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 Website 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.
Popular social networking websites now combine many of these functions, with Facebook widely used worldwide; MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn being 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 Networking Websites
Following is a list of current and former social networking websites:
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. 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. One of Badoo’s greatest strengths lies in giving 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, lightning quick 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 which connects you to everyone and everything you care about. It is your life online – a social experience that helps you discover what’s going on with your world and helps the world discover what’s going on with you. 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.
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 user search thousands of social networks, IM networks, and dating sites, this site did the work for users – including a Google gadget and Firefox add-on. Buddyfetch has also included ‘buddy alerts’ where you can create a wish list of the people you would like to meet. Buddyfetch then searches and sends you an email or cell phone text message daily when we find them.
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.
CrushSpot – CrushSpot.com is an online social networking community website for meeting new people online, for platonic and/or romantic relationships. CrushSpot allows you to create a user profile where you can upload pictures and post a little or a lot about yourself. You can send members public messages on their message board or private messages in notes. CrushSpot users also receive a blog, or web log, short for online journal, where they can post their thoughts and opinions on things going on in their life or anything in general. There’s also a forum for public discussion on a variety of topics. Photo albums, Chat Rooms, and a site Instant Messenger are also in the works.
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 work around you. Facebook is the most popular social networking website.
Google+ – New on the list of social networking sites is 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 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.
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 is for friends who want to talk Online, Single people who want to meet other, Families who want to keep in touch, Business people and co-workers interested in networking, Classmates and study partners. Anyone looking for long lost friends! 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 your 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!
Twitter – Twitter is a privately funded social networking website with offices in San Francisco, CA. Twitter 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 use Twitter to follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens – from breaking world news to updates from friends. In the past year, the company has struggled to demonstrate organic user growth, which has 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 for you and your friends. With Xanga, you can easily start your own free weblog, share photos and videos, and meet new friends, too!
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, more than 26,000 expert groups and networking events from London to Beijing to New York, XING has evolved from a platform to a web interface for business professionals around the world.
Yahoo 360 – Yahoo 360 is an online social networking website / community that allows users to create blogs, share photos, interests, and what matters to you. Allows you to control how your page looks, and who sees what. Keep up with the latest from all your friends. No longer active.
Additional sites will be added to this List of Social Networking websites shortly.
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