One of the primary concepts underpinning the move towards a more social Web has to be that of community: sharing content and ideas with others on the greater Web. Social networking sites on the Web offer the searcher communities in any topic imaginable, from fitness to cooking to personal finance. Here are eight social networking sites that you might not know about yet, but should.
Mint is a finance management site centered around personal finance; the premise is that you share your financial struggles and successes with others and learn from each others mistakes and triumphs. There are loads of great user tips (you can also submit your own best financial suggestions), plus, Mint is a fantastic Web-based money manager; you can actually use it for financial planning and personal finance management. Mint takes your financial info and compares it others (completely anonymously), and shows you where you could trim the fat or stand to spend a little bit more, it's like a free, personalized budgetary consultation.
4. 43 Things
Make personal goals and find others to work toward these goals with you at 43 Things, a collaborative goal-setting social networking site. Want to lose some weight? How about travel to Europe, learn Spanish, or spend more time with your family? Once you write down your goals at 43 Things, you can explore the community to find other folks who share the same interests, and then invite these people to help you along your journey. I really like this concept: it's a positive way to accomplish your success in tandem with other people.
Studies have shown that if you want to lose weight and get fit, you will do better with a buddy or with a community. SparkPeople is a site built on that concept. You get motivation and support from others who share your same fitness and/or weight loss goals, as well as accountabilit. You can also use SparkPeople to count calories, track your workouts, and visualize your fitness progress, as well as swap tips that have worked for you or share your struggles with the greater SparkPeople community.
7. Cafe Mom
Parents need other parents, right? Well, Cafe Mom aims to serve this demographic with their very own social networking site. You can use Cafe Mom to get advice from other parents, get your very own family page (upload your own pics!), and make friends with other community members. The best thing about Cafe Mom is that the advice comes from other parents that are “in the trenches”, so to speak, instead of glossily produced parenting magazines that make you feel somewhat inadequate for wanting to duct tape your toddler’s feet to the floor…not that anybody reading this has ever thought about doing that (of course!).