Online social networks build online communities of people
who share interests and activities, or who are interested in
exploring the interests and activities of others. This is a
very powerful tool.
Social networking has created powerful new ways to communicate
and share information. Social networking websites are being
used regularly by millions of people, and it now seems that
social networking will be an enduring part of everyday life.
Imaging Foundation uses the power of these communities to communicate
important information and messages about our ocean ecosystems.
MySpace - MySpace is a popular social networking
website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of
friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music and
videos for teenagers and adults internationally. The 100 millionth
account was created on August 6, 2006, the site attracts 230,000
new users per day
Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg while
he was still a student at Harvard University. Website membership
was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded
to other colleges in the Ivy League. It later expanded further
to include any university student, then high school students,
and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently
has more than 100 million active users worldwide.
YouTube - YouTube is a video sharing website
where users can upload, view and share video clips. YouTube
was created in February 2005 by three former PayPal employees.
The San Bruno-based service uses Adobe Flash technology to
display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including
movie clips, TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur
content such as videoblogging and short original videos. Few
statistics are publicly available regarding the number of videos
on YouTube. However, in July 2006, the company revealed that
more than 100 million videos were being watched every day,
and 2.5 billion videos were watched in June 2006. 50,000 videos
were being added per day in May 2006, and this increased to
65,000 by July. In January 2008 alone, nearly 79 million users
had made over 3 billion video views. In August 2006, The Wall
Street Journal published an article revealing that YouTube
was hosting about 6.1 million videos (requiring about 45 terabytes
of storage space), and had about 500,000 user accounts. As
of April 9, 2008, a YouTube search returns about 83.4 million
videos and 3.75 million user channels. It is estimated that
in 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet
in 2000, and that around 13 hours of video are uploaded every
minute. In March 2008, its bandwidth costs were estimated at
approximately $1 million a day.
Blogger.com is a service that permits, easy, attractive and
immediate blog feeds to a variety of Internet sites. This tool
makes expedition journal communication accessible and inexpensive.
Hi5.com is the #1 social network in over
25 nations across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Hi5
claims to be the #1 social network for the world's Spanish
language population, and the service is available in a total
of 23 languages as of April 2008. IF uses this network to reach
audiences in Latin America.