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The newly proposed Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006 (Fitzpatrick, 2006) states the term commercial social networking website means a commercially operated Internet Web site that (i) allows users to create web pages or profiles that provide information about themselves and are available to others users; and (ii) offers a mechanism for communication with other users, such as a forum, chat room, email, or instant messenger.  Commercial social networking sites thrive on a sense of immediacy and community.
The spirit is independent, even rebellious.  Teenagers are learning how to use social networks by interacting with their friends, rather than learning these behaviors from their parents or teachers.
Teenagers now use organized social Web sites to meet others and explore identity formation.
Last September, Rupert Murdoch purchased My Space from Intermix for a reported 0 million cash buyout.
Sites, such as My Space, can use the social exchanges of American youth to glean marketing information about youth culture and reinforce brand images .
The personal information revealed by teenagers on these sites also attracts sexual predators.
All of these application fit into the larger category of social media, or media that support social collaboration.
The term social media is an umbrella concept that describes social software and social networking.