Community Software/Social Networking software/Virtual Community?

"A virtual community, e-community or online community is a of people that primarily interact via communication media such as letters, telephone, email or Usenet rather than face to face. If the mechanism is a computer network, it is called an online community. Virtual and online communities have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life. Many means are used in social software separately or in combination, including text-based chatrooms and forums that use voice, video text or avatars. Significant socio-technical change may have resulted from the proliferation of such Internet-based social networks." [wikipedia]

What is out there?

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  • 100 million spiders - an experiment in social networking
  • beautiful society: Beautiful Society is a social network based around your favorite things.
  • bebo [for college students]
  • blackplanet
  • bluepulse: social messaging for your mobile phone
  • buzzword
  • Collective X: create a free private or public groupsite for sharing and keeping your group connected
  • facebook Stats about Facebook:
  • friendster
  • fatdoor
  • flux: [in beta] Social Distribution Platform for Media Publishers If your website has fresh content, and if you want to increase important site metrics such as page views, time spent, and repeat visitors, then you should get in Flux. Flux will help you distribute your content across the social web, while leading new users back to your site. Add the fShare widget to your site’s videos, photos, and blog posts so your visitors can distribute your content across the social web. fShare provides distribution while preserving your branding and attribution – all to increase traffic and engagement on your site.
  • freewebs: lets you create a web page and share photos, videos and connect to others etc.
  • fuzz: connecting people who love music
  • hi5
  • hubpages.gifHubpages: publish online
  • humble voice: a community for artists and those who appreciate them.
  • iGrOOps: create your own social networking group [and even charge membership fees]. Launched Feb 2007 and free subscription launched August 07
  • imbee: social networking for youngsters
  • jambo: connects members of a group or community, from any Internet-enabled handset, so they never miss a chance to network in person. Jambo provides a Mobile Membership Directory that works like radar to give any group of people the ability to detect, search, browse, and connect to each other, when they happen to be in the same city and as close as a few blocks away. With a single click, members can actively search for people they want to meet, all from the palm of their hand.
  • jaiku: acquired now by google.
  • knol: brand new product from google [similar to wikipedia] launched December 15th 07. Knol stands for a unit of knowledge. Its goal is to encourage people who know a particular subject to write an authoritative article about it. The tool is still in development and this is just the first phase of testing.See also . knolstuff:
  • linkedin
  • livejournal
  • mahalo.jpgMahalo and mahalo social
  • meetup
  • mixx: your web mix.All of the content is user-generated, which means that we don't have an editor who decides what you should find interesting
  • mosoto: share, chat, discover
  • mugr" connect to friends through facial recognition software
  • multiply
  • myspace
  • mypacis: Promoting peace by linking people. This is not a usual social network: by joining and being an active member, you already make a statement. You show that you care about peace and friendship among people
  • my.9rules: a blogging community with some cool gadgets
  • nextstop. Sharing travel ideas.
  • Ning: online service where you can create, customize, and share your own Social Network for free in seconds. Created by Netscape's Marc Andreeson
  • OpenSocial Google's platform
  • orkut
  • plurk . [like twitter but with timeline images]
  • external image home-send.gifpounce: a way to send messages, files, links, and events to your friends. You'll create a network of the people you know and then you can share stuff with all of them, just a few of them, or even just one other person really fast.
  • ryze: for business networking
  • sixapart.png sixapart: Manage your entire community and site on a single platform. The Movable Type Community Solution (MTCS) sits on top of MT4, allowing you to create vibrant online communities.
  • sixdegrees: an online community that no longer functions.
  • spokeo.jpgspokeo: Spokeo searches popular networks for your friends' blogs, photos, videos and music. We guarantee you'll learn something new about your friends. [pretty disturbing!!]
  • squidoo: a website hosting hundreds of thousands of lenses. Each lens is one person's look at something online. Your take on football or business or the best thai food in town.
  • talkshoe: talkshoe.gif
  • tribenet: by Cisco
  • trig: community targetting musicians and artists
  • topix: a news community - brings you new from your community based on IP
  • twitter.giftwitter
  • upnext: discover what's in your city in 3D [works also with facebook]
  • virb: A place that lets you put all of the things that make you you – photos, videos, blogs – in one place. So you can find friends (and friends can find you).
  • xangalogo.gif xanga: online community to share your photos, videos and blogs and meet others
  • yuwie
  • Yahoo 360 [beta] A place that's all about you to share with friends and family.
  • zoominfo
  • ziggs: a small business online community that allows small business to exchange ideas and information, and benefit from the experience of others.
creating a single digital identity.

Books Social

  • Delicious Library: catalog, browse, and share all your books, movies, music, and video games with Delicious Library. MAC specific
  • Goodreads: a social network for book lovers.
  • shelfari: to share books - do you read what I read?
  • LibraryThing: catalogue your entire library and share what you're reading with others.
  • Listal: allows you to catalog, tag and share your physical media.
  • Yudu: publish books and use widget

Publishing and writing

  • scribd.gifscribd publish yourself online
  • yourdraft publish your draft even without registering. Create and share content instantly without registration.
  • sketchcast: record a sketch with or without a voice and share it.
  • BookRix upload a document & turn into an embeddable virtual book.
  • Embedr lets you easily make a playlist of videos from across the web, and then lets you embed them all with one embed code.
  • lets you to upload any file or url address, and then create an embed code for it so it can be embedded in a blog or website.

With a message [political or business]

  • joga: created by Google and Nike
  • mybarakobama: a political social networking site created for the presidential campagin of 08
  • social actions: Learn how to initiate a social action in support of your favorite cause; Use a widget to promote social actions in your city or area of interest.


Image sharing

Image editing tools

Video/audio sites

  • 12seconds: twittering video
  • Animoto create videos online for education or other. Free only up to 30 seconds.
  • Apricado apricado.pngallows musicians to create their own online music store. Artists upload music and are instantly able to sell it and get an 80% cut of the royalties.
  • bliptv
  • bebo
  • broadcaster
  • chinswing [voice collaboration - great for language learning in particular] it is now voxopop
  • google videos

  • hulu
  • joost: You're the channel director, the boss of TV land. Slice and dice to create your own channels. Watch what you want, when you want.
  • broadcast live channel immediately
  • teacher tube
  • mog: where real people share real music
  • liveleak: video and media posting [video, images, chat]
  • outloud tv: Outloud TV takes video sharing one step further by adding a direct link between Internet and TV. Videos uploaded to Outloud are transferred to broadcast TV, street screens, festivals, schools, and cultural venues such as museums, galleries clubs and more.
  • Qik: stream directly from your mobile device
  • Stupeflix: French-based start-up. stupeflix.png
  • seesmic: video sharing. In beta
  • splashup: splashup.jpgSplashup, formerly Fauxto, is a powerful editing tool and photo manager
  • stickam: live video
  • animation and creating on the fly video games
  • create flash cards with quizzes. Excellent tool.
  • video/interview tool
  • ustream: live video webcasting
  • veodia: streaming and webcasting video. However the free account has limitations
  • veoh
  • vlog
  • vSocial
  • youtube
  • voki: Create an Avatar and place it on your site.
  • vyew. Online video conferencing collaboration
  • video for interviews. Excellent tool.
  • dotSub video tool with subtitles



  • screenr
  • camtasia


  • empressr: beta. Create, share and manage media presentations
  • jing: beta. screen capture with a twist
  • Photosynth: By Microsoft. Used with Virtual Earth. Use Photosynth to turn digital photographs into interactive 3D experiences. Deliver interactive images of your merchandise, store, hotel, real estate, and more. Provide sweeping panoramic views and the finest details. And reach even more people using the Silverlight viewer.
  • sllideshare
  • slide
  • thumbstacks
  • eTeach: mixes powerpoint with your own audio and video.
  • prezi
  • GLO


  • Google Earth
  • Virtual Earth:by Microsoft. Create engaging applications for customers and develop solutions to visualize geographic and location-based information by combining online maps with your data.

Web authoring tools:

  • TRintuition's workBench: is collaborative web authoring in a Flash-based, drag-and-drop environment. Users can create any number of web projects, share them selectively with a team, put them online with unique web addresses, and/or download them and run them offline. Offline projects can be disseminated on CDs or even as email attachments. Projects can be embedded in wikis, blogs, nings, or ordinary HTMP pages. A number of educational uses were sited in a review at Individual accounts are free.

Search Engines with a Difference:

  • flock: social searching
  • hakia: Just enter a query then follow the link for instant social networking.
  • rollyo: offers the ability to search the content of a list of specified websites, allowing you to narrow down the results to pages from websites that you already know
  • quintura for kids: a visual search engine
  • wink: free people search
  • piclens: requires downloading software but it is free. It is 3D image searching.
  • wolframalpha -
  • bing - from Microsoft

An addiitonal list is found on Wikipedia : list of social networking sites

APIs and Mashups:

  • kyte: [an API] provides anyone, from bloggers to major media brands, the opportunity to produce live and on-demand digital content, instantly distribute it across the web, social networks and mobile phones, and engage with an audience through real-time
  • show me: a widget to keep you connected with all your online gadgets.
  • clusr maps: let's you view your visitors online.
  • NPR mashup: NPR's API provides a flexible, powerful way to access your favorite NPR content, including audio from most NPR programs dating back to 1995 as well as text, images and other web-only content from NPR and NPR member stations. This archive consists of over 250,000 stories that are grouped into more than 5,000 different aggregations.
  • Openkapow: mashup anything
  • Unype: mashup between your social network and a map with locations.

Citizen Journalism

  • broowaha: the citizen newspaper network. A website consisting of community-driven news stories and opinions. Users write articles, vote and comment on article pages created by users only.


Other tools for educators:

  • e-learning center
  • udutu: free courseware development. Whether you are a large corporate organization or a small business, the udutu online course authoring tool – myudutu™ – can save you time and money. Myudutu™ is a FREE web-based tool which allows users to create highly interactive elearning courses quickly and easily.
  • eTeach. free
  • Sugar Labs. Platform for children. free

Community Building Software:

[this list is from mashable with my additional comments]

  • Pligg It seems that every hour, a new Pligg-based site is born. Pligg is a PHP/MySQL system that allows visitors to submit websites and blogs for voting or ranking. While very similar to Digg, it does offer some additional features, such as trackback support, automatic title discovery, and RSS import functionality. It also has a small community that is actively working on new mods and templates. Some of the more interesting Pligg-based sites are PlugIM, Sk*rt, Sphinn and Simply Fired.

  • NewsCloud NewsCloud is another content management system that has a story ranking feature. They have also developed a Facebook app for their service, which is open source as well and available for download. The default layout is slightly more newsy than Digg-like.

  • Dolphin: Dolphin, from Boonex, is a popular free community-building application that is being used for a number of dating sites. Many modifications have been developed, however many of them are only available for a fee. There is also a cost associated with removing the company’s links from your site.
  • Drupal with Vote up/down module Most know Drupal as one of the more popular open source content management systems available. Thanks to the user community, several modules have been developed that allow voting of submitted stories. uses this setup.
  • PHPizabi
  • Elgg: Elgg is an open source social platform based around choice, flexibility and openness: a system that firmly places individuals at the centre of their activities. Your users have the freedom to incorporate all their favorite tools within one environment and showcase their content with as many or as few people as they choose, all within a social networking site that you control.
  • Mugshot: Developed by Red Hat, Mugshot allows you to post what you are reading and listening too, and share it with you friends. Mugshot is a little different, as both the client and server code are open source and available for download.
  • AroundMe AroundMe is an open source social networking app that supports OpenID. They are based in Sweden. We haven’t seen many sites running on the platform.
  • GetBoo GetBoo allows you to save you favorite sites and share them with your friends. It also supports public and private group creation.
  • Scuttle While Scuttle has not been updated in over a year, the code is still available on SourceForge. Scuttle is a PHP/MySQL-based social bookmark system.

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