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Add Me by Charley Borquez

You start from point A, and somehow connect to point B, C etc. Social Networking create a huge spider web that connects you with friends, friends of friends and people in your life. You create this network because you want to know what’’s happening on the internet, where and how your friends get there and whats going on in people’s lives. Spun with mutual friends and connections, think of a spider web. The largest spider webs amaze you. You stare in awe at a masterpiece of interconnecting points. The spider who creates the web is a small creature that has so many points, or in the case of social media, people.

In 2003, Mark Zuckerberg created Facemash, a website set up as a type of “hot or not” game for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them decide who was hot or not. Facemash used photos compiled from Harvard's student identity book and used real identities to connect people. Facemash then lead to TheFaceBook.com. A website that created a universal face book within Harvard. In the end these websites developed into Facebook which connects people from all over the world.

Today, social media plays a huge role in the lives of many people. Social media is used as entertainment for some, a way to create connections and communicate for others. There are apps such as tinder that allow people to connect based upon images, or their is Linked In where people connect based upon experience. Connecting with people is a huge part of social media, connections are the interconnecting points that make up networks or your spider web.

In my project, Facebook and images play an important role. Facebook is just one of many platforms I could have used, but I thought it was a good starting point—in future growth of this project, I would love to use more platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. Like how Facebook started with a small group of individuals, I started my project with classmates from my FAIN 315 class. With this group, I added everyone on Facebook and took there profile pictures and placed them on a webpage. This was part one, connecting me (point A) to my class mates (point B). When each image on the webpage is clicked, you are directed to his or her Facebook page. By directing you to Facebook, you are able to see if you are friends, your mutual friends and information about the person. From my standpoint, our mutual friends are all C points, creating more strings on the spider web.

Not only are you able to interact with the website individually by clicking on people you gravitate towards and view your mutual friendships, I am connected to the piece because most of the people included in the project I am connected with. Throughout this project I have seen what a small world it is and how so many of my friends are all connected.

Another important factor of my webpage is that every link opens up in the current tab, so if you do go deep in “stalking” someone, you have to click the back space through your history. This is important in showing the trail of Facebook stalking and surveillance. It is also amazing the amount of information you can find about someone who you are not friends with. You are often allowed access to their photos, friends and a small amount of personal information. While this doesn't sound like much, it allows you to find out a lot more about a person then you think and it rarely actually is ever deleted. The internet is a dark place that reveals much about everyone. After hours and countless nights of stalking on Facebook, I feel as if when I am walking around USC now, I recognize so many more people because I have some how come across their Facebook page stalking a friend of their. It is exhausting and to be quite honest Facebook has become a little boring now. The idea of connecting people that you may or not befriends with relates back to a spider web and the physical component of my project.

To reiterate the idea of how much you can find on social media, specifically Facebook, I printed out most the images I used. On a poster board, I created a small spider web of how the class connects to the people used in my project. It is an interesting point that images are constantly used as a way for connections. They allow for recognition and relationships to be connected. My project relies on images of faces. There can be so many people on Facebook with the same name, but images allow you to add the person you truly know because you can confirm its them by seeing their face.