Internet users are excited with Social Networking giants like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace and the new baby in town Google+. These sites are very popular worldwide, however, certain countries have their own unique response to these global social portals.
In Japan, Although Twitter and Facebook are becoming popular, the country has its own Social Network.
Mixi has been Japan’s biggest Social network site for a long time. The site is now overtaken by GREE.
GREE’s the current biggest thing in Japan.
Russia also has one of the world’s active Internet users. They have their own version of Facebook too.
Vkontakte.ru ranks as the most popular Social Networking site in Russia
In Brazil the is one site developed by Google, not Google+, that is highly loved over there.
Orkut is the most popular Social network in Brazil.
In The Quest Of A Social Network As A Purely Local Phenomenon In Ghana.
There are some exciting trends in the Ghanaian Social Networking space. I’ve checked out some few social network sites by Ghanaians for Ghanaians with the African flavour. I’ll attempt to list a few of them that I’ve tried out myself.
Although Ghanains love social sites like Hi5, Netlog and Facebook, more young girls and boys are gradually shifting focus on an exclusive Ghanaian based portal. There are quite some few sites on the market all claiming to be The Social Network of Ghana, however two sites have impressed me so far. I’ve been online since 2000 and I have seen 100s of sites come and go and with my experience with social media tools, I think these two sites have a future with the youth of Ghana.
1. I am a Ghanaian
I am a Ghanaian is the online community for spirited Ghanaians who want to explore their passion, keep in touch with friends, connect with other Ghanaians, share life experience, and most of all have fun.Features on the site include blogging, a marketplace where you can sell your stuff and advertise your company for free, video chat and video conferencing tool, ‘Meetme’ for dating, forums and group formations, sharing of music, photos and videos, emails service. You can also send ecards to put a smile on a love ones face, plan and publish events, and a social and public announcements section. You can post and search for jobs conduct polls and play games. We also bring you cutting edge news. We have also unleashed a citizen journalism tool – ‘Eyewitness’ for the benefit of Ghanaians. We believe that looking at ‘news’ from different angles gives a deeper understanding of what is going on within and among Ghanaians across the globe. It could be from your community, school or campus, work place, region, church, mosque, events etc. Ghanaians are amazing and interesting people doing fascinating things that do not always make news. Eyewitness allows you to write and post any news.
Gsocialize – a new way of life. A hybrid network that gives you the full social networking experience plus more on a single platform.
Do you know of other Ghanaian social networks worth noting? Are you a member of any of these? Have your say. Thanks.