Esperanto social network (big update 6 on 20 August 2017)


There are several Esperanto social networks but none of them is good enough. In order to select the best one and to encourage it and others to improve, this comparison of Esperanto social networks was prepared.
So far the leader is www.edukado.net
In the past www.lernu.net was a good social network but during reconstruction many features were removed and it is no longer a social network.
Note!!! If the table below does not fit the page, reduce the zoom of your page in internet browser.


www.edukado.net
www.facebook.com
www.vk.com


www.esperanto.com
User interface in Esperanto
y
y but only partially, search works only in English
y but not completely


y
Names of users according to the rules of Esperanto (see 1)
n
n
y (names are automatically transliterated into Esperanto, if Esperanto is selected as display language, sometimes incorrectly)


n
Forum in Esperanto
y but not flexible (impossible to create your own section with topics), few sections
y (groups devoted to different topics)
y (groups devoted to different topics)


y but no sections (only 1 group of topics)







Subscribe to new topics in a subforum
Only by RSS
y
yn (you cannot subscribe to a group by email, you can only see its updated in your newsfeed)

yn (you can subscribe to new topics in all forum by RSS)
Subscribe to new answers in a forum topic
y by email
y
yn (sometimes does not work)

yn (only if you commented)
Specify your level of Esperanto (see 2)
y
n
n


n
Find people by city and ability to speak Esperanto
y (no standard names for cities, city names are not suggested, but you can check a city and its Esperantists on a map)
yn (only if interface is in English, search works not always and not in all browsers)
y (very good, even shows number of found people)


n
Find people by city and level of Esperanto
yn (no standard names for cities, you have to guess how a user named his city)
n
n


n
Many people search filters (see 4)
yn (nomo, lando, urbo, sekso, agxo, profesio, Epo nivelo, instruado de Epo, foto)
n (you can search people asking natural search questions but only in Eng, such natural language search almost stopped working, only some queries are still functional)
y


n
Events (see 5)
n
y
yn (there is a module of events but it is not convenient and few people use it)


y
Follow people (follow changes in their lives) (see 6)
n
y (bad, you cannot decide what changes in their lives to monitor)
y bad


n
Find out what events are joined by people followed by you
n
y (works only partially)
n


n
Calendar of Esperanto events
n
y if to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/epo.eventoj
n


y
Subscribe to new Esperanto events
n
y if to join https://www.facebook.com/groups/epo.eventoj
n


n
Map of users (see 7)
y
n
n


y (the best)
Exclude inactive users from search (see 7)
n
n
n


n
Map of Esperanto eventsnnn

y

If the social network has good forum, there will be a section for posting Esperanto vacancies and a section for those who look for an Esperanto job. So, the social network will have features of a job search website.

Notes:
1) The names of users should follow the rules of Esperanto (spelling and pronunciation) not to confuse readers. There must be no letters that are not used in Esperanto and no numbers or special characters.
 2) There are many classifications of levels of language proficiency. I suggest to use the following for levels of Esperanto: nula, baza, studa, baza labora, bona labora, libera. Classification of www.lernu.net (nula, baza, meza, alta) is not detailed enough.
3) On www.lernu.net you can search people from a city but you have to type in its name. You cannot select it from a list. As people can specify the name of their city differently (in their native language, English, Esperanto using x or diacritics), the search is not reliable.
4) The following search filters are recommended: name, level of Esperanto, current country, current city, another country, another city, sex, age range, educational institution, age of graduation, place of work, position, year of birth, month of birth, date of birth, hobby, exclude inactive users (see 7).
5) Events should be like on Facebook, plus there must be a reliable way to subscribe to events which people you follow joined, possibility to see the calendar of Esperanto events, possibility to subscribe to Esperanto events.
6) There must be no friends. It is better to use approach of Google Plus and Twitter where you follow people who are interesting for you. Following means you should be notified about changes in their profiles. I don't think it is necessary to have a feature of posting as users can post in relevant sections of the forum. Such posts will be better targeted.
7) Map on www.edukado.net and www.esperanto.com show all registered users even if their level of Esperanto is zero or they have not visited the website for years. Instead the map should show only people with higher-than-zero level of Esperanto and only those who are active (logged in to the website in the last 12 months).

PS: As you see some of the cells are blank. To fill them in, I need your help. If you noticed a mistake or know another Esperanto social network with interesting features, write a comment below this post.
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1 comment:

  1. As a 'baza studa' Mi havas serĉadis por bona forumo al ofte ĉeck en al dum mi lernu Esperanto. I had alredy checked out most of them but I thank you for your comparative list. I have been reading on lernu (English section) but am not a regular poster. From learnu I introduced to Verduloj.com. I am liking Verduloj but like all the forms except lernu it seems like they do not get regularly posts to read. Of all of them lernu seems most active. Note the fact that I mostly speak English at this point and need an English Krokodilo section to gauge activity.

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