What is the best social networking site?Posted by: marc.amarillas
Google+ is a social networking service operated by Google Inc. The service launched on June 28, 2011, in an invite-only testing phase. The following day, existing users were allowed to invite friends, who are above 18 years of age, to the service to create their own accounts. However, this was quickly suspended in a day after there was "insane demand" for accounts.Google+ will be built as a layer that not only integrates different Google social services, such as Google Profiles and Google Buzz, but also introduces many new features including Circles, Hangouts, Sparks and Huddles. Google+ will also be available as a desktop application and as an application on Android and iOS operating systems. Sources such as The New York Times have declared it Google's biggest attempt to rival the social network Facebook, which had over three quarters of a billion users in 2011.
Diaspora (styled DIASPORA*) is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network that is based upon the free Diaspora software. As of April 2013, there were estimated to be more than 405,000 Diaspora accounts. The Diaspora project was founded in 2010 by four students at New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Ilya Zhitomirskiy, Dan Grippi, Max Salzberg, and Raphael Sofaer. Diaspora consists of a group of independently owned pods which interoperate to form the network. "Diaspora is trying to destroy the idea that one network can be totally dominant," stated Sofaer in laying down the aim of Diaspora. The word Diaspora is Greek in origin and refers to a scattered or dispersed population. Diaspora software development is managed by the Diaspora Foundation, which is part of the Free Software Support Network (FSSN), run by Eben Moglen and the Software Freedom Law Center. The FSSN acts as an umbrella organization to Diaspora development and manages Diaspora's branding, finances and legal assets. The social network is not owned by any one person or entity, keeping it safe from corporate take-overs, advertising, and other threats. In September 2011 the developers stated, "...Our distributed design means no big corporation will ever control Diaspora. Diaspora* will never sell your social life to advertisers, and you won’t have to conform to someone’s arbitrary rules or look over your shoulder before you speak." Diaspora has been specifically noted by U.S. National Public Radio for its policy that allows the use of pseudonyms, in contrast to competitor Facebook, which does not.
Tumblr is a social network blogging platform that works for business and normal browsing! Tumblelogs are miniblogs — a fast way to share links, photos, and videos without the bells and whistles of a regular blog. Unlike blogs, tumblelogs are frequently used to share the author's creations, discoveries, or experiences while providing little or no commentary. If blogs are journals, tumblr is a social scrapbook shared with your online and offline peers.
Instagram is an online photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr. A distinctive feature is that it confines photos to a square shape, similar to Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid images, in contrast to the 16:9 aspect ratio now typically used by mobile device cameras.Instagram was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and launched in October 2010. The service rapidly gained popularity, with over 100 million active users as of April 2012. Instagram is distributed through the Apple App Store and Google Play. Support was originally available for only the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; in April 2012, support was added for Android camera phones running 2.2 Froyo. Originally a purely photo-sharing service, Instagram incorporated video sharing in June 2013, allowing its users to record and share videos lasting for up to 15 seconds. This venture has been seen by some as Facebook's attempt at competing with Twitter's Vine video-sharing application.
LinkedIn takes your professional network online, giving you access topeople, jobs and opportunities like never before. Built upon trustedconnections and relationships, LinkedIn has established the world’slargest and most powerful professional network. Currently, more than 17million professionals are on LinkedIn, including executives from allfive hundred of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as a wide range ofhousehold names in technology, financial services, media, consumerpackaged goods, entertainment, and numerous other industries. LinkedInis backed by world-class investors including Sequoia Capital, Greylock,the European Founders Fund, and Bessemer Venture Partners.
Twitteris a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allowsusers to send "updates" (text-based posts, up to 140 characters long)via SMS, instant messaging, email, to the Twitter website, or anapplication such as Twitterrific. Twitter was founded in March 2006 bySan Francisco start-up company Obvious Corp. In April 2007, Obvious, LLC spun off the service as a separate entity under the name Twitter, Inc. With Jack Dorsey as CEO.