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Popular Social Networks in Other Countries


Facebook and Twitter are two huge forces to be reckoned with when it comes to social media. Both have huge user bases; Facebook has more than a billion users, Twitter has over 500 million. Both networks boast users from all over the world. The same goes for other social media power players like Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit. Each social network brings in a different crowd that houses a mix of cultures amongst users. This creates an interesting dynamic.

However, other countries also have social networks that are specific to themselves as well. Surprising, right? It can be if you haven’t thought about this before.

Here is a little information about some other big social networks from around the world:

Badoo, founded in Spain

Badoo focuses more on dating and meeting people. The service is offered only to those 18 years and older, contrary to Facebook and its relatively lax 13 and up policy. Badoo is free for a basic profile, but charges for some upgrades like games. Badoo now has a presence in 180 countries.

Weixin and Weibo. China

Weixin and Weibo are two large social networks in China. Weixin is relatively similar to Facebook, but it has the option to share to smaller groups of friends and family rather than everyone on your friend list. Weibo is geared more towards the general public and has a more Twitter-like feel.

StudiVZ, Germany

StudiVZ is a social network geared primarily towards students in Germany and Europe. According to Wikipedia, the network gets its name from the German expression Studentenverzeichnis, which translates to students’ directory. Because the interest of the network is primarily education, users’ profiles revolve around their studies, including what they study, interests, and classes they are taking.

Bebo, based in California

Bebo became popular several years ago. It was founded in California but quickly gained a large international following. In 2008, Bebo had upwards of 40 million users. The network has since lost many users, but is being revamped by its original founder.

While I don’t want to sound like a cliché, social networking has essentially taken over the modern world. More social networks exist than you can even think of. With the amount of social networks nowadays are people going to start getting burnt out? Only time will tell.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.

5 Things the Next Generation Won’t Understand


With every generation comes new advances and changes to everyday life. Just in the last few decades, some things have changed so drastically, especially in the world of technology.  Just think about how different the business world is. Many small business owners now use mobile apps to help run their business on an everyday basis.  And I’m sure many of you are guilty of checking social media multiple times a week, if not every day.

Many of these changes have led to the cliché “kids these days have it so easy”. While I’m still fairly young, it’s still hard to believe how much has changed in my lifetime alone. The current generation will be raised with Google at their fingertips. Smartphones and tablets are a way of life, not something special or even unheard of.

Here is a list of a few things that today’s kids will never have the pleasure of knowing:

  • Camera film – I know that a few types of cameras are still made that use film, but they are few and far between. By the time today’s youngsters grow up, there might not be such a thing as just a camera – cell phone cameras may be it. Ever go to pick up your pictures from a disposable camera just to find that most of them were terrible?
  • Cassette tapes and CD’s – while CDs are still around, they are clearly being phased out in favor of digital music. I doubt it will be much longer before CDs are a thing of the past. Cassette tapes are long gone. Let’s not even get started on 8-tracks and records.
  • VHS tapes and a VCR – I remember when I was a kid, we had nearly all of the Disney movies on VHS. It was always a sad day if your tape wasn’t rewound when you went to watch it. You had to either rewind it manually or wait for what felt like forever to rewind it with the machine. Same goes for recording shows onto VHS. What a process that was! DVRs have made life much easier in this aspect. Remember Blockbuster before they were nothing but kiosks in grocery stores? I do!
  • Floppy disks – remember when your life relied on not losing your floppy disk? If I remember correctly, they held about 3 files each. Now, we have thumb drives that hold multiple gigs of info, or external hard drives the size of a deck of cards that can hold a terabyte. That’s not even considering the vast amount of cloud storage that’s available for free.
  • Dial-up internet and AOL – hard to believe how far we’ve come from the days of that screeeeeee sound when the dial up was well, dialing up. And you had to use AOL to get online! Now there are multiple ways to access the web – laptop, smartphone, tablet, desktop.

With advances happening so quickly, what you’re using could easily become obsolete as fast as the items above.

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Megan Totka is the Chief Editor for She specializes on the topic of small business tips and resources. helps small businesses grow their business on the web and facilitates connectivity between local businesses and more than 7,000 Chambers of Commerce worldwide.