What is social network? If I ask so, many people would think of facebook, twitter, or mixi. Social network basically is defined as the communication service that helps people to communicate each other through the internet. Actually, I am a facebook user and enjoying my friend’s posting and photos. Let me focus on facebook and explain its history briefly.
According to “The History of the Internet a Nutshell,” facebook was launched in 2004 mainly by Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. At the first time it was targeting to college students, and then it was opened to the public in 2006. Facebook has more than 750 million active users now.
Then, let’s focus how facebook is different from other social networks.
First, how facebook is different from twitter? For instance, although facebook users become “friend” with each other’s permission, in twitter people can connect other users one-sidedly. It means that we can follow other’s twittering without permission. Therefore, users would connect to even a passer-by if the person twitters interesting information for him. This characteristic suggests that twitter fits to provide information rather than communicating. How about mixi and facebook? Facebook and mixi have many similarities, yet one of big differences between them could be that facebook requests its users to use their real names. The system with real names enables its users to bring their real community to social network as it is. Therefore, the services provided by facebook are more realted to user’s daily life than that of mixi. I do not mean that real name system is superior to the anonymous one. However, it is clear that facebook meets needs of many people in term of communicating ;therefore, it has been able to succeed as one distinguished social network.
I put one link about the conflict about the right to remain anonymous on the internet in Japan.
This article provides you an opportunity to think about privacy on the internet.