What is Social Networking?

Social networking websites offer different ways to communicate via the Internet. Sites allow people to easily and simply create their own online page or profile and to construct and display an online network of contacts, often called ‘friends’. Users are able to build a network of connections that they can display as a list of friends. These friends may be offline actual friends or acquaintances, or people they know or have ‘met’ only online, and with whom they have no other link. Social networking sites are not limited to messaging, communicating and displaying networks. Nearly all sites allow users to post photos, video and often music on their profiles and share them with others.


Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows people to type in short messages or status updates that can be read by people following them. An individual message or status update is often referred to as a ‘tweet’.


Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Since September 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid e-mail address (and not residing in one of the countries where it is banned) can become a Facebook user


LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. , LinkedIn had more than 60 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

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