Facebook and Twitter have greatly revolutionized the way people communicate on-line. I agree with this statement made in the book. I remember the hey day of chat rooms. It was easy for contact to remain anonymous, and even flat out lie about who they are. The sharing of information almost required contact to be on-line at the same time you were, unless you e-mailed them.
Facebook and Twitter not only encourage people to be themselves, vast amounts of information can be shared for contacts to review later without e-mail.
The downfall to these sites is that your information is shared with advertising companies and they target advertisements at you based on that information.
Facebook games are rumored to be loaded with viruses.
Remember that what you put on-line stays there until it is removed. Posts can come back to haunt you years later. (Pictures of that wild party could be bad if you wanted to get a job as a kindergarten teacher).
I disagree with people that feel social networking sites have no political power, or the ability to shape the political front. Malcolm Gladwell said that social networking sites are unsuited for serious political activism (150).
This statement comes right on the heels of the revolution in Tunisia in January 2011. The revolution was driven by Twitter. Of course, that took action by the people of Tunisia, but Twitter drove it through shared information of events as they took place. The revolution was not Twitter's doing, just went along for the ride as a useful tool (Ingram), just like a gun or throwing rocks at police.
Mathew Ingram. Was What Happened In Tunisia a Twitter Revolution. 14 Jan. 2011
Goggle. com. 10 Sep. 2013. Web.
I can honestly say I have never heard of Reddit before, and it could be said that it was in part responsible for the death of Sunil. But in his innocence, we point fingers. If he was guilty, we would be applauding.