There are hundreds of "social software", or social networking
software, packages. Most of these offer limited free membership. Some of
the popular ones are:
is an online photo management and sharing application. Its primary
goals are to help people make photos available to those who matter to
them, and to enable new ways of organizing pictures. Any photo can be
added to a group as well. Groups exist to cover all kinds of interests
and photographic ideas. Some tips on how to use it. Flickr Hacks Has all kinds of neat things you can do with Flickr, such as Spell With Flickr
- Wikis are easily created and edited web sites, have good potential for collaborative projects
- Weblogs, more commonly called blogs, are on-line journals, there are over 60,000 million of them tracked by Technorati
is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to add sites you like to
your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with
keywords, and to share your collection between your own browsers and
computers, and also with others. Everything posted to can be made
publicly viewable; it was not originally intended to be a tool for
storing private bookmark collections. Many people use del.icio.us to
publish "linkblogs" on their weblogs.
- The Facebook
is a social networking service for high school, college, and university
communities. Anyone with access to a valid e-mail address from 2,000+
universities can register for and access the site, although the vast
majority of Facebook’s users are students. Users create personal
profiles, typically containing photos and lists of interests, exchange
private or public messages, and join groups of friends. The viewing of
detailed profile data is restricted to users from the same school or
confirmed friends. Facebook is now expanding to other groups. MySpace is
the most popular of this type of social software.
is a news website that combines social bookmarking, blogging, RSS, and
non-hierarchical editorial control. With digg, users submit stories for
review, but rather than allow an editor to decide which stories go on
the homepage, the users do. Has now expanded beyond technology to cover
- Second Life, a 3D virtual world created and populated by avatars (a user's own graphical representation) that interact.
has been labeled anything from a microblogging application to a
continuous presence notifier to a viral, social instant messaging
- 43 Things
Users create accounts and then list a number of goals or hopes; these
goals are connected to other people's goals that are constructed with
similar words or ideas. This inspired 23 Things, an online program that encourages the exploration of web 2.0 tools and new technologies.
is an online tool that lets you map out the city where you live, work,
vacation, etc. Then share your unique URL with others. Also shares
photos, private messages, or leave comments on their MyFrappr homepage.
Not quite social software, but a “portable desktop” that links your
computer with an online repository that can include any kind of files.
Glide provides content organization, file sharing, communications and
even media playback technology, so you can share photos, video and music
with other users