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Seven sites that connect trekkies

"Star Trek" fans who want to connect with others will find all they need--from movie discussions or talk about the TV series--between these seven social sites.

If you saw "Star Trek" over the weekend, you might be wondering how you can use the Web to connect with other fans.

It's not as hard as you might think. From Ning social networks to Facebook groups, there are a variety of ways to connect with "Star Trek" fans around the world.

Social "Star Trek"

Star-Trek has some active discussions. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Star-Trek If you're a Twitter fanatic, the Tweetworks Star-Trek group might be worth checking out. It's not a vibrant community--there are just a few dozen members--but it's the largest "Star Trek" Twitter group on the Tweetworks network. You'll find other Twitter users to communicate with. And you can leave as many tweets as you want about the movie. But until it grows, consider it your last destination.

"Star Trek" Facebook group The "Star Trek" Facebook group is the place to go if you're a real "Star Trek" fan. It's that simple. The page has over 2,400 members. Its discussion board is brimming with messages about topics ranging from Spock and his mother to Captain Kirk. The page also has more than 100 Wall posts discussing the movie, commenting on the series, and much more. Definitely check it out.

"Star Trek" MySpace page The official "Star Trek" MySpace page is a must-see for any "Star Trek" fan. It features the movie's newest trailer. And if you want to see scenes from the film, it has a couple clips for you to watch. But it's the page's forums that will keep you coming back. More than 22,000 "Star Trek" fans are currently discussing the movie, the franchise, and everything in between. The "Star Trek" MySpace page is one of the best places to connect with other fans.

Star Trek Online Though the site is designed for the Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG), Star Trek Online, its forums are one of the best places to connect with other "Star Trek" fans. Besides discussions on the game, you can chat about the latest film, the series, and much more. I was impressed by the sheer number of people discussing the franchise. I think that you will be too.

Trek Passions Trek Passions is a dating service for Star Trek fans. You can join the site, tell other users about yourself, and ask someone for a date. The site also has a place to chat with users to get to know them better. And if you're bored, you can watch some "Star Trek" videos or play the site's online games.

TrekSpace TrekSpace is the largest Ning social network dedicated to "Star Trek." With thousands of people on the site, it's the go-to place for any "Star Trek" fan. You'll find information on "Star Trek" events, more than 22,000 photos, and 1,100 videos that range from "Saturday Night Live" skits to scenes from the original show. The TrekSpace forum is the site's best feature. It's filled with discussions about the "Star Trek" storyline, information about individual shows, and much more. I spent an hour on the site just reading through the various threads. If you're a real "Star Trek" fan, and you want to connect with others, TrekSpace is a great place to do it.

TrekUnited TrekUnited was originally formed to save "Star Trek: Enterprise" from cancellation. It didn't work. Since then, it has grown into one of the largest "Star Trek" sites on the Web. Besides "Star Trek" news, the site provides up-to-date information on upcoming conventions. But with more than 4,000 members, the site's community is second to none. You can chat with others or engage them in discussion in the site's forums. Those forums are some of the most active of any "Star Trek" thread on the Web. You'll definitely spend some time in there. Check out TrekUnited. I think that you'll like what you see.

The Top 3

Cutting through all these sites can take some time. Here's a list of the top 3 you should check out before the others:

1. "Star Trek" Facebook group

2. TrekSpace

3. MySpace "Star Trek" page