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List Rules Your favorite website that lets users share information and message each other.

These are the absolute best social networks on the Web, including niche social communities as well as those divided by language, nationality or specialty interest. Note that this list does not include dating sites that aren't about building online social communities. If you’ve used any of these social media networks before and liked them, then vote them up. Also add any social networks you’re using that aren’t already on the list.

So what defines a website or service as a social network? It is typically an online service, platform, or website which is focused largely around uniting individuals and allowing them to communicate and interact. Facebook currently is the world's largest and most popular social networking platform, having supplanted previous champions such as MySpace and Friendster.

Initially, like Facebook, many of these services were designed around offline interpersonal relationships—allowing you to hang out with friends online when you couldn't be present in person. However, social networking has exploded as a pastime and form of entertainment in recent years. In fact, 23% of Americans' total time spent online is now spent on social networks of some kind. This drastic increase in traffic and interest in has led to the development of a vast variety of online social networks.

Some of these social networking sites attempt to distinguish themselves by focusing on one narrow topic or set of interests. (For example, Buzznet, a social network for those who obsess about music and pop culture news, or CauseCast, a portal and social network for activists and those interest in non-profit organizations.) Others concern themselves only with a certain group of people, or nationality (such as BlackPlanet, a social network for African Americans, or Grono.net, an online community for Polish users.) Others have attempted to bring some new technology or organizational strategy to social networking to attempt to break out and find a larger audience. The mobile app Path, for example, limits the number of "friends" or followers that can be attached to an individual profile to 150, rather than the thousands allowed on sites like Facebook. This leads to a greater level of intimacy among the Path communities, and eliminates the fear shared by many Facebook or Google+ users that their personal updates will become matters of public record.

This list gathers together major players in the social networking Web, including the top 100 social media sites in the world. It is an open list, so if you have a favorite social network that isn't featured, enter it below to make sure it's included.

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Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Twitter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Instagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Tumblr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Reddit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Flickr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Snapchat

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Myspace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Ask.fm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Ask.fm

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Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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LiveJournal.com is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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soundcloud.com is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
SoundCloud soundcloud.com

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deviantART is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
deviantART Users: 9040962

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Qmpeople is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Qmpeople

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delicious is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Blogger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Last.fm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Gab is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Gab

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StumbleUpon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
StumbleUpon Users: 10600000

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Chattymob.com is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Chattymob.com Chattymob.com

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GayFriendsChat is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
GayFriendsChat

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LinkedIn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Wattpad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Quotev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quotev

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PaigeeWorld.com is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
PaigeeWorld.com PaigeeWorld.com

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Crunchyroll is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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GoodReads is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Weheartit.com is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Weheartit.com weheartit.com

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Musical.ly is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Musical.ly

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XING is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
XING xing.com - Users: 8000000

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Tastebuds is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Tastebuds

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Ello is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Ello

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Heartynote is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Heartynote www.heartynote.com

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Quora is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quora

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Classmates.com is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Younow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Younow

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Bebo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Bebo Users: 117000000

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MyAnimeList is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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TravBuddy.com is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
TravBuddy.com TravBuddy.com

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The C++ Resources Network is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Friendlife is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Friendlife

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Yelp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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Snapzu.com is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Snapzu.com Snapzu.com

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Hangwith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Hangwith

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JammerDirect.com is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
JammerDirect.com JammerDirect.com

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Medium

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Friends' Choices is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Friends' Choices

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Heychalk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Heychalk