Before we get to the list of Social Media Networks, let’s define what they are. Social networking websites are websites that allow you to connect and interact with a network of other people through personal websites, weblogs, online chat, photo sharing, discussion groups, and more.
Social Networking Services
A social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web-based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail, instant messaging services, blogs, photo sharing, and more.
Social networking has encouraged new ways to communicate and share information. Social networking websites are being used regularly by millions of people worldwide. While it could be said that email and websites have most of the essential elements of social network services, the idea of proprietary encapsulated services has gained popularity.
The main types of social networking website services are those which contain category divisions (such as former school-year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system.
Most of the companies on this list of social media network sites combine many of these functions, with Facebook widely used worldwide; MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn are the most widely used in North America; Nexopia (mostly in Canada); Bebo, Hi5, dol2day (mostly in Germany), Tagged, XING; Badoo and Skyrock in parts of Europe; Orkut, Friendster, Multiply, Wretch, Xiaonei and Cyworld in Asia and the Pacific Islands. See below for a full list of social networking websites services.
There have been some attempts to standardize these social networking services to avoid the need to duplicate entries of friends and interests, but this has led to some concerns about privacy.
List of Social Media Networks
Following is a list of social media networks with a brief description of each company.
Badoo – Badoo is a worldwide online community that provides its members with the ability to communicate and share their lives with people both locally and around the globe. Badoo allows its users to gain an instant mass audience for themselves and their work and gives the user direct control over the size of their audience.
With their patented system, members can activate features that instantly gain more exposure for their profile. Badoo has instant messaging, uploads of photos/videos, and the transparency of being able to see who views your profile and individual albums.
Bebo – Bebo is a popular social site that connects you to everyone and everything you care about. Bebo combines community, self-expression, and entertainment, enabling you to consume, create, discover, curate and share digital content in entirely new ways. Bebo has sites across the globe – US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Poland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, and the Netherlands.
CraigsList – CraigsList is a nationwide list of local classifieds and forums – community moderated, and largely free. Jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice – just about anything.
Diaspora – Diaspora is an open-source social network platform, released its code and opened up to private alpha invites recently. The platform was dubbed the alternative to Facebook, during Facebook’s privacy fiasco, and generated a lot of buzz. Diaspora lets you sort your connections into groups called aspects. Unique to Diaspora, aspects ensure that your photos, stories, and jokes are shared only with the people you intend.
Facebook – Facebook is a free social networking utility that connects you with the people around you. Facebook allows you to upload photos or publish notes, get the latest news from your friends, post videos on your profile, tag your friends, use privacy settings to control who sees your info, join a network to see people who live, study, or workaround you. Facebook is the most popular of any company on this list of social media networks.
Google+ – Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Share your thoughts, links, and photos with the right circles. Use easy, spontaneous video chat to strike up conversations with as many as nine people at once. Get everyone on the same page with a fast, simple group chat. We’re very excited about the new approach to sharing we’ve created through Google+, but this is really just the beginning.
Hi5 – Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, hi5 is one of the world’s largest social networks. Alexa ranks hi5 as a top 20 website globally, and as the #1 social network in over 30 countries across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. hi5 is a globally diverse social networking site, with over 80% of our users from outside the US. The hi5.com site was designed for this global audience from the beginning and was the first in-language social networking site in many countries around the world.
Instagram – Instagram is a social media network focused mainly on sharing photos and videos. It is owned by Facebook.
LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to find past and present colleagues and classmates quickly. LinkedIn makes staying in touch simple. It allows you to make inside connections when you’re looking for a job or new business opportunity.
MySpace – MySpace is an online social networking 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. MySpace has dropped considerably in popularity in recent years.
Nexopia – This social network website was designed initially as a way to fight back against his high school for banning floppy discs. Nexopia continues to revolutionize the way young people connect online. Even while growing like wildfire Nexopia has managed to retain its rebellious roots and ultimately become the place to be for teens looking to express themselves to the world.
Orkut – Google’s original social networking site. Share with groups of friends, controlling who sees what. Chat, comment and talk with each group of your friends for a conversation you control. Share photos, videos, and news. Join communities to discuss topics of interest.
Pinterest – Pinterest is a website that allows users to share their interests by posting, known as “pinning”, images to “boards” on their profile. Pinterest has grown into an extremely large database of visual objects with tens of billions of images posted to date, with more added every day.
Skyrock – With the SkyRock social network website, 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.
Tagged – Make a great profile that’s all about you. Find your friends and meet new people. Chat, flirt, photos, games, and more!
Tinder – Tinder is primarily known as an app that can be used to meet people. Users view photographs of other people and either swipe the photo to the left or the right to indicate whether or not they are interested.
Twitter – Twitter is a social networking website based in San Francisco, CA. People all over the world use Twitter to follow the sources most relevant to them and access information in real-time, as it happens – from breaking world news to updates from friends. In the past few years, the company struggled to demonstrate organic user growth, which led to disappointing earnings. The company is working to right the ship by introducing new features such as live streaming, expanded character limits and more.
Xanga – Xanga is an online social networking website/community. With Xanga, you can start your own free weblog, share photos and videos, and meet new friends.
XING – XING – The business network. Around the world, every day, over 7 million business professionals use XING – the global business network – in 16 languages to do business and promote their career. XING makes networking and professional contact management simple, with made-to-measure networking functions and services. Even more, XING allows you to see how people are connected, which is an excellent tool in generating new contacts of your own. With the XING Jobs portal, expert groups and networking events, XING is a web interface for business professionals around the world.
Discontinued / Retired Social Networks
BuddyFetch – Buddyfetch was a social search engine that allowed users to connect with other people on the Internet-based on their occupation, hobbies, interests and more. Instead of having users search thousands of social networks, IM networks, and dating sites, this site did the work for users.
CrushSpot – CrushSpot.com was an online social networking community website for meeting new people online, for platonic and/or romantic relationships. CrushSpot allowed the user to create a user profile, upload pictures, send members public messages on their message board or private messages in notes. CrushSpot users also had a blog. There’s also a forum for public discussion on a variety of topics.
Yahoo 360 – Yahoo 360 was an online social networking website/community that allowed users to create blogs, share photos, interests, and what matters to you. No longer active.
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