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      Mid-Missouri man creates social networking site

      Marshall Hanks turned his life around with hard work and a love for computers.

      Hanks has had many ups and downs in his life. His biological mother disappeared from his life when he was very young.

      He TMs divorced.

      He TMs had problems with alcohol, been homeless and most recently jobless.

      He TMs on disability and trying to start a new life for himself in cyberspace.

      I TMm able to manage my bills," Hanks said. "I TMm financially stable now, so I TMm doing well. My website, I dedicate all of my time to that. I want that to grow. That TMs my main focus right now.

      Hanks created Show Me Connections.

      It TMs a smaller version of social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

      Hanks has attracted 49 members since Show Me Connections first appeared on the internet in December. Originally, his site was only for people in Missouri. Hanks decided to go international and has now has a member from Algeria. He hopes Show Me Connections will someday be as big as Twitter and Facebook.

      I just want people to get on there and check it out," Hanks said. "It is free membership. It TMs a place where you can meet friends, invite friends, add photos, music and videos. There are blogs and forum posts. You can start you own group. There are over 500 games and a chat room. I would just like people to at least look at it.

      Hanks wants everyone to know that no matter how hard life gets, hard work and support from others can lift you out of any situation. Sometimes it TMs as easy as the click of a mouse.

      You can check out Show Me Connections by clicking on the link below.