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What is Social Networking?

by Daniel Nations, former About.com Guide

Social Networking has become very popular during the past few years, but it can still be very difficult to understand for someone new to social networking. The open-ended nature of social networks add to this. Once signed onto a social network, having answered a few basic profile questions, it is easy to sit back and wonder what you are supposed to do next.

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Daddy, I am coming home to get married soon. Get out your check book! I’m in love with a boy who lives far away from me. You know, I’m like living in Australia now, right? And he lives in Nigeria. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whats App, he proposed to me on Skype, and now we’ve had a two-month relationship through Viber! So romantic, can you stand it?!!! My beloved and the best Dad of all time, I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding! Lots of love and thanks, from your favorite daughter. Lilly

Dad’s reply: My dear Lilly, like wow! Really? Cool. Whatever! I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all through Paypal. And when you get tired of this new husband, sell him on Ebay.

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by Daniel Nations, former About.com Guide

Benefits of Social Networks

by T. Jay Kane, Yahoo! Contributor Network

Social networking has revolutionized the way people work and play. Anybody who grew up doing the 1990s or before knows that before social networking and mobile applications it was next to impossible to know what your friends were doing at all times. Now, with the power of social networking, people can create their own profiles which serve to act as virtual personalities, and update their profiles with information about where they are, what they're doing, who they're with, etc.

Social networking sites also serve as virtual scrap books where photos and videos can be posted. A social network can become a conference room to discuss matters of importance or points of interest. More and more social networks are even being used to find romance and love.

Social networking sites hold many benefits for reasons both public and private.

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Dangers of Social Networking

by Melissa Gonzalez, Optimum7.com

Social networking is everywhere. It is common to find parents, children, coworkers and even the elderly on the networks across the social media world on sites such as Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. With social networks people across the world have access to tools and options that were previously non-existent. However, there are just as many new opportunities to connect as there are to get into potential danger. Social networking has opened up many new doorways for cyber-crime, and with all the people on social networks who are completely new to technology, it is more important than ever to make sure people are aware of the risks.

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What is a Blog?

by Susan Gunelius, About.com Guide

A blog (also called a weblog or web log) is a website consisting of entries (also called posts) appearing in reverse chronological order with the most recent entry appearing first (similar in format to a daily journal). Blogs typically include features such as comments and links to increase user interactivity.

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Top Ten Reasons to Blog

by Susan Gunelius, About.com Guide

Blogging is becoming more and more popular everyday. Should you join the blogosphere? Take a look at this list to help you make your decision about blogging.

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Is Blogging is Right for You?

by Susan Gunelius, About.com Guide

Before you start a blog, it's important to determine if blogging is right for you to ensure your blogging experience will be successful.

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