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Niche social networks for every taste

Seventeen sites to cater to your every whim

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Facebook, the world's biggest social network, is so vast that finding your brother-in-law's second cousin can sometimes be easier than finding people who share your particular interests. Enter niche social networks, where kindred spirits unite on such topics as anime, crochet and foreign films.

Obsessed with video games or the finale to Nurse Jackie? You guessed it, there's a social network for it.


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Hamsterster: Even pets need a social network

Hamsterster is a tongue-in-cheek social network for tailless rodents that fall somewhere between gerbils and guinea pigs. Hamsterster is getting pretty long in the tooth (referencing Friendster in your name and on your About page is a great way to date yourself), and the site design looks somewhat dated as well. But if your hamster is lonely and doesn't feel like running the wheel, it's the place to go.


  • Wakoopa: Find new software
  • Beautifulpeople: Where the genetically gifted hook up
  • GetGlue: Media geeks get together
  • Myouterspace: Sci-fi nerds convene
  • GamerDNA: Video game obsessives assemble
  • DeviantArt: Exposure for artists
  • Italki: Learn a language
  • Hamsterster: Even pets need a social network
  • Scitable: For science!
  • Mubi: Cinephile central
  • Crunchyroll: Anime fans assemble
  • GovLoop: Government employees gather
  • Lost Zombies: Zombie movie maker meetup
  • CafeMom: New mothers meet
  • Ravelry: Knitters and crocheters get tight
  • Stache Passions: A group for guys with a good goatee
  • Ning: For every other topic


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