TECH621 Assignment 1: 20 Social Media Sites

20 Social Media Sites that I didn’t know before (Some of the descriptions are quoted from Wikipedia):
1. Slatebox.com—Collaborative visualization tool
2. Quora.com—Question & answer forum created, edited and organized by its community of users
3. Foursquare.com—A location-based social networking website based on GPS-enabled mobile devices
4. Friendfeed.com—Real-time feed aggregator/sharing
5. Posterous.com—Blogging and sharing
6. Vimeo.com—Video sharing
7. Sourceforge.net—Find, create, and publish Open Source software for free
8. Friendster.com—previously social networking, and redesigned to social gaming
9. Orkut.com—Social Networking operated by Google, popular in Brazil
10. Eventful.com—Search, track, and share information about events
11. Cyworld.com—Korean social network service
12. LunarStorm.com– Swedish commercial advertisement-financed social networking website for teenagers
13. Skyrock.com—Social networking, blogging, profile, messaging
14. Bebo.com—Blogging
15. Ryze.com—Business networking
16. tribe.net—social networking
17. LiveJournal.com—Global social networking
18. Couchsurfing.com—A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities
19. BlackPlanet.com—African-American community social network site
20. Dogster.com and Catster.com—social network for dog and cat owners

A bit problematic ones:
1. Google offers (beta) http://www.google.com/offers —Offers about places to eat, play, shop and stay. (not sure whether users can contribute to the information yet)

2. Nepster.com—Started as a P2P music sharing service, then turn to a music store because of copyright issue. (not sure whether it’s social media or not now)

3. Amazon Mechanical Turk http://www.mturk.com—Since this one has stimulated lots of discussion in class, so I’d like to list it here. Now I think Amazon Turk may not be fully qualified as a social media site, but it does emphasize and utilize one very important as aspect of Web 2.0 platforms, that is collective intelligence and crowd sourcing–the importance to utilize collective human effort to maintain and improve data quality.

Some social media sites from China:
I was thinking that China’s social media sites are largely controlled by government censorship, so there’s not that much to say about them. However, this turns out just naive thought out of my mind. Just because of the censorship, and people’s desire to express themselves freely, the social media territory is very controversial and is fostering many opportunities too. (reference: China’s Social Network Problem) Here is some examples among the most popular social media sites in China:
1. Renren.com–Social Networking, a Chinese version of Facebook

2. Youku.com–Video sharing, a Chinese version of YouTube

3. Tianya.cn–Internet Forum(news, gossip, etc)

4. Douban.com–Book, movie, music reviews and a lot more

5. SinaWeibo (Weibo.com)–Microblog, a Chinese version of Twitter, but better in my opinion

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