***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** We also maintain a wiki of information about social networking sites and business-oriented social software and online communities at: http://thevirtualhandshake.com/directory.html Registration is required and limited to readers of our book, but the book is available for completely free download at: http://thevirtualhandshake.com/free-book-download I agree completely that the fear around MySpace and similar sites is completely misplaced. A few high-profile cases have created a media feeding frenzy around it, but I have yet to see one shred of evidence that the incident rate, relative to 60 million members producing more page views than Google, is higher than it is on schoolyards, playgrounds, or the home. In fact, the statistics I have seen are that an average of 5.5 children per 10,000 enrolled in day care are sexually abused, an average of 8.9 children out of every 10,000 are abused in the home. What is the incident rate on MySpace? If there were an incident rate of even 5.5 in 10,000, there would be something like 30,000 cases related to MySpace, and I don't think we're anywhere even close to that, by orders of magnitude. I'm not saying the concern is invalid -- it's just disproportionately misplaced. Scott Allen 512-215-9720 TheVirtualHandshake.com About.com Entrepreneurs Guide Coauthor, The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon.com _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.