Net , a term that comes from Latin challenge, mentions the structure that has a characteristic pattern . This definition allows the concept to be applied in various fields, such as computing (where a network is a set of interconnected teams that share information ).
Social, meanwhile, is that pertaining to or relative to the society (the set of individuals that interact with each other to form a community). The social usually implies a sense of belonging.
The notion of social network , therefore, is linked to the structure where a group of people maintain some kind of link . Such relationships may be friendly, sexual, commercial or otherwise. For example: “The people's social network worked perfectly to channel solidarity with the victims of the flood”, “The family is the basis of any social network”.
The concept, however, has been updated in recent years to point to a type of site Internet that favors the creation of virtual communities , in which it is possible to access services that allow groups to be assembled according to the interests of the users, sharing photographs, videos and information in general.
The most popular social network today is Facebook , which has more than 1300 million users , which exchange messages and computer files. Other social networks are MySpace and Hi5 .
It is possible to find social networks in Internet that specialize in certain sectors or that aim to capture a specific group of users. LinkedIn For example, it brings together professionals and tries to promote business and labor mobility.
Let's see below a summary of some of the most used social networks worldwide, along with a brief description of their characteristics and objectives:
* Facebook: it is a social network that seeks to connect people from all over the planet, and that many use to reunite with old childhood friends, with people they haven't seen for long weather. As mentioned in previous paragraphs, he has reached the position of undisputed leader. Among the options it offers are to create groups with different criteria, share photographs and all kinds of multimedia files, participate in surveys and send messages to famous people who perhaps we could not contact otherwise;
* Youtube: Many people do not know that YouTube is, in effect, a social network, since it began as a free video publishing service. However, today, thanks to the apparent simplicity of its interface, the fact that it can leave comments in large part of the content and the possibility of transmitting live and direct video, this powerful tool it allows people to communicate from all over the world and it is very beneficial for unknown artists who want to take a place in the industry;
* Twitter: This microblogging application has been a true revelation, since it has conquered the entire planet despite its seemingly exaggerated limit of characters per message, which, on the other hand, has aroused in many users the challenge of taking advantage of it in the best possible way every time. Twitter allows us to share our activities at any time with a group of people, with the possibility of including content multimedia. Your already well-known hashtag It has become part of the popular language and is widely used by large companies to promote their products;
* Myspace: This is a portal specially used by singers who seek to achieve fame. In Myspace it is possible to share music files, videos and photos, meet other artists and stay in Contact with them and even create blogs.