Showcase of Social Networking Websites

Social networking and social media sites have been popping up everywhere over the past few years. The design of a networking site is important for a few reasons. First, it needs to appeal to the those users who are in the target audience of the site so that they can relate to it and feel at home. Second, usability is very important for these sites because their success hinges on the ability to get first-time visitors to become regular users and repeat visitors. If a site is poorly designed and makes it difficult to interact, chances are the visitors will not continue to use the site.

In this post we’ll feature a number of well-designed social networking sites.

Cork’d

Cork'd

Virb

Virb

PureVolume

PureVolume

Eons

Eons

DailyBurn

DailyBurn

Traineo

Traineo

Tip’d

Tip'd

Style.com Community

Style.com Community

Odeo

Odeo

Us Trendy

Us Trendy

Loopt

Loopt

Experience Project

Experience Project

Twitter

Twitter

StyleCaster Community

StyleCaster Community

Last.fm

Last.fm

Mixx

Mixx

PetZume

PetZume

Design Bump

Design Bump

Vimeo

Vimeo

We Game

We Game

BakeSpace

BakeSpace

Designmoo

Designmoo

9rules

9rules

Radar

Radar

Ning

Ning

Real Travel

Real Travel

design:related

design:related

Gamer DNA

Gamer DNA

Xing

Xing

Great Schools

Great Schools

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Published October 5th, 2009 by

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  • Poonam, October 6, 2009

    This is a good list of social networking sites.

    You could also add TeemingPod (www.teemingpod.com) to this list.

  • Nancy Henry, October 6, 2009

    Great collections :)… wanna add http://lovelogger.com , an social weblogging platform only for PAIR’s too to the list.

  • pavankumar, October 6, 2009

    Websites are splendid and modern.

  • Indrek, October 6, 2009

    Nice list! Hadn’t seen most of them.
    Bookmarked some for future design ideas

    Thanks!

  • hamlet, October 6, 2009

    No offense, but petZume doesn’t look to great. Did you check http://www.websparky.com ?

  • Social Network Web Designers, October 6, 2009

    What do you reckon to http://www.worldeka.com? A bit different…

  • Alberto Villalobos Solano, October 6, 2009

    just what i was looking thanks

  • Shawn, October 6, 2009

    you should of mentioned socialgo.com i hear they are coming up pretty fast

  • Waheed Akhtar, October 6, 2009

    Nice list. Didn’t know about most of them.

  • dhodgson, October 6, 2009

    I’d like to know what you think about http://o-mama.org
    I love how you present some of the nicest sites all in one place.
    Thanks

  • Mark Carter, October 7, 2009

    Thanks for this collection … some interesting designs there … less homogeneous than I expected.

    There’s a useful article over at:
    “Smashing Magazine with interesting commentary.

  • deakaz, October 7, 2009

    Wow, such a great list – a few I didn’t know! designbump would be my pick for design related links. A good sports social network is BallHype.

  • Richard, October 8, 2009

    I have been looking for information about the networking and social media sites.
    You write very well in your post.
    Thanks!

  • clippingimages, October 8, 2009

    Wow great list of social networking site. Thanks for sharing this nice collection.

  • university of barcelona, October 9, 2009

    Hello

    Thanks to all for sharing the views. I found social networking sites are very useful to get the updated news..It plays a very important role in education as well.

    Thanks

  • alper azakoglu, October 12, 2009

    i wish i could own one of those sites :)

  • Web Templates, October 16, 2009

    Pligg allows you to setup niche social bookmarking sites using their engine. Wonderful if there are profits to be made…

  • Rahul - Web Guru, October 22, 2009

    I think you’ve missed out Facebook in this list.

    Btw, so many social networking sites, I’m I’m thinking about my own social networking site. Anyone interested in our project. :)

  • Interactive Agency, October 22, 2009

    Nice list!!! Thank you

  • Bicycle cover, October 23, 2009

    Wonderful post with the useful media sites.Thanks :)

  • Vijith Nair, October 29, 2009

    Great work guys. Both by you and the creator. great going vandelay design.

  • Dzinepress, November 5, 2009

    most of listed a saw first time, thanks for this latest link share.

  • Nick, November 9, 2009

    A nice list, but a minor oversight… where’s Facebook?

    • Vandelay Website Design, November 9, 2009

      Hi Nick,
      It’s not really an oversight. I didn’t include Facebook on the list because I don’t think its design is anything special. The sites featured in the post were chosen based on design, not popularity of the site.

  • Lyons Solutions Web Design, November 29, 2009

    I didn’t realise there is so many to be honest!!!!

  • Antonio Diaz, January 20, 2010

    How about http://www.timesharejuice.com ;)

  • Cambridge Who's Who, February 6, 2010

    This is a great article. There are so many social network sites to use, it is nice that someone put a list together of some of them. If used properly this list can increase traffic to your business very easily. Every business owner should take a look at this list and do some research on these sites.

  • Brad, February 15, 2011

    Doing some research on social networking and didnt know half of these existed! Great post, thank you!

  • great list! i love your lists of best designs and didn’t realize you had this category, which is just what i was looking for, for ideas for our new social website. :)