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8 Social Networks For Foodies


Frozen raspberries As I continue to build on the list of niche networks, I thought I would dive into the world of Food! I am a big “Top Chef ” fan; come to think of it, I am a big fan of all the Foodie programs: Chopped, Come Dine With Me, Iron Chef. Sweet Genius.  The Food Network has had significant success with these Foodie shows. In fact this sector has seen considerable growth over recent years. Yep, I am a Foodie! I chuckled at this week’s showing of ” Top Chef in Texas” where they incorporated Tweets as part of the challenge! Social media is becoming an integral part of a number of these shows. As a result, I thought I would take a look at Foodie social networking sites other than the mainstream ones listed above.  During my review,  I noticed that there are millions of food blogs! Literally. They all  have great visual appeal. Somehow photos of food are always appealing. Consequently, many of the Foodie Social Networks are either curated sites or they syndicate your blog as part of their site. I have selected 8 that I think are worth checking out.

1. BakeSpace

BakeSpace

Launched in 2006, BakeSpace is a free social networking site where members share recipes, cooking tips and their passion for food. The site members come from 174 countries and range from teenagers to grandparents. The common thread among members is their passion for food and learning from each other. It also has a mentor program for home chefs.

2. Foodbuzz

Foodbuzz

Foodbuzz is an online food blog community dedicated to collecting and curating the best content from food blogs across the web. It is also free to join.  All of the content on Foodbuzz comes from independent food bloggers who share there creative posts and recipes. You do not have to be a food blogger to join. As a member you can share experiences of eating, drinking, dining and cooking food. You can vote (with a “buzz”) on the numerous recipes that are curated. You can setup your own personal profile that includes the ability to post, organize your recipe box, ability to list your restaurants, follow your favorite food blog and share messages about food.

3. FoodCandy

FoodCandy

FoodCandy is a social network site where Foodies nework with like-minded individuals and businesses. It is free to join. As a member,  you can customized your profile, recommend your favorite restaurants, share cooking tips and network with other Foodies. FoodCanady syndicates food blogs with full content, with its original layout. You have a choice of creative licenses should you want to syndicate.

4. Foodie

FoodieThis Foodie social network has received a lot of press recently. It has just been launched by Glam Media (Owners of Ning network). This site brings Food celebrities and FoodLovers to meet in one space.  Members can create profiles using their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. Members can follow chefs, food critics and others in this sector. Like other networks, you can share your favorites tips, receive tips, recommendations and recipes. There is a discussion forum for exchanging ideas. It seems to have bridge mainstream media with social media. Again, membership is free.

5. iMunchie

iMunchie is also a social network for Foodies. Members share their food with friends. There are iMunchie tournaments where members can win prizes! So a very interactive site. They claim to be “the Facebook for Food ; The Google for Recipes and The online version of Top Chef for Foodies”.  Big claims – only time will tell. Again membership is free.

6. Nibbledish

Nibbledish  is an online community for food lovers and avid cooks. Members are enthusiastic about sharing food experiences from around the world. Members can comment on and rank the recipes. Members can follow other members whose recipes they have enjoyed. Membership is free.

7. myFavFood

myfavefood logomyFaveFood is a new Foodie social network  launched in 2011 and still in beta. It is an online community for Foodies, gourmet and anyone who enjoys food (or a good meal). Similar to the above sites, as a member you can discuss your favorite foods, restaurants, vote on comments and join the conversations via message forums. If you have a food blog or website, you can add it to this community. Membership is free.

8. Social Culinaire

socialculinaireI thought I would share a small community. Social Culinaire is a small  social network of 800+ with  Foodies and Industry Pros. The founder is Chef Jeffrey Nimer who encourages network members to share their food, culture, post blogs, seek new career opportunities and make recommendations. So if you are seeking a small niche serious about their food, this is also worth checking out.



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Discussion

24 thoughts on “8 Social Networks For Foodies

  1. Nice collection. Thanks for sharing.

    Posted by TaxCoach | February 11, 2012, 6:41 pm
  2. You have officially made me very hungry 🙂

    Posted by camountain | February 11, 2012, 6:45 pm
    • LOL!! That is too funny! I am glad I am not alone. Visiting all these sites took forever as I tantalized my taste-buds with all the great photos! It shouldn’t be allowed! LOL!! Thanks for popping by.

      Posted by Shirley Williams | February 11, 2012, 6:52 pm
  3. Reblogged this on michellegilstrap and commented:
    Check out this great post on Food blogs.

    Posted by michellegilstrap | February 11, 2012, 6:48 pm
  4. Hey Shirley,

    I will have to check out a few of these social food sites. I curated this on Internet Billboards and shared it in the food and beverage and social category. I also shared it on Facebook. Are we connected on Facebook? Shall I send you a friend request.

    Posted by Tom George (@netbillboards) | February 11, 2012, 6:56 pm
  5. O.K. Shirley, now you’ve really done it! I can’t resist food, so now I am forced to pick up the pace and work this in. NO PROBLEM, because I know I can count on you to be there for me.

    Posted by successisyou | February 12, 2012, 12:00 am
    • Henry, this seems to be the common theme! Everyone is getting hungry with this post. The true Foodies are surfacing. I am glad I did the post. Life is for living!
      Thanks for passing by.

      Posted by Shirley Williams | February 12, 2012, 12:04 am
  6. Reblogged this on Kiara Lane.

    Posted by Kiara Lane | February 12, 2012, 1:15 pm
  7. iMunchie.com Rocks!!!
    Thanks!

    Posted by Jacob | February 24, 2012, 12:19 pm
  8. Lynn and I love to watch Restaurant Impossible and the Iron Chef shows.

    Posted by bewitched in salem | February 26, 2012, 2:09 pm

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