The following month, Facebook and Cuomo reached an agreement whereby Facebook agreed to pursue sex-related user complaints within 24 hours, and allow an independent examiner to report on Facebook's compliance for the next two years.
Though social networking sites and chat rooms are intended to connect people who might not have otherwise met, talking to unfamiliar users online appears to be where most of the problems start for young Web users.
The New Hampshire study identified several characteristics that make young Internet users more likely to be targeted by offenders regardless of the platform they use.
Kids who spoke to unknown people online, had unfamiliar people on their buddy lists, freely talked about sex with strangers online, looked for pornographic material on the Internet, or who were routinely "rude or nasty" while online were found to be at greater risk.
Last summer My Space deleted as many as 30,000 profiles it said belonged to sexual predators.
Posing as children, members of Cuomo's staff were "repeatedly solicited by adult sexual predators on Facebook," according to a statement.
The findings do not mean that teens should have carte blanche to share all the intimate details of their life with 300 of their closest "friends," the study warned.
"Caution should be used in interpreting this small amount of research about a new phenomenon." Sexual predators are not ignoring the social networking space, however.
"Between June and October 2007, we conducted over 400 interviews with police about Internet-related sex crimes
and we have yet to find cases of sex offenders stalking and abducting minors on the basis of information posted on social networking sites," report authors said.
My Space made its debut in February 1999, while Facebook was made available to college students in February 2004 and to the general public in September 2006.