I have noticed that when the topic of social network is raised, it usually turns to a discussion of Facebook. Granted it is the biggest player on the planet however it is not the only one. Ok, at some point in the discussion it may get to Linkedin, Google Plus and Twitter (which by the way is a microblog not a network but it is so widely used it surfaces regardless of what topic is being discussed). The reality is, although these are the “Big Four”, there are so many to choose from and depending on “your fancy” or strategy you may want to develop a presence at other networks as a starting point. Now that I have planted this seed in your thinking, where do you start? There are so many out there – really. So whatever your passion, go and find your network. If it doesn’t exist, hey create one!
So for this post, I thought it might be useful to share what is out there. Or at least start a list to tantilize your taste-buds. There is a good Mashable resource on 350 sites. However, as this reference is from 2007, I have used this as a starting point, removing the sites that no longer exist and adding new ones. I intend to keep this as a live rolling list that will be updated regularly. I will attempt to publish biweekly, as I research the sites and add to the list. Feel free to share any sites with me too! Hey, let’s develop our own community of sharing social networks and the associated reviews! Looking forward to hearing from you. In the interim, knock yourself out with the list below!
Books and Community
- BookCrossing.com – It’s the World’s Library. It’s a smart social networking site. It’s a celebration of literature and a place where books get new life. BookCrossing is the act of giving a book a unique identity so, as the book is passed from reader to reader, it can be tracked and thus connecting its readers. There are currently 980,418 BookCrossers and 8,340,566 books travelling throughout 132 countries. Our community is changing the world and touching lives one book at a time.
- Bookins.com – Book sharing website that enables members to exchange used books with each other in real time.
- BookMooch.com – Users can exchange books with others through points. Users gain points when they give books to others.
- GoodReads – is the largest site for readers and book recommendations in the world. They have more than 6,500,000 members. Goodreads users recommend books, compare what they are reading, keep track of what they’ve read and would like to read, find their next favorite book and form book clubs.
- Library Thing - A book network community of over a million members
- PaperBackSwap.com – the site help avid readers swap, trade & exchange Books for free.They only pay for the delivery charges.
- Read It Swap It – A free service that allows users to exchange books with others.
- Revish – Revish is community for book lovers, letting them write reviews of their favorite books, join groups, and maintain a reading list.
- Shelfari – Shelfari is a popular social networking service for book lovers by amazon.
- Socialbib – Book swapping network between students.
Professional Business Networking & Community
- ArtBreak – ArtBreak is an artist community for sharing and selling artwork.
- Atomic Reach - Atomic Reach is a social publishing network that connects companies and brands looking for high-quality content.
- Blogtronix – Blogtronix promotes corporate social networking, multimedia microblogging and cloud hosting.
- DoMyStuff – An online community where busy people can quickly find Assistants to complete their chores. The Assistants you’ll find on DoMyStuff.com are individuals and businesses located near you who compete by bidding to run your errands. This bidding system ensures that you find the best people to do your stuff at the lowest price.
- Doostang – An career community with over 750,000 elite professionals with inside access to thousands of jobs from top employers.
- Empire Avenue - Empire Avenue is a game platform and online community where you earn virtual currency for being social — the more social you are, the more virtual currency you will earn. In addition to gaming, there are groups and social networking for a wide assortment of professionals, hobbies or general interests.
- HR dot Com - Human Resources Professional social network. members share their expertise, network with other HR executives, continue their education. …
- iKarma Inc. – iKarma is an online professional and relationship management network that is focused on attaining customer feedback and ratings for professionals in a social network media.
- ImageKind – ImageKind is a community and marketplace for professional artists.
- Jambo – Jambo provides a Mobile Membership Directory that works like a radar to give any group of people the ability to detect, search, browse, and connect to each other, when they happen to be in the same city and as close as a few blocks away,
- Jigsaw – An online business card networking directory for users to establish contacts with each other. Each business card is listed with an email id and a contact number.-
- ProSkore – An online professional community where members are ranked according to their overall reputation – which includes their social networks as well as their professional experience and recommendations they receive through the PROskore community.
- Konnects – Konnects enables members newspapers to engage with their readership and become the central hub of their social network community. The Social Media features allows readers to provide feedback and add their content
- Lawyrs – A professional social networking community for lawyers.
- Linkedin – LinkedIn is a professional social networking website for business users and the the most popular professional business site out there. For more information you can read my post on Linkedin.
- mediabistro.com – mediabistro.com is an online community that is dedicated to anyone who creates or works with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a content/creative industry. That includes editors, writers, producers, graphic designers, book publishers, and others in industries including magazines, television, film, radio, newspapers, book publishing, online media, advertising, PR, and design.
- Ryze.com – is a business social network. Members get a free networking-oriented home page and can send messages to other members. They can also join special Networks related to their industry, interests or location.
- Spoke.com – Spoke allows business professionals to create user-friendly profiles of companies and people in a smooth and organized process that replaces existing inefficient data gathering techniques. Profiles are shared with the community at large, including peers, partners and industry experts – all able to interact and collaborate to create relevant insights about people, companies, industries and trends.
- Viadeo - professional social network
- XING – XING is a social network for business professionals. Members network from different industries, find jobs, colleagues, new assignments, cooperation partners, experts and generate business ideas.
- CafeMom – CafeMom is a social networking site for mothers to connect and share thoughts with each other.
- CommonGate – CommonGate is an open social network and blogging of theme-based communities (Gates) where people can make l connections and share relevant content with friends, family and colleagues. This social network enables users to create their own social network. The social blogs contain posts from any of the members, a communal voice within the site.
- eFamily – A premier social network to connect with family members and relatives in a private and secure environment.
- Famster – A private secure social network for family members.
- Geni.com – An exciting social networking site enabling members to create their family tree. All Geni users can share an unlimited number of photos, videos, and documents with their families. Geni’s Pro subscription service allows users to find matching trees and merge those into the single world family tree, which currently contains nearly 60 million living users and their ancestors.
- Genoom – Genoom is a social networking platform designed to build private family networks. With Genoom, users can create their own family network and genealogical family tree to connect with relatives from around the world. From centralizing current family connections to discovering and sharing ancestral information, Genoom offers users a secure, private, and interactive family networking environment on the Web.
- Kincafe – An ideal social network for families to connect with their beloved ones.
- Kinzin – Kinzin is a Social Publishing® service for groups and individuals to privately share photos and create personalized print products. These printed materials are for Parents for sharing with families, Coaches for sharing with teams, Teachers for sharing with students’ parents, Businesses for sharing with employees, Hobby group leaders for sharing with members, Camp counsellors for sharing with parents, Event hosts for sharing with guests.
- Baby Center – BabyCenter is a social network for parents. It is the Web’s #1 global interactive parenting network, with more than 100 million parents. Baby Center provides moms with advice from hundreds of experts around the globe, medical advisory board-approved information, friendship with other moms, and support at every stage of their child’s development.
- Minti – A collaborative parenting site.
- LifeTime Moms – social network and resources for mothers
- myfamily.com – An excellent way to connect with your family members.
- OneGreatFamily.com – An online shared database with combined knowledge and data at a single place.
- OurStory.com – OurStory enables users to share stories of their families with others.
- The Family Post – A sharing network for communication with family members.
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