Brainstorm: Social network site categories January 8, 2008Posted by Malene Charlotte Larsen in Brainstorm, Social network sites, Social Networking.
As my first blog post in 2008 I hereby invite all the readers of “My PhD Blog” to participate in a little post-holiday exercise :-D.
It is a brainstorm on all the different categories of social network sites that exist at the moment. I will start by listing the categories I can think of – with exemplary sites. Please feel free to add more. And feel free to correct me if you think that some of my categories, or examples used, are off.
I am aware that some of the sites I mention will fall into more than one category. Many of the sites are – because of my research interests – Danish, but I would like to know about international examples as well.
Social network site categories
- Youth – e.g. Arto, NationX, SKUM, LunarStorm, Bebo
- Friendship – e.g. Facebook, Friendster
- Games/fun – e.g. Habbo Hotel, Netstationen
- Business/CV – e.g. LinkedIn
- Music – e.g. LastFM, MySpace, myvoice
- Video/entertainment – e.g. YouTube, Vix.dk
- Photos – e.g. Flickr
- Pets – e.g. Catster, Dogster
- Religion – e.g. MyChurch, GodTube
- Academic/professional – e.g. KForum
- Political – e.g. Radikale.net
- Libraries – e.g. Vores Bibliotek
- Discussion – e.g. Mingler
- Death – e.g. Mindet.dk
- Enemies/hate – e.g. Enemybook, Hatebook, IFHY (I Fucking Hate You)
- Anti-social – e.g. isolatr, NoSo, Snubster
- School – e.g. HG Space, Ekademia
- Design – e.g. Threadless, NotABrand
- Children – e.g. GoSupermodel
- Blogging – e.g. Blog.dk
- Sleep and wake up – e.g. Sleep.Fm
Those were the different categories I could think of. There must be several others 🙂
(I know that some of the sites I used as examples would perhaps not fall under the definition of a social network site – that depends on the definition…)