Top 5 Innovative Social Networks

Social networking has been used for everything from professional networking to dating. It is currently evolving into a new way to build groups of people around beliefs, favorite things, and social justice. Below are 5 very innovative ways people are using social networks.

  • LiveMocha

This site enables you to learn a language Rosetta Stone style. You see pictures, listen to the name of the item in the language you are interested in learning, and then repeat the word in that language. The twist is that people who are native speakers of the language can go ahead and help you by giving you tips, engaging you in conversation at your level, and teaching you the customs around the language. What a great way to learn. It’s almost like being in the country without having to pay the airfare. You can learn English, French, Hindi, German, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese (no African languages, but that will change soon, I am sure) so get your latte, and sit at the computer and travel for a while. It’s worth the trip!

  • Ning

This site allows you to build a social network around anything that you think is important. Love saving whales? You should be able to build a network of whale-saving friends who can share ideas and build up strong support for the cause. Want to promote an you and your music? This is where you can build up your fan base. There is no limit to what you can build your social network around. Join, build, post videos, have fun!

  • Naabur

Always wanted to help a poor country but couldn’t always give money? How about donating your skills and a little time to help a specific project? You can help launch a computer school, develop a plan for a functional library, design a website to help a micro-finance organization, or just research organizations that will help projects that are on the site. It is a great way to be a philanthropist in kind.

  • Riverwired

Want to help reduce global warming AND save a few bucks? This is the site for you. Learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle, shop wisely, renovate with green friendly items, and share ideas on how to save the environment. It’s also a great way to learn about green friendly companies and businesses around the world. With gas prices going through the roof, I am sure they will you find new ways to heat and cook.

  • MyCityFaces –

Home-based and small businesses, or those that are in the service industry, can advertise themselves here. Connect with other businesses in your city that are looking for what you have to offer. The best part is that it is free, so you can build your business without having to worry about putting your money out.

Furthermore, with the help of websites like, it is now possible for people to see private profiles of the people who blocked them, or hid stories from them. This creates a new breath of social networking activities for people who are using social media for their business and blogs.

There are many ways social networking is changing the way we interact with each other. Kudos to those that are now using it to make a difference in the way we live, and how we deal with each other.