Orkut became the first popular social networking service in Brazil (although most of its very first users were from the United States) and quickly grew in popularity in India (Madhavan, 2007).Through e-mail and instant messaging, online communities are created where a gift economy and reciprocal altruism are encouraged through cooperation.2014) can be managed using high sophisticated coordination mechanisms such as argumentation and negotiation (Buettner 2006a, 2006b; Landes and Buettner 2012; Buettner 2016a) ARPANET, LISTSERV, and bulletin board services (BBS).Many prototypical features of social networking sites were also present in online services such as America Online, Prodigy, Compu Serve, Chat Net, and The WELL. Many of these early communities focused on bringing people together to interact with each other through chat rooms, and encouraged users to share personal information and ideas via personal webpages by providing easy-to-use publishing tools and free or inexpensive webspace.
Friendster became very popular in the Pacific Islands.
Information is suited to a gift economy, as information is a nonrival good and can be gifted at practically no cost.
Hence, the level of network sociability should determine by the actual performances of its users.
For the social science theoretical concept of relationships between people, see Social network.
For a list of services, see List of social networking websites.