Danah M. Boyd from the University of California?Berkley, and Nicole B Ellison, from Michigan State University, in an article titled ?"Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship?", define social network sites as ?"web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connections, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system?".
Many people within social network sites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter are talking to people who they already have formed real life connections.
From planning a black Friday shopping trip the day after thanksgiving, to following up on how someone is doing after suffering from the Swine H1N1 Flu, social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter provide an easy way to communicate for the whole family.
Friends and Family
Family networks like Amiglia.com, Cafemom.com, and cingo.com give friends and families platforms to enable users to create their own social networks including uploading pictures, video?'s and links.
Networking with friends of friends
Each network is a little different. Facebook allows users to see friends of friends provided users have not specified otherwise. For example, if Terry is a friend of mine, and she allows me to ?"friend?" her, and her mother is also a friend of hers, then I can ?"see?" her mother?'s profile, and her friends as well. The potential to meet new people this way is great.
Common acronyms used in social networking
Communicating on social network platforms may be challenging but once the common abbreviations or acronyms are mastered, it is a cinch to catch on:
BF ? Boyfriend
BFF- Best friend forever
BRB ? Be right back
FYI ? For your information
IMHO ? In my humble opinion,
IRL ? In real Life
JK ? Just kidding
LMK ? Let me know
LOL ? Laughing out loud
NP ? No problem
OMG ? Oh My God
ROFL ? Rolling on Floor
RT ? Retweet
TAFN ? that?'s all for now
TMI ? Too much information
TY ? Thank you
WTH ? What the Hell
YW ? You?'re welcome
As reported in the Fast company website, Twitter and Facebook will soon be integrating with Xbox360 in a new online social networking gaming experience.
Staying in touch remotely
Family members can use cell phones, texting, and tweeting to provide instant communications to each other. Parents, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, can communicate rapidly via their IPhones, using social network?'s like Twitter and Facebook. Some girls take pictures of themselves with their fathers, or brothers. This is a great deterrent against unwanted advances.
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