Social Network Sites – Starting Fresh on LinkedIn, Google+ & MySpace

My practicum project is on social networking sites.  Since Facebook and Twitter are already so popular I have decided to join LinkedIn, Google+, and MySpace.  I have known about LinkedIn for a while now, however I was always too lazy to set up an account.  I am so glad that Social Networking is my practicum project topic because I am now obsessed with LinkedIn.  I cannot get off of this site and I immediately have made 21 connections and have discovered that many of my close friends use it.  Especially as a graduating senior looking to find a job in the next upcoming months, LinkedIn could not be more useful for making connections for available job opportunities.  It is pretty much an online resume but better!  I am still getting used to it and you can only send invitations to link with people who you know well, and you need to send invitations using the person’s email address.

Google + is always a social network that I have been wanting to join since everyone was raving about it when it first came out this summer, especially because it is so exclusive and you can only join after being invited by someone who is already a member.  I had one of my friends who is already a member send me a request to join, signing up was easy however I am confused by the set up of the site.  Google + has a lot in common with Facebook except I believe that it is a little more confusing.  Adding friends seems simple, when you find people you know and add them to your “friends circle” they automatically get placed there however they still have to accept you to their profile before you can see each other’s posts.  The only upside to Google+ so far that I have noticed is that there are much more privacy settings, and you are able to organize everyone who you are connected to in different categories such as “friends” or family” and then you are able to share certain content with separate groups (unlike the privacy settings on Facebook).  So far I have not made any media or status posts yet, however I have posted a profile picture, and I have added 22 people into my friends circle from which 15 have added me back into theirs.

I used to have a Myspace when I was younger but once Facebook came out I completely stopped using it and forgot all about my old account.  Anyway, I just rejoined with a brand new account and so far all I have done is filled out my basic information and uploaded a profile photo of myself.  Myspace is the least interesting out of the three social networking sites that I have joined and is so far the hardest to use only because it is so old that not that many people use.  There are also way too many advertisements, which I find unappealing. As of now it has been really hard to find and add friends on it but hopefully this will change soon..

Furthermore LinkedIn is definitely my favorite out of the three and I really enjoy it.  Google+ may not be my favorite so far but it is definitely the most interesting because it is so advanced, new and exciting.  Lastly Myspace has definitely improved over the years to match up to its competitors and hopefully I will discover new things as I keep spending time on it but as of now it is my least favorite out of the three.  As I make more progress I will post links to my profiles.

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