Launched in China, Bebo, an acronym for “Blog Early, Blog Often”, promises to “turn chaos into order by delivering real-time, chronological updates from all of your friends” social feeds.
See also: Badoo: Facebook clone popular in Europe and Latin America Biip.no Facebook clone popular in Norway BlackPlanet For the African American community Blauk: Anonymous microblogging Blogster: Blogging community Buzznet: Music and pop-culture community
Launched in 1995, Classmates, allows users to “find old high school friends and browse the biggest collection of yearbooks on the web”. This is social networking at its most basic.
See also: CafeMom: Online community for mothers Care2: Green living and social activism community CaringBridge: Blogging community for those with serious medical conditions Cellufun: Mobile social game network Cloob: Iranian social network CouchSurfing: Global travellers network CozyCot: Network for East and Southeast Asian women Cross.tv: Christianity based network Cyworld: South Korean social network
Chinese social network Douban, the 22nd most popular website in China according to Alexa internet, is noted for its large number of intellectuals who are eager to discuss social issues. However, fearing repercussions from authorities the owners have now started censoring it heavily.
Elftown describes itself as “the fantasy and science fiction community for artists, writers and hangarounds”. However, user SirWaka, explains why she uses it: “I use Elftown because it’s green”, whereas Calico Tower finds it to be the perfect site for her “because I’m a perverted, power-abusing fascist”.
If we must. Facebook believes that it “helps you connect and share with the people in your life”. However, when you Google “Facebook is”, the autocompletes go as follows, “is like” “is evil” “is like jail” “is down” and, “is blocked”.
Habbo, another service for teens has a tagline of “Habbo Hotel… make friends, chillax, get noticed!” Online friends, odd spelling, and online fame. What more could a teen ask for?
See also: hi5: General social network Hospitality Club: Travellers social network Hotlist: Maps where Facebook and Twitter friends have checked in HR.com: Social network for Human Resources professionals Hub Culture: Knowledge sharing network Hyves: Dutch social network
If you’re tired of being invited to join that friend’s Mafia gang or help hoe their imaginary farm — but can’t figure out how to block the games — Ibibo is your answer. Ibibo, owned by China’s Tencent, is a social network that focuses solely on social gaming.
Jaiku, explains that its goal — as per the social network norm — is “to bring people closer together by enabling them to have conversations”. More than anything else, Jaiku is another Twitter. However, it’s Google’s Twitter. Yes, Jaiku is owned by Google.
As Jaiku would seem to be the only “J” social network, there is at least one way Google is winning the social-network game.
A social “community” network for New Yorkers, Kiwibox knows its place, describing itself as “the other social network with online experience to find new friends”.
The ultimate professional social networking site, LinkedIn, as of 2011, has 120-million members in “over 200 countries and territories”. However, the most interesting thing about this network is watching its stock-price drop since its launch on the stock markets in May.
See also: Makeoutclub: “Indie” social network MEETin: General social network Meetup: General social network Mixi: Japanese social network MocoSpace: Mobile community Mubi : Video streaming social network Multiply: General social network popular in Asia Muxlim: Islam based social network Mxit: Mobile community MyAnimeList: Anime themed social community MyHeritage: Family-oriented social network service MyLife: Reunion network My Opera: Community of Opera web browser users
Marketed towards European youth, Netlog touts itself as “an online platform where users can keep in touch with and extend their social network”, which is “available in 40 languages and has more than 82-million members”.
Amazingly, there were no social networks Memeburn could find beginning with “U”.
Vkontakte, is a yet another of the Eastern European Facebook copycats. Interestingly this one takes “copycat” to the next level with a direct copy of Facebook’s design. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
With no identifiable description beyond its blurb as a “blogging community” according to its Crunchbase profile, Xanga is a “is a free service which allows users to create their own video, audio and weblog” and is similar to MySpace, Friendster and Bebo. In other words, a good investment?
Tired of your workers “wasting” time on Facebook and Twitter? Tired of having to fend off friend requests from co-workers? For both groups, Yammer brings together all of a company’s employees inside a private and secure enterprise social network.
Zoo, a Greek network with “900 000 different users each month”, according to its Facebook page (via the magic of Google Translate) is “the largest Greek web meeting point”. See also: Zooppa: Online talent community
If there’s any network we’ve missed that you know of, mention it in the comments.
Author | Mvelase Peppetta
Mvelase is a Senior Account Manager at Irvine Bartlett one of the most sought after full service public relations companies in South Africa.
Mvelase is passionate about all things digital and the social media landscape, particularly as it relates to the integration of digital public relations management within the traditional... More