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

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  1. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

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    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!

    Mogzieee
     
  2. Ntombi macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
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  4. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    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

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    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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