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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How myYearbook Works

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.

How RateMyProfessors Works

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?

How Subeta Works

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?

How Tagged Works

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?

How Talk City Works

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?

Top 10 Social Networking Sites for Parents

Everyone's using social networking these days, including mom and dad. In fact, there's a whole category of social networking sites devoted to parenting.

How 10 Tenths Works

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?

How BlackPlanet Works

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.

How CarDomain Works

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.

How Club Penguin Works

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.

How Delicious Works

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.

How deviantART Works

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.

What is a social networking site?

People talk about Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, but those are only a few of the social networking sites on the Web. What makes a social networking site?

What are the pros and cons of social networking sites?

Still on the fence about joining the social networking revolution? We might be able to help you figure out which side you'd rather come down on.

How do social networking sites make money?

Millions of people are using social networking sites to meet others, play games and find jobs. But if all these sites are free, how do they pay the bills?

Are there cliques on social networking Web sites?

It's not exactly your high school cafeteria. But, yes, cliques do pervade cyberspace. Is there a cool group within your network of online friends?

Are you too old for social networking?

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. If that's true, then how is online social networking bleeding into the baby boomer generation?

Why do people share embarrassing information online?

People share embarrassing information online for a variety of reasons -- narcissism, naivitity, just because everyone else is doing it -- but the fact remains that people from all walks of life reveal too much on the Internet.

How FriendFeed Works

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.

What does it mean when no one adds you back on a social network?

Good news. It may not mean that you're a big loser and nobody likes you. What else could affect your chances of gaining and keeping contacts on Web sites like Twitter and Facebook?

Are people more honest or dishonest on social networks?

The Internet's a good place to project a false image of yourself. It's also a good place to message out your truest innermost thoughts as if no one is listening. Which happens more on social networking sites?

Is happiness contagious in online social networks?

If you've ever caught the giggles from a friend, then you know how giddiness can spread from one slaphappy person to another. But does the same kind of thing happen online?

Are social networks good for job productivity?

At 9:30 a.m., your friend updated her Facebook status with, "got the job!" which triggered five thumbs ups and a "w00t!" Does the fact that you know this make you a distracted or productive employee?

Do social networking sites improve your ability to network in real life?

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?

Top 5 Facebook Games

If you're looking to waste some time while you're at work or school, Facebook has a game to help you with that endeavor. Which is your favorite? Poker? Scrabble? Mafia Wars?

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