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A Review of Five Social Networking Sites

Updated on February 29, 2020

First thing's first, what the heck is a social networking site? A social networking site is, by definition, a website wherein people can form communities based on common interests, goals, or activities. These websites are also a great place to make new friends and learn about different activities and cultures. Many social networking sites begin with a personal profile that will include information such as your name, age, location, interests, and give you a space for a short biography. These sites offer many features, from chat and blogging to email, video sharing, file sharing, discussion groups and more.

Got it all figured out now? Now that you understand what a social networking site is, let's explore the top five sites on Gamergirl's list.

Number Five: WAYN (Where Are You Now?)

WAYN is a website for people ages 18+ who caters to people who like to travel and meet others who share that interest. Creating a profile is easy, and from there you can venture out and make new friends. You have the ability to see where in the world each of your friends is, and to track their travels, as well as find out when they're traveling to your area. Also, you can find people who are traveling to your area via search ability. If you like to travel, are interested in meeting others who travel frequently, or just want to find someone new to meet who is from another part of the world but coming to a town near you, then WAYN is the place. I have found that WAYN produces false emails to promote visits to the site, however, and that is one of the reasons it is sitting at the number five spot. The other reason I rank it this low is the sheer overload of information and junk the site contains. Whatever happened to K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid)?

Number Four: Yahoo! 360°

Yahoo! 360° was a networking function of Yahoo, which closed in 2009. Your profile stemmed from your Yahoo! ID, and required you to be 18+. You were able to add and invite your friends, create a profile, and post blogs via this service. Most all of Yahoo's services were linked to Yahoo! 360°, so if you already had a Yahoo account, you were halfway ready to use Yahoo! 360°. I had a 360° account, but I checked it a total of maybe a half a dozen times. I found that 90% of my friends were in the same boat. Yahoo! 360° ranks number four on my list because, quite frankly, it became a set it and forget it site for me, with no real gain or input. Too many of my friends frequent other more popular venues.

Number Three: Meetup.com

Meetup.com is not your conventional social network. The site revolves entirely around signing up for various special interest groups and then going out and actually meeting real live people. It is free to sign up, but running groups/Meetups is a paid function of the site. Luckily, each region of the world has their own meetups, so if you're new to a town you can find new Meetups to attend and make new friends.

The only con to the site that I have found is the fact that you have to pay to run Meetups. Otherwise, the site is easy to navigate and keep track of, and they allow you to log in using your Facebook account, which provides a certain veil of anonymity.

Number Two: Facebook

What began as a networking site solely for Harvard students has grown to become one of the top ten most visited websites on the internet today. Facebook is easy to register to, and even easier to add friends to your inner circle. Their interface is a little confusing at first, but once you figure out what links lead to what, you're golden. The main draw of Facebook is it's sheer amount of features. Dozens of games, profile add-ons, and communication options give Facebook a very interactive feel, while remaining humble in it's lack of flash graphics or overcomplicated menus. Facebook is the popular "First Runner Up" to Twitter.com, but only because of it's intensely disliked method of implementing changes without actually notifying users, and it's constant complaints by users of privacy issues.

Number One: Twitter.com

Twitter is - if you don't know - a site where users share bits of their lives, interests, marketing information, and vital facts, all in a platform of 140 characters or less. You can share almost anything on Twitter, and Twitter has one feature that absolutely shines: hash tag trending. Popular topics trending at any given time in any given region will find themselves exposed in the sidebar of the site where users can click and find other messages (called tweets) containing that hash tag. As more and more celebrities began signing up on the site, Twitter instituted a verification system so that celebrity profiles will show a symbol and the word Verified on their profiles - this way, a fan knows they're actually speaking to/at their favorite celebrities.

The pros and cons of Twitter.com ride a double edged sword together, in fact they're one and the same. The nature of Twitter itself gives users the chance to be concise, and at the same time it gives the air of condensing our lives down to snippets 140 characters long, reducing or increasing the impact of messages whether that is the intent or not. It's perfectly clear as to why Twitter is number one, though, given it's tens of millions of users worldwide.

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      8 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      This is a good hub. I heard that Myspace kind of suffered recently after a major re-design upgrade. Thank you for a great review.

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      my4re 

      9 years ago from Washington State

      I use PeopleString, it seems t be the one for all age and where they pay you to use the site it a social hub that can link you to most of my favs. FB Twiter.

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      iskra1916 

      10 years ago from Belfast, Ireland.

      Hi !

      Great hub !

      I have a myspace page but rarely go near it these days.

      A site called Bebo seems to be the most popular SNS with people in Ireland though they all seem very very young.

      Take care

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      dirk 

      10 years ago

      How is this for a really late comment. I was just writing a hub.... really, Number 4 in 18 months. Even about a social network, I had never heard of WAYN or Collarme and I had no idea that Myspace had such serious competition in membership. It is fun to learn new things.

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      Kiz Robinson 

      11 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      I don't use Orkut, and so it didn't appear on my top five. ;) I've tried a lot of social networking sites, these rise to the top in my mind and the minds of many others. ;) ((Sorry for the late response, for some reason your comment was marked as spam and didn't register for me to approve.))

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      alex09 

      11 years ago

      Hey

      What about Orkut?

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      11 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Facebook is better now that I could find the option to ignore entire applications. :D Got to love it!

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      CherylT2 

      11 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I'm a big fan of Facebook myself. Great article. It's good to hear other people's views about social media.

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      kiema 

      11 years ago

      Social networking sites bring people,busines etc together and i think that's a very goo d economic and social medium to exchange ideas no matter what type of category the network is presenting and remember that free speech and expression is the essense of FREEDOM.

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      alternativealbany 

      12 years ago

      Until most recently with the additions of being able to create friends lists, I would have disagreed. The fact cm has chatrooms doesn't make it a social networking site. However the friends list certainly does, as does the ability to subscribe to blogs that was also recently added. I have been on cm for almost 8 years now and still love it.

      Great hearing it talked about :o)

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      *laughs* It sure does!

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      Isabella Snow 

      12 years ago

      Collarme has chat rooms??? I had no idea!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      You'd be suprised, Isabella! collarme.com is one of my favorite sites right now, just because of the chat rooms.

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      Isabella Snow 

      12 years ago

      Great hub! I was a little stunned to see collarme called a social network, though.. I kind of view it as a dating site.. WAYN sounds neat, I will check that one out for sure!

    • gamergirl profile imageAUTHOR

      Kiz Robinson 

      12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana

      Kenny, thank you! You're absolutely right about hubpages being another social networking site. Just like myspace or facebook, we have a friends list we create ourselves, and our hubs are like little blogs, though invariably higher quality.

      Whitney05, that's a good idea. I hadn't thought about posting hubpages links on facebook, but that's because I have more friends on myspace. :)

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      Whitney 

      12 years ago from Georgia

      I try to add my hubs on my notes in Facebook, but I haven't in a while. Which means I either have a lot of catching up to do, or just start from here. I'll probably choose the later. Honestly, I have kinda forgot about facebook until I just read your hub. :-/

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