A number of computer users are starting to turn to online networking websites for a variety of reasons. They're placing their photos, information, and interests on these sites for all to see.
"Part of it is social interaction. It's easy to get to know people that way. You already know their likes, dislikes, political views, if they're dating someone, who their friends are, and who they're connected to", says Western Kentucky University's Director of Student Activities, Charley Pride.
Two websites in particular that allow these profiles are myspace.com and facebook.com.
Greg Petersen is a senior at Western Kentucky University and has been a part of facebook.com for a year. This website is primarily for faculty, students, and alumni from universities, as well as high school students across the nation. According to Petersen, it's an easy way to stay informed.
"Some people will send me a message about a class assignment on Facebook before they will even send it on email", says WKU senior, Greg Petersen.
Much like instant messenger or regular email, Facebook allows students to quickly send messages to each other and to set up a profile page with information about themselves, along with pictures. This is also the same with the website Myspace.
Dave Rich is member of the band Floord, which has a profile page on the website Myspace.
"We haven't been on there very long, maybe 6 months or so but in the 6 months we've got thousands of friends set up on the site. It's a great way to keep in touch", says Rich.
Rich says the site does allow the group to keep in touch with friends who are also on myspace, it's also a way for the band to promote its music.
"Any promotion is good promotion, whether it be via the internet, papers, television, and so on, especially these days with the internet being such a viable tool", says Rich.
These websites aren't just for students and musicians, those of all ages are logging on.
Kim Mason uses the myspace website as a way to promote an arts and entertainment magazine called "The Amplifier", says Mason.
"There is some business networking and I actually fall under that category. I have a personal page but it also tells about my business.
Whether it be for socializing, networking, or for promoting, the number of users on these sites...just keeps increasing.
"It keeps everyone up to date as far as the information world. We want something right then and there, so I think it helps when it comes down to that", says Petersen.
Coming up Monday at 6:00 in "Invading My Space", we'll take a look at some ways these types of profile websites can be harmful for those putting their information online.