Essay on Social Networking Can Affect Society in a Positive Manner

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Social Networking Can Affect Society in a Positive Manner
People always want to communicate with other people. They used to just visit the people they wanted to see, and the longer the distance, the harder it is to communicate. Throughout history, people came up with various ways of communicating: through post, pigeons, telegraph, light signals and telephone. Getting responses a few hundred years ago meant waiting for months or a year. “It needs three weeks until your family receive the message” that what the postal office told my grandfather 100 years ago; we can imagine how it hard to communicate at that time. Even before 15 years, I knew a worker from Bangladesh who use a cassette to record his messages to his family, and it take around three to four weeks until he receive any response from his family. Humans never stopped looking for a faster method to communication. The 21st century brought us the internet. Social networking was born one day in 1971, when the first email was sent. Nowadays, social networking plays a major role in all human life, in other words, it is an essential part of life for people from around the world. Some of them can no longer imagine how to catch up with friends and contacts without social networking. Social networking helped us become closer to our friends, even when they are a thousand miles away. Through the World Wide Web, we are able to connect with people from around the world, making it easy to keep in touch with friends and family. Danah m. Boyd and Nicole B. Ellison defined the social networking as “Web-based services that allow individuals to construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.” Social networking has impacts to our society in three areas: economy, politics, and socially. Social networks influenced the economy positively in different field. According to Bianca Bosker that social media helps empower business women. She point out that Being able to connect on social networking sites gives businesswoman a support group not readily found offline where female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies are outnumbered by male CEOs 15 to 485. Moreover, many social media sites are dominated by women: 72% of Pinterest users are women, 58% of Facebook users, 62% of MySpace users, 60% of Yelp users, and 53% of Instagram users. Business women use Twitter chats to support each other, give and receive peer knowledge, and have guest "speakers" share expert knowledge. In addition, social media sites help employers find employees and job-seekers find work. One statistics from showed that 64% of companies are on two or more social networks for recruiting because of the wider pool of applicants, more efficient searches, and no need for an outside recruiter. 89% of employers have hired employees through LinkedIn, 26% through Facebook, and 15% through Twitter. One in six job-seekers credit social media for helping find their current job. 52% of job-seekers use Facebook for the job search, 38% use LinkedIn, and 34% use Twitter. In Andy Nathan article about "How Social Media Saved the Economy," she state that Social media sites have created a new industry and thousands of jobs in addition to providing new income and sales. A McKinsey Global Institute study projects that the communication and collaboration from social media could add $900 billion to $1.3 trillion to the economy through added productivity and improved customer service. Facebook posted $1.26 billion for third quarter 2012 revenue, up from $954 million for third quarter 2011 earnings. Twitter, a private company, earned an estimated $350 million in 2012 revenue. In Saudi Arabia, many youngest people use social networks to sell their products because it’s the