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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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272 190
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

2
226 163
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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131 71
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

4
160 139
Tumblr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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93 78
Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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88 79
Reddit is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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70 48
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
UnbreakableNacho added Snapchat

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134 126
Flickr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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124 122
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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105 134
Myspace is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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100 85
deviantART is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
deviantART Users: 9040962

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64 90
Ask.fm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
HannahAIsGuilty added Ask.fm

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63 88
LiveJournal.com is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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28 33
soundcloud.com is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
SoundCloud soundcloud.com

Blogging Communities and Social Networks

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610 839
PaigeeWorld.com is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Preston Rohrick added PaigeeWorld.com PaigeeWorld.com

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60 104
GayFriendsChat is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gayfriendschat added GayFriendsChat

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32 59
Blogger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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53 81
Foursquare is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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18 33
Qmpeople is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
susym added Qmpeople

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55 83
delicious is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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15 29
Gab is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
YEEZYYEEZYWHATSGOOD added Gab

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24 47
Crunchyroll is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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8 19
Chattymob.com is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Justin Dobson added Chattymob.com Chattymob.com

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12 38
LinkedIn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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35 62
StumbleUpon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
StumbleUpon Users: 10600000

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63 76
GoodReads is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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19 41
Last.fm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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51 72
Bebo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Bebo Users: 117000000

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23 36
Vkontakte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
VK

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18 43
Heartynote is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Heartynote www.heartynote.com

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41 54
TravBuddy.com is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
TravBuddy.com TravBuddy.com

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11 30
Yelp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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49 67
Classmates.com is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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42 48
MyAnimeList is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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62 77
JammerDirect.com is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
JammerDirect.com JammerDirect.com

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1 0
Ryderz.club is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added Ryderz.club

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42 55
Friendster is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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36 51
Lunarstorm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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2 5
Quotev is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Quotev

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0 0
ovbe.club is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Rich21 added ovbe.club

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16 33
Snapzu.com is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
gregm added Snapzu.com Snapzu.com

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20 35
Ning is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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1 2
Hugecount.com is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
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1 4
Medium is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Medium

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2 4
bandmag.com is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
MandySmith added bandmag.com bandmag.com

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29 47
Netlog is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
Netlog Users: 70000000

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30 45
Friends' Choices is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
fefco.ga added Friends' Choices

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41 68
Habbo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites

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27 47
tribe.net is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites
tribe.net tribe.net

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28 46
Trombi.com is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Social Networking Sites