People and relations between them are the most important thing in social networking - we can find our classmates from primary school or even some celebrities and meet new, interesting people around the world.
There are also social services, which connects several group of people - mothers, ecologists, travelers, religious communities or people with disabilities.
Now I'd like to show you some popular (and also less popular ;-)) social websites.
Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better. The website currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide. Because of the open nature of Facebook, several countries have banned access to it including Syria, China, Iran, and Vietnam. (source:www.wikipedia.org)
This is a bit different type of social service. Like on Facebook, users can communicate and take up with other people. The most important function of the website is profile - prsonal site of each user. Apart from standard options - like writing about themselves or adding photos - people can run their blogs and create music profiles (MusicMySpace section). Probably that is why that service is really popular among young artists (singers, music bands and so on) - they can promote themselves in a place, where many people can find them.
Persian-language social networking website, mainly popular in Iran. After the locally (and internationally) popular social networking website Orkut was censored by the Iranian government, a series of local sites and networks emerged to fill the gap, with Cloob being one of them. Its main page contains the title Iranian Virtual Society and states that all content is controlled in accordance with Iranian law, a policy intended to lower the risk of government censorship. Its has an invite-only registration system.
The site has been censored by Iranian Government for December 2009. (source: www.wikipedia.org)
Polish website which main idea was finding old and previous classmates and making virtual classes. Its users represents various age groups (while majority of social services connect rather teenagers and young adults). Its symbol is Mr Sponge, about who we generally don't know to much - he sometimes appears, when service isn't available. There is a theory, that Mr Sponge wants to capture the world.
At Nasza-Klasa we can also find profiles of many celebrities. However... it's very hard to find there e.g. Michael Jackson. Not because he's dead. When we write his name in searching engine, we can read: 'There is too much answer which suit to your question. Give more details of searching.'
Mr Sponge is watching!
Here you are some links to other (possibly) interesting social websites - of course they're only examples:
- www.anobii.com - website for booklovers, who can share reviews, discuss about books and find people with similar intrests
- www.mychurch.org - Christian website. You can find your church, post a prayer request or find your friends
- www.irc-galleria.net - the largest social networking in Finland - maybe something for Monika K.? :-)
Do you belong to any social service? What do you think about such websites?
Are they - in your oppinion - safe at all for their users?