Internet Technology

We look to the Internet for news, socializing, shopping, research and more. From HTML code to instant messaging, we'll break down what's really going on whenever you log on, send an e-mail, visit a popular Web site or post to a blog.

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.

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?

Everyone's using social networking these days, including mom and dad. In fact, there's a whole category of social networking sites devoted to parenting.

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? 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.

People talk about Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, but those are only a few of the social networking sites on the Web. What makes a social networking site?

Still on the fence about joining the social networking revolution? We might be able to help you figure out which side you'd rather come down on.

Millions of people are using social networking sites to meet others, play games and find jobs. But if all these sites are free, how do they pay the bills?

It's not exactly your high school cafeteria. But, yes, cliques do pervade cyberspace. Is there a cool group within your network of online friends?

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. If that's true, then how is online social networking bleeding into the baby boomer generation?

People share embarrassing information online for a variety of reasons -- narcissism, naivitity, just because everyone else is doing it -- but the fact remains that people from all walks of life reveal too much on the Internet.

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.