Social networking service

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A social networking service (also social networking site or social media) is an online platform which people use to build social networks or social relationship with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.wikipedia
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Facebook

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Facebook, launched in 2004, became the largest social networking site in the world in early 2009.
Facebook (FB) is an American online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California and a flagship service of the namesake company Facebook, Inc. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes.

Web 2.0

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In his book Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self, Rob Cover argues that social networking's foundation in Web 2.0, high-speed networking shifts online representation to one which is both visual and relational to other people, complexifying the identity process for younger people and creating new forms of anxiety.
Examples of Web 2.0 features include social networking sites or social media sites (e.g., Facebook), blogs, wikis, folksonomies ("tagging" keywords on websites and links), video sharing sites (e.g., YouTube), hosted services, Web applications ("apps"), collaborative consumption platforms, and mashup applications.

Instagram

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Instagram (also known informally as IG or Insta ) is an American photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS.

Blog

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They may feature digital photo/video/sharing and "web logging" diary entries online (blogging).
In that sense, blogging can be seen as a form of social networking service.

Bulletin board system

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Efforts to support social networks via computer-mediated communication were made in many early online services, including Usenet, ARPANET, LISTSERV, and bulletin board services (BBS).
Bulletin board systems were in many ways a precursor to the modern form of the World Wide Web, social networks, and other aspects of the Internet.

Classmates.com

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Some communities – such as Classmates.com – took a different approach by simply having people link to each other via email addresses.
Classmates.com is a social networking service founded on November 17, 1995 by Randy Conrads as Classmates Online, Inc.

Friending and following

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In the late 1990s, user profiles became a central feature of social networking sites, allowing users to compile lists of "friends" and search for other users with similar interests.
Friending is the act of adding someone to a list of "friends" on a social networking service.

TheGlobe.com

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Early social networking on the World Wide Web began in the form of generalized online communities such as Theglobe.com (1995), Geocities (1994) and Tripod.com (1995).
A social networking service, theGlobe.com made headlines by going public on November 13, 1998 and posting the largest first day gain of any IPO in history up to that date.

PlanetAll

PlanetAll started in 1996.
PlanetAll was a social networking, calendaring, and address book site launched in November 1996.

Mixi

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This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream.
Mixi is an online Japanese social networking service.

Hub Culture

This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream.
Founded in 2002, Hub Culture is an invitation-led social network service that operates the global digital currency Ven.

Computer-mediated communication

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Efforts to support social networks via computer-mediated communication were made in many early online services, including Usenet, ARPANET, LISTSERV, and bulletin board services (BBS).
While the term has traditionally referred to those communications that occur via computer-mediated formats (e.g., instant messaging, email, chat rooms, online forums, social network services), it has also been applied to other forms of text-based interaction such as text messaging.

Myspace

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Friendster was followed by MySpace and LinkedIn a year later, and eventually Bebo.
Myspace (stylized as myspace) is an American social networking website offering an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos.

Bebo

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Friendster was followed by MySpace and LinkedIn a year later, and eventually Bebo.
Bebo is a former social networking website launched in 2005 that now describes itself as "a company that dreams up ideas for fun social apps".

Orkut

Orkut became the first popular social networking service in Brazil (although most of its very first users were from the United States) and quickly grew in popularity in India (Madhavan, 2007).
Orkut was a social networking website owned and operated by Google.

Friendster

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This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream.
It was originally a social networking service website.

Cyworld

However, thanks to the nation's high Internet penetration rate, the first mass social networking site was the South Korean service, Cyworld, launched as a blog-based site in 1999 and social networking features added in 2001.
Cyworld is a South Korean social network service.

SixDegrees.com

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This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream.
SixDegrees.com was a social network service website that lasted from 1997 to 2001 and was based on the Web of Contacts model of social networking.

Online community

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Online community services are sometimes considered social-network services by programmers and users, though in a broader sense, a social-network service usually provides an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered.
Commonly, people communicate through social networking sites, chat rooms, forums, e-mail lists and discussion boards.

Nexopia

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This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream.
Nexopia is a Canadian social networking website created in 2003, by 18-year old Timo Ewalds.

Open Diary

This newer generation of social networking sites began to flourish with the emergence of SixDegrees.com in 1997, followed by Open Diary in 1998, Mixi in 1999, Makeoutclub in 2000, Hub Culture and Friendster in 2002 or Canada's first online social network Nexopia in 2003, and soon became part of the Internet mainstream. Open Diary, a community for online diarists, invented both friends-only content and the reader comment, two features of social networks important to user interaction.
Open Diary (often abbreviated as "OD") is an online diary community, an early example of social networking software.

Active users

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The success of social networking services can be seen in their dominance in society today, with Facebook having a massive 2.13 billion active monthly users and an average of 1.4 billion daily active users in 2017.
The number of active users is a performance metric for the success of an internet product such as a social networking service, online game, or mobile app.

Social media

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Depending on the social media platform, members may be able to contact any other member.
The terminology is unclear, with some early researchers referring to social media as social networks or social networking services in the mid 2000s.

Social network aggregation

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There is a trend towards more interoperability between social networks led by technologies such as OpenID and OpenSocial.
Social network aggregation is the process of collecting content from multiple social network services into one unified presentation.

OpenSocial

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There is a trend towards more interoperability between social networks led by technologies such as OpenID and OpenSocial.
Initially, it was designed for social network applications and developed by Google along with MySpace and a number of other social networks.