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Last decade saw social networking boom

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Over the past year, online social networking has really taken off. Whether we like it or not, it has changed the way we interact with one another.

The concept of social networking all started in the 90’s, with sites like Classmates.com, which allowed members to reconnect with old classmates for a fee.

“It’s kind of like a reunion even though you’re not there,” said Classmates.com user David Thomas. “It’s just seeing people and talking to people I hadn’t seen in a long time.”

Friendster.com emerged in 2003, connecting members 18 and over with almost anyone for free. But it was Myspace.com in 2003, that took social networking to another level.

“The big jump with Myspace from the traditional social network sites was you could not just tell about yourself but you could put music on there that you liked, you could put pictures,” said social media specialist Stephen Bon.

Concerns grew over minors putting too much information on their Myspace pages, a potential target for online predators. Users also ran into trouble with future employers.

“Once you’ve posted something, it’s on there for good. Whether you like it or not, it’s on there for good. It’s the virtual tattoo of the online world,” said Bon.

Facebook.com came along in 2004 with a site based on giving status updates on your everyday life. It was first available only to college students.

“It was a nice way to interact at least with college friends from other schools,” said Facebook user Chris Watford.

The general public was allowed in on craze in 2006. Unlike social networking sites before it, Facebook attracted people of all ages – changing the culture of social networking.
By 2008, even presidential candidates were using Facebook as a way to reach more voters, more quickly.

Twitter entered the social networking world in 2006, giving members the ability to read and send real-time messages, called “tweets.”

Twitter became politically significant back in June. When protests erupted in Iran over the country’s controversial election, Iran’s government tried to shut down media coverage.
Protestors began tweeting about the violence taking place in their country, and the world took notice.

From connecting old classmates, to daily communication, social media has come a long way.
And according to Bon, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

“We’re still really in the infancy if this thing, it’s just getting started.”

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The concept of social networking all started in the 90’s, with sites like Classmates.com. Friendster.com emerged in 2003. But it was Myspace.com in 2003 that took social networking to another level.

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Fair Bluff voters prepare for a do-over

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Voters in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff will head back to the polls on February 23rd.

The do- over comes after some people who voted in the November election admitted they didn’t actually live in Fair Bluff town limits.

Chris Scott beat incumbent Randy Britt by just two votes in the race for Mayor. That will be the only item on the ballot in February.

To avoid problems this time around, elections officials are asking all 868 registered voters in Fair Bluff to check with the Board of Elections and verify their eligibility.
To do that, voters can call or stop by the Board of Elections office, or go to a library.

The new election will cost about $2,700.

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Voters in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff will head back to the polls on February 23rd.

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Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food pantry needs room to expand

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Mother Hubbard needs a new cupboard. Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard has been housed for five years in an older house at 313 N. Fifth Ave. It is outgrowing the space.

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Obesity and Heart Risk

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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Americans gain an average of about 1 pound over the holidays, but the bigger problem is that this extra weight does not go away during the year.

Over the years, the pounds start to add up, and this is part of the reason that two thirds of the country is either overweight or obese. The excess weight is hard on the heart, and new research finds simply carrying additional pounds in middle age brings greater health risks. Doctors in Sweden studying middle-aged men discovered those who were overweight or obese were more likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes, and premature death.

Compared to normal-weight men with no metabolic problems like high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, otherwise healthy overweight men had a 30% greater risk and obese men had a 200% greater risk of dying prematurely–even if they had no metabolic issues.

Researchers say the findings prove obesity on its own is a health problem – possibly due to excess abdominal fat surrounding the internal organs.

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Americans gain an average of about 1 pound over the holidays, but the bigger problem is that this extra weight does not go away during the year.

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911 callers thought Rocky Point body was woman sleeping on side of road

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

The passers-by who called 911 after seeing Tiffany Louise Dawkins’ body lying on the side of the road Sunday morning said they thought the woman had been hit by a car or was sleeping.

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