The Circle of Life
The site, backed by web guru Sabeer Bhatia, aims to provide a parallel platform for both social and career networking. Upload pictures, send free SMS, search for profiles and jobs, and gain from the networking sites reward program. Users can gain points for various activities conducted on the website and these points can be redeemed later. This is a first of its kind model on an Indian social networking community that incentivizes your activities on the website.
More than PPT
Bharat Goes Global
Bharatstudent.com is a social utility that brings together all the young Indians living across the globe. It is for every young Indian who is a student or a non-student, fresh graduate, a working professional or an entrepreneur, and is focused on providing comprehensive solutions for any personal and professional issues. It has zones like Cafe Bharat, study zone etc. And according to ComScore World Matrixit it was the 3rd most visited social networking site in December 2008, with 3.3 million users!
The BIG Boss
This is perhaps the closest desi answer we have to the biggies like Orkut and Facebook. BigAdda is actually the big brother of Web 2.0 social networking in India. On its agenda lies the effort to help the Indian youth in identity creation and self expression. It integrates social networking and blogging, which is a one of a kind initiative. The BigAdda blogging platform received a tremendous boost when Amitabh Bachchan chose it as his blogging platform.
BigAdda is owned by Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
Burrp TV is the local information portal for your city. It provides listings, reviews and details of whats hot and whats not in the city of your residence. Predictably enough, it covers only the prominent metros and caters to the audience who like to plan their life online. With a catchy name and an extremely snazzy and well loaded website, Burrp is fast catching attention and leveraging it too. Its blog also provides for an interesting read its jazzy and its young, and has this cool aura around it, which seems to be working for it.
Building a Neighborhood
The concept of RWA takes shape in the form of online virtual community mainly to connect neighbors and residents of the same locality, discuss issues related to their neighborhood, talk about facilities and amenities, join in activities, basically providing an easy tool for apartment management. Apart from information about the locality, basic processes like notification, maintenance and repair are discussed on the board. Popular housing societies from real estate biggiesBPTP, Rahejas, Omaxe, Shipra, Jaypee, TDIfind a community with active members on this site.
Stirred, Shaken and Shared
This is perhaps one of the most famous names to reckon with in the Indian social networking space. It is well known that DesiMartini is a social networking platform that helps Indians all over the world connect, discuss and share. DesiMartini is a venture of the Hindustan Times Group and has gained popularity with the urban youth. Of late, it has started talking about customization and demographical offerings. Sometime back it also launched the popular viral ad, Makkadman produced by WebChutney.
For a Good Date
From the creators of Shaadi.com, Makaan.com, Mauj.com, etc, the perfect progression for the People Interactive group was a social networking site. Though it has what every other social networking site hasvideos, music, blogsit is a very popular Indian dating site. With around 4 mn members, the site introduces new features and applicatoins to keep the engagement level of users high. Froppers IPL T20 Zone is already a hit. Fropper has an integration with mobile as well other sites from the group. In 2008 it launched Fropper Music, a place to network through music.
No Ones a Balti Here
The abundance of talent that India is known for is reflected through this site. Being a talent based social networking site, music, acting, sports, modeling or any talent that a youngster would want to be recognized for can be showcased through the site. Not to leave aside sharing music, video sharing, and much more. The easy recognition has appealed to the Indian youth as they promote their talent through options like Ibibo Portfolio (get your portfolio shot by a photographer), Ibibo Fresh Face, Ibibo Rocks, etc, as they unite with people across the country based on their talent also.
It is a user driven site on everything to do with Indiamovies, food, restaurants, people, debates on issues in India and much more. The website emphasizes on high quality content in a bid to create a one-stop destination to know everything about India. Recent posts by users include Mangos, Mumbai, a look into Indias slums, five places in India to escape the summer, etc. Check out their Dishoom Dishoom, a debate and discussions forum. Contributors to the website can even earn through the websites Share & Earn reward program.
The Peoples Tree
Structured around three main categories of social networking, content, and commentary, come to Indipepal to known more people in politics, defense, NGOs, supermodels, etc; write entries in the Virgin Diaries, and in the process connect with people who share your views. Within a month of its launch, some prominent Indian thought leaders, models, writers, etc, have written commentaries on the website, sometimes as much as 4-5 times in a week. The no-nonsense feel to the website is what strikes you. Come here to not connect with your college friends but mingle with new, like-minded individuals serious about what is happening around them.
The Desi Connection
It is your homegrown Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, all rolled into one. Find a Graffiti Wall, add someone to the Crush List, or use the blog this option, etc. Moving into the realm of a viral social network has been easy for the site because of its heavy focus on Bollywoodwhat Indians love the most. Its bid to popularize and differentiate the portal was seen in its partnership with FXLab to launch a social gaming community with more than 5,000 online casual gamesanother craze building up in India.
A Web 2.5 Experience
Kreeo is trying to use collective human intelligence to make all aspects of knowledge management richer and better. In terms of business model, that translates into creating a mix of enterprise offering that it will sell organizations on a license/pay per use model and an open web of users where it will support the free offering through advertising model. In organizations, it will make knowledge management a more interactive process by capturing it from all employees more effectively; in open web, it will make research more relevant by adding collective human intelligence to add value to the search.
Created to fulfill the need of a library in a corporate setup, constraints of resource, funds and space, barring companies from doing thatthe four founders, all IIM-A alumni, claim the idea to be a paradigm shift to the concept of corporate libraries by enabling companies to provide its employees access to hundred of titles through online membership. Web based booking, no late charges, and unlimited borrowal time make the service very popular among the subscribed corporate users. WNS, YesBank, Wipro, Tata AIG Life, Nexus India Capital, etc, are some of its clients.
Preserving Status Quo
Simply put, Kwippy stores your status messages, that you see across your messengers like Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook, etc. It also enables you to have discussions on your status messages and in that way becomes a platform for user conversations. The ideology behind Kwippy is that at any point in time, status messages reflect individual thought process and are capable of starting stimulating discussions with like minded people. Kwippy was started by three enthusiasts who after quitting Slideshare came up with the innovative idea of storing status messages and quipping on them.
Life as It Is
Lifeblob is a digital diary based on your timeline. Add events and landmarks in your life, share it with friends who can then tag the part of the timeline where they feature, adjust the scale of your timeline and fragment your online life, etc. Each entry on your timeline is like a blob which viewers click to expand. Integrated with other social networking and photo-sharing sites, the digital diary site received $1 mn from Google backed SeedFund in August 2008.
Betting against Odds
The desi jua takes a clean, fun, money-less and sophisticated name and shape in the form of LordofOdds. Predict the IPL team that would win the match, or which celebrity contestant would be thrown out of the reality show, or is the star couple headed for a breakup? Once a user floats an event, others make a prediction, offer their wager for the outcome (virtual money called Loots), and like the way traditional betting is done, the bars are raised when support for an outcome increases. The ongoing IPL matches steel the show on this virtual betting arena right now.
Check out the Mermaid
Mermaid is a line of products based on peer-to-peer technology, which allows users to do large scale videoconferencing, exchange live-wire information, create online radio stations and broadcast movies and live audio-video feeds to millions of people around the world, with nothing more than a home computer and an home network.
It provides a host of innovative features like Mermaid Movie, Mermaid News, Mermaid Multisource, etc. It can also boast of a vibrant website, but there is a problem with some links and leads, making it apparent that the company is still in its nascent stages.
Mingle all the Way
Minglebox is a niche social networking site with its focus on careers and education. It brings news and events in the education field under one umbrella and initiates discussions on various topics. Its aim is to capture the imagination of the youth and become a household name across educational institutes and hiring firms. It offers advice on career, aptitude tests, best colleges and the hottest courses, etc. It also profiles institutes and creates campus networks. It was started by an IIM Ahmedabad alumnus.
The Perfect Parent
Parentree is an Indian parenting community. It was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing the perfect guidance on the practical aspects of Indian parenting. The site includes school reviews, details of pre-schools,good books for children and to-be mothers to read, and local happenings in the various cities. It also has information on fostering intelligence, confidence and creativity in children, reliable classes for arts and sports, safe products children, good nutrition, parenting tips, pregnancy, child development, emotional development and behavior etc. Parentree also boasts of a medical advisory board for answering specific issues. Whats more, joining is free!
For and of Friends
Mobshare helps users to share their mobile photos and videos with their friends and social groups. They have tie-ups with various operators and can carry your pictures, videos, etc, across all networks. The best part of it is that the user has to pay for just one MMS and send multiple. The viewers can also comment on the photos and the sender gets SMS alerts when a comment is posted.
Mobshare happens to be an early starter in the mobile arena of web 2.0.
You are Tagged
As it unequivocally says, Tagz.in is inspired by delicious and reddit, and as the name shows, is a lot about India. It allows users to tag and save links, browse links posted by them and by others, vote and discuss on links posted by everyone, and allows to save some links privately. It has, as the company admits, some rudimentary, smarts built into its offering. It is one of the many social bookmarking sites but is pretty professional considering it is so new.
The Perfect Twist
The USP of Tell-a-Friend, a social technology by Hyderabad based Pramati Technologies, is one-to-one and not one-to-many when compared to others like Share It or Add It, some known bookmarking and sharing tools on the Net. In a short span of time the tool, along with the catchy Te!! logo has indeed left a mark on users. It has grown from a sharing tool to a full-blown marketing tool with options of customizing widgets according to your community of users.
For Budding Singers
This one is for the music lovers. It doesnt boast of catering to anyone else and is happy with its niche set of audience. Uhooroo is designed to encourage musicians to completely free themselves and lose themselves into their artshowcase their talent, promote their music, network with other musicians, offer their services for hire and take up music as a serious career and business. Uhooroo is designed to allow musicians to reach out to and get noticed by a growing music community. On Uhooroo, musicians can upload their tracks, review music and also create a portfolio page for themselves.
Its not Psycho Babbling
What Zahdoo is trying to achieve sounds complicated, but at a simpler level its a social networking site. According to their site, Zahdoo.com is a socio-cognitive utility that helps individuals and families manage the daily juggle of activities, information and relationships. Dont fret if you dont completely understand that. Even we dont. However, the main aim of Zahdoo seems to be making social networking productive and meaningful. Zahdoo was started by nLeague, a Hyderabad-based IT products and services company.