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Are you interested in meeting new people online?  Social networking websites allow internet users to communicate with each other and make connections - whether romantic, personal or professional.

Despite the fact that social networking website have rapidly increased in popularity and their popularity is expected to rise, there are many internet users who are unsure if actually joining is for them or, for that matter, whether they should allow their teens to join. Most teenagers want to fit in and find other friends to talk to so they'll join MySpace or Facebook and Twitter, but it certainly isn't limited to teenagers. People of all ages and all walks of life enjoy Facebook and Twitter.

Think about why social sites are so popular. Doing so will enable you to determine why other internet users make the decision to join an online social network. After a close examination, you may even find that those are the same reasons why you want to join - to easily meet other internet uses.

Before social networking sites, it was difficult to meet other internet users.  If you tried, you would have to rely on chat rooms, instant messaging services and often communicate via email. As nice as these popular internet features are, they are not always considered safe. With chat rooms and the like, we're often given little reassurance that a person is who they claim to be. We just took it on faith that people were being honest and forthright about themselves. Before the introduction of social networking sites' "profiles" of its membership, there was no way that you could learn more about a particular internet user, even if you wanted to. But, social networking websites have changed that.

Not only have social networking websites  made it safer to meet people online, it also allows us to meet people that share the same or similar interests. Most social networking websites allow you to create your own profile; in fact, many even give you your own webpage. These profiles or pages will allow you to share information about yourself, including your likes and dislikes, hobbies, education, etc. Since all other network members complete their own pages and profiles, it should be fairly easy for you to meet with other internet users, especially those who enjoy or believe in the same things that you do.

Another one of the many reasons why you should join a social networking website is because you literally have a wide variety of different choices. As social networking websites have increased in popularity, so did the number of websites that could be found online. Although Facebook is often deemed the most popular online social networking website, there are others that are just as easy or as much fun to use. Twitter has become a very popular site not only for keeping up with your friends, but for advertising as well. You should easily be able to find those websites by performing a standard internet search for "social networking websites."

In your search, for social networking websites, you will come across a number of different networks. Many of those sites will have a particular focus. Unlike MySpace, which accepts just about any internet user, there are online social networks that aim to accept internet users that have a particular hobby, view, or belief. In the online world you can find social sites that focus on politics, religion, pets, sports, medicine, pharmaceuticals, weight loss, depression and more.  There hundreds of sites out there so finding one that fits your particular interests should be fairly easy.

If you are unsure about joining an online networking community, specialty networking sites may be your best bet. They are a great way to test the waters because they automatically pair you with internet users who have the same interests, views, or beliefs as you do. There are even sites for dog and cat lovers: - as well as communities for artists and art lovers:

Perhaps, the greatest reasons why should join a social site is because most are free to use.  In addition to free social networks, there are online networks in which you are required to pay to join. Although you may not want to pay for something that you can obtain for free elsewhere, you will find that most paid networks offer you more membership benefits when compared to free social networking sites.

Due to the fact that most social networking websites are free to use or at least, free to try, you are encouraged to take your time and see what's available.  If you are unsatisfied with your experience on a particular social site, you can easily cancel your membership; often without any hassles. Then keep looking until you find a good fit.

Should You Join a Social Network?

DECEMBER  19, 2012

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Are you interested in meeting new people online? Social networking websites allow internet users to communicate with each other and make connections - whether romantic, personal or professional.


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