# SNS stands for “Social Networking Service”, which is often used in Japanese when mentioning Mixi, Gree, etc. Some people even use SNS without knowing what it came from.
So-net, a portal site company in Sony group, began So-net SNS in June 2006 by using Japanese, PHP-based open source social networking service package OpenPNE.
In Japan, there are other competitors who provide free social networking service hosting such like FC2 SNS, Social Park, Nanoty, People SNS, etc. But overall, most people seem comfortable with community feature in Mixi.
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