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There are hundreds of "social software", or social networking software, packages. Most of these offer limited free membership. Some of the popular ones are:

  • Flickr 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
  • del.icio.us 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.
  • Digg 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 all news.
  • Second Life, a 3D virtual world created and populated by avatars (a user's own graphical representation) that interact.
  • Twitter has been labeled anything from a microblogging application to a continuous presence notifier to a viral, social instant messaging client.
  • 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.
  • Frapper 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.
  • Glide 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