31 Social Media Networking Communities For Women

11/24/2008

Social networks .. they're not just MySpace, Facebook or even Twitter. The long tail concept comes to life in the hundreds of thousands of niche communities that are exploding on to the social media scene.

Friends hugging fundraiser blog A soon-to-be-talked about new venture sent me on quest to explore what was happening with women and social networks. I discovered that when it comes to dishn' with your virtual girlfriends the communities are as diverse as well .. women! In addition to communities for moms, the focus ranges from cars to sports to business to age and status to cultural niches.

1.Multi-Tasking Women - Kyle Young created a community that empowers women to embrace and celebrate ALL the facets of their lives as a unique whole.

2. WECAI.org - Heidi Richards Mooney's focus is helping women do business online.

3. Ask Patty - Jody DeVere created the first community to help women learn about cars.

4. Diva Tribe - Jennifer Thompson launched this community to encourage women to work together to better themselves and live to their full potentials through reading, writing, and creativity.

4.More.ca - Canadian community celebrating women over 40.

5.Wowowow - site for women founded by a team of celebrity friends Joni Evans, Liz Smith. Mary Wells,Peggy Noonan and Lesley Stahl.

6. AOL Living - AOL's version of community for women.

7.iVillage - A division of NBC Universal iVillage was established in 1995 and is positioned as the #1 online destination for women.

9. Hitched! -  Founded in May 2003, by Jacquelyn Corbett Cyr this community's focus is on the women of Canada.

10. Kirsty - social media "sharing/voting" platform.

11. Savvy Auntie - Auntie Melanie Notkin created the first community for Aunts to exchange ideas, get advice, find gifts and connect with other Savvy Aunties.

12. Alpha Women - The "coffee shop" of the internet is a blogging community launched by Freda Mooncotch.

13. Divapreneur - Supporting women who own small businesses to network and learn together.

14. Boudica - Lorna Harris had an idea of a social news site for women. Community members are encourged to submit news stories,  information and web sites.

15. HerProBlog - Mona Weathers launched her community to help women bloggers from all walks of life, all levels of blog publishing understanding, and desired income earning goals to create and maintain professional blogs.

16. BlogHer - Founders Elisa Camahort, Lisa Stone and Jory Des Jardin focus is to create opportunities for women who blog to pursue exposure, education, community and economic empowerment.

17. Single Minded Women - A community devoted to the needs of single women of all ages; founded by Allison O’Connor.

18. Jane Out of The Box - Michele DeKinder-Smith has developed a community created exclusively for women entrepreneurs.

19. EmpowHER - Michelle King Robson  is the founder of a community where women ask, share and connect to enhance each other's health. 

20. WESeed - Jennifer Openshaw developed this social-networking site to help people get into the stock market.

21. Built On A Woman - A blogging community that positions as a source of practical information; posted by women, for women; founded by Shelle.

22. Solo Lady - Lea Lane launched this community for single women of all ages.

23. Ophra's Oprah's - online community.

24, Divine Caroline - Women are encouraged to publish their posts and articles on this community founded by Kate Everett Thorp.

25. Damsels In Success - A blogging site for professional women founded by Harleen Kahlon.

26. Women in Bloom - Allison Allen created this community to inspire and support women to ‘bloom’ in mid-life.

27. Black Women Connect - Social community for professional Black women developed by Connect Platform.

29. Tango Diva - Teresa Rodriguez Williamson and Patti Mangan built this community for women to share solo travel experiences, ideas and questions.

30. Femme Fan - Ivette Ricco, decided the time was right to provide the female fan a place on the web that covered sports from the female's unique perspective.

31. First Wives World - Debbie Nigro, founder of First Wives World has created a support group for women in different phases of life who are moving "beyond divorce."

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Adding more as I find them.

The Sister Project - network of blogs about the many facets of the word sister, and the concept of sisterhood.

Wellsphere - Women's health community

WomenBloom - inspiring and supporting women to make the most of mid-life

Midlife Bloggers - Women bloggers in midlife

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Hi Toby,

This is a great list, thank you for sharing. As you've said, the list is incredibly diverse, and there are even more communities out there, like Savor the Success http://www.savorthesuccess.com/ which is for women entrepreneurs.

I've saved your list for future gigs as well.

Cheers...

Posted by: Janet Johnson on Nov 24, 2008 12:56:26 PM

Thanks for the list, really useful for my research about social media. Do you have other lists for any other group of people?

Posted by: Guillaume Foutry on Nov 24, 2008 1:30:11 PM

Great list! We'd like to introduce you to our site.. http://www.bakespace.com. BakeSpace is a social network & recipe swap. Members come for the food, stay for the conversation.

Posted by: Babette on Nov 24, 2008 1:53:07 PM

@Janet -thanks for the add.
@Guillaume - check out the W list .. a list of women bloggers that was created last year. http://wmagicallist.wikispaces.com/

Posted by: Toby on Nov 24, 2008 1:55:15 PM

Thanks so much for taking the time to add WeSeed to the list! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, because Jennifer and the team have a lot planned coming up soon. Thanks again!

Caitlin & The WeSeed Team

Posted by: Caitlin Rosberg on Nov 24, 2008 2:27:40 PM

Great list of communities!! I'm off to check out a good number of them now and give a shameless plug to another new social media network-focus is on all things cr8tv and crafty--
http://cr8everydaycrafts.com

Posted by: Jen Grant on Nov 24, 2008 5:04:15 PM

Nice list, Toby. Thanks for sharing. Another one you might want to check out is http://www.twittermoms.com And about iVillage - there's a backstory there for someone fearless enough to write it, about a technical site conversion/monetezation effort that dropped many thousands of subscribers in 2002... check it out, if you have time.

Posted by: ejly on Nov 24, 2008 10:21:06 PM

I was going to mention TwitterMoms but someone else already has...

Another great one (in addition to this fabulous list) is http://www.iheartsingleparents.com.

This and Twitter Moms are the two communities I frequent often. Not sure if I could fit any more in.

But now I'll ahve to try - thanks for the list Toby!

Posted by: Ms. Single Mama on Nov 25, 2008 8:38:56 AM

Fab list Toby! I am so ready for your "soon-to-be-talked about new venture"!:-)

Luckie.

Posted by: Luckie Daniels on Nov 25, 2008 8:45:14 AM

@babbett - your community is spot on for the holidays!

@jen @ejly @single mama - thanks for adding to the list.

perhaps not a 'community' in the sense of a platform but do check out @Luckie's new blog http://andspeakingofpink.com/ that focuses on bringing self esteem to young women via fashion and careers in fashion.

Posted by: Toby on Nov 25, 2008 9:25:02 AM

A social network for women forty and beyond http://fabulously40.com allows women to advertise for free, brand themselves and get support from women all over the world.

Posted by: Fabulously40 on Nov 25, 2008 6:41:51 PM

not launch yet but sounds like an interesting community - "for diverse professional women"
http://www.the-suitespot.com/

Posted by: Toby on Nov 28, 2008 10:25:38 AM

Love the list, just shared it on my Facebook! I am creating a new online global community for single women called Divaluscious which is all about helping single women leave behind the "good enough" life. If anyone is interested in being a member drop me a line.

Thanks for your list and do love your blog..from on diva to another. ;)

Posted by: Yolanda Shoshana on Nov 28, 2008 10:31:55 AM

Wow, Toby, this is very thorough. I, too, am researching social communities, especially those that attract women. I think I can add two here:

www.twittermoms.com - the name says it all.

www.downtownwomensclub.com - for business professionals

And, I know there are others. A new social site that promises to be fab, is Family Eden - it has an international flavor, which is unusual. www.familyeden.com

Posted by: Yvonne DiVita on Nov 30, 2008 12:09:26 PM

Thanks to the Divas at Hitched for the convo on their community and for pointing out that Oprah was misspelled and that there is no 8 but there are 4s! http://is.gd/9ZDF

Posted by: Toby on Dec 2, 2008 11:40:45 PM

Great list! I've interviewed several of these inspiring women/sites - Jody from AskPatty.com, Melanie from SavvyAuntie.com, and am friends with Allison from SingleMindedWomen.com.

I'd like to recommend our site for women: GIRLFRIENDOLOGY - the online community for women based on inspiration, appreciation and celebration of female friendship.

Girlfriends make us healthier, happier, live longer, less stressed and even feel more beautiful. We share inspiring podcasts, blogs, contests as well as shopping, reviews and more.

Come check out Girlfriendology!

Debba,
http://girlfriendology.com

Posted by: Debba on Dec 8, 2008 10:28:07 AM

Toby,

Thanks for mentioning our site! We are planning to launch in early 2009. It's great to see so many social networking sites for women.

All the best to you,
Jessica Faye Carter
The SuiteSpot
www.the-suitespot.com

Posted by: Jessica Carter on Dec 22, 2008 8:11:15 PM

Hi there,

Great list. Here is another community site for women from Australia.

A Pampered Life
http://www.apamperedlife.com.au

Posted by: APL on Jan 18, 2009 8:39:13 PM

Hi Toby:

Your post is a great idea and it supports women online.

Inviting you and your Diva blog readers to join in on the fun of "From Chicago to Coronado."

"From Chicago to Coronado" is a micro-format Twitter novel (part of the new Twitterature movement) written in 140 word soundbytes about a culturally-challenged Chicago to Coronado transplant – a former high-heeled agency CEO, Economic Club of Chicago member and Entrepreneur Magazine writer acclimating to Navy Seals and flipflops. Coronado is like Pleasantville. It rarely rains on the 7.4 square mile Island. Firemen exist to save cats, the Coronado Islander football team nearly always wins, only 4 registered sex offenders among the 20k city residents. From the Hotel del and the little flower lady perched in City Square...to the Navy SEALS training grounds, the politics of a city represented by a Federal Lobbyist Firm, and the 2.2 mile long Bay Bridge ranked the 3rd deadliest suicide bridge in the U.S...Coronado makes for a quirky setting.

Invite you to follow Chicago to Coronado on Twitter:
www.twitter.com/kirsteno

You can even take part in the story! If you @ or DM me @kirsteno on Twitter, I will write your biz, book, product, blog, or Tweets into the storyline.

Welcome ideas and suggestions.

Posted by: kirsten on Feb 25, 2009 5:40:08 PM

Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang created a list of women blogs/communities
http://bit.ly/wSMSn

Posted by: Toby on Mar 8, 2009 12:49:41 AM

Great list! One typo -- it's "kirtsy"

Posted by: PunditMom on Mar 15, 2009 5:37:14 PM

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