Saturday, September 22, 2007

To Be Omnipresent: Social Networking Websites

Here is a shortlist of social networking websites I have joined in the past ten years, with the bulk of them just recently. This is by no means a complete list, as I think I might have forgotten a couple along the way. This actually reminds me of the first few days of junior year in high school, when my friend Daniel and I joined pretty much every school club and then quit nearly all of them the following week. Anyhow, the list:

MySpace. Duh. It's ranked...wait...please hold for a brief interruption...

I have not signed up for Windows Live Spaces, but it actually outranks MySpace at number five on the Alexa Top 500 worldwide websites.

MySpace. Duh. It's ranked number six on the Alexa Top 500 worldwide websites.

Orkut (owned by Google). It's big in Greenland, Brazil, and India. It's ranked number seven.

Facebook. Now that they've opened admission to college has-beens (i.e., those who've forgotten their official school email), I've joined, it has a quieter vibe than MySpace. It's ranked 10 on Alexa.

Hi5. It's big in Central and South America, and a few other pockets of the world here and there. It's number 11 on Alexa.

Friendster. I joined in 2003 and abandoned it around 2004. I logged on again to spread the word about Mutiny Universe, The Society of Gloves,, etc. It's number 16. In 2003, it used to be at the top of the social networking ladder. Google wanted to buy Friendster at one point.

AOL. Speaking of used to be at the top, this one was at the top TOP in the 1990s. We had to pay about $20 a month to use AOL's chat rooms, Instant Messenger, and a bunch of other stuff. I'm just glad AOL's reduced the price of their non-service appropriately: It's free for the most part now. AOL is number 53 on the list. To reminisce of my old buddy list...

LiveJournal. I opened an LJ account in 2004; it has all of about three posts on it. It ranks at number 57. Yes, this is more of a blogging site, but the last time I checked, there's also a buddy list aspect to LJ. That's what makes it both a social networking site and a blogging site (like Blogger!).

Xanga. I opened a Xanga account in 2003. The last real post was around 2005. I recently returned to install a widget that feeds (and my other current blogs) to my most recent Xanga post. Xanga ranks at number 91. This is yet another blogging site with some buddy list code intertwined in the structure.

I'm not on Bebo, but it's number 95. I might have to join soon.

ICQ. I joined ICQ in 1999. I had no idea what it did then, and I have no idea what it does now, ranking at 106.

LinkedIn. It's like MySpace for faceless business people. It's ranked 139.

And the sites that currently miss the 500 cut...

Twitter. If you also sign up for TwitterFeeds (or a similar service) and link that to all your blog RSS feeds, you're set. Just set it and forget it, as they say on a cooking informercial. Twitter is ranked 620.

Shelfari. Books. 20,761.

Tribe Hollywood. For the NYU diaspora in Hollywood. Somehow, my MU compatriots and I ended up there too. 734,205.

Et cetera. Ad infinitum. Ad nauseam.

While this isn't a term paper or an academic essay by any stretch of the imagination - this is a BLOG - but here are my sources: The ever-present and not quite accurate Wikipedia, and the ever-present-for-those-who-know and reputable Alexa.


  1. is the online social networking services operated by Google.To become a member you have to register by putting user ID and password. You would just need to setup an account with a profile letting people know about you. A person having interest in the profile can post messages to your profile. Here you can create new accounts; send scraps, messages, testimonials or invitations; or create communities. You can send invitation to your friends who would then be added to your list of friends. is a place where users can express their own beliefs and values, and Community Standards help foster a positive environment in doing so. You can avail of the search friends option to find out for your friends with whom you are not in touch right now. This is a good place to develop friendly relations with people and even developing business contacts. This is being widely used by people of all age groups all around the world.
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  2. There are many social networking services operated like, MySpace, Facebook, etc. is being operated by Google. MySpace is an online community that lets you meet your friends' friends. These are popular sites especially among youths. Here people come into contact with each other and build up relations whether personal or business. There is a provision of creating a private community on MySpace and share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends. We can judge the popularity of these sites by seeing their ranking in Alexa. Orkut has been steadily rising on the Alexa charts but MySpace is still significantly bigger than

    MySpace is for everyone:
    1) Friends who want to talk Online
    2) Single people who want to meet other Singles
    3) Matchmakers who want to connect their friends with other friends
    4) Families who want to keep in touch--map your Family Tree
    5) Business people and co-workers interested in networking
    6) Classmates and study partners

    Anyone looking for long lost friends


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