Facebook - A new trend of Communication

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Created in 2004, by 2007 Facebook was reported to have more than 21 million registered members generating 1.6 billion page views each day (Needham & Company, 2007). The site is tightly integrated into the daily media practices of its users: The typical user spends about 20 minutes a day on the site, and two-thirds of users log in at least once a day (Cassidy, 2006; Needham & Company, 2007). Capitalizing on its success among college students, Facebook launched a high school version in early September 2005. In 2006, the company introduced communities for commercial organizations; as of November 2006, almost 22,000 organizations had Facebook directories (Smith, 2006). In 2006, Facebook was used at over 2,000 United States and was the seventh most popular site on the World Wide Web with respect to total page views (Cassidy, 2006).

In reality, we cannot deny that around 55% of the world's populations are captivated to internet services, especially nowadays Facebook. Whether one is in class, at work, Facebook and e-mail accounts must be checked on a daily bases. After the invention of Facebook, people who don't have Facebook account may cause a surprise and a shock to their friend who do have. However, it may also shock Facebook users when they know that their parents have a Facebook account, especially if it's their mother, or their grandmother. Jessi Hempel stated in his article “How Facebook is taking over our lives”

“The fastest-growing demographic on the site? Women 55 and older, up 175% since September 2008. Cynics might say that if Granny is on Facebook, the site absolutely has jumped the shark. Quite the contrary: Having a broad swath of users is exactly what Zuckerberg wants. The arrical of an older, less web-centric crowd suggests that he has succeeded in making the site easy to use”.

As an example, my mother does have a Facebook account. In my opinion, it her right to have a Facebook account. However, no one can blame her. The online life has become so important to mankind that one is ready to spend $2,000 on a computer and another $20 every month for internet service (Leonard, 1999). In addition to that, the internet has grown so wide and popular that it has turned into an online New York City where people try out, make a hit, and get famous (Wasik, 2009).

As we all know, the World Wide Web is make up of software's. Facebook is one of these software's, while e-mail is important software. Leonard, in his article “We've Got Mail Always”, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of e-mail. He claimed that e-mail can be a blessing or a curse, depending on the situation. While on the other hand, Leonard states that e-mail is low-cost software, that might even help others find the ones they love, and at the same time it collapses distance among people. According to what I'm saying, Meghan Daum stated in her article “Virtual Love”, how she got over her shyness, through emailing a man. After a while, she realized that cyber world is much more different than the real world. At that point, she decided to end the relationship.

As I mentioned before, Bill Wasik compared Facebook to New York City. He meant by this comparison, how fast can someone become famous through social networks, and how quickly someone fame could be faded away when a new face appears on the web, unlike New York City. In other words, internet is a new way to become fame, but I can never replace New York City. I personally believe that social networks, such as Facebook, and e-mail accounts are in a blooming stage never seen before. Facebook, announced earlier this year, that they have more than 30 million subscribers, and almost every educated person have an e-mail account. Those untrue realities can be as bad as good for their respective users. They can be good because they make people closer to each other, eliminate the geographical distance and reunite old friends together. However, these same tools should be harmful by becoming addictive or invading others private lives. In fewer words, social networks and e-mails are a medallion with two sides.