Friday, October 9, 2015
Community is a social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests and perceived or perceiving itself as distinct in some respect from the larger society within which it exists(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/community). SNS is a service that supports building and networking contacts and social relationships online everyday by sharing interests and communicating (http://www.happycampus.com/doc/11606262).
I am going to introduce ‘Kakao Talk’ that is one of the most famous SNS in Korea. This web is a global free mobile message service that started from 2010 Anyone who has a telephone number can do chatting and exchange pictures, video and things like that without enrolling in and logging in the web. If KakaoTalk users install the app on their smartphone, Kakao Talk recommend the person who is registered in their phone book or other person’s phone book as ‘ Friends’. Moreover, it is automatically registered as ‘friends’, if each other's number is registered on the phone book of both sides. Most of the Korean young people prefer using this web to using Facebook unlike other countries because the web is convenient to use and has various functions. Unlike a text message, many people can do chatting simultaneously by it. Moreover, it enables people to make a call to domestic or foreign friends for nothing as long as wifi works. Although I live in America nowadays, I can actually talk with my friends who lives in Korea all day free of charge by the web. Besides, It gives various services such as games and story recently.
I think that Kakao Talk is online community because it enables me to have a social relationship with my friends by sharing information and feeling and communicating. This is consistent with the definition of a community.