Saturday, June 16, 2012

10 Niche Social Networks you would Love to join.

Are you tired of friends who clutter up your Facebook feed with stuff you don’t care about? Are you easily overwhelmed by the wide variety of information posted on Twitter on a daily basis? Is the Google+ population just not doing it for you? Most of these social networks have become a means to Market creations, ideas and products.

90% of the posts are irrelavant, so soon you might feel like switching them off, and donate some of your time to useful Social Networks.If you’re looking for a social experience that caters to your specific interests, take a peek at these 10 niche networks you may not have heard of.

1. CARE2 : For the Social Philanthropist

Care2's tagline is "make a difference," and its platform is designed to help you do just that. The network includes a motivated community, driven by more than 19 million members who are passionate about a number of causes (animal welfare, the arts, peace, politics, etc.). You can connect with others who share your interests, swap stories, send e-cards and more.

2. Dogster / Catster : For the Networking PetOwner

These social networks are for the dog or cat lover in you. Each site includes an online magazine portion, but the community areas let you create a profile for your pet, add photos, create groups and discuss the latest topics of pet care. According to Dogster, Inc.'s website, Dogster and Catster currently have 3 million pet profiles.

3. My Last Wish : For the Online Bucket List Writer

This relatively new iOS app connects people around the world based on what they want to do before they die. Users post their wishes on a Wish Wall and befriend others who might share their dreams. Users can also make their contact information available to connect outside of the network. White Lotus, the company that developed My Last Wish, will release an Android version if the iOS app does well.

4. Wiser : For the Tech Savvy Environmentalist 

The team at Wiser describes the site as a global village for people who believe in a more just and sustainable world. The network, which currently has over 70,000 members and recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, offers users the chance to meet and connect with people working toward sustainability. Share knowledge and experiences, and work with others online.

5. Untappd : For the Social Beer Connoisseur 

Untappd is a mobile-based social network, through which users can share their favorite beers — and where they're drinking them — with friends. Reminiscent of Foursquare, you check into a bar, pub or restaurant and indicate what type of beer you're drinking, and you can connect with friends and receive badges for certain accomplishments. It's available on iOS and Android, but you can also access Untappd through mobile web.

6. ComicSpace : For the connected Comic Fans

This network's About page simply reads, "ComicSpace is a place for people who like comics." Both comic creators and fans come together at ComicSpace to share blogs and post original webcomics. According to the site's member directory, there are 89,587 active members.

7. CafeMom : For the Web-Savvy Mom

CafeMom is a virtual meeting place for mothers. Not only does it offer cutting-edge articles regarding parenthood and childcare, but its community allows millions of moms to talk to each other, give and receive advice, watch videos and play games.

8. Cyloop : For the New Media Musician

Cyloop is a social music network that allows users to create personalized experiences with its extensive audio and video library. You can collect millions of songs and follow your favorite artists' activity. Cyloop can also be used as a tool for musicians and labels who wish to market through the website's profile interface.

9. Book-in-a-Week : For the Motivated Writer

The first full week of every month, you can use Book-in-a-Week's learning management system to reach writing goals you've set for yourself. You'll find helpful resources, motivating prompts, special challenges and useful camaraderie.

10. Athlinks : For the Digitally-Minded Athlete

Athlinks is a social network designed for athletes specializing in races: triathlons, cycling, skating, swimming, etc. With over 245,000 members, you can record your stats and compare them to others, find races in your area and even browse a shop.

What kinds of Niche Social Network do you like, share with us through your comments. We Love to hear from you.

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