The trend is clear-social networking is not just for kids anymore. More and more adults are connecting with one another through what has been called Web 2.0. While women are still more likely than men to connect via social networking, men are increasingly using social networking online.
If you are part of that trend, or think you should be, then you will want to find the best social networking sites for fathers. Here is a list of the most popular and specific social networking sites that are appealing to fathers.
General Social Networking Sites
Facebook. Facebook is among the oldest and most popular social networking sites. While MySpace started the trend, it has been eclipsed by Facebook. Recently, I helped chaperone a formal dance activity in which my son was involved. The mom of one of the girls in his group served as unofficial photographer and took hundreds of photos of the five couples. I asked about getting copies, and she whipped out her laptop, connected her digital camera and posted them to her Facebook page as we spoke. More and more dads are using Facebook to connect to their friends, their kids and their kids' friends' parents.
Twitter. I have to admit-I thought Twitter was largely the domain of teenaged girls and their moms until I got to looking around. For heaven's sake, my congressman tweets! The idea of Twitter is to establish an account and send out tweets, or text-based messages limited to 140 characters to your followers who subscribe to your Twitter account. Also known as micro-blogging, the tweeting process keeps people who connect to one another up to date on their activities and thoughts. There is even a list of dads and husbands who are on Twitter to whom you can connect.
MyLife. This service started out as a service where you would connect with classmates, coworkers and old friends based on your school, military or work locations. It is ideal for planning reunions and finding out where your long lost friends have located. But the site has now morphed into a more robust social networking site.
LinkedIn. LinkedIn is social networking for the business community. It is one of my favorites because I can link to all kinds of interest groups (alumni, work experience, common interests and more) and then find ways to connect for general networking, job hunting, finding consulting opportunities and more. While not specifically for fathers, there are a lot of men on LinkedIn. When you import your address book and cross check for LinkedIn members, you will likely be astounded at how many college friends, coworkers, clients and customers are there.
Google Plus. Google Plus is the latest big addition to the general social networking world and creates a good opportunity for connecting with other fathers, friends and family. In G+, you can create "circles" of different groups of friends and independently network with them, which is really handy for separating friends at work from friends at church or family members for example. I really like Google Plus, and have sent invitations to many of my friends to join.
Social Networking Sites Specifically for Fathers
SingleDad. This site, as the name suggests, helps link divorced, widowed, and single fathers who are raising children. Registering for the service will let you collaborate with other single dads, help you find activities in your area for dads and kids Again, if you have a blog, this is a good place to share it with other single fathers with common interests.
DadLabs. DadLabs is primarily a media and entertainment company focused on father - child relationships. They write and publish books about fathering and are working on a television program for fathers. Their social networking site allows you to post a profile, connect with friends and add and contribute to their knowledge base.
DaditUp. DadItUp is a great social networking site for fathers. Again, you enter your profile, then search for and add friends. You can post pictures from your digital camera, computer or cell phone and share them with your friends. I have really enjoyed this site.
DadDaily. This is one of the better social networking sites for fathers. Similar in many ways to DadItUp, this site allows you to post pictures and videos, have your own blog, share your profile and connect with fathers of similar interests.
YadaHome. YadaHome is predominantly a family organizing site where, after you register, you can post your calendar, to do lists, a grocery list, a journal, recipes, family photos, and more. It has a neat interface for social networking and while it is not exclusively for fathers, there are a lot of dads using this site to connect with other dads. Check it out; I think it is a pretty comprehensive and very user friendly site.