15 Way Cool Social Networking Sites You Never Heard Of

Written by  //  02/23/2010  //  Social Networking, Technology  //  53 Comments

MySpace is so 2003 while Twitter remains a mystery for most college students. As for Facebook, have you tired of a site where people you barely know send you stuffed animals and flowers yet?

Social VibeThere are hundreds of social networking sites where you can connect with people from around the world, some you never heard of. We’ve dug through out list of sites and have come up with fifteen worth noting:

Bolt.com – This site has gone through a number of transitions since first launched in 1996 even going out of business briefly. Bolt is back, not too big, but a site where users regularly share videos including what they’ve uploaded to YouTube.

Decayenne.com – Euro-centric and by invitation only, Decayenne has been in business since 2001 and remains an important place for the continental crowd to meet up. Americans, Africans, Asians and Oceanics can also join, but first you must know someone willing to extend an invitation to you.

Epernicus.com – Are you are studying to become a research scientist? If so, Epernicus may be the right site for you to join. Create your scientific profile and connect with like-minded colleagues.

FilmAffinity.com – You enjoy movies and you watch enough new releases to offer your own opinion on what you’ve viewed. If this describes you, then Film Affinity offers you a chance to critique films as well as read what others have said about some of their favorite movies.

Foursquare.com – If you like playing games, then Foursquare is one big social media game site. In this case you can “check in” using your mobile device to let people know where you are and what you are doing.

Geni.com – For people interested in genealogy, Geni allows users to create a family tree and find and follow other family members. How many centuries back can you trace your ancestors?

Goodreads.com – Bibliophiles have their own site for recommending books or seeking out new reads. Answer book trivia, include your favorite quotes, create a list of books you have read.

IndabaMusic.com – For the musically talented Indaba offers a way for people to collaborate on projects right online. Recording sessions, contests, and posting of your music profile are among the highlights of this site.

Meetin.org – Have you ever wanted to find people to share a fun time with? Not everyone you know likes to go tubing, is interested in sky diving, or shares your taste of movies, music, or museums. Meetin can help you find people who share your passions….

MyChurch.org – Your church can keep its members connected whether they are home, working abroad, on the mission field, or elsewhere. Open to everyone though restricted to churchs who uphold the Nicene Creed.

OpenDiary.com – You may have heard about this site, which got started in 1998, but aren’t familiar with it personally. If you like to blog, then Open Diary can be a place for you to share certain things about yourself with the community, perhaps enabling you to connect with new friends in the process.

Ravelry.com – Who knew that people who are into knitting, crocheting, spinning, and weaving had their own social networking community? Use this site to connect as well as to organize your projects, stash, needles, and more.

SocialVibe.com – What a great way to help your favorite causes! Social Vibe connects users with brands with those brands contributing funds to certain causes. Complete a branded activity and your cause gains points which can be redeemed for money.

WeOurFamily.com – For $21.99 you can get a one year subscription which includes up to three editors. Organized somewhat like Facebook, “We” keeps the advertisers out, the bane of many of today’s largest social networking sites.

Yammer.com – You may not have use for this site yet, but when you’re in the working world your company may use Yammer to keep everyone connected. Yammer offers microblogging, company social network, and discussion board to help employees stay in touch.

So that’s it. 15 sites from the out of the ordinary to the odd and something in between. You may not be ready to give Facebook the heave, but one of these sites may offer to you something of interest.

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53 Comments on "15 Way Cool Social Networking Sites You Never Heard Of"

  1. Joan Stewart, The Publicity Hound 02/23/2010 at 8:16 am ·

    If you use FourSquare in combination with Twitter or Facebook, you could end up on http://www.PleaseRobMe.com, a site that mocks people who are obsessed with letting the entire world know when they’re away from home, and vulnerable to being robbed.

    I just wrote about this last night at my own blog at PublicityHound.net.
    .-= Joan Stewart, The Publicity Hound´s last blog ..When you tweet, you might end up on PleaseRobMe.com =-.

  2. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 8:21 am ·

    Joan, I’ve heard of the “Please Rob Me” website. I think everyone should check it out because the stuff some people give away about themselves online is ridiculous. If I mention a trip, I do so after the fact–well after returning home.

  3. Karl 02/23/2010 at 8:53 am ·

    My Philately ( http://www.myphilately.com/ ) is good for stamp collectors.

  4. Barry Wallace 02/23/2010 at 10:14 am ·

    Thanks Matt. Some of those sites look really interesting, but I think I’ve reached my personal saturation point. At this point I’m in danger of becoming a social network dropout!
    .-= Barry Wallace´s last blog ..A review of “Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book” =-.

  5. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 10:15 am ·

    I agree Barry! I belong to Social Vibe, but I’m tapped out beyond Twitter, Stumble Upon and Facebook. I don’t have the time for most of these sites, but I can see a few that might be useful.

  6. Robin Ong 02/23/2010 at 10:27 am ·

    Good info, but being a part time Social Network Enthusiast, there is only so much I can do. It’s only Twitter and Facebook for now.
    .-= Robin Ong´s last blog ..5 Easy Ways To Get Your Blog Banned By Google =-.

  7. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 10:29 am ·

    Robin, I absolutely agree with you! There is only so much time we can spend on various sites, so picking a few you can reasonably handle is the best approach to social networking.

  8. Pau 02/23/2010 at 10:46 am ·

    What about Modelmanagement (http://www.modelmanagement.com)? Its a cool social network for models.

  9. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 10:48 am ·

    Pau, you got it! I did not come across this site in my research. I can see where it can help people who want to pursue a modeling career get discovered.

  10. Craig Tilley 02/23/2010 at 11:41 am ·


    If you are tired of the same database of endless business listings from search engines and yellow page directories that offer no real accountability to their results this is the site for you. Consumers build the community of quality local businesses and use the unique two-way messaging tool to anonymously communicate to multiple businesses through a single message. Say goodbye to needless calling around.

  11. Dominique 02/23/2010 at 11:47 am ·

    Goodreads.com and mychurch.com looked interesting although I doubt I will do anything with mychurch.com since most of my church is now on FB.

    Goodreads looks like something I might enjoy. Actually, I was intrigued wit the FilmAfinity.com one as well since that is in line with my major as well.

    I tend to watch a lot of movies and analyze them the way I learned in school so it might be interesting to take a look at that one.

    I agree with some of your other commenters that you can just get so over saturated with sites. I have really streamlined what I get now and try to make sure that I am only involved in the things I really want to be.

    Besides, who says we have to do it all. :-)
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..The art of LETTING go =-.

  12. Tawheed 02/23/2010 at 12:21 pm ·

    Also check out http://BrainTrust.io — a private place where you can socialize and collaborate with only the people you invite into your BrainTrust.

  13. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 12:27 pm ·

    @Craig — Thanks! That looks like something I’ll want to check out further.

    @Dominique I hear you! I was looking over Goodreads yesterday and thought it might come in useful as I like to read and share what I read. MyChurch looks interesting, but there are so many other sites out there including Tangle.com

    @Tawheed I’m beginning to think that restricted member sites are worth a look. We, Our Family is one such site. They charge a fee, but at least the ads aren’t present.

  14. Matt Jones 02/23/2010 at 12:34 pm ·

    Great list. Despite there being so many social networks there are still many niches where there is no social network built. <a href="http://sophistigames.com/"Board games are one such niche, which is why I built Sophistigames.

  15. Craig Tilley 02/23/2010 at 12:45 pm ·

    Thanks Matthew, please do. The site has been build to bring accountability back to the internet.

    I enjoy your posts and hope to get your support to help bring http://www.webnabit.com into the ranks.

    We have actually already been mentioned alongside one of the sites you have on your list – foursquare.com (along with Google, Yelp and Yahoo). you can check out the article at

    We have Ambassador positions for great bloggers like you if you (or anyone else)are interested to help spread the word. Details are at http://www.webnabit.com/about/jobs.htm

    All the best to you and let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

  16. Craig Tilley 02/23/2010 at 12:52 pm ·

    Good idea on http://sophistigames.com Matt. The Online gaming industry is huge and only getting bigger.

  17. WebHelpNetwork 02/23/2010 at 2:41 pm ·

    Another community is playfire.com, the community for gamers.
    .-= WebHelpNetwork´s last blog ..Web Help Network =-.

  18. Craig Tilley 02/23/2010 at 4:42 pm ·

    Hey WebHelpNetwork, that is a cool gamer’s site..and with 275,000 gamers. Good luck on your site launch.

  19. Grant 02/23/2010 at 6:29 pm ·

    Like to add another to the list. If you are a music lover, musician or just a fan, try MOG.


  20. Steve, The website designer 02/23/2010 at 6:47 pm ·

    WOW, I am pleased somebody has put together a list of other social media websites and I have not heard of any of them!

  21. joshuasbones 02/23/2010 at 6:54 pm ·

    Just to toss a few more onto the pile…
    Robo.to @ http://robo.to
    Like a splice between twitter and youtube.
    Steepster @ http://steepster.com
    For tea drinkers.
    Pinboard @ http://pinboard.in/
    Similar to Delicious (for bookmarking) but with a small fee that keeps out spammers.
    ZooTool @ http://zootool.com/
    For bookmarking images/videos or whatever seems to inspire you.
    Shelfari @ https://www.shelfari.com
    For books/reading, a little more mature than GoodReads.

  22. Seb 02/23/2010 at 7:07 pm ·

    Matt, in the future for the posts like these, include links! People will be a lot more likely to actually check out the sites, then.

    good post, though!

  23. Matthew C. Keegan 02/23/2010 at 7:15 pm ·

    @Seb. Consider it done. I was waiting for someone to ask. You did, so I did. Thanks for your kind words too.

  24. Emily 02/23/2010 at 8:45 pm ·

    Great list Matt! Really liked that you included Social Vibe as well.

  25. Paul 02/24/2010 at 3:24 am ·

    I bet you guys haven’t heard about MyShutterspace (http://www.myshutterspace.com/
    ), a social networking site for digital photography enthusiasts..

  26. Nancy Lee 02/24/2010 at 8:22 am ·

    The list can also add http://lovelogger.com, the world’s first pair social+blogging platform. BTW, nice list.

  27. Pearl 02/26/2010 at 1:21 pm ·

    Hi Matt: sorry didn’t see this post before, seems like it became quite popular with 276 tweets! I signed up for goodreads a while back and recently came across foursquare but didn’t want to join! there’s only so much one can do in a day :( Will be checking them out though..

  28. Frank 03/08/2010 at 4:42 am ·

    How about groups.im, IM+chat room+social networking service. Awesome hot at Latin America, Middle East and South Europe. Put chat groups in messenger buddy list.

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