Services Social Network Sites

Popular websites like Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Flickr, Blogspot, and Xanga make it easy to build a web of friends and acquaintances, and share with them your photos, whereabouts, contact information, and interests. But be thoughtful about what you post; don't put your safety or your future at risk.

Never forget: the words and images you post on the Internet may be available for years, and your profile may be viewed by future employers and school admissions officials, as well as identity thieves, spammers, and stalkers.

Social networking sites explained
Sometimes called "friend-of-a-friend" sites, social networking websites build upon the concept of traditional social networks in the "real world," connecting users to familiar and new people through mutual acquaintances and common interests.

The very nature of such sites encourages users to provide a certain amount of personal information. But when deciding how much information to reveal, people may not exercise the same amount of caution on a Website as they would when meeting someone in person. This happens because: