Social Networks

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

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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.

By John Fuller

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.

By Chris Obenschain

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.

By Chris Obenschain

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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.

By Nathan Chandler

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?

By Stephanie Crawford

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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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?

By Debra Ronca

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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.

By Charles W. Bryant

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.

By Shanna Freeman

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.

By Dave Roos

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.

By Jonathan Strickland

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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?

By Stephanie Crawford

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?

By Josh Briggs

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?

By Nathan Chandler

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?

By Ed Grabianowski

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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.

By Josh Clark

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.

By John Fuller

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.

By John Fuller

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.

By Nathan Chandler

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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?

By Jonathan Strickland

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.

By Jessika Toothman

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?

By Leah Lerner

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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?

By Jonathan Strickland & Nathan Chandler

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?

By Dave Roos