List of social networking websites

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This is a list of major active social networking websites and excludes dating websites 
This list is not exhaustive, and is limited to notable, well-known sites.

NameDescription/FocusDate launchedRegistered usersRegistration
43 ThingsGoal setting and achievement1 January 20053,000,000[2]Open
Academia.eduSocial networking site for academics/researchersSeptember 2008211,000[4]Open
AdvogatoFree and open source software developers199913,575[6]Open
aNobiiBooks2006Open
AsianAvenueA social network for the Asian Americancommunity1997Open
aSmallWorldEuropean jet set and social elite world-wideMarch 2004550,000[10]Invite-only
AthlinksRunning, Swimming2001139,458[12]Open
Audimated.comIndependent music2010Open
BeboGeneralJuly 2005117,000,000[15]Open to people 13 and older
BIGADDAIndian Social Networking SiteAugust 20073,000,000[17]Open to people 16 and older
Biip.noNorwegian community1 June 2005430,000[19]Requires Norwegian phone number
BlackPlanetBlack Americans1 September 199920,000,000[21]Open
BlaukAnyone who wants to tell something about a stranger or acquaintance.2010Open to people 13 and older.
BlogsterBlogging community24 November 200585,579[24]Open
Bolt.comGeneral1996Open
BusuuLanguage learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain)16 May 200812,000,000[27]Open
BuzznetMusic and pop-culture200510,000,000[29]Open
CafeMomMothersDecember 20061,250,000[31]Open to moms and moms-to-be
Care2Green living and social activism19989,961,947[33]Open
CaringBridgeNot for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.[35]9,500,000[36]Open to people 18 and older[37]
Classmates.comSchool, college, work and the military199550,000,000[39]Open to people 18 and older[40]
CloobGeneral. Popular in Iran2004Open
CouchSurfingWorldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit.20032,967,421[43]Open
CozyCotEast Asian and Southeast Asian women2001150,000[45]Open
Cross.tvFaith Based social network for Christian believers from around the world2008450,000[47]Open
CrunchyrollAnime and forums.2006Open
CyworldGeneral. Popular in South Korea.199924,000,000[50]Open
DailyBoothPhoto-blogging site where users upload a photo every day13 February 2009Closed
DailyStrengthMedical & emotional support community - Physical health, Mental health, Support groups4 November 2007Open
deliciousSocial bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interestsSeptember 20038,822,921[54]Open
deviantARTArt community7 August 200022,000,000[56]Open to people 13 and older
Diaspora*Decentralized, privacy aware, general (open source)November 2010370,000+[n 1][58]Open
DisaboomPeople with disabilities (Amputee, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities)Open
Dol2dayPolitic community, Social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries)40,200[61]Open
DontStayInClubbing (primarily UK)Open
Draugiem.lvGeneral (primarily LV, LT, HU)2,600,466[64]Invitation only
doubanChinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music.200546,850,000[66]Open
DXY.cnChinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities2000[68]2,000,000[69]Open
ElftownCommunity and wiki around Fantasy andsci-fi.185,000[71]Open, approval needed
ElixioBusiness executives jet set and global elite.July 200780,000[73]Invite-only
English, baby!Students and teachers of English as a second language20001,600,000[75]Open
EpernicusFor research scientistsOpen
Eons.comFor baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond.Open to people age 40 years and older
eToroSocial Investing, FinanceMay 20072,500,000Open
Experience ProjectLife experiencesOpen
ExplorooTravel Social Networking.Open
FacebookGeneral: Photos, Videos, Blogs, Apps.February 20041,000,000,000[82]Open to people 13 and older
FacepartyGeneral. Popular UK.200,000[84]Invitation only to people 18 and older
Faces.comAdult Social Network, Mainly UK & USA2011700,000[86]Open to people 18 and older worldwide
FetlifePeople who are into BDSMJanuary 20081,200,000[88]Open to people "oflegal age to see adult content"
FilmAffinityMovies and TV Series2002250,000[90]Open
FilmowMovies and TV Series2009Open
FledgeWingEntrepreneural community targeted towards worldwide university studentsOpen to university students
FlixsterMovies200763,000,000[94]Open to people 13 and older
FlickrPhoto sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwideFebruary 200432,000,000[96]Open to people 13 and older (Yahoo!Login)
Focus.comBusiness to Business, worldwide2005850,000[98]Open to people 13 and older
Formspringsocial Q&A websiteNovember 2009290,000,000[100]Registration post responses and questions
FotkiPhoto sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend's feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration.October 19981,632,565Open
FotologPhotoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain200220,000,000[103]Open
FoursquareLocation based mobile social network200920,000,000[105]Open
FriendicaDistributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, generalOpen
Friends ReunitedUK based. School, college, work, sport and streetsJuly 200019,000,000[108]Open to people 13 and older
FriendsterGeneral. Popular in Southeast Asia. No longer popular in the western world200290,000,000[110]Open to people 16 and older.
FrühstückstreffGeneralJuly 200114,800[citation needed]Open
Fubardating, an "online bar" for 18 and olderOctober 20071,200,000[113]Open to people 18+
FuelmyblogBlogging communityJuly 200750,000[115]Open
FullCircleGeosocial networking and location-based services portal for mobile devicesApril 2009Open
Gaia OnlineAnime and games. Popular in USA, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia.23,523,663[118]Open to people 13 and older
GamerDNAComputer and video games21 September 2006310,000[120]Open
Gapyear.comTravel social networkJuly 1998Open
Gather.comArticle, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions465,000[123]Open
Gays.comSocial network for LGBT community, Guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping16 May 2008100,000[125]Open, Global
Geni.comFamilies, genealogy16 January 200715,000,000[127]Open
GetGlueSocial network for entertainment28 October 20082,000,000[129]Open
GogoyokoFair play in Music - Social networking site for musicians and music loversInvite only while in beta
GoodreadsLibrary cataloging, book loversDecember 200613,000,000[132]Open
GoodwizzSocial network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France.October 2010110,000[134][135]Open
Google+General28 June 2011500,000,000[137]Open to people 13 and older[138]
GovLoopFor people in and around government
Grono.netPoland2,000,000[citation needed]Open
HabboGeneral for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles.August 2000268,000,000[141][142][143]Open to people 13 and older
hi5General. Popular in NepalMongolia,ThailandRomaniaJamaicaCentral Africa,Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the USA.200380,000,000[145]Open to people 13 and older.
Hospitality ClubHospitality328,629[147]Open
HotlistGeo-Social Aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users' friends are, were, and will be.80,000[149]Open
HR.comSocial networking site for Human Resources professionals1999194,000[151]Open
Hub CultureGlobal influencers focused on worth creationNovember 200220,000[153]Invite-only
HyvesGeneral, mostly popular in the Netherlands.September 200410,097,000[155]Open
IbiboTalent based social networking site that allows to promote one's self and also discover new talent. Most popular in India.3,500,000[157]Open
Identi.caTwitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates.395,695[citation needed]Open
Indaba MusicOnline collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking.350,000[160]Open, Global
IRC-GalleriaFinland505,000[162]Open to Finnish speaking people 12 and older
italki.comLanguage learning social network. 100+ languages.500,000[164]Open, Global
ItsmyMobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows2,500,000[166]
iWiWHungary14 April 20024,000,000[168]Invite-only
JaikuGeneral. Microblogging. Owned by GoogleFebruary 2006Open to people 13 and older
JiepangLocation based mobile social network. In Chinese language20103,000,000[171]Open
Kaixin001General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China usersOpen to the General Public
KiwiboxGeneral.19992,400,000[174]Open to people 13 and older
LafangoTalent-Focused media sharing siteOpen, Global
LaiBhaariMarathi social networking2010250,000Open
Last.fmMusic200230,000,000[178]Open
LibraryThingBook lovers29 August 20051,300,000[180]Open to people 13 and older
LifeknotShared interests, hobbiesOpen to people 18 and older
LinkedInBusiness and professional networkingMay 2003200,000,000[183]Open to people 18 and older
LinkExpatsSocial networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries.Open, Global
ListographyLists. AutobiographyOpen
LiveJournalBlogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad.15 April 199917,564,977[187]Open (OpenID)
LivemochaOnline language learning5,000,000[189]Open
MakeoutclubGeneral9 August 1999Open
MEETinGeneralOpen
Meetup (website)General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activitiesOpen to people 18 and older
MeetthebossBusiness and Finance community, worldwide.Open
MillatFacebookGeneral, Created in Response to Facebook[195]May 2010461,200[196]Open
mixiJapan25 October 200024,323,160[198]Open
MocoSpacemobile community, worldwide20053,000,000[200]Open to people 14 and older
MOGMusicOpen to people 14 and older
MouthShut.comSocial Network, social media, consumer reviewsOpen
MubiAuteur cinema200,000Open
MyHeritagefamily-oriented social network service30,000,000 [205]Open
MyLifeLocating friends and family, keeping in touch (formerly Reunion.com)51,000,000[207]Open
My OperaBlogging, mobile blogging, photo sharing, connecting with friends, Opera Link andOpera Unite. Global7,300,000[209]Open
MyspaceGeneralAugust 200330,000,000+[210][211]Open to ages 13 and older.
Nasza-klasa.plSchool, college and friends. Popular in Poland11,000,000[213]Open
NetlogGeneral. Popular in Europe, Turkey, the Arab World and Canada's Québec province. Formerly known as Facebox and Redbox.[215]95,000,000[216]Open to people 13 and older
NexopiaCanada1,400,000[218]Open to people 13 and older[219]
NGO PostNon-Profit news sharing and networking, mainly in India15,000[221]Open
NingUsers create their own social websites and social networks2005 (Networks 2007)Open to people 13 and older
OdnoklassnikiConnect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics45,000,000[224]Open
Open DiaryFirst online blogging community, founded in 199819985,000,000[226]Open to people 13 and older
OrkutGeneral. Owned by Google Inc. Popular inIndia and Brazil.[228]22 January 2004100,000,000[229]Open to people 18 and older, (Googlelogin)
OUTeverywhereGay/LGBTQ CommunityOpen
PatientsLikeMeOnline 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.2006109,587[232]Open to people 13 years and up
PartyflockDutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music10 November 2001321,125Open to people 18 years and up
PingstaCollaborative platform for the world'sInternetwork ExpertsInvite-only, only Internet Experts
PinterestOnline pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love2011Open
PlaxoAggregator50,000,000[237]Open
PlayfireComputer and video gamesOpen to people 13 and older
Playlist.comGeneral, MusicOpen to people over 13
PlurkMicro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in TaiwanOpen
QapacityA a business-oriented social networking site and a business directoryClosed
QuechupGeneral, friendship, dating2007Open to those over 16
QzoneGeneral. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users480,000,000[244][245]Open to the general public
RaptrVideo gamesOpen
RavelryKnitting and crochet3,000,000[247]Open
RenrenSignificant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009.160,000,000[249]Open
ReverbNation.comSocial network for musician and bands500,000[251]Open to people 16 and older
RyzeBusiness500,000[253]Closed
ScienceStageScience-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientistsOpen
ShareTheMusicMusic Community. Sharing and listening to music for free and legallyOpen
ShelfariBooks11 October 2006Open
Sina WeiboSocial microblogging site in Mainland China.14 August 2009300,000,000[258]Open
SkoobCollaborative social network for Brazilian readers2009420,000[260]Open
SkyrockSocial Network in French-speaking world22,000,000[262]Open
SocialVibeSocial Network for Charity435,000[citation needed]Open
Sonico.comGeneral. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions.50,000,000[265][266]Open to people 13 and older
SoundCloudRepository of original music pieces and networking.10,000,000[268]Open
SpacesRussian Social Network targeted to mobile phone usersOpen
StickamLive video streaming and chat.9,000,000[271]Closed
StudiVZUniversity students, mostly in the German-speaking countries. School students and those out of education sign up via its partner sites schülerVZ and meinVZ.17,000,000[273]Open
Students Circle NetworkA Social Network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces.December 2010Open
StumbleUponStumble through websites that match users' selected interests20,000,000[276]Open
TaggedGeneral.October 2004100,000,000[278]Open
TalkbiznowBusiness networkingOpen
TaltopiaOnline artistic communityOpen
Taringa!General (primarily Argentina)11,000,000[282]Open to people 13 and older
TeachStreetEducation / Learning / Teaching - More than 400 subjectsOpen
TermWikiLearning / Languages / Translation - 1.2m terms in more than 1300 subjectsMay 2010Open
The SphereA Private Online Social Luxury Network with Exclusive Personalized ServicesDecember 20081,300[286]Invite-only
TravBuddy.comTravel20051,588,000[288]Open to people 18 and older
TravellerspointTravel2002310,000[290]Open
tribe.netGeneralOpen
Trombi.comFrench subsidiary of Classmates.com4,400,000[293]
TuentiSpanish-based university and High School social network.12,000,000[295]Invite-only
TumblrMicroblogging platform and Social Networking Website.Open
TouchtalentArt Display / Social NetworkingJuly 2012[298]52,000[299]Open
TwitterGeneral. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates15 July 2006500,000,000[301]Open to all ages [302]
TyltedMobile social game network[304]20073,000,000[305]Open to people 14 and older
VkontakteGeneral, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics.September 2006123,612,100[307]Open
Vampirefreaks.comGothic and industrial subculture19991,931,049[309]Open to users 13 and over
ViadeoGlobal Social Networking and Campus Networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese35,000,000[311]Open
VirbSocial network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers2007Open
VoxBloggingOpen
WattpadFor readers and authors to interact & e-book sharingOpen
WAYNTravel and lifestyleMay 200310,000,000[316]Open to people 18 and older
WeeWorldTeenagers - 10 to 1730,000,000[318]Open to ages 13 and older.
WellwerCommunity without borders, where sharing is everything.September 2011Open to people 13 years and older
WeOurFamilyGeneral with emphasis on privacy and securityOpen, subscription-based
Wepolls.comSocial polling networkOpen
Wer-kennt-wenGeneralGeneral
weReadBooksJune 20074,000,000[citation needed]Open
Wiser.orgOnline community space for the social justice and environmental movement[325]April 200771,600[326]Open to people 16 and older
WooxieBlogging and micro-bloggingOpen
WriteAPrisoner.comSite networking inmates, friends, familySeptember 200066,000[329]Open to people 18 years and older
XangaBlogs and "metro" areasUnknown27,000,000[331]Open
XINGBusiness (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland))11,100,000[333]Open
Xt3Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008Open
YammerSocial networking for office colleagues2008Must have company email
Yelp, Inc.Local Business Review and TalkOpen
Zoo.grGreek Web Meeting point2004890,000[338]Open
ZooppaOnline Community for Creative Talent (host of brand sponsored advertising contests)60,000[340]Open to people 14 and older[341]