What is the appeal of social networking sites for the audience?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by mogzieee, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Hey Guys,

    I have to write an essay for my Media Studies class next week regarding social networking sites (eg. Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, YouTube, etc.) with the question:

    "What is the appeal of social networking sites for the audience?"

    I think it's a pretty interesting question, and before I get started on writing I'd like to know if you guys have any views on the topic....

    Thanks for any ideas in advance!

  2. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    I imagine the answers are as varied as the users, but for me, it's a way to keep in regular contact with people with whom I'm not particularly close, but still are more than acquaintences. If I'm close with a person, Facebook is a complement to our already full relationship, but for those I may speak to a few times a year (or only see at a reunion) without Facebook, it helps keep us all up on each others' lives on a more regular basis.

    I also use it to share information, news stories, and anything else that people who know me may be interested in. I don't use it to meet people, just to communicate with the people I already know.

    I hate MySpace with a passion, so I'm only talking about Facebook here. I guess YouTube is a social networking site, but I don't use it as such. And I don't use Bebo or any others.

    I'm in my thirties, too, so I'm sure that makes a difference in my outlook and use.
  3. redmeister macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
  4. SwiftLives macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2001
    Charleston, SC
    From more of a professional perspective, I'd have to say networking. Anyone I've ever interviewed and anyone whom I've ever interviewed with is on my contact list.

    Also, coworkers. It's a great way to keep up with their lives since we don't always have opportunities to personally interact.

    We're actually encouraged to use facebook throughout the day. Of course, I do work at a software company.
  5. mogzieee thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    Thanks so much, some awesome ideas. I think there is definitely also an element of having your own 'space' and 'profile' online in a different sort of world.

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