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Potter Hing Potter Reba Bailey English 102 March 15 th , 2011 Facebook.edu Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking website originally devoted to students at Harvard University. Today, Facebook is used worldwide connecting people with the click of a mouse - from school friends, your next door neighbor, family or the person you just met. People are connecting through Facebook and sharing more information every day. But, can Facebook be used for more than networking? Now, because of its popularity, some could argue that Facebook has become a major distraction, especially to students. However, versus its traditional everyday usage, can we adapt Facebook to support formal education through various different aspects? Since a major audience of Facebook is higher education students, I believe it to be too difficult to use Facebook as an e-tool to support formal education. Today, Facebook has over 600 million users word wide after reaching half a billion in July 2010 and is estimated to be valued at $50 billion (Carlson, Business Insider). In the United States alone, as of August, 2010, 41.6% of the population has a Facebook account (Wells, Strategies for Social Media). Chances are, you know somebody who has their own account linking their profile to others, designed to share massages and common interests as well as send notifications displaying profile updates. Also, an individual might join social groups with like interests such as political, environment or support groups among others. Whatever the definition you can come up with for a social network site, they all create interaction and exchanges of information on a web-based environment.
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Potter As cited by a study at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, approximately “55% of teenagers use social networks in their daily lives” (Mazman & Usluel 2010). The main purposes behind social network interaction for teenagers include communicating with friends, making new friends and sharing personal information and materials. While dealing in this social interaction, teenagers are increasingly being exposed to this open-ended environment, learning about daily applications and orientating themselves on new knowledge. This knowledge, through informal education, could come from videos or news link posts, messages/comments made between two profiles or even from public lobbyists endorsing a social agenda. Because of Facebook’s application to informal education, using it in the formal academic sense is progressively attractive. Can Facebook provide that opportunity to offer knowledge through a formal learning process while still keeping its appeal of recreational interaction? The consideration to use Facebook as an educational tool due to its beneficial qualities such as offering peer feedback, strong social context and interaction abilities is being investigated on an increasing level each day. Plus, because most Facebook users are between the ages of 18 and 25 years old, they are mostly higher education level students, deducing the possibility that it can be useful for
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