So, we all know about the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn but outside of the big four what are your favourite 'niche' social networks. By which I mean the social networking sites which address niche markets, which are growing quickly but have not yet really hit the media radar.

Please, don't make this a spam thread but rather a helpful resource list for other members.

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To get the ball rolling, here's one that's still in Beta but which I've gained access to today and looks like it could be interesting:


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Aside from the big guys, I don't really use any other social networks (unless if you called DaniWeb and other forums social networks). Sorry!

The Wikipedia page for social networks is pretty extensive, but I can't think of any that I really recommend.

But then, I am waaaaaaayyy behind the times anyhow. I haven't even joined Twitter yet. However, I am planning to change that and sign up within the week, to see what all the buzz is about.

I have been spending a lot of time in LinkedIn lately, but that is not an "off the radar" site.

Otherwise, I spend time in several forums, usually relevant to mathematics and numerical programming. Or some student sites, because I think they are the audience most likely to be interested in some of my programming activities.

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