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Social Media Balancing

It is no surprise that social networking is a big part of society. Businesses, students, teens, adults and even Ivy League institutions use the powerful tool daily to portray the image they want (or for other reasons). However it is surprising and shocking is to how on social media sites change and how they change human interactions. Facebook for example didn’t start just with millions of viewers it happened to use networks, which we talk about in class.

What is interesting about how facebook networked its way to the top is how the founders used a rule similar to the   balanced tree property. If you don’t know the story of how facebook came top be I’ll lay out whats important ,

1) Mark Z. launches the site and garners users by emailing the DENSLY networked members of Harvard secret soicietes.

2) Facebook becomes popular overnight

3) They spread throughout colleges.

That’s the rough early history of facebook. Now, facebook’s competitor at the time(2008) was the infamous myspace, http://www.google.com/trends/?q=myspace,and as we can see myspace hit a serious decline in 2008 and then on. Why is this? It is easy to say that facebook was cooler and myspace was lame, but that would not be as accurate nor politically correct. Now facebook had densly connected users who all started using the site at one point. These users who hypothecially were once part of a balanced graph of social networks were suddenly unbalanced and quickly garnered other users. It is a really catrophic effect actually. If a large enough group is affected, then there networks are affected. Also we can look at the affect of garnering users as a a set of x users who all have strong positive ties to mypsace and are all the each other. If suddenly facebook comes into the picture and enough people create strong positive ties to it then the netwrok will balance and soon most (if not all) will have ties to facebook. And since this is a product then, one must decline whle the other flurishes. It’s pretty interesting how the networks apply to real life stituations.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/timeline/facebook/index.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/8204730/The-rise-of-Facebook-history-of-a-social-network.html

 

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  • ojp3@cornell.edu

    To contine this, we can look at the affect of garnering users as a a set of x users who all have strong positive ties to mypsace and are all the each other. If suddenly facebook comes into the picture and enough people create strong positive ties to it then the netwrok will balance and soon most (if not all) will have ties to facebook. And since this is a product then, one must decline whle the other flurishes. It’s pretty interesting how the networks apply to real life stituations.

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