In looking for information on social networking I began to visit sites like MySpace and Facebook. My question was, "Are there any other sites that are appealing to a younger demographic?". We looked at sites such as Club Penguin and Whyville during classtime, but I stumbled upon a different one I had never heard of. Imbee.
This is the original article I found about the site.
After reading this I decided to visit the official site for imbee, which ironically had a link for teachers to use imbee with their students. There are 3 lesson plans listed there with puposes like making online friendships and creating their own profile. There was one about learning to question their virtual friends to ensure they are who they say they are which is a much more important lesson. Here is the link to the Teacher page.
I began to create my own account, but stopped when they started asking for credit card information. The site is free for teachers to use, but they do charge a $1 fee and then refund it automatically. Since this was my first time navigating this site, I opted to stop there.