Facebook

Social Media: Facebook

Social media has become a widely popular form of lifelogging with today's generation. One of the more common forms of social media is Facebook

Facebook is an online social media platform that can be accessed via computer or various mobile devices (including iOS devices and android). Users create a profile with information about themselves. This information can include where they live, work, go to school, as well as things they enjoy, like movies or sports teams. Once users have a profile, they can "friend" other people they know. By doing this, information about these people will show up in a news feed when the user signs into Facebook. Users can post statuses and pictures, and tag friends in them. Users can be parts of groups on facebook as well. These groups are made up of groups of "friends", and the information that is posted is restricted to the people in the group. Facebook also has a private and group messaging service. Recently, Facebook has added a video chat function to their messages. Facebook users can also "like" pages from businesses, musicians, or events to receive updates about these things in their news feed.

Launched in 2004, Facebook was developed by Mark Zuckerberg while he was studying at Harvard University. The project was initially intended for the use of college students but now allows anyone over the age of 13 to join.

Facebook was preceded by Coursematch and Facemash (both also developed by Zuckerberg). Coursematch was a site used to let people see others who were in the same degree program. Facemash was used to rate the attractiveness of other students. When Facebook finally launched, it gained 1,200 users within the first 24 hours of operation. in 2007, Facebook hit 30 million users, make it the most used social networking site that was focused on education. ( At this point, facebook was still aimed at college students). As of the third quarter of 2014, facebook now has over 1.35 billion users.

Strengths:

  • Allows people to keep in touch with friends and family
  • Gives users the ability to document important moments
  • Lets people stay updated about the important moments of others
  • Easy way to get information to a group of people
  • Easy way to share photos with friends

Weaknesses:

  • Accounts can be hacked
  • Account hacks can lead to spam messages or phishing
  • If users are not careful with their privacy settings, information can be stolen

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