Note: As this post dates back to 2011, we are not attempting to keep the list up at this point. In light of this, some of the social sites below are longer active but are still listed in this archive piece.
Below is a list of some of the most popular social media sites, all arranged by category (i.e., bookmarking, blogging, news, etc.). Besides the obvious factor that these sites allow you to get involved in their communities, they also allow you to create a unique profile which includes your own custom URL, a link (or sometimes links) back to your site and information about you and/or your company.
While engaging the features and communities of social media site can be very beneficial to your business, social media profiles additionally help you to accomplish two things: build inbound links to your site and help manage online reputation. That is the primary focus of the chart below.
The Chart Explained
- Site – Logo and link to site’s home page
- Title – Refers to title that will appear on your profile page. Most often this will be the username you select but at times it can be customized separate from the user name. This can be an important asset when using social media profile pages to manage online reputation for a brand or product name.
- Bio – Simply an area in the profile where you can add a brief description about yourself, your company or even the services you offer.
- Links(s) – Most social media sites will allow you to link back to your site. Some even allow you multiple links as well as the ability to connect to other social media profiles.In this chart, a “1” means you can link to one site; a “1+” means you can link to more than one site; and finally, the addition of “S” means you can link to other social media profiles.
- Followed – Are links followed or nofollowed? A simple “yes” or “no” will be entered here.
- Description – Brief description of what social media site offers.
Finally, if you are looking for a great service that will set up multiple social media profiles (register user names) for you, I highly recommend our friends at KnowEm who offer four levels of service starting at just $99.
Now with no further ado, I give you The Ultimate Social Media Profile Chart. Enjoy!
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A unique media publishing platform and a suite of tools that help users build an audience.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A premiere social blog directory where users can search, browse, rate and review thousands of blog sites from all over the world.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A weblog publishing service that allows users to create multiple blogs with different subject matters and then place them in different categorie.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||With Carbonmade, users can manage your online portfolio with a variety of tools that allow you to change how you display your work.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A simple yet very customizable online diary built on open source software.|
|Custom||Yes||1, S||Yes||A comment system that enhances and encourages conversation on blogs or websites.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, books, catalogs, reports, and more.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Web site builder that allows choice from of 100’s of templates (or design your own); then edit site in place with our content management toolbar. Note: No longer a free option but paid service now.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||The simplest web creation tool on the web, Kafafa gives you everything you need to make your own website and get it up on the Internet, all for free.|
|Custom||Yes||1, S||Yes||A community publishing platform that since 1999 has been home to a wide array of creative individuals looking to share common interests, meet new friends, and express themselves.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Makes it easy for users to create inspired content by providing a daily prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) which they answer. Users can share answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||Allows users to post things online fast using email.|
|Username||Yes||1, S||Yes||A tumblelog; a super-easy blog that can do more than just text including post links, quotes, videos, audio, files, reviews and events|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||The popular (free) site for creating single webpages on your interests and recommendations. Even earn money for charity or yourself.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Makes it effortless to share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Create a free website or blog in minutes by using a simple drag and drop interface.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.|
|Username||No||1+||No||Bookmarking services that allows you instantly save any website you find with one click.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A free online reference management for all researchers, clinicians and scientists.|
|Username||No||1+||No||Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.|
|Custom||Yes||1,S||No||A powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Aggregate recommendations, tags (keywords), comments or just “more information” which exists within knowledge of the people (the folks!) and connect it to particular web pages or topics.|
|None||N0||1+||Yes||A free online favorites manager that features an easy drag-and-drop interface, so users can rearrange links and categories quickly and easily.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A social bookmark manager that allows you to add web sites to your personal collection of links, categorize those sites with tags and share your collection not only with your own browsers and machine, but also with other people.|
|Custom||Yes||1+, S||No||One of the fastest growing social media sites in history – a “social pinboard where users can “pin” images of everything and anything you find on the web.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||Helps users (Stumblers) discover and share great websites.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A social bookmarking website for visual contents which allows you to remember your favorite images from all over the web, and share them with everyone.|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||A small business community and social media site where small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups can discover, share and vote for business tips and news on the web.|
|None||Yes||1||Yes||The smarter way to create and share your resume – quick and painless resume management.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes/No||Offers profile pages to put you in control of training search engines about the best of your personal brand and online identity.|
|Custom||No||1||No||A community for people to find and share professional documents. Find free legal documents and free business documents.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A social business network founded in 1998, a community that enables people to learn, network and develop their business with a “digital mindset” for effective economic growth.|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||Provides a highly interactivity environment for publishing and distributing an organisation’s public documents across the Internet.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A social media site that allows you to buy and sell tasks for $5.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Brings customers and company employees together to make things better for everyone buy providing great answers and ideas that can come from anywhere.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A networking tool that helps you discover inside connections.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||The UK’s first social fashion website. Shop on our High Street for the latest clothing items and steal the hottest celebrity styles.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes||A business networking site that allows great free promotion for user’s websites and to networking for social business profiles.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A social media site for Ryz brand of products.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Offers on-demand business to business contact information for sales people, marketers, and recruiters.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Enables collaboration and networking between entrepreneurs globally.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Share investing ideas and learn from real professionals|
|None||No||1||Yes||A career quiz resource for people looking to figure out the perfect career path| find jobs| and learn about careers through personality quizzes and tests.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||A place where users can explore great product recommendations, get personalized shopping suggestions and rave about products they like.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A free multimedia online resume that sets you apart from the competition.|
|Custom||No||1+,S||No||Provides free real estate information. Search homes for sale; home prices; home values; recently sold homes; mortgage rates; and more.|
|Username||No||1+||Yes||A community for creative professionals that provides an effortless way for anyone to build, manageand fully customize their portfolios.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A one stop shop for how-to, informational & educational content. Content is provided in the form of articles, videos, presentations, audio recordings and image slideshows.|
|Username||No||1+||Yes||A community where moms get advice and support, connect with other moms, and express themselves in groups, journals, polls, and more.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Find local events in your town or across the world.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A social utility that connects people with friends and others who work; study and live around them|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A platform for social groups to get together. Choose template and pick all the modules that you want (wiki, blogs, photos, links etc).|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A place to connect with your friends, followers and contacts. Play social network games, Multiplayer Games with friends and participate in reality game shows.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Users can create, share and discuss blogs, photos, videos and music with others as well as post reviews of movies and books, or share a calendar of events.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Helps you find and enjoy videos, photos, music and websites recommended by people who love the same stuff you do.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||A community with blogging as well as sharing of music, videos and more.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A business media site for sharing presentations, documents and pdfs.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Online community of youth interested in global issues and creating positive change|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||An online community, based in several cities throughout the US and in Canada. Users create a network of friends, and join or create tribes for common interests.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||A community where you can start your own free weblog, share photos and videos, and meet new friends too!|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Find design inspiration with thousands of palettes and color schemes to fall in love with. Influence color trends by rating, commenting and sharing.|
|None||No||1+||Yes||A community where people create designs using an online drawing application. These designs can be rated, downloaded, and archived.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Design industry news & discussion.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A place where you can draw and share.|
|Username||No||1+||No||Find custom cars, car pictures, car show coverage and more.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||A humorous look at cats and other animals through hilarious user-generated photo and video content|
|Custom||No||1||No||An online service that makes it easy to discover and buy the products, brands, and fashions being used by your favorite celebrities – in their real lives, and in movies and television.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||An online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||MMORPG downloads, forums, news, guides, videos and screenshots.videos|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A real gaming community — on and offline.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A social calendar that helps you share, follow and discover events.|
|Username||No||1+||Yes||a network of fan clubs for fans of television, movies, music and more to discuss and share photos, videos, news and opinions with fellow fans.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||Watch new video game trailers, read reviews and previews of upcoming video games.|
|None||No||1||Yes||A Gawker owned “gamers guide” social networking site.|
|None||No||1||Yes||A place to catalog your media collection, whether it be books, DVDs, or CDs.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A large Flash games and animation site that accepts user-produced submissions.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||Change the way you play and discover games and share your gaming experiences with friends.|
|Username||Yes||1,S||No||Aims to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A social networking site where users create accounts and then share lists of goals and hopes.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A Social Community for food lovers; cooks & creators world wide.|
|Custom||No||1||No||Share training with friends and stay motivated. Find training partners, local events, routes, and groups.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A community for parenting, education and planning – meet other parents, share tips and ask advice.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Menus and user reviews for restaurants all over the US and Canada. Rate what you ate in a personal dining guide and read other’s journals.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Amazing recipes, delicious food, and beautiful photography created and rated by you and fellow food-lovers from all over the world.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A food blog focused on sharing food enthusiasm through online conversation;, multiple blogs and video.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Find better wines by receiving personalized recommendations, reading ratings & reviews, and searching the world’s most comprehensive wine database.|
|None||Yes||1||Yes||Set goals for yourself and track your progress towards achieving them.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Keep track of the teas you are drinking & follow other tea lovers to see what they recommend.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes||A custom splash page and personal analytics dashboard.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Wiki Q&A combined with free online dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedias.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Gathers input and opinion data in minutes instead of days. Users can ask a question and see other people answers in real-time.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Ask questions, find answers and share your knowledge with users from around the world.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Makes it easy to create, manage and leverage your professional identity by enabling you to create an online business card|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A free; easy way to manage your online identity with OpenID.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A Web 2.0 business card with e-mail signature.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Create a box where friends can ask questions anonymously. Post your responses to Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or your blog.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes||Features your latest content from your networks and tells everyone who you are and what you’re about all on one page.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Provides customized recommendations and gets smarter the more it is used.|
|Username||No||S||Yes||Allows users to incorporate all the stuff they find on the web into one profile and share that with friends.|
|Custom||Yes||1+S||Yes||Beautiful, professionally designed websites for you and your personal brand in a matter of minutes.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Personalized dashboard publishing platform for the Web.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes/No||Easy to use tools to gain online visibility and perform reputation management.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||The easiest way to share your upcoming plans with friends|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A platform that can be used on blogs or websites that allows your audience to ask questions and get real answers.|
|Custom||Yes||1,S||Yes||Connect with professionals, share and exchange information, texts and photos, find post jobs, use social recruitment, and explore business opportunities.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A social publishing site; where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents.|
|Custom||No||1+,S||Yes||Send free online invitations, plan parties, and share events with your friends.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Compare anything, read and debate the latest news, make comparisons, share with friends, and vote for your favorites.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A wiki based collaboration to build the world’s largest, highest quality how to manual.|
|Custom||No||1+||No||A one word nanoblog that let your friends know what’s up.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Audio community for iPhone users to share sound via their iphone.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Share short notes where you are, what are you doing, etc. in 160 characters or less. Near Twitter clone.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A social microblogging service similar to Twitter, built on open source tools and open standards.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||An easy way to chronicle and share the things users do, the way they feel, and all the other things in between that make up their lives, with the people close to them.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A free, interactive community of people writing what they’re thinking. Simply put, it’s Digg meets Twitter meets Seinfeld.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Huge catalog of ringtones; themes; games; wallpapers and videos for cell phones. 3.3 million items shared by more than 14 million users world-wide.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||Become a DJ and discover new music. Listen to a continuous stream of songs and DJ your own music station.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||Makes it easy to find and enjoy the best podcasts on the web.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A community-built database of music information with discographies of all labels; all artists; all cross-referenced.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||Find, share and listen to music and video playlists in over 30 categories, genres and occasions.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Listen to all music for free and buy directly from the artists. Full streaming of tracks and alblums in various genres.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A music recommendation service. Users download The Scrobbler, which helps them discover more music based on the songs they play.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||Your source for guitar tabs; bass tabs; chords and guitar pro tabs.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A global television network that gives you the opportunity to create and influence what airs on TV.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A “Digg like” social content website powered by users.|
|None||Yes||1||Yes||A social micropayment platform that lets you show love for the things you like.|
|Custom||Yes||1,S||Yes||A social network platform that brings real world politics daily, allowing candidates, citizens, and political advocacy groups to connect, collaborate and create grassroots movements.|
|Username||No||1+||No||User-generated news links where votes promote stories to the front page.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||An information portal with a news search engine that searches press sites and blogs.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Allows you self publish your own photo book, cookbook, portfolio, and more with free software.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Stock photography community providing high quality stock photos and stock images.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||One of the most popular online photo management and sharing applications in the world.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A leading photo-blogging and social networking website.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Directly share your photos, text, audio and videos with all your friends on your favorite social sites.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Photo uploading automatically grouped by date taken.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||Host and share all your photos on the internet.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Automatically make your own free slide show in seconds. Upload photos, pick music, add captions in the show, and more!|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||In this photo website builder and community, users can add items such as images, text content, videos, glitters, shout-outs, and profile pages.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A simple service that updates your social networks / micro-blogging platforms with pictures & videos.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||Share pictures and status updates from your mobile.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Community resource site for developers of free software; news, and diary service.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||Provides the latest Technology and IT News as well as software downloads and reviews.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||a community based news site that specializes in .NET development techniques, technologies and tools including ASP.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A social gadget platform that enables you to connect with the community through your gadgets, and connect with your gadgets through the community.|
|Username||No||1||No||An online project hosting platform using Git. Includes source-code browser, in-line editing, and patching.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A user-powered site, and social network, serving guides, tutorials, and more in all categories of computing, technology, and the Internet.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A social network that helps people discover the best software, games and web apps on the market.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A volunteer-based worldwide network connecting travelers with members of local communities, who offer free accommodation and/or advice.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||Keep track of your travels, share your trip photos, reviews, and blogs with friends and family, as well as research destinations before you book a trip.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Wherever you are and whatever you’re looking for, Qype puts millions of reviews from real people at your fingertips.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Publish and watch videos.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||A respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Share your videos with friends, family, and the world.|
The social media climate is constantly changing with new sites being launched, older ones shutting down, etc. In light of this, we will continually update this chart and you can help. Know of a social media site that is not listed? Is one listed here that is unfortunately no longer around? You can help us keep this chart up to date by adding your suggestions in the “comments” area of this post.
Note: Logos used in this post are property of their respected sites and have been customized and resized by KnowEm username search and are being used with permission from KnowEm LLC.
David Wallace, co-founder and CEO of SearchRank, is a recognized expert in the industry of search and social media marketing. Since 1997, David has been involved in developing successful search engine and social media marketing campaigns for large and small businesses.
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Fantastic resource! Thanks for putting in what must have been an enormous amount of research time. Kudos!
Insanely awesome list! Would love to see our “social shopping” (Community site with robust social network) added: http://www.joeshopping.com!
Yes! Love the all-in-one chart: No matter how “social” you are…there are always new sites that miss your radar worth checking out and using. Thanks!
When most articles say “Ultimate” I roll my eyes. In this case, all I can say is wow. And thank you.
Dave – seriously this is awesome. I almost wish you weren’t sharing it with the public.
So now that you have completed this, I guess you have time to plan your next roller coaster experience 🙂
god bless you, dave, for taking on the tedious task of putting together this chart. so necessary and helpful!
p.s. i do not usually use the expression, “god bless you”, but in this instance, it felt appropriate.
Thank you for putting in the effort you did on this post. I have been working on my own internal list for several months and have a bunch but this list is awesome especially with all of the details you included. Thanks again.
Definitely a varied, impressive list. Thanks for the time putting this together!
It had a couple omissions that surprised me, though, particularly Quora. It would also be useful to have the site names in text, not just in logos – some of them aren’t legible, and it would be nice to be able to search the page, too.
What a find! Legitimate links all the way around, everybody wins. Outstanding. Thank you!!
Great post David, however, I’m curious as to why you nofollowed the links the sites on your list. I doubt they’re paying you for advertising…
Thank you for such a great list! some of these sites I’ll surely visit! And I’ like to add one site, which contains everything you want: http://www.torrentoff.com
Excellent! I was working on a similar chart of my own but this sure makes things a heck of a lot easier. There are a lot on your list that I completely overlooked or didn’t even know about. Thanks for compiling this, it’s taken a lot of leg work out for me.
Outstanding list here, something to share with others, and keep in my back pocket. Thanks for making it simple to follow/interpret!
@Marcos Lopez – Too many total outbound links I suppose. 😉
What a great resource! Thanks for sharing. I’ll be sure to incorporate some of these into my strategy.
What a great list, this is a fantastic resource, so comprehensive. Many thanks
you have done a great job David and i can understand the time you must have spent to collect he info.
So I don’t duplicate any of the comments above, I’ll say this post is Outstandinsanely Fantasticellent!
What a great resource, David. Bookmarked and shared with others. 😉
This is insane. As James said above, it’s all been said.
I do have a question for anyone listening. Do you think that while building out these profiles one ought to be patient and build over time? Or do you think it’s alright to go relatively fast? Sure, I’m not going to build them all in a week…but what about 3-5 weeks. (And it still wouldn’t be on all of them.)
Excellent resource!!! Appreciate the time and effort involved in this!! Thanks so much!!
@Lumin – I think with any kind of link building effort, moderation is key, at least with this and some other types of link building. For example, if you all of a sudden get 1,000 new links and they are all of one type (i.e. social media profiles), could trigger a red flag.
That being said, put out a great piece of content (linkbait) and get tons of links and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s a natural process anyway.
Vimeo under video?
Thank you for a great bookmark-worthy article!
Just wanted to suggest you add Picasa under photo sharing…
Fantastic! Thank you for this tremendous resource and the time you put into creating. I’ll let you know of any adds or changes that come up.
Sonja…thank you so much fo rsharing this incredible information. Lots of review and study to do now. Cheers
This is a great list of places to add my website, now if I only had that much free time.
It is such a great stuff being shared by you. I appreciate for your efforts.
What a great list. I’ve been going through them since last week and I just had to leave you a comment. The work you put in to get these together is very much appreciated. Thanks!
Excellent post. Very useful to have all this info collected in one place. Looks like I have some homework to do 🙂
Thanks for collecting all this info. not small task I’m sure.
I thought there were only a handful of social networking sites but this chart completely blows my mind. You are just the ‘man’
Great list.And it ended my plan to create such one myself.Thanks!
This is amazing,you have put a lot of time and effort into this Information which will help a lot of people including myself.
Great Job,Thank You.
Thank you for the detailed list and for sharing it with us. Most people would not give away “insider seo” secrets like that so thank you!
This is absolutely wonderful information, and it’s so organized it makes me feel like I have it all together just looking at it. Thanks for sharing with us…very kind of you!