Social Networking

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Images Social NetworkingSocial Networking is defined as: (from

  1. a network of friends, colleagues, and other personal contacts: Strong social networks can encourage healthy behaviors.

  2. Computers:
    1. an online community of people with a common interest who use a Web site or other technologies to communicate with each other and share information, resources, etc.a business-oriented social network.
    2. a Web site or online service that facilitates this communication.

This definition covers lots of territory and new sites are popping up every year.  According to Web Trends, there are three categories of social networking sites:

  • General purpose
  • special interest social networks with a specific theme
  • international sites.

Here are the top sites in each category:

General Interest

Facebook: Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook was designed as a social networking site for Harvard students. After spreading from Harvard through the university ranks and down into high school, Facebook was opened to the public in 2006.

MySpace: Started in 2003, MySpace was a driving force in popularizing social networking and still maintains a large userbase. A highly customizable social network, MySpace continues to reposition itself in the industry.

Twitter: What started out as a microblogging website has quickly grown into a social messaging platform and one of the top social networks in the world. Twitter is phenomenon that transcends social networking to provide an outlet for news, trends, buzz, and chat among many other uses. 

Top Social Networking Sites - Special Interest

Flixster: With a tagline of "stop watching bad movies," Flixster combines social networking with movie reviews. Billing itself as a social music site, allows members to create their own radio station that learns what the person likes and suggests new music based on those interests. In addition to this, you can listen to the radio stations of friends and other members.

LinkedIn: A business-oriented social network, members invite people to be "connections" instead of "friends." Linkedin is a contact management system as well as a social network, and has a question-and-answer section similar to Yahoo! Answers.

Xanga: A social blogging site that combines social networking elements with blogging. Members earn credits for participating in the site and can spend credits on various things such as buying mini-pictures to post in the comments of a friend's blog.

Top Social Networking Sites - International Sites

Badoo: Based in London, Badoo is one of the top social networking sites in Europe.

Migente: A social networking site targeted at Latin America.

Orkut: Originally created by Google to compete with MySpace and Facebook, it has mainly caught hold in Brazil.

Obviously, there are more social networking sites.  To see more go to Web Trends.

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