Online networking websites such as Facebook.com and MySpace.com are becoming more popular as the number of those logging on to the internet continues to rise.
Many people are placing profiles online with their photos and personal information. Putting information on these types of websites may seem harmless, but you might be surprised to know who's actually looking at these profile pages.
This list includes the police, employers, teachers, friends, and even family members. If you've got a profile posted online, someone is looking at it.
"Once they put it on Facebook or MySpace its in public domain so people that have access can look at it", says Western Kentucky University's Director of Student Activities, Charley Pride.
Charley Pride has been a part of Facebook since last September.
Facebook is primarily used by college students, but anyone with a college email address can log on. This includes faculty and alumni, and for MySpace.com you don't even have to be a member to look around, so you don't know who may be looking at your profile.
Major John Stewart of the Bowling Green Police Department is also on Facebook.com.
"Criminal Investigations Unit does use Facebook. They're aware of it. The extent of what they use if for i could not tell you, but i am aware they are accessing it to look at it", says Stewart.
Stewart says he knows these types of websites is primarily for socializing and fun, but the department could use this information.
"You could potentially pick up information on a criminal law violation that's occured, and some people actually post pictures ot themselves committing law violations", says Stewart.
Not only can the types of pictures you are posting get you in trouble, so can the words you write.
"Perhaps they've had an incident with the law that people don't know about or maybe they're having issues with credit cards. Employers are very concerned about credit history, so there's many things they may be talking about casually via these websites and if an employer finds out they may decide not to hire the person", says Associate Director of WKU's Career Services Center, Carol White.
"I think students are feeling like they're talking freely among their peers and they don't realize the negative impact it may have", says White.
Recently, two Lexington police officers were suspended without and two others are facing disciplinary actions for posting details of arrests on MySpace.com.
At Fisher University in Boston, the president of the Student Government Association was expelled based on comments he made on Facebook about a police officer.
At North Carolina State University 15 students were charged for underage drinking because of pictures they posted on their profile pages.
Posting information and pictures on your profile page on websites such as these may seem private, but there are all different types of people out there looking at it.