What is Social Networking?
What is Social networking? You have probably heard of it before, but you may not know what it means. If this is the case, you are not alone. Most people cannot define what social networking is, even though they probably participate in some form of social networking, especially online.
Social networking is defined as the grouping of people together into to specific groups, usually like a neighborhood or asmall community. Although social networking is possible offline, for example in schools or at work, it is most popular online. This is because unlike most high schools, universities, or workplaces, the internet is filled with millions, if not more, of people who are trying to meet other internet users and develop friendships.
In the online world websites known as social networking websites have become very popular. Social networking websites are like an online community of internet users. Depending on the social networking website many of these online community members share a common interest, whether that interest is hobbies, sports, religion, or politics. Once have joined 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 Kingdom, you could develop an online friendship with someone in China. Not only will you make a new friend, you but may also learn something 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 interests, 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 criteria.
Once you have learned everything that you need to about social networking online, you can start searching for social networking sites to join. This can be done quite easily by performing a search on Google. Your search will likely return a number of results, including MySpace, FriendWise, FriendFinder, Yahoo! 360, Facebook, Orkut, and Classmates.
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