General Social Network List

A List of Friends-Based Social Networks

General social networks or friends-based social networks are those that do not focus on a particular topic or niche, but rather put the emphasis on staying connected to your friends. The most popular of these are MySpace and Facebook, but there are a number of popular friends-based social networks, including international social networks.

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43 Things

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43things.com

43 Things is a social network that focuses on goal setting. Members are linked by what goals they wish to attain and which goals they have already completed. On 43 Things, you can share in goals by creating a goal and inviting friends to complete them with you.

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Badoo

Social Network List - Badoo

Badoo is one of the most popular international social networks with a large userbase in Europe. Based in London and appealing to a general crowd, Badoo forgoes advertising on its site in favor of charging a small fee to advertise profiles in a more prominent space, though the social network itself is absolutely free to use.

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Bebo

Social Network List - Bebo

Bebo is a popular social networking site with a large base in the US, Canda, UK and Ireland. Bebo was purchased by AOL in 2008 for $850 million and has a tight integration with the AOL Instant Messenger, Skype and the Windows Live Messengers. It also features Bebo Music, Bebo Authors and Bebo Mobile.

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Facebook

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Originally a social network for college students, Facebook has grown into one of the leading social networks in the world. In addition to networking with friends and co-workers, the Facebook platform allows users to play games with one another and even integrate other social networks like Flixster into their Facebook profile.

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Friendster

Social Network - Friendster

Launched in 2002, Friendster is one of the earlier social networks and was later used as a blueprint for the creation of MySpace. While Facebook and MySpace have risen to dominance in the US market, Friendster still remains a popular social network worldwide, especially in Asia.

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Hi5

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Hi5 is a popular social network with a large international base that gets its name by allowing users to give a high five to other users. These high fives are an emotive tool where you can express happiness, cheer on a friend, or give them a slap on the back.

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MySpace

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Long hailed as the king of social networks, MySpace has been steadily losing ground to Facebook over the past year. However, while Facebook has focused on adding utility to the social network, MySpace still reigns supreme in displaying your creative uniqueness, which makes it popular with people who like to decorate their profiles.

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Netlog

Social Network List - Netlog

A leading international social network, Netlog is targeted at European youth. With the goal of becoming the ultimate youth destination, Netlog allows users to litter their profile with blog posts, pictures, videos and events to share with their friends.

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Ning

Social Network List - Ning

Ning is like the social network of social networks. Instead of creating your profile and adding friends, Ning allows you to create your very own social network. It's great for workplaces that want to create a small community and families that want to keep up with each other. Learn how to create your own social network on Ning.

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Orkut

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Google's attempt to get involved with the social networking craze, Orkut was never able to catch on in North America. However, it has become quite popular in Brazil and in India, thus making it a viable international social network. It also allows users to log in through their Google account.

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Piczo

Social Network List - Piczo

Aimed at teenagers, Piczo is an up-and-comer in the social networking ranks. Emphasizing the ability to customize profiles with interests and decorating them with glitter text without much technical skill required, Piczo is focused on showing your creativity.

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Pownce

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Pownce is an enhanced (albeit far less popular) form of Twitter. Like Twitter, it allows micro-blogging, but it allows longer messages, support for discussions, and embedded files and videos among other things.

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Reunion

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A social network with an emphasis on the past, Reunion is focused on helping you to find long-lost pals and old schoolmates. As such, it also takes distinctive aim at adult social networking users and features a reverse-search lookup to allow people to find out who is searching for them, though advanced features of the social network require a premium (i.e. fee-based) account. Reunion has also come under fire for some privacy concerns according to Wikipedia.

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Tagged

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Initially targeted at high school students to be high school's version of Facebook, Tagged has opened itself up to anyone. As such, it has been a fast-riser on the social networking charts the last few years. Tagged is quick to adopt new forms of media to decorate Tagged profiles and has partnerships with Slide, RockYou and PhotoBucket among others.

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Twitter

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More of a micro-blogging service with social networking features, Twitter has become something of a cultural phenomenon in the past year. With the ability to receive Twitter status updates on your mobile, Twitter is able to keep people informed and was even used by Barack Obama to keep people informed during the 2008 election campaign.

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Xanga

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While many social networks allow you to host a blog, Xanga is more like a blog network with social networking features. In addition to a focus on customization, Xanga allows you to join blog rings, nudge fellow bloggers, and keep up with a mini-blog called a pulse.