The top 20 social networks
I posted a week or 2 back about the biggest Music 2.0 websites. Some of the results were surprising.
One of the biggest — imeem — is really a social network (as is Last.fm), and I wondered how it stacked up against other social networking sites, which frequently also have some music component. So I did another exercise on Compete.com to measure the top 20 social networks, including blogging networks. The objective was to identify key sites (or domains) that provide a general, external-facing homepage for internet users. For many, this is a blog. (I also think the distinction between blogs and social networks will lessen over time, but that’s another topic.)
I’ve included LinkedIn as well as Last.fm and imeem. Otoh, for the moment at least, I’ve excluded verticals with social elements that ‘play well’ with social networks (e.g. YouTube, Flickr). I also realize that some comps may not really be apples-and-apples. For instance, TypePad ranks highly because many well-trafficked blogs use it, even though the sheer number of personal ‘homepages’ (in the sense above) is probably lower than that at, say, Bolt.com. Fwiw, I left off Twitter but it would have ended up 20th on the list, just ahead of Virb (which has got to be the best-looking site on the list).
So here’s the top 20, followed by trend graphs (and please let me know of the networks I’ve overlooked, especially those based outside the States, so I can update next time ’round):
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