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List Of All Kinds Of Social Networks

Here is a good list of all kinds of "Social Networks".  A few you may know of, and many that may be new to you.  Feel free to mentioned others in the comments section below.  If mentioning a Social Network not listed here, then please provide a quick description or some kind of info too.

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This article took around 9 hours, and had to stop.  Did not get to add some of the extra info and images, but the core info and links are there.

List of Social Networks

  1. Pinterest:  This has become a very popular personal and business organization site that allows you to post (pin) any image, audio, and video clip reference of interest from the Internet or uploaded by you and includes comments.  It provides features of organizing into boards, and comment ability and Favorites, and their features are expanding with time.  For example, my hosting provider has a Pinterest site at It is considered a social networking site because it allows sharing of images that you collect and people can interact by posting comments, and people can be followed, and also recruited to help post images. 

    2017 UPDATE WARNING: The terms of Pinterest are extremely troubling and dangerous for it's users. 

    1. First, Pinterest passes all legal liability to the user for posting any image, or media.  This means you could get sued, and sued large.  It should be noted that most often people do not actually post an image to Pinterest and only provide URLs, and Pinterest does the image grabbing and posting on behalf of their users, and for now Pinterest is pretending that their Users are the ones posting/Pinning the images, even though technically Pinterest is the entity doing the media Pins/posts.

    2. Second, Pinterest essentially takes co-ownership ("non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, store, display, reproduce, save, modify, create derivative works, perform, and distribute your User Content") of images and media posted there, and grants all their users same rights/co-ownership.  This essentially destroys any copyright and trademark rights you had for any content posted to Pinterest.  You may think this is limited to just Pinterest and it's user base, which is very large, but you'd be wrong, since they can transfer, license, and distribute the content to others and so can their users from my understanding of Pinterest terms.  You may also think they get license to only and exactly what you posted, and you would be wrong again, since they can modify what you post and use the modified version.

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      (Image copyrighted and/or trademarked to Pinterest)

  2. Twitter: A straightforward, but effective social networking that can have immediate response and impact.  You can follow and have followers and tag comments.  You can allow others to comment on your profile or make is show only your comments.  I don't know the age requirements, but pretty much anyone seems to be able to get an account with them.  Even though Twitter is a public company (TWTR), I consider it a company that is still finding it's way, with major global contributions due to providing it's service.

    (Image copyrighted and/or trademarked to Twitter)

  3. LinkedIn (LI): Started as a "Professional's Network Site", and is now a social network for professionals and career minded folks.  Good place to find employees and jobs too.  Social groups exist.  If I recall correctly, LinkedIn has been around since 2003, as I believe that is how long I have known of them. LinkedIn is a Public company as well (LNKD)

  4. Facebook (FB): Social site that allows accounts to be made to share thoughts, pics, media, and sites of interest, and also allows businesses to have profiles with a site page where they can post images and comments to followers.  It also provides Fan Pages for products and people of interest.  Warning, FB will force you to disclose your phone number and full name, and I believe other private information too.  If you establish a FB account with a fake name and it gets popular, then eventually it will get suspended and you will be asked to disclose your private information and proof.  FB want accounts to be only made with real names and real information and markets your profile in some form to advertisers.

    1. A little history.
      Back in the 1990's dozens of companies competed for the social space, and both known, like Yahoo, and less known companies like AstraGate, Inc. (AGI) who even provided features and services beyond what Facebook did and does now.  Those companies typically provided the social or personal website pages as an extra feature or free side feature along with a purchased service.  In early 2000's Facebook did two essential things different.  One, FB did not require users to use a 3rd party FTP software in order to publish content and people could simply upload content through the web browser.  Another important difference of what FB provided was that it did not require a credit card or confirmed identity to establish an account, which is something hosting and ISP companies like AstraGate, Inc. did.  The elimination of the single requirement for FTP along with easy account creation simply based on an email address catapulted Facebook forward.  Facebook basically made it dumber or easier to post online your content and connect with others, even though dozens of other companies were doing similar and a decade or more earlier.  By 2010 or so, FB had become the dominant social network, which is the impression I got.  Although, I need to mention that some luck also existed for Facebook, because suddenly millions of users from the prior number 1 social site (myspace) left, and joined places like Facebook because of Myspace problems and/or abuses.

      The funny thing is what expanded FB's growth, which was easy account creation and anonymous account creation, is no longer available.  FB now requires real name and real information, and FB displays that to the world.  Back in the 90's AGI allowed people's personal websites to show fake names or no personal information at all, and simply based on a display name.  AGI required a purchase (as all telecom and cable companies do for Internet access provision), and thus you automatically got verified via credit card usage, and all the personal site and site extras were given for free.  Personal information was only known to AGI, and it was up to people what they wanted to disclose to the public and what to keep private.  The irony is that FB has gotten even more strict than those before it, and it's growth reflects it.  It's yearly growth dropped from 13% in 2009 to almost .6% in 2014.  That is a massive difference.

  5. Myspace (MS): A recovering and reinvented social site that has a old history.  One can have a social profile where you can post multimedia and follow others and join groups.

    1. This was a major social network site, and succeeded before Facebook and was larger than Facebook.  For various reason's, mostly stupidity on the part of the site operators or their new owners, as it got sold a few times, it lost it's advantages and dominance in the social space.  I happen to know as a fact that they either got hacked, or shut down people's websites, and/or lost lots of content, and other issues.  People may have had tens of thousands of followers or thousands of hours of work put into their Myspace website and social networks, and overnight it was suddenly gone and no apologizes.  I believe because of such abuses to their client base and bad operations their user base abandoned them and many moved to Facebook.

  6. Instagram: A multimedia sharing social network. Instagram, as of this writing, is currently owned by Facebook.

    (Image copyrighted and/or trademarked to Instagram)

  7. Tumbler: A place profiles can be make to post multimedia of all kinds and explore others multimedia. Comments can be place, and people can be followed, and favorites marked.

  8. Stocktwits: A stock trader and investor social network.  Can have profiles there and follow and be followed and message show up in close to real time, like Twitter.  Boards specific for stock and index symbols exist and charts and information on stock and indexes are shown.

  9. Renren (RR): A chinese based social network, and one of the largest in China. Renren in Chinese language is at.  Renren in English is at.

  10. Xing: A social network for European professionals.  Similar to LinkedIn in the USA.  Professionals from over 200 countries.

  11. Google+ (G+):  I believe this is Google's effort to centeralize their various offerings, services, products, search engine products, commerce products, and apps, while providing a social networking environment for Google users.  Initially, it was by invite only. 

  12. Tagged: A growing and more open platform social network.  Often with features of both Facebook and the past Myspace.

  13. Vine: A place where you get to post short video clips that repeatedly loop.  I believe it is still 6 seconds.  Focus is often to create a viral video.  If you got some kind of flashblocker, you most likely will have a problem seeing things here, and I expect you will not see any looping videos at all.

  14. MyMFB: marketed as a social network for Muslim with a Facebook like interface. One can have a profile there, post comments, videos, images, etc.  Comments and images can also be Liked like in Facebook.

  15. VK: A European social network with about 100 million members as of the writing of this article.

  16. Hi5: A global social network for meeting new people. More than 100 million members as of the writing of this article.

  17. MeetMe: As their site says, "meet, chat, have fund with people -- free".

  18. Meetup: A place to facilitates outside group meetings around the world.  Allows organization of meetings for a group of people, or to find a meetup.  Getting used by local communities to handle group activities.

  19. Bebo: The social network of this service depends on usage of a phone app.  The socialization is done through the phone app.

  20. Habbo: A graphical social environment where you can make public and private rooms for fun, and visit rooms and meet people.  A large community of teenagers too.  Requires minimum of 13 years of age for usage.  I guess one could compare this to the way The Sims game works.

  21. Match: A dating site, which is not often thought of as a social networking site, but it really is as it allows profile creation and interaction with other members, and direct contact for purpose of dating and more.

  22. Badoo: The site states that it is for for meeting new people, chatting, making friends, sharing interests, and even dating.

  23. Disqus: A comments network in which you can get involved in comments on any site or product.  Disquss collects comments posted throughout the Internet using their comment mechanism and matches things you may be interested in and allows you to interact too.  You can post discussion topics at Disqus, and others can join in.

  24. King: An online game playing site with many games. You can have a profile and make friends and challenge them, and also post game achievements.  Lots of games like the popularized Candy Crush.  Can make new friends to play with online.

  25. Pogo: Great place for playing online games with others with by oneself. Popular games like Monoply, Yahtzee, Risk, Scrabble, and many more.  Card games, board games, and more.


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