When looking at wanting to build a social network, it is first important to define what a social network is. A social network is essentially a group of people connected together through various means such as friends or similar values. Social networking is a term bandied around very often on the Internet these days without any regard to what the term means. By simply understanding the definition, it can allow for deeper discussion into how you can build a social network.
If the definition is used here, the first key when wanting to build a social network is to find a group of like-minded people. If you trawl through Internet chat forums, you can find various topics where like-minded people come to talk about what they are passionate about. If you search through the various topics, this may give you an idea on what you may want to build a social network around. You may not want to choose a particular topic but rather begin a social network to keep in better touch with your friends. In this case, you will take a different approach than for those with a particular topic of interest.
The second key when wanting to build a social network is to decide what your end goal is for the project. Do you simply want a place you can visit everyday to talk with friends or with other people of like mind? Would you like to build your social network into a business where you can create income by helping solve the problems of others? This will help determine what type of approach you take in building the social network.
The third key in wanting to build a social network is to decide how large you want the network to be. This will probably fit in at least loosely with your first two decisions on the spirit of your forum and how you want to run your network. Deciding upon a size can help you when deciding who to let in and how much advertising you want to do in developing the network. Building a social network is like any other project: you must put in the time and work up front to enjoy the payoff in the end. How will you know how to build your social network if you have not set a target for which to shoot for.
Wanting to build a social network starts with asking yourself some very basic but important questions. Without asking these questions, you will not be successful in building a social network which you will be proud to boast to your friends about.