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List of social networking websites

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


This is a list of major active social networking websites and excludes dating websites
This list is not exhaustive, and is limited to notable, well-known sites.

Name Description/Focus Date launched Registered users Registration
43 Things Goal setting and achievement 1 January 2005 3,000,000[2] Open
Academia.edu Social networking site for academics/researchers September 2008 211,000[4] Open
Advogato Free and open source software developers 1999 13,575[6] Open
aNobii Books 2006 Open
AsianAvenue A social network for the Asian American community 1997 Open
aSmallWorld European jet set and social elite world-wide March 2004 550,000[10] Invite-only
Athlinks Running, Swimming 2001 139,458[12] Open
Audimated.com Independent music 2010 Open
Bebo General July 2005 117,000,000[15] Open to people 13 and older
BIGADDA Indian Social Networking Site August 2007 3,000,000[17] Open to people 16 and older
Biip.no Norwegian community 1 June 2005 430,000[19] Requires Norwegian phone number
BlackPlanet Black Americans 1 September 1999 20,000,000[21] Open
Blauk Anyone who wants to tell something about a stranger or acquaintance. 2010 Open to people 13 and older.
Blogster Blogging community 24 November 2005 85,579[24] Open
Bolt.com General 1996 Open
Busuu Language learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain) 16 May 2008 12,000,000[27] Open
Buzznet Music and pop-culture 2005 10,000,000[29] Open
CafeMom Mothers December 2006 1,250,000[31] Open to moms and moms-to-be
Care2 Green living and social activism 1998 9,961,947[33] Open
CaringBridge Not for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.[35] 9,500,000[36] Open to people 18 and older[37]
Classmates.com School, college, work and the military 1995 50,000,000[39] Open to people 18 and older[40]
Cloob General. Popular in Iran 2004 Open
CouchSurfing Worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit. 2003 2,967,421[43] Open
CozyCot East Asian and Southeast Asian women 2001 150,000[45] Open
Cross.tv Faith Based social network for Christian believers from around the world 2008 450,000[47] Open
Crunchyroll Anime and forums. 2006 Open
Cyworld General. Popular in South Korea. 1999 24,000,000[50] Open
DailyBooth Photo-blogging site where users upload a photo every day 13 February 2009 Closed
DailyStrength Medical & emotional support community - Physical health, Mental health, Support groups 4 November 2007 Open
delicious Social bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interests September 2003 8,822,921[54] Open
deviantART Art community 7 August 2000 22,000,000[56] Open to people 13 and older
Diaspora* Decentralized, privacy aware, general (open source) November 2010 370,000+[n 1][58] Open
Disaboom People with disabilities (Amputee, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities) Open
Dol2day Politic community, Social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries) 40,200[61] Open
DontStayIn Clubbing (primarily UK) Open
Draugiem.lv General (primarily LV, LT, HU) 2,600,466[64] Invitation only
douban Chinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music. 2005 46,850,000[66] Open
DXY.cn Chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities 2000[68] 2,000,000[69] Open
Elftown Community and wiki around Fantasy and sci-fi. 185,000[71] Open, approval needed
Elixio Business executives jet set and global elite. July 2007 80,000[73] Invite-only
English, baby! Students and teachers of English as a second language 2000 1,600,000[75] Open
Epernicus For research scientists Open
Eons.com For baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond. Open to people age 40 years and older
eToro Social Investing, Finance May 2007 2,500,000 Open
Experience Project Life experiences Open
Exploroo Travel Social Networking. Open
Facebook General: Photos, Videos, Blogs, Apps. February 2004 1,000,000,000[82] Open to people 13 and older
Faceparty General. Popular UK. 200,000[84] Invitation only to people 18 and older
Faces.com Adult Social Network, Mainly UK & USA 2011 700,000[86] Open to people 18 and older worldwide
Fetlife People who are into BDSM January 2008 1,200,000[88] Open to people "of legal age to see adult content"
FilmAffinity Movies and TV Series 2002 250,000[90] Open
Filmow Movies and TV Series 2009 Open
FledgeWing Entrepreneural community targeted towards worldwide university students Open to university students
Flixster Movies 2007 63,000,000[94] Open to people 13 and older
Flickr Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide February 2004 32,000,000[96] Open to people 13 and older (Yahoo! Login)
Focus.com Business to Business, worldwide 2005 850,000[98] Open to people 13 and older
Formspring social Q&A website November 2009 290,000,000[100] Registration post responses and questions
Fotki Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend's feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration. October 1998 1,632,565 Open
Fotolog Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain 2002 20,000,000[103] Open
Foursquare Location based mobile social network 2009 20,000,000[105] Open
Friendica Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general Open
Friends Reunited UK based. School, college, work, sport and streets July 2000 19,000,000[108] Open to people 13 and older
Friendster General. Popular in Southeast Asia. No longer popular in the western world 2002 90,000,000[110] Open to people 16 and older.
Frühstückstreff General July 2001 14,800[citation needed] Open
Fubar dating, an "online bar" for 18 and older October 2007 1,200,000[113] Open to people 18+
Fuelmyblog Blogging community July 2007 50,000[115] Open
FullCircle Geosocial networking and location-based services portal for mobile devices April 2009 Open
Gaia Online Anime and games. Popular in USA, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia. 23,523,663[118] Open to people 13 and older
GamerDNA Computer and video games 21 September 2006 310,000[120] Open
Gapyear.com Travel social network July 1998 Open
Gather.com Article, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions 465,000[123] Open
Gays.com Social network for LGBT community, Guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping 16 May 2008 100,000[125] Open, Global
Geni.com Families, genealogy 16 January 2007 15,000,000[127] Open
GetGlue Social network for entertainment 28 October 2008 2,000,000[129] Open
Gogoyoko Fair play in Music - Social networking site for musicians and music lovers Invite only while in beta
Goodreads Library cataloging, book lovers December 2006 13,000,000[132] Open
Goodwizz Social network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France. October 2010 110,000[134][135] Open
Google+ General 28 June 2011 500,000,000[137] Open to people 13 and older [138]
GovLoop For people in and around government
Grono.net Poland 2,000,000[citation needed] Open
Habbo General for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles. August 2000 268,000,000[141][142][143] Open to people 13 and older
hi5 General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the USA. 2003 80,000,000[145] Open to people 13 and older.
Hospitality Club Hospitality 328,629[147] Open
Hotlist Geo-Social Aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users' friends are, were, and will be. 80,000[149] Open
HR.com Social networking site for Human Resources professionals 1999 194,000[151] Open
Hub Culture Global influencers focused on worth creation November 2002 20,000[153] Invite-only
Hyves General, mostly popular in the Netherlands. September 2004 10,097,000[155] Open
Ibibo Talent based social networking site that allows to promote one's self and also discover new talent. Most popular in India. 3,500,000[157] Open
Identi.ca Twitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates. 395,695[citation needed] Open
Indaba Music Online collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking. 350,000[160] Open, Global
IRC-Galleria Finland 505,000[162] Open to Finnish speaking people 12 and older
italki.com Language learning social network. 100+ languages. 500,000[164] Open, Global
Itsmy Mobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows 2,500,000[166]
iWiW Hungary 14 April 2002 4,000,000[168] Invite-only
Jaiku General. Microblogging. Owned by Google February 2006 Open to people 13 and older
Jiepang Location based mobile social network. In Chinese language 2010 3,000,000[171] Open
Kaixin001 General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users Open to the General Public
Kiwibox General. 1999 2,400,000[174] Open to people 13 and older
Lafango Talent-Focused media sharing site Open, Global
LaiBhaari Marathi social networking 2010 250,000 Open
Last.fm Music 2002 30,000,000[178] Open
LibraryThing Book lovers 29 August 2005 1,300,000[180] Open to people 13 and older
Lifeknot Shared interests, hobbies Open to people 18 and older
LinkedIn Business and professional networking May 2003 200,000,000[183] Open to people 18 and older
LinkExpats Social networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries. Open, Global
Listography Lists. Autobiography Open
LiveJournal Blogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad. 15 April 1999 17,564,977[187] Open (OpenID)
Livemocha Online language learning 5,000,000[189] Open
Makeoutclub General 9 August 1999 Open
MEETin General Open
Meetup (website) General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activities Open to people 18 and older
Meettheboss Business and Finance community, worldwide. Open
MillatFacebook General, Created in Response to Facebook [195] May 2010 461,200[196] Open
mixi Japan 25 October 2000 24,323,160[198] Open
MocoSpace mobile community, worldwide 2005 3,000,000[200] Open to people 14 and older
MOG Music Open to people 14 and older
MouthShut.com Social Network, social media, consumer reviews Open
Mubi Auteur cinema 200,000 Open
MyHeritage family-oriented social network service 30,000,000 [205] Open
MyLife Locating friends and family, keeping in touch (formerly Reunion.com) 51,000,000[207] Open
My Opera Blogging, mobile blogging, photo sharing, connecting with friends, Opera Link and Opera Unite. Global 7,300,000[209] Open
Myspace General August 2003 30,000,000+[210][211] Open to ages 13 and older.
Nasza-klasa.pl School, college and friends. Popular in Poland 11,000,000[213] Open
Netlog General. Popular in Europe, Turkey, the Arab World and Canada's Québec province. Formerly known as Facebox and Redbox.[215] 95,000,000[216] Open to people 13 and older
Nexopia Canada 1,400,000[218] Open to people 13 and older [219]
NGO Post Non-Profit news sharing and networking, mainly in India 15,000[221] Open
Ning Users create their own social websites and social networks 2005 (Networks 2007) Open to people 13 and older
Odnoklassniki Connect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics 45,000,000[224] Open
Open Diary First online blogging community, founded in 1998 1998 5,000,000[226] Open to people 13 and older
Orkut General. Owned by Google Inc. Popular in India and Brazil.[228] 22 January 2004 100,000,000[229] Open to people 18 and older, (Google login)
OUTeverywhere Gay/LGBTQ Community Open
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 109,587[232] Open to people 13 years and up
Partyflock Dutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music 10 November 2001 321,125 Open to people 18 years and up
Pingsta Collaborative platform for the world's Internetwork Experts Invite-only, only Internet Experts
Pinterest Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love 2011 Open
Plaxo Aggregator 50,000,000[237] Open
Playfire Computer and video games Open to people 13 and older
Playlist.com General, Music Open to people over 13
Plurk Micro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in Taiwan Open
Qapacity A a business-oriented social networking site and a business directory Closed
Quechup General, friendship, dating 2007 Open to those over 16
Qzone General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users 480,000,000[244][245] Open to the general public
Raptr Video games Open
Ravelry Knitting and crochet 3,000,000[247] Open
Renren Significant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009. 160,000,000[249] Open
ReverbNation.com Social network for musician and bands 500,000[251] Open to people 16 and older
Ryze Business 500,000[253] Closed
ScienceStage Science-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientists Open
ShareTheMusic Music Community. Sharing and listening to music for free and legally Open
Shelfari Books 11 October 2006 Open
Sina Weibo Social microblogging site in Mainland China. 14 August 2009 300,000,000[258] Open
Skoob Collaborative social network for Brazilian readers 2009 420,000[260] Open
Skyrock Social Network in French-speaking world 22,000,000[262] Open
SocialVibe Social Network for Charity 435,000[citation needed] Open
Sonico.com General. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions. 50,000,000[265][266] Open to people 13 and older
SoundCloud Repository of original music pieces and networking. 10,000,000[268] Open
Spaces Russian Social Network targeted to mobile phone users Open
Stickam Live video streaming and chat. 9,000,000[271] Closed
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. 17,000,000[273] Open
Students Circle Network A Social Network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces. December 2010 Open
StumbleUpon Stumble through websites that match users' selected interests 20,000,000[276] Open
Tagged General. October 2004 100,000,000[278] Open
Talkbiznow Business networking Open
Taltopia Online artistic community Open
Taringa! General (primarily Argentina) 11,000,000[282] Open to people 13 and older
TeachStreet Education / Learning / Teaching - More than 400 subjects Open
TermWiki Learning / Languages / Translation - 1.2m terms in more than 1300 subjects May 2010 Open
The Sphere A Private Online Social Luxury Network with Exclusive Personalized Services December 2008 1,300[286] Invite-only
TravBuddy.com Travel 2005 1,588,000[288] Open to people 18 and older
Travellerspoint Travel 2002 310,000[290] Open
tribe.net General Open
Trombi.com French subsidiary of Classmates.com 4,400,000[293]
Tuenti Spanish-based university and High School social network. 12,000,000[295] Invite-only
Tumblr Microblogging platform and Social Networking Website. Open
Touchtalent Art Display / Social Networking July 2012[298] 52,000[299] Open
Twitter General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates 15 July 2006 500,000,000[301] Open to all ages [302]
Tylted Mobile social game network[304] 2007 3,000,000[305] Open to people 14 and older
Vkontakte General, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics. September 2006 123,612,100[307] Open
Vampirefreaks.com Gothic and industrial subculture 1999 1,931,049[309] Open to users 13 and over
Viadeo Global Social Networking and Campus Networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese 35,000,000[311] Open
Virb Social network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers 2007 Open
Vox Blogging Open
Wattpad For readers and authors to interact & e-book sharing Open
WAYN Travel and lifestyle May 2003 10,000,000[316] Open to people 18 and older
WeeWorld Teenagers - 10 to 17 30,000,000[318] Open to ages 13 and older.
Wellwer Community without borders, where sharing is everything. September 2011 Open to people 13 years and older
WeOurFamily General with emphasis on privacy and security Open, subscription-based
Wepolls.com Social polling network Open
Wer-kennt-wen General General
weRead Books June 2007 4,000,000[citation needed] Open
Wiser.org Online community space for the social justice and environmental movement[325] April 2007 71,600[326] Open to people 16 and older
Wooxie Blogging and micro-blogging Open
WriteAPrisoner.com Site networking inmates, friends, family September 2000 66,000[329] Open to people 18 years and older
Xanga Blogs and "metro" areas Unknown 27,000,000[331] Open
XING Business (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)) 11,100,000[333] Open
Xt3 Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008 Open
Yammer Social networking for office colleagues 2008 Must have company email
Yelp, Inc. Local Business Review and Talk Open
Zoo.gr Greek Web Meeting point 2004 890,000[338] Open
Zooppa Online Community for Creative Talent (host of brand sponsored advertising contests) 60,000[340] Open to people 14 and older[341]

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