Social networks and the world

The days when people used to write to their friends to connect with them have almost died out. With the advent of new technologies, things keep changing. From shopping to the way we travel, technology seems to have messed up with everything. These days, we see ten year olds use the computer and the internet. This surprises us, especially when they update their status messages on Facebook. Such incidents are not new in this era of technological advancement. But, is it all for good. What if technology might show us the wrong direction? With this question in mind I welcome you to my article. Here, we will explore the truth about technology with social networks our main concern.
The most famous names in the history of social networking remains Facebook, Twitter and the newcomer in the list, Google+. Facebook has created a real boom in the industry. Facebook, the brainchild of Mark Zuckerberg, a Harvard student was created on the 4th of February, 2004 with the domain name thefacebook.com. The previous version, facemash.com (October 28, 2003) was most invited. Knowing the potential of his creation, Zuckerberg quit his college and went on to pursue his dream full time. With California as its headquarters, Facebook has more than 2000 employees and more than 750million users as on July 2009.The estimated market value of Facebook was 41billion US dollars as on November 2010 and it reached a trillion page views in June2011. This success story continues. Next in the list is the social networking and micro blogging site Twitter. Known for its 140 character tweets or SMS of the internet, the novel idea by Jack Dorsey was started on the 15th of July, 2006. It had 200million users in March, 2011.The number of tweets per day reached 50 million in February, 2010 and In June 25, 2009, when the king of pop, Michael Jackson died, the twitter server crashed at 100,000 tweets an hour. In June 2008, celebrity verified accounts were introduced, taking Twitter to a new level. Google plus (or Google +) by Google Inc., is next in the list. Google guys Larry Page and Sergey Brin started Google in September 4, 1998.They too decided to enter the social network market with their product Google+, launched in June 28, 2011 on an invitation only basis. But in September 20, 2011, it was open to all. They integrated Google Buzz and Google profiles and introduced new and original features like Circles, Hangouts, Sparks, etc. The Circles enabled users to organize contacts in groups for sharing. While the hangouts provided group video chats and also enabled web casting. The Sparks enabled people to share what they are interested in and much more features like the messenger, instant uploads, stream, games and the +1 button. They reached a staggering 10 million users in July2011, in just two weeks and 25 million users in four weeks.
Social networking sites have become an integral part of today’s younger generation. They make up a good business but most of today’s so called younger generation fall prey to them. What started many years back as a way of communication between computers through e-mail and stuffs have now ended up in social networks, linking up so many people at the same time. The benefit of a social network depends on the way we use it. Not all use it constructively. It merely serves as a false sense of being social for many. Yet the benefits are many, like connecting to a long lost friend, gaining knowledge about something and so on… But the number of people benefited is far less than the number of people carried away. This makes social networks evil. The statistics shows that the number of children under 13 years using Facebook is 7.5 million as on May 2011.It will become an obsession to them in later years and would drive them mad. Many people are abstained from reality and choose to become Lonely. While, many of them compromise their own privacy. The security concerns have sparked up in recent days. With advertising and spams on the rise, these money minded people are looking for new ways to make their products as addictive as possible. We only have to recall games like Farmville on Facebook. Every time we log in and use such sites, we only add up to bank accounts of people like Zuckerberg, but many of us are not aware of this.
To all those who feel they are addicted to sites like Facebook, there is only one thing that I wish to say. There is a better world around; live it and you will like it. Don’t isolate yourself.

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