Love it or hate it, Facebook is the world’s most successful social networking site. And whether you use it or not, it is fundamentally changing the way people connect and communicate. Facebook is easy to use and so far, more than three-quarters of a billion people all over the world have signed up.
In just seven years, Mark Zuckerberg has gone from his Harvard college dorm to running a business with 800 million users, and a possible value of $100 billion. His idea to 'make the world more open and connected' has sparked a revolution in communication, and now looks set to have a huge impact on business too.
"The Facebook Obsession" is the real story behind the rise of the largest social-media site in the world, told through the company's founders, friends and foes. Correspondent Lester Holt delivers a comprehensive look at how this Internet phenomenon, with half a billion users, is affecting society in ways most people are unaware of. From a girl who is reunited with her birth mother with the help of Facebook, to a woman who lost her job because of her online postings, "The Facebook Obsession" examines how the site is fundamentally altering American life for better or worse; even the White House and many police departments have their own Facebook pages.
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Sexy-selfie addicts, social network junkies and drunken tweeters get help to check the real-world impact of their online lives.
The second of the programmes about the perils of social media. What happens when a troll goes too far, when private photos end up where they shouldn't, or when one young boy finds himself in a truck load of trouble? Social media sites have become an integral part of our online existence. Many of us have multiple accounts over a variety of networks, and this documentary was aimed at those who don’t realise that the world is watching. Far from the fails of brands and big labels that we covered in our 2012 round up, this show concentrated on individuals and how their lives had been changed (for the worse) by the way they used sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.