Social Networks

Social networks cover every topic imaginable. Understanding which social networks are safe and which ones aren't is an important step.


One craze that's taken off across many social networking sites is the ability to create quizzes for your friends and followers. Quizilla helps you do just that.

MiGente is a social networking site with a focus on Latino culture in the United States. What services does the site offer that helps people make new friends?

Orkut is a social network that's popular in many parts of the world, though it lags behind many others in the United States. How did this Google site get its start?

Google Groups has several features that can help you keep in touch with friends, connect with people who have similar interests, and organize projects and presentations.

Hi5 is a social networking site that's based in the United States but more popular in other countries around the world.

Want to make friends and keep them with you on the go? MocoSpace may be just the social networking site for you. And you don't even have to have a fancy smartphone to use it.

Have you ever thought about designing a cartoon character of yourself? Well, you're not alone. In fact, more than 26 million people have already done just that -- in WeeWorld.

Xanga is a blogging community -- in fact, it says so right on the site's home page. But does Xanga offer more to users than simply a place to post their daily musings?

Imagine walking around Zwinktopia's Zwinchester mall with your Zcard in-hand -- loaded with Zbucks. If you don't recognize any of these terms, then you must not be one of Zwinky's more than 16 million users.

Millions of people are using Internet resources to research their roots. GenForum is one of the many resources available to both budding and seasoned genealogists alike, though unlike many other sites, it depends heavily on its users to function.

Stickam is a social networking site that lets you share broadcasts of yourself with your friends. Some people love it, but not everyone has embraced the Stickam phenomenon.

Bebo is one of the most popular social networking sites in the world. It's part of the AOL family of Web sites, but what else sets it apart from the competition?

There are lots of social networking sites out there, but few of them are aimed at parents. On BabyCenter, you can talk to other parents and find answers to all your questions.

In the 30 years that chat rooms have been around, social networking sites have evolved into sophisticated and complex systems. Chatango.com caters to our need for real-time communication online.

The lifeblood of many local businesses is word of mouth. Online social networking sites like Yelp simply make it easier for people to spread the word about their experiences -- good and bad alike.

If you're into yoga, green cleaning products, conscious capitalism and inspirational Gandhi quotes, you might enjoy this social network. Can an online community really change the world?

If you'd like to be a broadcaster, but it doesn't look as if CNN or Fox News are going to sign you, do-it-yourself via Ustream. You can anchor to the masses from your very own home.

It can be difficult to chat online when you have too many friends using different messaging services, but you can use eBuddy to combine all of your contacts into one list.

It used to be that if you wanted to post pictures on your Web site or blog you'd have to find a hosting provider and pay for the service. But with TinyPic, you can host your images for free.

Moms have always been social. But now they've got a place to talk online. So what's so different about CafeMom and why do so many moms love it?

Social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter help teens and adults across the globe stay connected. But what about kids and tweens? What social networking options does the younger set have?

Do you have so many books you can't count them all? Love making friends with other readers? Goodreads may just be the social network you've been looking for.

In this virtual world, teens pay real money to outfit their avatars in the latest Habbo fashions. What else goes on there that parents should know about?

In the 1980s, if you wanted to share your favorite Whitney Houston songs with your BFF, you made her a mixed tape. But today's playlists are exchanged on Web sites like Imeem.

Imagine that you're chatting with your friends online -- but instead of typing words into a chat window, you're watching a mini-you high-five your friends. That's the idea behind IMVU.