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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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.
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.
myFaveFood 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.
I 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.
Frozen raspberries photo by epSos.de on Flickr
- A Fully Baked Idea: Foodie, the Social Network for Food Lovers (socialtimes.com)
- New social network Foodie.com for food lovers (ladylux.com)
- Glam Media serves up social site: Foodie (vator.tv)
- Glam Media launches social network Foodie.com (canada.com)
- iMunchie cooks up early success (PRNewswire)