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Social Networks The Best Social Networking Sites  

Steve Shafer
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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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280 217
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

2
239 177
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

3
144 85
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

4
171 153
Tumblr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

5
99 89
Reddit is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

6
98 94
Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

7
79 61
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
UnbreakableNacho added Snapchat

8
138 140
Flickr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

9
129 130
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

10
106 145
Myspace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

11
102 94
deviantART is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 9040962

12
33 37
soundcloud.com is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
soundcloud.com

13
64 101
Ask.fm is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
HannahAIsGuilty added Ask.fm

14
64 100
LiveJournal.com is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

15
611 847
PaigeeWorld.com is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Preston Rohrick added PaigeeWorld.com PaigeeWorld.com

16
61 113
GayFriendsChat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gayfriendschat added GayFriendsChat

17
34 67
Blogger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

18
57 89
delicious is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

19
53 87
Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

20
19 39
Qmpeople is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
susym added Qmpeople

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16 34
Gab is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
YEEZYYEEZYWHATSGOOD added Gab

22
25 52
Crunchyroll is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

23
13 44
LinkedIn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

24
64 80
GoodReads is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

25
9 25
Chattymob.com is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Justin Dobson added Chattymob.com Chattymob.com

26
36 67
StumbleUpon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 10600000

27
20 44
Last.fm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

28
43 49
MyAnimeList is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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3 0
Friend Xone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
intranicnetwork added Friend Xone Http://www.friendxone.com

30
51 75
Bebo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Users: 117000000

31
18 44
Heartynote is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Heartynote www.heartynote.com

32
24 40
Vkontakte is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

33
6 5
Sociihub is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
LM Tiwakar added Sociihub https://www.sociihub.com/ - Sociihub is a great way to find dates, make new friends, find love, and have fun. It is completely free to join. Our special algorithm has been specifically designed for dating and will help you find your perfect match.

34
62 78
JammerDirect.com is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
JammerDirect.com

35
41 56
TravBuddy.com is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
TravBuddy.com

36
49 71
Classmates.com is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

37
11 33
Yelp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

38
2 2
Ryderz.club is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added Ryderz.club

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36 52
Lunarstorm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

40
1 1
Mastodon Social is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
IgorMarinovsky added Mastodon Social https://mastodon.social

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1 1
Visit Sundarbon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Visitsundarbon added Visit Sundarbon

42
1 1
connectgalaxy.com is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
conn galy added connectgalaxy.com connectgalaxy.com

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21 37
Ning is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

44
42 59
Friendster is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

45
16 34
Snapzu.com is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gregm added Snapzu.com

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29 48
Trombi.com is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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2 6
Quotev is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quotev

48
41 69
Habbo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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0 1
ovbe.club is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added ovbe.club

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30 47
Friends' Choices is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
fefco.ga added Friends' Choices