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by Kathleen Wilson, News Writing


By the following Monday, the pictures were uploaded to an online social network called Facebook, for everyone to see. Suddenly the whole HPU community — as well as friends from other colleges — could view them and share in the memories of the birthday party.

Mark Zuckerberg, a former Harvard student, who wanted to create an online “facebook” for Harvard students to connect with other students, started the Facebook Web site in 2004. The popularity of the Web site grew so fast that he expanded the site to other Ivy League schools such as Stanford and Yale. Now the site has grown to include most American universities and a few international schools as well.

HPU was added to the site in March 2005; since then HPU students have customized their own online community.

“ I absolutely love Facebook,” said HPU student Megan Warren. “It allows me to easily keep in touch with my friends attending school on the mainland.”

In order to access the Web site, students need a valid school e-mail address. From there, students can upload a picture profile and add some biographical information about themselves.

Facebook is designed to only allow users from your school to view your profile as well as your friends from other universities. Even then, you can set up your profile to friends-only status.

Warren said people make new friends through Facebook. “I think that if a new student was going to live in the dorms, then Facebook would be a great way to meet the people you’re going to be living with,” Warren said.

On the site, students can post pictures in multiple photo albums that can be shared.

“ When it comes to pictures on Facebook,” said Courtney Rogers, also an HPU student, “I like that it’s not viewable to everyone like on Myspace (another public social networking Web site). It’s only my friends who can see them.”

Students with shared interests can connect. “Some of the groups on Facebook are hilarious,” Warren said, “it’s interesting to see what people come up with for groups from ‘I wanna meet the stop requested guy,’ to ‘heck yes to ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’”

Overall, Rogers and Warren like the exclusivity of Facebook. “Facebook isn’t open to everyone like Myspace is,” Warren said. “It’s something that we (college students) can claim as our own.”


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