Social Networking websites: Advantages and Disadvantages

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Social Networking is something that is trending more than fashion and movies! There are people who have become obsessed with social networking websites. Internet has taken a new turn with these social networking websites gaining so much popularity. This is the only platform where people from all walks of life are brought together and interact freely with one another. But there are two sides to a coin, though these social networking sites have some great advantages, they do have disadvantages too. There are many users who have fallen prey due to the disadvantages of these websites. But, there are many who have gained a lot through these websites. Let us see some of the biggest and disadvantages of these sites:

The biggest advantages of social networking websites are that they are very low-cost. The registrations to almost all these sites are free and they can be used for both personal and business purposes. Personal use of these websites is very common as these websites were started for the very purpose. But there are also business uses which many are not aware of. The chances of finding potential customers are very high on social networking websites. Many can run their businesses by just being members of some these websites. A business can boost their profit through these websites and it is one of the most effective forms of advertising.

Making friends and tracking the friends with whom you have lost touch has become very easy with these social networking websites. Credibility is something hard to come by in a business. You can have a personal contact with your customers and get them interacting about the business. Getting in touch with the customers builds a great rapport for the business.

The personal information that is put up can be viewed by people. Though there are so many security measures, people can still view your personal details if you don’t lock information properly. Carelessness can lead to pretty nasty situations and the information given by others need not always be true. Coning is very easy on these websites and there are many who fall for this.

The scams and the common online harassments are very high on social networking site. Posting unwanted pictures by an unknown person, getting friend requests from every Tom, Dick and Harry has become very common. Though there is a cyber crime branch, many don’t report the stalking and identity thefts that happen to their websites.

Many are not very efficient with the marketing or even using these social networking websites personally. The entire purpose of social networking websites is to sit back and relax whether it is being used for personal use or a business purpose. But, if you don’t know how to use them effectively then it is a complete waste of time. Many just open their accounts and don’t operate their accounts for a long time. What is the point in opening one when it is not being used?
These are some of the most common advantages and disadvantages for social networking websites. Just the other day I was catching up with a friend of mine who sells jewelry over my Xfinity Voice phone who said that her profit margin has increased by almost 30% after opening a business page on one of the popular social networking websites. But, I also know quite a few people who have been victims to stalking. There was a guy who used to send love note to one of my neighbors, when she did not respond to any of the mails, it turned to hate mails. The scenario got out of hand and she has to finally approach the police for it!

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Samantha Kirk is a freelance writer and an active blogger. She often chats with her friends through her Xfinity Voice phone.

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This article was published on 2012/08/02