Today with the internet era and all sort of social networks online we are cougth in between all those asking ourselves which is the social media to trust and how to use it wisely. Lots of people got problems simply for writing about private stuff that turned to appear in Google search engine. Lots of people got divorced or fired because of their messages or "extra friends" discovered simply watching their profile on line badly securized (FB gives lots of options for protecting privacy, but we have to use them before starting to publish!).
Today's most famous and also frequented social network is Facebook, I tried to resist from opening an account and I did it for years since last one when I decided to do it promoting my blog activity. I thought that I did not wanted to be too long on FB per day so this experiment would have turned into nothing. I was wrong!
Since I started people started to find me and then I started to do the same...so today I have almost 2000 fans and friends on Facebook with a good increase of traffic for my blog and websites where I write articles just like Expertcolumns.com and Hubpages.com
Many people make money this way and also using Facebook. For example we can sell or promote our Amazon affiliated products or our own creations for sale. It is clear that for a website more fans better traffic.
Another singular aspect of Facebook is about hiring people by companies, lately HR people search in Facebook to see your profile and photos to compare infos with your CV and understand more about you before calling for an interview...often they check Facebook and Linkedin profiles.
One negative critic I do to Facebook is the missing "dislike" botton! However I have read recently that they are thinking to do something about it. Good!
Other popular social networks are Myspace (a bit dated), Linkedin.co (excellent for professional profiles and sharing infos), Mylot (a smaller social network where you get payed for participating to discussions and writing comments), Google + (which is still in a very early stage, I am in there but no much activity and no many people migrates there yet!), Twitter (excellent for microblogging and chatting).
Thanks for reading.