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User-generated content is any content that is authored by the user of a website.  Most social media sites contain some user-generated content, but social media sites that allow users to create entire pages of content are known as user-generated content sites.  The following platforms are examples of user-generated content sites that also provide social networking or collaboration opportunities.

HubPages

Launched in 2006, HubPages allows users to build pages, also known as hubs, on topics of interest; the website features interactive page elements and a community forum.  HubPage users can gain followers with valuable content, vote on each other's pages, and earn income through referral links.

Launched in 2005, Squidoo enabled users to build pages, also known as lenses, on just about any topic.  Lenses were created from modules and could feature interactive elements such as guestbooks, polls, and constantly updating news or blogrolls.  Squidoo members could earn revenue by featuring referral links to retail sites, and a community forum allowed users to feature their pages and get honest feedback and critiques.  Squidoo was acquired by HubPages in 1914, and much of its content was rolled into HubPages.

Weebly

Founded in 2007, Weebly is a California-based hosting and development platform that lets people easily create unique websites, blogs, and online stores.  People around the world use Weebly to start businesses, sell products and services online, highlight their achievements, and communicate with visitors in thoughtful and meaningful ways.  Using either its free or premium pricing plans, Weebly enables people to build customized websites that work well on both desktop computers and mobile computing devices.
Sample Weebly page:  Zeducorp

Wikipedia

The name Wikipedia comes from a combination of "wiki", the Hawaiian for quick, used to refer to a technology for creating collaborative websites, and "encyclopedia".  Wikipedia contains over 19 million articles available in over 270 languages, and allows anyone with Internet access to make changes to the articles.  Unpaid authors can contribute anonymously, under their real names, or under a pseudonym, and articles must be verified against a reliable source, and be free of copyright restrictions and opinions of the author.  Since its inception in 2001, Wikipedia has grown into one of the largest reference sites on the Internet.

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