Social Networking has grown to a level where it becomes part of peoples everyday living. As with everything on the internet, there are disadvantages and advantages with using social networking.
Some advantages to social networking are:
· Low costs
o Social networking for personal and business use if free. It is an easy and cost effective way to reach your consumers and people in your network.
· Builds Credibility
o For business purposes, connecting with your customers on a personal and professional level will make them loyal to your company and brand.
o Connecting with people in your friends’ networks or your work networks will benefit you in the long run. It will help you gain connections which may be useful in the future.
Some disadvantages to Social Networking are:
· Lack of anonymity
o Social networking usually requires you to input your name, location, age, gender and many other types of personal information.
· Scams and harassment
o Being online you are at risk to face cases of harassment, cyber-stalking, online scams and identity theft.
· Time consuming
o If you are new to social networking, learning the process can be very time consuming.
With these advantages and disadvantages I hope you guys continue to use social networking safely!