Social media is the other name of building relationship and develop conversation among individuals and groups.
The generational trend gap is evident when it comes to seeking out romantic connections. The younger generations favour social networking sites like Face book and MySpace, with older singles more commonly opting for tailored dating websites. Older singles are also far more likely to subscribe to dating websites, whereas younger generations favour free sites.
Social Network Sites like Face book are popular with younger folks.
Privacy settings and private messaging enable amorous couples to go about their courtship as publicly or furtively as they like, with the arguable advantage of there being no set protocol or expectation. However, these sites are designed for social networking rather than dating.
Older singles often become frustrated with the lack of focus created by social networking websites. These may well be the online domain of teenage loves, crushes, broken hearts and reputations, but to a single looking for a meaningful connection with a likeminded person, the pools of the likes of Face book can seem troublesome and daunting. Teens on the other hand often thrive on this element of online drama and varied interaction.
It is a matter of common experience that many passionate users of social networking sites including Face Book, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn etc are easy target of internet scams.
Recent reports from Antivirus firms have indicated that cyber crime is increasing day by day. These social networking sites are easily being targeted. Messages are frequently sent supposedly from friends of the user, and entirely based on trust; the user if not informed on the dangers, will open them up. Consequences to this may include personal data being used for different unwanted purposes.
Most of the users are expected to be well aware of the fact however, there still may be many others who are unaware and thus they are the easy targets of internet scams.
As it was reported from the Economic Times, email services’ anti-spam security measures are much higher of social networking sites, which lead to the criminal fraternity venturing into these waters.
In a statement from Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos “Graham Cluley,” has said, “People have grown wise to email spam. They recognise all the warning signs now. But a lot more people are tricked by spam messages sent by their ‘friends’ on sites like Face Book as they have a position of trust.” He then went on to finish with what can happen if personal information is accessed.
It is high time for users to be educated how to use these networking sites safely. In the mean time, social networking sites should also take effective measures to protect the users from the tactics of internet scams.
The technological changes have opened great opportunities for journalists across the world to connect with the public on an unprecedented level. The rise of social media has changed the way how a story is communicated and consumed. As most of the news men make a great deal of social media for interaction with readers and sources both. Similarly, by using the new tools journalists can also get instant feedback as well as develop valuable relationships with the public at large.
Accessibility to internet has brought about radical changes in terms of information and communication. Due to these changes now it is so easy to get online.
Social networking sites like Twitter, Face Book, LinkedIn, foursquare, MySpace etc bring more and more people online, especially the youngsters. Twitter in particular is used by journalists as an outlet to release breaking news because it is not only instant but can also effectively reach to a huge number of audiences.
The development of mobile phones having access to internet has also contributed a lot to have up-to-date information, news or progress of events worldwide.
Social media in general is a positive development, especially for freelance journalists as it gives a huge range of possibilities in terms of getting work! It is very tough to step into this industry and when the only media outlets that existed were print publications, there were limited opportunities for young journalists. However, the emergence of online media has created more prospects for writers and journalists both.
Besides many advantages of social media its ethical aspect especially in context of journalism is very important.
The dangerous thing about it is somewhat lack of control. As there could be anyone create a website or a blog etc so there are a number of ethical issues that are raised, especially since the technological advances move at such a fast pace. Defamation is a huge ethical issue in online journalism. As anybody can write their opinions online and people have so much freedom to express, comment or respond instantly on the internet so it is easy to commit libel. For example, writing a defamatory statement about any individual or organization could be considered libel. However, the problem with the online journalism is where to draw a line?
Despite many advantages of social media in terms of the ability to reach out to a mass audience, the immense freedom people have online can also cause more damage than intended.
One thing at present time is clear: whilst blogging and journalism fall within the same sphere of information transfer, factors such as authenticity and context differentiate the two. Bloggers do not pose a direct threat to the journalism profession; they simply add another facet of competition to the work of contemporary journalists. But those who wish to be successful in online publishing need to develop skills which relate directly to the online context as well as those which apply to the journalism profession.