Small Talk About Social Networking

The art of small talk, within the this great Social Networking Phenomenon!

This form of interacting service, focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others.

Most Online services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.

Such popular sites has encouraged new ways to communicate and share information.

Social networking websites are being used regularly by millions of people.

“Social networking is in its infancy and I’m guessing it will become as widespread as email,” According to Google’s former managing director for South Asia, Richard Kimber.

While it could be said that email and websites have most of the essential elements of social network services, the idea of Business and Corporate services has gained popular uptake recently.

The main types of network services are those which contain category divisions (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust.

Popular methods now combine many of these, with Facebook widely used worldwide; MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn being the most widely used in North America; Nexopia (mostly in Canada);Bebo Hi5, MySpace, dol2day (mostly in Germany), Tagged, XING;, Badoo and Skyrock in parts of Europe; Orkut and Hi5 in South America and Central America; and Friendster, Multiply, Orkut, Wretch, Xiaonei and Cyworld in Asia and the Pacific Islands.

There have been some attempts to standardize these services to avoid the need to duplicate entries of friends and interests, but this has led to some concerns about privacy and especially chat room

dangers and othe related Cyber space abuse!

In general, social site services allow users to create a profile for themselves, and can be broken down into two broad categories: internal social networking (ISN); and external social networking (ESN) sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Bebo. Both types can increase the feeling of community among people.

An ISN is a closed/private community that consists of a group of people within a company, association, society, education provider and organization or even an "invite only" group created by a user in an ESN. An ESN is open/public and available to all web users to communicate and are designed to attract advertisers.

The idea of making money online is a huge part of these social sites!

ESN's can be smaller specialised communities (i.e. linked by a single common interest eg TheSocialGolfer, ACountryLife.Com, Great Cooks Community) or they can be large generic sites (eg MySpace, Facebook etc).

However, whether specialised or generic there is commonality across the general approach of networking sites. Users can upload a picture of themselves, create their 'profile' and can often be "friends" with other users.

In most online services, both users must confirm that they are friends before they are linked. For example, if Alice lists Bob as a friend, then Bob would have to approve Alice's friend request before they are listed as friends.

Some sites have a "favorites" feature that does not need approval from the other user.

These sites, usually have privacy controls that allows the user to choose who can view their profile or contact them, etc.

Some sites are created for the benefits of others, such as parents site "Gurgle". This website is for parents to talk about pregnancy, birth and bringing up children.

Several social networks in Asian markets such as India, China, Japan and Korea, have reached not only a high usage but also a high level of profitability.

Services such as QQ (China), Mixi (Japan), Cyworld (Korea) or the mobile-focused service Mobile Game Town by the company DeNA in Japan (which has over 10 million users) are all profitable, setting them apart from their western counterparts.

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