Social Networking Around the Globe

When thinking about popular social networking sites Facebook and Twitter easily come to my mind. Facebook started in the US in 2004. It later made the option to change the language when users sign in to Spanish and eventually added many different languages as seen here:

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Instead of making a separate site for users in different countries the have adapted their site to be instantly by a simple click of a mouse. This also allows users from different countries to be friends. I have friends in South America that are avid Facebook users that I am able to be friends with and interact with even though our Facebooks are set to different languages.  Linkedin and Twitter also have multiple language options.

“In September 2006, 7% of Facebook’s 10 million active users were outside the USA. Today, 60% of its 63 million active users are.”

While Facebook is growing globally, according to bit.ly/MgaUHi the fourth most common social networking site is VK a Russian network. After I looked at vk.com, it appears to be similar to Facebook. It is the largest European social networking site and contains more than 100 million users.

For me, it is easy to assume the fact that these sites are popular globally because it is easy to change the site’s language setting.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2008-02-10-social-networking-global_N.htm

Social networking sites are a common way to stay connected to users around the world but some countries have adapted their own way of stay present with web 2.0. In Africa citizens use cell phones more than they use computers. These phones do not look like the typical smart phone that is easily found here but they are used for many purposes that keep them safe and connect. The online banking on their phone has allowed areas of Africa to become much safer and less of a danger for being robbed.

Is there anything in web 2.0 in America that helps you feel safer?

Also in Africa schools are getting computers for classrooms. It is a part of a program that has a goal to let a child use their own computer to increase literacy and to increase their ability to keep up with advances of technology. However, some people see this program as controversial. It is argued that many of the schools have greater needs than the need to have access to computer programs. Some schools do not have simple necessities such as running water or bathroom. It is also disliked due to the lack of knowledge from the teacher to use the computers themselves. If a computer breaks of malfunctions there is often no help available to fix it.

Can you think of other problems that could be associated with this program? Do you think these problems are not great enough to stop the program? Are you for or against the program?

Web 2.0 has increased our ability for to be able o communicate with others all over the world. It also serves as a way to protect and improve our way of living. While some advances seem hard to organize than others there are many examples of successful networks.

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“want” Button on Facebook vs. Pinterest

So many people use Facebook because there are no other social networking cites that can compare to it from its layout and features to its popularity and easy navigation. The “like” button has become one of the most well known features on Facebook. It was added in 2010 to photos and status to allow users to easily share the posts they like with their friends. It was a quick way to show your approval without having to think of a witty comment.

Recently there has been talk of adding more buttons. Retailers are testing a “want” and “collect” button. These buttons are to be featured in a new area of Facebook that will display pictures of products posted by companies such as Victoria’s Secret and Pottery Barn. It is designed for Facebook users to view and purchase what is displayed in the pictures from the companies who post them. It is also a way to show their likes and personal style to their friends and subscribers. As I read about these new buttons in the Washington post article link below. It sounds very much like Pinterest. Pinterest shows pictures of items in real stores and the pictures are linked to the website where it originated. If it is from a retail store, the link attached to the picture takes you directly to the page that allows you to purchase the item. I question how these new buttons will differ from Pinterest.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/facebook-tests-want-collect-buttons-and-muscles-into-pinterests-turf/2012/10/09/3b459ba2-1205-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_story.html

Pinterest is often directly linked to your Facebook.  When you go to create an account it give you the option to sign up with Facebook, Twitter, or email.

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It is obvious that the website’s desire is for a user to pick Facebook or Twitter before seeing the email option below both of the larger buttons. If the user signs up with their Facebook account there is an option that allows the user to automatically post their pins directly to their Facebook. Then all of their latest pins can be viewed on their news feed by friends and subscribers. This furthers my confusion for the new addition.

As I think of Facebook’s potentially new buttons and its similarity to Pinterest I wonder, what could Facebook gain from this feature? Clearly I think Facebook would gain new advertisers that would want to post pictures of their merchandise. However, I think there could be more to gain. Women users dominate Pinterest.

According to various reports, 58 percent to 97 percent of Pinterest users are female.

If Facebook were to release the “want” and “collect” buttons I raise the question, would men use it? Millions of men are already on active users on Facebook. Would this button encourage men to show their likes and interests to their friends and subscribers? Could Facebook gain more popularity than Pinterest because their users are already established? Does the fact that the men to women ratio are more even give Facebook an advantage? Facebook could be more user friendly to men than Pinterest because they would not need to make a new account. They would simply engage in something new on a network they are already apart of. The “like” button was quickly accepted and used by users regularly. The “want” and “collect” buttons have the same potential. If enough male focused advertisers post pictures on Facebook I think it could bridge the gender gap between males and females that is currently on Pinterest.

What do you think? Are men simply not be interested in sharing their ideal home décor, style, or product ideas with their friends? If Facebook provided the photos along with a new button would men want to get involved?

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Fehling, April. “So Pinterest Is A Woman’s World. Does That Matter?” NPR. NPR, 22 Feb. 2012. Web. 23 Oct. 2012. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2012/02/22/147222619/so-pinterest-is-a-womans-world-does-that-matter&gt;.