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You think that things will become a bit normal again after the flood of posts all over the internet after David Pasternack’s 3rd negative post about SEO, just to get “stabbed” from yet another side.

I won’t link to the post by Jason Calcanis and add to the number of inbound links to his blog to play his seo fiddle.

It did cause me to take another look at the search engine optimization article at wikipedia. I noted some statements that made me scratch my head. I also noticed some very important aspects missing, e.g. Social Media.

Since my attempts to motivate SEO professionals to improve on the article did not bear any fruits yet, did I, the affiliate marketer and “hobby SEO” (because it is not rocket science, just kidding), went ahead to do the SEO professionals job.

I added two new paragraphs and modified the intro paragraph severely. Please have a look and don’t be shy to press that “edit” button and fix errors and add missing information. Wikipedia does not bite.

Update: 2/9/07 7:00 pm (PST)

The massive amount of additions and my several other changes to the article did stir up some dust at Wikipedia as well. One Editor reverted the changes completely. They are now visible at the Article talk page for discussion. Every professional SEO who has a professional opinion is welcome to join the discussion and provide his expert opinion.

Here is the link to the discussion.

Aaron, Rand, Danny, now you can do something about what you complained about. No but, if or how, straight forward. Bill, I hope you will join the discussion too. The article is read by a lot of people. A great number of them does not know anything or only little about SEO.

You want to educate people that it is no scam nor child’s play. Here is a great opportunity to do exactly that.

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3 Apple Prototypes That Did Not Make It Past The Secret Labs

Likewise, there have been a lot of Apple prototypes before that are now considered to be “forgotten gems.” And it’s not like they did not get any public exposure. They did! To be exact, a couple of them have early units, which have been acquired by hobbyists. Wondering which products are they? You can learn about three of such products below.

Magic Charger – The Most Recent Discarded Apple Prototype

When Apple debuted the MagSafe charging standard for its iPhones, Apple was working on a prototype charging stand. While Apple did not publicly announce or release the product, several units of the MagSafe Magic Charger got out in the wild. And collectors who got to experience the device shared all about it with the world.

As shared by @KyoukoMizumi, the Apple prototype charging stand features a clean aluminum build with a flexible MagSafe puck. It comes with a braided USB-C cable, which allows users to pair the device with a separate charging brick. The hobbyist was able to connect it to a Mac, which revealed the official name of the prototype.

However, MagSafe Duo capped out at 11W for the MagSafe when paired with a 20W brick, while you can get just 14W with a 27W brick. On the other hand, regular MagSafe chargers provide 15W of charging speed with regular bricks, making it a faster and cheaper option.

AirPower – The Well-Known Apple Prototype

If you are not familiar with this Apple prototype, it is basically a Qi wireless charging mat that was supposed to support Apple Watches, iPhones, and AirPods at the same time. So, the theory was that users could use one charging station to juice up all their devices.

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For this prototype, Apple talked about how users could place their devices anywhere on the surface. And to deliver that, Apple needed to pack two dozen internal coils on the AirPower charging mat. Now, while the product looked great in concept, Apple could not make the charging mat meet its high standards.

To be exact, Apple had safety concerns regarding the device, which eventually made Apple cancel the product and throw the related prototypes in the trash in March 2023. And while Apple did not officially sell AirPower to consumers, a couple of enthusiasts got their hands on it. That eventually gave us a glimpse of the internals and how they would have actually looked like.

That said, while it’s confirmed that Apple is no longer working with AirPower, Tesla has released its Wireless Charging Platform. At the core, it is a device that basically replicates the Apple prototype. On Tesla’s offering, you can charge three Qi-enabled devices at once and get up to 15W of charging speed on each.

Although, it is not a 1:1 copy of the Apple AirPower as you do not get exclusive features that Apple has planned for the AirPower.

Dual-port iPad 1 – The Old And Forgotten Apple Prototype

The last prototype that we have for this discussion is a bit lesser-known than the other two Apple prototypes highlighted above. This one basically got indirectly materialized through some later Apple devices. One 2023, a hobbyist named @1nsane_dev got their hands on a dual-port 1st Gen iPad. It has two identical ports that allow you to use two compatible accessories at the same time.

Notably, Apple got the arrangement of the ports right on this prototype. One of them is at the bottom, while the other is at the left landscape edge. This positioning makes sense because it allows you to connect the iPad to a charger while the other port could supposedly support keyboards, docks, or other accessories. Basically, Apple was planning to offer support for devices that would let you get the most out of the landscape orientation.

Interestingly, this Apple prototype allows the use of both ports simultaneously. And while Apple did not launch any dual-port iPad, the idea behind it is still alive in the form of Smart Connector. That is available in modern iPad models, allowing users to connect external accessories through a three-dot connector.

In comparison, the Smart Connector looks more aesthetically pleasing as it does not sacrifice the overall looks of the iPad. Moreover, the Smart Connector does not look out of place on the tablet compared to the dual-port design. But still, it’s interesting that Apple thought of offering support for connecting multiple accessories from the very first iPad.

9 Local Seo Tips From Top Experts

Earlier this month, marketers from around the world joined the latest LocalU virtual conference, put on by Local University.

The symposium topics were filled with local marketing tips from top experts on everything from handling fake reviews, to SEO forecasting, and more.

Attendees engaged in lively discussions on Twitter throughout each session, highlighting the speakers’ most helpful and tangible tips.

Below are the top takeaways from each speaker and their respective session.

1. Write For Customers First and Google Second Charli Hunt, ProofContent

“If you just write content for Google’s algorithm (and not users first), you will be knocked off your top rankings perch.”

Include local identifiers based on what customers are already searching for. Whether that’s neighborhood, county, city, etc.

Create dedicated pages for top FAQs from your customers. This alleviates the need to answer these questions again and again.

Identify your unique selling points (USPs). If you’re unsure of what these are, speak to your customers to help identify them.

2. Disputing 1 Illegitimate Review Is Equivalent To 11 Positive Reviews Curtis Boyd, The Transparency Company

It pays off to dispute fake reviews. Illegitimate reviews are harmful to ratings, which is proven to hurt revenue.

Removing legitimate negative reviews is not the goal. Earned reviews are good; purchased reviews are not. Silencing real customers is not good or legitimate. That’s not what this is about.

Your boss should not be asking you to review the company, unless it’s on Glassdoor. The top types of fake reviews are from vendors, business owners, current employees, untruthful customers, and 3rd party and review clusters.

Dispute fake reviews on the mobile app vs. a desktop. Having data to show the reviews are fake have approximately a 380 times greater success rate of being removed.

If you’ve been hit with a negative review cluster, it’s best to work with a Google Product Expert using the GBP Help Forum.

3. Work Smarter With Practical Google Data Studio Uses Amanda Jordan, RicketyRoo

With GDS, you’ll spend less time reviewing your data. You can create local SEO reports that are easily digestible not only for you, but for your clients. There are plenty of templates created for you to plug and play with your data.

“Use Data Studio to find and categorize keywords, and find new ways to utilize data they’re providing.”

There are many free connectors with GDS to help integrate your data, such as Google Analytics, BigQuery, Google Sheets, Search Console, and more.

Additionally, there are free tool connectors for GDS, including Ahrefs, ContentKing, DeepCrawl, SEMRush, and more.

Use data controls in Data Studio. They allow you to manipulate data by date, visitor type, device type, and more.

4. Be Strategic With Your Spam Fighting Efforts Joy Hawkins, Sterling Sky

The percentage of fake listings varies greatly by industry. Garage Door Repair, Junk Cars, and Personal Injury were the top industries with fake listings.

“87.6% of Garage Door Repair listings were spam. This is incredibly damaging for brands, and why spam-fighting can help legitimate brands.”

Spam fighting is not a long-term strategy, but it is something you should try to pursue. Spam can always come back, and Google doesn’t always enforce all their guidelines.

If there are duplicate listings, don’t delete one. Merging listings can actually help them to rank.

If you are in an industry with moderate amounts of spam listings, then it’s probably worth your time to report.

5. We Only Buy From People We Know, Like, and Trust Matthew Hunt, Automation Wolf

It takes 7 hours with 11 different interactions, in 4 different locations to earn the trust of a user, in order to create opportunities to work with and sell to them.

Leverage LinkedIn with short-form content users can discover. Then, create long-form content where there is some sort of interaction (course, webinar, etc.). From there, create a community of trust so users continue to come back to you.

Make sure you have a personal profile, not just a company page. Create a compelling personal headline showcasing who you are and what you do.

The winning formula for a personal headline: Role + Expertise + Value.

Noah Learner, Two Octobers

Build your content based on client goals, gathering data, cleaning the data, then creating topics based on this data.

Market what is most profitable for you. Make sure to ask your clients what their biggest money-makers are during your onboarding process.

Google has a difficult time knowing what to show, which is why it’s important to make it crystal clear what your content is about.

There’s a big difference between search trends from Google SERP auto-suggest and Google Trends. Auto-suggest is personalized, while Trends is not.

7. Proximity Is Much More Important With The Vicinity Update Yan Gilbert and Colan Nielson, Sterling Sky

The closer you are to a business listing, the higher the chances that listing will rank.

The vicinity update has allowed many more business listings to rank, thanks to the variety in the map packs.

Keywords without location were impacted the most.

Keywords in your business name are not as straightforward as it used to be. Don’t use keyword

stuffing as a strategy. Google is attempting to balance spammy GBPs while allowing real businesses to rank.

The top action items from the vicinity update are:

Focus on explicit keywords

Create more GBP real estate

Go after a wider variety of keywords to minimize damage

8. SEO Forecasting Can Help Answer Key Business Questions From Stakeholders Andrew Shotland, Local SEO Guide

The key questions stakeholders want answered are:

How much am I going to get out of this?

How long is it going to take?

What’s the ROI?

SEO forecasting needs to take the individual business’ uniqueness and goals into consideration. Do more than using your own experience and your own data to forecast.

Sometimes accurate forecasts don’t matter, as long as you’re being realistic setting good expectations. Don’t falsely inflate forecasts to look good and get budget approval.

A good scientific method is the RICE Score. (Reach x Impact x Confidence)/Effort = RICE Score.

However, a good RICE score may not return a lot of revenue, even if it’s easy to implement. Determine what is more important: high revenue or a high RICE score?

9. You Have An Obligation To Make Sure Your Reviews Are Genuine Mike Blumenthal, Near Media

The business is responsible for how the review platform works, as well as the SEO and reputation management firms’ behaviors.

The new FTC business marketer guidelines include:

No review gating

No selective review display

Positive and negative reviews must be treated equally

Incentives must be made explicit

Review suppression doesn’t work. Customers can see the difference between your site and the Google reviews.

You do not have to publish offensive or inappropriate review content. Ensure you have a clear TOS published on your site explaining the FTC guidelines, and publish everything that meets those guidelines.


The LocalU virtual symposium focused a lot on real updates that impact businesses, as well as content tips that can help anyone who has a physical business or listing.

If you’d like more detailed information on the sessions, be sure to join the #LocalU conversation on Twitter and connect with the speakers. You can also purchase instant access from Local University here.

At the end of the conference, Local University announced its return to in-person events. They will be hosting LocalU Advanced in Denver, CO on July 28th. If you’re interested in attending, be sure to stay up-to-date with Local University for more information.

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Brightedge Unveils New Technology That Puts Seo On Autopilot

During the keynote address at Share19 in New York, BrightEdge CEO Jim Yu announced a new technology that could make a major difference for digital marketers.

The patented technology, called BrightEdge Autopilot, completely automates certain SEO tasks — it will be available in early 2023, and if it does everything Yu says it will, it’s a game changer.

Specifically, BrightEdge Autopilot will identify and perform SEO tasks that don’t need a human touch, including:

Duplicate content issues

Broken links

Mobile issues

Page performance

Infrastructure issues

It’s SEO running in the background, 24 hours a day, in real time.

“This was really, really hard technology to build,” said BrightEdge CEO Jim Yu. “We’ve been building it for 12 years.”

He and CTO Lemuel Park came up with the idea of making certain aspects of SEO autonomous by listening to their clients.

“Time and again we heard the same thing: digital marketing teams were challenged by limited resources and organizational silos — and their own bandwidth was limited thanks to repetitive, laborious, and soul-crushing repetitive tasks.”

How BrightEdge Made SEO Autonomous

Yu likens BrightEdge Autopilot to a self-driving car.

“You have to drive a car millions of miles to develop self driving capabilities, and it’s the same thing with creating autonomous SEO,” Yu said.

“We’ve been testing and tuning different algorithms for 12 years,” he said.

During those 12 years, they’ve studied 345 petabytes of data — to put that into perspective, that’s 57 times the size of all the photos on Instagram.

They’ve also crawled 500 billion pages – meaning that if every single person in the world had a webpage, each of those pages would have been crawled 71 times.

Put simply, they’ve tested, tested, and tested again, across different industries and businesses. They’re currently running BrightEdge Autopilot on more than 1,700 sites.

On average, the customers using BrightEdge Autopilot have seen:

60% increase in page views per visit

21% more keywords on Page 1 rankings

2X increase in conversions

28% improvement in ad quality score

“Large sites with tons of pages really benefit from the self-healing aspects of BrightEdge Autopilot. It helps whenever things get broken. And, of course, even as you fix things, other things get broken again — but the self-healing is always running in the background to address issues like orphan pages and duplicate content,” Yu said.

Meanwhile, he said smaller sites are benefiting from the mobile performance improvement and self-linking pages.

Autopilot ensures that your site is always (automatically) promoting the right content, driving users to related content, and optimizing your site flow.

BrightEdge Autopilot provides three main solutions for businesses of all sizes across all industries by:

Self-connecting pages.

Self-healing infrastructure.

Self-enhancing mobile.

“With BrightEdge Autopilot, you can compress the time it takes to do the SEO tasks you need to do so you can stay ahead — and focus on innovating and creating,” Yu said.

BrightEdge Autopilot in the Wild

Campbell’s Soup Company has early access to BrightEdge Autopilot.

At the Share19 conference in New York, Campbell’s Global SEO Manager Amanda Ciktor shared the impact of BrightEdge Autopilot.

Ciktor reported that she was able to get BrightEdge Autopilot up and running within a day — and the results speak for themselves.

4,000 keywords moved to Page 1.

75,000 images were compressed automatically.

35% pages earned a faster mobile page speed.

There was an overall 5 second load time improvement.

And it’s not just Campbell’s that is seeing success.

Brands across numerous industry verticals have seen dramatic performance improvement with up to and over 65% immediate uplift.

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Seo Auditing – An Example From The Travel Sector

A review of technical SEO in the Cruise industry

This isn’t an industry-specific problem – it’s an all-round epidemic. We have carried out countless SEO audits for companies of all sizes. And if we’ve learnt one thing, it’s that the size or position of a firm has little bearing on its technical SEO performance. We’ve seen huge, popular sites with critical SEO problems, superbly optimised sites from struggling brands, and vice versa. To demonstrate this, we conducted mini audits on Europe’s top-five cruise travel agents (by reach according to Alexa), looking at 12 key factors that can affect search performance and usability.*

We hope this research shows the type of checks that are relevant and worthwhile for businesses across sector.

Background to the Cruise Industry

The cruise industry is massive, and its growing. According to Cruise Market Watch, nearly 21 million passengers embarked on cruise holidays in 2013 – that’s about 11 million more than 2003. And recent figures from CLIA, quoted by Breaking Travel News, value the cruise industry at around £2.5 billion in the UK alone.

The fact that this phenomenal rise correlates with the global ecommerce boom is unlikely to be coincidental. After all, it’s now easier than ever for customers to book their holidays online, whenever the fancy takes them – another report from CLIA seems to support this suggestion, stating that last-minute cruise bookings are at a ten-year high.

But despite our five companies presumably relying heavily on the web for their revenues, all of them failed to pass our technical SEO mini audits – by a long shot. In fact, even the best-performing brand, Iglu Cruise, fell down on four of our 11 audit factors. The worst performer, Cruising Holidays, scored just 3.5 out of 11 (see table below).

We should point out that this is not intended as an overriding criticism of these companies’ marketing efforts – as the top-five cruise travel agents they are all, obviously, doing rather well for themselves.

Nor are we intending to make an example of these companies for unusual technical errors.

The point is that the technical SEO failures we have discovered in these big sites are not industry specific, and are in fact not unusual at all. But this doesn’t mean these travel agents should rest on their laurels.

From our own experiences managing technical optimisation projects, we know that every one of these sites could potentially see search engine performance improvements by rectifying these errors.

But at the moment, they’re in a position that many companies unwittingly find themselves in – because of the perceived lack of importance of technical SEO, they’re missing out on a chance to steal a lead on their competitors.

Please note: The mini audits we conducted in this study only provide the most basic insights into technical issues – comprehensive audits would likely bring more issues to light.

The companies reviewed – the top-five Cruise travel agents in Europe

1. Iglu Cruise: The UK’s largest independent cruise travel agent. Has been trading for 15 years.

Performed best in our study with seven points out of 11.

2. chúng tôi Established 1984. Won ‘World’s Leading Cruise Travel Agent’ award five years straight.

Performed third best in our study with five points out of 11.

3. Virgin Holidays Cruises: Part of the multi-billion pound Virgin Group.

Performed fourth best in our study with four points out of 11.

4. Bolsover Cruise Club: Independent agent established in the 1960s.

Performed second best in our study with six points out of 11.

5. Cruising Holidays (Blue Water Holidays: Specialist in luxury, river and small ship cruises since 2002.

Came last in our study with 3.5 points out of 11.

SEO Audit Results

These are the factors we have reviewed – you can see that broken links, redirects and use of directions can be improved for many of the companies.

130 Social Sharing Sites That Boost Seo & Drive Traffic

SEO is complex, to say the least.

So, when tools come along that make the art of search engine optimization a little easier, we stand up and take notice.

Why? Because social sharing sites fuel one of the most important elements of SEO: links.

Take, for example, Pinterest.

Pinterest, one of about 130 sites we’re going to tell you about, are important for SEO.

But don’t be fooled.

Search engines are looking to these sites for more than link signals.

Start by taking a look at the 130 of our favorites we’ve gathered below.

My Top 24 Social Sites 1. Twitter

Twitter is huge.

While it might not be the first site that pops into your mind for submitting content, it has a large audience and is an efficient platform for posting.

Many people use it to post links, content, and images that they find interesting and worthy of a revisit in the future.

2. Pinterest

In its lifetime, more than 50 billion pins have appeared on Pinterest.

3. Mix

In June 2023, the popular discovery platform StumbleUpon became Mix.

Mix lets you experience the internet as curated by machine learning, editors, or publishers.

You can also tag content that you liked, in particular, to share with others.

4. Slack

Slack is a group messaging program that provides users with customizable channels in which chats can occur.

You can also create private groups, and have direct messaging.

In 2023, Slack had 12 million Slack groups.

5. Delicious

Delicious is a great booking marking site when you’re looking to build up maximum traction on your content.

6. Pocket

Appropriately named, when you put something in your Pocket, it’s there to be found later.

Users of Pocket can hold onto anything they find on the internet or through various apps.

Bonus points for the fact that once something’s in your Pocket, you don’t need an internet connection to access it.

7. Digg

Got great content?

Then it belongs to Digg.

8. Folkd

The more saves a piece gets, the higher it’s rank in their social search, which helps connect their visitors with even more quality content.

9. Reddit

What can’t be found on Reddit?

Reddit is a great tool when you’re looking to quickly promote your own content.

10. Fark

One of Fark‘s best attributes is their commitment to quality.

As a social networking news site, Fark receives mountains of submissions on a daily basis but presents only the best to their audience.

This site isn’t for wimpy, weak content.

But, if you’re ready to showcase your talent and drive traffic to your own site, Fark is the way to go.

11. BizSugar 12. Slashdot

Users of Slashdot submit and share content on gaming, cloud computing, computer hardware, security management, and more.

13. We Heart It

The site is nice to look at, easy to use, and inspirational – especially for anyone who loves great imagery.

14. Scoop.It

This site, aimed toward professionals, offers solutions for content creation, content curation, predictive analysis, and content intelligence.

Scoop.It offers two different platforms – a free version for individuals and a paid version for businesses.

15. Trendiee

For people who loved Newsvine, and were disheartened when it shut down, Trendiee offers a similar platform that’s super easy to use.

Their goal is to connect people with trending news, and it’s one that they accomplish beautifully.

16. Diigo

Educators, students, researchers, and anyone with an inquisitive mind love the features that make keeping track of their resources and sharing them easy.

Diigo is perfect for content that’s focused on statistics, analytics, or research of any industry.

17. BibSonomy

Granted, not many businesses publish scientific material as part of their marketing strategy.

18. Instagram

Instagram is for photo, video, and live video sharing.

In the 2010s, it was the fourth most downloaded mobile app.

One billion people use Instagram monthly, and 500 million use Instagram Stories daily.

On average, Instagram users spend 28 minutes on the platform daily in 2023.

19. Pearltrees

There’s a simplicity to Pearltrees that makes it a favorite among users who love to create collections of their favorite things.

Pearltrees offers functionality and a platform that makes it easy to share and gather new content.

20. DZone

Each day, thousands of developers come to the site to learn, share, and read about the latest technologies and trends in the world of software development.

21. Medium

Typically used to share personal, original stories, Larry Kim has shown just how successful Medium can be for repurposing content.

22. SlideShare

While some claim SlideShare is on its way out if you’ve created an amazing keynote or PowerPoint presentation, you’re going to want to repurpose that on SlideShare.

23. Quora

Not only a great research tool for Q&A content brainstorming, but Quora is a question-and-answer based site filled with a wide range of topics to discuss and follow.

24. Facebook Groups

A Facebook Group is a closed or open community within Facebook where users can post content ranging from links to events and questions.

As of 2023, 1.4 billion people used Facebook Groups, and there were over 10 million groups on Facebook.

69 More for Good Measure

A few of these you’ll be familiar with because they’re already insanely popular, but there’s also plenty of lesser-known sites on the list.

25. Facebook

Facebook is arguably the most popular social network in the world.

26. Flipboard

Flipboard curates the world’s stories you can focus on investing in yourself, stay informed, and get involved.

27. Feedly

Feedly is the most popular RSS blog reader with more than 15 million users and acts as a news aggregator for various web browsers and mobile devices.

28. Pinboard 29. Instapaper

Instapaper is touted as the simplest way to save and store articles for reading offline, on-the-go, anytime, anywhere.

30. Kirtsy

Kirtsy, initially a content aggregator, now allows users to submit slideshows focused on art, design, products, pins, photos, and projects.

31. LinkaGoGo

LinkaGoGo has been around since 2001.

32. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a 500 million+ member social network designed to build and engage with your professional network.

33. Disqus 34. Listly

Listly helps bloggers and publishers engage readers by viral top 10 lists created by the community.

35. Tumblr

Tumblr, the popular “microblogging” network, allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog.

36. Crazybacklink 37. Dotnetkicks

Dotnetkicks is a community-based news site edited by the community who specializes in .NET development techniques, technologies, and tools.

38. Emolinks 39. TikTok

TikTok is a video sharing service in which users share videos that are 3 to 60 seconds long.

The app is credited largely with the success of many celebrities whose reach extends beyond the app and into the mainstream.

As of publishing, TikTok boasts 800 million users.

40. PiPiNews 41. Sitejot 42. Skybacklinks

Skybacklinks is an online service that enables users to store, share, and add links across the web.

43. SocialBookmarkNow 44. SocioPost 45. TechDirt

TechDirt is an online newsblog that allows users to post their own stories.

46. Tracky

Tracky is a social collaboration and project management tool that allows anyone to socialize projects and store all of your digital “stuff.”

47. Zypid 48. MetaFilter 49. AixinDashi

50. Steemit

This is a blogging and social media website that gifts users with its cryptocurrency, STEEM, for publishing and curating content.

51. Bookmarkfeeds 52. BookmarkMaps 53. Leavemark

Leavemark launched in 2023 is an ad-free data storage and social media app that lets you save videos and photos and share them later.

The app features a time and space capsule option that allows information to be released in increments of 2 weeks, 2 months, 10 years, or when the recipient is within proximity of a given place.

There is also direct messaging, a newsfeed, and a family tree feature that allows you to preserve information for future family members.

54. Fabric

Fabric is like VH1’s Pop Up Video but in real life (IRL).

55. Vero

Vero is a social media app designed to compete with the one-two punch of Facebook and Instagram.

Instead, users select who gets to see their posts, and posts appear chronologically.

You can share suggestions for music, books, films, and more.

You can also shop within the app for any recommendations that you found particularly striking.

56. Caffeine

Caffeine is a platform that streams live content that you can interact with including gaming, sports, and music.

57. Twitch

Twitch is a video streaming service owned by Amazon.

The platform focuses primarily on live video game streaming, but also includes e-sport competitions, music broadcasts, and other forms of creative content.

As of February 2023, 3.8 million streamers had broadcasted on Twitch.

58. Houseparty

Houseparty is a group video chatting app that runs on mobile and desktop devices.

Users get updated when their friends are online and available to chat.

There are 20 million Houseparty users, as of publishing.

60. Facecast

This is a global video community that people use to share a short video, live broadcasts, and chat roulette style video chats.

61. Masterminds

Mastermind is a social media platform for coordinating goal-oriented video chats with like-minded individuals.

The aim is to benefit from each other’s shared experience, encouragement, comradery, and accountability.

62. Triller

Triller is a social media video app in which you film yourself lip-syncing, dancing, or both.

Triller’s editing algorithm then goes to work to edit your video for you based on audio and facial analyses.

63. WhatsApp

WhatsApp is an encrypted messaging service that allows you to send text and audio messages, make video and phone calls, share media, and send each other locations.

WhatsApp currently has 2 billion users worldwide.

64. Tagged

Tagged is a social discovery platform that lets you browse the profiles of any members and share tags and virtual gifts.

65. Wattpad

Wattpad is a platform that services user-generated stories.

As of 2023, Watpad has 400 million stories and over 65 million users who spend over 15 billion minutes on the app each month.

66. Badoo

Badoo is a social networking website meant to facilitate friendship, romantic relationships, or just brief conversations.

You can search based on who’s nearby, a more specific geographic search, a Tinder type feature where you swipe left or right, and you have the option of video chatting as well.

Users are verified by uploading a photo of themselves in a specific pose that’s then verified by a moderator. People can also request selfies to confirm an identity.

Since launching in 2006, Badoo has had 435 million members.

67. Bubbly

Bubbly is an app that allows users to record voice blogs upwards of 90 seconds in length to subscribe to the voice blogs of others.

Currently, you can apply voice filters, effects, and background music to the posts.

68. Cellufun 69. Classmates 70. CollegeHumor

CollegeHumor is an internet comedy company that, in addition to creating original content, allows for user-submitted videos, pictures, articles, and links.

71. Discord

Discord is an instant messaging software that allows you to communicate via text, image, video, and voice.

As of July 2023, Discord had over 250 million users.


In July of 2023, Giphy reported that it had 200 million daily users on both its app and website and around 250 million monthly active users on their site.

73. Imgur

Imgur is an image sharing community and image host.

Many popular viral images and memes are hosted by Imgur.

74. LINE

Line is a messaging service that lets users community using smartphones, tablet devices, and PCs.

Text, images, video, audio, and free VoIP calls and video conferences are all available.

Line also has a digital wallet called Line Pay, a news stream called Line Today, a video-on-demand service known as Line TV and two digital comic services known as Line Manga and Line Webtoon.

As of October 2023, 217 million people use Line.


Line Play is an app wherein you create a cutified avatar that serves as your alter ego.

You can then interact with other users, keep a diary, create a room for your avatar, and share your creation with your friends.

Currently, more than 70 million people use Line Play.

76. LiveJournal

LiveJournal is a social networking platform where people keep diaries. LiveJournal’s highest recorded number of users is 2.5 million.

77. MeetMe

MeetMe is a mix between a social media platform and a dating app.

Meetme works by verifying and populating your profile with data from Facebook.

You’re then shown users nearby who you have the opportunity to chat with and even arrange an in-person meeting.

In 2023, MeetMe reported that it had 100 million users.

78. MocoSpace

Inspired by Myspace, MocoSpace is a mobile social network that includes games, chat, instant messaging, eCars, and photos.

In 2008, MocoSpace reported that it has 2 million registered users and 1 billion monthly page views.

79. Myspace

Between 2005 and 2008, Myspace was the biggest social networking platform in the world, catering to over 100 million users per month.

As of 2023, MySpace had 15 million monthly visitors.

80. Open Diary

Open Diary is an online diary community similar to LiveJournal and Xanga.

81. Skype

Skype is a popular video chat software that lets users community via audio, video, or text.

You can also send images, videos, files, and more.

There’s a group chat feature as well. In March of 2023, it was reported that Skype was used by 100 million people monthly, and 40 million people daily.

82. Telegram

Telegram is a chat app available for both desktop and mobile users.

The mobile version features encryption.

You can also send photos, videos, stickers, audios, and files.

As of April 2023, Telegram has reached over 400 million monthly active users.

83. Tribe

Tribe is a social messaging app.

You can record and send messages to your friends just by holding your finger on their photo and then releasing it.

You can also create groups to send videos to several recipients at once.

Once the video is tapped and viewed, it disappears.

84. Viber

Viber is a software that allows for VoIP and instant messaging-based communications.

Users are verified by their cell phone. The app can also be used on desktops.

Viber gives users the opportunity to trade images, videos, and access to a paid international dedicated video and phone service called Viber Out.

As of 2023, Viber recorded having over a billion users.

85. Vimeo

Vimeo is a video hosting platform.

Vimeo is ad-free and instead derives its income by providing hosting plans to content producers and tools for video creation, editing, etc.

Vimeo also helps professionals connect with one another.

86. We Heart It

We Heart It is an image-based social network.

Users can collect or “heart” their favorite images, share images with friends, and organize images into collections.

As of 2023, We Heart It had over 40 million members.

87. Dropmark

Dropmark is a collaborative sharing tool.

You collect files, drag them into your browser to upload, and then share that collection with a group or individual of your choosing.

88. Droplr

Droplr allows you to take your screenshots or screen recordings, upload them to the cloud, and then share them with anyone.

89. CloudApp

CloudApp allows you to share screenshots or screen recordings.

Using its Instant Video feature, users can broadcast screen recordings instantaneously.

90. AixinDashi

AixinDashi is a social network used to promote content submitted by members.

91. Patreon

Patreon is an American membership-based platform that provides creators with the means to maintain subscription-based content.

Creators include video makers, podcasters, artists, writers, adult content creators, and more.

As of January 2023, there were 3 million patrons supporting 100,000 creators on Patreon.

92. OnlyFans

OnlyFan is a content subscription service akin to Pateron that is particularly popular in the adult entertainment industry as well as fitness experts.

Creators receive funding based on subscriptions, tips, and pay-per-view events.

As of May 2023, OnlyFan had around 450,000 content creators and 30 million registered users.

93. Substack

Substack is a platform that allows creators to have paid email newsletters.

Substack provides a content management system to create email newsletters, a way of collecting payments using Stripe, and a website that can provide free or paid-for content.

Don’t Forget the Music/Audio Social Sites 94. Datpiff

DatPiff is an online distribution platform focusing on hip-hop, rap, and R&B.

Basically, DatPiff is the modern-day equivalent of the sort of mixtapes or mix CDs fledgling artists would distribute with the hopes of having their music exposed to a larger audience.

95. Last.FM

Last.FM is a social media platform that follows the listening habits of users to create custom playlists.

Last.FM can gather data from popular music streaming apps, internet radio stations, or the user’s own desktop or mobile devices.

96. SoundCloud

SoundCloud is an audio distribution and music sharing platform.

The platform would go on to have over 175 million monthly users worldwide.

It has launched the careers of many professional and wildly successful musicians.

97. ReverbNation

ReverbNation is a website where musicians, producers, and venues collaborate and communicate.

98. Bandcamp

Bandcamp is an audio distribution platform.

Artists and labels upload their content to bandcamp, and then set how it’s sold, for how much, in what format, and can sell merch or physical media as well.

Plus, 20 Even More Niche Social Sharing Sites 99. Dribble

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100. Meetup

Meetup uses online groups to coordinate in-person meetings based on people’s shared interests.

In 2023, Meetup had 35 million users.

101. Weed Life

Weed Life is a social network built for cannabis enthusiasts.

102. Nextdoor

Nextdoor is a social media platform that allows you to connect with people in your neighborhood.

You have to submit your real name and address (your street name without your unit number).

It’s currently available in 11 countries.

Only other members of your neighborhood can see your posts.

As of 2023, Nextdoor has 236,000 neighborhood and 27 million active monthly users.

103. DeviantArt

DeviantArt is an online community where people share artwork, videos, and photography.

As of 2023, the site had over 26 million members and 251 million submissions.

Art can be browsed by categories such as type, operating system customization utilities, skins for applications, and more.

Users also have the option of creating groups based on suggestions, surveys, polls, blogs, and discussions.

105. CouchSurfing

CouchSurfing is a social networking platform that allows users to coordinate lodging, meetings, or join and create events.

106. RunKeeper

Runkeeper is a fitness-tracking app that uses GPS to map your workouts.

Some activities include walking, running, and cycling.

As of July 2023, Runkeeper has over 50 million users. You can share your workouts with others and the Runkeeper community as well.

107. Care2

Care2 is a social media platform that connects people based on the activist causes that they’re passionate about.

Care2 currently has over 56 million users, 2,750 nonprofit partners, has created nearly 450,000 petitions, and has accrued over 1 billion signatures.

108. eToro

eToro is a social trading platform and multi-asset brokerage company that offers financial and copy trading services.

Users are able to follow, view, and even recreate the practices of top traders on the platform.

As of June 2023, eToro has roughly 10 million users.

109. Gaia Online

Gaia Online is an anime-themed social network and forum based platform.

110. Italki

Italki is a platform that connects language learners to teachers using video chat.

Teachers earn money as freelance tutors.

111. Ravelry

Ravelry is a social networking service for people who are interested in knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other similar activities.

Users share projects, ideas, and their collections of yarns, fiber, and tools.

As of March 2023, Ravelry had almost 9 million registered users and roughly 1 million monthly active users.

112. The Dots

The Dots is a social networking program for creative professionals (writers, illustrators, videographers, etc.).

Members get to network, connect, collaborate, and be inspired by the individuals, teams, and brands that themselves have profiles.

113. Ello

Ello is a social networking platform that allows people to showcase art, photography, fashion, and web culture.

It also gives users the option to offer services and collaborations.

114. Funny or Die

Funny or Die is a comedy video platform where celebrities and users alike submit their content.

Although overwhelmed with user-submitted content, Funny or Die still offers users the opportunity to submit their own content.

115. MyHeritage

MyHeritage is a platform that allows users to create family trees, upload and browse photos, and search through over 9 billion historical records.

116. Viadeo

Viadeo is a professional social networking platform that connects business owners, entrepreneurs, and managers.

117. Yelp

Yelp is a crowdsourced review based website that provides ratings for businesses.

It is also partnered with a reservation service called Yelp Reservations.

As of June 2023, Yelp states that it has over 192 million reviews.

118. Letterboxd

Letterboxd is a social networking service that focuses on sharing reviews and adoration for film.

Users can keep a diary to track their opinions, films watched, and make lists. Users can also interact with one another.

Last But Not Least, 12 International Social Sharing Sites 119. FilmAffinity

Registered users can rate, find, and create lists of movies.

In the Spanish version of the site, it’s possible to write reviews.

In Spain, which is the platform’s country of origin, there are 3 million unique users.

120. Kuaishou

Kuaishou is a Chinese video-sharing app.

It’s known as “Snack” video in China, and “Kwai” in other markets.

Kuaishou is used to create short videos that capture the everyday experiences of its users.

As of 2023, 200 million active users can be found on Kuaishou daily.

121. Mixi

Mixi is a Japanese social networking service.

Its focus is on connecting with others based on shared interests.

Registration is confirmed using a valid Japanese cell phone number.

122. Qzone

Qzone is a social networking platform centered in China.

It lets users keep blogs, send photos, listen to music, and watch videos.

As of July 2023, it has roughly 517 million monthly active users.

123. Sina Weibo

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging site akin to Tumblr. Users can upload videos and pictures for instant or extended sharing.

There’s also an instant messaging service.

In 2023, the platform reported it had over 290 million registered users.

124. Skyrock

Skyrock is a French-based social networking platform that allows users to create blogs, profiles, and instant messages with other registered members.

125. Tencent QQ

Tencent QQ, known as QQ, is an instant messaging program and web portal in China.

It provides online social games, music, shopping, microblogging, movies, and group and voice chat.

126. VK

VK is a Russian social networking platform. VK facilitates both private and public messaging, groups, public pages, and events.

With VK, you can also share and tag images, audio, and video. There are browser-based games as well.

As of August 2023, CK had 500 million accounts.

127. WeChat

WeChat is a Chinese developed platform that allows for messaging, social media, and mobile payment.

In China, the app has been called the “app for everything”. As of 2023, WeChat had roughly 1 billion active users.

128. XING

Xing is a Hamburg-based social networking site for professionals primarily focused on the German-speaking market.

As of April 2023, Xing reported that it reached 16 million members.

129. YY

YY is a Chinese based video social network with its very own virtual currency.

The currency is paid to people who create content ranging from karaoke videos to tutorials. The currency can later be exchanged for real money.

The platform also streams concerts, fashion, and sporting events. Users can chat as well. As of November 2023, YY had 157.8 million monthly active users.

130. Douban

Douban is a Chinese social networking platform that allows users to document information and create content about movies, books, TV, activities in China, and more.

Douban has 60 million registered users and 150 million unregistered visitors.

Registered users get recommendations and add them to other social networking options; unregistered users get reviews and ratings of media.

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