Tuesday, September 27, 2011

This article argues how social networking, started off to be innocent, but got completely blown out of proportion. Today a  ton of people use Social networking sites to share quite a bit of personal information. Twitter for example, you are constantly updating your "status" per-say to tell your "followers" what you are doing at all times of the day. This is referred to as "Micro-blogging." Facebook is another site just like this. Only on Facebook you are sharing, religious views, interests, political views, sex, sexual orientation, an "all about me" section, phone number, email address, ect. That list barely scratches the top of everything you are expected to share. Now business have taken access to these social networks for an idea of what type of person they are hiring. They are looking at all of this person information that is never asked for in an interview. It is also argued that these sites are taking more and more away from a personal engagement in conversation and putting it all online for the option of you or everyone seeing the conversations.
This is a very useful and helpful source for the fact of arguing against certain features of these networking sites. It discusses what should be acceptable on a networking site, and what should be prohibited. The only problem is that these sites don't really care. So this is a very bias article standing the side against social networking sites, and everything that is wrong with them. The goal of this piece is to turn people away from using these sites and to protect personal things.
This source does not reflect how I feel about social networking. Personally I love it just because you can stay connected with all of your friends easier when one or yourself moves away or goes on vacation. It makes it easier so instead of texting a ton of people you can just say it all on one site. Yet, it provides a logical side that many do not look at. This side is more negative, but easy to see eye to eye with when it comes to putting personal information out there. There is not an easy way to fix this problem. The most logical answer would be that its up to the user what they post online, but what most don't realize is that, although the user may want to show this information to their friends, there are some websites that do not allow one to change personal or private settings to where either you or only your friends can see your information. This is the biggest problem that most of these websites have. Some sites have one setting which is where anyone can view your profile, information, pictures, and more. This is where it falls. The answer is to update these settings to where you can hide what your friends, and strangers can see to just the most basic information to everything. This, of course, will be up to the user how they set their private settings, and as to what they post, but this at least gives options. As for spending too much time on these sites, if underage, that should be up the parents whether or not the child has a Facebook, twitter, or Myspace, what is posted, and monitor how much time is spent on the computer. I am not exactly sure if this is just an instate Colorado issue, although I could argure it as a state issue, there is also the fact that this happens worldwide.

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