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Samantha, “Social Networking for Frenchies”

Posted on September 1, 2008
Filed Under Global Staffing Perspectives, Social Media | 1 Comment

By Samantha

It took me a long time to get on the social networking bandwagon, but now that I am on it I can’t stop! Most social networks are open to anyone in the world to join but generally use an English-language interface. There are, however, social networks geared at French-speakers specifically, and even a social network geared towards Francophiles like you (presumably) and I! Before you make your foray into the “réseaux sociaux,” though, you’ll want to brush up on some key vocabulary (further down is a list of French social networks):

réseau social=social network
réseautage social=social network
un contact=a contact
un compte=an account, a username
un mot de passe=a password
un utilisateur=a user
un profil=a profile
une communauté=a community
partager=to share
s’abonner=to subscribe
un lien permanent=a permalink
un commentaire=a comment
rédiger=to compose (post)
un lecteur=a reader
s’identifier=to login
se connecter=to login
fermer (une) session=to logout
s’inscrire=to sign up, to resister
envoyer un message=to send a message

And on to the réseaux !

  • – You may remember my interview last summer with Bertrand Hardy, shortly after he founded this network, ultimately a French version of It’s a great way to find interesting links in French!
  • Le nuage des filles – Formerly just a huge link cloud linking to blogs written in French by women, the network now has all sorts of interactive goodies for French-speaking gals to enjoy.
  • Les influenceurs – A very interesting concept for a social network, where users submit items to the site which may appear on banners that other users can post on their blogs. Confused? Me too!
  • Samantha

    href=”” target=”new”>Copains d’avant – The French take on Classmates

  • Lexode – A social network just for young people
  • Réseau urbain – A social network for the Québécois…just launched this summer!
  • On va sortir ! – A place to find places in French-speaking countries to visit
  • Skyrock – Although it’s available in several languages, Skyrock is first and foremost a French sensation. It calls itself the “Free people network,” a vague description at best, but a quick look at the front page will tell you Skyrock has a lot in common with MySpace.
  • Francophilia – An English-language social network where French enthusiasts come to interact
  • Médias Sociaux – A blog that gives a French perspective on social networking


One Response to “Samantha, “Social Networking for Frenchies””

  1. Pamela Poole on September 2nd, 2008 4:13 am

    Bonjour Samantha !

    Thank you for including Francophilia in your list!

    Just over half of our members are from the US. The rest are from over 60 other countries and quite a few of them are native French speakers from other francophone countries. We are planning to launch a French version of the site in the near future, plus another big surprise later this year!

    Again, thanks for including us in this post. Hope to see you at Francophilia !

    Pamela Poole (LaGoulue)