Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Social Networking

Social networking is the act of individuals joining together to form particular groups, similar in a sense to small rural communities or a neighborhood subdivision. Even though social networking is possible on a personal level, like employees in a workplace, students in a college or high school, social networking is still usually done online, in the virtual universe we know as the World Wide Web.

Online social networking is the most preferred mode because of its global scope, compared to the very limited reach of that in workplaces and in universities and colleges. There are millions of people surfing the internet everyday looking for someone to meet. The internet is also the source of limitless knowledge as it is the fastest medium for information and experience exchanges. You can search for any kind of topic on the internet, be it golfing, gardening, developing friendships or professional alliances.

Social sites without a main focus are commonly referred to as general or traditional social networking websites. They usually have open memberships that are almost always free. These sites accept everyone regardless of their hobbies, beliefs, or views. These comprehensive connection systems usually allow their members to create their own communities and have their own network of friends. Through communities, they can refrain from engaging with people not of the same interests or goals,

Websites are the common medium in online social networking. These websites are called social sites or social networking sites. Social networking sites serve as online communities where like minded internet users gather and share their thoughts. Different social sites focus in different areas of interest such as hobbies, religion, or politics. There are also others who do not focus on any particular topic. Social network sites are usually free for membership and socialization can begin immediately after sign up. Profile pages that display basic and sometimes contact information of the member are common in social networks.

Making friends is probably the most obvious benefit of being an active member in a social networking site. There are several other benefits one can get from these sites. Diversity is one of these benefits. One gets to have the chance to interact with people from all over the world. This means that one can make friends or other bonds for example with people on the opposite side of the globe. Such not only makes you a new friend, but also allows you to learn a thing or two about your new friends' cultures or new languages. We all know learning is always a good thing.

Risks of Online Social Networking
Along with the numerous benefits of online social networking come certain risks like data theft and viruses. Identity theft is the most prominent problem that may arise from one's participation in online socializing. Such fraud involves someone pretending to be someone else. Exercise caution with every new acquaintance made online. By being aware of your cyber-surroundings and who you are speaking to, you should be able to safely enjoy online social networking. It usually takes several phone conversations before you get a grasp of who someone is, but a clear judgment can often be made only after a personal meeting.

Now that you are informed about online social networking... you can begin looking for social networking sites you can participate in.


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