Facebook is so mainstream! Not only is everyone on it (even pets!), as well as on Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+, you also have to constantly check and recheck your privacy settings! That said, it’s good to know that the social networking world is more than just these Internet giants, as there are a myriad of options waiting to get noticed. Each of these sites has its own philosophy, features, gimmicks, and target audience.
For those who want to up the ante and take the opportunity to meet other people who share the same interests and hobbies, here are 5 offbeat social networking sites that cater to everyone, from gamers, designers, music lovers, artists, and everything in between!
Instead of casting your social network as wide as it can go, Path is more focused on building strong, close relationships, limiting you to a maximum of 150 contacts. The reason is that, by limiting your contact pool, you will get to choose your closest, most important relationships, and can be more honest and open about your social network sharing. In other aspects, Path still does all the things that your standard online social network site does, letting you send messages instantly, post your status, check in, add stickers, and share videos and photos, among many other things.
Geared towards bookworms, GoodReads lets book-lovers connect to review, rant or rave about books from every genre of fiction and non-fiction. Besides being a vibrant discussion hub for best-sellers, classic works, and everything under the sun, this site also comes with a handy book discovery feature that lets readers discover works that might appeal to them based on their own ratings, reviews, and favorites. It has its own Android and iOSapps so you can take the GoodReads experience mobile for searching, rating, and reviewing books. It also allows you to post status updates and page progress, check out your friends’ progress, and more. What else can a bibliophile ask for?
SoundCloud is arguably the “world’s leading social sound platform”. It’s an online community where musicians, composers, bands, and music enthusiasts come together to share their passion for music. The site allows you to upload and share your musical creations, and you can also provide feedback in unique, ‘timed’ comments at specific moments of a work’s timeline. SoundCloud also has a discovery feature that allows you to follow the latest trends in music, follow other artists and audio creators, and share your favorite tunes with friends, family, and colleagues.
This site takes traditional pen-and-paper RPGs to a whole new level by giving them a dash of the modern social network. It’s a combination of tabletop RPG toolkit and social network, allowing players to create online repositories of games and campaigns, complete with adventure logs, character pages, maps, images, and more. Members can share and discuss each other’s campaigns and game sessions, connect with nearby gamers, and discover local games looking for more players to join. The site also features a premium tier that provides numerous scheduling, logging, and game management features for game masters.
For more than a decade, deviantART has become a powerful social network where amateur and professional artists and art aficionados come together to share their creations, comment on each other’s works, and get in touch with like-minded art-lovers. It serves as a lively and creative space where members can upload thousands of photos, paintings, films, and other works of art daily. There’s also a lively discussion, commentary, and communities. Art styles and quality of work run the full gamut, from anime-inspired artworks to surreal paintings and photo manipulations by dabblers and professionals alike.