A report showed that:
Different fields used in online profiles and percentage of users filling them .
1. 93.8% of users disclose their sex.
2. 83.3% of users disclose their hometown.
3. 87.1% of users disclose their high school.
4. 45.1% of users disclose their home address.
5. 59.8% of users filled out the About Me field.
6. 67.8% of users disclose their Instant Messaging address.
7. 83.8% of users disclose their birthday.
8. 92.3% of users disclose their email address.
9. 78.5% of users disclose their relationship status.
According to a report published by PEW Internet & American life project :
1. 55% of online teens have online profiles, 45% of the online teens don’t have profiles online
2. 82% of profile creators have included their first name in their profiles
3. 66% have included photos of their friends
4. 61% have included the name of their city or town.
5. 49% have included the name of their school.
6. 40% have included their instant message screen name.
7. 40% have streamed audio to their profile.
8. 39% have linked to their blog.
9. 29% have included their email address.
10. 29% have included their last names.
11. 29% have included videos.
Social networking sites share the basic purpose of online interaction and communication, but the specific goals and usage patterns change across different services. The most common scenario is based on the use of the participants profile and the presentation of the users network of friends. This approach can stretch towards different directions. The way people share information on these online social networks is very different and depends on the site under consideration. Social network also conducts the way people share information. Such platform like Facebook focuses on college students. Such network try to connect participants profile to their real life identity. Other social network like Friendster tolerate use of real name; such sites create a thin layer of anonymity between real life and online profile.
Most social networking sites encourage the publication of personal and identifiable personal photos. The type of information revealed or found often revolves around different hobbies and interests, but can go to many other different directions, like information such as current and previous schools and employers; private information such as drinking
and drug habits and sexual and political preferences and orientation, Relationship information, for example who is the girl friend / boy friend, or spouse etc.