Facebook

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Introduction

Facebook is a social networking site that was launched in February 2004. Facebook helps people communicate with friends, family and coworkers. According to Facebook,"The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's real-world social connections." Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up on Facebook for free and start interacting with the people they know in a trusted environment.

Statistics

Facebook currently has over 300 million users. The fastest growing demographic currently is users 35 years of age and older. There are more than 65 million active users currently accessing Facebook through their mobile devices. Other statistics are: -The average user has 130 friends on the site. -More than 6 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day (worldwide). -More than 40 million status updates each day. -More than 10 million users become fans of Pages each day.

Your Profile

A person can put as much or as little information as they want on their profile. They can put up pictures,list information such as gender,birthday, hometown,who they are in a relationship with, religion,political views, networks they are in (universities you have attended, places you work at), interests, favorite music moveis and quotes, facbook groups that they are in and anything else they want to write about themselves. A facebook profile will also list "facebook friends" which displays the name and profile picture of a random selection of your facebook friends. People are advised to watch what they put on their profile because anyone can view your picture in this way. Facebook users must be aware that what they put on their profile can be visible to others. Facebook has created privacy settings for this very reason which allows users to limit what information from their profile is visible to others.

Platforms & Applications

The platform is a framework that provides a place for developers to create applications. A markup language called Facebook Markup Language was also introduced with the platform. The language is used to create the "look and feel" of the application. Facebook itself has used the application to create "Gifts"(allowing users to send virtual gifts to each other),"Marketplace"(allowing users to post free classified ads), "Events" (giving users a method of informing their friends about upcoming events), and "Video"(letting users share homemade videos with one another). Games that have been created through the platform range from chess to Farmville. These games are asynchronous, meaning that moves made while playing are saved on the website, and the next time the player logs in they can pick up where they logged off.

Questions have also been raised about the security of Facebook applications. An article written on October 16, 2009, explored the idea of unsecure applications. For more information view http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/how_safe_are_facebook_applications.php

Controversy

Facebook came under severe scrutiny in early 2009 when a new license agreement essentially gave facebook the right to use any person's content put on the website however they chose forever. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg tried to ensure users that Facebook would not use users data for profit but was merely trying to legally protect itself from when users shared data with other members. This however fell on deaf ears and shortly after Facebook agreed to change their license agreement again.

There are many more controversies associated with Facebook. One is in regards to the fact that Facebook does not actively enforce an age limit so many questions have been raised about the safety of children. Facebook has also been banned in many different countries due to the fact of Facebook's open nature. Some of these countries include Syria, China, and Iran.

Current controversies surrounding Facebook also take very subjective facades. Facebook has received increasing criticism from people about allowing pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia information to remain visible. Another topic receiving heightened criticism is the existence of Holocaust denial groups, as advocates consider this to be unlawful.

See Also

To get your free account or to learn more about Facebook go to facebook.com:

References

http://www.facebook.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook