Introducing…Stephanie Neville

February 7, 2009 at 4:51 am Leave a comment

Facebook Profile

(My Facebook Profile)

I’ve had a Facebook account since June of 2005, just weeks after my high school graduation ceremony. At the time, it was only available to those who could prove they were affiliated with a university. Now, however, Facebook is available to anyone (13+) with a valid e-mail address. This growing social utility has over 150 million active users. Individuals use the site as a connecting and networking tool, and businesses use it for advertising, marketing and promotion. Facebook allows each user to belong to one or more ‘networks’, made up of different cities, countries, schools, and workplaces. Depending on the privacy settings and the network a certain individual belongs to, strangers may or may not be able to view that profile. Accepted ‘friends’, on the other hand, tend to have access to more personal information. (This includes, but is not limited to: photos, marital status, birth date, political views, favorite music and favorite TV shows.) While this is great for friends, family and business advancement, it is often more hurtful than helpful in the professional world. That is where LinkedIn comes in…

My LinkedIn Public Profile

(My LinkedIn Public Profile)

LinkedIn is a Web site that focuses on the professional network. Over 35 million members from all over the world maintain these relationships and form new ones. According to its ‘About Us’ page, “When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments. You can then form enduring connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you. Your network consists of your connections, your connections’ connections, and the people you know, linking you to a vast number of qualified professionals and experts.” Through this service, professionals can find new jobs, meet potential clients, or post job listings for available positions. Overly personal information and random photographs are not included on this profile. This is a great professional tool, especially in times of unemployment.

My Twitter Profile

(My Twitter Profile)

Twitter is “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” This is convenient for those always on the move, especially media-focused individuals. Multiple people and companies are linked at once with this Web site- it only takes one post. Instantaneous news!

I plan to use these social media networks to keep in touch with friends, family, acquaintances, co-workers and businesses I admire. Each one is unique, enabling the user to communicate with different people in different ways.

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