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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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Top 10 Social Networking Sites for Parents

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.

How 10 Tenths Works

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?

How BlackPlanet Works

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.

How CarDomain Works

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.

What is a social networking site?

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?

What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?

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.

How do social networking sites make money?

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?

Are there cliques on social networking Web sites?

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?

Are you too old for social networking?

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?

Why do people share embarrassing information online?

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.

How FriendFeed Works

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.

What does it mean when no one adds you back on a social network?

Good news. It may not mean that you're a big loser and nobody likes you. What else could affect your chances of gaining and keeping contacts on Web sites like Twitter and Facebook?

Are people more honest or dishonest on social networks?

The Internet's a good place to project a false image of yourself. It's also a good place to message out your truest innermost thoughts as if no one is listening. Which happens more on social networking sites?

Is happiness contagious in online social networks?

If you've ever caught the giggles from a friend, then you know how giddiness can spread from one slaphappy person to another. But does the same kind of thing happen online?

Are social networks good for job productivity?

At 9:30 a.m., your friend updated her Facebook status with, "got the job!" which triggered five thumbs ups and a "w00t!" Does the fact that you know this make you a distracted or productive employee?

Do social networking sites improve your ability to network in real life?

How many of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers would you invite to your birthday party or wedding, or call for a ride when your car breaks down? Are these online connections any good to you in real life?

Top 5 Facebook Games

If you're looking to waste some time while you're at work or school, Facebook has a game to help you with that endeavor. Which is your favorite? Poker? Scrabble? Mafia Wars?

Top 5 Niche Social Networks

Shopaholics, crocheters and music addicts meet up at these online spots to discuss their hobbies with other equally obsessed junkies. What are the five most intriguing niche networks?

Top 10 Things You Should Not Share on Social Networks

If your Facebook status update reads, "Leaving for France!" you're not just gloating about your trip. You're letting everyone know that your house will be empty for about 10 days. Bad idea.

Top 10 Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter

It's the age-old falling tree question: If you tweet and no one is around to hear it, does it make a difference? How can you attract followers so that your tweets aren't made in vain?

Top 5 Fake Celebrities on Twitter

When fake Christopher Walken tweets, "The neighbor's cat is back at the window looking in at me," followers snicker. But do the real celebs think this charade is funny?

How Tweetups Work

Do you sometimes wonder who's behind all those witty tweets and tinyurls? It might be nice to finally connect a username with a face. And that, my friend, is the beauty of the tweetup.

Are social networking sites addictive?

Web sites like Facebook and Twitter are designed to keep reeling users back into their realms. And it works. How bad are our addictions to these online social scenes?

Top 5 Tips for Using Twitter

Before you start chirping your innermost thoughts on this social networking Web site, take a look at this list of tips. What does a Twitter beginner need to know?

Top 5 Twitter Add-Ons

If you're really popular on Twitter -- and of course you are -- you may have trouble managing all your followers effectively. Which Twitter add-ons can help you out?

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