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Social networking sites

Social networking refers to the use of online social networks such as Facebook, twitter, Hi5 and Google+ to communicate with other people. A social network can include blogs and ways to share text and ideas, groups,private messaging, a chat facility and file- or photo-sharing functions. Social Networking sites have always opened the gates of debates among users and non users. Are Social Networking sites Boon or Bane?

Need of social networking sites:

Social networking is fundamentally shifting the way we interact, communicate, organize, form opinions, and even shop. Its blurring boundaries, increasing transparency and creating fluidity in everything we do. Growing rapidly, companies, large and small, can no longer ignore or try to block social networking in their environment. The reality is you need to go where your target audiences are – and people are more likely to participate in a social media forum than any other venue. Customers, partners, and employees, alike expect to engage with you via social media – it’s a way for you to stay connected, gather feedback, recruit, and collaborate. As a result, you need to support social media in your environment to enable the innovation, increased productivity, and accelerated growth that will drive your business.

Some examples of popular social networking sites:

FacebookFacebook is a social networking site that allows people to communicate with their friends and exchange information. In May 2007 Facebook launched the Facebook Platform which provides a framework for developers to create applications.

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MySpace: MySpace is a social networking site offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs and groups, commonly used for sharing photos, music and videos

Twitter: Twitter is an example of a micro-blogging service. Twitter can be used in a variety of ways including sharing brief information with users and providing support for one’s peers.

G+ OR Google+ : Here while describing about social networking sites we can not miss BIG G Google+ , Although It has not been able to create proper niche in social sites uptill now but business class is pushing it just to help its pages to get upper ranking in google search , Although G+ , according to me is better in terms of features than all other networking sites but then even shifting from facebook , twitter to G+ for normal consumer will take lot of time and we will have to see how long it takes.

Merits of social networking sites

  • Finding Good People: Social Networking sites like LinkedIn are a great resource for business owners to find new talent or even partners for a new venture.
  • Free Business Promotion: This is probably the biggest advantage for business owners using social networking sites. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and many others are great forums for you to talk about your business, your services and even exhibit your industry expertise.
  • Low Cost Advertising: Some social networking sites provide a business owner with the opportunity to advertise to a very specific demographic for very little money. So you can advertise to exactly the customer that you want to attract and save money versus other forms of advertising.
  • Application: Through social networking sites, we can get attention of huge number of our target customers at a time, so it can be used to promote business, to advertise for our business, to take taste of the customers that what changes they want. It can be used as a platform to promote and advertise business.
  • Build your credibility: By consistently interacting and posting a person can build trust and credibility amongs their audience which in turn can lead to more business.
  • Ease of Communication: Social networking sites allow you a fast and free resource for communicating with your customers and potential customers. Announce sales, promotions, special events and more by simply typing your message and posting it to your page or profile.

 Demerits of social networking sites

  • Privacy: Nowadays, the social-networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are open for anyone who wants to participate. On social networking sites users express  very  powerful  concerns  about  privacy  of  their  personal  information,  but do not care about  safeguarding it. Although a lot of the information individuals’ supply on  social-networking sites is elective, users are progressively more comfortable with displaying a great deal of personal information online. Therefore, one of the main concerns for users who register in these sites is privacy. So, the privacy is one of the obstacles that have faced the use of social networking in education.
  • Real friendship: Through social networking, person has a lot of friend but the quality and integrity of these friendships is not always true. On the other hand, data on these social-networking sites for a person is not always 100% honest and reliable, and they do not verify personal details (age, location, etc.) of their members. While sites provide an opportunity for individuals to present a positive and accurate self-image, there is an equal potential to abuse this openness. So, having many friends through social networking sites is likely to be more harmful than good.
  • Time consumption: The amount of time spent by individuals with each other online has risen to greater extent. This has effect on health of individuals, because spending a lot of time browsing these social networks can affect the way the genes operate within the human body, and weakens the immune and hormone levels. In addition, it is also has an impact on mental health. Moreover, the use of social networking in the education can cause lack of motivation towards learning and can be boring sitting in front of computer for a long time.

More Points

  • Through social networking one can increase own language and communication skill. Being a member of a social network, he become a part of a world community.
  • Social networking sites would be very much useful for  studies if used efficiently.
  • Social networking sites have already conquered the minds of not only young people but also adult people all over the world. It can offer a large scale of interactivity and connectivity without boundaries of distance.  It can also evolve as a social media which shares and deals the things from bedroom to parliament.  It can become the best media for information transferring media.



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CONCLUSION: Social network has made the life of people more easy and interesting, its negative impact has created insecurity among themEverything has some good effects and some bad effects but it fully depends on individual how to utilize good effect and how to convert bad effects into good effects. At last I would like to conclude “SOCIAL MEDIA SHOULD IMPROVE YOUR LIFE, NOT BECOME YOUR LIFE!”.

It is just social networking sites which offers people to express views FREE of any boundaries and has made every one Journalist.

My conclusion is that Whole social networks are good and it should be used with intelligence…

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  44. vishrut patel says:

    it shud be used for gud purposes bt dere r certain disadvantages n dose can be low costs,fast connections among people,lack of anonymity,scams and harassment,time consuming etc.
    n social networking sites r responsible for cyber crimes..!
    social networking sites are a blessing in disguise..!! 🙂

  45. Anamika Tomar says:

    The paradigm shift from conversation to texting is a shift from informal social relation to formal social relation.In a way where formal social relation occurs on the technological field like facebook,twitter,linkedin,orkut etc.recently we can see that in a circumstances of fast living and a way of life where time to talk even with our family members are reducing day by day,they create a platform to talk on the social websites and at the same time where they flaunt about their appearls,parties etc , and on the same field they fight,they resist,they create an environment where they can fight with the evils of society like “DELHI RAPE CASE” ,where suddenly,a mass gathering created a havoc at Jantar Mantar .
    Like an old saying :”People throw pebbles on that tree where fruits are present”.
    Cases like cyber crime and E-terrorism and our younger generation are also so much involved in these networking sites,and the biggest bad impression what i believe is that they share very less of their sorrows,their joys with their family members.
    Though it is a safety valve for the younger generation but the art of conversation is dying and at the same time they do not know what kind of great diseases can also occur due to excessive use of computer.

  46. SHRUTI PRIYA says:

    Social networking is a recent invention that has the Internet still at the edge of its seat due to its popularity with people. This is mostly because it really is for the people. Bringing every kind of social group together in one place and letting them interact is really a big thing indeed. Everything about it lies on the PROS and CONS of social networking, and what it can do for you.Its advantages and disadvantages can be low costs,builds credibility,connections,lack of anonymity,scams and harassment,time consuming and so on….
    Now there is something to really think about. Nothing is without a blemish, but those of this type of networking shouldn’t really be that much of a concern regarding your safety. As long as we go along without making big mistakes, then it is all good. We can take advantage of the Internet phenomenon that continues up to this day.
    Once we understand the merits and demerits of social networking, then we can cruise through without fail.

  47. preeti nisha says:

    There are merits and demerits of every thing. what’s duly important is how let it impact on ourselves. social networking sites are very useful as it is an easy way to share information among friends, relatives, business officials and many more. No doubt it brings together people of all age and profession thus attracting millions of people sharing a common world. One’s who cannot talk face to face can better socialize through these sites. Sites like twitter are a good source of keeping a track of currents affairs and one can always be informed about the recent news and opinion of general mass. Facebook pages are often a good source f knowledge and fun as well…And a few mins can bolster your social life.
    Linked in is a professional touch to Social life.. One can can develop their skills when they interact with
    People from various companies… and the catch is we can use it anywhere and at anytime. It has many cons as well. It becomes addiction if one’s uses it too much. It can also hamper some’ones personal life and can carve impersonation. It also leads to crimes as unethical hacking. But if used properly social networking sites are a great sharing platforms.

  48. Seema Mishra says:

    I think that the whole social networking debate on whether it is good or not is really interesting as i do believe that there is many advantages and disadvantages on this matter.
    I would say that social networking (i.e. sites such as Facebook& Twitter) has become very important in today’s society.Nowadays, these sites facilitates you to spread information and also to advertise and with the minimum cost. Due to such sites, you won’t find yourself lost among the billions of websites. No wonder it is one of the fastest growing communication tool in the internet.
    Social networking also has its disadvantages, one being that it can become addictive and there is evidence that many young people are spending more time on social networking sites then communicating face to face.
    On the other hand, used in the correct way, without addiction and looking at it for what it is rather than relying on it for too much, it’s an amazing tool to keep in touch and find old friends & estranged family you never thought you’d meet

  49. barun kumar singh says:

    social networking sites are sources of entertainment for the current generation irrespective of its harmful as well as its blissful effects. Today, people uses social networking sites for their leisure time or to have some fun but the reason social networking sites are necessary for today’s generation is awareness about the rare issues that we are hardly awared about. The day we would understand this, we would by then learn to change the world rather than commenting about whatis wrong about it.

  50. Vipin Sahu says:

    There are many advantages and disadvantages of social networking sites.Advantages are Social networking sites like Linked in are a great source to find new talent.The biggest advantage is that anyone can do Free business promotion using Facebook,,Twitter,Google+,Linked in another advantage is that it offers ease of communication or fast communication.
    Disadvantages of social networking site is that Everything is public,a small mistake can lead big problem into public relations.

  51. Atif Pall says:

    Social networking is a virtual platform where you connect to others my means of fast internet interface,wifi or any other suitable medium. Social networking plays a vital role in our current generation. You get to connect to people sitting thousands of miles apart beyond your reach .Now how wonderful is that !
    Merits and demerits depends upon how well you go with it.This popular feature of Internet can be a boon or a curse depending on how you use it and for what purpose you use it. A social networking site will allow you to connect with friends and families thus establishing important social relationships.
    ” Too much of anything surely doesn’t gets better “

  52. sumit mukherjee says:

    Social networking sites have become most popular among the youngsters and it’s made a new revolution during these days in online service. This is mostly because it really is for the people. Bringing every kind of social group together in one place and letting them interact is really a big thing indeed. But some of the activities hit the society such that to upload some potential or adult contents. The most dangerous thing is that young guys learn some bad things that are harmful for society. So, we have to alert for this.

  53. Manisha Chawla says:

    SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES has now become a common but important topic of discussion. These sites have lots of merits and demerits as mentioned above. There are both general and professional social networking websites which connect people for their respective usage. These sites provide us with important information along with connecting people. But its demerits are so harmful like it makes people go far from their families, the people addicted to these sites are becoming sacred. Many fakes IDs are spoiling images of good people. Many hackers misuse the IDs. More security and awareness is needed.

  54. Amit Kumar says:

    This has become a common topic of discussion everywhere. You know what they say- everything has a flip side. So does social networking…
    Broadly speaking social networking sites are very much useful for not only to the youths but also to all generations. It provides all sorts of knowledge and facilities needed for the present academic and social situation. But then it is a double edged weapon also. If it is not used in a proper way it can create problems- kids are the worst victims. It is the duty of the parents to look after whether their child is using it for good or bad.
    Use the advantageous part and leave the rest.


    Social networking is a recent invention that has the Internet still at the edge of its seat due to its popularity with people.This is mostly because it really is for the people.Although this article clearly points out the merits and demerits of social networking sites, i would like to recall them.
    * ADVANTAGES : a) Low costs.
    b) Builds credibility.
    c) Connections.
    *DISADVANTAGES: a) Lack of Anonymity.
    b) Scams and Harassment.
    c) Time consuming.

  56. diya mukherjee says:

    Social networking are means to communicate with many known and unknown people. A social network can be used to share blogs ,ideas, file- or photo.It also enable you to chat with people present in that parcular site and time. there are several social networking sites like facebook,orkut,g+, twitter etc…you can communicate with your friend, family or any acqintance.they also have positive and a darker side.though it enbles you to communicate, promote you ideas and credibilty but also affects your privacy, cosumes maximum time of your life.

  57. Akash Tripathi says:

    Social networking sites are taking over the internet and new users are signing up every second. These sites are a respite for those who toil in for hours in the offices, for then it is an outlet of emotions and helps people to overcome stress.
    It seems that our generation cannot get enough of social media and what it has to offer.No matter how many sites of social media are there, new ones keep appearing and capturing our attention.

  58. Urvashi Khanduja says:

    Social Networking websites helps to connect people. Not only it connects people but also used for doing business meetings by video conferencing. It can be also served for education purposes also. The above mention points are the positive points. But there are some people who misuse these social networking websites. Some people register them with a fake name or uses others identity to make relationships with others and imitate like a real one. These peoples are frauds.Beware of these frauds.

  59. Sanjana Kumari says:

    In to’days world of Science and Technology Social Networking sites like FACEBOOK, TWITTER etc has become important part of society. Its a new meaning of staying in touch with whole world. Well, internet has got many social networking sites this has become the special platform for strangers to become friends and powerful tool of communication. There is a big question whether its is boon or bane especially in case of student.Their interaction with family members, their concentration towards studies, their interest in outdoor activities have come down drastically.Kindly read the above article that will be very beneficial. Use the technology as boon not as a bane.

  60. Neha S says:

    Woo… So many social networking sites have sprung up like mushrooms in the past 1-2 years. Some of the names are still unknown to us. But what have they given us? Better connectivity, easy sharing, and higher general awareness. But there are many side effects of these SNS, according to studies it has revealed that SNS has lead to IO syndrome aka information overload syndrome where in a person gets so much involved in his and everybody else’s affairs that he tends to carry an overload of information. Rise in SNS has also lead to an increased level of Hacking.

  61. Kriti Das says:

    Social networking sites indeed serve as a good platform for exchange of ideas .But as far as talk of staying in touch or making new friends goes,I feel their so many other ways by which we can connect to our friends whom we intend to(of course).People put up faces and behave in way totally opposite to their true self in this virtual world of social networking sites.And we never get to know the originality of the people concerned.So addictive is this habit of social networking that we may not have time to know the people staying in the next flat,but we claim to make friends with people who are sitting miles away from us!!!This is nothing sort of what we call true hypocrisy.I feel going out in the real world and making friends is far more challenging than sending a friend request.To make people like u and your behaviour in real world situation is far more enduring than getting likes on a status update.

  62. Gourav Kumar says:

    Social networking sites have become an integral part of our life and no one can imagine their life without them and somehow it justify its uses by connecting us to our friends and share each other view and thought.
    When we think about all of these things it seems that social networking sites are really helpful but if we think about the time which we waste on them, it leads to another conclusion.
    Also, it leads to a virtual world which sometime leads to depression.

  63. Er Ketan Joshi says:

    Social networking site are really useful acid in our life it is more like trend by which people were carry it.
    As in every thing there is an two view positive and negative so social networking also have a negative and positive aspects so it depends how we will take this thing. Some of the social networking like facebook , twitter, linkedin used for business, chatting , exlporing them self. By which company HR recruit student by this sites it will be easy to take that student but as we know each and everything has a two faces so the next face is there is no 100% surely people it means people does not give there information in a correct form.
    People were also used these site to promote any controversy but people also do to explore there enemy by which they will became an Assassin.
    Lastly i just want to say we have to take social networking site as an positive aspect not in an negative aspect and i believe it is an boom of the future.

  64. sibanjan says:

    social networking site is used as a good medium to communicate among the people u know… it is used as a social integrator purpose…facebook ,g+, orkut etc are used widely for sharing and communicating purposes with friends… where as tweeter etc is used to share our speech through out the world…. communication becomes easier by the help of this social networking sites… but there is a tendency of abusing it …. which is very harmful for the society..

  65. shreya sarkar says:

    I believe social networking sites have become an integral part of everyone’s life. They help us remain in touch with our friends and families. We come to know what our friends or families are doing by means of social networking. Whenever they share any photo or make some status update we come to know whats been happening with their lives. This way we don’t ever miss on what’s happening in the life of the people who matter to us. However like everything else even social networking sites have their cons. Many people keep whatever they are sharing public. That way a lot of people can access all of their personal information. Moreover miscreants can even hack accounts and get access to all the private stuff. So care must be taken in these regards otherwise social networking is one of the most wonderful concepts of our times.

  66. oishi chatterjee says:

    Just few years back the idea of social sites was revolutionary, social sites made it possible to find out old friends and make new ones, Its not just facebook or twitter or myspace numerous social sites have surrounded us from horizon to zenith. Companies have started including buisness technologies like cloud computing through social sites. The way it has positive sides it also have some negative effects on society.
    Therefore we should also know the good tend to outweigh the bad, and the way we should use the sites by being on safer side

  67. Sneha sinha says:

    Today social networking plays an important role in our day to day life..It helps us to connect with our friends and to make new friends,promote any business enterprise,advertise about products and allow us to put opinion about any situation,create awareness about any cause etc ..In short it has made world smaller and improved connectivity..In this article merits and demerits have being pointed out very wisely and so it demands that every user of social networking sites should use it responsibly ..

  68. Saheli Dasgupta says:

    Social networking sites are definitely a very useful platform in today’s busy life. It helps us connect to our kith & kin at the click of a mouse. Now a days life has become very hectic and people are too busy to take out time from their daily schedule and have a nice chat over a cup of coffee or tea with their friends and relatives. But by the increase in the advent of social networking sites we are able to keep in touch with them easily, not only with people we know but we also get an opportunity to interact with complete strangers who many a times prove to be very dependable friends in the long-run. Not only that, social networking sites also provide a platform to voice our opinions and put forward our thoughts in public. it is a very strong medium to reach out to the mass, hence it is also very popular amongst our leaders. But as said, everything has a dark side to it. so does this. People misuse this power to mislead the masses. As the statistics shows in this article our youth uses this medium extensively & is very much influenced by it. And many terrorist groups take the advantage of this opportunity & use this as a tool to mislead the vulnerable youth around the world. People also fake identities and portray to be someone else which is a crime in itself. the over-usage of social networking in our daily lives is kind of taking away the warmth from relationships where we forget the importance of meeting our near and dear ones personally. This affects our culture adversely. but then again, there are always demerits and merits to everything so we must use social networking responsibly & wisely enough.

  69. Seema Mishra says:

    In this hi-tech era of science &technology, networking sites like Google, facebook , twitter,yahoo,…etc. have become inseparable parts of our life.!!!
    Social networking site is indeed boon in today’s life,as it is bringing people closer and letting them communicate with each other, without any fear and barrier.But still one need to be cautious of what level of personal information they are sharing with strangers on the social network.

  70. Rohit Kumar says:

    1-one remain in touch with his friends circle after getting out from any institution
    2-got the update abut friends and their recent activities
    3-it can be used for social awareness and cause

    1-people are wasting most of their times
    2-came close to many strangers
    3-many fake account are misleading many peoples

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