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www.livejasmin.com is a social networking website in which you search for "live video" based upon tags. For instance: Girl, Boy, Girl/Boy, Lesbian, Group, Gay, Fetish, etc. Viewers pay the third-party website and also pay money to encounter in "private" chats. The majority of live videos are free to preview, but the real action comes when you start using your credit card. Once inside the "rooms" viewers interact with performers by making requests. Many problems come into play because the internet is almost an unenforceable entity by law. Different countries have different laws for this global "pornography." Along with paying performers, this website encourages YOU to become a performer yourself. The sad part is they probably take the larger percentage of your earnings. Pop culture has proven that selling yourself, and objectifying yourself can gain you big bucks. It all depends on what you're willing to do or sacrifice. I could have also placed this under objectification. Livejasmin is just one of the many websites that encourage live video interaction with financial transaction.
Ning is a social platform website based out of Palo Alto, California. Unlike similar networking sites, Ning, allows users to create individual networks based off of interests, passions, or advocacy's. Instead of being based of an individual's profile with a picture and description, Ning allows for the creation of a singular network aimed at a specific topic or group. The name literally means "peace" in Chinese and is explained further in the companies blog within the website. Ning is owned by Google and therefore much of its advertising is a platform for Google.com. Therefore, Ning has more than 1.6 million Networks created and 36 million registered users. The website allows for open communication and a horizontal network, making all the websites information accessible to change through people and networks. Ning is like most popular culture networking sites, it allows for open access, yet is controlled my a mass corporation, Google. Google has a vast influence on the websites advertisements and control. With the millions of users already registered under Ning's website, this social network has become a popular culture artifact.
The Rainmaker Network is a career development service dedicated to connecting students with visionary employers while promoting a green and sustainable future. Membership with the Rainmaker Network provides you the opportunity to create a personal profile and video that is shared with employers that you show interest in. One unique aspect of this social networking site is that as well as networking the company provides its customers, who are students, with seminars and templates which further their education and skills they have already learned in school. The Rainmaker Network is a pop culture artifact as it combines online networking with the current popular idea of "going green." Professional online networking was virtually non-existent a couple decades ago. Networking online is very efficient for both employers and employees; it's also "green" as it eliminates a lot of wasted paper and resources. I think this is a very innovative concept and as more people learn about them I hope that it grows in popularity so that more people can network more efficiently and in a "green" way.
The day after Kanye West made his world wide faux pas of rudely interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV awards, this image was posted by a friend on Facebook. It was the most commented entry for the day and everyone applauded the image. The image plays off of the infamous Obama image that display the word Hope in a way that garnered the same enthusiasm, albeit Kanye's is negative. While the MTV award show was not on a major network, through social networks, such as Youtube, Facebook and Twitter, Kanye West's actions were seen and heard by all in a matter of moments.
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Cyworld is a social networking website launched on Sep 1, 1999 in South Korea. Literally translated, "Cy" could mean "cyber", but also means relationship in Korean. Cyworld users decorates their 'mini hompy'(mini homepage) with 'dotori'(corn - it costs about 1dollar for 10dotori) and add many people as 'Ilchon'(friend or neighbor). 'Mini hompy' has guest book, gallery, bulletin board, diary and so on. A user can link his/her 'minihompy' to another user's mini hompy to form a buddy relationship. Reports show that as much as 90 percent of South Koreans in their 20s and 25 percent of the total population of South Korea are registered users of Cyworld , and as of September 2005, monthly unique visitors are about 20 million.(wikipedia) Cyworld users visit their 'Ilchon' and leave messages on their guest book to maintain their 'mini hompy's popularity(we can see how many people hit on our 'mini hompy') even if they are not that friendly with their 'Ilchon' in real life. This is a good example of 'weak ties' in social networks.
Linkedin is a business oriented social networking site that was launched in 2003 and has experienced a recent boom in users due to MySpace being viewed as more of a young almost "child like" SNS and Facebook being geared more toward the social aspect of young adult to tinny bopper era. Approximately 43 million registered users in over 170 industries according to Wikipedia.com Linkedin has been able to assert itself as a leader in the business facet of SNS. Doing just what it’s name says “linking in” people from similar or completely different industries in order to grow business relationships / contacts. It’s also useful for companies to post job opportunities and people to search for corporations they are interested in becoming employed by. It is a pop culture artifact and is a perfect example of “Weak Ties” defined as a connection to someone you know but don't really know, friend of a friend, might be useful to you when you need them.
ah the biggest social network currently going on. Facebook, founded by a Harvard student and roommates and computer science friends, originally was made only available to harvard students.But was expanded to many other colleges, and eventually became available to everyone age 13 and over. This social network allows you to find friends and or family that you have met through various times in your life. Today as of January 2009 from compete.com, it is ranked as the number one most used social network by worldwide monthly active users. This is a pop culture artifact, that will just continue to grow as more and more people connect to facebook.
Like facebook, I feel that nearly every person I know has a myspace. Myspace which was founded in 2003 gives its users the ability to communicate with friends, family, and add other people that they may know to their "friends" list. The fact that myspace is open to anyone makes it popular with people of all ages. Myspace has gained popularity with its users by the fact that myspace promotes several bands and artists through their site. Myspace has also added a video section and among other things a comic book section. With all these new features people are drawn to the idea of using myspace to network with other people because of the simplicity that comes with using it. You can listen to a new song, watch a music video, and instant message your friend all while being logged in to myspace. In 2005 Myspace was bought by Newscorp further showing that myspace is a social networking site that probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
This video is an example of social network artifact because in this clip she is explaining the pro and cons of myspace/facebook and how it affect our interpersonal communication. For example, she talks about how we no longer meet up with people instead we choose to communicate with them via internet. She also talks about how all the social networking sights are a form of internet stocking.
Downelink is a popular LGBTQ social networking site that has been around for several years now. Those who identify with the queer community, as well as supporters of the community, can interact with others through this networking site and build relationships and/or weak ties. Downelink is similar to MySpace in that it features personal profiles, blogs, bulletins, forums, video/audio chats, and instant messaging. Users must be at least 18 and over to create a profile. Once a profile has been made, Downelink users can "friend" one another and build their social networks. Downelink allows the LGBTQ community to have their own online social networking community. Downelink may not be popular with everyone in mainstream society, but it still acts as a strong networking tool for the continuously growing queer community.
Twitter the newest chapter to social networking along from facebook or myspace is a pop culture artifact of social networking because it allows us to communicate with people all over the world. Twitter was founded in 2006 and it is a free social network and micro-blogging service. People are able to post tweets about anything they might be thinking or what they are doing at the moment. Followers or friends of them are then able to write something back or connect with them by knowing what the other person is doing at that moment. Twitter is ranked on the top 50 most popular website worldwide, this shows that more and more pople are becoming a fan of twitter and with the services it provides to us. Twitter is a profile you creat for yourself just like facebook or myspace and it allowes you to communicate with anyone you like. This pop culture artifact of social networking will continue to grow, especially with the way our technology is growing because internet is so easy to access and how easy it is to put it as an application on our iphones or any other phones. We will see more of twitter in the future because everyone likes to stay connected.
What makes Grindr different from other social networking sites is that it can only be found on your mobile device, specifically the iphone and its target audience is for gay, bi, and curious men. It focuses on GPS technology to instantly find what men are closest to you from your current location whether you want to find men nearby or happen to be on vacation. It tracks them and tells you bout how far you are from each individual. The amount of information you share is up to you from your email address to uploading a photo to instant messaging.
AOL Instant Messenger, released in 1997, revolutionized the world of mediated communication by allowing users to chat through means of text, video conference, file sharing, even SMS messaging to mobile phones, and other means of communicating. AIM is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms as well as availability for iPhones, Blackberries, and many other mobile clients. The availability and vast amount of users makes AIM arguably the most popular means of computer mediated communication available.
Myspace.com has not only created a community, but it has broken the starting grounds of social networking sites making big bucks. In 2006, News Corp. purchased Myspace.com for 580 million dollars, they encountered in one of the biggest sales in social networking site history. In this amateur video, they show the truth behind Myspace.com and all mystical half-truths about the users. You can basically make up a person; you create your ideal self, and advertise it to gain more friends. Some pictures don’t even depict the actual user, and are edited in such a way that can be deceiving to the eye. It does create an easier way to meet others, especially around your area, but it is a playing ground for sexual predators and horny teenagers. Recently, Myspace.com has been loosing its edge with older individuals, such as college students, but still keeping the middle/high school students still intrigued.
The Psychology of Twitter
Check out this article on how twitter feeds our needs for human connection--Dr. Utley
Migente.com is another type of social network that is available out there for people to join and get connected with others. MiGente.com is targeted mostly to the Latino community and has been around for a number of years now, the website started back in 2000 to be exact andhas been improving and growing since. MiGente is a place where you can find other Latinos nationwide and network with them, or keep yourself informed with the Latino culture, music, entertainment, and as to what jobs are available. MiGente is owned by Community Connect Inc. which is based in New York and owns 2 other social networking sites: AsianAve.com and BlackPlanet.com. I was a member of MiGente back when it first started and found it to be nice because it was (and is) a site targeted for the Latino community, so I felt at “home” because I could find others who where “just like me” but with years and school,I grew away from it and now I have recently rejoined.
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