Irrespective of whether you are young, old, whatever your national origin or religion, there are numerous social networking sites available that can help you to find new people or friends. MeetMe and many other sites similar to it can help you find new people and build relationships.
Did You Know?
- Bebo is the largest social networking site in the UK, Ireland, and New Zealand, and is the third largest social networking site in the US behind only MySpace and Facebook.
- In 2006, Bebo received the Webby Award People’s Vote for the best social networking site on the web.
MeetMe.com is a social networking site for meeting new people in the US. It is accessible on mobile platforms like iPhone, Android, iPad and others. It is owned and operated by the social media company, MeetMe, Inc. It has its headquarters in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It has over a million active users today, and is growing fast to become the social meeting place for people.
MeetMe enables one to find other people of similar interests and build a relationship with them. This site also allows you to link your Facebook account to it. It was initially ‘My Yearbook’. Joining the site is free of cost. However, it offers paid membership options and virtual currency that can be used in the large game collection available on the website. MeetMe also has a chat client and a real-time feature that enables media sharing and multiplayer gaming. It offers its users a wide multilingual menu of resources that encourage social interaction, information sharing and many others.
hi5 is a US-based social networking site. It is one of the largest social entertainment networking sites in the world. It has around 50 million users. It was founded in 2003 by Ramu Yalamanchi. The social networking site, Tagged, purchased hi5 in December 2011, and runs it at present. hi5 is used by many to stay connected to friends, meet new people, upload and share photos, and play games. Users can sign up and create a profile by including their information like interests, age and location. They can upload photos on which friends can post comments. Users can also send friend invitations through e-mail to other registered members. The other user can accept or deny the request, or even block the user. The site is available in more than 50 languages.
MySpace is a social networking site that enables its users to interact with other users. It was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. Users can create blogs, upload videos and photos, and music or movie preferences to let others know about their interests and talents. The website also enables its users to use its other features like chat rooms, forums, ads, newsgroups and a venue for sharing videos or music. Myspace enables users to meet new friends and contact people all over the world. The site is growing very fast and has over 59 million users. It also provides users with privacy settings to allow only specific users to view their profiles. The company, Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp purchased the site in 2005.
Badoo is a social networking service. It was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Soho, London. The site is used in 180 countries. The site operates on a freemium model. Users can sign up to the site and become members. Then they can chat, upload photos and videos. With the help of its People Nearby feature, they can see and contact people using the Search feature. The Encounters game feature enables users to click yes or no on other users’ photos, which notifies the two users in case there is a match. Members can also use the Rise Up feature to pay to give more priority or visibility to their profile on the site for a limited time. The site also enables users to buy Super Powers to see more search results, who wants to meet them, and see which of their messages have been read.
WAYN (Where Are You Now?) is a popular social travel and lifestyle networking community website. It enables people to find their destination and find things to do, meet like-minded people and share their experiences. The company was founded in 2002. It is growing fast and at present, has around 23 million members. WAYN lets its users register themselves and upload photos. Members can find other users and link them to their profiles as friends. They can send and receive messages through email, discussion forums, eCards, SMS, and WAYN instant messages. WAYN operates in 193 countries.
Facebook is an online social networking website that is based in California. The website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his colleagues. Currently, Facebook has more than 1 billion active users worldwide. Users can become members by registering themselves to the site. They can create their profiles, send friend requests to other users and add them in their profiles. Users can also exchange messages, post status updates, share photos and videos, and are alerted by notifications when others send messages, photos, or update their profiles. Along with all this, users may join common-interest groups, created by others. There are also games to which users can connect through Facebook.
Bebo was founded by Michael and Xochi Birch in January 2005. It is based in the US. The company AOL acquired the site on March 13, 2008 for $850 million. The website was launched in July 2005, and has grown very fast ever since. It is one of the most popular social networking sites in the world today. Users can register and create profiles on the site, remain in touch with friends, watch videos, and enjoy music. Bebo has over 30 million registered users.
Friendster was launched in the year 2002 as a social networking site. The website was initially social focused, but now has added a number of games and prizes into the site. Friendster enables you to find new people and also play games from their vast collection that include singleplay, multiplayer and even MMO-style games. The service also allows its users to communicate with other members, share online content and media, find new events, brands, and hobbies. The site is like Facebook and has most members from Asian countries. Friendster was acquired by MOL Global in December 2009.