Social Networks Expanding
Now Facebook plans to change again and allow anyone with an e-mail address to join. Facebook is just one of many social networks, including sites called myspace, Friendster and even the MU Alumni Association. The Association launched a social network called Mizzou Net for alumni a few weeks ago.
"There are several areas of Mizzou Net that you can help get information on different jobs, finding apartments, finding places to live, and finding roomates," explained MU Alumni Association's David Roloff. "There's a forum section on Mizzou Net and a job section."
But some University of Missouri administrators are concerned about employers not hiring students because of information and pictures on their Facebook profiles. The university even set up a task force to look into the use of Facebook.
"From a safety point of view and a career point of view, we know for a fact that that has already happened on our campus and I am sure has happened on campuses throughout the country," said task force member Kim Dude.
When Carlyle applied for an internship, she changed her profile so only her friends could see it.
"People always talk about being careful about employers getting on, and now especially since anyone can get on to Facebook it makes it even easier for employers to look you up, and I mean, it's just not secure," Carlyle said.
Facebook has not announced a date for the network to go global, but students say it will be a big change.