What is Social Networking

 Definition of social sites and list the most important sitesDefinition of social sites & list the most important sites - The Internet brings people closer together than ever before, and allows people with like interests to easily connect even if they're thousands of miles away.
As a result, social networking web sites have become increasingly popular over the last few years, with hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Social media is a broad term to describe all the different kinds of content that form social networks:

posts on blogs or forums, photos, audio, videos, links, profiles on social networking web sites, status updates, and more.

Social media allows people with no knowledge of coding or web development to upload and post unique content easily and share with the world instantly. Simply put, social media is any kind of information we share with our social network, using social networking web sites and services.

Social media right now is like the days of the gold rush of the American Wild West. There's so much untapped opportunity, because right now the space is inhabited primarily by individuals. Companies are only now realizing the opportunity to connect with customers, and the ones to get there first are grabbing the gold.
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Social networking is more than a fad; it's here to stay. The reason is pretty simple: people like connecting with other people. Social media can be a powerful tool to help you spread the word about your products or services, but you have to participate in the conversation.

The first step to participation is understanding the different types of social media.
Social media sites come in many flavors. Let's explore some of them.

The most popular forms of social networking revolve around web sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo, and MySpace.

These sites are built specifically for people to connect with others. Users start by creating user profiles that can include a biography, interests, photos and videos, notes, and even blogs.

They can then use the site to find acquaintances, colleagues, friends, and family members, and list them within their profile as a friend, contact, or colleague.

Some social networks like Facebook and MySpace focus primarily on connecting friends and family, while work-based sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo host resumes and professional information, connecting business colleagues.

A blog-which derives its name from weblog-is a frequently updated web site that shows updates in reverse chronological order (newest at the top). These updates could take the form of journal entries, articles, or just cool links that people had come across. Some blogs can have as many as dozens of posts per day, while some blogs may barely post daily or weekly.

Photo and Video Sharing
Web sites that allow users to upload photos and videos and share them with families, friends, and the general public are rapidly gaining in popularity. YouTube has videos that have been viewed millions of times, even making some of the videos' creators (in) famous.

Microblogs allow you to post short updates, limited to very few characters, about your life, work, or anything. Like twitter.

Delicious is one such popular service.

Social News
Social news web sites such as Digg gather links to news stories posted on web sites all over the Internet. The stories are submitted, rated, or voted on by users, and the most popular stories are featured on the site's home pages and and category lists. Another type of social news site is a blog aggregator, such as Technorati or Alltop, which categorize and display content from entire blogs instead of single posts.

Online Forums
Online forums are one of the oldest forms of social media, where people gather on web sites to have open discussions on niche topics. SitePoint has an online community with more than 300,000 members and over four million posts about web development and online marketing. Online communities usually revolve around a specific topic such as sports, web development, or health.

This is a list of social sites, the most popular :
Badoo is a multi-lingual social networking website. available in most of the world, the site is most active in Latin America, Spain, Italy and France. Registered with the site 86,000,000 users

Bebo (pronounced bee-boh) is a social networking website launched in July 2005. It is currently owned and operated by Criterion Capital Partners after taking over from AOL in June 2010. Registered with the site 117,000,000 users .

BlackPlanet was launched on September 1, 2001 by Omar Wasow, an internet analyst, who in 2001 was running 'New York Online' a pre-web community he started in 1993 from his living room in Brooklyn, Registered with the site 20,000,000 users

Classmates.com website was designed to assist members in finding friends and acquaintances from kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, work and the United States military. Registered with the site 50,000,000 users

Cyworld is a South Korean social network service operated by SK Communications a subsidiary of SK Telecom , Registered with the site 24,000,000 users

Douban.com launched on March 6, 2005, is the largest Chinese website devoted for movies, books, and music reviews. It had about 30 million registered users in 2010 and as of May 2011, it ranks the 134th most popular website worldwide and 22nd in China according to Alexa Internet. Registered with the site 46,850,000 users

Facebook is a social networking service and website launched in February 2004, operated and privately owned by Facebook . Registered with the site 640,000,000 users

Flixster is a social movie site allowing users to share movie ratings, discover new movies, and meet others with similar taste in movies. Registered with the site 63,000,000 users

Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community created by Ludicorp and later acquired by Yahoo . Registered with the site 32,000,000 users

Fotolog.com (changed from Fotolog.net) is a Web 2.0-based shared photoblog web site.  With over 30 million registered users, it is one of the oldest and largest sites for sharing pictures through online photo diaries or photo blogs. 

Friends Reunited is a portfolio of social networking websites based upon the themes of reunion with research (separate site Genes Reunited), dating and job-hunting.  The first and eponymous website was created by a husband and wife team in the classic back bedroom internet start-up; it was the first online social network to achieve prominence in Britain, and it weathered the dotcom bust. Registered with the site 19,000,000 users

Friendster is a social gaming site focused on gaming and music based in Mountain View, California. .  It was previously known as a social networking website Before the site was redesigned. Registered with the site 90,000,000 users

Gaia Online is an English-language, anime-themed social networking and forums-based website.  Gaiaonline was founded in 2003. but the name was changed to GaiaOnline.com in 2003 from go-gaia by its owner, Gaia Interactive.  Gaia originally began as an anime linklist and eventually developed a small community,  but, following a statement by founder Derek Liu (username "Lanzer"), the website moved towards social gaming, and  eventually became a forum-based  website.  Today, over a million posts are made daily and it is visited by 7 million unique users each month  (with over 23 million total registered users).

Geni.com is a genealogy and social networking website.  Launched on January 16, 2007, the Web 2.0 company aims to create a family tree of the world.  users can focus on verifying information and on new avenues of research, rather than spending time duplicating research that others have already done. 
Registered with the site 15,000,000 users

Google+ (pronounced and sometimes written as Google Plus, sometimes abbreviated as G) is a social networking and identity service,  operated by Google Inc.  The service launched on June 28, 2011 in an invite-only "field testing" phase.   The following day, existing users were allowed to invite friends who are over 18 years of age, to the service to create their  own accounts.  This was suspended the next day due to an "insane demand" for accounts. Currently each Google member has 150 invites to give out.  Registered with the site 25,000,000 users

hi5 is a social networking website based in San Francisco, California.  The company was founded in 2003 by Ramu Yalamanchi.  By 2008, comScore reported that hi5 had become the third most popular social networking site in terms of monthly unique visitors.  hi5 has refocused itself as a social gaming platform and opened itself to new game developers. . Quantcast reports hi5 has 2.7 million monthly US visitors and 46.1 million  global visitors. Registered with the site 80,000,000 users

Last.fm is a music website, founded in the United Kingdom in 2002.  It has claimed 30 million active users in March 2009. Registered with the site 30,000,000 users

LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD)  is a business-related social networking site.  Founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003,  it is mainly used for professional networking.  As of 22 March 2011, LinkedIn reports more than 120 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The site is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Russian  and Turkish.  Quantcast reports Linkedin has 21.4 million monthly unique US  visitors and 47.6 million globally. In June 2011, LinkedIn has 33.9 million unique visitors, up 63 percent from a year earlier and surpassed MySpace.
LiveJournal (LJ) is a virtual community where Internet users can keep a blog, journal or diary.  LiveJournal is also the name of the free and open source server software that was designed to run the LiveJournal virtual community.Registered with the site 17,564,977 users

mixi, Inc.  is one of several social networking websites in Japan, founded in 2004.  As of May 2008, mixi had over 21.6 million users and an 80% share of the social networking market in Japan.  mixi was founded by Kenji Kasahara, under E-Mercury, Inc.  (actually Mixi, Inc.). Registered with the site 24,323,160 users

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. With over 50 million users, MyHeritage is one of the largest sites in the social  networking and genealogy field.

MyLife (formerly Reunion.com) is a social network service founded in 2002 by Jeffrey Tinsley after meeting his wife at their high school reunion.  The company began with the acquisition of highschoolalumni.com and PlanetAlumni.com. The website claims to help members find and keep in touch with friends, relatives and lost loves. Registered with the site 51,000,000 users 

Myspace, stylized My_____ and previously MySpace, is a social networking website.  Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California.
Myspace became the most popular social networking site in the United States in June 2006, a position that it held throughout 2007 until 2008.  However by April 2008, according to comScore, Myspace was overtaken internationally by its main competitor, Facebook, based  on monthly unique visitors.Registered with the site More 100,000,000 users .

myYearbook is microblogging and a teenage focused social networking website, headquartered in New Hope, PA, United States owned by Latino social network Quepasa.  It is the 5th largest social network in the U.S.  with over 15 million weekly visits. Members can make new friends by creating profiles
Registered with the site  20,000,000 users.

Netlog (formerly known as Facebox and Bingbox) is a Belgian social networking website specifically targeted at the European youth demographic.Registered with the site 70,000,000 users

Odnoklassniki  is a social network service for classmates and old friends reunion popular in Russia and other former Soviet Republics. The website currently claims that it has more than 45 million registered users and 10 million daily unique visitors. Available :  Russian and Ukrainian

orkut is a social networking website that is owned and operated by Google Inc. The service is designed to help users meet new and old friends and maintain existing relationships.  Although orkut is less popular in the United States than competitors Facebook and MySpace, it is one of the most visited websites in India and Brazil. As of July 2011, 58.1% of orkut's users are from Brazil, followed by India with 32  % and Japan with 2%. Registered with the site 100,000,000 users. Available languages  Multilingual (48)  .

Plaxo is an online address book and social networking service founded by Sean Parker, Minh Nguyen  and two Stanford engineering students, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring.  Plaxo, based in Sunnyvale, California , is a subsidiary of  cable television company Comcast. Registered with the site 15,000,000 users

Qzone  is a social networking website, which was created by Tencent in 2005.  It permits users to write blogs, keep diaries, send photos, and listen to music.  Users can set their Qzone background and select accessories based on their preferences so that every Qzone is customized to the individual member's taste.  However, most Qzone services are not free; only after buying the "Canary Diamond" can users access every service without paying extra.  A mobile version is available at extra cost. gistered with the site 480,000,000 users . Available language Chinese

Renren Network  formerly known as Xiaonei Network is a Chinese social networking site that is very similar to Facebook.  It has been called the Facebook of China. It is popular among college students in China.  In February 2011, Renren made a pre-IPO announcement that it had 160 million registered users. Then in April 2011, Available in Chinese language.

Skyrock.com is a social networking site offering its members a 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.Registered with the site 22,000,000 users, Available languages  French, English, German

Sonico is a free-access social networking website oriented toward a Latin American audience. Users can search and add friends, update their own personal profile, manage their privacy, upload photos and YouTube videos, organize events, challenge other users in 6 multi-player and over 200 single-player games and interact with other people by means of private  messages, public comments, photo tags, and a web-based instant messenger. Registered with the site 17,000,000 users Available in Spanish, Portuguese, English.

Tagged is a social networking site based in San Francisco, California, United States, founded in 2004.  The website, is a large social network focused on helping others meet new people.  It also allows members to browse people, play games, and share tags and virtual gifts.  Tagged says it has 100 million members. As of 10 April 2011. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, German, Malay.

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, informally known as "tweets." Registered with the site 175,000,000 users, Available in Multilingual, including Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish .

VKontakte is a Russian social network service popular in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.  VK offers a striking similarity in design and functionality to its US rival Facebook, and as such has been described as a "Facebook clone."  Like Facebook, VK allows users to message contacts publicly or privately, create groups and events, share  and tag images and video, and play browser-based games.  One distinction of VK is its integration with torrent filesharing technology which allows users to share larger files. Available languages Originally Russian, now available in 67 languages. Registered with the site 110,578,500 users

Viadeo is a Web 2.0 professional social network with over 35 million members worldwide in 2010, and a membership base that was growing by more than one million per month in 2009.  Members include business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a  diverse range of enterprises.  The site is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

WeeWorld is an avatar-based computer game, as well as a virtual world for 13 year-olds.  Users sign up for free accounts and design a WeeMee, which is an animated avatar that can be integrated onto WeeWorld partner sites and services like AOL, Microsoft and Skype, as well as all major social network and blogging sites.  Over 36 million WeeMees have been created worldwide. Registered with the site  30,000,000 users.

Windows Live Spaces was Microsoft's blogging and social networking platform.The site was originally released in early 2004 as MSN Spaces to compete with other social networking sites , Registered with the site  120,000,000 users.
Xanga  is a website that hosts weblogs, photoblogs, and social networking profiles.  It is operated by

Xanga.com, Inc., Based in New York City. Registered with the site  27,000,000 users

This list can be used in marketing your product, or to find potential customers, Article from multiple sources, and studies of related sites, or from Wikipedia.


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