5 Niche Online Social Networks With Real-World Effects

There are so many small, niche social networks out there – for the college student, for the music lover, for the new mom – that it’s difficult to see how any of them can stand up to Facebook, the reigning king of social networks. However, maybe monthly active users is not the only metric we should be using to measure the success of a new social network. Instead, it’s possible that niche social networks will find their staying power in their offline call to action. As they cover many fewer topics than Facebook and other general social networks, the sites on this list are able to focus their networks on taking certain actions. Here are five niche social networks that mobilize their user base to do something, learn something, and be part of something in the real world.