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Edward Danso Ansong, Opoku-Agyeman S, Dominic Damoah, Winfred Larkotey, Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science & Information Technology GHANA

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The internet has grown into a vast net of services, an indispensable work aid for hundreds of millions of users around the world. Since their introduction, social network sites (SNSs) such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have attracted millions of users, many of whom have integrated these sites into their daily practices. As of this writing, there are hundreds of SNSs, with various technological affordances, supporting a wide range of interests and practices. While their key technological features are fairly consistent, the cultures that emerge around SNSs are varied. Most sites support the maintenance of pre-existing social networks, but others help strangers connect based on shared interests, political views, or activities. Some sites cater to diverse audiences, while others attract people based on common language or shared racial, sexual, religious, or nationality-based identities. Sites also vary in the extent to which they incorporate new information and communication tools, such as mobile connectivity, blogging, and photo/video-sharing.

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