Friends and Followers
Friends and followers are the heart and soul of social networking - after all, that is precisely the "social" component.
They are the members of the website that you trust to the point of letting them post comments on your profile, see what you've posted online, and send you messages
Since the goal of social networking is to connect and interact with others, some type of "main" or "home" page on almost every social network is meant specifically for a live feed of updates from friends.
This gives users a real-time glimpse of everything their friends are sharing.
Likes and Comments
Lots of social networks have made it easy for users to "like" another user's content by tapping or clicking something like a thumbs up or heart button. It's an easy and straightforward way to put your personal stamp of approval on something that a friend posted but without having to comment something specific.
Sometimes, this is used as a simple acknowledgment of what was posted. This is especially helpful considering some social networks don't show you who has seen what you posted.
A primary focus of groups is to create interaction between users in the form of comments or discussions, which is why most social networks support commenting on nearly every type of post.
Each comment within the frame of a single post can be referred to as a thread. Over time, the main/home page of the social networking site can easily gather hundreds or thousands of threads.
Groups and Tags
Some social networks use groups to help you find people with similar interests or engage in discussions on certain topics. A group can be anything from "Johnson High Class of '98" or "People Who Like Books" to "Doors Fans."
Social networking groups are both a way to connect with like-minded people and a way to identify your interests.
Sometimes, groups are called by other names, such as the "networks" on Facebook.
As an alternative to groups, lots of social networks have turned to tagging that lets users categorize their posts according to their topic.
Social networks will either automatically generate a tag when you type a pound sign (#) before a keyword (called a hashtag) or require you to enter several keyword terms in a specific tag area.
These tags become links, and when you click or tap them, they take you to a new page where you can see all of the most recent posts from everyone who included that tag in their posts.
Why Start Social Networking?
Social networking is a nice form of entertainment, is great for meeting people with similar interests, and is definitely useful for staying in touch with old friends/acquaintances.
It can also be a very effective promotional tool for businesses, entrepreneurs, writers, actors, musicians, or artists.
Most of us have hobbies or things that we are keenly interested in, like books, television, video games, or movies. Social networks allow us to reach out to others that have the same interests.