Here’s a list of social networking websites which I personally think are either odd (in a fun, gawkish sort of way) or bookish (great for writerly types). I also threw in ones I know are popular enough (or advertised enough [<-there's a lesson to be learned from that, I'll figure it out later]) to warrant a mention. I’ve only used a few of these, (I won’t tell you which ones) nevertheless, I can personally guarantee that all of them are major time-sucks.
Now back to that lesson thing. Advertising. Social networking. Selling books.
Are there any writers or authors reading this? Good! I’ve figured it out and I’m sure you have too:
aNobii- Find, shelve, and share books.
aSmallWorld- La di da. This is for the European jet set and world-wide social élitists. BTW, it’s invitation only. In your face, jet set and social élite wannabes!
blauk- Anonymously let others know what you thought of that anonymous stranger. Confess your secret crush. Insult your friends and neighbors. The Jersey Shore of social networking websites, except it’s anonymous (Snooki’s ghost writer hones her writing skills here). Age 10+ only, please.
Care2- Get your green living and social activism on at this petition-heavy network. For tree-huggers and left-leaners.
classmates.com- Connect with former or current institutionalees and institutionalizers. Share your stories of institutionalization. Age 18+ only, please.
dailybooth- Obsessed with your appearance? Like to take pics of yourself? Go here.
Daily Strength- Lean on me, I’ll lean on you. Mental and physical health support community.
delicious- Discover, share, and store your favorite websites on this website.
disaboom- Disabled? Find support and friendship within an online disabled community.
facebook- Get bombarded with endless game and quiz invites, and get your personal info put on display against your will at the same time. For mental masochists. Age 13+ only, please.
flickr- Photo-hosting and networking. Age 13+ only, please.
foursquare- Make a game of location-based networking. Mobile.
früehstüeckstreff.de (frühstückstreff)- What?? Yoüe’re not on früehstüeckstreff.de (frühstückstreff)?? That früehcking süecks. Müest live in Eüerope or Aüestralia, and müest be a hüengry morning person.
gays.com- Get your gay on. Network with other LGBTs. Review and read about the LGBT scene.
goodreads- Looking for a good book? Have a good book? Check-out here.
italki.com- Share, learn, and practice over 100 languages, including Yucatec Maya, Luxembourgish, and Esperanto!
Jammer Direct- Share your art. Or bitch and moan about being an unsigned artist. Or laugh and jeer at unsigned artists bitching and moaning.
LibraryThing- Gotta thing for libraries? Gotta thing for book lists? Swoon here. Age 13+ only, please.
LinkedIn- For yawning, business networking, and yawning. Also for yawning. Did I mention yawning? Yawn. Age 18+ only, please.
Livemocha- Learn 38 languages in an interactive community.
Myspace- View the fake profiles created by pedos, and the kids they cyber-stalk. Try to guess which is which. Age 13+ only, please.
Ning- Make your own websites and networks here. Age 13+ only, please.
OUTeverywhere- Come OUTy, come OUTy, where every you are! LGBT
ReverbNation- Socialize with musicians, managers, and groupies. Age 16+ only, please.
ScienceStage- Multi-media science platforming and networking. Video streaming.
Scispace- For scientists, by scientists. Invitation only. But don’t despair, you may request an invitation.
ShareTheMusic- Free and legal music listening and sharing.
Shelfari- e-shelve your books here.
SocialVibe- Network for charity.
Stickam- Get your chat on while you ogle and be ogled via video streaming.
StumbleUpon- Stumble your way through interesting websites.
Tumblr- Microblog. Real time- or auto-post.
Twitter- Microblog. 40% pointless babble.
Wattpad- Authors and readers unite! Also e-book sharing.
WAYN- Plan traveling rendezvous with fellow travelers. Age 18+ only, please.
weRead- We read books and talk about books.
WiserEarth- Organization-based social and environmental justice network. Age 16+ only, please.
ZOOPPA- Artists, work for free and sell-out at the same time here. Age 14+ only, please.
Do you have a strong opinion of a particular social networking site?