Social Networking Sites

What is social networking? One of the benefits and advantages of online social networking sites is it is a great place to meet new people, date or find romantic partners.

Social networking is the teaming up together of people into particular groups, a small community or a neighborhood. Online social networks are very popular because these websites allow millions of internet users who share something in common to meet up, communicate, socialize and develop friendship.

On social networking websites, you are able to invite people to become your friends, reject invitations to connect, read the members profiles once you become friends, chat online, share photos, blog, and participate in many more online activities. One of the advantages of online social network is the ability to meet and interact with people from all over the world.

Although these social networking sites aren't meant specifically for those who are looking for dates or partners, they have also become a place for singles to find online dates or romantic partners. You can even search for old school, college or long lost friends using the search options. There are also many people who join networking sites to promote their businesses, websites or blogs. You too can do the same and even create your network group and fan page or join any groups or become a fan.

Here is a list of the most popular social networking sites. Most of these networking websites are free to join.


Facebook allows you to create your profiles, list your personal interests and other personal information and you can set your privacy settings, choosing people who can view your profile or photos. You can send private messages, update your status, chat, play games, join or start a group or fan club.


MySpace allows users to choose from its collection of predesigned profile templates. If you have basic knowledge of HTML, you can create and customize your own layout, font and colors for your profile page. It has all the features just like other social networking sites that include the ability upload music videos.


Signing up as a member is free. FriendFinder features a friend network, blogs and chatrooms. You are allowed to browse member profiles, chat, and send private messages. When you sign up as a paying member, you are granted access to other special features.

Friendster allows users to contact other members, share videos, photos, messages and comments with other members via their profile and their network. It is also used for dating and discovering new events, bands, and hobbies.


Orkut is Google's social networking website. This website was created and officially launched in 2004. The service is designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships.


Meetup is an online network site that helps bring about offline group meetings in various locations around the world. Meetup allows its members to find and join groups based on common interests such as games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.

Social networking websites are a great place to share interests, photos and meet other internet users. But you must apply caution when providing your personal information. When you sign up, check the privacy policy and decide how much you want to reveal and whom you allow to view your information, such as your email address.

Before you decide to meet up your online friend in person, you should already have screened him. But even if you feel confident, it's advisable to take precautionary measures. Go through these safe dating tips.

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