Being a portal, instead of a storage system, there will be no resources to upload photo galleries, videos, and other content. Hosting those items is expensive and takes tremendous resources. (It is also redundant.) We don't think we can build a video storage system that could be better than YouTube, or a photo presentation system better than Instagram. The Internet has plenty of resources to solve these problems, but no solution to the problem of integrating everything well.
So you end up with your profile in one place, reviews in another, a few reviews somewhere else, your photos elsewhere, videos on another site, and so on.
We will provide the best level of integration possible with the following networks:
There are also specific groups of interest inside some of the networks. Interests like a few couch surfing groups inside Facebook, probably dozens of communities inside Yahoo Groups, and many others.
In addition to that, there are networks specific to couch surfing and pay-it-forward concepts that we consider paramount:
|Nightswapping||Hosting exchange||Warm Showers||Bicycle riders|
|Trust Roots||Backpackers||Horizons Unlimited||Motorcycle adventurers|
|Trampolinn||House Exchange||Hospitality Club||Hospitality|
|Servas International||Hospitality||Hash Space||Hash House Harriers|
|Find a Crew||Crew for sailing||House Carers||House Sitting|
|Mind My House||House Sitting||Help Exchange||Volunteering|
And finally, there are sites created for other purposes or networks, some of them commercial in nature, in which their operations, goals, or philosophies agree or support the ideas of Couch Surfing or Paying Forward quite well and we feel welcome in their networks. Typically whenever we use these networks, we make new friends:
|AirBnB||Rentals||Mitfahr Zentrale||Car pooling|
|Bla Bla Car||Car pooling||Relay Rides||Car rental|
Some of these networks are easy and straightforward to connect to. Some will take longer.