•  

Name

Description/focus

Date launched

Registered users

Registration

Global Alexa[1] page ranking

43 Things

Goal setting and achievement

1 January 2005

3,000,000[2]

Closed

12,914[3]

Academia.edu

Social networking site for academics/researchers

September 2008

18,000,000[4]

Open

824[5]

About.me

Social networking site

October 2009

5,000,000[6]

Open

1,447

Advogato

Free and open source software developers

1999

13,575[7]

Open

292,620[8]

aNobii

Books

2006

 

Open

26,939[9]

AsianAvenue

A social network for the Asian American community

1997

 

Open

170,384[10]

aSmallWorld

European jet set and social elite world-wide

March 2004

550,000[11]

Invite-only

580,060[12]

Athlinks

Running, swimming

2001

139,458[13]

Open

69,170[14]

Audimated.com

Independent music

2010

 

Open

656,507[15]

Bebo

General

July 2005

117,000,000[16]

Open to people 13 and older

4,169[17]

Biip.no

Norwegian community

1 June 2005

430,000[18]

Requires Norwegian phone number

81,916[19]

BlackPlanet

Black Americans

1 September 1999

20,000,000[20]

Open

7,193[21]

Bolt.com

General

1996

 

Open

589,595[22]

Busuu

Language learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain)

16 May 2008

12,000,000[23]

Open

4,976[24]

Buzznet

Music and pop-culture

2005

10,000,000[25]

Open

6,955[26]

CafeMom

Mothers

December 2006

1,250,000[27]

Open to moms and moms-to-be

1,293[28]

Care2

Green living and social activism

1998

9,961,947[29]

Open

1,930[30]

CaringBridge

Not for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.[31]

1997

9,500,000[32]

Open to people 18 and older[33]

4,279[34]

Classmates.com

School, college, work and the military

1995

50,000,000[35]

Open to people 18 and older[36]

3,284[37]

Cloob

General. Popular in Iran

2004

 

Open

749[38]

ClusterFlunk

American network for students to share files with their peers

2012

   

545,917[39]

CouchSurfing

Worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit.

2003

2,967,421[40]

Open

2,231[41]

CozyCot

East Asian and Southeast Asian women

2001

150,000[42]

Open

36,959[43]

Crunchyroll

Anime and forums.

2006

 

Open

5,721[44]

Cucumbertown

Networking for cooks

2012

 

Open

175,796[45]

Cyworld

General. Popular in South Korea.

1999

24,000,000[46]

Open

1,616[47]

DailyBooth

Photo-blogging site where users upload a photo every day

13 February 2009

 

Closed

5,963[48]

DailyStrength

Medical & emotional support community - physical health, mental health, support groups

4 November 2007

 

Open

10,511[49]

delicious

Social bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interests

September 2003

8,822,921[50]

Open

436[51]

DeviantArt

Art community

7 August 2000

26,000,000[52]

Open to people 13 and older

131[53]

Diaspora*

Decentralized, privacy aware, general (open source)

November 2010

370,000+[n 1][54]

Open

36,792[n 2][55]

Disaboom

People with disabilities (amputees, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities)

2007

 

Open

218,135[56]

Dol2day

Politic community, social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries)

15 May 2000

40,200[57]

Open

385,237[58]

DontStayIn

Clubbing (primarily UK)

April 2003

 

Open

86,535[59]

Draugiem.lv

General (primarily LV, LT, HU)

April 24, 2004

2,600,466[60]

Invitation only

2,698[61]

douban

Chinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music.

2005

46,850,000[62]

Open

106[63]

Doximity

U.S. Physicians and medical doctors.

2011

400,000[64]

U.S. physicians only

27,539[65]

Dreamwidth

Blogging.

2009

 

Open

6,384[66]

DXY.cn

Chinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilities

2000[67]

2,000,000[68]

Open

8,367[69]

Elftown

Community and wiki around fantasy and sci-fi.

Feb 2002

185,000[70]

Open, approval needed

43,277[71]

Ello

General

March 2014[72][73]

 

Invite only while in beta

106,782[74]

Elixio

Business executives jet set and global elite.

July 2007

80,000[75]

Invite-only

545,268[76]

English, baby!

Students and teachers of English as a second language

2000

1,600,000[77]

Open

29,585[78]

Epernicus

For research scientists

   

Open

798,086[79]

Eons.com

For baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond.

Jul 2006

 

Open to people age 40 years and older

73,767[80]

eToro

Social investing, finance

May 2007

2,500,000[citation needed]

Open

1,591[81]

Experience Project

Life experiences

2007

 

Open

2,658[82]

Exploroo

Travel social networking.

12 May 2009

 

Open

163,545[83]

Facebook

General: photos, videos, blogs, apps.

February 2004

1,280,000,000[84]

Open to people 13 and older

2[85]

Fetlife

People who are into BDSM

January 2008

2,701,715[86]

Open to people “of legal age to see adult content”

4,131[87]

FilmAffinity

Movies and TV series

2002

250,000[88]

Open

3,151[89]

Filmow

Movies and TV series

2009

 

Open

44,630[90]

FledgeWing

Entrepreneurial community targeted towards worldwide university students

Feb 2009

 

Open to university students

696,513[91]

Flixster

Movies

2007

63,000,000[92]

Open to people 13 and older

4,012[93]

Flickr

Photo sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwide

February 2004

32,000,000[94]

Open to people 13 and older (Yahoo! Login)

48[95]

Focus.com

Business-to-business, worldwide

2005

850,000[96]

Open to people 13 and older

12,114[97]

Fotki

Photo sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend’s feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration.

October 1998

1,632,565

Open

8,011[98]

Fotolog

Photoblogging. Popular in South America and Spain

2002

20,000,000[99]

Open

3,168[100]

Foursquare

Location based mobile social network

2009

20,000,000[101]

Open

817[102]

Friendica

Distributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, general

July 2010

 

Open

354,946[103][n 2]

Friends Reunited

UK based. School, college, work, sport and streets

July 2000

19,000,000[104]

Open to people 13 and older

29,239[105]

Friendster

General. Popular in Southeast Asia. No longer popular in the western world

2002

90,000,000[106]

Open to people 16 and older.

12,167[107]

Fuelmyblog

Blogging community

July 2007

50,000[108]

Open

85,547[109]

Fyuse

A spatial photography app and website which lets users capture and share interactive 3D images.

2014

 

Open

359,026

Gaia Online

Anime and games. Popular in United States, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia.

2003

23,523,663[110]

Open to people 13 and older

6,277[111]

GamerDNA

Computer and video games

21 September 2006

310,000[112]

Open

59,730[113]

Gapyear.com

Travel social network

July 1998

 

Open

74,763[114]

Gather.com

Article, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussions

25 Feb 2005

465,000[115]

Open

3,062[116]

Gays.com

Social network for LGBT community, guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shopping

16 May 2008

100,000[117]

Open, global

224,302[118]

Geni.com

Families, genealogy

16 January 2007

15,000,000[119]

Open

5,958[120]

Gentlemint

Community for sharing and discussing all things manly

25 November 2011

 

Open

100,196[121]

GetGlue

Social network for entertainment.

28 October 2008

2,000,000[122]

Open

3,735[123]

GirlsAskGuys

Community where people help each other by sharing their experiences & opinions.

June 2007

450,000[124]

Open

4,798[125]

Gogoyoko

Fair play in music - social networking site for musicians and music lovers.

1 Oct 2009

 

Invite only while in beta

145,552[126]

Goodreads

Library cataloging, book lovers.

December 2006

13,000,000[127]

Open

327[128]

Goodwizz

Social network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France.

October 2010

110,000[129][130]

Open

597,008[131]

Google+

General

28 June 2011

1,600,000,000[132]

Open to people 13 and older [133]

NA[n 3]

GovLoop

For people in and around government.

May 2008

   

138,576[134]

Grono.net

Poland

 

2,000,000[citation needed]

Open

395,036[135]

Habbo

General for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles.

August 2000

268,000,000[136][137][138]

Open to people 13 and older

15,255[139]

hi5

General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the United States.

2003

80,000,000[140]

Open to people 13 and older.

902[141]

Hospitality Club

Hospitality

 

328,629[142]

Open

99,562[143]

Hotlist

Geo-social aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users’ friends are, were, and will be.

 

80,000[144]

Open

155,811[145]

HR.com

Social networking site for human resources professionals.

1999

194,000[146]

Open

79,591[147]

Hub Culture

Global influencers focused on worth creation.

November 2002

20,000[148]

Invite-only

152,756[149]

Ibibo

Talent based social networking site that allows to promote one’s self and also discover new talent. Most popular in India.

 

3,500,000[150]

Open

1,143[151]

Identi.ca

Twitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates.

 

395,695[citation needed]

Open

7,290[152]

Indaba Music

Online collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking.

 

350,000[153]

Open, global

45,039[154]

Influenster

Online product sampling and review platform.

2010

850,000[155]

Open, global

8,612[156]

Instagram

A photo and video sharing site.

October 2010

300,000,000[157]

Open to anyone 13 or older

41

IRC-Galleria

Finland

 

505,000[158]

Open to Finnish speaking people 12 and older

36,982[159]

italki.com

Language learning social network. 100+ languages.

 

500,000[160]

Open, global

18,956[161]

Itsmy

Mobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows

 

2,500,000[162]

 

770,100[163]

Jaiku

General. Microblogging. Owned by Google

February 2006

 

Open to people 13 and older

62,910[164]

Jiepang

Location-based mobile social network. In Chinese language

2010

3,000,000[165]

Open

14,790[166]

Kaixin001

General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users

   

Open to the general public

284[167]

Kiwibox

General.

1999

2,400,000[168]

Open to people 13 and older

104,563[169]

LaiBhaari

Marathi social networking

2010

250,000

Open

952,782[170]

Last.fm

Music

2002

30,000,000[171]

Open

772[172]

Late Night Shots

Message boards, member profile pages, spotting other members

2006

20,000 (2008)[173]

Invite-only

228,888[174]

LibraryThing

Book lovers

29 August 2005

1,300,000[175]

Open to people 13 and older

10,800[176]

Lifeknot

Shared interests, hobbies

   

Open to people 18 and older

1,071,686[177]

Linkagoal

Goal based social network.

2011

2,000,000[178]

Open for 13 and older

199,233[179]

LinkedIn

Business and professional networking

May 2003

200,000,000[180]

Open to people 18 and older

12[181]

LinkExpats

Social networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries.

   

Open, global

800,451[182]

Listography

Lists. Autobiography

   

Open

92,525[183]

LiveJournal

Blogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad.

15 April 1999

17,564,977[184]

Open (OpenID)

115[185]

Livemocha

Online language learning

 

5,000,000[186]

Open

4,100[187]

Makeoutclub

General

9 August 1999

 

Open

756,300[188]

MEETin

General

   

Open

318,979[189]

Meetup (website)

General. Used to plan offline meetings for people interested in various activities

   

Open to people 18 and older

481[190]

Meettheboss

Business and finance community, worldwide.

   

Open

315,513[191]

MillatFacebook

General, created in response to Facebook [192]

May 2010

461,200[193]

Open

236,663[194]

mixi

Japan

25 October 2000

24,323,160[195]

Open

232[196]

MocoSpace

Mobile community, worldwide

2005

3,000,000[197]

Open to people 14 and older

9,882[198]

MOG

Music

   

Open to people 14 and older

13,955[199]

MouthShut.com

Social network, social media, consumer reviews

   

Open

3,340[200]

Mubi

Auteur cinema

 

200,000

Open

18,225[201]

MyHeritage

Family-oriented social network service

 

30,000,000 [202]

Open

3,756[203]

MyLife

Locating friends and family, keeping in touch (formerly Reunion.com)

 

51,000,000[204]

Open

1,765[205]

My Opera

Blogging, mobile blogging, photo sharing, connecting with friends, Opera Link and Opera Unite. Global

 

7,300,000[206]

Closed

NA[n 3]

Myspace

General

August 2003

30,000,000+[207][208]

Open to ages 13 and older.

161[209]

Nasza-klasa.pl

School, college and friends. Popular in Poland

 

11,000,000[210]

Open

75,145[211]

Netlog

General. Popular in Europe, Turkey, the Arab world and Canada’s Québec province. Formerly known as Facebox and Redbox.[212]

 

95,000,000[213]

Open to people 13 and older

545[214]

Nexopia

Canada

 

1,400,000[215]

Open to people 13 and older [216]

25,241[217]

Ning

Users create their own social websites and social networks

2005 (Networks 2007)

 

Open to people 13 and older

378[218]

Odnoklassniki

Connect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics

 

45,000,000[219]

Open

65[220]

Open Diary

First online blogging community, founded in 1998

1998

5,000,000[221]

Open to people 13 and older

28,134[222]

Orkut

General. Owned by Google Inc. Popular in India and Brazil.[223]

22 January 2004

100,000,000[224]

Closed

319[225]

OUTeverywhere

Gay/LGBTQ community

   

Open

445,440[226]

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.

2006

109,587[227]

Open to people 13 years and up

69,514[228]

Partyflock

Dutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music.

10 November 2001

321,125

Open to people 18 years and up

16,828[229]

Pingsta

Collaborative platform for the world’s internetwork experts

   

Invite-only, only Internet experts

2,533,640[230]

Pinterest

Online pinboard for organizing and sharing things you love

2011

 

Open

38[231]

Plaxo

Aggregator

 

50,000,000[232]

Open

5,310[233]

Playfire

Computer and video games

   

Open to people 13 and older

38,259[234]

Playlist.com

General, music

   

Open to people over 13

8,026[235]

Plurk

Micro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in Taiwan

   

Open

1,991[236]

Poolwo

Social networking site from India

7 January 2014

12,350[237]

Open

764,227[238]

Qapacity

A business-oriented social networking site and a business directory

   

Closed

20,640[239]

Quechup

General, friendship, dating

2007

 

Open to those over 16

82,914[240]

Qzone

General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China users

 

480,000,000[241][242]

Open to the general public

NA[n 3]

Raptr

Video games

   

Open

25,664[243]

Ravelry

Knitting and crochet

 

3,000,000[244]

Open

2,334[245]

Renren

Significant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009.

 

160,000,000[246]

Open

95[247]

ReverbNation.com

Social network for musician and bands

 

500,000[248]

Open to people 16 and older

1,806[249]

Ryze

Business

 

500,000[250]

Closed

71,324[251]

ScienceStage

Science-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientists

   

Open

61,668[252]

Sgrouples

General, with focus on privacy rights

16 May 2012

 

Open

258,091[253]

ShareTheMusic

Music community. Sharing and listening to music for free and legally

   

Open

612,429[254]

Shelfari

Books

11 October 2006

 

Open

18,152[255]

Sina Weibo

Social microblogging site in mainland China.

14 August 2009

300,000,000[256]

Open

28[257]

Skoob

Collaborative social network for Brazilian readers

2009

420,000[258]

Open

28,449[259]

Skyrock

Social network in French-speaking world

 

22,000,000[260]

Open

710[261]

Smartican

Open social networking portal

31 January 2013

260,000[262]

Open

26,458[263]

SocialVibe

Social network for charity

 

435,000[citation needed]

Open

101,364[264]

Sonico.com

General. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions.

 

50,000,000[265][266]

Open to people 13 and older

2,676[267]

SoundCloud

Repository of original music pieces and networking.

 

10,000,000[268]

Open

299[269]

Spaces

Russian social network targeted to mobile phone users

   

Open

9,953[270]

Spot.IM

A service for webmasters to add social networking functionality to their websites

2012

250,000[271]

Open

68,016[272]

Spring.me

Social network for meeting people

September 2013

 

Open to people 13 and older

4,967[273]

Stage 32

US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals in film, television and theater

February 2012

175,000[citation needed]

 

35,382[274]

Stickam

Live video streaming and chat.

 

9,000,000[275]

Closed

9,201[276]

Streetlife

UK based. Links members according to where they live

21 March 2011

1,000,000[277]

Open

18,757 [278]

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.

 

17,000,000[279]

Open

7,080[280]

Students Circle Network

A social network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces.

December 2010

 

Open

345,110[281]

StumbleUpon

Stumble through websites that match users’ selected interests

 

20,000,000[282]

Open

146[283]

Tagged

General.

October 2004

100,000,000[284]

Open

288[285]

Talkbiznow

Business networking

   

Open

136,346[286]

Taltopia

Online artistic community

   

Open

281,501[287]

Taringa!

General (primarily Argentina)

 

11,000,000[288]

Open to people 13 and older

214[289]

TeachStreet

Education / learning / teaching - more than 400 subjects

   

Open

422,704[290]

TermWiki

Learning / languages / translation - 1.2 million terms in more than 1300 subjects

May 2010

 

Open

22,997[291]

The Sphere

A private online social luxury network with exclusive personalized services

December 2008

1,300[292]

Invite-only

1,115,305[293]

TravBuddy.com

Travel

2005

1,588,000[294]

Open to people 18 and older

21,523[295]

Travellerspoint

Travel

2002

310,000[296]

Open

15,275[297]

Tsu

General

2008

 

Open

5,230[298]

tribe.net

General

   

Open

8,081[299]

Trombi.com

French subsidiary of Classmates.com

 

4,400,000[300]

 

16,227[301]

Tuenti

Spanish-based university and high school social network.

 

12,000,000[302]

Open

16,484[303]

Tumblr

Microblogging platform and social networking website.

February 2007

226,950,000[304]

Open

41[305]

Twitter

General. Micro-blogging, RSS, updates

15 July 2006

645,750,000[306]

Open to all ages [307]

8[308]

Tylted

Mobile social game network[309]

2007

3,000,000[310]

Open to people 14 and older

737,508[311]

Uplike

General

2011

1,050,039[312]

Open

288[313]

VK

General, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics.

September 2006

249,409,900[314]

Open

38[315]

Vampirefreaks.com

Gothic and industrial subculture

1999

1,931,049[316]

Open to users 13 and over

21,052[317]

Viadeo

Global social networking and campus networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese

 

35,000,000[318]

Open

435[319]

Virb

Social network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographers

2007

 

Open

33,371[320]

Vox

Blogging

   

Open

56,558[321]

Wattpad

For readers and authors to interact and e-book sharing

   

Open

7,036[322]

WAYN

Travel and lifestyle

May 2003

10,000,000[323]

Open to people 18 and older

1,367[324]

WeeWorld

Teenagers - 9 to 17

 

30,000,000[325]

Open to ages 10 and older.

18,317[326]

We Heart It

Image-based social network focused on inspiration, expression and creativity

2008

20,000,000[327]

Open

899[328]

Wellwer

Community without borders, where sharing is everything.

September 2011

 

Open to people 13 years and older

370,755[329]

Wepolls.com

Social polling network

   

Open

1,204,376[330]

Wer-kennt-wen

General

   

General

2,147[331]

weRead

Books

June 2007

4,000,000[citation needed]

Open

305,720[332]

Wooxie

Blogging and micro-blogging

   

Open

111,538[333]

WriteAPrisoner.com

Site networking inmates, friends, family

September 2000

66,000[334]

Open to people 18 years and older

228,915[335]

Xanga

Blogs and “metro” areas

1998

27,000,000[336]

Open

3,943[337]

XING

Business (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland))

 

11,100,000[338]

Open

270[339]

Xt3

Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008

   

Open

712,292[340]

Yammer

Social networking for office colleagues

2008

 

Must have company email

3,622[341]

Yelp, Inc.

Local business review and talk

   

Open

186[342]

Yookos

General: photos, videos, blogs, games.

   

Open

53,498[343]

Zoo.gr

Greek web meeting point

2004

890,000[344]

Open

34,577[345]

Zooppa

Online community for creative talent (host of brand sponsored advertising contests)

 

60,000[346]

Open to people 14 and older[347]

36,373[348]

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