Go to at least 15 commercial Internet sites such as Yahoo!, MSN, and About.com. Document information on the types of attempts (such as pop-up windows and advertisements) that influence the viewer, including counting the number of references toward social shaping. The websites you consult should be listed in a reference list at the end of the newsletter. Take the information you have gathered and write an article for your company newsletter summarizing your findings and drawing conclusions. The article should be at least 500 words in length and should demonstrate depth of thought as well as originality.
The first commercial Internet web site that I am analyzing is the online social networking web site Orkut. It permits maintaining relationships through pictures, messages, music and videos. What seem interesting with Orkut are that is permits to establish new connections with people belonging to any part of the world, help to come in contact with old friends and family in any part of the world. Any individual interested in making friends can open an account on the web site and develop their own profile. What adds uniqueness to Orkut is the fact that any friend or family member can insert their own testimonials of that person. In the profile, personal, social and professional information can be demonstrated. Another unique feature of Orkut is that any person can search for another by simply typing in the name in the search box.
MSN is a community web site mainly concerned with email, messaging and social contacting. This web site is brought out my Microsoft. The users interested can open an account with the MSN web site and are given an individual username and password. The user would be getting personalized information from the MSN network. These include news, sports, weather, local news, etc. Each user can make changes to the layout, color, themes, etc to the individual web page.
Yahoo is a social network web site that mainly provides email, news, searches, messenger, jobs, weather, Horoscope, Health and other information. The Web site concerns a wide range of areas. Yahoo has its sources in almost every nation of the world and these provide localized information. Each user can log into the web site with his or her usernames and password.
Google, one of the strongest search engines in the world has extended its services to other areas such as book searches, computation, social network groups, news, maps, etc. People are mainly attracted towards Google as it search strategy is very strong and would permit the user to use their own initiative whilst search for various aspects in the Internet.
Tagged.com is social networking that permits users from various parts of the world to get in contact with old friends and new friends. It was launched in the year 2004. The graphic interface of the web site is very appealing and has several innovations such as slides, videos and the music presentation. It has several reputed news sources such as Wall Street Journal, Business Week Online, Ad week, etc.
Travellers Point is a social network that provides personalized information regarding traveling destinations and experiences, photo galleries, blogs, forums, maps, etc. Users can create their own usernames and passwords on the web site and get upload and download photos and videos of famous travel destinations throughout the world. The Web site works in association with another organization known as ‘Travel helpers’, which provides expert guidance to travelers.
Hikut.com is a social networking web site that provides various features to the users, user such as galleries, blogs, music, videos, polls, groups, quizzes, events, classifieds, etc. The users can also use several other features on the web site such as chats, interfaces, scrapbook, etc. The users would have to register on the web site with a user name and a password.
Linkedln is a professional social network web site that permits the users to share professional information with other experts and specialists throughout the world. More than 16 million users have registered from about 150 countries. Users who have registered include clients, partners and colleagues. Users can also search for jobs and get in contact with the job seekers.
One of the main religious social networking web site in the world is My Church.com. This web site was launched in 2006 offering services to Catholics in the blogs, forums, messenger services, counseling, calendar events, sermons live telecasts, paying of thanksgivings, etc. The founders of this web site have combined Internet and technology in a very innovative manner to obtain one of the most advanced Catholic networking web sites in the world. More than 7000 Churches are associated with the web site.
One of the major social networking web site in the world concerned with sharing music, videos, photos, etc, is Multiply. The web site also extends its services to other media other than the Internet including MMS and mobile services. The web site not only caters to the personal needs of the user, but also to the professional and the academic needs. Only individuals who are closely related to one another can share media information.
Another social networking web site is Friendster that caters to the needs of small circle of friends. It is utilized more widely in Asia than in any other part of the world. It has been in competition with several other social networking web sites such as Yahoo 360 and Facebook. In the year 2006, the web site came out with an innovative discovery, which entitled it a patent. It demonstrated a method and an online tool to calculate and develop relationships between people.
Facebook was a social networking web site launched in the year 2004, meant for the students of Harvard University. However, as the web site was a strong success, several other universities were added including Boston University, MIT, etc. Slowly any student belonging to any university in the world was allowed to register on the web site. More than 58 million users have been registered on the web site. The site offers the users several features including sending and receiving messages, gifts, placing ads, blogs, etc.
Facebook (2007). “Facebook – Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.facebook.com Web site.
Friendster (2007). “Friendster – Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.friendster.com Web site.
Google (2007). “Google Help Center.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from Google Web site: http://www.google.co.in/intl/en/help/features.html
HiKut (2007). “Hikut.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.hikut.com Web site.
LinkedIn (2007). “Linkedin.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.linkedin,com Web site.
MSN (2007). “MSN-Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from MSN Web site: http://www.msn.com/
Multiply (2007). “Multiply – Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.multiply.com Web site.
My Church (2007). “My Church – Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.Mychurch.org Web site.
Orkut (2007). “About Orkut.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from Orkut Web site: http://www.orkut.com/About.aspx
Tagged.com (2007). “Tagged – Home Page.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from Tagged.com Web site: www.tagged.com
Travellers Point (2007). “Travellers Point.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from www.travellerspoint.com Web site.
Yahoo (2007). “Yahoo Company Information.” Retrieved on December 26, 2007, from Yahoo Web site: http://info.yahoo.com/