Social Networks

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


In an era of unprecedented financial instability, Investor Village helps people find and discuss the best ways to store and grow their hard-earned nest eggs. You have to pay to play, though.

In 2005, two high school students set out to create an online social networking site for students like themselves. Is it popular? You can bet your Lunch Money on it.

RateMyProfessors lets you tell the world what you think of your teachers and figure out from whom you'd like to take your next class. But who tells the professor's side of the story?

There are many different sites on the Internet that offer the opportunity to adopt virtual pets, but there's only one Subeta. What makes the site so different?

Tagged is one of the most popular social networking sites in the United States, but it's also got a reputation as a spammer. Why is Tagged so controversial?

Chat was one of the first ways people used to network over the Internet, and Talk City is one of the oldest chat sites still online. What sets it apart from all the others?

Social networking is popular -- there's no doubt about it. And motorsports has plenty of fans, too. But is there a social network where race fans can go to discuss the sport they're so passionate about?

BlackPlanet.com was launched amid a crowded sea of overhyped Internet startups, but it didn't take long to establish itself as the premier social networking site for African-Americans. You can even drop the President a line if you like.

A lot of people are passionate about their cars. But is there any place online -- some kind of social network -- where they can go to do a little showing off? CarDomain just might be the answer.

Do you like the idea of building your own penguin avatar and interacting with other penguins on a virtual iceberg? You're not alone. In fact, millions of users do just that on Disney's Club Penguin.

Everyone can think of a few favorite Web sites that are worth another visit. In fact, that's what bookmarks are for. But Delicious is more than just a bookmark site -- it's a social bookmarking site.

There are lots of places to look at photos online, but if you're an artist who wants to work in a community of fellow artists, where do you go? For many, it's deviantART.

Do you find it time consuming to log into site after site just to keep up with what your friends are up to on the various social networking sites you belong to? If so, you may benefit from FriendFeed.

YouTube has taken videos on the Web to a new level. With this image gallery, take a look at the interface and famous people on YouTube.

Digital photography has made it inexpensive and fun for people to document their lives. How does Photobucket store and show so many photos and videos?

Have you ever stumbled upon a cool Web site and shared it with your friends? StumbleUpon.com is an online social network that allows you to do just that with millions of users.

The online social network Friendster connects you to your friends and your friends of friends. Can Friendster help you to find a job or to reconnect with that special someone?

If you've got something you can say in just a few characters, you can reach lots of people with a single Tweet. How has Twitter changed social networking?

LinkedIn is a social networking site geared toward professionals where you can look for a job, find sales leads or connect with colleagues. So how is it different than all the other networking sites?

A social networking site originally created for Harvard students, Facebook is now open for anyone to join -- and it currently has 750 million active users. What features have made it such a big success?

Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual world where you can live in a castle, fly to dance clubs and change your appearance with a click of your mouse.

One of Web's most explosive phenomena, MySpace grew to 54 million profiles seemingly overnight. Find out what MySpace really is, how it blew past the competition and why Rupert Murdoch thought it was worth $580 million.

Digg.com is a user-driven news Web site that lets people find, submit, review and feature stories from every corner of the Web.