Facebook As A Social Media For Older People

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Facebook as a Social Media for Older People Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, a graduate of Harvard University. Originally, the website was meant to be an online version of the university’s printed Facebook, a directory of new scholars. During that time, the membership to the website was only limited to Harvard scholars. However, it grew to involve other Ivy League scholars, and within a year it had over one million users. According to the Facebook press room, the social networking has over ninety million active users. Facebook was mainly created for college students. It has a place for a profile picture, contact information, the wall where friends can post comments, status update, news feed and a space for uploading photos (Kirkpatrick 7). More than five hundred million people are interacting with other Facebook users all over the world every single day, and the number is still growing. Facebook is the world’s largest online social network. Currently, there is a decline in the use of Facebook among young people. Once an exclusive domain of youngsters, Facebook now is becoming popular with the older clientele. According to Pew Internet and American Life Project, the number of Facebook users age fifty and older nearly doubled in the past year. Today there are more older people on Facebook than there has ever been. From 2000-2009, there was a seventy percent increase in social media use. Facebook takes the highest percentage of people aged fifty to…

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