Social Web and Me
INF 103: Computer Literacy
March 26, 2012
It can be difficult to find your way around the social web. There are thousands of sites to look through. There are sites like Facebook that make it easier to communicate with friends. There are sites like Match.com that help you find a partner in life. There are so many different sites I will be talking about in this paper. People have brought the social web into their lives and it is there to stay.
User communities have been facilitated by the striking advancements of electronic communications and in particular the penetration of the Web into people's everyday routine (Paliouras, April 2012). Facebook , Twitter and MySpace are just a few of the websites that individuals use to in their everyday life. Facebook was the number one social networking site for friends, with 1.1 billion visits in January 2009 (Bowles, 2010). I use Facebook daily to keep in touch with my family back in New York and in other states also. It is a great resource when trying to find old friends from high school. I have found close to one hundred and fifty friends from high school on Facebook. I have found relatives I didn’t even know I had on Facebook. It has made doing my genealogy much easier to do. LinkedIn is another social site that has been mentioned often. LinkedIn was the number one business networking site (fifth overall), with 42 million visits (Bowles, 2010). I use LinkedIn for many reasons. I use it to network with others working in the same field of work as I am. I also send out my resume to different employers to help find a better paying job. I love what I do however, the pay is not always the greatest. That is one of the reasons I am going back to school. Here is a comparison chart of these sites from www.thesocialmediaguide.com.
LinkedIn is a great site for networking to find employment opportunities. Unlike Facebook, LinkedIn is meant for job searching.
Another point to...