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Facebook is a free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.[1] Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. The website's name stems from the colloquial name of a book given to incoming students at Zuckerberg's high school alma mater, Phillips Exeter Academy. The book shows the faces and names of the school's students and faculty.

MySpace is a social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos for teenagers and adults internationally. Its headquarters are in Beverly Hills, California, USA,[2] where it shares an office building with its immediate owner, Fox Interactive Media, which is owned by News Corporation. MySpace became the most popular social networking site in the United States in June 2006.[3] According to comScore, MySpace was overtaken internationally by main competitor Facebook in April 2008, based on monthly unique visitors.[4][5] MySpace employs 1,000 employees, after laying off 30% of its workforce in June 2009;[6] the company does not disclose revenues or profits separately from News Corporation. The 100 millionth account was created on August 9, 2006,[7] in the Netherlands.[8]

LinkedIn (pronounced /'l??kt.'?n/) is a business-oriented social networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003[1] mainly used for professional networking. As of May 2009[update], it had more than 40 million registered users,[2] spanning 170 industries.

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others' updates, known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to other users - known as followers - who have subscribed to them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS) or external applications. The service is free over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

XING (named openBC/Open Business Club until November 17, 2006) is a social software platform for enabling a small-world network for professionals. The company operating it claims that it is used by people from over 200 countries. Available languages include English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Dutch, Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Turkish and Hungarian. By displaying how each member is connected to any other member, it visualises the small-world phenomenon.

Friendster is a privately owned internet social networking website.[3][4] Its headquarters are in Sydney.[5]

Friendster is focused on helping people meet new friends, stay in touch with old ones and sharing online content and media.[6] The website is also used for dating and discovering new events, bands, hobbies, and more. Users can share content including videos, photos, messages and comments with friends via their profile and their network.[6]

Friendster has over 90 million registered users and over 61 million unique visitors a month globally. The website receives approximately 19 billion page views per month, and is in the top 100 global website based on web traffic.[2]

Over 90% of Friendster's traffic comes from Asia. In Asia, Friendster has more monthly unique visitors than any other social network.[7][8][9][10] The top 10 countries accessing Friendster, according to Alexa, as of May 7, 2009 are the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, the United States, Singapore, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and India.[2]

Orkut is a free-access social networking service owned and operated by Google. The service is designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships. The website is named after its creator, Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten.

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