Social network services can be split into three types: socializing social network services are primarily for socializing with existing friends (e.g., Facebook); networking social network services are primarily for non-social interpersonal communication (e.g., Linked In, a career and employment-oriented site); and social navigation social network services are primarily for helping users to find specific information or resources (e.g., Goodreads for books).There have been attempts to standardize these services to avoid the need to duplicate entries of friends and interests (see the FOAF standard).
Such a broad definition would suggest that the telegraph and telephone were social networking services – not the Internet technologies scholars are intending to describe.
ARPANET, LISTSERV, and bulletin board services (BBS).
A study reveals that India has recorded world's largest growth in terms of social media users in 2013.
Furthermore, the idea that these services are defined by their ability to bring people together provides too broad a definition.
Several websites are beginning to tap into the power of the social networking model for philanthropy.