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  1. Introduction
  2. Do Facebook and social media mean an opportunity or a threat for users?
  3. Conclusion

Nowadays, who doesn't use Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Youtube, Linkedin or other kind of social media? Even parents and grand parents use ti nowadays. Social media are omnipresent in our lives. But before going further, let's define what social media is. Social media include forms of electronic communication (as web sites for social networking and microblogging) through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content as pictures, videos, links and so on. As for traditional media, they deliver content but don't allow readers, viewers and listeners to participate in the creation or development of the content.

More and more people are attracted by this kind of communication, especially by Facebook, because it is simple, free, and it is a way to keep in touch with family and friends. Furthermore, a lot of firms use them to spread adverts, and to make their own business.

However, do Facebook and social media mean an opportunity or a threat for users?
It is indeed at the beginning of the 21st century that users were beginning to see the appeal of social networking and blogging sites like Friendster, Linkedin, and MySpace. The last one (MySpace), had grown to be the most popular social network in the world. Users could create their own profile, and then post music from artists or videos from others websites.

[...] And if you are a company, you can use social media to recruit new talents. However, in spite of all these advantages that social media supply, we often forget to talk about problems, and sometimes dangers concerning them. Publishing information about itself : yes. But what are the limits of the life's privacy? Then social networking become a threat for users. The main point is the life's privacy. Being enrolled in a social media demands to give a certain number of personal information ; name, birth date, address to create you an account, so your friends can find you and know more about your life. [...]

[...] You always want to know about your friend's life, to see who is connected to talk to by chat, what people say about you Your life is not real anymore. It is virtual. You spend more time with your computer or with your mobile phone than with your family or friends, always aware and checking about news. Trying to struggle against wrongdoing of social media, and in particularly Facebook, a lot of advertising campaigns have been created : blogs, websites, pictures and so on. [...]

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