Social Networking Offer Friendship and More
Among social networking sites, MySpace and Facebook have achieved unsurpassed popularity. From kiddies to grannies, people all over the world are logging in to "pimp" their spots with cute images and banners, snazzy descriptions, and tweaked ad-ons. As time progresses and technology evolves, the user pages at Myspace or similar websites become more and more dynamic. Flashy, splashy, and carefully rendered, these pages are seductive. It seems likely, in fact, that thousands of single people would find themselves developing crushes on the people who hide behind their advertising facades. But, perhaps, it is better to ignore the man or woman behind the curtain in certain cases.
While MySpace and Facebook make it easy to believe that any person quickly tapping their keyboards to fifteen minutes of fame or much, much more is every bit as dynamic and exciting as his or her page implies, some online matchmaking services require more proof of such characteristics. Sites like eHarmony, Match.com, and Chemistry.com rely on algorithms and scientific applications to ensure more precise matching of potential dating companions. Questionnaires, polls and brief descriptions contribute to the information collected by the websites, and this helps singles seeking romantic interludes or long-term relationships have better chances at choosing their potential companions well.
It seems that what these two main types of social networking falls into different categories. Sites that are stylized to promote global friendships may offer more tweaking than sites dedicated to more realistic, more human relationships. The differences exhibit certain logic as well. Websites like Myspace and Facebook tend to applaud random friendships, even going so far to publish the number of friends each individual may have made at their online pages. Terms like "extended network" and "friend of a friend" demonstrate that the relationships here are often thinner than the network connections they travel.
Romantic match making services, with hopes of helping single people find significant others, lean more toward singular connections. In fact, most singles seeking true love via the web are less interest in building a friend base one million strong and more interested in making connections with a more manageable group of potential dates. In fact, many men and women seeking dating relationships via web personals services are drawn by the potential for finding love with a single individual by accepting fewer than a dozen dates.
Considering this major difference between the heavy hitters of the social networking opportunities on the World Wide Web, the next steps in social interaction evolution promise to be intriguing spectacles.
Posted by eDatingCentral.com Aug 24, 2008 11:37 am
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