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What is social networking?

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Social networking is the communication and sharing of information and interaction with others using the internet and social media.

What is social media?

Social media is a collection of apps that allows users to create and share information about themselves online. The most popular networking sites and apps include:

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Pinterest

  • Whatsapp

  • Instagram

  • Snapchat

What are the benefits to social media and social networking?

  • communication is free - the apps used to communicate and share information with others are free to download and free to use.

  • make new friends - with people who have the same likes and interests

  • build business connections - useful for promoting and marketing products and the business

  • find a partner - with someone who has the same likes and interests

  • access information, e.g. sport, entertainment - when and where these are happening

  • share photographs easily - with family and friends who are interested in seeing the photographs and keeping in touch

  • share information - information can be spread quickly using social media so if a fundraising event was happening or an event had to be cancelled, a lot of people can get that information quickly

  • access news in real time - as some social media platforms will push breaking news through to the person's feed, so the person can see what is happening on the news at that time

  • keeping in contact with friends and family who live in another country - as there is worldwide connectivity and people can share information and photos as a way of keeping in touch

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