15 Way Cool Social Networking Sites You Never Heard Of

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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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