Social games are methods of interacting with friends online via arising gaming technologies. Some of these games are often simple and easily played, used as a means of easing boredom while at work or passing some spare time. Others are more time-consuming, intended for serious gaming enthusiasts.
Social games are played on PCs, through gaming consoles or via mobile phones. It is a rising gaming phenomena, some gaining popularity through online media platforms such as facebook. Varied are the range of online social games, from massive multiplayer online (MMO) to java and flash browser enabled games.
The games hosted on social media platforms are growing fast. They are not intended for hardcore gamers but instead aimed at casual players looking for light games to pass the time. Though not often intentionally, these games can become addicting and take up more time than planned.
Games on Social Media Platforms
With the emergence of online networking sites social media platforms are reaching new heights. Along with them are the online games hosted on these sites, gaining popularity and pulling in new users every day. The creators of these games had intended them as a way to connect and play with the friends one would normally socialize with in person.
Games are more fun when played with friends, and although a lot of online games can be played with anyone around the world, interacting with real-world acquaintances adds a familiar competitive aspect to the experience. There are several companies offering these games, with new ones emerging all the time. Some well known companies developing new games at the moment are Playfish, Zynga and Ubisoft.
Free vs. Paid Online Games
Nothing good comes for free. Many MMO games are monthly paid subscriptions. With regular payments users get unlimited access to full features of the game. World of Warcraft and Final Fantasy XII for example have constantly increasing numbers of players and die-hard fans, with new games often being introduced.
The free flash games are for a less serious market. Although the games don`t often cost to play online there are still ways to sink some money into them. Many of the games depend on some kind of in-game currency players need to spend a lot of time earning. Most people may be content with earning it slowly, but for some of the more enthusiastic players there are companies willing to sell in-game currency for small payments via credit card or PayPal accounts.
The growing number of online games offer entertainment for anyone looking to pass some time. The companies and platforms creating and hosting these games are vast, providing options for all tastes and styles.
Facebook and Twitter Etiquette for Professionals
Avoid embarrassing situations by following the guidelines below to overcome social networking catastrophe.
Take Advantage of the Social Networking Experience
The majority of social networking sites are free, so there are no financial obligations related to trying out a network. Whether joining for fun or for business, it is still a good idea to cautiously select which networks work best for individual needs by researching each site prior to signing up.
Twitter and Facebook are two of the most popular social networking sites so most people may be familiar with their features and functions. It is very easy to become familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of each social network by looking on other people’s pages and following online tutorials.
Use Good Judgment on Facebook and Twitter
Prior to accepting friends on Facebook and Twitter, social networking professionals should make sure the content on their personal pages is ethical and professional. Do not add content that can be deemed inappropriate or unprofessional. Also, be upfront about standards for accepting contacts before actually accepting connections. When networkers are clear about their standards, contacts will not be offended if they are removed from lists because of inappropriate activity.
Most people do not desire to put shocking posts on Twitter or Facebook to warrant creating two pages. On the other hand, if social networkers feel they must have inappropriate information represented on their personal pages, they should opt to create a professional page for business associates and a private page for family and friends.
Carefully Select Who is Added to Connections Lists on Social Networking Sites
Social networkers should carefully evaluate whom they allow on their friends list on Facebook and followers list on Twitter. Posters can control their own comments but they can not control other people’s comments. Social networkers will save themselves embarrassment if they only allow people they trust or know very well to join their association lists.
Educators should be especially careful when adding students. For teachers, get parents’ permission before adding students. For professors and instructors, be careful not to be too friendly with students as not to imply favoritism in regards to future grades. If a social networker must decline a request, use company policy or security as a reason to decline an invitation. Most people will understand this reasoning and not be offended.
Monitor Others’ Activities on Facebook and Twitter
It’s always a good idea to occasionally monitor others’ activities even after adding them to lists. When social networkers are aware of the type of posts being made be their associates, they can more easily determine if another social networker may pose potential problems in the future.
As a busy professional, social networking can be a cumbersome experience if done without proper thought and planning. If used efficiently and effectively, social networking can prove to be a valuable tool in the professional world for making important contacts and relaying noteworthy information.