General social networks or friends-based social networks are those that do not focus on a particular topic or niche, but rather put the emphasis on staying connected to your friends. The most popular of these are MySpace and Facebook, but there are a number of popular friends-based social networks, including international social networks.
Badoo is one of the most popular international social networks with a large userbase in Europe. Based in London and appealing to a general crowd, Badoo forgoes advertising on its site in favor of charging a small fee to advertise profiles in a more prominent space, though the social network itself is absolutely free to use.
Bebo is a popular social networking site with a large base in the US, Canda, UK and Ireland. Bebo was purchased by AOL in 2008 for $850 million and has a tight integration with the AOL Instant Messenger, Skype and the Windows Live Messengers. It also features Bebo Music, Bebo Authors and Bebo Mobile.
Originally a social network for college students, Facebook has grown into one of the leading social networks in the world. In addition to networking with friends and co-workers, the Facebook platform allows users to play games with one another and even integrate other social networks like Flixster into their Facebook profile.
Long hailed as the king of social networks, MySpace has been steadily losing ground to Facebook over the past year. However, while Facebook has focused on adding utility to the social network, MySpace still reigns supreme in displaying your creative uniqueness, which makes it popular with people who like to decorate their profiles.
Ning is like the social network of social networks. Instead of creating your profile and adding friends, Ning allows you to create your very own social network. It's great for workplaces that want to create a small community and families that want to keep up with each other. Learn how to create your own social network on Ning.