ing new clubs and societies is a great way to get out there and meet new people, but if you live in a rural area with limited social opportunities or just find it hard to step out of your comfort zone, this can be rather tricky.
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Please be sure to take a look at our most recent list of the world's most important social media sites as of It's the simple act of expanding the of people you know by meeting your friends' friends, their friends' friends and so on. In fact, many of us today use Twitter and Facebook to promote our existing and upcoming businesses.
You're sick of all the mainstream social networks. The constant baby pictures, your oh-so-in-love couple friends, your creepy co-worker who Likes every single one of your photos. If you want to trim down your social networking, or if you would rather not friend your Aunt Josephine or your boss on Twitter and Facebookconsider switching to a more private network.
SEE ALSO: 20 Things Your Most Annoying Friends Do on Facebook These 10 private social networks ensure you always have a space to share photos, collaborate on a group project for work or school, or organize a carpool to this week's neighborhood softball game. Image courtesy of Apple. For those concerned with privacy, Everyme promises your data belongs to you and you alone, with the option to export or delete your data at any time.
For parents who can't resist the urge to post baby pictures, meet 23Snaps. Instead of spamming your Facebook News Feed, users can those 37 pictures of Timmy eating an ice cream cone, and share with those friends and family who truly want to see. Since the app is available across multiple platforms for smartphone, tablet and PC, your pictures will reach any screen. Like 23 Snaps, Notabli allows users to privately share photos and videos of their children with other family members, with the added benefits of audio, text messages and drawings.
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Since the app is private by default, unless shared with another user, parents don't need to worry that strangers are peeking into their family's life. Another benefit to Notabli? Adding a second parent to theallowing for seamless tag-team updating. Want to get the word out about the block party next week, or ask the neighborhood for help searching for your lost puppy?
Get on Nextdoor. The network promises an easy way to keep in touch with the people who live near you, whether for social finally meeting that hot guy next door or security reasons alerting your neighbors about a local break-in. This social media network is one of the most complicated to ; you need to verify your address by either submitting a phone or credit cardor by mailing back a postcard. How many different methods of communication are used in your office?
Simplify your intra-office chit chat with Yammer. While some features, like "Praise," are a little too hokey for the office crowd, inbox aggregation across instant messaging, mentions and announcements, as well as the ability to form groups to work on projects, ensure productivity for all. No need to criticize couples-only social networks.
If it stops them from professing their undying love all over our News Feeds, we're totally fine with Couple the app formerly known as Pair.
Because everyone needs company, especially now.
The site allows users to send private messages, photos, drawings and even "thumbkisses" in which both parties press their thumbs to the same part of the screen to make the phone vibrate. Couple reached 1 million users this year — that's a lot of thumbkissing.
Path is a private social network that allows users to share information with up to of their closest friends. Unlike Facebook, which uses an algorithm to determine which stories you are most likely to interact with and therefore which stories show in your News FeedPath keeps your friend count small; therefore, it displays all your friends' posts in chronological order.
Instead of a huge following with no interaction, Path hopes to put the socializing back in social media by limiting you to a "micronetwork.
Having a hard time keeping your family's schedule coordinated? Are your son and daughter ignoring your Facebook friend request?
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Try FamilyWall, the social networking site dedicated to families. In addition to sending text, video and audio messages and sharing photos, users can share their phone's location perfect for keeping an eye on teens and keep track of important family events on a shared calendar.
If you're depressed that your algebra teacher still hasn't accepted your friend request, try Edmodo.
Deed for use in education, Edmodo teachers can create s for each class and post to all students at once, or individually. Teachers can control student chatter on the main classroom by removing student posting privileges, while still keeping a one-on-one online dialogue open to each individual.
But perhaps the most useful tool for many students is the backpack, where students can files of school projects, for additional access at home. An app component ensures no student will forget to study for tomorrow's quiz once he or she has left school.
Instead of individually texting every single one of those photos from your hilarious beach weekend, try Photocircle. Users simply put their phones together in a circle pretending you're on Captain Planet is totally optional, but funlink up, then start taking pictures. Users can also be added remotely by clicking on a shared link sent in an or text message.
Have your very own social network you and your friends love? Think private micronetworks are lame?
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