Social networking sites often include profiles of individuals with information available such as the user’s age/birth date, gender, ethnicity, location (address/city), sexual orientation, political orientation, education, and contact information (email, phone number, website). These sites can also include forums in which users can dialogue with one another. Examples of networking sites include MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter, all of which have gained popularity as social forums and modes of communication. Data could be collected through sampling random sites for trends, soliciting information from specific users and creating a profile for data collection that attracts certain users for discussions (such as online focus groups).
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