Social Networking in a more analytical context is defined as a community of network members which are technically called Nodes. Nodes most commonly differentiate as persons or organisations; if a singular unit can be connected this can be identified as a node. The connections of nodes are usually made based on relations of common interest. Network analysts study the pattern of attraction towards masses of nodes that are connected and this is the structure of how a social network is formed (Scott, Carrington 2011, pp. 11-12).
There are many different types of social networking sites available; the most popular in today’s society are Facebook and Twitter which are rapidly attracting multitudes of visitors every month. Facebook allows individuals to create a profile based on their life experiences, beliefs and attributes. These can be expressed by posting status updates, uploading photographs and creating your own personal description. Facebook can be a powerful tool for keeping in touch with your current social circle, reunifying long lost family and friends or venturing out to find new companions. Twitter on the other hand can be simplified as an online short messages service, allowing the individual to speak their mind in 140 characters or less. Friends can follow your message posts as well as other like-minded individuals (Collier,2010, pp. 61-64). Both Facebook and Twitter are examples of how technology has provided societies with a more convenient way of communicating regularly. We can become quite reliant and impulsive when it comes to convenience especially in this current era of finding time for our busy lifestyles, but then again the most convenient way may not always be the best choice (Turkle, 2011, p17). Following Wit...
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