Social Networks

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


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?

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?

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?