North Carolina Graduation Project; Social Networking

By: Landis Schrock
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My project was on the effects of social networking on modern culture, so for my product I decided to test the cultural and economic implications of social networking websites by seeing how fast you can spread an ideal (or market a product) under a time restraint. In my case I created a Facebook page and Twitter page for my project, and had a 2 week timeframe to achieve as many likes and follows as possible. These are the results

Day 1: Creation of Project

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Social Networking Survey

In this survey I asked all of the students in my class (approximately 25 present on the day of the survey) how many hours per week they used the two largest social networking websites, Facebook and Twitter. Posted above are the results to the survey. Some students claimed to not use either, and those results along with the above results are recorded in the graph I made below. These results are more than likely skewed due to students not wanting to admit how much time they spend weekly on social networks.


The results of my project have provided me an accurate insight on the cultural and economic uses social networks can provide. Over the course of these two weeks I averaged a little less than 7 likes a day on the Facebook, and a little over 2 follows a day on Twitter. Facebook is an easier Social network to gain popularity on, but you are limited by the lower amount of time spent by people on the website. Twitter is significantly harder to gain popularity, due to the constant swarm of updates or "tweets" that could easily overshadow your own. Though harder to reach peak popularity, the higher time spent on twitter along with the constant update model of the network could provide much better results.

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