Facebook ahead by a neck for social networking students and graduates

MySpace? That is so 2005. If you’re anyone you have a Facebook profile.

A survey by graduate recruitment website Milkround.com has revealed nearly every student and graduate has a Facebook profile – far ahead of other popular sites such as MySpace (43%), Twitter (38%) and Bebo (25%).

When asked which social networking site they used the most, 92% of more than 100 students and graduates quizzed said Facebook. The nearest rival was Twitter with 7% using the short message broadcast service.

More than three quarters (78%) only use their profiles for social networking (and just 17% use LinkedIn, the website favoured by professionals for keeping in touch with their business contacts.)

Students and graduates are cannier than in previous years, however, when recruiters could simply look them up and find them leering at the camera, Budweiser by the neck.

Just 13% said they had an open profile: 86% keep their profiles as private as possible or particular elements private.

Milkround.com spokesperson Mike Barnard said: "Facebook is the social networking site every student and graduate wants to have a profile on, a far cry from five years ago when it seemed they all wanted a MySpace page. Nothing seems to be challenging Facebook's social supremacy, however job seekers are switching on to the fact they can’t be active on Facebook and hope recruiters don't search for them. With 86% using the privacy settings to hide elements of their profile, they are ensuring any potential embarrassing or job-threatening social networking is safely hidden from view."

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