Social networking websites have been extremely popular in these few years. It has also remarkably enhanced the process of online networking for many sorts of reasons like for friends, partners, business associates and common interest partners. The very first notable social networking website is probably www.friendster.com which had even became a trend for the younger generation in the past years.
Facebook had came recently and has been gaining popularity. Using Facebook is almost like the current trend. Not being a part of it, really makes you seems rather outdated.
A very notable part about Facebook apart from its core function of networking, browsing of members, message capabilities and so on, it also comes with many fun interactive programs or games that your friends and you can indulge upon or even compete sometimes. There is a game that I particularly like is the 'Army' game. You can accumulate points by asking your friends to join you in this game and subsequently upgrade your army in terms of weapons and so on.
Another enhancement to the basic social networking capability is the 'Meet new people' function. A slide show of pictures of people both Internationally or locally, depending on your settings out there who are keen to meet new people, which enables you to post a message if you are interested. This mechanism can be both fun and effective. In some cases, people can be shy even to send a message via the Internet medium, but this function is a quite different in a sense that it seems more like a game or sorts. So shy people out there and give this function a try.