While there is a whole deal of furor about the social networking sites, it is not a miracle as most of the job seekers think it is. It is definitely not a cool aid for ones fight for finding a job that suits his/her needs and requirements.
It is what someone has rightly said, an over hyped up phenomenon which gives the false feeling that if one is not a part of it then they have lost something. Sure, there is no doubt that being active on social-networking sites does help in job hunt, but the fact is that it is an advantage and not a requirement.
Success stories of those who have been given jobs via these sites are few and far between. Even in these cases, the ones who have been hired had some connection other than just social-networking sites.
In most cases it has been found that job seekers have got their jobs through connections that were made offline and not online.
Social networking addition helps in strengthening ones credibility and is not needed for making one credible. This happens since there are many a risks involved with social-networking.