It has become one of the greatest social networking sites on the Web. You see it everywhere today. Businesses, news stations, and even stores all have it pages that you can “friend”.
It first came to the surface in February 2004 but was limited to only colleges and universities in the Boston area. By July 2010, it had more than 500 million users in only six years later. it features started by solely creating a personal profile page to joining multiple groups, sharing and posting articles, and creating “fan” pages.
It was designed by a Harvard sophomore, Mark Zuckerberg, and his roommates and fellow computer science classmates, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The original it was designed for Harvard students only. Its usage quickly spread throughout college and universities in the local Boston area, then spread throughout high schools, and later to anyone above the age of thirteen.
It’s usage popularity caught on and spread like wildfire. It quickly surpassed other social networking sites, like MySpace, out of the water. it’s features and capabilities, networking wise, were more effective than MySpace because of the vast social networking web that is created.
One of the reasons more people caught on to it more than MySpace was that MySpace received poor publicity because it was said to attract male predators who preyed after young teenagers. There were several cases and news reports of male predators stalking and trying to meet up with young teenagers they met online. For a few years, MySpace was labeled as dangerous and unsafe.
It has a number of features that are popular among users. One of its popular features is the ability to create a group of fan page. Many organizations, businesses, and even schools today have group pages. Users can long on and comment on these group pages and become “fans” of these pages. This has been a very beneficial feature for businesses looking to network.
It even has a feature where it will suggest friends that are also it users who work or attend school at the same place. You can see how the network expands from there. The networking opportunities that stem from this are truly amazing.
Another popular it feature is its “friends” suggestions. Once you add your place of employment, hometown, or school, it will suggest friends or coworkers for you to add to your contact list as it reads and recognizes the common interests between you and another contact. Imagine over 500 million users connected to 500 million users. One can clearly see how it has affected our society. It has made us closer and opened communication among us. Social networking sites have made our world smaller and opened and connected ourselves more closely. It’s amazing how a small idea became so big.
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