This page features social networking sites. Please note that this is a work in progress; it features a small selection of social networking sites. If you'd like to nominate a site for this page, email John Kremer. Thanks for your support. - John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books
AdGabber: http://www.adgabber.com - A social networking website for people in advertising or people who love ads.
All Recipes: http://www.allrecipes.com - The world's largest food-based social network. Users contribute and rate/review each other's recipes. Allows members to write a blog, create a recipe box, and get a daily newsletter.
aNobii: http://www.anobii.com - A social network for lovers of books. Create your own bookshelf, meet readers of similar tastes, blog about the books you love. Alexa rank: 10,956 in October 2010.
Author Nation: http://www.authornation.com - A social network for authors sponsored by Infinity Publishing. Alexa rank: 606,419 in October 2010.
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com - A social network for authors. They say they have 1.4 million readers per month. Features 342,000 titles, 2.2 million reviews. Alexa rank: 39,766 in October 2010.
Baby Center Community: http://community.babycenter.com - A place for parents to share their child-raising experiences.
BakeSpace: http://www.bakespace.com - One of the largest food-centric social networks with discussion boards, blogs, recipe swapping, etc. Launched in 2006 by media producer Babette Pepaj. Alexa rank: 56,279 in October 2010.
Bebo: http://www.bebo.com - Headquartered in San Francisco. 30 million users, primarily teens and young adults. The top social networking website in the U.K., Ireland, and New Zealand. Now owned by AOL. 22 million visitors in January 2008.
BlackPlanet: http://www.blackplanet.com - A social network of 16 million African Americans.
BlueString: http://www.bluestring.com - Upload and share photos, videos, and music from your PC. Just drag and drop to share. With StringIt, you can share your creative collections (for example, from a wedding or other event) and then invite family and friends to add their own photos, videos, or music to add to the story. A service of AOL.
Book Boardz: http://www.bookboardz.com - Book forums and communities. Features 242,000 articles. Alexa rank: 1,756,631 in October 2010.
The Book Marketing Network: http://www.thebookmarketingnetwork.com - The social network for book authors and publishers. A place to share tips, book trailers, questions and answers, photos, blogs, and more. Sponsored by John Kremer, author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. Alexa rank: 176,057 in October 2010.
Book Rix: http://www.bookrix.com - A social network for writers and readers that includes the ability to edit and publish your books in a flipbook format, using your layouts and graphics. This digital book can be embedded in websites and emails via HTML code. You can use this service for free. Alexa rank: 147,133 in October 2010.
Cafe Mom: http://www.cafemom.com - Social networking for mothers.
Caring Bridge: http://www.caringbridge.com - Social networking for patients. Allows family and friends to connect with patients during a serious health event.
Classmates Online: http://www.classmates.com - A social network for connecting with old high school and college classmates. The third largest social networking site.
Cyworld: http://www.cyworld.com - Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. 24 million users. Big in South Korea.
Deviant Art: http://www.deviantart.com - A social networking and sales site for art, manga, and more. Motto: The largest art community in the world. Alexa rank: 118 in October 2010.
Digital Verse: http://www.digitalverse.org - A social network for poets. Alexa rank: 1,520,586 in October 2010.
Dish and Dine: http://www.dishanddine.com - A social network for food lovers to share and fine recipes, ask questions, share tips, upload videos, post reviews, join the forum, and even get food travel tips.
Divine Caroline: http://www.divinecaroline.com - A social network where women come together to express themselves, find answers, and share their lives through storytelling. Sections cover relationships, parenting, home and food, body and soul, travel, style, career and money, play, neighborhood and world.
Doppelit Train: http://www.doppelit.com - The Entrepreneur Connection, this site brings you motivational newsletters and teleseminars, networking, and insight into the right way to do business. “When you register for Doppelit you put yourself in the top 10% of entrepreneurs worldwide, with a ticket on the Doppelit Train you join the top 3%.” Alexa rank: 12,076,184 in October 2010.
Easy Site: http://www.easysite.com - Allows users to create family sites quickly and easily, with no ads. Free for three members. $4.95 per month or more with more members.
eCademy: http://www.ecademy.com - Business-related social site.
Edumodo: http://www.edumodo.com - A social network for teachers and students. Alexa rank: 62,713 in November 2010.
Eons: http://www.eons.com - Online network for boomers.
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com - Headquartered in Palo Alto. The most significant social networking site on the U.S. web. 70 million users as of April 2008. 101 million unique visitors in January 2008 (Comscore); 123.9 million unique visitors in May 2008. 65 billion page views per month. 200 million users, from 180 countries, in April 2009.
John Kremer's Facebook profile: http://www.facebook.com/johnkremer
Faces of Lyme: http://www.facesoflyme.com - A social network for people with Lyme disease.
FanNation: http://www.fannation.com - A social network for sports fans operated by Sports Illustrated and CNN Digital Network. Supports blogs, photos, games, groups, friends, and more.
Fast Pitch! Networking: http://www.fastpitchnetworking.com - A fast-growing business social network on the web that also includes a free press release syndication service, blog syndication, and more.
Fighter Z: http://www.fighterz.com - A social network for mixed martial artists.
Figment: http://www.figment.com - A social network for teens to share their writing, connect with other readers, and uncover new stories and authors.
FoodBuzz: http://www.foodbuzz.com - Nearly 30,000 foodies sharing recipes, restaurant reviews, forums, blogs, photos, etc. A great place to hook up with influential food bloggers and food brands.
FoodCandy: http://www.foodcandy.com - A tight-knit community of foodies.
FoodGawker: http://www.foodgawker.com - A social network of food lovers. Parter of the Gawker network of blogs and social networks. Also includes DwellingGawker, WeddingGawker, and CraftGawker.
Frappr!: http://www.frappr.com - A mapping site that allows you to highlight where your friends live. Create your own social map on the web.
Friendster: http://www.friendster.com - Headquartered in San Francisco. 37 million users. Big in Southeast Asia. The original social network.
Gather: http://www.gather.com - A business and professional networking site with many groups and special events (such as First Tracks, a contest for musicians).
John Kremer's not very active page on this website: http://johnkremer.gather.com.
GoFishn: http://www.gofishn.com - Share fishing stories (the big one that got away), find fishing guides, share photos, exchange tips, etc.
Good Reads: http://www.goodreads.com - A top social network for book readers and authors. Alexa rank: 1,811 in October 2010. The highest-rated network for book reaers and authors.
I hadn't paid much attention to GoodReads.com until I noticed that 56 readers had posted reviews of 1001 Ways to Market Your Books on this network: http://bit.ly/9KYSrr. That got my attention. So I'm going to be spending more time on this network.
If you want to get involved with this social network, check out this page which describes how authors can participate most effectively: http://www.goodreads.com/author/how_to
HI5: http://www.hi5.com - Headquartered in San Francisco. 50 million users. Big in Mexico and Spain.
IGoUGo: http://www.igougo.com - Bills itself as the world's leading online travel community.
I Like Totally Love It: http://www.iliketotallylove.com - A social shopping site. Shoppers post photos of items they like, then solicit opinions and comments from others.
Intent: http://www.intent.com - A community where people share their dreams and aspirations - and receive support from others or offer support to others.
iParents.com: http://www.iparents.com - A social network for parents. Allows sharing of photos, videos, calendars, group forums, and more.
iScripts SocialWare: http://www.iscripts.com/socialware/index.php - A software program that allows anyone to set up their own social community featuring blogs, chats, forums, events, classifieds, and more. Price: $99.95.
JacketFlap: http://www.jacketflap.com - A comprehensive resource site for the children's book industry, featuring thousands of published authors, illustrators, agents, librarians, teachers, editors, publicists, and publishers. Features a social network, blogs, a blog consolidator, and more. Also includes up-to-date information on children's book publishers and hundreds of children's book blogs. Alexa rank: 101,693 in October 2010.
John Kremer's JacketFlap profile: http://www.jacketflap.com/JohnKremer.
Jott: http://www.jott.com - Allows you to call a phone number with your mobile phone and leave a message for yourself, send a text message and/or email to a friend, send an email to a group that you define, or even make a post to your blog.
LawLink: http://www.lawlink.com - Professional and social network for attorneys.
Lending Club: http://www.lendingclub.com - A new social network for lending and borrowing money. Already 15,000 users. $1 million has already changed hands with most loans under $500.
Library Thing: http://www.librarything.com - Users share the books and book lists they love. More users than Shelfari and more flexible (according to one user). Now offering galley copies to users who will write a review for the website. Their Library Thing Local lists bookstores, libraries, and book festivals including author appearances, events, and signings at these venues. Authors and publishers are invited to add event listings. Alexa rank: 7,753 in October 2010.
Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com - A business and professional networking site, designed to find jobs, partners, consultants, and other business networking contacts. 30 million users as of October 2008. Includes an Answers Q&A section where users ask and answer questions.
John Kremer's LinkedIn profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/johnkremer.
Marketocracy: http://www.marketocracy.com - A social network for investing fanatics (who can invest virtual money in testing their investment strategies).
Mashable.com: http://www.mashable.com - This blog tracks all the social networking sites, providing updates on services, mashups, etc. A great resource if you are into social networking. Alexa rank: 242 in October 2010.
The Memory: http://www.thememory.com (website in process) - A social network to honor the dead where loved ones share their memories.
MocoSpace: http://www.mocospace.com - Photo, music, and video sharing via your mobile phone. Also blogs, chat, IM, and more. Two million members. Alexa rank: 3,250.
Mom Junction: http://www.momjunction.com - A social networking website for mothers. 50,000 members.
Multiply: http://www.multiply.com - This social network allows you to add photos, videos, music, a calendar, and contacts. You can also write reviews, blog, list favorite links, create or join groups, and more.
John Kremer's Multiply page: http://johnkremer.multiply.com.
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com - The largest social networking site on the web. 118 million users in October 2008. 40% of all U.S. mothers use MySpace. 12% of all Internet minutes are spent on MySpace (June 2008). Page views on MySpace have reached an all time high of 44 billion (Comscore, January 2009).
John Kremer's MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/johnkremer.
Ning: http://www.ning.com - Allows users to create their own social networking site for watching videos, creating photo slideshows, listening to music, publishing a blog, creating buddy lists, etc.
Nothing Binding: http://www.nothingbinding.com - A social networking site for book authors. Alexa rank: 1,641,916 in October 2010.
OddPodz: http://www.oddpodz.com - An idea engine and social network that powers business people, entrepreneurs and creative professionals that want to advance their careers and grow their enterprises.
Orkut: http://www.orkut.com - Headquartered in Mountain View, California. 39 million users. Big in Brazil. Owned by Google.
Patients Like Me: http://www.patientslikeme.com - Allows patients going through treatment to join with other like patients. especially valuable for cancer patients, ALS, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDs, etc.
Personal News Network: http://www.pnn.com - A women's social news network that blends a social publishing platform with a destination portal to give women an online voice. Share stories on personal custom sites. Alexa rank of 86,111.
Piczo: http://www.piczo.com - Headquartered in San Francisco. 24 million users. Teen-friendly. Big in the U.K. and Canada.
Pinger: http://www.pinger.com - Instant voice messaging for your mobile phone. With Pinger you send voice messages directly to someone instantly--no ringing, no greetings, no lengthy prompts. Pinger is fast and efficient like email, but with your voice. You can also send voice messages to groups you define as well.
Polka Dot Banner: http://www.polkadotbanner.com - An author helping author site. This site works off the principle that everyone benefits if every listed author is doing even a little something promoting their book and the site. Alexa rank: 6,057,101 in October 2010.
Radar.net: http://www.radar.net - A photo- and video-sharing social network designed to be used primarily with mobile phones. Alexa rank: 108,144.
Readernaut: http://www.readernaut.com - A social network for book readers. Alexa rank: 204,206 in August 2010; 192,936 in October 2010.
Red Room: http://www.redroom.com - A social network for authors. Has raised $1.8 million in capital. Alexa rank: 74,704 in October 2010.
Respectance: http://www.respectance.com - A social network for people to share memories of loved ones.
Reunion.com: http://www.reunion.com - A social network for connecting with family, friends, lost loves, and colleagues. The sixth largest social network.
Scribe Share: http://www.scribeshare.net - A social network for authors. Still under construction. Alexa rank: 16,076,971 in October 2010.
Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com - A social media site for people who love to read. Allows users to build their book collection online, tag books, start book clubs and discussion groups, and add their bookshelf to their blogs. Alexa rank: 24,190 in October 2010.
Slacker: http://www.slacker.com - Allows you to share your music choices with others. And create your own Internet radio station for your listening pleasure.
Socializr: http://www.socializr.com - A social networking blend between Friendster and Evite. It is designed as a way of sharing party and event invitations with friends and family. Here are some of the things you can do here: view your personalized event listings, create and send event invitations, automatically share events with your friends, get your events on your mobile phone, and customize your events with music, videos, and more.
Spoke.com: http://www.spoke.com - Social network for business and sales.
StyleHive: http://www.stylehive.com - A social networking website for people interested in style, fashion, beauty, jewelry, etc. Allows bookmarks, forums, communities, etc. Motto: What's hot. Right now.
TeeBeeDee: http://www.tbd.com - Robin Wolaner, founder. A social networking site for people over 40 who believe life is still to be determined.
Tickle: http://www.ticklecom - Features categories such as lifestyle, mind/body, relationships, style/beauty, entertainment, and more.
Today's Writing Community: http://www.todayswriting.com - A community where writers, poets, and columnists meet and exchange ideas, rate and review each other, and help each other succeed as writers. It hosts an online forum with more than 56 communities. Alexa rank: 2,296,632 in October 2010.
Tribe.com: http://www.tribe.com - A social network with a local focus, based on the city where you live.
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com - The micro-blogging social network.
John Kremer's page on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/johnkremer
Twitter resources: http://www.bookmarket.com/twitter.htm
150+ ways to tweet: http://www.bookmarket.com/50WaystoTweet.htm
Uber.com: http://www.uber.com - Uber is a creative community where you can discover, collect, publish and store all kinds of photos, videos, songs, blogs, and bookmarks.
UPumpItUp Social Network: http://www.upumpitup.com - Crystal Light, a beverage from Kraft Foods, launched this Facebook fan page to encourage women to inspire and challenge each other to achieve personal goals, which they can share with friends via the website or track with a widget. If you have a book relevant to women's goals, check out this new social network. In my experience, the first people to join a new network and work it tend to be the ones that benefit most from social networks. They have five team members: singer and actress Mandy Moore, who is their spokesperson; Erika Lenkert (responsible for their Connect section), Bobbie Thomas (responsible for their Express section, to share your creative site), Mandy Ingber (responsible for the Inspire section, to help you tune into yourself), and Cynne Simpson (responsible for their Explore section, which shows ways to explore the amazing world around you).
We Book: http://www.webook.com - A community site for authors to share their work with other writers, readers, publishers, and agents - and get feedback.
Wee Web: http://www.wee-web.com - A place to share photos, videos, and stories of your children. Alexa rank: 272,582.
Writing.com: http://www.writing.com - Online community for writers of all skill levels. 830,000 members.
XeroWorld: http://www.xeroworld.com - Social network for new and emerging talent (entertainers, musicians, singers, artists) and fans.
Xing: http://www.xing.com - Features events and teleclasses. Offers a free service as well as a paid monthly membership. 10 million members worldwide. Alexa rank: 206 in October 2010.
Yahoo! 360: http://360.yahoo.com - The blogging and social networking service from Yahoo!
Yahoo! Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com - A social networking service from Yahoo! It's where people with a shared interest meet, get to know each other, and stay informed. Your group gives you instant access to share message archives, photos and photo albums, group event calendars, and member polls and shared links.
Yelp: http://www.yelp.com - Features 4 million user-submitted reviews of local businesses around the country.
YoName: http://www.yoname.com - A tool for searching for your name, friend's names, or other people's names over the major social network websites.
Yuwie: http://www.yuwie.com - A social networking site with all the bells and whistles that pays you to be on the network, to blog, to post photos, to meet friends, to send messages, etc. They don't pay you a lot, but it might add up if a lot of people visit your page.
Zannel: http://www.zannel.com - Web and mobile phone social networking site for sharing photos, videos, and blogs. Designed to allow you to share your life in real-time with a photo/video capable mobile phone.
Zebo: http://www.zebo.com - A social networking site for learning what brands your friends own, judge photos of products and clothes, buy and sell cool things, and get product advice. They do not allow you to enter your email address in any posts (to prevent spambots). Free to use since they sell products in their online shop. As a member, you can sell stuff.
Zeer: http://www.zeer.com - A social network that connects people to product information, communities full of like-minded people, and buying advice. With a focus on packaged foods, their nutritional labels, and user ratings. Alexa rank of 246,760. Rated one of the Top 50 websites of 2008 by Time.com.
Ziggs People Hub: http://www.ziggs.com. A social network for professionals. A free service that personalizes the Internet around your people, your work, and your life. You can use this service to find people and groups you'd want to network with from around the world. Still in beta, very slow.
For more social networks, check out the list compiled by Website Magazine: http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2011/12/03/big-list-of-social-media-sites.aspx.
Blogging Sites: http://www.bookmarket.com/blogging.htm
Blog Tours and Virtual Author Tours: http://www.bookmarket.com/booktour.htm
Knowledge-Sharing Sites: http://www.bookmarket.com/knowledge.htm (including photo-sharing sites, wikis, content management services, membership software, and more)
Video-Sharing Websites: http://www.bookmarket.com/videosharing.htm
Widget Services: http://www.bookmarket.com/widgets.htm