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Updated: 2018-03-06T11:44:00.550+02:00


Odnoklassniki - Russia


Rather popular in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, Odnoklassniki is a social networking service for classmates and friends. Launched in 2006, the site claims more than 45 million registered users, to be mostly highly educated men under the age of 35. Communication languages are Russian and Ukrainian. With a sizable amount of revenues and a few awards, Odnoklassniki currently boasts 69th at the Alexa internet traffic ranking service.


kaioo - Germany


Founded on a truly social, democratic and completely independent basis, kaioo is what German executives envisaged and created. It is a non-profit social community offering the standard features of social networking websites. Users can create profiles and add user generated content (pictures, etc), join groups, communicate with friends and express interest in other users via the "match" feature. Groups can favor specific charities that receive donations at the end of the year, proportional only to their support among users. There are two external wikis, one in German, one in English, where users can discuss, share their thoughts on, and modify the Data Protection and Privacy Guidelines. It's truly remarkable, but since all data belong to the users, they get to decide how it is handled, thus modifying the general terms and conditions. The purpose of the company is clearly stated: "support of science and research, education, art and culture, assistance to young and old people, support of public health services, support of indigent and destitute persons, of environment protection, the preservation of nature and monuments, help for persons persecuted on political and racial grounds or for religious reasons as well as for refugees, expellees, evacuees, war victims, war widows and orphans, the war-disabled and prisoners of war and support for development aid."


beRecruited - US


Created first to serve exclusively NCAA swimming and diving, beRecruited became so successful as to now serve athletes and coaches from 31 different sports. This unique online networking community provides a platform for student athletes to secure recruitment from college coaches and universities. Potential recruits can connect and interact with college coaches, research and build profiles of verified athletic and academic information, research information on universities across the nation. Features of this networking destination include a vast and searchable database with more than 800,00 registered student athletes, 18,000 college coaches and 25,000 high school & club coaches, and 25,000 parents. Featured athletes, high schools, colleges, a resource center, sports camps, video companies, training material, news & media with photos, videos and blogs.


Barmano - US


With the founder's aspirations to be a comprehensive resource for "all things bar", including exceptional people and happenings of the beverage and bar industry, Barmano was met with such enthusiasm as to now include more than 53,000 bars in 59 countries and showing no signs of stopping yet! Many cultures and traditions around the world share common elements of pastime like enjoying a great drink, engaging in good conversation and discovering new places. This social networking community, with extended presence in other social communities like Twitter and Facebook, offers members a wide array of features. Reviewing and ranking different places, focusing on award winning, classic and signature cocktails from many spirit brands, catalogued by cocktail name, category, ingredient, flavor and alcohol, sharing information on favorite bars, taverns, clubs and lounges in a massive worldwide bar guide, finding upcoming beverage industry events along with listings for concerts with live music in bars and clubs, are but a few of these features that make contributors so passionate about this place!


BakeSpace - US


Culinary artists, professional or amateur, have a great meeting salon in the online universe to unfurl aspects of their passion, share unique recipes, build new friendships, learn from one another and share morsels of their food-related wisdom. Being a grassroots online community, BakeSpace is a social gathering in a virtual kitchen, where food, friends, family and great conversation are always the base ingredients for guaranteed gourmet delicacies! Membership is free and recipes are creative, passionate and diverse as the members who post them. Finding a recipe is the beginning of an exiting venture, where BakeSpace users can post, search and swap recipes in real time, build and customize their own online kitchen, browse the forums, upload videos, create blogs, share their passions and learn from other members through a unique mentor program. This award winner independent community has been in the limelight since 2006 and keeps growing stronger!


Asoboo - Japan


Creative, internationally-minded people have another place in the world wide web to call their own, Asoboo. Registration is free and members have a large variety of features at their disposal. They can create and customize their own profile, keep or import an existing blog, add Flickr and Twitter accounts, embed Youtube videos in comments or emails, start new or join already existing groups with people who share the same interests, create a list of favorite media and add new ones like books, games, movies, music, share reviews of favorite places, contribute any information about events in Tokyo, browse an extended job database and keep a profile with applications and resumes.


Quartzy - US


Created by highly qualified scientists primarily to meet the everyday needs of academics conducting research around the world, Quartzy is the apex of online laboratory management systems with regard to research of biochemical reagents. Increased scientific productivity often flows from a combination of elements, chief among those being the improvement of organization and communication within and between laboratories. To that effect, members of Quartzy can upload and share their existing Excel inventories and protocols, add items from hosted databases and review comments, add types and create relevant descriptive fields, further customize their own inventories adding reagents from a list of integrated vendors, streamline their ordering so lab-managers can efficiently respond by email, link inventories with LabMates, create shared facilities (microscopes, PCR machines) for people to book time on. Membership is free and feedback is always welcome on this professional networking service.

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Following their passion and love for all works of literature, Bill and Deb Denkler wanted to broaden people's access to it, while, at the same time, providing a convenient way to share books. So, a social networking site,, was born. Based on the principle of book exchange between individuals, without central distribution or warehousing, they succeded in making book swapping a lifestyle beneficial for the environment and easy and affordable for those involved. Members can order and exchange books from the comfort of their homes, and books are delivered to their door. Membership costs $12 annually and there are no late fees or due dates. Gift certificates as well as a book credit system are also features of this online community.


Alumwire - US


Offering corporations, schools and individuals a variety of online tools for multilevel interaction, Alumwire is an established social networking media platform. Job seekers and corporate recruiters alike can enjoy a slew of features including job search, virtual career fairs, online video and text chats, video posts, user generated content, recruiting, and career enhancement. On the other hand, staffing solutions provide corporate recruiters ample ground for extensive recruitment advertisement in resume databases, job postings and targeted advertising, while real time video chat and text chat, analytical reporting on professional interactions and efficient tools to manage the hiring process can be licensed through the Alumwire media platform.


AgentB - US


AgentB is a thriving online community dedicated to finding and sharing all sorts of shopping deals in the web. Joining is free and members of this collective effort vote (or "buzz") on their favorite deals to move them up a ranking system. With the help of AgentB widgets and tools, keeping track of favorite deals and posting them free on the community, not only saves users money and time, but also help promote otherwise unknown shopping opportunities from various product categories and featured deal sites. Members can also rate and comment on their favorite deals, share them with friends and acquaintances, and discover new ones.

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2010-04-02T01:49:29.056+03:00 is a social networking website for action sports fans and practitioners around the world. Registration is free in this global community which is maintained and operated exclusively by action sports enthusiasts. It consists of mainly 8 action sports communities, surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, wake-boarding, mountain-biking, BMX, motocross and kite-boarding. These individual communities are enriched with user-generated content, including but not limited to photos, videos, contest results and event calendars. The social impact of this network is strong among riders and enthusiasts of action sports, where meeting new people, keeping in contact with friends and co-athletes, sharing and exchanging experience with each other coexist along meeting points of action sports industry sponsors and manufacturers. Also, important features of this online community are the various member profiles, albums, offers, classifieds, forums and teams. It's an altogether unique place to learn, communicate, get involved and have lots of fun!


Jaiku - Finland


Created with the desire of people to share updates on the web, have conversations and get together, Jaiku is a popular social networking, microblogging and lifestreaming service. The name was chosen because posts in Jaiku resemble Japanese haiku. It is by design compatible with the Nokia S60 platform to function seamlessly with mobile devices; users can make posts through the software onto their Jaiku page. What makes it different, compared to other micro-blogging services like Twitter, is the Lifestream feature which essentially utilizes third-party applications like flickr, and GPS by mobile phone to share users activities online. Ever since Jaiku got purchased by Google and became open-source, the Lifestream function was removed.


iWiW - Hungary


With registration on an invite-only basis, iWiW stands for International Who Is Who. Bearing all the common characteristics of a social networking web-based service setting its roots in Hungary, it quickly escalated to a point of more than 4 million users, which is almost the entire internet population of the country. After a brief period of multilingual interface, iWiW reverted back to Hungarian-only. Registration requires real names and users can provide personal information, such as date of birth, place of residence, interests, pets, workplaces, schools and universities they attended, various listings, and upload photos. People can keep in touch with their friends and acquaintances and connect with new ones through a search tool. In addition to that, the website provides a special java applet to better visualize the connections structure. Since the acquisition of iWiW by a Hungarian telco giant, and over concerns of privacy misuse, several other iWiW clones have gained popularity.

(image) - Germany


Emphasizing strongly on supporting and encouraging user-generated content, has succeeded in becoming a pure mobile social networking community to combine the advantages of mobile communication with personal content sharing. More than 3 million mobile phone users worldwide can vouch for that. Registration is open to anyone over 14; for underage users parental permission is required. Members can create and customize a personal homepage with information on gender, registration date, age, password, timezone, ignore list, forum settings, zodiac sign and city/country. Sections, such as mailbox, guestbook, diary, forum, chat and friendslists, are available, while allowing users to personalize their privacy settings. Profile pictures, background graphics, avatar designs, wallpapers, themes, emoticons are also editable items, whereas location-based social services like messaging, picture and video blogging, personal mobile social TV and mobile games are given a priority. Two types of users are active on the site, uploaders and downloaders. Due to the website's English, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese versions, it's no wonder there are more than 100,000 personal mobile TV channels so far.


indyarocks - India


One of India's most popular entertainment websites, indyarocks is an online community and mobile social entertainment platform with a target base of Indians across the world. With free registration and an unlimited freedom of expression, members can build and expand their network of contacts inviting, exploring and sharing with friends, families, classmates, co-workers, artists, organizations and generally anyone interested in the rich Indian culture. Staying in touch with existing relationships and getting introduced to new people, members can share interests and hobbies, contacts and free games, unlimited photos, videos, music, blogs, bollywood reviews and content, views and opinions. Other notable features include free sms, chat rooms, instant messaging and a continuously evolving mobile platform to render the social networking experience as easy and gratifying as possible. The website reports a user base of more than 3,5 million members and growing.


InterNations - Germany


Maintaining a network of personal trust, where privacy protection and data security rank top among the project's priorities, InterNations is an international social network service reaching out to expatriates around the world: members of IGOs and NGOs, foreign correspondents, diplomats, multinational companies' employees and their family members, local residents with strong ties to this community, and students are some of the groups catered for by this endeavor. The online platform of InterNations uses a strict invitation-based policy where members and their families living and working abroad can interact through forums, newsgroups, a private messaging service and other common social networking tools. Points of strong interest are international relations and international business with focus specifically on issues like relocation, foreign affairs, expatriate housing and institutions, socializing and leisure. Not uncommon are user-generated guides for every local community features, such as restaurants, clubs, expatriate institutions and health care. Of particular interest are intercultural programs offering under-privileged students from all over the world the opportunity to live abroad and receive an international education. With an international mindset and a multicultural background or place of residence, this young start-up company claims, as of 2009, over 100,000 users in more than 250 cities around the world.

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2010-03-08T13:52:29.578+02:00 is an online community dedicated exclusively to learning foreign languages. Funded by Chinese and American investors, the community, available in 30 languages, combines the merits of a social network and a marketplace. The construct of language learning is supported by three different pillars: social learning, self-study and paid professional lessons. People from around the world meet online for free language exchanges, students connect with teachers for paid lessons, and complete language learning tools are available for free, such as Q&As, group discussions, and multimedia materials for self-study. The social aspects of connect native speakers with foreign language learners, spread teachers' expertise to anyone, anywhere around the world, offer multimedia and private lessons for English (for the time being; other languages will be added soon), utilize text, voice and video, use the wisdom of crowds to answer language questions, share free open-source language learning materials and recommend other resources on the web. More than 500,000 users from over 200 countries speaking more than 100 languages, 4,700 teachers and tutors, more than 3,200 files to download and over 500 links to language resources, all testify to the need for language learning internationally and the inevitable success of the website's undertaking.


IRC-Galleria - Finland


Founded in December 2000, IRC-Galleria is the largest social networking website in Finland. The primary goal of the highly-localized website is to create a photo gallery for users of the Internet Relay Chat (IRC). Membership is free and open to Finnish-speaking users 12 years and older. Features of this online community include a photo gallery (per regular or VIP user profile with at least one accepted image; different account types also indicate the number of images allowed), short messages, comments, and communities (at most 100 communities per user) which are representations of actual IRC channels. Russia, Estonia and Germany are also countries IRC-Galleria operates in. As of 2009, the website reported over 9 million images and 500,000 registered users, 90% of whom are active on a weekly basis.


imeem - US


Imeem was a very popular social media service where registered users were able to upload and share music and music videos, using streaming tools and playlists. The engineering team behind imeem came mostly from former file-sharing giant Napster. It was the first ever advertising-supported music model for online music. Users were able to freely and legally upload, stream and share music and music playlists, embed songs and video playlists from imeem virtually anywhere in the web. Other features included the imeem mobile, an internet radio product, and three different imeem VIP premium services mostly pertaining to the amount and full streaming of songs permitted to upload per year. As of December 2009, imeem is now part of MySpace with undergoing operations to restore all user-generated content to their full capacity.


Ibibo - India


Standing for iBuild - iBond, ibibo is an Indian social networking website, born from the joint venture of a South African electronic media company and a Chinese Internet company. Under an umbrella of electronic media products, ibibo flourished to emerge as a fast growing, social games based social networking platform. Registered members can connect and interact through various forms of social gaming and contesting genres. Features include Sawaal Questions and Answers, blogs, user generated photos with unlimited photo storage, videos, mobile, free sms service, role playing and live multi-player games, contests, email, messenger, polls and surveys. There is even an ibibo tool to help aspiring models promote their portfolios within the network. In 2009, Business Week named ibibo as one of world’s top 50 technology start ups.

Social networks comprehensive list (work in progress).


Hyves - The Netherlands


Hyves is a social networking website that was created and gained enormous popularity in The Netherlands. It's a typical online community with free registration focusing on keeping in touch with existing friends and making new ones. Features include among others personalized pages with user-generated content, such as photos, videos, flash and custom layouts. The website achieved so much popularity that it's not uncommon to find Dutch politicians becoming members and singers promoting themselves through personal pages. As of August 2009, Hyves claimed to have over 9 million users, among them more than one-third of the entire population of The Netherlands.


Hospitality Club - Germany


The Hospitality Club is an international internet-based organization with approximately 553,000 members in 226 countries. Unlike any other social networking projects, the sole purpose of the club is to provide hospitality services, coordinating accommodation and providing guidance to travelers around the world. The organization is open to anybody and registration is free. No money is involved at any stage of the exchange of accommodation, and conditions are sorted beforehand, such as duration of stay, food provided for free, for a fee or not at all, travel-related guidance etc. The main security measure is reputation-building and commenting by host and guest is encouraged. A popular feature is the travel guide forums and wikis. It is remarkable the the club is based on the work of hundreds of volunteers globally.

Hi5 - US


Hi5 is a popular social networking website created in 2003. Registered members can build an online profile with information pertaining to their age, hometown, interests and upload pictures. Users can send friend requests via email, create personal photo albums and set up a music player in their profile. The network of a user's friends is built up to 3 degrees of separation. Hi5 is more popular outside the US, especially in Latin America ranking in 2008 the third most popular social networking site in terms of unique visitors per month. The website claims to have currently more than 60 million active members.


Habbo - Finland


Habbo (formerly known as Habbo Hotel) is a social networking website aimed at the teenage generation. What started as a project for a Finnish ISP, quickly escalated into a multinational endeavor encompassing multiple communities and spanning many continents. With more than 8 million unique visitors per month and an average of 75,000 avatars created per day, it has become a definite success with the teenage population. Features of Habbo include recommended chat rooms, popular group pages, user pages, user interest tags, special groups, discussion forums, email, public rooms, games, guest rooms, while transactions use two types of currency, credits and Pixels.
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2010-02-17T22:22:48.674+02:00 is a social networking website in Poland currently registering over 2 million members. Features of this online community include many discussion forums, photo sharing, finding localized cultural events in cities, job hunting and property selling. Registration is free but requires invitation from one of the members. There are a few additional features for paying members, such as private forum moderation, competitions, larger volume of photo uploading, no on-site advertisements.

Social networks comprehensive list (work in progress).