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80+ Social Networking sites You Should Be Using Now

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Social Networking services or Social Networking Sites are usually web based platforms used to build social networks or what could be regarded as social relations among people of similar interests, backgrounds or activities in such a way that they are able to connect and share what’s important to them

Social Networking has been around with us even before Facebook, MySpace or even Friendster were invented. Back in 1978, for instance, Ward Christensen and Randy Suess created what could be regarded as the first computerized bulletin board system (CBBS) to make announcements and plan meetups with friends, and then there was GeoCities, a service that allows users to create their own web pages, there was also Friends Reunited, the first social network founded in the UK to find old school mates. While Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn might resonate with a lot of users, there are also several Social Networking sites that are equally as good you might want to check out. We’ve taken our time to bring you the most popular and also some of the lesser known Social Networking sites you need to take a look at.

This article is the concluding part of our Social Media and Social Networking sites series, we recently looked at some of the social media platforms available today where we compiled a list of 10 Social Media Sites You Haven’t Heard of in Africa, you might also want to take a look at this list of Social Networking sites in Africa.

Social Networking Websites of the World


Facebook is the most popular social networking site in the world right now, it is a social utility that connects people with friends and others that are important to them, in addition to finding and connecting with friends and families, Facebook also allows you to Browse and join different categories of networks.

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Twitter is a very simple online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to post and receive text based messages of up to 140 characters to a network of contacts.



This is an online social network for business professionals, over 200 million professionals currently use LinkedIn to exchange information, ideas and opportunities, with Linkedin you can stay informed about your contacts and industry as well as find the people & knowledge you need to achieve your goals. Linked is specifically designed to help professionals, job seekers and business people network, find a job, get sales leads and connect with potential business partners.



This is one of the world’s largest social networks, with about 125 million users. It was originally inspired by Friendster but MySpace quickly grew to become the world’s largest social network, before being overtaken by Facebook. You need to be at least 14 years old to register at MySpace.



Bebo is very popular in Europe especially in the UK where it could be regarded as the second best Social Network, it allows users to create social networking profiles for free. “Bebo allows you to share your life — past, present and future with everyone you care about through its visually striking Timeline”



With approximately 50 million monthly unique visitors who use the site to stay connected to friends, meet new people, share photos, and play games. Hi5 is one of the most popular social networking websites today. In 2011, the social networking site, Tagged purchased Hi5 for an undisclosed sum



Friendster is designed as a place to connect with friends, family, colleagues and new friends over the Internet. The service allowed users to communicate with other members, share online content and media, discover new events, brands, and hobbies.



Habbo social networking site is very popular in places like the United Kingdom, Japan, Sweden, Spain, Italy, Finland and more, it is a Finnish social networking service aimed at teenagers.



With Google+, you can video chat with up to nine friends at once, respond to Google+ posts without leaving your inbox, share photos with one click and more, all right from Gmail.



This is a content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard, Pinterest allows users to save images and categorize them on different boards. Users can follow other users’ boards if they have similar tastes. Popular categories are travel, cars, food, film, humor, home design, sports, fashion, and art.


80+ Most Popular Social Networking Websites You Should Be Using Now

Name Description
43 Things You can join over 3 million people who list their goals and share their progress on this website Social networking site for sharing and following research
aNobii For books sharing
AsianAvenue A social network for the Asian American community
aSmallWorld Private social networking website
Athlinks Social networking website for those interested in Running, Swimming Social networking site for music artists and fans This social networking website makes it easy for people to find your content and learn about you Norwegian Social networking site
BlackPlanet One of the largest social networking website for the black community
Blauk For sharing and conversation with friends
Blogster For the Blogging community General
Busuu An innovative online community for learning languages based in Madrid Spain
CafeMom Social networking site for Moms
Care2 Online community for Green living and social activism
CaringBridge This is a Not for profit that provides free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. Best way to find School mates, college, work and the military
Cloob Popular Social network in Iran
CouchSurfing For connecting with travellers all around the world Faith Based social network for Christian believers from around the world
Cyworld General Social Networking site. Popular in South Korea.
DailyStrength Medical & emotional support community – Physical health, Mental health, Support groups
delicious This is a social bookmarking that allows users to locate and save websites that match their own interests
deviantART An online community for the Art community
Dol2day German social network for everything politics
DontStayIn Social networking website for clubbing (primarily UK) Latvian social networking website
douban Chinese Web 2.0 website Another Chinese online community for doctors, pharmacists and health care professionals
Elftown Fantasy and science fiction community for artists, writers and hangarounds
Elixio For business executives and global elite (Invitation only).
English, baby! For Students and teachers of English as a second language
Epernicus Social networking site for research scientists
eToro Connect with other traders and investors
Experience Project For Life experiences to find people who understand you
Exploroo Social networking website for travellers
Faceparty General social networking site. Popular UK. Adult Social Network, Mainly UK & USA
FilmAffinity Social networking site for Movies and TV Series lovers
FledgeWing Entrepreneurial community targeted towards worldwide university students
Flickr Online community for Photo sharing, photography related networking Business to Business social networking site
Fotki This is a social networking site for Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, and more.
Fotolog Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain
Foursquare Location based mobile social network
Friendica Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general
Friends Reunited UK based. School, college, work, sport and streets
Goodwizz France based Social networking site with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Twitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates. Social networking site for Language learning. Over 100+ languages
Itsmy Mobile social networking community
LaiBhaari Marathi social networking Social networking site for Music and music lovers
LibraryThing Social networking site for Book lovers
LinkExpats Social networking site for expatriates with presence in over 100 countries.
Listography As the name implies, Lists.
Mxit Africa’s largest social network for mobile
MocoSpace mobile community, worldwide Social Networking site with consumer reviews
MyHeritage Family-oriented social network service
Netlog Popular social networking site in Europe, Turkey, the Arab World and Canada’s Québec province.
Nexopia Canadian Social networking site with over 1.4 million members
Ning Gives users ability to create their own social websites and social networks
Orkut General social networking site owned by Google Inc, popular in India and Brazil
PatientsLikeMe Online community for patients with the ability for patients to share their data with others, and learn more about their condition.
Renren Chinese social networking site, originally known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009. Social media site for musicians and bands
StumbleUpon Stumble through websites that match users’ selected interests
Tagged General social networking site This is an Online community space for the social justice and environmental movement Social networking site for helping prison pen-pals receive letters from free world pen-pals
Yammer Private Social networking site for your company


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