“Stayin’ alive, stayin’ alive” -Bee Gees

It is almost impossible to talk about Myspace without mentioning Facebook. Once upon a time, Myspace was one of the most popular social networking websites in the world. However, with the arrival of Facebook, the number of MySpace users dwindled and many ‘loyal’ followers flocked to Marc Zuckerberg’s Facebook.

While the old version on Myspace appealed to a general audience, the new revamped one is geared towards a more specific group of users: its target audience is now various types of artists and creative individuals. Myspace is dedicated to music and video sharing and can be compared to websites such as Spotify and Pandora. Perhaps the owners of Myspace realized that they could no longer compete against the social networking giant that is Facebook. Instead, they embraced change: first-time users can now more easily sign-up for a Myspace account through Facebook or Twitter. Myspace has the largest online music library in the world.

Great strides have been made over the past couple of years to improve Myspace. However, the website remains behind the times in terms of accessibility since the site is only available in English. Therefore, potential users who do not understand the language may have a hard time navigating it.

Myspace has a lot of new features, but others could be improved. It is up to you to explore Myspace and make your own opinion about the website.

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Picture Perfect

Instagram is great tool for posting and editing pictures. Users can also use filters to modify their pictures to make them look like they were taken by a professional.

One of the benefits of using Instagram is that it directly connects users to some of the most popular social media and social networking sites that exist today such as Facebook and Twitter allowing members to upload and share their pictures with friends and family across multiple platforms quickly and easily.

Perhaps one of the major reasons why Instagram is so popular is because it complements sites such as Facebook so well. Most social networking websites provide their users with very few, if any, photo-editing tools. Instagram, on the other hand, lets its users do it all. Today, cameras are widely accessible and people, especially the younger generation, seem to prefer using pictures rather than words to communicate with each other. Therefore, an application dedicated to taking and posting quality on-the-go pictures is nothing less than essential. It’s like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

The biggest issue with Instagram, however, is its lack of uniqueness. There are many other websites and mobile applications devoted to editing and sharing photos. In fact, Instagram recently implemented new features that closely resemble those of another mobile application, Snapchat. Instagram is trendy at the moment, but will its popularity last? Only time will tell. So, for now, continue to enjoy all that Instagram has to offer.

Photo credit: By David Peters (Wikimedia Foundation) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

What’s to ‘Like’ about Facebook?

Facebook is one of the best social media and social networking websites that exists today for two main reasons: It has a vast network of users and many functions. Facebook caters to a wide range of interests and needs for both professional and personal use while other social networking sites such as LinkedIn and MySpace only target specific audiences. With over one billion users worldwide, it is one of the most comprehensive and popular sites to date.  Its huge user base makes it even easier to reach more people to promote a business or service, or get in touch with friends and family.

While Facebook has many great features, there are also some problems associated with the site. Over the years, advertisements have become more and more prominent on news feeds. A news feed is a page that appears after members have logged into their account and allows them to see what their friends have liked, shared, and posted.  As a result, users are being bombarded with ads that can become intrusive and interfere with the browsing experience. In addition, there have been recent issues regarding the news articles that appear on Facebook. It turns out that news stories that appear to be real, but that are actually fake, have been published on the website and many users have unfortunately been deceived by the creators of these publications.

Therefore, anyone considering using Facebook should weigh the benefits and disadvantages and those who already have an account should avoid relying on Facebook as their only source of news.

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