Facebook, Twitter, Instagram -- all social media networks that have taken the world by storm and account for a total of three billion active users. Although most people today have an account on at least one of these three popular social sites -- if not more -- there are other ones that people are flocking to because they cater toward a specific audience.
With that said, here are eight of the most interesting social networks in the vast, ever-expanding online world.
For Those Who Nurse and Nurture: Baby Gaga
This pregnancy and parenting community is where women who are trying to conceive, mothers to be, and mothers share their experiences with one another. Whether it's finding an answer to a question, reassurance, or even developing a life-long friendship, Baby Gaga has helped thousands of women network and come together.
For Those Obsessed With Food: Foodie
Although this isn't a niche per se -- we all love food -- it still demands a spot on the list because of how awesome this social network is. Instead of gathering around the dinner table to exchange their love for food, people gather at their computers to connect one another and share everything from new recipes to restaurant experiences.
For Those Who Dream Big: REMcloud
Everyone dreams, but do you actually take the time to write your dreams after you wake up? If you do, then perhaps this social network is for you. On REMcloud, you can anonymously share the dreams that you have and discuss their meaning with other users. It's a great place to gain a deeper insight about your subconscious world.
For Those Dealing With Tragedy: Respectance
Are you mourning the loss of a loved one? Are you having trouble moving? Use Respectance to pay tribute to that person and share his or her story. Not only is this social network a great platform for setting up a memorial, but it'll also help you grieve through the process. There's no need to go through tragedy alone; this network proves it.
For Those in Love With Their Dogs: Dogster
Pet lovers rejoice, especially those who own dogs. Dogster is a pet-friendly social network that offers a space for people with dogs to share stories, pose questions, and arrange get-togethers in the park. If you're looking for professional advice, this is the place to go because there are experts available to help out (just don't bark at them).
For Those Who Like Like Crafts: Ravelry
Whether you consider yourself a designer, knitter, crocheter, or dyer -- or all the above -- you'll find one of the earliest niche social networks a good place to call home (at least on the Internet). Ravelry, founded in 2005, is a centralized place where people who like crafts can connect and come together, with more than 400,000 members.
For Those Intrigued by the Universe: UFOSocial
If you're a deep thinker, insightful, or just plain crazy, you'll find peace at UFOSocial. This social network is a place where enthusiasts can connect and converse with other like-minded people who enjoy discussing and debating whether life on a different planet -- or in a different universe -- exists. Sign up only if you have an open mind!
For Those Who Like Risks and Rewards: Poker Fatcat
Sure, some people prefer not risking their money on games, but others love betting their bucks while strategizing how to beat other players or the house. Poker Fatcat is one of the best "new wave" communities around, where players can join leagues, exchange advice, and better their skills. If you like to live on the edge, this is the place to do it.
Sure, you can follow the herd and use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, but why not branch out and join a community that caters to your interests and hobbies? No matter what you're into, there's a community out there to meet your wants and needs. Have you found a social network that fits this description? Leave a comment below.