In 2004 facebook launched facebook started out

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In 2004, Facebook launched. Facebook started out differently, it was a “Harvard- only exercise and remained a campus-oriented site for two full years before finally opening to the general public in 2006” (Prindle, 2012). It became huge and today has almost 1 billion users. Facebook allows users to have a profile (it is not customizable), they can share photos and videos on their page, and they have the ability to chat and video chat with friends. Also, Facebook allows “third-party developers to create applications that work within Facebook itself” (Prindle, 2012). This can be done through the Facebook platform that was launched in 2007. Having the ability to have these third party applications within Facebook has allowed its users to access them and enjoy them. There are many applications and they focus on different things such as: games, quizzes, music, videos, the news, sports, travel, photography, and entertainment. All of these applications attract users and keeps the site progressing. Some of the games can be played with other Facebook users making it even more interactive. Facebook is
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presently one of the most popular social networking sites worldwide. It did not cause MySpace to disappear but it continues to expand and gain new users. Twitter is another social networking site that differs from the rest. It was launched in 2006. This site allows its users to post messages (up to 140 characters) on their page called tweets. These messages are visible to anyone if the persons profile is not private. The user can have a person follow them (which is similar to having a friend’s list); these followers have the ability to see their messages and respond to them. The user can also follow others. Twitter allows its users to post their thoughts through tweets and share them. It’s quite popular and has maintained its existence because of the fact that it is different from all of the other social networking sites. One of the newest social networking sites is Google+, which launched in 2011. Their concept is similar to that of MySpace and Facebook. The biggest difference would be having Hangouts which involves a group chat feature for all of your online friends. This site is still relatively new, but it certainly is growing. “As of June 2012, it had a total of 250 million registered users”, which goes to show that they are progressing and attracting users (Prindle, 2012). Examining the Users Social Networking sites across the board have all sorts of users. Its users have changed as time has passed. Also, the demographics of users vary depending on the specific site. For example, “Nearly twice as many men (63%) as woman (37%) use
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LinkedIn” (Hampton, Purcell, Rainie & Sessions Goulet, 2011). On every other social networking site, there are more female users than male. This may be associated with the fact that men rather take part in something professional where woman like socializing in general. Age is something that can be looked at as well with these sites.
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