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Comparison of social networking software

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Social Networking Software is a platform that allows individuals and organizations to create and engage in online communities. These platforms include features like group levels, which categorize users into different tiers, and memberships, which offer access to certain features. Access control, privacy[1], and permissions are also crucial, helping to manage who can see and interact with content. The software can often be integrated with other platforms, such as PayPal[2] for membership fees, and customized with plugins, widgets, themes, and modules. Some common platforms for this software are PHP, MySQL, Node.js, WordPress, and Joomla. Licensing and pricing can vary, with some being free and others requiring payment or adherence to certain licenses like GPL 3.0 or LGPL 2.1. Additional features may include multimedia support, video calls, support for XMPP networks, and built-in LDAP and Active Directory.

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1. privacy. Privacy is a fundamental concept that has evolved throughout history and continues to shape our societal discourse. Historically, it stemmed from philosophical debates, with figures like Aristotle and John Locke laying the groundwork. Privacy also entwines with legal and ethical issues, as seen in landmark Supreme Court cases and revelations like those from Edward Snowden. Technological advancements have both challenged and enhanced privacy, introducing new threats and protective measures. Globally, privacy standards vary, with different countries and international organizations setting their guidelines. In today's digital age, privacy faces new challenges and considerations, such as social media use, selfie culture, and location-based services. This concept encompasses an individual's right to keep their personal information secret and free from unsanctioned intrusion.
2. PayPal ( PayPal ) PayPal is a global financial company that specializes in digital payments and money transfers. It was originally founded as Confinity in 1998, went public in 2002, and was acquired by eBay the same year. In 2015, PayPal became independent from eBay. The company is known for its notable founders, including Elon Musk and Peter Thiel, and is currently led by President and CEO Dan Schulman. PayPal's services, which operate in over 200 countries, include transactions in 25 currencies, PayPal Here, and PayPal Credit. It also offers safety measures like Buyer Protection Policy and two-factor authentication. Recently, PayPal has embraced cryptocurrency, introducing a flat-fee structure for these transactions in 2022.

Social networking software provides the technological basis for community driven content sharing and social networking.

See also Comparison of software and protocols for distributed social networking, especially for open-source software. Comparison of microblogging and similar services may also be relevant.

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