Judith Meskill, a few years ago put together this really cool and probably the most comprehensive meta list of Social Networking applications on their social software blog. As with any new market there are, and will continue to be, attrition in the market due to various factors such as missed critical assumptions, lack of resources – especially capital, and certainly lack of a perceived unique and value-based offering to attract and retain a critical mass of users and loyal fans.

Through our extensive research of the social networking space, we’ll work diligently to keep this list updated. Please feel free to contribute updates you may know of or uncover to the comments on this blog entry as well.

Happy 2008,


Home of the Social Networking Services Meta List

Once again, this is my recently updated Social Networking Services Meta List. It is broken down into nine loosely built categories that will continue to shift. These social networking categories are: business; common interest; dating; face-to-face facilitation; friends; MoSoSo (Mobile Social Software); pets; photos; and ‘edge’ cases or social networking ‘plus’ sites.

The mostly recently added services are marked with an *. Please keep submitting your comments, links, and recommendations for additions and deletions. This list now stands at 380 entries. Thanks… (:=

business networking sites

Affinity Engines, Appiir*, Business Parc, BusinessPartnerships.ca*, Contact Network, Doostang*, ecademy, eConozco, Eliyon, EntreMate, eXtremeNetworking.biz*, Friendly Favors, GoingProfessional, Growth Company, I’m Not From Here, InterAction, ITmob, ItsNotWhatYouKnow, Join Network PLUS, LLC, Kickstart-Connect*, Konnects, LinkedIn, Link Silicon Valley, matcheroo, Mediabistro, Monster Networking, NetMiner, Netmodular Community, Networking For Professionals, Online Business Networking Resource, Open Business Club (openBC), OrderGenerator, PeopleThatClick*, Point Relevance, Polypol, PowerMingle, RealContacts, ReferNet, Reunion, Ryze, SelectMinds, Senior Management Network*, Shortcut, Silicon Valley Pipeline, Spoke Software, Sullivan Executive Networking Community, Tacit – ActiveNet, TENG, Viaduc*, Visible Path, WisdomBuilder, Zerendipity Networks, Zerodegrees.

common interest networking sites

50 Something.com, 50Yearsplus.com, ANTfriender, ArtistNow!, AveMariaSingles, Bigcampus.net, BookCrossing, Buzznet, CampusNetwork*, Classmates, Collegester, Community Zero, Company of Friends, ConnectU*, DeanSpace, Delphi Forums, Digital Squeeze, Downelink, FilmTrust*, Foodsters, FunHi, GamersGlue, Globe Alive, gradFinder, HRTS – Hollywood Radio & Television Society, Jewster*, LDS Circle*, Mediabuddies, Meet Me at HOT or NOT?, naboe*, Netplaya Burning Man Community, Neurona, PayDemocracy, quad5, Schoolster, SongBuddy, Talk City, Thefacebook, TheSquare, threedegrees, TimeBucks*, UpMyStreet, UrScouted*, UUSwap*, Wealink*, Xfire*, Yelp!*.

dating sites

AfroRomance, ajewishdatingsite, americansingles, Amigos, AsiaFriendFinder, Berkzter, BlackPlanet, BUZZSession, Cherish, collegeluv.com, ChristiansTogether , Country Singles, Cupid, Cupids Database, Date.com, Date the UK, Dating.dk, Dating Jewish Singles, eHarmony, Equally Yoked, FriendFinder, Gay Christian Dating, Gay Jewish Dating, Gay Military M4M, GermanFriendFinder, HookUP*, hotsaints, IndianFriendFinder, InterMingle, Introducing, It’sJustCoffee*, jdate.com, JewishCafe, JewishFriendfinder, JewishLoveMatch, Jewish Matchmaker, Jewish Personals, JMatch, Lavalife, LDS Singles Mingle, LDS Singles Network, LDS Singles SingleSaints, Love, M4M Seniors, Magoori, Match.com, Mature Dating.org, meetic, MyCountryMatch, MyEMatch, Overweight Date, Passion, POP! PeopleOnPage, PlanetOut Partners, Inc., RateOrDate, RedDate, Relationship Exchange, RogueConnect*, Senior Dating Exchange, SeniorFriendFinder, SeniorsCircle, SingleJew, Single Seniors, SpeedDating Online-Jewish Dating, Spicy Senior Singles, Swappster, Totally Jewish-Dating Channel, TrueBeginnings, uDate, UrbanTraditional, Vegetarian singles, webdate, Yahoo! Personals, YID – Single Jewish Dating.

face-to-face meeting facilitation sites

8minuteDating, Evite, First Tuesday, Food and Friends*, GeekDinner, HurryDate, The Lunch Club NYC, Lunch Partners, MEETin*, MeetUp, MixerMixer, Netparty, new-in-town, Social Circles, WhizSpark.

friend networking sites

Backwash, bobojam*, Breedster, BuddyBridge, Chia Friend, ChosenNet,Christianster, Click2Friends, easeek, eFriendsnet, enCentra, everyonesconnected, FriendFan, Friendity, Friend MAP, Friendoo, friendsand, friendsbay.de, Friends of Friends, Friends Reunited, Friendset, Friends of Friends, Friendster, Friend Surfer, Friendsync, Friendzy, Gruuve, HeiYou, hi5, hipstir, Huminity, HummingBoard, The Impersonals, iSocialite, Korea Data House, LDS LinkUp, LianQu, LinkEstadao*, linkyourfriends, Living Directory, MeineFreunde*, Metails, mrNeighborhood, myfriends, Myspace, NetFriendships, Neurofriends, orkut, PalJunction, peeps nation, qpengyou, Ringo, saywhatz, Swirve*, The Bomb*, Tickle by Emode, ticqle, Tribe.net, TribungPinoy*, UUFriends, Wallop, WiW, WorldShine, YeeYoo, YOYO, zenetwork.

MoSoSo sites

ActiveMatch, AirCQ, asphaltgames, awaRE, BEDD, Beliefnet Mobile, BusyThumbs*, BuZZone, CrowdSurfer, Dodgeball, Earthcomber*, Encounter Bubbles, Flickr, Fluidtime, Hocman*, IcyPole, ImaHima, Jabberwocky, JAMDAT, Jukola*, Mamjam, MeetingPoint*, Meetup, Mobido*, MobiLuck, mobster, Mooble, modus, MTONE, nTAG*, PeepsNation, Playtxt.net*, Plink Mobile, Plazes*, Pocketster, Portabible*, proxidating, Proxpro, PurpleAce*, Saw-You, Serendipity, socialight, Socializer, SoundPryer*, Speck, TagText*, Traces of Fire, tunA, TxtMob*, Urban Plexus*, Wavemarket, weemee, WhoAt, WiFi.Bedouin, Wow Friends*.

pet networking sites

Backwash for Pets, Catster*, Dogster, HAMSTERster, KissyKat, Neopets.

photo sharing emphasis sites

Buzznet, Expressions, Findapix, Flickr, FotoAmigo*, Fotolog.net, Fotothing, FriendBlend, MyShoots*, Nokia Lifeblog, PictureM*, PixParty, smugmug, SocialCanvas, Textamerica, Webshots, Zorpia, Zoto.

social networking ‘plus’ and/or ‘edge cases’

Blogpod, BuddyZoo, clevercactus*, del.icio.us, dodgeball, Dude Check This Out!, eTwine, Eurekster!, eventSherpa, fonetango, Funchain.com, Gush, HelloWorld, Home Exchange, HomeLink, imeem*, InsiderPages*, Intervac, JournURL, KnowMates, LiveJournal, MixedNutz.net, Mooble, Mosuki*, motime*, M-Tone, Multiply, Nioki, The Opinion Exchange, Palbook, PeopleAggregator, RepCheck, SmallPlanet, Small World Project, Social Grid, Splinder*, Squiby, StumbleUpon, TXTParty, Upcoming.org, WiredReach, Xanga, Yafro Moblog, Zdarmanet, Zopto.

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