List of Social Networking Sites

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Social Networking
Name Description/Focus Date launched
43 Things Goal setting and achievement 1st January 2005 Social networking site for academics/researchers Sep-08
Advogato Free and open source software developers 1999
Advogato Free and open source software developers 1999
aNobii Books 2006
AsianAvenue A social network for the Asian American community 1997
aSmallWorld European jet set and social elite world-wide Mar-04
Athlinks Running, Swimming 2001 Independent music 2010
Badoo General, Meet new people & dating, Popular in Europe and Latin America 2006
Bebo General Jul-05
BIGADDA Indian Social Networking Site Aug-07 Norwegian community 1-Jun-05
BlackPlanet Black Americans 1-Sep-99
Blauk Anyone who wants to tell something about a stranger or acquaintance. 2010
Blogster Blogging community 24-Nov-05 General 1996
Busuu Language learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain) 16-May-08
Buzznet Music and pop-culture 2005
CafeMom Mothers Dec-06
Care2 Green living and social activism 1998
CaringBridge Not for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.[37]
Cellufun Mobile social game network[41] 2007 School, college, work and the military 1995
Cloob General. Popular in Iran 2004
CouchSurfing Worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit. 2003
CozyCot East Asian and Southeast Asian women 2001 Faith Based social network for Christian believers from around the world 2008
Crunchyroll Anime and forums. 2006
Cyworld General. Popular in South Korea. 1999
DailyBooth Photo-blogging site where users upload a photo every day 13-Feb-09
DailyStrength Medical & emotional support community – Physical health, Mental health, Support groups 4-Nov-07
delicious Social bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interests Sep-03
deviantART Art community 7-Aug-00
Diaspora* Decentralized, privacy aware, general (open source) November, 2010
Disaboom People with disabilities (Amputee, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities)
Dol2day Politic community, Social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries)
DontStayIn Clubbing (primarily UK)
douban Chinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music. 2005 General (primarily LV, LT, HU) Chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities 2000[75]
Elftown Community and wiki around Fantasy and sci-fi.
Elixio Business executives jet set and global elite. Jul-07 For baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond.
Epernicus For research scientists
eToro Social Investing, Finance May-07
Experience Project Life experiences
Exploroo Travel Social Networking.
Facebook General: Photos, Videos, Blogs, Apps. Feb-04
Faceparty General. Popular UK. Adult Social Network, Mainly UK & USA 2011
Fetlife People who are into BDSM Jan-08
FilmAffinity Movies and TV Series 2002
Filmow Movies and TV Series 2009
FledgeWing Entrepreneural community targeted towards worldwide university students
Flickr Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide Feb-04
Flixster Movies 2007 Business to Business, worldwide 2005
Fotki Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend’s feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration. Oct-98
Fotolog Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain 2002
Foursquare Location based mobile social network 2009
Friendica Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general
Friends Reunited UK based. School, college, work, sport and streets Jul-00
Friendster General. Popular in Southeast Asia. No longer popular in the western world 2002
Frühstückstreff General Jul-01
Fubar dating, an “online bar” for 18 and older Oct-07
Fuelmyblog Blogging community July, 2007
FullCircle Geosocial networking and location-based services portal for mobile devices Apr-09
Gaia Online Anime and games. Popular in USA, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia.
GamerDNA Computer and video games 21-Sep-06 Travel social network July, 1998 Article, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions Social network for LGBT community, Guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping 16-May-08 Families, genealogy 16-Jan-07
GetGlue Social network for entertainment 28-Oct-08
Gogoyoko Fair play in Music – Social networking site for musicians and music lovers
Goodreads Library cataloging, book lovers Dec-06
Goodwizz Social network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France. Oct-10
Google+ General 28-Jun-11
GovLoop For people in and around government Poland
Habbo General for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles. Aug-00
hi5 General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the USA. 2003
Hospitality Club Hospitality
Hotlist Geo-Social Aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users’ friends are, were, and will be. Social networking site for Human Resources professionals 1999
Hub Culture Global influencers focused on worth creation Nov-02
Hyves General, mostly popular in the Netherlands. Sep-04
Ibibo Talent based social networking site that allows to promote one’s self and also discover new talent. Most popular in India. Twitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates.
Indaba Music Online collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking.
IRC-Galleria Finland Language learning social network. 100+ languages.
Itsmy Mobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows
iWiW Hungary 14-Apr-02
Jaiku General. Microblogging. Owned by Google Feb-06
Jiepang Location based mobile social network. In Chinese language 2010
Kaixin001 General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users
Kiwibox General. 1999
Lafango Talent-Focused media sharing site
LAGbook African-based Social Networking Site. Popular in Germany, Denmark, France, China, Hong Kong, Pakistan,Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Canada, India, Romania,Mexico and especially Nigeria.[180] 17th April 2010
LaiBhaari Marathi social networking 2010 Music 2002
LibraryThing Book lovers 29-Aug-05
Lifeknot Shared interests, hobbies
LinkedIn Business and professional networking May-03
LinkExpats Social networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries.
Listography Lists. Autobiography
LiveJournal Blogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad. 15-Apr-99
Livemocha Online language learning
Makeoutclub General 9-Aug-99
MEETin General
Meettheboss Business and Finance community, worldwide.
Meetup (website) General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activities
MillatFacebook General, Created in Response to Facebook [201] May-10
mixi Japan 25-Oct-00
MocoSpace mobile community, worldwide
MOG Music Social Network, social media, consumer reviews
Mubi Auteur cinema
My Opera Blogging, mobile blogging, photo sharing, connecting with friends, Opera Link and Opera Unite. Global
MyHeritage family-oriented social network service
MyLife Locating friends and family, keeping in touch (formerly
Myspace General Aug-03 School, college and friends. Popular in Poland
Netlog General. Popular in Europe, Turkey, the Arab World and Canada’s Québec province. Formerly known as Facebox and Redbox.[221]
Nexopia Canada
NGO Post Non-Profit news sharing and networking, mainly in India
Ning Users create their own social websites and social networks 2005 (Networks 2007)
Odnoklassniki Connect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics
Open Diary First online blogging community, founded in 1998 1998
Orkut General. Owned by Google Inc. Popular in India and Brazil.[234] 22-Jan-04
OUTeverywhere Gay/LGBTQ Community
Partyflock Dutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music 10-Nov-01
Passportstamp Travel
PatientsLikeMe Online community for patients with life-changing illnesses to find other patients like them, share their data with others, and learn more about their condition to improve their outcome. 2006
Pingsta Collaborative platform for the world’s Internetwork Experts
Pinterest Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love 2011
Plaxo Aggregator
Playfire Computer and video games General, Music
Plurk Micro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in Taiwan
PureVolume Connecting indie music bands and listeners, through music sharing and social networking 2003
Qapacity A a business-oriented social networking site and a business directory
Quechup General, friendship, dating 2007
Qzone General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users
Raptr Video games
Ravelry Knitting and crochet
Renren Significant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009. Social network for musician and bands
Ryze Business
ScienceStage Science-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientists
ShareTheMusic Music Community. Sharing and listening to music for free and legally
Shelfari Books 11-Oct-06
Sina Weibo Social microblogging site in Mainland China. 14-Aug-09
Skoob Collaborative social network for Brazilian readers 2009
Skyrock Social Network in French-speaking world
SocialVibe Social Network for Charity General. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions.
SoundCloud Repository of original music pieces and networking.
Stickam Live video streaming and chat.
Students Circle Network A Social Network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces. Dec-10
StudiVZ University students, mostly in the German-speaking countries. School students and those out of education sign up via its partner sites schülerVZ and meinVZ.
StumbleUpon Stumble through websites that match users’ selected interests
Tagged General.
Talkbiznow Business networking
Taltopia Online artistic community
Taringa! General (primarily Argentina)
TeachStreet Education / Learning / Teaching – More than 400 subjects
TermWiki Learning / Languages / Translation – 1.2m terms in more than 1300 subjects May-10
The Sphere A Private Online Social Luxury Network with Exclusive Personalized Services Dec-08 Travel 2005
Travellerspoint Travel 2002 General French subsidiary of
Tuenti Spanish-based university and High School social network.
Twitter General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates 15-Jul-06 Gothic and industrial subculture 1999
Viadeo Global Social Networking and Campus Networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Virb Social network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers 2007
Vkontakte Social Network for Russian-speaking world including former Soviet republics. Sep-06
Vox Blogging
Wakoopa For computer fans that want to discover new software and games
Wattpad For readers and authors to interact & e-book sharing
WAYN Travel and lifestyle May-03
WeeWorld Teenagers – 10 to 17
Wellwer Community without borders, where sharing is everything. Sep-11
WeOurFamily General with emphasis on privacy and security Social polling network
Wer-kennt-wen General
weRead Books Jun-07
WiserEarth Online community space for the social justice and environmental movement[326]
Wooxie Blogging and micro-blogging Site networking inmates, friends, family Sep-00
Xanga Blogs and “metro” areas Unknown
XING Business (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland))
Xt3 Catholic social networking, created after World Youth Day 2008
Yammer Social networking for office colleagues 2008
Yelp, Inc. Local Business Review and Talk Greek Web Meeting point 2004
Zooppa Online Community for Creative Talent (host of brand sponsored advertising contests)

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