A look in to the most popular sites.

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A look into the most popular sites:

Twitter.com: The site that started the microblogging phenomenon was founded in San Francisco in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams. The site works by sending a text message to one of four numbers located in the US, Canada, India, or the United Kingdom. Those messages appear on Twitter.com and can be viewed by anyone. Followers of the blog can choose to receive SMS updates every time a new update is posted. Number of monthly visitors: 7,935,441.

Flickr: Flickr used to be a site that was all about photography. Photos are still a big part of what the site offer. Flickr allows users to upload, touch-up and share their pictures online. You can organise your photos for family and friends, and just use Flickr as a place to store your digital files. You can even tag your photos to a map to show where they were clicked. Flickr was developed by Vancouver-based Ludicorp. It launched Flickr in February 2004. In March 2005 both the site and parent company were acquired by Yahoo. Number of monthly visitors: 23,769,885.

Zannel.com: A relatively new site that adds Multimedia Service (MMS) as a way to let people update blogs. That means that instead of sending a text message, Zannel users can update their blogs from their phones with text and images by sending them to a personalised email address. Zannel won a Webby for Best Mobile Social Network in 2008. The site was launched in 2007. Number of monthly visitors: 38,159.

FriendFeed: FriendFeed, launched in October 2007, is an aggregator, similar to Digg and Reddit, that consolidates the updates from a large number of sites. The founders of Friendfeed are all former Google employees. Number of monthly visitors: 876,616.

Hulu.com: A joint-venture of US networks NBC and Fox, this site allows you to watch the latest episodes of your favourite television shows, even in High-Definition (HD) format. The Hulu venture was announced in April 2007 and launched publicly in March last year. Number of monthly visitors: 7,352,849

Digg.com: This is the place to visit if you want to talk about the day's news. Users post links to stories they find on other sites, which are then read by others and commented on. And there is a lot of commenting. Readers also have the choice of giving any story the thumbs-up (you 'Digg it') or the thumbs-down ('Bury it'). The more 'Diggs' a story gets, the wider its circulation among the site's readers. Digg was founded in 2004 by Kevin Rose, Owen Byrne, Ron Gorodetzky, and Jay Adelson. Number of monthly visitors: 33,433,760

Imeem.com: This is a social networking site that includes blogs, photos, audio and video. The company was founded by Dalton Caldwell and Jan Jannink, a former employee of Napster, a file sharing site that was shut down in 2001 for violating copyright laws. Imeem was launched in October 2004. Number of monthly visitors: 9,694,353