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Social Networking Sites for Anime Fans

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Nigel, AKA Bubblegum Senpai was voted most likely to die due to accident involving a cuddle pillow. Haruhi Suzumiya for Life.

I'm still working on mastering some of these, and I do have memberships to all of them, but be warned: Using all of these effectively will consume a lot of time that could be spent writing effective articles!

The twitter for Android.

The twitter for Android.

Twitter/Facebook

Okay, these are the most obvious ones. And if you haven't heard of them, than you've probably been living under a rock. Twitter allows you to basically advertise your Blogs for free, and you can also drive traffic to your articles through your Facebook friends, or by setting up a fan group. I personally do not promote my hubs on Facebook just yet because I prefer to remain relatively anonymous, but I haven't ruled out the possibility of doing so in the future.

Of course, thanks to groups and fanpages, Facebook is also a great way to meet people with similar interests, or find out which friends of yours are closet anime fans.

In order to Twitter effectively, you have to use it several times a day. For example, even if you haven't written anything in a few hours, go on to Twitter and "retweet" others "tweets" (a "tweet" is a 140 character message posted by a Twitter user that shows up in Twitter feeds).

Also, just "tweeting" about what you are doing at the time, or posting a favourite quote is also useful. The more you use Twitter, the more followers you're likely to get. Also, don't forget to post links to any blogs or articles you've written or have come across that are of interest. If, like me, you have a certain blogging niche, than Twitter is even more handy because most of your followers (if you keep your "tweets" on topic") will likely be people interested in your niche and more likely to view your articles.

Visit Facebook/Twitter

  • Facebook
    Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
  • Twitter
    An effective social networking site.
  • My Twitter Profile
    Check out my Twitter Page!

MyAnimeList

This kind of like Flixter for anime fans. You can post lists of the Mangas/Animes/Light Novels/other that you own, but you can also post reviews of all of them as well. Once again, it's a great way to reach out to others with similar interests, and also grow your target fanbase.

It also keeps up to date with the latest news, and has articles written by the community, similar to HubPages, however, there is no share in any advertising revenue. This is a place to reach out and get to know other anime fans.

edit 2018: Due to a recent API upgrade to prevent hacking, parts of the site are still under repair.

Visit My Anime List

  • Organize, Discuss, Discover - MyAnimeList.net
    Start cataloging anime you've watched or manga you've read. Browse through our extensive anime and manga database. Get anime or manga suggestions, recommendations and reviews. View top rated anime and manga. Create anime and manga favorites.
Similar to IMVU you can visit towns and rooms and chat with people!

Similar to IMVU you can visit towns and rooms and chat with people!

Gaia Online

This is it. The mother of all anime related networking sites. I've become quite the junky, and It is addictive. Forum activity is highly encouraged, and even contains an online MMO entitled zOMG! (which I have yet to try, since my crappy internet won't connect to the game servers). They've even created an entire backstory to the Gaia world, which can be read in handy anime format.

You start with an avatar that looks kind of like a hobo, then earn credits through acheivements and giveaways, plus forum activity. And while there are some forums devoted to nonsense and drabble that would convince any alien visitors that mankind is a cancer - there is an entire forum devoted to internet memes - most of the forums are pretty decent at staying on topic and the people are pretty cool. Plus once you earn enough credits, you can really customize your avatar just about any way you want. It's awesome! I cannot encourage people to use this near as often as it deserves.

While most of the networking occurs in status updates and on the forums, this is still worth checking out simply based on how much fun this site is.

Other sites that I have yet to try out are google+ (I'm on the waiting list) and TinerMe. I have an account on TinierMe, but I haven't used it enough to really appraise it. Good luck fellow otakus!

Go to Gaia now!

Comments

Nigel Kirk (author) from Calgary, AB, CAN on August 26, 2020:

Thanks! I'm looking into updating the article as some of the sites I originally had on here were closed so I'll look into it and take it into consideration!

purpleninja1 on June 03, 2012:

i went Gaia and it did not work please help.

~Tricia~ on April 13, 2012:

Hmph~

I will try to Sign Up on the mentioned Sites.

Thanks for the Information.

Nigel Kirk (author) from Calgary, AB, CAN on November 10, 2011:

I'll send a friend request next time I'm on Gaia. Thanks!

AnimeHime2011 from Greensboro, North Carolina on October 29, 2011:

Sweet glad to see that GaiaOnline is on the list. I'm known as Aya_Natsume2011 on Gaia if you want to add me :)

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on July 31, 2011:

Cool!

Nigel Kirk (author) from Calgary, AB, CAN on July 29, 2011:

Meeko>>> I'll check it out for sure. I'm always looking for anime related social networking sites.

RachaelLefler>>> I'll try to find you on MyAnimeList, for sure. If I find you, I'll send you a friend request.

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on July 28, 2011:

It's definitely going to take me a while to add everything! I've watched and read countless titles... Ooh, boy.

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on July 28, 2011:

I got a MyAnimeList account now. I'm RachaelLefler (gettagrip200@yahoo.com) and I'll look for you on there too.

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on July 28, 2011:

I'll have to try anihub and myanimelist! I used to have a gaia but I got bored with it but that was in like, 2005 so there's probably a lot more to do on that site now. I don't use facebook to promote my hubs because I don't really want comments from friends and family. I use twitter though, but I really should try to tweet more often. I try to keep updates on it mostly to do with what I think or feel about the anime I'm watching. Almost every tweet of mine is blog-related, but sometimes I retweet humorous tweets I find.

Meeko on July 28, 2011:

Please give World of Anime a try.

http://www.worldofanime.com/