The Chocolate Life is a social network for where “chocophiles” can share their passion and explore the world of chocolate. Network Creator Clay Gordon is a chocolate critic and the author of “Discover Chocolate.” While promoting the book, Clay realized tons of people were writing about chocolate. He created The Chocolate Life as the first purposeful social network for chocolate fans, and invites anyone with an interest in chocolate to join.
Talent Revolution is a social network that is all about creating ultimate career lifestyles. One member, Matt Smith, has posted a “Break Up Series” on his blog — it’s an extended metaphor guiding people who have been recently been “dumped” by their company.
Members can also show their pride by grabbing a Talent Revolution T-shirt from the store. Adding a store to your social network is an easy way to generate revenue and extend your brand.
EPIC FU is the award-winning pop culture newscast created by Steve Woolf and Zadi Diaz. Stoking the flames of geek passion since 2006, EPIC FU is up for two Webby Awards and already took home a Streamy Award this year. MIX is the social home for EPIC FU — it’s where members catch new episodes, share their opinions in the forum, and upload their own photos and videos. MIX also uses RSS to import the EPIC FU blog — it’s where I found this impressive mashup art from Josh Poehlein.
UK Handmade is “a design led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the UK has to offer.” Their social network of the same name connects artists in the UK with each other. Members have uploaded pictures of their handmade goods including gorgeous jewelry, beautiful shawls, and even dinosaur hats.
Director Catherine Hardwicke earned countless fans for her film adaptation of Twilight. Now these fans have a new home at Hardwicke’s social network where they can follow her career as she takes on new projects like If I Stay and James Patterson’s Maximum Ride. Using Premium Services, Hardwicke has pointed the domain “catherinehardwicke.com” to her social network, making it the official hub of her online presence.
Knit Picks Community is the social network of Knit Picks, a retail site focused on providing high quality knitting supplies at affordable prices. The Knit Picks staff is extremely involved in the social network, especially Xena (owner Kelly’s dog) who maintains her own blog. The staff also produces a weekly podcast.