By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 14, 2007
Where can you meet up with old friends, make connections, and join countless groups that align with your hobbies or career?
Why, Facebook.com of course!
If you haven't yet checked out this free Social Networking site, it's well worth the time.
After being member on Facebook for a few months now, I have to say that the service is extraordinary!
Many of my teammates here at Voices.com have Profiles at Facebook and it gives us a means to collaborate online in a different way as well as keep in touch with customers and develop relationships with people who are interested in what we do.
If you've been looking for an alternative to MySpace, Facebook is an excellent choice and is also the fastest growing Social Networking website on the Internet.
Both services have their perks, however, Facebook provides more control to the user regarding how much information they share or hide from people who are viewing their Facebook profile.
In order to view anyone's profile, you need to be a member and you also need to be logged in. The interface at Facebook is also more organized, slick, and has better graphics.
Many see Facebook as an evolution of MySpace and as an accessible web presence to people in general, ranging from grandparents to kids close to high school graduation. It can also be compared to a very sophisticated version of ClassMates.com. You can join networks and clubs that connect you with people you went to school with, worked with previously, or new friends that you meet along the way.
Quite a few people use Facebook as a tool to keep in touch with family and friends, but a growing number of people are realizing the potential of Facebook by using it's marketplace, creating groups, or using the website as a virtual hub for their business.
For instance, we have a group at Facebook called The Voice Acting Hub.
In order to join, you'll need to be a member of Facebook (join for free), but once you've signed up at Facebook.com, you are automatically eligible to join our group as it is open to everyone to be a part of.
Facebook, unlike MySpace, is more like a gated community where the search engines are concerned. Because you can only access pages by being logged in, there aren't very many references that you can access from a search result indexed unless you are a member.
For quite a number of people, this feature is very important as they likely chose Facebook over MySpace for precisely that reason.
Where Facebook lacks in SEO for user content in the main search engines, it more than makes up for it through it's own internal search tool that allows you to find people, groups, events, and other items. You can link internally from your account and also send outbound links forth for others to visit when logged in to Facebook.
One of my favorite features is the ability to share web pages on Facebook. As you may have noticed below, there is an opportunity to "Share on Facebook".
If you are signed in to your Facebook account, you can share this page as an example with your friends on Facebook to let them know what you're interested in at present or share something of value to people that they may not find on their own.
Are you a member of Facebook? Leave a comment about your experience!