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thefacebook.com: 

thefacebook.com Social networking without business cards! Prepared by Kat Reed & Cat Riley July 2005

Have you protected yourself? Or, have you made yourself vulnerable?: 

Have you protected yourself? Or, have you made yourself vulnerable?

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DESCRIPTION: 

DESCRIPTION An online source for college students that enables them to keep in contact with friends and classmates at their institution as well as others that are registered. Fun, social, networking system for students. Virtual community Social Directory

Membership Statistics: 

Membership Statistics ■ Introduced by three sophomores at Harvard in 2004 ■ Current number – 3.1 million at over 800 institutions ■ 5,800 new members per day being added

What are students doing on the facebook?: 

What are students doing on the facebook? Students can post photos and profiles of themselves, join groups, and look up other students. Items being included are: name, address, phone numbers, hobbies, class schedules, list of friends, groups, interests, etc. Students are able to include whatever they want. Sky's the limit!

What can facebook provide? : 

What can facebook provide? Advantages: Finding old high school friends Looking up profiles of classmates Getting help with homework Advertising of all sorts Building a portfolio of new friends Spreading the word about concerts, book sales, and student organizations

Cultural Phenomenon of the Century: 

Cultural Phenomenon of the Century ■ 42% of college students say they use the Internet primarily to communicate socially. ■ Only 10% of college students use the Internet primarily for entertainment. ■ Nearly three-fourths (72%) of college students say most of their online communication is with friends. ■ Over two-thirds (69%) of college students said they are more likely to use the phone than the Internet to communicate socially. ■ College students are frequently looking for email, with 72% checking email at least once a day. ■ (85%) of college students own their own computer, and (66%) use at least two email addresses.

Addiction Stronger than Caffeine: 

Addiction Stronger than Caffeine It can become a morning ritual : Wake up Go to the bathroom Check e-mail Check the facebook UCLA student: “I use it before I go to class, after class, and sometimes even during class if I get a text message informing me that I’ve been the victim of a poking incident.”

Personal Perspectives: 

Personal Perspectives George Washington University– ►“You would meet someone and you would just run upstairs and go online and type in their name.” ►“People call it the ‘stalker book.’” ►“Look at that!” she says. “He’s really creepy.” University of Pittsburgh– ►“Nobody really rejects friends unless you really hate somebody,” he said. “It’s all pretty non-committal.”

More Perspectives: 

More Perspectives UCLA – ►“The first sign I was spending too much time on the facebook should have been my GPA, which was a full point and a half lower than my previous average.” Texas A&M – ►“I don’t think the fad will last.” University of Chicago – ►“Sure, you can use facebook to find a significant other, I guess, but really it’s designed for stalking people.”

Caution!! Caution!! : 

Caution!! Caution!! Placing your address and cell phone numbers – NOT a good idea! Potential employers are checking you out before calling you for an interview! Will they like what they see? Charges can be filed against you based on what’s on your facebook page. ▲“Personal Information opens you as an easy target.” Officer Baron from Texas A&M ▲ Women and men could be stalked either as a “friend” or could show up at your place of residence ▲ Identity theft

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So…. Is your privacy protected? Or, are you vulnerable?

Resources: 

Resources www.usatoday.com www.cnn.com www.dailybruin.ucla.edu www.theeagle.com www.kansan.com www.technicianonline.com www.socialsoftware.weblogsinc.com www.post-gazette.com http://maroon.uchicago.edu www.thenews.org www.dailyvidette.org www.pewinternet.org www.thefacebook.com

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