Opinion: Social networks reach the parts other sites can't reach – yes, even sexual ones!

Jon_smal.gifJonathan Weinberg writes… According to MySpace, virtual friends are replacing real-life mates, with more people than ever using the Internet to socialise and find love. Well they would say that, wouldn’t they!

But interestingly, research by the social network has found they are also using the sites to “lose their virginity” with three per cent of under 24s questioned for the poll saying they’d paired up with a ‘friend’ for that purpose…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Social networks reach the parts other sites can't reach – yes, even sexual ones!

Opinion: Vodafone gives us an early Christmas pressie and unwraps Social Networking on the move

Jon_small_new.jpgJonathan Weinberg writes… I saw a quick demonstration of this yesterday and it certainly looks like being a brilliant idea that I hope other mobile networks follow. With Internet prices dropping like stones across all the mobile firms thanks to bundled ‘unlimited’ data and use of social networking growing by the millions in the blink of an eye, it makes sense to match up the two.

Vodafone has designed a downloadable application that sits on your handset connecting you to Facebook, YouTube, MySpace and Bebo. Nothing majorly new there, because you can surf them at present and many have their own download applications too like the excellent Facebook program for Blackberrys…

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Jonathan WeinbergOpinion: Vodafone gives us an early Christmas pressie and unwraps Social Networking on the move

A third of social networking users enter false information to protect their identities

facebook-security.jpgA growing trend amid all the Web 2.0 hype is concern over whether your MySpace or Facebook profile is a security risk. Certainly if you’re a smart identity thief, you could probably retire from rooting through dustbins, in favour of simply scanning social networks for people who give up too much information.

It seems many people are aware of this, though. A survey conducted by research firm Emedia suggests that 31% of users have entered false information on their profiles to protect their identity, while 62% say they’re worried about the safety of their personal data on these sites.

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Stuart DredgeA third of social networking users enter false information to protect their identities