Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Big List Of Social Networking Websites

This is a large list of different social networking sites around the web. A lot of these most people have heard of or are a part of, but there are some I'm sure you haven't heard of. Just joining a few of these will help build your social persona and allow you to network with many people. Take a look at a few, join a few, and promote your site through these.

Badoo
- http://badoo.com
- "Badoo is a truly worldwide online community that provides its members with the ability to communicate and share their lives with people both locally and around the globe. Its many features include the next generation in photo/video sharing and social networking. More importantly, though, Badoo allows its users to gain an instant mass audience for themselves and their work."
- A social networking site that is very popular with 14 million registered users and is considered one of the top 10 community websites in England. It's free, but apparently you can pay to have a higher prominence. Wikipedia

Bebo
- http://www.bebo.com
- "Bebo is the next generation social networking service where members can stay in touch with their College friends, connect with friends, share photos, discover new interests and just hang out."
- Another social networking site that was bought by AOL in March 2008 for $850m. Registration is free and with over 40 million registered users, it's a very large community. Wikipedia

BlackPlanet.com
- http://www.blackplanet.com
- "BlackPlanet.com is your place to meet and connect with African Americans around the country. Chat or post photos and videos to share your black experience. Look for other African Americans who are sharing theirs—even if you’re searching for news about what’s hot in music, fashion, sports and events or looking for the buzz in business, politics and trends, we are the home for what is relevant to you and your community. This is the largest online community for Africans, African Americans, Caribbean Americans—the entire black family—to network, share an urban lifestyle, find romance, entertainment, and even jobs."
- With over 20 million registered users, it definitely is the largest black community online and one of the largest niche social networking sites. Wikipedia

Broadcaster.com
- Broadcaster’s Social Video Network is the next evolutionary step in online social communication combining the most popular aspects of social networking with our own free broadcasting tools. Broadcaster users can easily integrate their Live Social Video broadcast feed into their personal websites and social networks such as Facebook by using Broadcaster's simple embed code. Broadcaster Social Video offers:

• Instant communication
• Ultimate self-expression
• People watching at its best
• User controlled environment
• Better and safer than being there

- Broadcaster.com is a social video network where you can watch people on their webcam and they can watch you. Here are the people that Broadcaster.com says are in their community, "People watchers, Lifecasters - Online video diaries, Live interactive "shows" - Trivia contest, Professional talent exhibition - Musicians, and VJ style - mixed shows (live and prerecorded combo)." Wikipedia

Buzznet
- http://www.buzznet.com
- "Buzznet.com is a vibrant social media destination representing the next evolution of social networking. Buzznet distinguishes itself from traditional media sites and social networks that are focused on profile pages and communication tools by enabling Web users to program dynamic multimedia communities around the music and pop culture topics they are most passionate about. More authentic, content rich and frequently updated than a website, and more interactive than a blog, Buzznet's integrated media and community platform allows its users to network like never before with leading bands, trendsetters and their peers through self-created content, videos, photos and journals. This unique user-centric approach has attracted more than 10 million users who program, by contributing, combining, providing context and connectivity, making Buzznet a top destination for people seeking the most current and authentic content and news."
- Buzznet has over 10 millions users and is growing every day. This social network is based on music, photos, videos, and pop culture. Wikipedia

CafeMom
- http://www.cafemom.com
- "Launched in late 2006, CafeMom is already the largest social-networking/community site for moms AND the leading women's/parenting site on the internet - passing mainstream sites like ivillage, babycenter, and Marthastewart on the engagement metrics that matter most."
- This site is dedicated to women and moms specifically with a ton of different groups created by its 1.25 million members including "pregnancy, raising boys, recipe swap, photo moms, and marriage and relationships." Wikipedia

Care2
- http://www.care2.com
- "Our premise is simple: To help you make a difference. With more than 9 million members and 400 nonprofit partners, Care2 is the largest and most trusted information and action site for people who care to make a difference. Whether you’re passionate about green living, health & wellness, human rights or protecting the environment, Care2 puts the tools for change in your hands."
- This a large community of people that care about the environment, but it's more than just a community. You can donate to a good cause, sign a petition, send an e-card, receive tips on how to be green, and even get your own email account. Wikipedia

Classmates.com
- http://www.classmates.com
- "The company operates three international social networking services with a focus on reconnecting school acquaintances, including StayFriends in Germany (www.stayfriends.de), StayFriends in Sweden (www.stayfriends.se) and Trombi in France (www.trombi.com)."
- It's kind of obvious that this site's goal is to reconnect you with old classmates, but why don't they specifically have an about page that says this? The site must be doing something right as there are over 50 million members. The site does look to reacquaint you with old school mates, old college friends, workers from past jobs, and even people you met in the military. Wikipedia

deviantART
- http://www.deviantart.com
- "It is our intention to create the most powerful outlet in the world for known and unknown artists alike. Most importantly we intend to take our time to do it right. For the first time in history there is connection and communication between artists and fans on a massive scale. deviantART represents a breakthrough for the promotion and exposure of otherwise stranded artists in all corners of the globe. Our job is to make sense of the possibility, and craft it in a responsible manner."
- deviantART is basically a large community for artists. They can share their art no matter in what form it comes, with everyone. Although there is a free membership, you really will need to pay a membership fee to get anything out of it and with 8 million members, they are doing something right. Wikipedia

Facebook
- http://www.facebook.com
- "Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet."
- If you haven't heard of Facebook then you probably aren't on the internet very much. Facebook has become one of the largest social networks with over 100 million members and growing. Create a social profile, friend people, and join groups all while staying connected with those with whom you have lost contact. Wikipedia

Flixster
- http://www.flixster.com
- "Flixster is a community for movie fans of all shapes and sizes. Whether you are a die-hard horror fan or lover of romantic comedies (or both), Flixster is a place where you can find others who share your taste and through them discover new movies that you will love. About two and a half years old, Flixster is already one of the largest movie sites on the web with over 15 million unique visitors and almost 2 billion movie ratings."
- Flixster became the largest social network dedicated to movies, although some say it was with too "aggressive viral marketing." With applications on Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo, millions of people have been connecting with others over their movie interests. Wikipedia

Flickr
- http://www.flickr.com
- "Flickr - almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world - has two main goals: 1. We want to help people make their content available to the people who matter to them. 2. We want to enable new ways of organizing photos and video."
- Flickr allows everyone to upload their videos and photos online for others to see. You can search for photos on a certain topic or comment on others photos. It's much better than just uploading to a site that hosts it as with Flickr, there can be a lot more communication. Wikipedia

Fotolog
- http://www.fotolog.com
- "Fotolog is the world's leading photo-blogging site, one of the world's largest social networking sites and a global cultural phenomenon. More than 18 million members in over 200 countries use Fotolog as a simple and fun way to express themselves through online photo diaries or photo blogs. What makes Fotolog special is not just the ability to post photos, but the way it makes it easy to connect with others - whether staying in touch with friends and family, exploring the diverse Fotolog universe, discovering photos of new people from different cultures, participating in the site's fascinating special-interest communities or, perhaps most important, receiving personal feedback from around the world on your photos."
- Fotolog is the biggest photo blogging site online. For those interest in more than just blogging, than Fotolog would be a great place to look. This site has over 18 million users and most of them are outside of the United States. Unfortunately to get the most out of Fotolog, you have to pay for an account. Wikipedia

Friendster
- http://www.friendster.com
- "With more than 85 million members worldwide, Friendster is a leading global online social network. Friendster is focused on helping people stay in touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to them. Online adults, 18 and up, choose Friendster to connect with friends, family, school, social groups, activities and interests."
- Another social network website that is popular outside of the United States. There are estimates that nearly 90% of the population of the Philippines have a Friendster account. It's also probably the only social networking site that owns a patent. Wikipedia

fubar
- http://www.fubar.com
- "fubar is the Internet's only online bar and happy hour where the party goes on 24/7! Think of it as a MySpace for grown-ups."
- fubar touts itself as the only online bar, but in reality it's just a way of meeting people online. To break the ice, you can buy them a drink, or check their salutes to see if they are who they say they are. If you are looking to pretend drink and meet people over 18, than join fubar. Wikipedia

Genealogy
- http://www.geni.com
- "Use Geni to: Build your family tree, Preserve your family history, Share family photos and videos, Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other events, Create profiles for your children, and Memorialize loved ones."
- If you interest in genealogy at all, than Geni.com is the site to go. You can create your own family tree, search of other family members, and connect with the other 15 million users. Wikipedia

hi5
- http://www.hi5.com
- "Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with 80+ million registered members in over 200 nations. hi5 Networks, Inc. is headquartered in San Francisco, California."
- Another social network created in the United States but more popular outside of it. In 2007 it was one of the top 25 visited sites. Wikipedia

imeem
- http://www.imeem.com
- "imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves with media, including music, video and photos, and form connections based on shared tastes and interests."
- Sharing your play lists and music is easy with imeem. You can connect with those who share the same interest in music or find new friends who's interests are much different than yours. The imeem company was founded in 2004 and has some of the core engineers from Napster. Wikipedia

itsmy
- http://www.itsmy.com/itsmy/index.php
- "itsmy.com is the strongest community brand in mobile internet. It runs off-deck, operator independent with more than 2 million registered mobile users, 4.5 million mobile home- and content pages containing 10 million mobile UGC-items. Mobile 2.0 social networking services like free homepages, personal mobile TV broadcasting and location based services make itsmy.com the stickiest mobile community. itsmy.TV is the world leading mobile social TV service."
- You can send pics or videos through your phone, flirt, get mobile games, your own domain at you.itsmy.com, and connect with other people with your phone. Sounds like a cool idea but it seems that it would just be slutty girls sending scandalous pictures and horny young boys looking at them. Wikipedia

Last.fm
- http://www.last.fm
- "Every track you play will tell your Last.fm profile something about what you like. It can connect you to other people who like what you like - and recommend songs from their music collections and yours too."
- Every song you listen to will been seen by other people. This reminds me of the big thing that used to be on blogs years ago, where people would have it saying what song they were last listening too. This could be good for new bands to get their music out and with 20 million users, that is a lot of ears that could potentially listen to your music. Wikipedia

LibraryThing
- http://www.librarything.com
- "LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, comes up with suggestions for what to read next, and so forth."
- This is a much smaller social network, but this is one can potentially be one of the better ones. LibraryThing is for those who like to read books and find books that aren't possibly as main stream as the New York Times best seller list. Over 400 thousand users and over 20 million books, I'm sure you will at least find something remotely interesting to read. Wikipedia

LinkedIn
- http://www.linkedin.com
- "Find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple. Discover inside connections when you’re looking for a job or new business opportunity. Your network is full of industry experts willing to share advice. Have a question? Just ask."
- A professional networking website is probably the best one on here. Everyone is always trying to make connections to better their career and this site will make it easier. There are over 30 million users which will almost guarantee you will find somebody in your industry. Be weary though as a lot of people do things on the internet that aren't work appropriate. Wikipedia

LiveJournal
- http://www.livejournal.com
- "LiveJournal is a community publishing platform, willfully blurring the lines between blogging and social networking. Since 1999 LiveJournal has been home to a wide array of creative individuals looking to share common interests, meet new friends, and express themselves. LiveJournal encourages communal interaction and personal expression by offering a user-friendly interface and a deeply customizable journal. The service's individuality stems from the way highly dedicated users utilize our simple tools, along with the instinct for individual expression, to create new venues for online socializing."
- One of the first "blogging" sites, LiveJournal has been around a long time. When I started creating e/n sites, a lot of people created their sites on LiveJournal. The word journal or diary can be a scary word for men and this could explain the 4.4 million females and 2.2 males registered. Although there are 2 million people who hae unspecified their gender, I'm certain that not all of these are men. Wikipedia

Meetup
- http://www.meetup.com
- "Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 2,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference."
- If you ever been apart of a forum that tries to start an annual meet up you will know how hard it is. This site makes it easier to connect and get a meeting scheduled. There are over 4 million users in 2000 different cities, so you should be able to find somebody to meet up with. Wikipedia

MiGente.com
- http://www.migente.com
- "MiGente.com is your place to meet and connect with Latinos around the country. Chat or post photos and videos to share your experience. Look for other Hispanic Americans who are sharing theirs—even if you’re searching for news about what’s hot in Latin music, fashion, sports and events or looking for the buzz in business, politics and trends, we are the home for what is relevant to you and your community. This is the largest online community for Latinos, Latino Americans, Hispanics and Hispanic Americans—the entire Spanish-speaking family—to network, share an urban lifestyle, find romance, entertainment, and even jobs."
- MiGente.com is a social networking site aimed at the Latino's around the world. You could have some sort of Hispanic background or just love the culture, either way, MiGente.com's 2 million plus users will offer you something of interest. Wikipedia

MocoSpace
- http://www.mocospace.com
- "Find friends near you, Chat online or on your phone, Instant message, Share pics & videos."
- Another mobile social network that seems to attract young girls being slutty. You can chat, share images, and videos, but you can do that with your phone already. I guess you wouldn't have to give your phone number away, but it still seems sketch to me, but over 2 millions users can't be wrong. Wikipedia

Multiply
- http://multiply.com
- "Multiply gives you an easy way to share all kinds of digital media, including photos, blogs, videos, music and more, all in one convenient place: your own personal web site. With Multiply, you can share and discuss your stuff with everyone in your "social network," and also be alerted whenever they have something new."
- Multiply tries to be a little different than the other social networks by allowing users to securely share media files, but it's basically the same. Just like Facebook, it connects you with your friends friends and these people become your network. Multiply has over 10 millions users, but is banned in China. Wikipedia

MySpace
- http://www.myspace.com
- "MySpace is an online community that lets you meet your friends' friends. Create a community on MySpace and you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends! See who knows who, or how you are connected. Find out if you really are six people away from Kevin Bacon.
MySpace is for everyone:
Friends who want to talk Online
Single people who want to meet other Singles
Matchmakers who want to connect their friends with other friends
Families who want to keep in touch--map your Family Tree
Business people and co-workers interested in networking
Classmates and study partners
Anyone looking for long lost friends!"

- The biggest and probably the best social network out there. Anyone from actors, to bands, to artists, to companies have MySpace pages. Even my mom had a MySpace page. Over 250 million users is what the site claims, allow I'm at least a million of those are for spam or completely unused. But basically if you don't have one, you should get one to network with 100's of millions of people. Wikipedia

myYearbook
- http://www.myyearbook.com
- "It all started during Spring Break 2005, flipping through a yearbook in my room and realizing it sucked. This is 2005 - why the hell is anyone buying yearbooks anymore? We wanted more than the typical stuff -- autographs, will, pictures -- although those had to be there too. What would make this site different -- and loved -- is it would be full of the people you know and meet in real life everyday. And it would go with you your whole life. It was real life on the Internet."
- A social network with the same idea, to connect old friends and school mates. Started by a couple of high schoolers and their older brother, myYearbook has grown to over 5 million users. Wikipedia

Ning
- http://www.ning.com
- "Ning offers the latest social networking features, all infinitely customizable to meet your unique needs. The Ning Platform makes this possible. As a platform, you don't have to appeal to Ning for the features you want. If you have the time and the inclination, you can build them yourself. It's the software equivalent of Home Depot. Unlike other services that offer a “one-size-fits-all” offering, your social network on Ning runs on a programmable platform."
- Kind of a cool idea, but basically a group on Facebook. I have yet to involved with Ning, so I can't really offer to much about Ning, but it was supposed to compete with Facebook and MySpace. I don't see how it can compete, but it could possibly contribute a little something extra. Wikipedia

orkut
- http://www.orkut.com
- "orkut is an online community designed to make your social life more active and stimulating. orkut's social network can help you maintain existing relationships with pictures and messages, and establish new ones by reaching out to people you've never met before. orkut makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts. You can also create and join a wide variety of online communities to discuss current events, reconnect with old school mates or even exchange your favorite recipes. Who you interact with is entirely up to you. Before getting to know an orkut member, you can read their profile and even see how they're connected to you through the friends network."
- The orkut site was created in the United States and intended for here, but it has grown in popularity in other countries. It's the most visited site in Brazil, which is where it is now managed, and the second most visited in India. It's similar to other social networking sites but allows you to scrapbook. Wikipedia

PerfSpot
- http://www.perfspot.com
- "PerfSpot was created to provide the perfect web portal for people of any age, gender, or background to share their interests and favorite things on the web."
- Another social network that claims to be the best spot to share everything. When I went to the front page there was a group of photos of some college party, so it seems to be exactly like every other social network. Wikipedia

Plaxo
- http://www.plaxo.com
- "We started with a different kind of address book, one that leverages the power of the network effect to stay up-to-date. We securely host address books for more than 40 million people (and growing rapidly)."
- Sharing address books with that many people seems kinda weird, but it's another way to connect. Plaxo added something called Pulse that allows you to connect a lot of your other social media outlets including YouTube and Flickr. Wikipedia

Plurk
- http://www.plurk.com
- "Noun. plurk (plüer-kh) - A really snazzy site that allows you to showcase the events that make up your life in deliciously digestible chunks. Low in fat, 5 calories per serving, yet chock full of goodness. Verb. plurk (plüer-kh) - To chronicle the events of your always on, action-packed, storybook, semi-charmed kinda life."
- A micro-blogging service that allows you to connect with others by sending them little 140 character messages. I mean you don't want to bore people with too much information. Wikipedia

Pownce
- http://www.pownce.com
- "Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends. What kind of stuff? You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more. You can do it all on our web site, or install our lightweight desktop software that lets you get out of the browser."
- Another micro-blogging service but this one makes a little more sense. You can files and other things to your friends, not just a link or little message. Wikipedia

Reunion.com
- http://www.reunion.com
- "In the ever-evolving world of social networking, Reunion.com is the leading website for the grown-up social-network user to reconnect and keep in touch with family, friends, lost loves, and colleagues as life changes. With more than 50 million registered users and membership increasing on average by 1 million per month, Reunion.com offers the fastest and most comprehensive way to rediscover and stay connected with people from your past."
- Fifty million users is a lot of users, but Reunion.com isn't free. You can join for free but are unable to very much without paying for the premium access. I guess if you can't find lost family members or friends on any other free site, you might be able to find them here. Wikipedia

Skyrock
- http://skyrock.com
- "With a Skyrock account, you can: Stock unlimited photos, videos, and texts in your blog! Make new friends and chat with peeps from around the world! Check out tons of photos, videos, and profiles, from the humdrum to the unhinged..."
- Another way to find new friends and share everything about your life including photos, videos, and a blog. There are over 20 million users of Skyrock. Wikipedia

Tagged
- http://www.tagged.com
- "Tagged helps people keep in touch with their friends and make new ones. We provide a fun media experience featuring expressive custom profiles, fluid widget embedding, integrated video, chat, and much more."
- Over 70 million members are allowed to connect with other through many different options. Another social network that was started by Harvard students. Wikipedia

Twitter
- http://www.twitter.com
- "Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates from friends."
- Twitter has become probably the most popular micro-blogging site. It is geared more towards just keeping friends updated with what you are doing throughout the day with small messages. You can receive updates many different ways and there are over 60 tools that have been created to try and make Twitter more efficient and possibly more annoying. Wikipedia

WAYN
- http://www.wayn.com
- "WAYN is the fastest growing travel and lifestyle social networking community website in the UK. WAYN is present in 193 countries and membership has grown from 45,000 users in March 2005 to over 13 million today. WAYN helps you to keep track of all your contacts from around the world and make new friends based on where you are now, where you have been and where you are going!"
- WAYN or Where Are You Now is a social network designed to connect people from around the world. If you like to travel, you can learn about hot spots, restaurants, and clubs in another country that you would like to vist. Wikipedia

Windows Live Spaces
- http://home.services.spaces.live.com
- "Windows Live Spaces is your place on the Web to share your thoughts, photographs, and interests with others. Whether you want to meet like-minded people, write a blog about your favorite music, or simply share your photos with friends and family, the tools you need are here."
- Microsoft's blogging and social network site that has over 100 millions users. You can blog, share photos, keep a guestbook, and keep an internet profile. Wikipedia

5 comments:

Annalise said...

HopOnThis.com is eZanga.com’s social network. eZanga is a search engine that specializes in pay-per-click advertising and they recently updated their new site with HopOnThis.com. Once you are active member, they reward you with points just for being socially active on their site, and you use the points towards cash and prizes. You can also customize your profile, join groups, share unlimited photos, share links and videos, and much more.

Boss said...

Thanks for the comment annalise. I went to hoponthis.com and couldn't find an "about" page where I could see what the site did. I know you told me, but I'd like to see that on the site.

Not sure if you are affiliated with them or what, it still looks like the site is growing. Could be a new social networking site for some.

S. Jones said...

Please dont leave out www.PinkLinx.com
An international business newtorking commnunity for women. Is launching January 1st. Think: LinkedIn meets facebook...

Boss said...

Thanks for the comment S. Jones. I went to PinkLinx and took a look. My girlfriend I'm sure would be interested in this, so I will forward this to her.

I didn't add it to the next list, J-Z, but I will keep an eye it.

joel said...

Ill jump in and say you need to check out www.spout.com sign up, rate films, review movies, tag movies, find friends and join groups. All these actions will allow you find new films you might like.

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