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A list of Social Networking Sites.

List of social networking sites

Everybody knows the big Social Networking Sites such as #Facebook, #Twitter, #LinkedIn, #Reddit or #Instagram, but there are MANY smaller Sites catering for specific Topics.

If you are following a specific topic or are interested in a certain Niche Industry, there might be a Social Network for your Interest.
This list is by all means  exhaustive. If you know of any other Social Media Networks which should be included here please leave a Comment We will add it if suitable. (This list does not contain Dating Social Media Sites.)
(more hyperlinks will be added soon)

NameDescription / FocusRegistration
Academia.eduSocial networking site for academics/researchersOpen
About.meSocial networking siteOpen
aNobiiBooksOpen
AsianAvenueA social network for the Asian American communityOpen
aSmallWorldEuropean jet set and social elite worldwideInvite-only
AthlinksRunning, swimmingOpen
Audimated.comIndependent musicOpen
BeboGeneralOpen to people 13 and older
Biip.noNorwegian communityRequires Norwegian phone number
BlackPlanetBlack AmericansOpen
Bolt.comGeneralOpen
BusuuLanguage learning community (headquartered in Madrid, Spain)Open
BuzznetMusic and pop-cultureOpen
CafeMomMothersOpen to moms and moms-to-be
Care2Green living and social activismOpen
CaringBridgeNot for profit providing free websites that connect family and friends during a serious health event, care and recovery.[26]Open to people 18 and older[28]
Classmates.comSchool, college, work and the militaryOpen to people 18 and older[31]
CloobGeneral. Popular in IranOpen
CommongroundEnvironmental and property due diligence professionalsOpen
CouchSurfingWorldwide network for making connections between travelers and the communities they visit.Open
CozyCotEast Asian and Southeast Asian womenOpen
CrunchyrollAnime and forums.Open
CucumbertownNetworking for cooksOpen
CyworldGeneral. Popular in South Korea.Open
DailyStrengthMedical & emotional support community - physical health, mental health, support groupsOpen
deliciousSocial bookmarking allowing users to locate and save websites that match their own interestsOpen
DeviantArtArt communityOpen to people 13 and older
Diaspora*Decentralized, user-owned, open source, nonprofit, privacy aware, generalOpen
DisaboomPeople with disabilities (amputees, cerebral palsy, MS, and other disabilities)Open
Dol2dayPolitic community, social network, Internet radio (German-speaking countries)Open
DontStayInClubbing (primarily UK)Open
Draugiem.lvGeneral (primarily LV, LT, HU)Invitation only
doubanChinese Web 2.0 website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music.Open
DoximityU.S. Physicians and medical doctors.U.S. physicians only
DreamwidthBlogging.Open
DXY.cnChinese online community for physicians, health care professionals, pharmacies and facilitiesOpen
ElftownCommunity and wiki around fantasy and sci-fi.Open, approval needed
ElloGeneralInvite only while in beta
ElixioBusiness executives jet set and global elite.Invite-only
English, baby!Students and teachers of English as a second languageOpen
Eons.comFor baby boomers and mature internet users age 40 and beyond.Open to people age 40 years and older
eToroSocial investing, financeOpen
Experience ProjectLife experiencesOpen
FacebookGeneral: photos, videos, blogs, apps.Open to people 13 and older
FetlifePeople who are into BDSMOpen to people "of legal age to see adult content"
FilmAffinityMovies and TV seriesOpen
FilmowMovies and TV seriesOpen
FledgeWingEntrepreneurial community targeted towards worldwide university studentsOpen to university students
FlixsterMoviesOpen to people 13 and older
FlickrPhoto sharing, commenting, photography related networking, worldwideOpen to people 13 and older (Yahoo! Login)
Focus.comBusiness-to-business, worldwideOpen to people 13 and older
FotkiPhoto sharing, video hosting, photo contests, journals, forums, flexible privacy protection, friend's feed, audio comments and unlimited custom design integration.Open
FotologPhotoblogging. Popular in South America and SpainOpen
FoursquareLocation based mobile social networkOpen
FriendicaDistributed, federated, privacy aware, open source, generalOpen
FuelmyblogBlogging communityOpen
FyuseA spatial photography app and website which lets users capture and share interactive 3D images.Open
Gab.aisocial networking service created as an alternative to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Reddit.Open
Gaia OnlineAnime and games. Popular in United States, Canada and Europe. Moderately popular around Asia.Open to people 13 and older
GamerDNAComputer and video gamesOpen
Gapyear.comTravel social networkOpen
Gather.comArticle, picture, and video sharing, as well as group discussionsOpen
Gays.comSocial network for LGBT community, guide for LGBT bars, restaurants, clubs, shoppingOpen, global
Geni.comFamilies, genealogyOpen
GentlemintCommunity for sharing and discussing all things manlyOpen
GetGlueSocial network for entertainment.Open
GirlsAskGuysCommunity where people help each other by sharing their experiences & opinions.Open
GogoyokoFair play in music - social networking site for musicians and music lovers.Invite only while in beta
GoodreadsLibrary cataloging, book lovers.Open
GoodwizzSocial network with matchmaking and personality games to find new contacts. Global, based in France.Open
Google+GeneralOpen to people 13 and older [120]
GovLoopFor people in and around government.
GrindrFor gay and bisexual men.[122]Open
Grono.netPolandOpen
HabboGeneral for teens. Over 31 communities worldwide. Chat room and user profiles.Open to people 13 and older
hi5General. Popular in Nepal, Mongolia, Thailand, Romania, Jamaica, Central Africa, Portugal and Latin America. Not very popular in the United States.Open to people 13 and older.
Hospitality ClubHospitalityOpen
HotlistGeo-social aggregator rooted in the concept of knowing where users' friends are, were, and will be.Open
HR.comSocial networking site for human resources professionals.Open
Hub CultureGlobal influencers focused on worth creation.Invite-only
IbiboTalent-based social networking site that allows users to promote themselves and discover new talent. Most popular in India.Open
Identi.caTwitter-like service popular with hackers and software freedom advocates.Open
Indaba MusicOnline collaboration for musicians, remix contests, and networking.Open, global
InfluensterOnline product sampling and review platform.Open, global
InstagramA photo and video sharing site.Open to anyone 13 or older
IRC-GalleriaFinlandOpen to Finnish speaking people 12 and older
italkiLanguage learning social network. 100+ languages.Open, global
ItsmyMobile community worldwide, blogging, friends, personal TV-shows
JaikuGeneral. Microblogging. Owned by GoogleOpen to people 13 and older
JiepangLocation-based mobile social network. In Chinese languageOpen
Kaixin001General. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China usersOpen to the general public
KiwiboxGeneral.Open to people 13 and older
LaiBhaariMarathi social networkingOpen
Last.fmMusicOpen
Late Night ShotsMessage boards, member profile pages, spotting other membersInvite-only
LibraryThingBook loversOpen to people 13 and older
LifeknotShared interests, hobbiesOpen to people 18 and older
LinkedInBusiness and professional networkingOpen to people 14 and older[168]
LinkExpatsSocial networking website for expatriates. 100+ countries.Open, global
ListographyLists. AutobiographyOpen
LiveJournalBlogging. Popular in Russia and among the Russian-speaking diaspora abroad.Open (OpenID)
LivemochaOnline language learningOpen
MakeoutclubGeneralOpen
MastodonMicro-blogging
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 [180]Open
MindsFree, open source, decentralized, and based on a foundation of transparency and privacyOpen
mixiJapanOpen
MocoSpaceMobile community, worldwideOpen to people 14 and older
MOGMusicOpen to people 14 and older
MouthShut.comSocial network, social media, consumer reviewsOpen
MubiAuteur cinemaOpen
MyHeritageFamily-oriented social network serviceOpen
MyspaceGeneralOpen to ages 13 and older.
Nasza-klasa.plSchool, college and friends. Popular in PolandOpen
NexopiaCanadaOpen to people 13 and older [201]
NingUsers create their own social websites and social networksOpen to people 13 and older
OdnoklassnikiConnect with old classmates. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republicsOpen
Open DiaryFirst online blogging community, founded in 1998Open to people 13 and older
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.Open to people 13 years and up
PartyflockDutch virtual community for people interested in house music and other electronic dance music.Open to people 18 years and up
PingstaCollaborative platform for the world's internetwork expertsInvite-only, only Internet experts
PinterestOnline pinboard for organizing and sharing things you loveOpen
PlaxoAggregatorOpen
PlayfireComputer and video gamesOpen to people 13 and older
Playlist.comGeneral, musicOpen to people over 13
PlurkMicro-blogging, RSS, updates. Very popular in TaiwanOpen
PoolwoSocial networking site from IndiaOpen
QuoraQuestions and answersOpen
QzoneGeneral. In Simplified Chinese; caters for mainland China usersOpen to the general public
RaptrVideo gamesOpen
RavelryKnitting and crochetOpen
RenrenSignificant site in China. Was known as 校内 (Xiaonei) until August 2009.Open
ReverbNation.comSocial network for musician and bandsOpen to people 16 and older
Rooster TeethSocial network and community siteOpen to people 13 and older
RyzeBusinessClosed
ScienceStageScience-oriented multimedia platform and network for scientistsOpen
ShareTheMusicMusic community. Sharing and listening to music free and legallyOpen
ShelfariBooksOpen
Sina WeiboSocial microblogging site in mainland China.Open
SkoobCollaborative social network for Brazilian readersOpen
SkyrockSocial network in French-speaking worldOpen
SocialVibeSocial network for charityOpen
Sonico.comGeneral. Popular in Latin America and Spanish and Portuguese speaking regions.Open to people 13 and older
SoundCloudRepository of original music pieces and networking.Open
SpacesRussian social network targeted to mobile phone usersOpen
Spot.IMA service for webmasters to add social networking functionality to their websitesOpen
Spring.meSocial network for meeting peopleOpen to people 13 and older
Stage 32US-based social network and educational site for creative professionals in film, television and theater
StreetlifeUK based. Links members according to where they liveOpen
StudiVZUniversity students, mostly in the German-speaking countries. School students and those out of education sign up via its partner sites schülerVZ and meinVZ.Open
Students Circle NetworkA social network connecting students, teachers and institutions to course resources, study groups and learning spaces.Open
StumbleUponStumble through websites that match users' selected interestsOpen
TaggedGeneral.Open
TalkbiznowBusiness networkingOpen
Taringa!General (primarily Argentina)Open to people 13 and older
TermWikiLearning / languages / translation - 1.2 million terms in more than 1300 subjectsOpen
The SphereA private online social luxury network with exclusive personalized servicesInvite-only
TravellerspointTravelOpen
TsuGeneralOpen
tribe.netGeneralOpen
Trombi.comFrench subsidiary of Classmates.com
TuentiSpanish-based university and high school social network.Open
TumblrMicroblogging platform and social networking website.Open
TwitterGeneral. Micro-blogging, RSS, updatesOpen to all ages [286]
TyltedMobile social game network[288]Open to people 14 and older
UntappdBeer check-in social network.[291]Open
UplikeGeneralOpen
VKGeneral, including music upload, listening and search. Popular in Russia and former Soviet republics.Open
Vampirefreaks.comGothic and industrial subcultureOpen to users 13 and over
ViadeoGlobal social networking and campus networking available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and PortugueseOpen
VirbSocial network that focuses heavily on artists, including musicians and photographersOpen
VoxBloggingOpen
WattpadFor readers and authors to interact and e-book sharingOpen
WAYNTravel and lifestyleOpen to people 18 and older
WeeWorldTeenagers - 9 to 17Open to ages 10 and older.
We Heart ItImage-based social network focused on inspiration, expression and creativityOpen
WellwerCommunity without borders, where sharing is everything.Open to people 13 years and older
Wer-kennt-wenGeneralGeneral
weReadBooksOpen
WooxieBlogging and micro-bloggingOpen
WriteAPrisoner.comSite networking inmates, friends, familyOpen to people 18 years and older
XangaBlogs and "metro" areasOpen
XINGBusiness (primarily Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland))Open
Xt3Catholic social networking, created for World Youth Day 2008Open
YammerSocial networking for office colleaguesMust have company email
Yelp, Inc.Local business review and talkOpen
Zoo.grGreek web meeting pointOpen

How to setup your Facebook Shop.

You’ve probably heard it time and time again: You need to get on Facebook.
So, what’s one of the spots online that people spend the most time?
Correct: FACEBOOK
In fact, Facebook users spend an average of 20+ minutes per day on the popular social network.

That’s quite a bit of time considering this happens on a daily basis. Not to mention, many of us can think of our personal experiences of spending way too much time clicking on links and liking posts on Facebook throughout the workday.

Therefore, it’s time to take advantage of Facebook as a selling platform – well not a fully fledged one like Shopify or your OWN E-Commerce Website but certainly with a lot of Traffic.

If you aren’t already aware, you have the ability to create a Facebook shop page and directly sell items to your followers.
You can see my own Shop (as example) here
Before I start it goes without saying
You need a to have a Facebook BUSINESS PAGE (not just a Profile)!
You need to be logged in.

Step 1: Go to Your Facebook Page and Add a New Section

The first step is to navigate to your Facebook Business page. Obviously, you need to be logged into the business page and have admin privileges, but once you go to your timeline you can see a button called Add a Shop Section. It’s located just below the cover photo, to the right.

A popup reveals itself, so you should click Add Shop Section once again.If you do not see SHOP then look for ADD NEW TAB and choose SHOP

Agree to the merchant terms and policies and click Continue.

Step 2: Setup Your Shop Details

Another popup comes up asking about some business details. Start by punching in your business email address. I would recommend checking the box that uses the email for custom service inquiries. This way, any questions that people have are sent to that account.

Towards the bottom of the popup, you should punch in your business address, including the street name, city, state and zip code.

Step 3: Configure Your Payments

You have two options for accepting payment through your Facebook store. The first is processing the payments through the Facebook page. The other involves redirecting customers to another website, like your online shop or website.

Since the most convenient for your customers is to have them check out on Facebook, that’s what we recommend.

Once you select that you’d like to have a checkout on Facebook, proceed by filling in your business information. US users can set up an account through Stripe or PayPal. If you’re located outside of the US, you can arrange an alternative payment method with your customers, such as a bank transfer or cash upon delivery.

Anyway, right above the area that asks for your business address, it talks about setting up your payment system. Click on the link that says to connect to an existing Stripe account. If you don’t currently have a Stripe account, Stripe will send you an email to set one up. That’s after you configure your entire store.

Logging into a current Stripe account is pretty simple. Facebook walks you through the steps to connect the two platforms together.

Note: The PayPal option is still being rolled out, so some business page users won’t see it yet. 

Step 4: Finish Your Shop Setup

Once your Stripe account is completely connected, it should redirect you back to the primary Facebook business page. Click on the Finish Setup button to complete filling in the rest of your business information.

This is a fairly simple process, and it all depends on the type of business you run. Once you walk through the final steps the Facebook page becomes live for you to start selling. This doesn’t mean you have anything to sell just yet, but your shop page is configured and your payment platform is ready to start accepting purchases.

Step 5: Add a Product to Your Facebook Shop

Now that you’re ready to start selling, let’s talk about how to add a few products that people can look at and consider buying.

You should see a Shop tab on your Facebook business page. Click on this tab to reveal a box that asks you to add a product. Select the Add Product link to move forward.

Click on the Add Photos button to insert product images that reveal what your product looks like. This works just like any other uploading interface where you can grab an image from your computer and upload it to the Facebook page. After you upload the photos you’ll need to select the Use Photos button to make them live.

A Product Details area shows up after you’ve included the photos. Once again, this all depends on the type of products you’re selling, so feel free to get creative and talk about what makes the product special. You can also simply copy the product description you use on your ecommerce shop.

If your item has different color or size options, or just about any other variant you could think of, click on the Edit Variants link to configure the variants offered through the product. In addition, you can also include shipping methods, pricing and other content like product categories.

Step 6: Managing Your Products

When you’ve uploaded a certain amount of products, you’ll see each of them placed in a list for you to click on and modify. From the list view, you can see an image of the product, pricing and whether or not the product is visible to the public.

If you have any questions about building your Facebook Shop, contact me.
I can build a Facebook Shop for you. Facebook Shops are free to set up my fee is for Online Time only.
I would also need your login details and of course your Product and Business Details to be able to add them. Once your Shop is set up you can either change your Passwords and/or carry on adding Products yourself.

If you have a Page outside the US, you can add one of the following two shop types: Message to Buy or Check Out on Another Website. The Check Out on Facebook shop type is only available for US pages at the moment.

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LinkedIn for your Business

Linkedin is often described as the business version of Facebook. The aim is to build connections with working professionals locally and across the globe, whilst also spreading your company’s digital presence. It also handily shows the World Wide Web what skills you have to offer. There are three main ways of using LinkedIn to promote your business, and the first one starts with you.

Build a personal profile

Once you join LinkedIn, you should first work on building up an impressive and professional personal profile. Your profile is effectively an online CV, detailing every piece of experience you’ve ever gained and when you did it. If you’re a creative type, LinkedIn lets you add multimedia content to your profile, either alongside work experience or as part of your bio, so you can showcase that amazing video you made at university or link that article you had published in a newspaper.

Learn how to master LinkedIn for business

Focus on your skills

One of my favorite parts about LinkedIn is the ‘Skills and Endorsements’ section. Here you can add any relevant skills you have gained, and your network of contacts on LinkedIn can endorse you for these skills. Endorsements show the world, and potential employers, that you aren’t just blowing your own trumpet and that you are justified in saying you have those skills. For instance, if you have 15 endorsements for ‘blogging’, you will be taken more seriously than someone with no endorsements. Don’t just endorse your friends to be polite – give credit where credit is due.

Use a professional, clear picture for your profile image, and you can even design your own header image if you’re feeling creative. If you do chose to add a header, use it to showcase your talents, not just to fill the space.

Once you have a personal profile sorted, it’s time to establish your business.

Create a company page

You may be wondering why this isn’t step one, but having your own personal account makes setting up a company page on LinkedIn a whole lot easier. Under your profile, you can select the option to create a company page, where you will be prompted to fill in the necessary details LinkedIn needs to register the company. Once your page is established, then you can really start making an impact.

Create a company page on LinkedIn

Make sure you explain what your company does and why people should be interested in your about section. Be dynamic, clear and professional – make people want to learn more. LinkedIn collects Followers, a bit like Twitter, but it’s not as easy to gain popularity. It takes a while to gain a following on LinkedIn, particularly because you can’t request participation, like you can with Facebook. However, having a huge following on LinkedIn is not essential. You can reach a lot of people through ‘updates’.

What are LinkedIn business updates?

Business updates are short posts that you can post on your company page. They could be a blog you have written, a relevant article you found online which was interesting, or to tell your audience about a new service you now offer. Short relevant posts every day or every few days shows you’re active online and keen to share your knowledge. By each post you will be able to see the amount of people who have seen your post, as well as how many people interacted with it.

Post regular updates on your Linkedin page to boost engagement

Advertising

If you have a budget allocated to social media, you could choose to boost your LinkedIn company page through advertising. Definitely on the dearer side of social media advertising, (with a minimum spend of € 8.00 a day compared with € 5.00 on Facebook), LinkedIn advertising can help you gain new followers and deliver your updates to a greater number of people. You can also target the kinds of people you choose through targeted advertising. If you have the money to spare and are a B2B company, it is worth giving it a go.

Once you have a business page and personal profile, you can use the two together to maximize your digital impact. On a personal profile you have the option of sharing full blog posts, so you could use your profile to advertise work content with your network for free. Additionally, as part of your work experience, once you have a company page you can select your own company when you add in your current job, making it easier for people to find your company online.

So, what are you waiting for?If you would love to establish your business on LinkedIn but simply don’t have the time or technical expertise to do it, why not have a look at our Social Media Marketing Service, or email us via: Our Contact Form.

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