Writing Prompt: Evaluate the Strengths and Weaknesses of Facebook

"I Know I Can" WNFIN Prompt 040Social Media Site Evaluations, Week #2

Last week, we discussed basic definitions of social media experiments. This week, we are going to jump right into social media sites. The Internet offers us many choices of social media sites with which to experiment. The top three, however, consistently rank as follows: 1st Facebook, 2nd, Twitter, 3rd LinkedIn. Today, we will discuss Facebook. Your job is to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of Facebook.

Creative Idea Gal’s Thoughts

Not everyone likes social media and not everyone has a Facebook profile. That is okay. If you happen to have a Facebook profile, today’s writing prompt should be a breeze. If you are not on Facebook, I’m pretty sure you have heard of it. Even without a Facebook profile, you can still complete today’s writing prompt by relying on your knowledge and understanding of it.

The interesting thing about evaluating Facebook as a social media site is that it’s a completely subjective writing exercise that depends on the user’s experiences (or lack of). By taking inventory of your perception of what Facebook does or does not do well, you are in essence documenting the way you use the site. Therefore, it should be useful for your writing and determination of how well you do Facebook social media experiments.

Helpful Resources

“The most versatile social media platform [Facebook] gives you much impetus for interaction and actively encourages it.” – Teach Thought Staff, for TeachThought.com

“Facebook remains the undisputed King of Social Networking Sites with more than 750 million unique visitors each month.” – Fardeen Ahammed, for Technogist

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  • Step 1: If you have a Facebook profile, think about how you use Facebook. If you do not have a Facebook profile, do some basic research.
  • Step 2: Note how often you use Facebook and think about the activities you do on Facebook.
  • Step 3: Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses about Facebook based on your opinion, personal experiences, and research. What do you like about Facebook? Which things don’t you like? Back up your answers with specific examples.

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About the Author

Amanda M. Socci, J.D., is a freelance writer with 14 years of experience writing professionally. Socci currently cuts her blogging chops on her personal portfolio blog, the Creative Idea Gal blog, and on an online news site, Mount Vernon Patch. Inspired by Nina Amir’s Write Nonfiction in November writing challenge, she created a unique 10-month training program for Writenonfictionnow.com and Writenonfictioninnovember.com blog visitors.

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