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.


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?

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?

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

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.

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?

If you love playing games on Facebook and use any of the integrated apps that involve transactions, you've probably encountered the Facebook Credits system. How do credits work as currency for users?

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?

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?

Facebook is more than just a social network; it is also an advertising platform. Learn how to get rid of the ads on Facebook in this article.

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.

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

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.

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.

You can delete your Facebook account permanently or temporarily. Learn how to delete your Facebook account in this article.

Think you can keep your teen safe on Facebook by simply avoiding the topic? Good luck. Get ready to talk with your child about balancing the fun of social networking with the dangers of bullies, predators and an everlasting digital footprint.

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.

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?

While Facebook stipulates kids should be at least 13 to create an account, it's not that hard for younger children find a way into the social networking site. How young is too young to be on Facebook?

Smartphones enable us to interact with the world around us in many different ways. Foursquare turns a night on the town into a great big game with real rewards.

How many of you have lost touch with an old school friend? Classmates.com was founded to help people reconnect with one another. But why is the site so restrictive?

USENET has been offering Internet users the chance to talk to one another since 1979. But true USENET fans want more. What does EasyNews offer them that their ISPs don't?

Social networking sites on the Internet have brought people with all kinds of interests together. Knitting and crocheting enthusiasts hang out on Ravelry. But what can you do on the site?

One craze that's taken off across many social networking sites is the ability to create quizzes for your friends and followers. Quizilla helps you do just that.

MiGente is a social networking site with a focus on Latino culture in the United States. What services does the site offer that helps people make new friends?

Orkut is a social network that's popular in many parts of the world, though it lags behind many others in the United States. How did this Google site get its start?