They seem to have sprung up all around us and now the internet is flooded with them. What is a social networking site (SNS)?
Well they are an internet based service that allows users to create profiles about themselves and interact with other people on the site. In short, they are a way to communicate with friends and family on line. You can post photos and videos of and share them.
One of the most popular sites for University students and those in full time employment is facebook. Since infiltrating the UK market in February 2007, it has grown to over 175 million active users. MySpace users are a younger profile, mostly aged from 14 to 18 years old who are still at school or college. MySpace has been used by many people in the music industry to promote themselves, Lily Allen found fame through MySpace. She now uses another social networking site as well called Twitter. Many celebrities are using this site which is third position behind MySpace and facebook. Users can update their own blog with “tweets” , posts of up to 140 characters and you can subscribe to be part of their updates.
You don’t need to put all your information on these social networking sites as this can lead to identity theft. It is recommended to set your profile to private so that only your friends who you know can see your photos. And be careful when updating your profile, don’t do it during work hours especially with comments such as “I am bored” or “I have such a bad hangover”. Your boss could be reading this and decide to show you the door. Be careful when changing your relationship status as these appear on the home page feed of facebook and people may be rushing round to congratulate or commiserate you.
The best thing about SNSs is to have fun, share photos and videos and don’t take it too seriously.