expand the site. The Facebook expanded to other Boston Ivy League Universities in March 2004The Facebook expanded to other Boston Ivy League Universities in March 2004 In August 2005, the domain name was bought for $200,000 and Facebook was bornIn August 2005, the domain name was bought for $200,000 and Facebook was born It was then opened to high schools and businesses and gained popularity on the Net.It was then opened to high schools and businesses and gained popularity on the Net.
Facebook Today There are currently more than 200 million members on FacebookThere are currently more than 200 million members on Facebook More than 100 million members log on dailyMore than 100 million members log on daily More than 30 million users log on with a mobile deviceMore than 30 million users log on with a mobile device More than two-thirds of Facebook users are out of collegeMore than two-thirds of Facebook users are out of collegehttp://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
Facebook Today Facebook Timeline
Who can join Facebook? Anyone who wants to connect with friends, family, school, or work acquaintancesAnyone who wants to connect with friends, family, school, or work acquaintances But…But… Anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 should get their parent’s permissionAnyone between the ages of 13 and 18 should get their parent’s permission No one under 13 may joinNo one under 13 may join
Our Children and Facebook Students crave social interactionsStudents crave social interactions “Everyone is doing it.”“Everyone is doing it.” Teens need to feel part of the groupTeens need to feel part of the group Facebook allows students to:Facebook allows students to: Keep in touch with old friendsKeep in touch with old friends Make new friendsMake new friends Look at pictures and videosLook at pictures and videos Share information about themselvesShare information about themselves See what their friends are doingSee what their friends are doing Keep up with social functions Racke & Bonds-RackeKeep up with social functions Racke & Bonds-Racke
Facebook Friends The average user has 120 friendsThe average user has 120 friends Teens often have over 200 friendsTeens often have over 200 friends Users decide who they want and do not want to friendUsers decide who they want and do not want to friend Many are not true real-life friendsMany are not true real-life friends Students spend between 2 – 3 hours on Facebook interacting with frindsStudents spend between 2 – 3 hours on Facebook interacting with frinds Users are meeting a social need by belongingUsers are meeting a social need by belonging
What’s so great about Facebook? Students can… feel connected to othersfeel connected to others virtual interactions allow for students to be together when they are notvirtual interactions allow for students to be together when they are not feel a sense of communityfeel a sense of community join groups with similar interestsjoin groups with similar interests experience a sense of comfortexperience a sense of comfort see that others may feel the same way about school, family, and societysee that others may feel the same way about school, family, and society
What’s not so great about Facebook? Students can… form opinions about others without knowing themform opinions about others without knowing them spend too much time online andspend too much time online and neglect schoolworkneglect schoolwork neglect real-life social situationsneglect real-life social situations become too trusting of othersbecome too trusting of others offer too much informationoffer too much information Information on the site can be used by future employers or college acceptance boardsInformation on the site can be used by future employers or college acceptance boards Information stays online forever – even if you delete it, it can be on someone else’s site.Information stays online forever – even if you delete it, it can be on someone else’s site.
The Pros & Cons of Facebook Pros Find almost anyoneFind almost anyone Keep track of friendsKeep track of friends Keep track of eventsKeep track of events Learn new things about peopleLearn new things about people Can find friends with common interestsCan find friends with common interests It can be a lot of fun!It can be a lot of fun! Cons Anyone can find you Too much information can be posted Friends may not be real friends It can be used inappropriately It can be addictive
Safety Facebook endeavors to maintain a safe site Their two core principles: Their two core principles: To have control over your personal informationTo have control over your personal information To have access to information others want to shareTo have access to information others want to share
Safety Rules Never give anyone your passwordNever give anyone your password Review your privacy settingsReview your privacy settings Do not post personal information such as:Do not post personal information such as: Home addressHome address Home phone numberHome phone number Date of birthDate of birth Block anyone you feel is inappropriateBlock anyone you feel is inappropriate
Facebook Safety Tools
Profile Settings Control what friends can and can not see Choose how to set profile information to: Everyone My Network Friends of Friends Only Friends YOU are in control
Searches Control who can search for youControl who can search for you Control what people searching can seeControl what people searching can see Omit your pictureOmit your picture Omit friend listOmit friend list Omit fan pagesOmit fan pages Limit the amount of information non- friends can seeLimit the amount of information non- friends can see
News Feeds & Wall Control what is visible to friends: Posts Photo comments Profile changes Friend changes Chat activity
Facebook Strives to be Safe In May 2008, Facebook upgraded safety measures to: “Provide automatic safety messages when a child is in danger of giving personal information to an unknown adult“Provide automatic safety messages when a child is in danger of giving personal information to an unknown adult Restrict the ability of users to change their listed agesRestrict the ability of users to change their listed ages Act more aggressively to remove inappropriate content and groups from the siteAct more aggressively to remove inappropriate content and groups from the site Require third party vendors to adhere to Facebook’s safety and privacy guidelines”Require third party vendors to adhere to Facebook’s safety and privacy guidelines”
Online Predators Facebook is dedicated to keeping kids safe Over 40 safeguards to protect young users Keep inappropriate ads off their site Review user profiles Remove improper groups
Social Networking & Safety Webliography Facebook Safety On Facebook’s own site, this link brings you to their safety policy, tips to follow when using Facebook, tips for parents to keep their children safe, and frequently asked questions about safety issues. MSNBC: Facebook, States Set Predator Safeguards In May, 2008, the Attorney Generals of several states, along with Facebook, announced an agreement that Facebook would add over 40 new safety measures to protect children from online predators. Included in the article are several changes. Keep your Facebook Safe: facebook-safehttp://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/ /kepp-your- facebook-safe This article outlines how phishers can hack into your Facebook profile and steal your identity. A review of safety tips and privacy controls is given.
Webliography Wikipedia: Social Network Service Wikipedia gives an overview of social networking and its uses. A listing of the more popular social networking sites is provided with links to each. The history of social networking and its benefits and issues is provided. Social Networking: What is Social Networking? ttp://www.whatissocialnetworking.com/ An entire site dedicated to social networking. This site details how social networking sites help people meet and network, who should join a social networking site, and how to start a new one. MySpace, Facebook, and Other Social Networking Site: Hot Today, Gone Tomorrow? Current trends in social networking are discussed in this article from The Wharton School. Safety and privacy concerns are reviewed, as well as emerging technologies such as connecting to cell phones.
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