Type the link in. Sign up. Log in. Find your friends. It's that simple. From there, there is a plethora of things to get involved in and dirt to dig up on people. Imagine you just met someone and you would like to know a little bit more about them. Sounds good so far? Right. Here's where it can become a relationship maker or breaker.If this person is in your "network", then you have access to much more information than someone who is not. Unless you are individually blacklisted by the user you are checking out/looking up/stalking by way of "limiting profile view", you would have the same access to the photo albums and personal information that their close friends have.But, was Facebook built for close friends, or for making new friends?I would imagine it's a bit of both, but it's more of a living, adapting organism which needs to be understood for what it truly is; new. As is the whole Internet in general. What we keep forgetting to remember is that the idea of the Internet is to link new people and ideas together. Outside of the ever-growing e-tail industry from monster companies like ebay and overstock, there is a genuine community of people bonding through posting comments on each others "walls" (which essentially operate as a personal blogs) and uploading pics of some crazy times spent together playing drunken ping pong.So, instead of being scared of what people might think of that crazy picture of you hanging upside down on a keg and looking someone out of a Van Wilder movie, show them your real side. While everyone is carefully polishing their images and being politically pure, I say be yourself and don't be afraid to share that side of you. Believe me, there are plenty of people who have already taken the plunge into showing the online world who they are in real life. In fact, some of the most shy users are now the most outspoken and published. So don't forget the next time you log on that there is almost no such thing as a private place online. And besides, isn't that the whole idea of Internetting? Linking people together in order to make a friendly place amongst all the ads and news during an exciting new era in human history.My advice is this: Don't go in alone. Websites like Facebook and Myspace are growing rapidly for a very good reason; they connect people and help people find their place in the jumble of electronics and places to be associate with. From a young age I was taught that "Community is key", and I'm glad to be part of this one.
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