By combining research content with an organized directory structure for website listings, we hope to help navigate through the social networking clutter on the web
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 8, 2009
Today, SiteRapture (http://www.siterapture.com), a vertical directory of websites and online services, announced the release of its official list of social networking websites and related information. SiteRapture offers a broad array of information related to social networking including a comprehensive listing of social networks by category and subcategory, information on the different types of networks, statistics and figures related to social networking, what to look for when selecting a service, feature definitions, and editor recommendations based on various attributes.
SiteRapture currently lists over 300 social networks in over 40 subcategories focusing on the following groups and topics: travel, high school students, college students, parents, business networking, +40 year-old adults, African-Americans, Latinos, children / teens, adult / pornography, race car fans & drivers, events and things to do, messaging, photos, models, books, art and artists, interior design, lawyers, media professionals, family, sports, cooking / wine, cars, collectors, movies, music, fashion, health, green / environmental issues, mobile phone users, shopping, gaming, life experiences and goals, social network creation, supernatural phenomena, affluent / wealthy individuals, technology products, virtual worlds, gay / lesbian, physicians / doctors, international / foreign.
"Social networking and user-generated content (UGC) continues to be the life blood of the Internet and new web-based applications." said SiteRapture Founder and CEO Michael D. Raeford, Jr. "SiteRapture aims to provide as much valuable, organized information as possible about social networking not only to educate consumers about the space, but to help navigate through the myriad of social networking websites available on the web."
According to eMarketer, there were over 94 million consumers of user-generated content in 2007 and this number is expected to grow to over 130 million in 2012. Also, ad spending on social networks is expected to top $1.6 billion by 2013. The amount of web content related to social networking is continuing to grow exponentially. For example, if a web surfer wants to find a social network and conducts a search for "social networking websites" using Google and Yahoo! search engines, 400,000 and 2.4 million search results are generated, respectively. These search results contain mainly irrelevant, inadequate information spread out across multiple sources and does not provide an efficient way to find a specific social network based on the user's needs.
"By combining research content with an organized directory structure for website listings, we hope to help navigate through the social networking clutter on the web," said Raeford.
In addition to social networking websites, SiteRapture lists over 3,000 websites and online services in over 100 categories including video sharing websites, digital music websites, social bookmarking websites, and other popular and niche web categories. SiteRapture provides various types of information for each website listed including website reviews, similar websites, tutorials / how-tos, and other relevant information.
To begin researching social networking websites or other categories using SiteRapture, go to http://www.siterapture.com/categorymain.asp?CategoryID=1 .