Is social networking just a buzzword? Maybe, but it offers a great opportunity (and potential liability) to an organisation. Here's an A-to-Z list of professional and personal social-networking sites to help you network your way around the world.
Free community dedicated to open-source software development.
Popular blogging website owned by Google
Helps members keep in touch with classmates from school, college and military service.
A website dedicated to managing bookmarks through storing, sharing and discovering.
Online networking for business, offline networking events and global networking groups.
Site once limited to connecting only college students has expanded to include the general public.
Community for computer and video game players funded by IDG Ventures.
Personal global social-networking site that focuses on membership of young people.
Instant-messaging software using customised 3D avatars.
Social networking intersected with job searching.
A way to quote a part of a webpage as an image with an image map.
Site dedicated to strengthening your business contacts and professional network.
Originally focused on musicians, this general social-networking site has mass appeal.
Formerly known as Facebox, this Belgian site is popular among young Europeans.
Known for its easy-to-create discussion forums, this is one of the most popular sites in Brazil and is owned by Google.
Online platform that allows auto updates of business address book information.
A social quotes site that lets you quickly find and enjoy quotes.
Site designed to connect entrepreneurs and other business professionals.
S: Second Life
A 3D virtual world where users can use voice and text chat to socialise, connect and create.
Micro-blogging service focused on connecting friends, family and co-workers.
Allows users to update their blog via short-message service (SMS) and multimedia message service (MMS).
Blog platform built with extensive permission settings.
Also known as MSN Spaces, this is Microsoft's social-networking platform.
Formerly known as Open/BC or Open Business Club, this site displays how each member is connected together, creating an "it's a small world" network for professionals.
Y: Yahoo 360
Yahoo's social-networking platform.
Allows users to professionally market themselves online.