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A Social Network Service (SNS) is a
service which allows people with shared interests to communicate
The easiest way to facilitate such
communication is to provide the service online. There are several
such online services.
The first such service was an online
blogging community called Open Diary and it started in 1998. The
service that is most useful for lonely people is Facebook. You can
find out more about using Facebook to find new friends at the Online
Social Network page.
Such network services can be of great
service to you. There is a service called PatientsLikeMe.com. If you
have an illness that has turned your life upside down and you are
feeling lonely on top of your other problems, you can join this
website to communicate with people who have the same illness as you.
will find information, support, companionship and possibly friends.
You can even search for the condition called loneliness and find a
lot of information about it.
You can find such services useful on a
friends and family level by using CaringBridge.com. This service is a
not-for-profit service. It provides free websites that will allow
your friends and family to connect during a family emergency
That is an example of using an SNS to achieve a personal purpose.
You can also use an SNS to be a social activist and promote green living. The name of
that service is Care2.com
You can use Meetup.com for finding
people with common interests and local to your area. This SNS promotes off-line activities.
One very good way of using such
network services is to learn how to find the network service that
would be useful to you. The way to do that is to search in Google.com
by using plain English questions in the search box.
As an example, if
you wanted to find a social network for a particular ethnic group,
health issue, hobby, subject of interest, you would type the
following in the search box: “How can I find social network
service for 'matter of interest'” In place of 'matter of interest'
would be the subject of your interest.
Supposing you search for an SNS for your interest and you don't find it. You can start
your own social network service by going to Ning.com!
What more could
you ask for? You will have to work to make your service popular but you are very likely to make friends along the
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