Facebook Networking, Meet & Share

By Paul Silliconcepts-internet-and-global-communications-pr790681.jpg

Facebook www.facebook.com is an awesome online social networking directory that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live locally near each other. This networking service may not be a new concept for online users, but its friendly interface and easy navigation tools make it a good option. People can use Facebook to meet or stay in touch with fellow colleagues, friends, or just upload numerous photos, share links, or offer videos. Its primary purpose is to have members meet on the network.

Brief Background 

Created and launched in February 2004 by Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Hughes, Facebook began as a network strictly for Harvard University. Two months later, the site expanded to include other Ivy League schools. After that, the college network slowly grew and by the end of 2004, Facebook had registered more than one million users. It has become so popular – Microsoft Corp is attempting to buy into the company offering hundreds of millions of dollars to widen its interests. >>> 

With Facebook anyone with a valid email address can register for free, and access the site which includes members’ pictures, biographies, interests, work tips, and various messages. You can also browse  through open profiles to chat and meet people. 

It is a great networking tool. You can put as many pictures as you want for the world to see. It seems like it has an unlimited memory space, allowing users a lot of freedom to create wonderful profiles.

For teachers, this site offers an opportunity for us to network and exchange ideas. We can send each other lesson plans with graphics, pictures or images to improve our class activities. It truly is a terrific online network service. 

Additional Networks

Here is a link that lists other online social networks: http://makeyourmark.stikipad.com/startanetwork/show/list+of+good+networks.

There is also an educational network called Tapped In: http://tappedin.org/tappedin/

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12 Responses to “Facebook Networking, Meet & Share”

  1. Terry Says:

    Facebook is a nice networking site. However, they are realy starting to poor on the advertising in the pages. You have to get around them to see your profile. It is a good service. I have been a member for about 3 months. Good story Paul. I’m sure there are lots of people who don’t know about it.

  2. crodrigo Says:

    Will the real founder of Facebook please stand up? A lawsuit against
    Mr. Zuckerberg by ConnectU, co-founded by Mr. Greenspan, claims that Mr. Zuckerberg stole the idea from ConnectU and is being sued in Federal Court in Boston. Read more in the article, “Who Founded Facebook? A New Claim Emerges” in an online version of the NY Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/01/technology/01facebook.html?pagewanted=1.

  3. KJA Says:

    Ok Paul that is it. I will try facebook. I have been holding off for a while, but I’ll see if I can get into it.

  4. Zhihua Song Says:

    There are so many social networking sites to try and test: ning.com and this facebook. Myspace is probably the first one that I should try since it is the largest in the world. The data provided by comscore.com mentioned that facebook’s visitors has increased by 270 percent (increased visitors) within one year (http://www.comscore.com/press/release.asp?press=1555).

    I am very interested in trying different social networking sites out. Actually there are several sites listed in the article such as Hi5 and Bebo. some of these sites focus on certain regions and I am curious to see how people from those regions are doing. this world suddenly gets smaller.

  5. malujan Says:

    Hmm, looks like your really into this thing. I’ll have to check it out, I thought people only used it for travelling. I saw one once but it seems like it was not being updated often. Do you get an email with every post?

  6. gatorball Says:

    Facebook is a great service… but there are others. Check out the link I provided for more networks:

    Options are always good. Enjoy!

  7. slverbek Says:

    Do you know if Facebook is better than MySpace for social networking and if so how?

  8. gatorball Says:

    “Better” is an opinion, slverbek. Facebook is great for professional networking. MySpace has been created more for fun, and entertainment purposes. If you are looking to find freinds or maybe get a date, MySpace. If you are looking to meet fellow colleagues or network for school etc. Facebook is for you. Both are popular.

  9. Elizabeth Clark Says:

    That’s interesting! As I mentioned in my own blog, I’m less than impressed with Facebook. There’s a good post on the Ning blog comparing Facebook and Ning social networks.

  10. Carolyn Says:

    Paul

    Thanks for your comments about facebook. I’ve often heard young people say they like Facebook better than MySpace. Do you have experience with both and if so, what are your thoughts?

    Carolyn

  11. gatorball Says:

    Yes, I have used Facebook for a bit now. It is real good for professional networking. I made a few friends there. You should try it for a while, and see what you think. Keep in mind what you like and dislike with these networks is TOTALLY subjective. It’s up to you… 😉

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