Why join a Social Media Network?
Social media networking answers the human call to spontaneously communicate and mingle with people having similar interests. The internet’s coverage and capacity to facilitate instant exchange of information as well as trade of goods and services bring with it a dilemma of anonymity and security. Prior to social media, people had to rely on company profiles that gave out rigid facts. The architecture of networking sites, now offer people to learn more about the people behind the curtain.
Social networking is both a medium for entertainment, socializing and
information dissemination. Freelance and independent professionals can use networking sites as avenues to attract clients. Entrepreneurs tap people with similar interests to expand their market. Niche businesses, like Alba International.com can be created as a network where the company maintains the page, providing information and services for
customers. By inviting and soliciting other member’s inclusion into your network, you can gradually elevate your level of communication with others as you get to know and begin to trust others.
In February 2010, a research by The Nielsen Company concludes that a monthly average of 5.5 hours, are spent by online users in social media sites and Facebook has become the most popular homepage. Members of online network sites can manage the information they give out to their network. From personal profiles, photos and blog posts, social media allows online interaction and helps people build rapport and develop trust with each other. It is now possible to have friends you have never met!
Social networking sites use the term friends or connections to people you are connected with. While most sites allow you to form groups or sub-networks, others allow members to play games with other members. Third party applications are now commonplace in social networking sites providing extra functions from RSS feeds to personality quizzes. Mobile phone applications that provide easy access to social network sites allow individuals to be updated and notified of their friends’ new activity.
As new networking sites are being opened to accommodate young online users, site developers have included restrictions and try to moderate online content with the help of its members. Members can report spam or malicious content. Though most social networking sites do not allow non-members to search their database, privacy settings help protect members against identity theft and improper use as well as unsolicited promotional offers.
What Social Media Networking outlets do you use and why?