When talking about social networks, the first thing that comes to our mind is undoubtedly Facebook, the web application that has created an empire based on social interaction. Facebook, with 350 million users, was created by Mark Zuckerberg (to read his biography click here: http://www.biography.com/articles/Mark-Zuckerberg-507402) who now is one of the youngest billionaires in the world. Facebook is constantly launching new applications that contribute to its nonstop updating and modernization (check the following interview made to Mark Zuckerberg about a new function on this social network: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX5pWRVkwsk&feature=fvsr). Also, the trials, disputes, money issues and property right matters that form the chaotic origin of this page, contributed to increase its worldwide fame and unbelievable benefits.
However, social networks aren’t limited to this kind of web pages, there are may others, even though most of them are quite similar. Blogging for example is a wide-spread way of communicating and expressing personal opinions freely. Blogs can be conceived as online diaries, a form of participatory journalism, a two-sided communicative model… and they consist of brief posts on any topic frequently updated by its owner. In what comes to the content, we can describe it as self-generated.
One of the main characteristics of Blogs is feedback, due to its public nature, every individual can leave a personal comment or critic on what has been published, it is thought to be up to 126 million blogs. Hyperlinking, that is, the capacity to interpret the world through the blogger’s eyes, is also a relevant attribute offered in blogs; a powerful device that helps represent the world. Upon, the more blogs that link to your own, the more chance you have of receiving visits and making your blog more popular and recognisable.
Apart from all this, we can also comment that blogging provides a self-directed emission of content in a format that is easy to set up and maintain. Thanks to its personal nature and its diary appearance (as an example check the following blog: www.swankheights.com), the blogger is able to maintain a close contact with his readers in a way that a self-selected reception is created.
Lately, blogging has increased its fame, coming to be a prominent and powerful tool for the public opinion. Anyway, its popularity can still not be compared to Facebook’s, Tuenti’s (the Spanish condensed version of Facebook) or Twitter’s (with up to 300.000 logs in per day) rampant growth. The analysis of this huge amount of online followers makes us consider its harmful addictive aspects, which certainly would end up being a public domain problem in some year’s time.
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