About The Facebook Website Computer Science Essay

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Nowadays, social networking service becomes important services in our daily lives. Social networking services allows user save cost when communication with each other geographically, allow user to share knowledge, and so on. One of the popular social networks services is Facebook.

According to statistic that has been done by January of 2011, there are 600 million people have become Facebook active users. Facebook website launched in February 2004, we can visit their website at www.facebook.com which owned by Facebook, Inc and operated privately.

Mark Zurkerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes are founder of Facebook. This social network service was initially restricted to Harvard' students, however it was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. Now, it is available for all people who are aged 13 and above with valid email address.

Facebook provide some function such as allow users to create their own profile, communication with friends and others by public their message public or privately and can chat on line, allow user to create and join interest group and advertise their products.

Facebook not only using IPv4, it also can support IPv6, this feature allow this social networks services can be use for future technology. Special URL for IPv6 is http://www.v6.facebook.com. Traffic of the Facebook are increasing after 2009, its become the famous and top social network in Asia that is in Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand.

Although Facebook is famous and provide many useful functions, however, it has been banned in several countries, for instance: Iran, People's Republic of China, Uzbekistan, Pakistan Syria, Vietnam and Bangladesh. The reasons of blocking Facebook are anti-Islamic and also contain religious decriminations.

Compared with 3 others social network







Focusing : general

Focusing: general

Focusing : Significant site in China

Focusing: General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates

Privacy and Security


create a personal profile, add other users as friends and exchange messages, including automatic notifications when they update their profile. Additionally, users may join common interest user groups, organized by workplace, school, or college, or other characteristics


Only in chinese


Open to people 13 and older

Open to people 16 and older. No children allowed



The others social networking website that we choose to compare with Facebook are Friendster, Twitter and Renren.


For the Facebook, the user interface is mainly design with blue colour and white colour. The user interface for Renren social network is similar with Facebook. Which is also built up with blue and white colour when we registered as the member of Renren social network website but the users of Renren allow to choose and changes the user interface of Renren once they successfully collect the points and achieve to certain level in Renren.

Privacy and Security

In term of security, renren.com display the security status which is secure or insecure and advise user with the improve security function in the "Account Setting". Twitter will display hint beside the password area to advice user about a secure password format. However, facebook.com will provide security information for first time user only.

In password policy, for renren.com, minimum length of the password is 8 and facebook.com is 6 and twitter.com is 6. All sites recommend secure password format for users such as use combination of numeric, symbol and alphabet as password.

For users who forgot their password, Facebook.com and renren.com will send verification code to their email or SMS (for mobile user). However, twitter.com only provides reset password instruction by email. And friendster.com will send the original password to the email.

In reset password policy, facebook.com and renren.com not allow user to set the same password as previous password other than the twitter.com and friendster.com

Facebook.com and renren.com will trace and store the IP address for every login session but twitter.com without this.

In term of privacy, facebook.com and renren.com allow user to set their privacy setting (search availability, control shared information, block unwanted person, permission for site application that develop by third party) to avoid their information to be available to unwanted person. In the other hand, twitter.com only allow user to control search availability and shared information.

In facebook.com will ask for user permission before facebook application access their information. But renren.com does not ask for user permission. And twitter.com not supports additional application.


For twitter, the mainly feature that provided by twitter are social networking and micro-bloging services. Twitter also allows users to send and read message.



Of course, when we want to use the social network, first step we need is sign up an account for the social network that we are interest in. The Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, and Renren, all these social network need to sign up first before users can use it and get the benefit from it. But there are the terms or the conditions when users want to sign up become the registered users. Facebook social network only allows users who are at least 13 years old and older becomes the registered users, while for Friendster social network children are not allow to registered it, its allows users who are at least 16 years old and older become the registered users. For Twitter and and Renren social network, it is open to everyone, both social network do not restrict to age compared to Facebook and Friendster social network.