List of Social Networking Websites

This is a list of major active social networking websites and excludes dating websites (see Comparison of online dating websites). For defunct social networking websites, see List of defunct social networking websites.

This list is not exhaustive, and is limited to notable, well-known sites.

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Name Description/Focus Date launched Registered users Registration Global Alexa Page ranking
43 Things Goal setting and achievement 02005-01-011 January 2005 70063000000000000003,000,000 Open 700413574000000000013,574 Social networking site for academics/researchers 02008-09-01September 2008 7005211000000000000211,000 Open 70033872000000000003,872
Advogato Free and open source software developers 01999-01-011999 700413575000000000013,575 Open 7005318165000000000318,165
aNobii Books 02006-01-012006 Open 700413131000000000013,131
AsianAvenue A social network for the Asian American community 01997-01-011997 Open 7005133043000000000133,043
aSmallWorld European jet set and social elite world-wide 02004-03-01March 2004 7005550000000000000550,000 Invite-only 70038780000000000008,780
Athlinks Running, Swimming 02001-01-012001 7005139458000000000139,458 Open 700460677000000000060,677 Independent music 02010-01-012010 Open 7005656507000000000656,507
Bebo General 02005-07-01July 2005 7008117000000000000117,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 70034169000000000004,169
BIGADDA Indian Social Networking Site 02007-08-01August 2007 70063000000000000003,000,000 Open to people 16 and older 700442765000000000042,765 Norwegian community 02005-06-011 June 2005 7005430000000000000430,000 Requires Norwegian phone number 700481916000000000081,916
BlackPlanet Black Americans 01999-09-011 September 1999 700720000000000000020,000,000 Open 70037193000000000007,193
Blauk Anyone who wants to tell something about a stranger or acquaintance. 02010-01-012010 Open to people 13 and older. 70061081215000000001,081,215
Blogster Blogging community 02005-11-2424 November 2005 700485579000000000085,579 Open 700412048000000000012,048 General 01996-01-011996 Open 7005589595000000000589,595
Busuu Language learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain) 02008-05-1616 May 2008 700712000000000000012,000,000 Open 70034976000000000004,976
Buzznet Music and pop-culture 02005-01-012005 700710000000000000010,000,000 Open 70036955000000000006,955
CafeMom Mothers 02006-12-01December 2006 70061250000000000001,250,000 Open to moms and moms-to-be 70031293000000000001,293
Care2 Green living and social activism 01998-01-011998 70069961947000000009,961,947 Open 70031930000000000001,930
CaringBridge Not for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery. 70069500000000000009,500,000 Open to people 18 and older 70034279000000000004,279 School, college, work and the military 01995-01-011995 700750000000000000050,000,000 Open to people 18 and older 70033284000000000003,284
Cloob General. Popular in Iran 02004-01-012004 Open 7002749000000000000749
CouchSurfing Worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit. 02003-01-012003 70062967421000000002,967,421 Open 70032231000000000002,231
CozyCot East Asian and Southeast Asian women 02001-01-012001 7005150000000000000150,000 Open 700436959000000000036,959 Faith Based social network for Christian believers from around the world 02008-01-012008 7005450000000000000450,000 Open 700453394000000000053,394
Crunchyroll Anime and forums. 02006-01-012006 Open 70035721000000000005,721
Cyworld General. Popular in South Korea. 01999-01-011999 700724000000000000024,000,000 Open 70031616000000000001,616
DailyBooth Photo-blogging site where users upload a photo every day 02009-02-1313 February 2009 Closed 70035963000000000005,963
DailyStrength Medical & emotional support community - Physical health, Mental health, Support groups 02007-11-044 November 2007 Open 700410511000000000010,511
delicious Social bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interests 02003-09-01September 2003 70068822921000000008,822,921 Open 7002436000000000000436
deviantART Art community 02000-08-077 August 2000 700722000000000000022,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 7002131000000000000131
Diaspora* Decentralized, privacy aware, general (open source) 02010-11-01November 2010 7005370000000000000370,000+ Open 700436792000000000036,792
Disaboom People with disabilities (Amputee, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities) Open 7005218135000000000218,135
Dol2day Politic community, Social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries) 700440200000000000040,200 Open 7005385237000000000385,237
DontStayIn Clubbing (primarily UK) Open 700486535000000000086,535 General (primarily LV, LT, HU) 70062600466000000002,600,466 Invitation only 70032698000000000002,698
douban Chinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music. 02005-01-012005 700746850000000000046,850,000 Open 7002106000000000000106 Chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities 02000-01-012000 70062000000000000002,000,000 Open 70038367000000000008,367
Elftown Community and wiki around Fantasy and sci-fi. 7005185000000000000185,000 Open, approval needed 700443277000000000043,277
Elixio Business executives jet set and global elite. 02007-07-01July 2007 700480000000000000080,000 Invite-only 7005545268000000000545,268
English, baby! Students and teachers of English as a second language 02000-01-012000 70061600000000000001,600,000 Open 700429585000000000029,585
Epernicus For research scientists Open 7005798086000000000798,086 For baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond. Open to people age 40 years and older 700473767000000000073,767
eToro Social Investing, Finance 02007-05-01May 2007 70062500000000000002,500,000 Open 70031591000000000001,591
Experience Project Life experiences Open 70032658000000000002,658
Exploroo Travel Social Networking. Open 7005163545000000000163,545
Facebook General: Photos, Videos, Blogs, Apps. 02004-02-01February 2004 7008908000000000000908,000,000+ Open to people 13 and older 70002000000000000002
Faceparty General. Popular UK. 7005200000000000000200,000 Invitation only to people 18 and older 7005163639000000000163,639 Adult Social Network, Mainly UK & USA 02011-01-012011 7005700000000000000700,000 Open to people 18 and older worldwide 7005149839000000000149,839
Fetlife People who are into BDSM 02008-01-01January 2008 70061200000000000001,200,000 Open to people "of legal age to see adult content" 70034131000000000004,131
FilmAffinity Movies and TV Series 02002-01-012002 7005250000000000000250,000 Open 70033151000000000003,151
Filmow Movies and TV Series 02009-01-012009 Open 700444630000000000044,630
FledgeWing Entrepreneural community targeted towards worldwide university students Open to university students 7005696513000000000696,513
Flixster Movies 02007-01-012007 700763000000000000063,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 70034012000000000004,012
Flickr Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide 02004-02-01February 2004 700732000000000000032,000,000 Open to people 13 and older (Yahoo! Login) 700148000000000000048 Business to Business, worldwide 02005-01-012005 7005850000000000000850,000 Open to people 13 and older 700412114000000000012,114
Fotki Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend's feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration. 01998-10-01October 1998 70061632565000000001,632,565 Open 70038011000000000008,011
Fotolog Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain 02002-01-012002 700720000000000000020,000,000 Open 70033168000000000003,168
Foursquare Location based mobile social network 02009-01-012009 700720000000000000020,000,000 Open 7002817000000000000817
Friendica Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general Open 7005354946000000000354,946
Friends Reunited UK based. School, college, work, sport and streets 02000-07-01July 2000 700719000000000000019,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 700429239000000000029,239
Friendster General. Popular in Southeast Asia. No longer popular in the western world 02002-01-012002 700790000000000000090,000,000 Open to people 16 and older. 700412167000000000012,167
Frühstückstreff General 02001-07-01July 2001 700414800000000000014,800 Open 70061827621000000001,827,621
Fubar dating, an "online bar" for 18 and older 02007-10-01October 2007 70061200000000000001,200,000 Open to people 18+ 700410453000000000010,453
Fuelmyblog Blogging community 02007-07-01July 2007 700450000000000000050,000 Open 700485547000000000085,547
FullCircle Geosocial networking and location-based services portal for mobile devices 02009-04-01April 2009 Open 70061167425000000001,167,425
Gaia Online Anime and games. Popular in USA, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia. 700723523663000000023,523,663 Open to people 13 and older 70036277000000000006,277
GamerDNA Computer and video games 02006-09-2121 September 2006 7005310000000000000310,000 Open 700459730000000000059,730 Travel social network 01998-07-01July 1998 Open 700474763000000000074,763 Article, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions 7005465000000000000465,000 Open 70033062000000000003,062 Social network for LGBT community, Guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping 02008-05-1616 May 2008 7005100000000000000100,000 Open, Global 7005224302000000000224,302 Families, genealogy 02007-01-1616 January 2007 700715000000000000015,000,000 Open 70035958000000000005,958
GetGlue Social network for entertainment 02008-10-2828 October 2008 70062000000000000002,000,000 Open 70033735000000000003,735
Gogoyoko Fair play in Music - Social networking site for musicians and music lovers Invite only while in beta 7005145552000000000145,552
Goodreads Library cataloging, book lovers 02006-12-01December 2006 700710000000000000010,000,000 Open 7002544000000000000544
Goodwizz Social network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France. 02010-10-01October 2010 7005110000000000000110,000 Open 7005597008000000000597,008
Google+ General 02011-06-2828 June 2011 7008400000000000000400,000,000 Open to people 13 and older NA
GovLoop For people in and around government 7005138576000000000138,576 Poland 70062000000000000002,000,000 Open 7005395036000000000395,036
Habbo General for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles. 02000-08-01August 2000 7008268000000000000268,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 700415255000000000015,255
hi5 General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the USA. 02003-01-012003 700780000000000000080,000,000 Open to people 13 and older. 7002902000000000000902
Hospitality Club Hospitality 7005328629000000000328,629 Open 700499562000000000099,562
Hotlist Geo-Social Aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users' friends are, were, and will be. 700480000000000000080,000 Open 7005155811000000000155,811 Social networking site for Human Resources professionals 01999-01-011999 7005194000000000000194,000 Open 700479591000000000079,591
Hub Culture Global influencers focused on worth creation 02002-11-01November 2002 700420000000000000020,000 Invite-only 7005152756000000000152,756
Hyves General, mostly popular in the Netherlands. 02004-09-01September 2004 700710097000000000010,097,000 Open 70032243000000000002,243
Ibibo Talent based social networking site that allows to promote one's self and also discover new talent. Most popular in India. 70063500000000000003,500,000 Open 70031143000000000001,143 Twitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates. 7005395695000000000395,695 Open 70037290000000000007,290
Indaba Music Online collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking. 7005350000000000000350,000 Open, Global 700445039000000000045,039
IRC-Galleria Finland 7005505000000000000505,000 Open to Finnish speaking people 12 and older 700436982000000000036,982 Language learning social network. 100+ languages. 7005500000000000000500,000 Open, Global 700418956000000000018,956
Itsmy Mobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows 70062500000000000002,500,000 7005770100000000000770,100
iWiW Hungary 02002-04-1414 April 2002 70064000000000000004,000,000 Invite-only 70033831000000000003,831
Jaiku General. Microblogging. Owned by Google 02006-02-01February 2006 Open to people 13 and older 700462910000000000062,910
Jiepang Location based mobile social network. In Chinese language 02010-01-012010 70063000000000000003,000,000 Open 700414790000000000014,790
Kaixin001 General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users Open to the General Public 7002284000000000000284
Kiwibox General. 01999-01-011999 70062400000000000002,400,000 Open to people 13 and older 7005104563000000000104,563
Lafango Talent-Focused media sharing site Open, Global 7005161778000000000161,778
LAGbook African-based Social Networking Site. Popular in Germany, Denmark, France, China, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Philippines, Canada, India, Romania, Mexico, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Japan, Chile, Spain, South Africa, Israel, Australia and especially in Nigeria. 02010-04-1717 April 2010 7005350000000000000350,000+ Specifically targeted at the youth demographic (18-30), but permits registration of people 13 and older. 700424429000000000024,429
LaiBhaari Marathi social networking 02010-01-012010 7005250000000000000250,000 Open 7005952782000000000952,782 Music 02002-01-012002 700730000000000000030,000,000 Open 7002772000000000000772
LibraryThing Book lovers 02005-08-2929 August 2005 70061300000000000001,300,000 Open to people 13 and older 700410800000000000010,800
Lifeknot Shared interests, hobbies Open to people 18 and older 70061071686000000001,071,686
LinkedIn Business and professional networking 02003-05-01May 2003 7008160000000000000160,000,000 Open to people 18 and older 700112000000000000012
LinkExpats Social networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries. Open, Global 7005800451000000000800,451
Listography Lists. Autobiography Open 700492525000000000092,525
LiveJournal Blogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad. 01999-04-1515 April 1999 700717564977000000017,564,977 Open (OpenID) 7002115000000000000115
Livemocha Online language learning 70065000000000000005,000,000 Open 70034100000000000004,100
Makeoutclub General 01999-08-099 August 1999 Open 7005756300000000000756,300
MEETin General Open 7005318979000000000318,979
Meetup (website) General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activities Open to people 18 and older 7002481000000000000481
Meettheboss Business and Finance community, worldwide. Open 7005315513000000000315,513
MillatFacebook General, Created in Response to Facebook 02010-05-01May 2010 7005461200000000000461,200 Open 7005236663000000000236,663
mixi Japan 02000-10-2525 October 2000 700724323160000000024,323,160 Open 7002232000000000000232
MocoSpace mobile community, worldwide 2005 70063000000000000003,000,000 Open to people 14 and older 70039882000000000009,882
MOG Music Open to people 14 and older 700413955000000000013,955 Social Network, social media, consumer reviews Open 70033340000000000003,340
Mubi Auteur cinema 7005200000000000000200,000 Open 700418225000000000018,225
MyHeritage family-oriented social network service 700730000000000000030,000,000 Open 70033756000000000003,756
MyLife Locating friends and family, keeping in touch (formerly 700751000000000000051,000,000 Open 70031765000000000001,765
My Opera Blogging, mobile blogging, photo sharing, connecting with friends, Opera Link and Opera Unite. Global 70067300000000000007,300,000 Open NA
Myspace General 02003-08-01August 2003 700730000000000000030,000,000+ Open to ages 13 and older. 7002161000000000000161 School, college and friends. Popular in Poland 700711000000000000011,000,000 Open 700475145000000000075,145
Netlog General. Popular in Europe, Turkey, the Arab World and Canada's Québec province. Formerly known as Facebox and Redbox. 700795000000000000095,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 7002545000000000000545
Nexopia Canada 70061400000000000001,400,000 Open to people 13 and older 700425241000000000025,241
NGO Post Non-Profit news sharing and networking, mainly in India 700415000000000000015,000 Open 700442076000000000042,076
Ning Users create their own social websites and social networks 02005-01-012005 (Networks 2007) Open to people 13 and older 7002378000000000000378
Odnoklassniki Connect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics 700745000000000000045,000,000 Open 700165000000000000065
Open Diary First online blogging community, founded in 1998 01998-01-011998 70065000000000000005,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 700428134000000000028,134
Orkut General. Owned by Google Inc. Popular in India and Brazil. 02004-01-2222 January 2004 7008100000000000000100,000,000 Open to people 18 and older, (Google login) 7002319000000000000319
OUTeverywhere Gay/LGBTQ Community Open 7005445440000000000445,440
PatientsLikeMe Online community for patients with life-changing illnesses to find other patients like them, share their data with others, and learn more about their condition to improve their outcome. 02006-01-012006 7005109587000000000109,587 Open to people 13 years and up 700469514000000000069,514
Partyflock Dutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music 02001-11-1010 November 2001 7005321125000000000321,125 Open to people 18 years and up 700416828000000000016,828
Pingsta Collaborative platform for the world's Internetwork Experts Invite-only, only Internet Experts 70062533640000000002,533,640
Pinterest Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love 02011-01-012011 Open 700138000000000000038
Plaxo Aggregator 700750000000000000050,000,000 Open 70035310000000000005,310
PureVolume Connecting indie music bands and listeners, through music sharing and social networking 02003-01-012003 Open 700414220000000000014,220
Playfire Computer and video games Open to people 13 and older 700438259000000000038,259 General, Music 02012-01-01 Open to people over 13 70038026000000000008,026
Plurk Micro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in Taiwan Open 70031991000000000001,991
Qapacity A a business-oriented social networking site and a business directory Closed 700420640000000000020,640
Quechup General, friendship, dating 02007-01-012007 Open to those over 16 700482914000000000082,914
Qzone General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users 7008480000000000000480,000,000 Open to the general public NA
Raptr Video games Open 700425664000000000025,664
Ravelry Knitting and crochet 70061814460000000001,814,460 Open 70033498000000000003,498
Renren Significant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009. 7008160000000000000160,000,000 Open 700195000000000000095 Social network for musician and bands 7005500000000000000500,000 Open to people 16 and older 70031806000000000001,806
Ryze Business 7005500000000000000500,000 Closed 700471324000000000071,324
ScienceStage Science-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientists Open 700461668000000000061,668
ShareTheMusic Music Community. Sharing and listening to music for free and legally Open 7005612429000000000612,429
Shelfari Books 02006-10-1111 October 2006 Open 700418152000000000018,152
Sina Weibo Social microblogging site in Mainland China. 02009-08-1414 August 2009 7008300000000000000300,000,000 Open 700128000000000000028
Skoob Collaborative social network for Brazilian readers 02009-01-012009 7005420000000000000420,000 Open 700428449000000000028,449
Skyrock Social Network in French-speaking world 700722000000000000022,000,000 Open 7002710000000000000710
SocialVibe Social Network for Charity 7005435000000000000435,000 Open 7005101364000000000101,364 General. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions. 700750000000000000050,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 70032676000000000002,676
SoundCloud Repository of original music pieces and networking. 700710000000000000010,000,000 Open 7002299000000000000299
Spaces Russian Social Network targeted to mobile phone users Open 70039953000000000009,953
Stickam Live video streaming and chat. 70069000000000000009,000,000 Open 70039201000000000009,201
StudiVZ University students, mostly in the German-speaking countries. School students and those out of education sign up via its partner sites schülerVZ and meinVZ. 700717000000000000017,000,000 Open 70037080000000000007,080
Students Circle Network A Social Network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces. 02010-12-01December 2010 Open 7005345110000000000345,110
StumbleUpon Stumble through websites that match users' selected interests 700720000000000000020,000,000 Open 7002146000000000000146
Tagged General. October 2004 7008100000000000000100,000,000 Open 7002288000000000000288
Talkbiznow Business networking Open 7005136346000000000136,346
Taltopia Online artistic community Open 7005281501000000000281,501
Taringa! General (primarily Argentina) 700711000000000000011,000,000 Open to people 13 and older 7002214000000000000214
TeachStreet Education / Learning / Teaching - More than 400 subjects Open 7005422704000000000422,704
TermWiki Learning / Languages / Translation - 1.2m terms in more than 1300 subjects 02010-05-01May 2010 Open 700422997000000000022,997
The Sphere A Private Online Social Luxury Network with Exclusive Personalized Services 02008-12-01December 2008 70031300000000000001,300 Invite-only 70061115305000000001,115,305 Travel 02005-01-012005 70061588000000000001,588,000 Open to people 18 and older 700421523000000000021,523
Travellerspoint Travel 02002-01-012002 7005310000000000000310,000 Open 700415275000000000015,275 General Open 70038081000000000008,081 French subsidiary of 70064400000000000004,400,000 700416227000000000016,227
Tuenti Spanish-based university and High School social network. 700712000000000000012,000,000 Invite-only 70031083000000000001,083
Twitter General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates 02006-07-1515 July 2006 7008500000000000000500,000,000 Open to all ages 70008000000000000008
Tylted Mobile social game network 02007-01-012007 70063000000000000003,000,000 Open to people 14 and older 7005737508000000000737,508
Vkontakte General, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics. 02006-09-01September 2006 7008123612100000000123,612,100 Open 700138000000000000038 Gothic and industrial subculture 01999-01-011999 70061931049000000001,931,049 Open to users 13 and over 700421052000000000021,052
Viadeo Global Social Networking and Campus Networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese 700735000000000000035,000,000 Open 7002435000000000000435
Virb Social network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers 02007-01-012007 Open 700433371000000000033,371
Vox Blogging Open 700456558000000000056,558
Wakoopa For computer fans that want to discover new software and games 7005100000000000000100,000 Open 700433350000000000033,350
Wattpad For readers and authors to interact & e-book sharing Open 70037036000000000007,036
WAYN Travel and lifestyle 02003-05-01May 2003 700710000000000000010,000,000 Open to people 18 and older 70031367000000000001,367
WeeWorld Teenagers - 10 to 17 700730000000000000030,000,000 Open to ages 13 and older. 700418317000000000018,317
Wellwer Community without borders, where sharing is everything. 02011-09-01 September 2011 Open to people 13 years and older 7005370755000000000370,755
WeOurFamily General with emphasis on privacy and security Open, subscription-based 70063359241000000003,359,241 Social polling network Open 70061204376000000001,204,376
Wer-kennt-wen General General 70032147000000000002,147
weRead Books 02007-06-01June 2007 70064000000000000004,000,000 Open 7005305720000000000305,720 Online community space for the social justice and environmental movement 02007-04-01April 2007 700471600000000000071,600 Open to people 16 and older 7005239901000000000239,901
Wooxie Blogging and micro-blogging Open 7005111538000000000111,538 Site networking inmates, friends, family 02000-09-01September 2000 700466000000000000066,000 Open to people 18 years and older 7005228915000000000228,915
Xanga Blogs and "metro" areas Unknown 700727000000000000027,000,000 Open 70033943000000000003,943
XING Business (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)) 700711100000000000011,100,000 Open 7002270000000000000270
Xt3 Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008 Open 7005712292000000000712,292
Yammer Social networking for office colleagues 02008-01-012008 Must have company email 70033622000000000003,622
Yelp, Inc. Local Business Review and Talk Open 7002186000000000000186 Greek Web Meeting point 02004-01-012004 7005890000000000000890,000 Open 700434577000000000034,577
Zooppa Online Community for Creative Talent (host of brand sponsored advertising contests) 700460000000000000060,000 Open to people 14 and older 700436373000000000036,373

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