The largest of the social trading networks, eToro was founded in 2007 and currently has 2.75 million registered users in over 140 countries.
eToro is also one of the top socially integrated networks, actively encouraging users to share and communicate via their OpenBook community and even allows users to sign up via Facebook.
Unlike many of the social trading networks, eToro offers a wide range of markets to trade via their WebTrader platform including shares, Forex, commodities & indices. Investors can also choose to follow other investors/traders and the platform does provide some useful risk management features.
eToro handles all brokerage themselves, so signing up, depositing and withdrawing funds is hassle free and neatly integrated. They offer an extensive range of deposit methods including PayPal, credit card, wire transfer, MoneyBookers, Western Union and accounts are handled in USD.
eToro is free to join & trade, and takes their profit from spreads and overnight rollovers. First deposits are also generously rewarded with signup bonuses of up to $10,000, depending on the amount deposited.
Overall eToro is a great social trading network with a very active trading community and some great resources for both beginners and experienced trader alike.