Introduction Communication Social networking Instant Messaging - Chat - Text/voice/video Location-based social networks Collaboration Social bookmarking (or social tagging) Social news Cloud document and note syncing Groupware Forums - Discussion Groups Others (Patients, Dating, Moms, Q&A, ..) Design Tools Users & Demographics Reference/Links
Social networking has exploded in the last few years. Below are the top 100 *. See Social Media at Wikipedia for more.
Social Network Sites (SNS) are are a sub category of Web 2.0 (User Generated Content) websites.
It is a reader pull model (readers decide if and when to look at content which stays up indefinitely) rather than an author push model, like email which was the dominant person-to-person e-communication platform.
Social media refers to the fact that they frequently contain images and video.
Initially used for communications with family and friends, social networking has been credited with playing an integral part in the overthrowing of dictators in the Middle East, known as the Arab Spring in in 2011.
This is a U.S. list; There are sites in the top 20 not listed here, which are popular mainly in Europe, Asia or South America..
Most work on your laptop or PC but some like the Location services are designed for mobile devices (phones and tablets).
(xx) - U.S. Ranking amongst all web sites
Social networking: - Facebook  (3) - linkedin  (20) - myspace  (112) - Google+  Tagged  (415) Meet people, social gaming, topical discussion groups my life  (2,926) - about.me (2,994) - orkut (1,344) - Plaxo (11K) Instant Messaging (IM)- Chat - AIM Formerly AOL Instant Messenger - FaceTime (Apple) - iMessage/Messages (Apple) - Hangouts (Google) * - WhatsApp (no message charges) - Viber (no message charges) - Facebook messenger (no message charges) Old IMs: * Google Talk (Win) and Google Chat were replaced by Hangouts Apple iChat was replaced by Messages See: Best Messaging Apps: WhatsApp vs Skype vs BBM vs iMessage vs Hangouts | Digital Trends Skype Tango GrooVe IP with Yahoo Messenger - Windows Live Messenger formerly MSN, moved to Skype IRC Internet Relay Chat Webinar Web Conferencing services Internet Phone Services IM and Chat Location-based social networks: Facebook places - foursquare (625) Google Latitude Yelp  (182) See location mapping here and Location-based service at Wikipedia
Blog Sites: |
These are places you can set up your personal blog (blog hosting), not to be confused with the big blogers like
The Huffington Post, Engadget, TMZ, ...
Microblogging: - twitter  (6) - tumblr  (24) - foursquare (625) - posterous Events: - Meetup  (739) - Doodle Scheduling Yelp  (182) Eventful, The Hotlist, Fundraising: - KickStarter - Fund a creative project (317) - indiegogo - Fund anything (35k) - Causes - Donations (744) - GoFundMe - Donations (2K) - CrowdRise - Donations for your cause (16K) Top Sites For Fundraising listed at Forbes | Mashable
Collaboration: Social bookmarking (or social tagging): - StumbleUpon  (108) - delicious  (272) - BuzzFeed  (632) - tweetmeme  (426) - Fark [1.8] (2,120) - google reader - friendfeed [1.5] (686) - BlinkList - Share and save your web links. - ChimeIn [0.3] (5,825) Social news (sometimes included in above): - digg  (139) - reddit  (35) - Mashable  (206) - slashdot News for nerds [1.7] (1,254) - newsvine -[1.4] (3,388) news & bookmarks See news page Cloud document and note syncing: - Google Drive - dropbox (224) evernote (1,186) springpadGroupware - Group collaboration software:
aka Task Management & Cloud Collaboration
Not generally considered social networking, I guess because there's a more formal structure and groups are usually smaller 12-100 people. They are typically set up for clubs, organizations and special interest groups.
They usually have an email list (or list server), calendar and document sharing.
- Yahoo Groups
Multimedia: Livecasting: - YouTube  (2) Skype, blip.tv Music and audio sharing: - Pandora Radio  (349) - Yahoo Music  - LastFM  (552) - MySpace Music [6.5] Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Others Photography and art sharing: - picasa [0.5] (663K) - flickr  (99) - Instagram [2.7] (476) (#4 app on smart phones) - pinterest  (7) - Photobucket  (64) SnapChat - DeviantArt Webshots [5.8] Shutterfly [4.2] SmugMug [3.5] Note: You can also share photos on sites like Facebook, Tumblr and others See Photo Sharing Video sharing: - YouTube  - vimeo  (50) - Dailymotion France  - viddler Presentation sharing: - SlideShare Prezi, scribd,Webinars - Internet Conferencing:
These range from simple multi-user chats on Skype to on-line presentations where power point presentations are observed by all participants, to group collaboration where multiple people can update a document in the cloud.
Forums - Discussion Groups:
These are typically not thought of as social networks because they are not individual based but topic based.
- Google Groups is the current incarnation of pre-WWW services usenet / netnews which became dejavu.
There are thousands of Internet forums or discussion groups today. Technology (software and hardware support), video games, sports, music, fashion, genealogy, religion, and politics are popular areas for forum themes.
There is no dominant forum platform. phpBB, FUDforum and others provide software you can download to your own web site.
Proboards, ZetaBoards, Tal.ki and others will host your forum on their web sites.
Some popular forums:
www.artsandlettersdaily.com - Intellectual|
www.cafemom.com - Mothers
www.joblo.com/forums - Movie forum
www.muzicforums.com - Music genforum.genealogy.com/surnames - Genealogy
Community Support Sites - Patient blogs for sharing progress on an illness.
Top 15 Most Popular Dating Websites. See Online dating Social networking for Mom's: Top 10 Social Networking Sites for Women at mashable.com - CafeMom - Moms Connecting About Pregnancy, Babies, Home, Health, ... (1,492) - iVillage.com: Health, Beauty, Pregnancy, Entertainment, Women's Community, ...Community Q&A:
- Yahoo! Answers|
Information Aggregators/Personal web portal: - Netvibes My Yahoo! iGoogle Miscelaneous: - Windows Live™ Spaces was transitioned to WordPress.com in 2010 - Fanpop - Fan clubs for everything. - (1,326) - ycombinator Hacker News Hi5 In 2008 it was as one of the top social networks, In 2010 it was bought by tagged. - www.apple.com/icloud - Syncs music, pictures, calendar, etc. between iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, ... (Was MobileMe) You will often see the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) icon associated with SNS. RSS is not a SNS, but many blogs are set up with RSS feeds so you get updates automatically. See Using Social Media Sites As "RSS Readers" - Online Collaboration* Rankings come from several sources, Alexa, Quantcast,
and SiteAnalytics @ Compete.com
so results may be inconsistent. They are only general guidelines.
|A Case Study in Social Media Demographics | OnlineMBA Mar., 2012 SNS uses,|
67% - Stay in touch with friends 64% - Stay in touch with family 50% - Reconnect with old friends 14% - Connect with people who share similar interests 9% - Make new friends 5% Read comments from celebrities, athletes or politicians 3% - Find potentially romantic partners
|At "The new normal in the digital age", Pew's Internet & American Life Project says,|
Networked creators are everywhere
(two-thirds of adults; three-quarters of teens)
66% of int. users are social networking site users
Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project|
According to Nielssn in 2011 social media represents 22.5% of the time Americans spend online. They spend 9.8% on online gaming, and just 7.6% for email.|
On a typical day, 43% of online adults use social networking.
According to a 2012 Pew study 63% of teens exchange text messages, while only 6% exchange email.
There were 245 Million Internet Users in the U.S. in Feb., 2012. The percent using each Social Network Service (SNS) was: 64% Facebook 26% Twitter 25% BlogSpot 15% Linkedin 6% MySpaceNote: These kind of stats are tricky. Average users tend to access SNS sites more frequently (typically several times a day) than others such as shopping sites, so total visits may be a higher percentage. The number of visitors in any given time period may be lower, because a few people people visit infrequently.
Social networking sites accounted for 5% of internet traffic in 2006 (when MySpace accounted for most of it).
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