Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Odnoklassniki - Russia

Rather popular in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia, Odnoklassniki is a social networking service for classmates and friends. Launched in 2006, the site claims more than 45 million registered users, to be mostly highly educated men under the age of 35. Communication languages are Russian and Ukrainian. With a sizable amount of revenues and a few awards, Odnoklassniki currently boasts 69th at the Alexa internet traffic ranking service.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

kaioo - Germany

Founded on a truly social, democratic and completely independent basis, kaioo is what German executives envisaged and created. It is a non-profit social community offering the standard features of social networking websites. Users can create profiles and add user generated content (pictures, etc), join groups, communicate with friends and express interest in other users via the "match" feature. Groups can favor specific charities that receive donations at the end of the year, proportional only to their support among users. There are two external wikis, one in German, one in English, where users can discuss, share their thoughts on, and modify the Data Protection and Privacy Guidelines. It's truly remarkable, but since all data belong to the users, they get to decide how it is handled, thus modifying the general terms and conditions. The purpose of the company is clearly stated: "support of science and research, education, art and culture, assistance to young and old people, support of public health services, support of indigent and destitute persons, of environment protection, the preservation of nature and monuments, help for persons persecuted on political and racial grounds or for religious reasons as well as for refugees, expellees, evacuees, war victims, war widows and orphans, the war-disabled and prisoners of war and support for development aid."

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

beRecruited - US

Created first to serve exclusively NCAA swimming and diving, beRecruited became so successful as to now serve athletes and coaches from 31 different sports. This unique online networking community provides a platform for student athletes to secure recruitment from college coaches and universities. Potential recruits can connect and interact with college coaches, research and build profiles of verified athletic and academic information, research information on universities across the nation. Features of this networking destination include a vast and searchable database with more than 800,00 registered student athletes, 18,000 college coaches and 25,000 high school & club coaches, and 25,000 parents. Featured athletes, high schools, colleges, a resource center, sports camps, video companies, training material, news & media with photos, videos and blogs.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Barmano - US

With the founder's aspirations to be a comprehensive resource for "all things bar", including exceptional people and happenings of the beverage and bar industry, Barmano was met with such enthusiasm as to now include more than 53,000 bars in 59 countries and showing no signs of stopping yet! Many cultures and traditions around the world share common elements of pastime like enjoying a great drink, engaging in good conversation and discovering new places. This social networking community, with extended presence in other social communities like Twitter and Facebook, offers members a wide array of features. Reviewing and ranking different places, focusing on award winning, classic and signature cocktails from many spirit brands, catalogued by cocktail name, category, ingredient, flavor and alcohol, sharing information on favorite bars, taverns, clubs and lounges in a massive worldwide bar guide, finding upcoming beverage industry events along with listings for concerts with live music in bars and clubs, are but a few of these features that make contributors so passionate about this place!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BakeSpace - US

Culinary artists, professional or amateur, have a great meeting salon in the online universe to unfurl aspects of their passion, share unique recipes, build new friendships, learn from one another and share morsels of their food-related wisdom. Being a grassroots online community, BakeSpace is a social gathering in a virtual kitchen, where food, friends, family and great conversation are always the base ingredients for guaranteed gourmet delicacies! Membership is free and recipes are creative, passionate and diverse as the members who post them. Finding a recipe is the beginning of an exiting venture, where BakeSpace users can post, search and swap recipes in real time, build and customize their own online kitchen, browse the forums, upload videos, create blogs, share their passions and learn from other members through a unique mentor program. This award winner independent community has been in the limelight since 2006 and keeps growing stronger!


Asoboo - Japan

Creative, internationally-minded people have another place in the world wide web to call their own, Asoboo. Registration is free and members have a large variety of features at their disposal. They can create and customize their own profile, keep or import an existing blog, add Flickr and Twitter accounts, embed Youtube videos in comments or emails, start new or join already existing groups with people who share the same interests, create a list of favorite media and add new ones like books, games, movies, music, share reviews of favorite places, contribute any information about events in Tokyo, browse an extended job database and keep a profile with applications and resumes.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Quartzy - US

Created by highly qualified scientists primarily to meet the everyday needs of academics conducting research around the world, Quartzy is the apex of online laboratory management systems with regard to research of biochemical reagents. Increased scientific productivity often flows from a combination of elements, chief among those being the improvement of organization and communication within and between laboratories. To that effect, members of Quartzy can upload and share their existing Excel inventories and protocols, add items from hosted databases and review comments, add types and create relevant descriptive fields, further customize their own inventories adding reagents from a list of integrated vendors, streamline their ordering so lab-managers can efficiently respond by email, link inventories with LabMates, create shared facilities (microscopes, PCR machines) for people to book time on. Membership is free and feedback is always welcome on this professional networking service.