Social Networking Stats Almost 60% Clueless

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Ever wonder how many people really know what online social networking is and how many people participate in social networks?

According to a study by Synovate released by eMarketer, as of April 2008, 23.4% of people in the U.S. participate in social networks. eMarketer predicts that 44.3% of Internet users in the US will belong to social networks by the end of 2008. That's a 20% increase in only eight months.

Mashable's take on the social networking stats survey notes that teens - the heaviest social network users aren't included - and concludes that the 58% clueless number points to a healthy market waiting to be tapped. If eMarketer's estimate is correct, the surge to join social networks is on - now.

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Do you agree?  What social networks do you think newcomers are most likely to join? Why?

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