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March 22, 2011

Potential Risks of Social Networking Sites in Modern Society

Social networking has created a new path to connect and share information.  Millions of people today are turning to social networking websites making it a part of everyday life.  Networking indeed is important to most people who share interest and activities or delve into the interests and activities of others as well.  Social networking…It’s the way the 21st century communicates today and people are taking advantage of what this technology brings.  Although it gives us many new opportunities but there are also potential danger issues which some people might not be aware of.

Most social networking sites have minimum age limit and parents with children under age 13 should supervise their kids in using the internet.   Most children today are hook on the internet and it is easy for them to fool or fake their age.  I guess parents should be there to guide them by not entering too much private data.  Scam is everywhere so be careful with your personal information that can be used in potential crime like identity theft and fraud.

While having fun on our social network often we forget that almost anybody can see what we are doing.  There’s a danger of it especially for employees but good for you if your employer and supervisors are not so very strict. It’s happening now in many offices wherein most employees are using their office hours tagging pictures on what they did over the weekend or updating their walls in Facebook and so on. There are offices which imposed certain policies with regards to the use of internet for personal purposes and many of these offices adhere to this policy. It could cost you your job especially if someone sees you.

Businesses have found a place in most of these social media’s especially for those who have an internet business.  Social network is one way to market certain products and services online.  Business owners take advantage of this available medium to connect with customers in an informal manner.  Basically it creates awareness and online presence.  But, there is a possibility for your company or business susceptible to hackers and critics to generate negative comments that could destroy the reputation of your business.  However, this kind of situation could be avoided or controlled with social media marketing strategies.  Prior to your launching of any business be sure to know the guidelines and the steps in formulating your social media marketing strategies.  Just browse the web for there are many sites which offers tips on how to do it.

Social networks can be used to gain followers of your site or your business, gain more friends and even find romance.  You can stay connected with your loved ones anytime but just put in mind these sites can also be exploited and we need to take care of our reputation.  Remember in life there are opportunities and there are risks too.  Be a giver but don’t give everything in public.

February 4, 2011

What You Need To Know About Facebook

Filed under: Social Media — analuz @ 4:18 PM
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People now have greater access to the internet.  Besides, Social networking is growing and gaining more popularity among users.  Instead of sending text messages they turn to this channel to send greetings to their loved ones, friends, and families here and abroad.  Why people are using Facebook?  I guess people might just want to have their own place to upload photos so that they can share it with their friends.   Might want to open a business and use it as their online store. For politically motivated person they use Facebook to spark interest in their bids for election.  Some would like to speak with others who share their interest. No matter what the reasons maybe with its growing popularity and usage no wonder Facebook has become one of the top among Social Networking sites today.  Users take advantage of the phenomenal growth of this technology and you seem to be out of this world if you don’t have an FB account.

FB was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg together with his fellow computer science students and college roommates.  It is a Social network service to help people grasp what’s going on in their world.  Likewise, the author also wanted to create an environment where people could share information but, also have control over such information they shared.  I am pretty sure all of us have notice the Privacy settings as one of the features in Facebook.  In this feature, you have the option of whom to share your information with. It’s very clear, right? But some users missed this point. Undeniably, there are crimes and tragedy linking to Facebook. Some were even attacked by harsh and degrading statements. We should be careful in what information we share and invite as friends in order to avoid circumstances that would harm us.

There’s nothing wrong with Facebook in fact I find it useful… let’s just be careful. For people who are planning to have FB account, setting a Facebook is easy.   You just need to have an email address and of course a password.   Always remember never ever share your password to anyone. Welcome to Facebook!

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