Since Classmates.com launch in 1995, the amount of social networks has expanded with the speed of light. Back then, users only had access to the lists of various educational institutions students. They had no opportunity of creating a profile until SixDegrees.com solved this problem in 1997. Social networks look different today, but there is still one thing left in common: each social network is based on educational history of every user. As you can guess from its name, first social network’s users were able to find friends according to the “Education” section of personal profile. Later, employment background and hobbies were added to extend the search. Nevertheless, the primary question is whether a modern student does need a profile on every single social network available. If not, is there a particular number and list of social networks recommended for obligatory registration? We’ll try to figure it out.
I believe the most heavily used social platforms are Twitter, Facebook and, of course, Google+. The social umbrella is that big you won’t be able to take care of all accounts at the same time. Yes, it is possible to sign up to each existing network, but how comes one person’s profiles can all be equally active? Even one page takes a plenty of time to upgrade and control it.
There is something magic about that number, “three”. Don’t you agree? It works for most of the life cases. Once again, experts recommend running no more than three social network profiles at a time. Many will agree that social pages play a huge role in every aspect of our life nowadays. It helps people with building their families, getting a job, promoting some business, and improving academic score. This last component will be discussed in more details.
According to the statistics, students are the heaviest Internet users. It makes sense: Internet remains a young innovation which requires basic and advanced computer skills to be used in full. Social media obsession can add up to your academic performance as well as ruin it completely. One deal is searching for educational material and some tips to help with your essay or lab report. Another one is turning the system into one senseless chatterbox.
To understand the importance of social platforms for students, their basic needs and desires have to be taken into account. So, what is every modern student looking for?
- Communication. Any social network is primarily developed to kill the lack of communication. Not everybody is born an extrovert. Having online conversations adds confidence to all those shy guys always acting backstage.
- Media exchange. Visualization is the most powerful type of information perception. To learn something better or memorize stuff it is highly recommended to implement video or photo approach. After all, visual elements serve perfectly as a good combination of academic material and entertainment.
- Support. Well, we all need a piece of advice when on the spot. Teens are far more vulnerable. They use social networks to express their feelings and emotions anonymously.
- Dating. Social platforms are the best tools for finding the one for you. Another matter is the number of fake accounts you risk facing. But, as it is said, “Who dares, wins.”
- Fashion. Slowing down in terms of new trendy watches or fresh iPhone is just another reason for mates to make laugh of you. It’s crucial to keep abreast of what’s on.
- Employment. We’re speaking about part-time jobs and extra earnings only, as far as students do not have the opportunity to combine full-time work with studying. Thousands of job offers and vacancies are available on the social networks. It only takes a bit of time to search.
- Finally, each student cares (or, at least, should care) about education. This issue is observed closer through the text.
Well, while one profile you owe can be dedicated to knowledge absorption, another will reflect your personality. The last, third page, can be left for hobbies (for instance, following your favorite band or movie star).
Having profiles with completed information and regular posts allows one to gain new members. Some of these followers may result into some valuable partnerships in the future. Today you are a student, but you might wake up a business manager tomorrow. And your profile can get you a job.
Social network is not losing a game to student portals and communities in terms of academic assistance. While some systems are developed for communications and fun only, other are aimed to satisfy edifying needs. Let me drop a hint: there are social networks of educational orientation able to provide online education even better than many specialized sites and tutors. A student capable of self-learning will never experience any difficulties with such networks and their approaches.
Such networks may involve such blocks as kindergarten, elementary school, high school, undergraduate. These pages are designed to create communities and interaction, share contacts, provide data about educational institutions at all levels, suggest a variety of other useful information. Students already adopted social network to use for the exchange of educational information.
Despite many teachers supporting the idea of restricting social media usage, the students worldwide have already adopted social network as the most convenient and speedy way to exchange the educational information. Believe it or not, but 75% of the students use the Internet for academic purposes, 93% retrieve different kind of information, while 31% use the web with the professional intentions (like career opportunities). 98% of students have their social profiles.
The popularity of social networks is also connected with the need of self-actualization. All of these sites help adolescents with their self-realization process. As many accounts you have, the more roles you can try on. Virtual communications might help a student to find himself, his place in society. It’s a good practice for those kids who are scared of performing in public. Written communication leads to the development of oral one.
To answer the core question of this article, we need to name top major social networking sites. I guess, it would be fair enough to recall Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram. Depending on student’s goals and intentions, his profiles might be beneficial enough yet destructive. Hundreds of new social platforms pop up regularly, so there is no need to be aware of each. Moreover, there is no sense of signing up to all of them. But pay attention to the winners.
Another good reason for having profiles on all major platforms is that the audience you want to reach is definitely scattered all over the web. What I mean is, just like in business, you risk losing potential “customers” or vise versa, “suppliers” by owning only one or a couple of patterns. A good example is when a student striving for TOEFL sample to pass it next week misses this opportunity only because the one holding appropriate material only has his “Twitter” account, while the “victim” runs “Facebook” page. Some people prefer LinkedIn as the best instrument to operate online resume while others demand Instagram to post the photos just for fun. Each major social network focuses more on a particular issue. Thus, to find a job faster, probably you’ll have to get LinkedIn profile. Facebook’s account will promote your students-friendly community. With Twitter, you’ll always keep in touch with the latest trends. So, unless you are a multinational enterprise with one official page with few millions of users, try to sign up to 3-5 major social networks. It’s hard to handle several pages at a time. Begin with one or a couple to see whether you can cope with more.
Besides, possessing more than one profile opens new horizons like boosting a particular post among other social media platforms. In this way, a student can request some help with a particular assignment or share his ideas with the rest of the world. But it is critical to keep your profiles up-dated. New posts should appear at least every three days.
However, it is important to realize the same strategy won’t work with your future business.
To sum up, here is the list of advantages of registering several accounts:
- Independence from temporal and spatial constraints.
- Technological literacy.
- The usage of virtual community technology forums to obtain significant information.
- The possibility of applying multimedia resources.
- Bringing students together.
- Effective time management.
- The ability to use a familiar resource with a familiar interface.
- “Stay -at-home” education approach.
One more advantage of having more than one social network profile is that a student can easily sign in at many sites instead of passing terrifying registration. It saves a lot of time that can be used… Right, for studying!