Social network helps choose colleges

For high school juniors and seniors, deciding which college to attend can be stressful and difficult. Online social networking resources like the Portland, Oregon-based CollegeNET can help. The Web site allows college students and high school seniors who plan to attend college the following year to sign up for a free Candidate account, through which they can set up a profile and post useful college-related information to topic and video forums. Not only can students learn about different colleges through the site, but registered users can vote for Candidates they like. If a Candidate earns enough votes to qualify for the Open or Restricted awards, they're in the running to win a scholarship (varying amounts from $1,000 to $5,000). Non-student users can sign up for a free Voter account to help narrow down the selection of candidates who will earn scholarship money.