Sunday, February 13, 2011

Make It Your Own

With all the buzz about social networking sites, it's easy to see how quickly it could go wrong. I found myself Google-ing the other day and I came across an interesting site, Build A Social Network. The site aides you in creating a social networking site catered to your own interests whether that be politics, education, religion, or gaming, ect.

I don't know about you, but this seems a little but absurd to me. I think social networking has developed into a very important part of our society, but I also think there is a line that shouldn't be crossed. In reference to the "Build A Social Network" site they have flown over the line. As to be expected with success, there are bound to be copycats and so I wasn't surprised to stumble upon such a site. The thing to keep in mind here is that although this site would allow more amateur social networking experimenters to develop something that more directly caters to their own interests, it seems a little excessive in my opinion. In contrast though the site shows how accessible the Internet and social networking has become to the basic individual. Everyone can find something just for them.

The realm of social networking is developing faster than we can even keep track of and it is branching in all different directions from sites like Facebook, Twitter, Skype, or Build a Social Network and create your own.

Referencing a series of videos used in my COMM class here's a quick video explaining social networks.


  1. I agree! Social networking has become so mainstream, there are millions of "kids" on Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes it annoys me a little when I find tons of kids of Facebook, since the site was originally intended for networking of college students. It's simply exploded now! Same thing with Twitter. While there are many professionals on Twitter, anyone can create an account and start tweeting, which can get overwhelming. Sifting through many profiles to find relevant and reliable ones is becoming more difficult now, since everyone and their dog (literally, in some cases) has a Facebook or Twitter account. I think social media should be used wisely, and can be very beneficial for networking, but sometimes it just gets out of hand.

  2. I'm glad you agree. After I posted this I wasn't sure if I had been a little harsh on how easy it is to have and make social networking sites and didn't give enough credit to how these sites give individuals the ability to express themselves. I just feel like it's a bit much, I mean to create Facebook on your own is one thing but to have a site that gives everyone the ability to do so without the full understanding just seems irresponsible to me.