Sunday, March 27, 2011


Online bullying (aka "Cyber-bullying") is a relatively common occurrence and it can often result in emotional trauma for the victim. Depending on the networking outlet, up to 39% of users admit to being “cyber-bullied”. Danah Boyd, a researcher of social networks quotes a teenager in her article, Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites. The teenager expresses frustration towards networking sites like MySpace because it causes drama and too much emotional stress.There are not many limitations as to what individuals can post when online. Inherently individuals are given the power to post offensive remarks or pictures that could potentially cause a great amount of emotional pain for another individual.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

social network advertising " to increase in 2011"

More businesses look set to make social media use part of their everyday activities in 2011, new research has suggested.

Marketing analysts at expect spending on display advertising for sites such as Facebook to rocket by 70 per cent or more worldwide this year.

This will take their share of online advertising to almost 11 per cent, meaning that business owners will have more opportunities to increase communication with their clients or customers.

Total advertising spending on social networks could go up by as much as 55 per cent.

"The primary driver of the change in projected spending is greater ad spending on Facebook, by far the biggest player in the space," said

Facebook reached 500 million users worldwide last year.

However, anyone using a social network as part of a business plan will need to consider security too, as a recent report from Sophos found that two-thirds of users have been spammed in the past year, while many have also received malware.