the most popular social networks in the world part1


  1. Facebook: To access Facebook.com, you
    must create an account on the site which is
    free. Facebook’s terms of use state that
    members must be at least 13 years old with
    valid email ID’s. After updating you’re details,
    your Facebook profile is generated. Using
    Facebook.com you can:
    o Browse and join networks, which are
    organized into four categories: regions,
    colleges, workplaces and high schools.
    o Pull contacts from a Web-based e-mail
    account, into Facebook.com.
    o Find friends in several ways, including
    search engine to look for a specific person
    and lot more.
    o Facebook has recently crossed 500 million
    users and is the most popular Social
    Networking site of the world.
  2. MySpace: On MySpace, your social network
    starts growing from the first day. When you
    join MySpace, the first step is to create a
    profile. You then, invite friends to join there
    and search for your friends on already profiled
    on MySpace these friends become your initial
    Friend Space. Once the friendship is confirmed
    all the people in your friends’ Friend Space
    become part of your network. In that sense,
    everyone on MySpace is in your Extended
    Network. As part of terms of MySpace, the
    user must be at least 14 years old to register.
  3. Twitter: Twitter is a very simple service that
    is rapidly becoming one of the most talked-
    about social networking service providers.
    When you have a Twitter account, you can use
    the service to post and receive messages to a
    network of contacts, as opposed to send bulk
    email messages. You can build your network
    of contacts, and invite others to receive your
    Tweets, and can follow other members’ posts.
    Twitter makes it easy to opt into or out of
    networks. Additionally, you can choose to stop
    following a specific person’s feed.
  4. LinkedIn : LinkedIn is an online social
    network for business professionals, which is
    designed specifically for professional
    networking, to help them find a job, discover
    sales leads, connect with potential business
    partners. Unlike most of the other social
    networks, LinkedIn does not focus on making
    friends or sharing media like photos, videos
    and music. To start using LinkedIn you need
    to register and create a profile page. To
    register to LinkedIn, you need to provide
    personal information. You can update the
    profile with your education and job details
    and a summary. Additionally, you can also
    give and receive recommendations from co-
    workers and bosses. There are more than 75
    million professionals registered on LinkedIn.
  5. Bebo : In the United Kingdom, Bebo is the
    second best social network. Bebo allows users
    to create social networking profiles for free. It
    offers many of the same features as other
    social networking sites. You can register a free
    account with Bebo and upload photos, videos
    and information. The site lets you connect
    with old friends and make new ones using a
    unique user interface. The site boasts users
    from more than a dozen countries, including
    the United States, Australia, Canada, Poland,
    France and Germany.
  6. Friendster: Friendster was one of the first
    Web sites to bring it into mass culture. It was
    designed as a place to connect with friends,
    family, colleagues and new friends over the
    Internet. However, it went beyond just a one-
    way communication. Using Friendster, you can
    connect with friends and family, meet new
    people through the connections you already
    have, find people with similar interests,
    backgrounds or geographical locations, join
    groups by activity, school or interest, interact
    through message posts, games, blogs and
    application sharing, and share your details
    with the Internet community.
  7. Hi5 : Hi5 shares many similarities with
    many social network sites; however, it
    introduces some twists that make it
    worthwhile for people who love trying out new
    and interesting online communities. However,
    it is not one of the popular sites in the United
    States. This was a strategic move from the
    founder, therefore, Hi5 claims around 60
    million members from more than 200
    countries other than the US. One of the site’s
    biggest transformations is the addition of
    many entertainment options, including games.
  8. Habbo: The Habbo online community is
    inhabited by pixelated, cartoon-character alter
    egos. You can meet others in public rooms
    (nightclubs, restaurants, shops) and create
    private rooms for selected friends. Habbo
    employees heavily moderate the site, catering
    to its solid teen user base. Most of the users
    of Habbo are between the age group of 13 –
    18 years. Although, a major part of the users
    are from the U.S., Habbo social networks is
    very popular in places like the United
    Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Finland
    and more.
  9. NING: Ning is the leading online platform
    for the world’s organizers, activists and
    influencers to create social experiences that
    inspire action. It helps you create a safe and
    secure place online for like-minded people.
    Ning takes the idea of groups to a whole new
    level. The ability to create your own
    community makes Ning a great home away
    from home for organizations and groups
    looking to fill the social void.
  10. Tagged : Tagged is a blend of social
    networking features that MySpace and
    Facebook users will find very familiar. Tagged
    was designed to help users meet lots of new
    people with similar interests in a short amount
    of time. You can access and register directly
    or be invited by a friend to join Tagged. This
    is a free social network that allows you to
    view your friends’ newly uploaded Tagged
    photo album. Tagged encourages its users to
    meet strangers based on shared interests, with
    the idea of growing your network to meet as
    many people as possible.
  11. myYearbook: myYearbook, the best place
    to meet new people and one of the 25 most-
    trafficked sites in the United States.
    myYearbook has Flash-based games, and the
    games incorporate Lunch Money (the
    myYearbook virtual currency). It includes a
    virtual economy through which people can
    purchase of gifts which members send to each
    other. Lunch Money is also donated by
    members to their favourite charity. In 2010,
    myYearbook donated money to the Haiti Relief
    Fund to help victims of the earthquake in
    Haiti.
  12. Meetup : Meetup is an online social
    networking portal that facilitates offline group
    meetings in various localities around the
    world. It makes it easy for anyone to organize
    a local group or find one of the thousands
    already meeting up face-to-face. More than
    2,000 groups get together in local
    communities each day, each one with the goal
    of improving themselves or their communities.
  13. MyLife: MyLife (formerly Reunion.com) is
    a social network service. MyLife can search
    over 60 social-networking sites and other
    information resources on the Web. MyLife
    searches the web to deliver accurate and
    timely results. Even in cases when you don’t
    immediately find who you’re looking for,
    MyLife continues searching and provides
    updates and alerts. MyLife suggests friends
    and contacts you may know based on your
    profile information and existing contacts. It
    also intimates you when someone else is
    looking for you. MyLife gives you a global
    view into the most popular sites your friends
    are part of, including LinkedIn, Facebook and
    MySpace as well as 50 other sites.
  14. Flixster : Flixster is a social networking site
    for movie fans. Users can create their own
    profiles, invite friends, rate movies and actors,
    and post movie reviews as well. From the site,
    people can also get information about movies,
    read user-generated movie reviews and
    ratings, converse with other users, get movie
    show times, view popular celebrity photos,
    read the latest movie news, and view video
    clips from popular movies and TV shows.
    Flixster.com also operates leading movie
    applications on Facebook, MySpace, iPhone,
    Android, and BlackBerry.
  15. myHeritage : MyHeritage is a family-
    oriented social network service and genealogy
    website. It allows members to create their own
    family websites, share pictures and videos,
    organize family events, create family trees,
    and search for ancestors. There are more than
    15 million family trees and 91 million photos
    on the site, and the site is accessible in over
    35 languages.
  16. Multiply : Multiply is a vibrant social
    shopping destination, but faster and more
    convenient, where sellers and buyers interact.
    A user’s network is made up of their direct
    contacts, as well as others who are closely
    connected to them through their first-degree
    relationships. Users are also encouraged to
    specify the nature of their relationship with
    one another, making it possible to share
    content based on relationship. Many shoppers
    in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia,
    Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam have made
    the Multiply Marketplace a favourite shopping
    destination.
  17. Orkut: Orkut is a free social networking
    website where you can create a profile,
    connect with friends, maintain an online
    scrapbook and use site features and
    applications to share your interests and meet
    others. The prerequisite for logging on to
    Orkut is that the user must be over 18 years
    old. Currently, Orkut is the most popular in
    Brazil. The number of orkut users in India is
    almost equivalent to those in its original home
    in the United States.
  18. Badoo : Badoo is a multi-lingual social
    networking website. It is gaining popularity in
    emerging markets like Russia and Brazil. The
    site allows users to create profiles, send each
    other messages, and rate each other’s profile
    pictures at no cost. However, features that are
    designed to make user profile more visible to
    other users are provided at a cost. Badoo
    includes geographic proximity feature that
    identifies users’ locations based on analysis of
    their network connection. This lets users know
    if there are people near their current location
    who may wish to meet.
  19. Gaia Online : Gaia Online is a mix of social
    networking and massive multiplayer online
    role-playing games. It is a leading online
    hangout for teens and young adults, and offers
    a wide range of features from discussion
    forums and virtual towns to fully customizable
    profiles and avatars. It provides a fun, social
    environment that inspires creativity and helps
    people make meaningful connections around
    shared interests such as gaming, arts and
    anime.
  20. BlackPlanet : Initially, BlackPlanet was
    designed as a way for African-American
    professionals to network. Since then, it’s
    grown and evolved as a site operating under
    the principles of Web 2.0. Members can read
    other members’ blogs, watch music videos,
    chat with one another, look for new careers
    and discuss news. Though BlackPlanet is not
    restricted to any community, this site is more
    popular amongst African-American. This site
    helped Obama to connect to nearly 200,000
    potential supporters.
  21. SkyRock : SkyRock.com is a social
    networking site that offers its members free
    web space where they can create a blog, add a
    profile, and exchange messages with other
    registered members. The site also offers a
    specific space for members who create blogs
    showcasing their original musical
    compositions. SkyRock is very popular in
    France and French speaking markets including
    Switzerland and Belgium. The site is also
    available in English, German, Dutch and
    Spanish. It’s very popular in the European
    Union.
  22. PerfSpot : PerfSpot provides a web portal
    for people of any age, gender, or background
    to share their interests and favourite things on
    the web. PerfSpot currently publishes its site
    in 37 different languages, with comprehensive
    moderator team based in the U.S. and the
    Philippines that screens through up to a
    million pictures on a daily basis.
  23. Zorpia : Zorpia.com is a social network
    that has a large international community.
    Zorpia’s features include profile
    customization, networking features and an
    incredibly detailed search. Zorpia has an
    impressive music section featuring popular
    artists like Ashlee Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens,
    Alanis Morissette and more. You can purchase
    a Royal Membership for extra networking
    options such as an ad–free profile, extra
    profile design features and unlimited
    messaging.
  24. Netlog : Netlog (formerly known as
    Facebox and Bingbox) is a Belgian social
    networking website specifically targeted at the
    European youth demographic. On Netlog, you
    can create your own web page with a blog,
    pictures, videos, events and much more to
    share with your friends. Netlog is pageview
    market leader in Belgium, Italy, Austria,
    Switzerland, Romania and Turkey. In the
    Netherlands, Germany, France and Portugal,
    Netlog covers the second place. Pan
    European, Netlog is the market leader. Netlog
    is localized in over 25 languages, to enable
    users from around the world to access the
    network.
  25. Tuenti : Tuenti is an invitation-only private
    social networking website. It has been referred
    to as the “Spanish Facebook”, by many social
    network watchers. It is one of the largest
    social networking sites in Spain. It allows you
    to set up a profile, upload photos, link videos
    and connect and chat with friends. Many other
    utilities, such as the ability to create events,
    are also offered. From 2009, utilizing a simple
    interface, Tuenti user can change their
    language to Catalán, Basque, Galician, and
    English. Tuenti is also available as an iPhone
    App.
  26. Nasza-Klasa.pl : nasza-klasapl is
    considered one of the largest and most used
    social networking sites in Poland. It primarily
    brings together school’s students and alumni.
    The site is in polish therefore restricting its
    popularity only to Poland and polish speaking
    people. Nevertheless, it claims to be the most
    popular networking site in Poland, and
    therefore, has found its niche in the
    competitive social networking space. The site
    where one might say, new meets old, where
    the intractability is like Facebook, yet
    traditional with old styled forums.
  27. IRC-Galleria : IRC Gallery has been one of
    the most popular social networking sites for
    over 10 years, in Finland; with over 5.5 lakh
    registered users, 90% of which use the site
    regularly. IRC-Galleria is popular within the
    age group of 18-22. To be able to create an
    account with this site, at least one of the
    uploaded images must be accepted by the
    administrator. While regular users can upload
    only up to 60 visible images, you have the
    option to upgrade to VIP status that enables
    you to upload 10,000 visible images. Using
    this site, users can communicate with other
    users, comments on photos, and join over a
    100 communities.
  28. StudiVZ : StudiVZ is the biggest social
    networking site in Germany. It is also popular
    in German-speaking countries like Switzerland
    and Austria. This site works as a student
    directory in particular for college and
    university students in Europe. The site allows
    students to maintain a personal page that
    containing their personal information like
    name, age, study subjects, interests, courses
    and group memberships (within StudiVZ).
  29. Xing : Xing, (formally known as openBC/
    Open Business Club) is a professional
    networking tool. It is popular in countries like
    Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and France.
    Xing is similar to LinkedIn and claims to have
    professionals from over 200 countries. Xing
    has two features Basic and Premium,
    depending on weather the user wants to use
    the site for free or at a cost. It is available in
    different languages including English, German,
    Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Dutch,
    Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Japanese,
    Russian, Polish, Turkish and Hungarian;
    French and German being the most popularly.
  30. Renren: Renren (formerly called Xiaonei
    Network) is one of the largest social
    networking sites in China, and caters to
    people of Chinese origin. It is very popular
    amongst college students. Renren also has a
    WAP version, which users can access through
    mobile phones. It features an instant
    messaging service for its users. Users can use
    the same username to log in both Renren and
    Kaixin. Renren appeals more to Chinese
    college students who use internet cafes, while
    Kaixin001 targets Chinese white-collar
    workers who have internet access at work.
  31. Kaixin001 : Kaixin001 is a popular
    professional networking tool in China. The
    target audience for Kaixin’s, are typically
    white-collar middle class who come from a
    first tier city. This site in China is extremely
    popular among people who work for
    multinational companies, ad agencies and
    other white collar companies. Kaixin001 has
    gained much more popularity since 2009,
    because social networking sites, such as
    Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube were
    blocked in China.
  32. Hyves.nl : Hyves, pronounced hives (from
    beehives) is the largest social network in
    Netherlands, with many Dutch visitors and
    members. Hyves Payments and Hyves Games,
    allows you to play games and pay friends
    through the social network. Hyves provides
    usual amenities of a social networking site,
    including profiles, blogs, photos, and so on.
    ‘Hyven’ (Hyving) became a common word in
    Dutch, and is gaining popularity across
    Europe.
  33. Millat Facebook : MillatFacebook is a
    Muslim-oriented social networking website.
    Originally launched in Pakistan, it has gained
    popularity in Arab counties as well. This site
    came into existence after Facebook was
    banned in Pakisthan. Millatfacebook offers
    video chat, bulletins, blogs, polls, shout box,
    and customization of profile page. Members
    can change the page CSS and design it on
    their own will.
  34. Ibibo : Ibibo stands for iBuild, iBond. It is
    an Indian social networking site. It is an
    umbrella site that offers a variety of
    applications under its social network. The
    services offered include games, blogs, photo
    unlimited storage, mail, messenger, videos,
    free SMS service, mail, polls and surveys.
  35. Sonico : Sonico is a free-access social
    networking website focused on the Latin
    American audience. You can do a to rage of
    things in this site including search and add
    friends, interact with friends over message,
    update their own personal profile, manage
    their privacy, upload photos and videos,
    organize events, play games with other users.
    Sonico, more importantly, let’s its members
    more control over their profile by giving them
    three distinct profiles that the user can
    organize based on the need: a private profile,
    a public profile, and a professional profile.
    This site is popular in Latin America and other
    Spanish and Portuguese Speaking Regions.
  36. Wer-kennt-wen : Wer-kennt-wen, is one of
    the most popular social networking website in
    Germany. It is by an invitation-only social
    networking website, and only for people over
    14 years old. The site provides the user to
    write blogs, chat with friends, and write in
    their guestbook. It provides users a social
    community for people, to interact with
    anybody they want.
  37. Cyworld : Cyworld is a South Korean social
    network service. It has had a big effect on
    Korea’s Internet culture. Many renowned
    Korean socialites and celebrities have
    accounts where they post upcoming tours and
    works. Cyword has networks in South Korea,
    China, and Vietnam and is gaining popularity
    across Asia and the Pacific Island. Users have
    access to a profile page, photos, drawings and
    images uploading, an avatar, neighbourhoods,
    and clubs.
  38. Mixi : Mixi is primarily for Japanese. Mixi
    offers options to meeting new people, send
    and receive messages, writing in a diary, read
    and comment on others’ diaries, organize and
    join communities and invite their friends. The
    site requires users to own a Japanese cell
    phone which bars anyone who is not or has
    not been a resident of Japan.
  39. iWiW : iWiW (abbreviation for International
    Who is Who) is a Hungarian social networking
    web service. The site is an invite-only website,
    where a user can provide personal
    information. Users can search for friends using
    the search tool. iWiW allows users to log in to
    external websites using their iWiW credentials.
    iWiW is also available for iPone and Android.

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