Community & Social Networking

Most of us know that Internet communities and social networking sites are popular, but how do blogs, podcasts, wikis and companies like Digg and MySpace work? Learn more in the Social Networking section.

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Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.

By Chris Opfer

There's a lot of live-streaming going on lately. As a result, courts may soon be busy defining when it's appropriate to record or broadcast video.

By Jonathan Strickland

The social media giant activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S. on Sunday after the Orlando attack. Here's the scoop on how it works.

By John Donovan

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In an odd twist, retweeting could be negatively affecting your memory of the content, and causing comprehension declines even after your Twitter session is over.

By Kate Kershner

After the pepper-spray incident, UC Davis paid a company to repair its online image. But can anyone make negative search results disappear?

By Dave Roos

The hugely popular streaming platform wants you to know that it isn't just for gamers.

By Christian Sager

Some couples have a shared Facebook account, even though Facebook frowns on the practice. What does it say about their relationship?

By Alia Hoyt

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Because sometimes sad, angry, haha, love and wow just don't properly describe your emotional state.

By Robert Lamb

You can do all sorts of things on Facebook, right? Find a high-school buddy. Post pictures of your cat. Buy a gun. Except that last one may have just gotten tougher.

By Julie Douglas

"Finstagram" stands for "fake Instagram" but for its users, it's a chance to be authentic.

By Alia Hoyt

Tired of swiping left for Tinder? Fret not. AI could soon streamline your dating life.

By Jonathan Strickland

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Periscope lets you broadcast what's in front of you in real time, and interact with the people watching. Is this simply a novelty, or is it here to stay? And what are the legal ramifications?

By Bernadette Johnson

Internet sensations like LOLcat and the Harlem Shake didn't happen overnight. OK, maybe they did. But what did these phenomena have in common (besides inanity)? Are there any rules for making pictures, videos or blogs go viral?

By Chris Opfer

Six seconds isn't much time to convey an idea, so why is Vine, with its microvideo social network model, so captivating?

By Nathan Chandler

Klout is an online service that tracks your digital, well, clout. Is it a useful tool for navigating the social networking realm or a useless toy for social media showoffs? We'll consider the pros and cons.

By Kate Kershner

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In early 2012, Facebook rolled out its new Timeline, which replaced the personal wall format that users had been accustomed to. Some love it, some hate it -- but what's the logic behind the change?

By Jacob Clifton

Failbook is set up to showcase all the wins, fails and facepalms that haunt the spidery halls of Facebook (and other social networks). So what is a "fail," and how do you know if you're committing one?

By Jessika Toothman

Google has tried to launch social-based products before with limited success. Could Google Plus break the trend and become the next big social network?

By Jonathan Strickland

Facebook is more than just a social network; it is also an advertising platform. How can you get rids of all those ads on Facebook?

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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Facebook is a great way to network and contact people instantly when they are online, but sometimes you may want to remain invisible. Learn how to go offline when using Facebook in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Privacy settings on Facebook can be customized to hide certain friends. Learn how to hide friends on Facebook in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

Use the Facebook application, Notes, to add a blog to your Facebook page. Learn how to add a blog to your Facebook page from this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

You can change default Facebook settings to enable or block friends from sharing specific content, such as posts or pictures. Learn how to unhide friends in this article.

By HowStuffWorks.com Contributors

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There are long-running jokes about addiction to the computer. Crackberry, anyone? But it's a very real and, possibly, very dangerous thing that shouldn't be taken lightly. Especially when children are involved. Here's how you can stay on top of it.

By Sara Elliott

It's easy to see why parents would want to keep tabs on their kids' private chats, but it's not such an easy task to accomplish. How can you stay up to date on what your child's doing on Facebook?

By Jessika Toothman