Monday, March 24, 2008

Not Just Facebook: OnLine Social NetWorks Are EveryWhere


While Bebo, Facebook, hi5, MySpace, and Orkut, are among the better known general online social networks, there is an ever-increasing number of online networks that have emerged for and within a wide variety of communities.

I am greatly interested in learning of Online Social Networks in These And/Or Other Communities

BTW: I Am Aware Of Many Other Communities With Online Social Networks


But Am Asking The Web Communities For Their Suggestions.


academici []

Classroom 2.0 []

EduSpaces []

OpenAcademic []


Black Planet []


Boomj []

Eons []

Second Prime Time []


LinkedIn []

Ryze []

Spoke []



OUTeverywhere []


MeeJew []

MyChurch []

Muslim Spaces []


2collab []

Nature Network []

Pronetos: The Social Network For Scholars []

I am also interested in Major Web Sites That Have Compiled A Listing of Online Social Network Sites/Services As Well As Any/All Associated Literature.

BTW: I am aware of Social Networking Services Meta List made available on thesocialsoftwareweblog (but it's dated)


and of course List of Social Networking Websites from Wikipedia


I am also aware of the Ning-based online social networks






Steve Hargadon said...


Are you aware of the list at of social networks being used in education?


Anonymous said...

There is already an academic project keeping track of online social networks.

Michael Zimmer said...

Of course, much of this depends on how you define "social networking sites" - community-based websites have existed for at least a decade.

nonetheless, you might be interested in this list:

Alex said...

Hi Gerry,

- The owners of BlackPlanet are Community Connect, and they own a number of very successful social networking sites aimed at niche ethnic communities, including and recently,

- Under your LGBT category, I would include two more very popular communities: and (the former caters to upwardly-mobile 20- and 30-something gays, and the latter caters to gay men of color).

Best -
Alex Cho


Graduate Student
Media Studies
University of Texas at Austin

Riven said...

SecondLife is social networking software with visual aids. There are approximately 225,000 user-defined groups on SecondLife, covering nearly every imaginable topic, and more are being created every day.

twhman said...

You should take a look at It aggregates all the social networks together.

Lib4tech said...

Hi Gerry,
One for librarians and information workers: The Skills Exchange at:
It's a forum with sections such as blogwatch, Web 2.0 tools & applications, information environment - the virtual space, etc. There are, as you say, so many online networks out there, so it would be nice to gather some of them together - sometimes too much choice may put some people off, they just don't know which one to join!

M-H said...

The wikipedia list includes Ravelry, a craft community. More detailed info here. However, this info is out of date: Ravelry now approaches 200,000 members, half of whom log in at least once a week.

Nancy said...

I was actually going to mention Ravelry because I belong to the network. Glad to see it got mentioned!

Daren Allison said...

There's also TeeBeeDee, a social networking site for folks 40 and older.

Anonymous said...

What about librarything?

a Librarian in New England said...

In Germany the most popular social networking sites are the VZ Group (StudiVZ, Sch├╝lerVZ, MeinVZ.) Facebook's Zuckerberg was recently in Germany. _Der Spiegel_ has an interview with him dated Oct. 7:,1518,582686,00.html

Ingrid said...

In the Netherlands we have this librarian network:

Unfortunatly it is all in Dutch...

Expertise said...

Here's a variant approach to scientific social networking:

This is a data mining tool intended to help scientists find and evaluate potential collaborators by providing a quantitative portrait of academic researchers in the life sciences.

It is not a conventional social network in the sense that it doesn't require users to disclose themselves to the network that emerges from the monitoring bots used to collect data. Rather, ResearchScorecard mines "gated" research products of scientists (papers, grants, patents, and soon, clinical trials) to identify and assess the expertise of biomedical scientists, currently limited to those operating at Stanford University and UCSF.

Emma said...

There's also - which is aimed at the Over 50s (Saga started out as a holiday company for the over 50s, but have since expanded)
Being under 50, I can't give first hand information, but I know it's one of the most popular in the UK.