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Social networking. We have all likely heard of it before, but not everyone knows
what it means? If you were asked to define what social networking was, would
you be able to give an accurate definition? Unfortunately, most individuals
cannot, even though it is likely that they participate in some form of social
networking, especially online.
Social networking is defined as the grouping of individuals together into to
specific groups, often like a small community or a neighborhood. Although
social networking is possible in person, especially in schools or in the workplace,
it is most popular online. This is because unlike most high schools, colleges, or
workplaces, the Internet is filled with millions, if not more, of individuals who are
looking to meet other Internet users and develop friendships.
When it comes to social networking online, websites are used. These websites
are known as social networking websites. Social networking websites are, in a
way, like an online community of Internet users. Depending on the social
networking website in question, many of these online community members share
a common bond, whether that bond be hobbies, religion, or politics. Once you
are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profiles or profile pages of other
members or even contacting them.
The friends that you can make are just one of the many benefits to social
networking online. Another one of those benefits includes diversity. Unlike in
most schools or workplaces, the Internet gives individuals, from all around the
world, access to social networking sties. This means that although you are in the
United States, you could develop an online friendship with someone in Japan.
Not only will you make a new friend, you but may also learn a thing or two about
a new culture.
As previously mentioned, social networking often involves grouping specific
individuals or organizations together. While there are a number of social
networking websites that focus on particular Internets, there are others that do
not. These websites are often deemed traditional social networking websites.
These types of websites typically have an open membership. This means that
anyone can become a member, no matter what their hobbies, beliefs, or views
are. However, once you are inside this online community, you can begin to
create your own network of friends: thus eliminating others that do not meet your
If networking on the Internet sounds like something you would be interested in,
you are encouraged to learn more about it, such as the dangers of social
networking. These dangers often involve online predators or individuals who
claim to be someone that they are not. Although danger does exist with
networking online, it also exists with networking out in the real world. As when
you are meeting friends at a bar, school, or work, you are advised to proceed
with caution online. By being aware of your surroundings and who you are talking
to, you should be able safely enjoying social networking online.
Once you have learned everything that you feel you need to learn, about social
networking online, you can begin to search for networking communities to join.
This can easily be done by performing a standard Internet search. Your search
will likely return a number of results, including MySpace, FriendWise,
FriendFinder, Yahoo! 360, Facebook, Orkut, Friendster, and Classmates.