Adam Markovitz
November 14, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

It happened to just about everyone: You logged on to Facebook, checked out your friend requests, and almost fell out of your chair when you saw the person (boss, junior high crush, crazy aunt) looking back at you. With over 70 million new users this year, the social networking group that started as a private site for Ivy Leaguers became the preferred time-waster for Netizens from all walks of life.

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