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Critical Review of 'What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?' Prepared by: Koo Shu Wen , Rekha Naidu A/P Sathia Jeva Naidu by Mind Map: Critical Review of 'What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?'                   Prepared by: Koo Shu Wen , Rekha Naidu A/P Sathia Jeva Naidu

1. Introductory paragraph

1.1. The article entitled 'What are the pros and cons of social networking sites' by Strickland, J. explains about the advantages and disadvantages of the social networking sites.

1.2. First, social networking sites make it easier than for Internet users to find old friends and make new ones.

1.3. Secondly, they also make it easy to organise an event and invite friends.

1.4. Besides, social networking sites can be used to promote an artiste's or actor's work.

1.5. Moreover, these sites allow people to network professionally.

1.6. Next, these sites can act as application platforms.

1.7. Social networking can even get a person out of jail.

1.8. The cons of social networking sites are make identity theft easier and can be overwhelming and addictive at the same time.

1.9. Besides that, these sites may even be used to trick people into downloading malicious softwares.

2. Body paragraph 1

2.1. We agree with the point that social networking sites are able to trick people into downloading malicious software (malware).

2.2. Nowadays, many computer users might receive a link to a funny video from a friend but they need to install a video player before the clip can be viewed and this causes the computer users to accidentally download the malicious software that causes the computers to be attacked by virus and their information will be stolen .

2.3. According to Mackey , N . (2014), 'Approximately 33% of the world's computers have been affected by malicious software in one form or another'.

2.4. According to Boquiron , V.R. (2011) states that social networking sites has been used to spread posts with links to malware download pages such as use blackhat search engine optimization (SEO) tricks to promote FAKEAV and back door application that will affect both Windows and Mac OSs.

3. Body paragraph 2

3.1. We agree with the point that social networking sites act as a way for people to make connections with one another because these sites help people to find old friends and make new ones.

3.2. For example, we are able to make friends with foreigners and reconnect with old friends from different parts of the country.

3.3. According to Lenhart , A . (2005) 'nearly 64% of teens who have made a new friends online say they have met new friends on a social media platform while 62% of teens say they have shared their social media username with a brand new friend as a way to stay in touch'.

4. Body paragraph 3

4.1. The point that we disagree from the article is that social networking may even get a person out of jail.

4.2. It was stated that James Karl Buck was released from prison by the Egyptian government because he tweeted the word 'Arrested'.

4.3. When James Karl Buck tweeted the word 'Arrested' , he actually gained a lot of attention from the other online users and this led to him receiving help from the US Embassy. As a result, he was released from the prison.

4.4. Another reason as to why the Egyptian government released James Karl Buck is due to the fact that he is an American. This point can be proven as James was arrested together with his translator Mohammed Maree, who is an Egyptian.

4.5. According to Israel , S (2008) stated ' that put many wheels in motion and for him, it led to the US Embassy getting him out of the jail and back to Oakland.Buck was told by the police that his interpretor, Mohammed was arrested and he is 'a dead man' '.

4.6. According to Simon , M (2008) stated 'he says it was more the power of the network he had as an American that enabled him to be released so quickly'.

5. Conclusion

5.1. We hope that users will aspire to use social networking sites more wisely and for the better of mankind.

5.2. We agree that social networking sites enable people to make connections with one another and that these sites can also be used to trick people into downloading malicious software .

5.3. We disagree that one can use social networking to get a person out of jail.

6. References

6.1. Boquiron , V.R. ( 2011). Spam ,Scams and Other Social Media Threats. Retrieved March 29th , 2011 from https://www.trendmicro.com

6.2. Israel , S. (2008) James Karl Buck Twitters His Way Out Of Egypt Jailhouse . Retrieved April 17th, 2008 from https://www.redcouch.typepad.com/weblog/2008

6.3. Lenhart , A.(2015) . Social Media and Friendships . Retrieved August 6th , 2015 from www.pewinternet.org

6.4. Mackey , N . (2014). Computer Viruses . Retrieved December 33rd , 2014 from https://www.topsec.com

6.5. Simon , M . (2008) . Student 'Twitters' his way out of Egyptian jail. Retrieved April 25th , 2008 from www.cnn.com