PROS / The quick notification feature keeps you up to date on your account activity.
CONS / Ads overwhelm each page.
VERDICT / This social media site has the essentials, but it isn't much help if you're trying to keep up with friends here in the United States.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top Social Networking Sites here.
Zorpia is one of the lesser-known social media sites. It was started in China in 2003 and is one of the top social networking sites in its originating country and India. The minimum age to join Zorpia is 16. This social networking site allows you to find friends near you based on specific country, state and city. At this point, you can filter whether you're looking for a friend, activity partner or someone to date. You can gather a mass of friends using this service, but it focuses squarely on the dating aspect. A major downside to this service is the abundance of AdSense ads. There are at least five ads per page, which distracts from the social networking experience.
As is standard with most social networking sites, you will receive notifications for any update to your account. You will be tagged anytime someone messages you, asks to be your friend or visits your profile. Social networks have the advantage of being an instant way to connect you to other people who have similar interests. You can create a group of your choice and invite friends to your group as soon as it's created. You can search for existing groups by looking in the search bar or finding them by categories. The issue with joining groups is that you aren't likely to find an active group in the English language. You can still join a group for X-Files Fanatics, but they've only had two discussions in the past six years.
Zorpia is a free service, but if you want any sort of access to profile visitors or to have your profile picture featured on a main page, you need to pay to become a Royal Member. To view information that is locked for free members, you can either buy coins with a PayPal account or a three-, six- or 12-month membership. The memberships average out around $2 per month, but it puts a serious damper on the ease and access of most social network sites.
Zorpia has a number of security features that allow you to keep your profile and personal information private. You can restrict who sees your profile and who sends you messages. You can restrict it to friends only or Zorpians in your country. You can also select who views your photo albums, journals, video collections and more.
Zorpia is essentially a social network that allows you to find nearby friends, but it seems more suited for dating than anything. It does have the typical social features like adding friends and joining groups, but unless you live in an Asian country, you're not likely to find many people you already know using this service. The reason this social network ranks so low is the high number of ads and that it requires a paid upgrade to show and hide your friend list and to get unlimited browsing.