Social Networking

Social Networking has been used in both corporate and everyday life that benefit society in numerous ways. It’s one of the most common technology which people use these days to not only to communicate but for so many things such as messaging, commenting and sharing information. It’s not only used by individuals, corporations used it in many different ways. Companies use social network in their production like any companies have blog sites where their employees collaborate any information regarding the projects of the company. The most important which is used by both individuals and corporations is LinkedIn.  It is a business oriented social networking site basically used for professional networking. Before, candidate used to come to the employer, but now LinkedIn has allowed the employer to come to the candidate. Users of LinkedIn can create their profiles, and highlights their skills in it so that they can be easily found by recruiters. An article by Sally Herships, ” Does LinkedIn work for job seekers?”  explained in it what exactly is LinkedIn, how we can use it in different aspects of our life and how it can help us in getting job. In his article he talks about Dwight Scott, a recruiter with ExecuSearch in New York says, “he doesn’t spend a lot of time reviewing resumes of applicants. Instead he’s searching LinkedIn for potential hires. He says 65 percent of his placements this year are a direct result of reaching out to prospects on LinkedIn.” Facebook is also considered to the job search tool. Employers use Facebook to screen potential employees.

There are so many benefits of social networking to the society. It’s so easy to get connected with long distance people and friends. There ae so many pages on all social media sites which you can follow and read anytime but with all these benefits there is also a dark side to everything including social networking. When people use social networking sites frequently, such as Facebook, Twitter, Snap chats or any other social media available these day, they are creating a digital fingerprint on their name, which no cares. Loss of privacy is apparently the darkest side of social media. We don’t think twice we reveal anything on social media. Recently I ran into of the podcast  #4 Follow the Money which really surprised me. It’s about Venmo where people pay their friends small amounts of money and charge them as well so basically it’s a series of transactions paid to with purpose. What really surprised me here was how people put anything without being image conscious. We post our personal information online without thinking that anyone can read it. We are living in a technological era, where we are so many dependents on these gadgets or you can say are hypnotized by them that we can’t think of living without it. A very beautiful article, “Influence of Social Media on Teenagers” by Suren Ramasubbu explained us the various negative sides of social media and how it’s affecting people’s life.  There is lack of face to face interaction with people has caused a decline in communication skills among the youth. On one side we talk about protecting our personal information and on the other side we put everything one. As he said,” Serious risk is the amount of information shared on social network sites. LexisNexis and surveyed 1,000 Americans and found that half of them divulged too much personal data online. What is more worrying is the fact that 44 percent of them believed that the information they posted on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn or Myspace were being used against them.”  How we should use of the social network is entirely up to us and it is entirely our responsibility to protect our personal information so that no one can misuse it.

In the future, I strongly believe privacy will play a bigger role in how we will use these social networking sites.  Facebook will surely continue to grow, but there will be still issues on how they store and use the user’s data. The very useful professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn will continue to have a growing impact on how employees are recruited by employers.


Blog v Wiki

Blogs and wikis are two types of new media technology. Before I get into detail, I would like to describe each in brief. Blogs is an abbreviated version of Weblog, which is a term used to describe website made up of a series of posts. Basically, a blog is a lot like an online journal or diary. It’s more on a personal level, where posts are made by the blog’s author only and other readers can comment on it. On the other hand, according to Wikipedia it is a free encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it. It is a special type of website designed to make collaboration easy, called wiki. Basically, Wikis allow multiple users to create, modify and organize webpages in a collaborative manner. It is a platform for everyone to update in real time. Both blogs and wikis are two great forms of communication and both allow people to share their thoughts and opinions. Even though both technologies act as medium for communication, a blog is one person’s view whereas a wiki is a team collaboration on any specific issue or topic.

Converging is important in today’s interacted world. With today’s technology the world has become more and more globalized and converged. An article, “Blogs and Wikis in the Business world” written by John K. Waters briefly described how we can benefit in our business by blogs and wikis. He started his article by explaining the most obvious benefit we can get from a blog and that is its ability to communicate a corporate position or message to the public. He gave us an example of Microsoft to show us how they use its blogs to provide tips and technical information to its customers, to answer customer questions and to host conversations among product users which showed us that this kind of information about how public sees its product and services can be very valuable to the company. On the other hand, Corporate wikis can provide project teams with a highly flexible medium for internal collaboration and document management. In this article, blogs and wikis are used to collaborate with different multiple users which is a perfect example of convergence, as many people are inputting their opinions.

Blogs can be used for collaboration because in this way more people would share their ideas, would have more opinions, more comments and more to discuss to which again brings up diversity as factor. Vivek Krishanan in his article, “How Blogs are Being Used for Effective Education,” told us how blogs are a useful tool for communication and it create wonderful learning environment for students which highly motivate them. Blogs have proved to be an effective forum for discussion and collaboration.

Wikis are used in so many field now like education, work, politics, entertainment and many more. One way I think we should expand wikis into the field of medicine so that everyone like doctors, researchers etc can collect knowledge.


Impact of New Media on our society

New media technology is having a major impact on our society as a whole. It brings high speed internet, smartphones, computers, laptops, and tablets. New media technology has completely changed the way we communicate and caused massive social changes in our behavior. It is important that we understand new media technology that are out in the world and available to us because our lives and our global economies both are dependent on them entirely.

This entry was posted on June 9, 2016. 1 Comment