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Continuing with Facebook, I will talk about the ‘User interface and customisation’ and ‘Ownership of content’. First I’ll talk about Facebook’s user interface and customisation. How good Facebook’s user interface is comes down to personal preference. I like the layout of Facebook with everything divided into separate section as it makes readability easier. Instead of try to cram too much information on the screen at once, creating divisions and separate sections looks much more appealing and can be easily achieved by simply using white-space. I personally find if everything was separated and has its own section, it would be easier to navigate and understand. The current layout is almost like this except it is separated into different columns. Although everything appears to be in its own section, I find it hard to follow what’s happening on the screen. When you scroll, some of the columns scroll through and others remain in a fixed position, it also appears like they are trying to have too much on the screen at once. A more simplistic approach would be easier to follow and would be more pleasing to use.

Ownership of content is a serious problem and users risk people stealing their intellectual property. Facebook do not accept people stealing others intellectual property, however there is nothing in place to prevent others from using what you upload. Even if you upload something on Facebook for everyone to see, it is still your intellectual property. When something is uploaded, you grant Facebook a license to display that content. Although Facebook doesn’t really have anything in place to prevent people stealing your content, you are able to lodge a form if you believe someone has stolen your content. So there is always a possibility that someone could steal what you upload, however, you always retain ownership to your own content.



There is a large range of social media sites out there. There are some that everyone has heard of and some that are less common. When I think of social media sites, the first one that comes to mind is Facebook. Facebook is the main social media site I have used and is one of the first. My Facebook page was created by school friends as I was reluctant to use it and never created one. I have stopped using Facebook for the past few years but have recently started using it again as a way to talk to and message a group of people from uni.

Despite not really using it, I can understand the benefits of using and interacting with the site. Facebook gives you the ability to follow and interact with people and see what is happening in their lives. Facebook can also be used to read the news, watch videos and follow topics and people of interest to you. Despite being 12 years old now, Facebook is still the most used social media platform and as you can see on the chart, the number of monthly users is still increasing. It is easy to see why this social media platform is used by so many people in their everyday lives.topsocialmedia