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?
Can Facebook get you $10 million? It can if you're a software developer who's generous with his ideas. The fbFund is offering grants to creative developers, but how do you get one? And if you're not a developer, how else can you make money on the Web
What is revolutionary about Second Life is that it's not only legal to make real money from your character's virtual endeavors -- it's encouraged. The exchange of your accumulated virtual dollars into "real" dollars is built into the system.
Social networking and e-commerce may be all the rage, but many internet pioneers originally used the Internet for sharing ideas among large groups of people. Newsgroups were fundamental to early internet communication, and they're still good sources of information today.