Network Service - Software for demonstrating your social network (who you
know). Many now contain extended capabilities such as blogs and photo albums.
- A social network service creating an extended network from some form of organization
(high school, college, university, corporate, non-profit, military and geographic)
and allowing users to demonstrate their own social network from all users.
MySpace - The
largest social networking service, setting no boundaries between users from
different organizations. Users can create their own pages using HTML and CSS.
2. The Phenomenon:
MySpace was founded in 2003 and Facebook in 2004.
MySpace has grown to receive the 4th
most web traffic of all sites.
Facebook.com receives the 7th most traffic.
is valued at over $1 billion. MySpace does not release financial information,
but is probably worth more.
3. Privacy Concerns:
Anything posted on these sites is now
in the public domain. These sites do allow privacy settings but users often
do not use them. Information posted can include phone numbers, e-mail address,
street address, screen name, and pictures which are often incriminating. Facebook
has been referred to as a stalking
tool. Information exposed could become very
useful to identity theives.
4: Security Concerns:
The largest concern on social networking sites is child
safety. These sites normally have a minimum age requirement of 14 years.
Meanwhile, however, there is no
realistic way to implement an age barrier on the Internet at this time.
Some are truely concerned about child predators and stalkers, while others are
preoccupied with the inappropriate material posted and exchanged. Many concerned
organizations are posting and distributing materials to promote
parental awareness and responsibility.
MySpace could face legal
intervention to safeguard users in the future. If this occured, it would
set a sweeping precident for all Social networking sites.
4: Other Consequences of Compromised Privacy:
Authorities are beginning to use Facebook as a tool for catching
violators. Universities, including NCSU, have enforced punishments on students
who have posted photographic evidence of themselves drinking underage on
campus. The police have found groups
dedicated to crimes committed. Recently, a Columbine-esque
school shooting plot was thwarted, because of a participant spilling the
beans on MySpace.
too are turning to social network sites in their searches. Though some contend
that it is unethical to base employment on someone's personal life, these individuals
are putting it all out for the public to see.