Whether you're looking for a job, a party or long-lost friends, your ideal online meeting place is out there. PC Advisor uncovers the best social-networking sites on the web.

With hundreds of millions of user accounts, MySpace is the internet's most recognisable (and reviled) social network. From teenagers to grandmas, seemingly everybody has a page. But Rupert Murdoch's online leviathan may not be the best option for satisfying your web-communication needs.

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With so many social networks dotting the web, it's hard to know which ones are worth your time and bandwidth. To clarify things, we've examined more than a dozen alternatives to MySpace in five broad categories: general purpose; special interest; sites based around your taste in music or books; mobile networking; and media-sharing social networks. As we discuss our findings, we'll offer a few tips for maintaining your safety and privacy, finding friends online and getting the most out of each service.

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  1. Social-networking sites: the complete guide
  2. General-purpose social-networking sites
  3. Special-interest social-networking sites
  4. Taste-based social networks
  5. Mobile social-networking
  6. Media-sharing social-networking sites
  7. Facebook's mass appeal
  8. How safe is social networking?
  9. Social-networking glossary