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.

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How WeeWorld Works

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.

How Xanga Works

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?

How Zwinky Works

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.

How to Start a Social Networking Site

Everybody's heard of Facebook, MySpace and Friendster. But that wasn't always the case. How do you start your own social networking site?

How to Use Social Networking for Your Business

Most of the time, people think of social networking accounts as recreational. But others see them as a novel way to reach out to their customers and business contacts.

How GenForum Works

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.

How Stickam Works

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.

How Bebo Works

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?

How BabyCenter Works

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.

How Chatango Works

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

How Yelp Works

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.

How Hulu Works

Missed your favorite TV show again? Never got around to installing that DVR? Thanks to the power of the Internet, you can go to and watch the shows you love -- and are never home to watch.

How the Gaia Community Works

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?

How Ustream Works

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.

How eBuddy Works

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.

How TinyPic Works

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.

How CafeMom Works

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?

How Fantage Works

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?

How Goodreads Works

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.

How Habbo Works

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?

How imeem Works

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.

How IMVU Works

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.

How Investor Village Works

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.

How myYearbook Works

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.

How RateMyProfessors Works

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?