Monday, September 19, 2011

Online Social Networking Sites

100 Million Spiders : An Experiment In Social Networking

100 Million Spiders is a social networking experiment operating on a priniciple similar to
6 degrees of separation. It creates social networks between users (friends, acquaintances
and colleagues) by collating threads.It is a closed community, if you have not been sent
an invite by someone on the system you'll not be able to use the system.

Affinity Engines

Affinity-based social networking. Affinity Engines is a technology company that
provides a secure infrastructure for private-label online social networks. Affinity
networks help individuals build and maintain personal and professional connections in a
trusted and secure online community


AO is the only media brand to combine traditional news and analysis, participatory
journalism (blogging), and a powerful social network (AO Zaibatsu) for a growing
membership base of senior executives, technology geeks, and investors from a broad
selection of industries. No other media brand has dared allow such openness and
collaboration amongst its readers and event participants.

Business Parc

Grant Watling founded Limited in March 2003 to help internet users
find products and services in a new way. Instead of the user making contact with
businesses to research prices and services, Businessparc will forward requests to all
relevant businesses and make the contacts free of charge.

Can You Connect – Personal and Professional Social Networking

Want to tap the true power of your personal and professional networks? Join Can You
Connect today and connect with your friends, family, coworkers, community, and
thousands of like-minded people throughout the world. We offer dozens of fun, powerful,
and easy to use tools to help you create, manage, and use your social networks.

Classmates Online

Classmates Online, Inc., founded in 1995 and based in Renton, WA, is a leader in online
community-based networking. The Company operates, connecting more
than 38 million members with friends and acquaintances from school, work and the military.


Craigslist is about 1) giving each other a break, getting the word out about everyday, realworld
stuff; 2) restoring the human voice to the Internet, in a humane, non-commercial
environment; 3) keeping things simple, common-sense, down-to-earth, honest, very real;
4) providing an alternative to impersonal, big-media sites; 5) being inclusive, giving a
voice to the disenfranchised, democratizing ...; and 6) being a collection of communities
with similar spirit, not a single monolithic entity. is a social bookmarks manager. It allows you to easily add sites you like to
your personal collection of links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share
your collection not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others.
What makes a social system is its ability to let you see the links that others
have collected, as well as showing you who else has bookmarked a specific site. You can
also view the links collected by others, and subscribe to the links of people whose lists
you find interesting.

Friendster (beta)

Friendster is an online community that connects people through networks of friends for
dating or making new friends.


GoodContacts is a world leader in managing contact data quality. The Professional and
Enterprise product families deliver solutions that span customers ranging in size from a
individual business professional to a large enterprise. Solo products verify and update
contact data for professionals and businesses managing large contact lists in Outlook,
Outlook Express or ACT! while Enterprise products maintain the integrity and accuracy
of contact data across enterprise-wide databases, CRMs or personal contact managers.

Guide To Online Social Networks, Social Software and Business Communities

You may notice, not all of the sites covered here fall into the category "social networking
sites". They have elected not to make that distinction because... a) social networking
takes place in online communities whether they are explicitly known as "social
networking sites" or not, and b) the boundaries are just too fuzzy.

Huminity – Social Networking

They believe that people will achieve more by helping each other and that it is time the
Internet evolves for people as much as it has evolved for corporates. They believe the
Internet's greatness is the interaction it brings between people and they hope that
Huminity will take this one step further, and through combining Instant Messaging with
Social Networks open a whole range of possibilities to enrich everyone's life. Huminity
is built to facilitate friendships, make it easy for people to find and make friends, find
jobs faster, make better deals and reach anyone in the world. Above all - to have fun!

IKNOW (Inquiring Knowledge Networks on the Web)

In short, IKNOW will answer the following: 1) Who knows who?, 2) Who knows what?
3) Who knows who knows who? and 4) Who knows who knows what?

Institute for Social Network Analysis of the Economy (ISNAE)

The purpose of ISNAE is to study social networks and use the resulting knowledge to
promote economic growth and social well-being.

Its Just Coffee – A New Stir In Online Dating

At your soul mate could be a sip away. So sit back, relax, and get
ready to meet some intelligent, authentic, interesting people. But don't stay online too
long - the local coffeehouse is where you'll really see if the spice is right. And remember,
when you're ready for that first in-person encounter, keep it coffee, keep it simple.

JigSaw – The Business Contact Marketplace

Jigsaw is an Online Business Contact Marketplace where business people buy, sell and
trade business contact information. Jigsaw is a collaborative system. Each member
provides a few pieces of the puzzle. Jigsaw assembles them for the benefit of the
community. Jigsaw is a place to find the highest quality contacts in existence. All
contacts have been added by Jigsaw members and include phone number and e-mail.

Journal of Digital Information A SPECIAL ISSUE on Social Aspects of Digital
Information in Perspective (Volume 5, issue 4, December 2004)

This special issue showcases a series of studies that are guided by the methods and
perspectives of Social Informatics. This line of inquiry extends a research stream of the

late Rob Kling, a pioneer in social informatics studies who strived for over 30 years to
make social issues central to discussions about computing and information systems.


Find the people you need through the people you trust - Your trusted friends and
colleagues can help put you in touch with many more people than you expect; and those
people can refer you to thousands of contacts.


Midentity helps you stay connected with important contacts by allowing you to create
your own Business and Personal Profiles which you can share with them. If you change
any of your contact details, simply update your profile(s) and all the contacts you've
shared them with will receive the update instantly.

Military Advantage is the largest online military destination, offering free resources to serve,
connect, and inform the 30 million Americans with military affinity, including active
duty, reservists, guard members, retirees, veterans, family members, defense workers and
those considering military careers.

Messenger Taps Social Nets

It often ends up that the information you need is just beyond your immediate reach, but
probably sits at the ready in the mind of an unidentified friend of a friend of a friend.
Extending the capabilities of ubiquitous communications tools like instant messaging and
email could make that information easier to come by.

NetMiner - Social Network Analyzer

NetMiner can be used for general research and teaching in social networks. Also, it can
be effectively applied to various business fields, where network-structural factors have
great deal of influences on the performance: e.g. intra- and inter-organizational, financial,
Web, criminal/intelligence, informetric, telecommunication, distribution, transportation

Online Business Networks

This site is a guide to social network software, online communities, and other tools that
help you leverage the internet to build more and better business relationships.

Online Social Networking for Business: An Interview with Konstantin Guericke,
Marketing VP, LinkedIn By Debbie Bardon

Online social networking is a hot topic in Internet circles. These online communities
claim to create networks of friends and business colleagues based on referrals from other
friends and colleagues. They connect people based on who those people know rather than
who they are.

Open Business Club (openBC)

The Open Business Club (openBC) is the worlds first multi-lingual on-line contact
exchange and business networking club for professionals.


Orkut is an online community that connects people through a network of trusted friends.
They are committed to providing an online meeting place where people can socialize,
make new acquaintances and find others who share their interests.

Pal Junction – Meet With the Friends Of Your Friends

Helping you find friends, dates, roommates, employees, employers, etc. etc. through your
network of friends. Helping you build your own social network!


An Open Source Social Network


Plaxo, Inc. keeps people connected by solving the common and frustrating problem of
out-of-date contact information. In 2000, Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster, joined
forces with two Stanford engineers, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, to create Plaxo, a
service that securely updates and maintains the information in your address book.

Refernet for Referrals: Business Networking

Refernet helps entrepreneurs find partners and referrals through online business
networking. Business Networking is proven to be one of the best methods to establish
credibility, build your contact list and obtain quality business referrals.

Semantic Web Draws On the Power of Friends

In today's environment of constant "Googling" of people's background, where someone's
name or other identifying features are entered into the popular search engine for the sake
of finding background information, offers an unparalleled
service. This online community allows people to directly connect with other individuals
who have had direct positive or negative experiences with their search subjects.

Spoke - Extending Business Relationships
Delivering insight, influence and access through relationships for greater business

Smarter, Simpler Social - An Introduction To Online Social Software Methodology
by Lee Bryant : Version 1.0, 18 April 2003

An interestting lengthy read that gives a good introduction to online social networks
software methodology and explains what does and does not work ....


SocialGrid was founded to provide the world with free search system to promote social
networking and enable people to find their soulmate in a way that is cost-effective and
universally appealing. SocialGrid is dedicated primarily to improving search quality for
its members.


The notion of social informatics relates to the interaction between society and
information-communication technologies (ICT). In its broadest sense it includes (1) the
social consequences of ICT at micro (e.g. social aspects of ICT applications in
organisations) as well as at macro (e.g. information society studies), (2) the application of
ICT in areas of social science and (3) the use ICT as a tool - within a general context of
social science methodology - for studying social phenomena.

Social Networking Services Meta List

The Social Networking Services Meta List. is broken out into nine loose categories that
will be shifting soon. These social networking categories are: business; common interest;
dating; face-to-face meeting facilitation; friend; MoSoSo (Mobile Social Software); pet;
photo; and 'edge' cases or social networking 'plus' sites.

Software Product Marketing Quickbase for Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites and software database created by Cynthia Typaldos but is
updated and maintained by everyone. A good resource listing many new sites and
resource software.

The FOAF Project - Friend of a Friend

The Friend of a Friend (FOAF) project is about creating a Web of machine-readable
homepages describing people, the links between them and the things they create and do.

The Social Software Weblog

The Social Software Weblog by Judith Meskill is the home of the Social Networking
Services meta Lists as well as a very active Blog on all the latest and exciting happenings
in online social networking.


ThinkBot is an easy way to find other people who are thinking about the same things as
you. With a simple command, you can search Thinkbot's database of users and chat
instantly to someone who shares your thoughts.

Tickle Social Network
Tickle is the leading interpersonal media company, providing self-discovery,
matchmaking, and social networking services to more than 18 million active members in
its community worldwide. Formerly known as, Tickle was founded on the
belief that personal insight and connections to others could be both scientific and fun.


This site is devoted to tapping the power of social networks. Their goal is to provide tools
that help make your network most useful.

Visible Path

Visible Path delivers unprecedented reach into companies and access to decision-makers
by allowing sales teams to discreetly leverage the relationship capital of the enterprise
throughout the sales cycle.

Word of Mouth Research is a background research tool that allows users to access the
valuable information source known as "word-of-mouth" on an international scale. People
submit their shared experiences on people who they know. The authors of such
information are either looking for knowledge or have knowledge to share.


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Zero Degrees™ - The People Network Company

ZeroDegrees (ZDI) automates Milgram's process. ZDI replicates the social process we
use when we ask colleagues with an introduction. If no one knows the person directly,
they ask others on our behalf. If all parties along the way, agree-an introduction is made
to date.

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