Hospitality service, Hospitality exchange, international understanding, networkingFree to register. Members are encouraged to provide information and photos of themselves and of the accommodation they offer, if anySecurity detailsThere are three methods Couchsurfing that increase security and trust, which are all visible on member profiles for potential hosts and surfers:Personal references, which hosts and surfers have the option to leave after having used the service. It is also possible to leave neutral or negative references if it is deemed appropriate. Negative references are sometimes removed by the site. An optional credit card verification system, allowing members to "lock in" their name and mailing address by making a credit card payment under any name and entering a code that Couchsurfing mails to an address of their choice. The verification program is the principal source of revenue for Couchsurfing. In an effort to increase economic fairness, the verification fee is based on a sliding scale, taking into account the Purchasing Power Parityand Human Development Index of the country of registration.A personal vouching system, whereby a member that had been vouched for three times — originally starting with the founders of the site — might in turn vouch for any number of other members he knew or had met through Couchsurfing, and trusts.
Social Travel Network Founded in 2002 in London by Jérome Touze (Co-CEO), Peter Ward (Co-CEO) and Mike Lines (CTO) Discover where to go and what to do Enables its users to create a profile and upload photos Averages over 8 million unique users a month Global Traffic Rank – 2453 , Indian Traffic Rank – 1246 Help its members fulfil their dreams by meeting like-minded people to do cool stuff with and by sharing their intentions and experiences with others WAYN Founders have also launched a new dating site under the WAYN umbrella. WAYN Dating helps people find their match based on doing what they love. Few considers it as malicious spam website one of the few premium social networking communities that managed to become profitable WAYN - Android Apps on Google Play
An online social networking portal Facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world 13.26 million members in 196 countries 123, 298 meetup groups and 381,743 monthly meetups Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies Connects you into a network of other nearby users whom you’ve never met and you can instantaneously initiate a chat with them.
Meetup Other social networking sites - Helps you meet up with new Facebook people, common interests Facebook connects you to your Meetup – more singularly friends, already in your social focused, less distractions and circle advertising Constant security settings, more Easy to organize repeated events distractions and ads Requires manual entry and Meetup users are local, easier to tracking for repeated events connect with people nearby Facebook is generic, users can be from another country, inviting to events in their country Many features and tools - group promotions such as new group More time consuming to filter announcements, suggested through groups, e.g. Facebook meetups, events calendar and (anyone can create) email functions Better support staff, more safety Relatively difficult to reach and reachable support staff at other social networking sites
Provides groups where members may seek travel partners or advice. Members organize activities such as camping trips, bar crawls, meetings, and sporting events. Non-monetary means of exchange Project started by Casey Fenton in 1999. Mission to create inspiring experiences Alexa Global Rank – 2700 Security measures ◦ References ◦ Credit Card Verification ◦ Vouching 5 million users as of January, 2013. 97,000 unique towns in 250 states and territories. Login Process Problematic Policies – Loss of data protection Protests over conversion from a non-profit organization to profit org.
Is a social networking website but with a difference. It targets the online goal setting community. It works on ‘tagging’ rather than explicit interpersonal connections Users setup logins and make a list of goals or hopes that they wish to do. Once the list is made, the text is being parsed and linked to the goals of other users. The connection established between goals of multiple people help in cheering each other up and encouraging them towards achieving their goals
Location based sharing is allowed enabling users to share their goals with people of their own locality alone Deadlines can be set for each of your goals thereby urging you to work under a timed scenario A family can be formed for similar minded users and they can cheer you and tag you encouraging you to achieve your goal You can add things you have bought on your ‘consumption page’ and you shall receive tips about other similar related items. Can be integrated to Flickr, your own personal blog, etc