Social networks are absolutely everywhere you look online. The likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ are built into the very fabric of the Web, being omnipresent even on sites that they have no direct involvement with. Even MakeUseOf – look to the left of this paragraph to see for yourself how far their tentacles reach.
Beyond that there are other social networks with more of a niche intention. LinkedIn for building business contacts, Pinterest for sharing images of things that interest you, MySpace for people who like Justin Timberlake (I think!?). The question is which social network is your particular poison of choice?
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Social Network, & Why? We have actually asked this question before, or at least one very close to it. That was almost exactly one year ago, and it will be interesting to see how things have changed over the last 12 months.
Social networking is constantly changing, which is why we’d like to get a feel for how the MakeUseOf readership views the genre at this particular moment in time. Tell us which social network you use above all others and why you use it over the alternatives. After all, there are so many available there has to be a reason for gravitating towards a particular one.
This question was prompted by changes being made to both Facebook and Google+. The former is preparing to change its user interface once more, with the Timeline we all know and love undergoing a makeover. The latter is continually being adapted, but the most recent makeover prompted cries from some quarters that Google was copying Facebook. Which is an interesting avenue to explore.
Those who don’t use any social networks aren’t excluded from taking part in the discussion. Feel free to explain your reasons for avoiding the lure of these sites. Do the privacy and data issues put you off? Or do you merely fail to see the appeal in talking to people on the InterWebs? Have you instead been banned from social networks?
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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