Types of Social Networking Sites

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Despite the popularity of massive social networks like Facebook and Twitter, tons of other social networks have been popping up with the aim to attract certain users that have specific needs.

There isn't exactly a one-size-fits-all approach to social networking anymore. Here are a few different types to consider checking out.

The Biggest Social Networks

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To start, let's get the obviously very popular social networks out of the way. These include everything from Facebook and Twitter to Tumblr and Instagram. They're the ones that everyone's using, and the ones that see the most activity. If you want to be where everything is happening, jumping on a few of these popular platforms would be a good idea.

Anonymous Social Networks

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Not everyone loves having their identity tied to their online presence. Back before social media was such a big thing, it was a lot easier to interact on the web anonymously. As a result, more anonymous social apps and sites have popped up. Users claim it helps take the pressure off of impressing their friends and offer the opportunity to say exactly what's on their mind.

Social Networks for Teens

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Teens are often the ones who spot the next big social network before they really take off, so if you know a teen, it may be worth talking to them about which social apps or sites they're using. Instagram and Tumblr are a couple that started off small and exploded to become the popular platforms they are today. Tumblr, in particular, is still largely dominated by teens and young adults.

Location Sharing Social Networks

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Now that social networking has been taken mobile, it's easier and more exciting to share what you're doing and where you're doing it in real-time. Some of the most popular social networks have location sharing features built right into them – including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat – but there are so many other lesser-known social apps worth checking out that have been based entirely on location sharing.

International Social Networks

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You might be surprised to find that there are quite a few international social networks that are almost just as big as Facebook in other parts of the world. For example, certain Chinese social networks have far more users than Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others. Facebook may be number one, but others like QZone and VK are almost just as popular in other countries.

Tinder-inspired Social Networks

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Tinder is the popular dating app that matches you to singles in your area and then lets you swipe their profile photo to like or pass on them. The left and right swiping have been a huge hit, and now there are all sorts of different social apps that match you up with people, places, and things. You don't have to be single to get in on the swiping trend!

Video Sharing Social Networks

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Text and images are great on the web, but nothing quite expresses something the way video can. From YouTube to Vimeo to Instagram, it's clear that the social web has fully embraced video sharing – especially on mobile with videos that are just seconds long.