Some smaller social networking sites are less popular, but often safer
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Facebook was recently scrutinized for trying to change its privacy settings. Although it was not implemented, the company wanted control over user's personal information, even after accounts were closed. Now, the site is a common target for hackers. With more than 175 million users, Facebook currently takes the throne as king of the social-networking scene. Other social sites like multiply.com may not be as popular, but they may be a safer bet. The social network site prides itself on strict privacy settings. The six-year old multiply.com has more than 12.5 million members. It aims to keep online relationships real by using the six-degrees-of-separation approach. Before you can publish anything on the site, you specify exactly who you want to see it. You can choose the entire World Wide Web or just certain individuals. Often times we forget who our hundreds of so called "friends" on other sites are. Multiply.com identifies people by our specific relation to the person like "my cousin's friend Mary". It's geared toward family-friendly media sharing, like pictures from a family vacation instead of shots of bar-hopping. The company says it is the only social network that offers permanent media storage. For twenty dollars a year, you can back up all your videos and photos in high resolution. Multiply also offers photo-finishing where you can print photos and turn them into gifts.

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I prefer ning.com, you can create a private social network and invite only the members that you want. I have used ning for 2 different networks of family and church friends, being in the music ministry, this has been a great service.
worship guy said that he uses ning to participate in two different networks: family and church. i use multiply similarly, only i use it for friends and family (sometimes together, sometimes separately, but generally all through my personal multiply site) as well as for church (through a group) and several other affinity groups (also through groups). and what i love about multiply that has frustrated me when i've tried to use ning is that on multiply everthing's integrated. so though i have a separate church group that is entirely distinct from the debate group i'm a part of, i get alerts about new posts from either group all in one handy place (the inbox) making it easier to keep up with what's going on no matter where the action is happening (whether on friend's personal sites or in community groups). on ning i found that i had to go to each network separately to keep up to date on what was happening. not only that, but i often had to sign up separately to get into each section of ning as well. i found that to be a major pain in the rear.
that fee is for a Multiply premium account and it $20. a year not a month. good article
Small correction: Multiply Premium, the paid subscription membership, is only U$ 19.95 a year. Of course, there is free membership as well.