20 Social Networks for Academics

Looking for intelligent conversation? Why not explore one of the many social networks that offer a place to meet and share knowledge with like-minded individuals. Here are 20 academic-oriented social networks to try today. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

1. LearnHub

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LearnHub is an educational community for people who want to share their knowledge and learn from other people around the world. The site offers free test prep resources, writing exercises and trivia.

2. Academici

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Academici is a global web-based environment for people who want to meet and share knowledge with new contacts. The site offers two platforms: a free version and a paid, commercial version.

3. Academic Commons

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The Academic Commons community is open to librarians, academic technologists, administrators and other academics who want to explore liberal education and the creative uses of new technology.

4. Shelfari

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The Shelfari social network was created specifically for booklovers. You can use it to design your own virtual bookshelf and get book recommendations from other members.

5. Livemocha

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With more than 2 million members, Livemocha is one of the web's largest social language learning sites. Users who sign up for a free membership can take free language lessons online and practice with language partners all over the world.

6. Babbel

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Babbel provides a place to learn languages online. Users hail from more than 200 countries and speak a wide variety of languages.

7. Busuu

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Similar to Livemocha and Babbel, Busuu is a language learning site where you can practice your language skills with a worldwide community. Busuu also offers interactive language lessons and other learning resources.

8. Epernicus

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Epernicus is open to current and future research scientists who want to network and share discoveries online.

9. ResearchGATE

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ResearchGATE is a professional network for scientists who want to connect with colleagues, discover new research methods and utilize apps designed specifically for researchers.

10. Labmeeting

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Labmeeting provides a place for science-loving individuals to organize their lab papers, read documents and network with virtual lab partners.

11. Nature Network

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Nature Network is a social network for scientists who want to discuss research and scientific issues online. Special sections on the Nature Network include blogs, forums, member profiles and groups.

12. Greenvoice

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A not-for-profit social enterprise, Greenvoice provides a place for environmentalists to connect. You can join an active campaign on the site or start a campaign of your own.

13. GradeGuru

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GradeGuru is a knowledge sharing network for students who want to get or share class notes online. Members who share can receive constructive feedback and rewards.

14. Sclipo

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Sclipo is a social learning network for people who want to teach and learn online. The site offers a course management system with integrated social features.

15. Classroom 2.0

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Classroom 2.0 is a Ning network open to educators and other academics who want to explore and discuss the use of web 2.0 technologies in the classroom.

16. TeachAde

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Designed specifically for educators, TeachAde provides a place for teachers to share opinions, articles, videos, lesson plans and much more.

17. Tapped In

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Tapped In is another social network for educators. The site is open to K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators and professional development staff.

18. Pronetos

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Pronetos welcomes scholars of every academic discipline. You can use it to find scholars in your discipline, share papers and find course materials.

19. Shuzak

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Known as a 'social network for geeks,' Shuzak is geared toward programmers, scientists and mathematicians. Shuzak encourages peer-to-group interactions vs. peer-to-peer interactions.

20. Pingsta

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Pingsta is a collaborative platform open to internetwork experts. To join, you must request an invitation or be personally invited by another member.

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