The media seems to increasingly mention online social networking as a revolutionary way to make and keep friends. Most of us have probably received an email invitation to view a photo album, update your profile or see someone's personal web page. Perhaps you enjoy crafting your own page online and sharing with friends and family to keep them involved in your life. But will this form of contact truly widen our networks of friends or does it simply make us better at maintaining the relationships we have already.
We now have a reliable way to keep track of baby's birthday photos, friends that change jobs and the latest in our hobby and interest groups - are they really a major part of all of our lives?
There is now such a variety of online tools for connecting with contacts and relationships - which activity do you find most useful for your lifestyle? How long do you spend checking these sites in an average week?
Finding a new job
Finding a boyfriend/love interest
Keeping in touch with my current friends
Making new friends who have common interests