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Social network – Facebook’s functions today


Facebook, which was founded by student Mark Zuckerberg, is only 7 years old and already has several million users. The secret of this social network’s popularity lies in its practical viability: the users can chat with each other, send messages, post their creative thoughts of the day or invite their idol as a friend. Facebook also gives them a unique opportunity to build vivid profiles with posh pictures.

According to Facebook’s statistics, people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on the site, an average user has 130 friends, and about 70% of users are outside the United States. It has been said that people who have many friends are perceived as more sociable. Others claim that a big number of virtual friends only shows how lonely the user is.

Lately, I read a very interesting article on wordpress.com, 5 reasons to quit Facebook. Its author shares his personal opinion about Facebook with readers. In his opinion, Facebook is a very good source for crackers and other dishonest people, as Facebook’s users tend to post very personal information, sometimes their credit card numbers. Also, Facebook can sell information about its users to advertisers. Moreover, the author of the article accurately observes people’s tendency to join the network just because their friends are there.

Avon and Somerset Police, UK, tried to find 25-year-old Jo Yeates’ killer by using Facebook: the users could see a special advert, which appeared on the site, Jo’s murder- can you help? Also, police were searching Jo’s Facebook account to find any trace of her murder.

Undoubtedly, apart from TV shows a social network is one of the most important entertainments in contemporary society, but not the only one. First of all, it’s a good source for PR campaigns, journalists, and sadly – for criminals.

 

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A few words about bank holidays


 

Currently most of the British media ‘live’ with the entertainment news: finally, Prince William will be getting married in April 2011. The Prime Minister David Cameron backed the idea of a bank holiday for the royal wedding and said that it should be a day of “national celebration”. Obviously, I’m not against the next bank holiday as I love holidays, although I spend most of them in my work.

As we all know, a bank holiday is a special day when people celebrate religious or national events. The part of the UK I live in gets 10 days’ bank holidays. I may be cheeky when I say that many people do not know what they actually celebrate except for…St Patrick’s Day in mid-March even though this day is not designed for public holidays in England and Scotland.

During a quick search on the net I found an American website called ‘Holiday Jokes’. First on the list were ‘Christmas Jokes’, so I rushed to read them. Let’s see what I found: ‘What do you have in December that you don’t have in any other month? The letter ‘D’’, ‘Who delivers an elephant’s Christmas presents? Elephanta Claus.’ Next, I researched ‘Easter jokes’. There were some foolish Easter adverts; a few embarrassing quotes from sermons and plenty of jokes about…old age. I don’t have an idea how someone managed to link Easter holiday with senility: ‘The nice thing about being senile is you can hide your own Easter eggs’, ‘When you are young, you want to be the master of your fate and the captain of your soul. When you are older, you will settle for being the master of your weight and the captain of your bowling team’.

Well, my little research gave me some hope. Maybe I went too far with my judgement? Anyway, some of William’s huge fans probably won’t stop crying until the April holidays.


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