Social Media Tips For Small Business Marketing
Last Updated: 08-31-2010 , Posted: 02-27-2008
Part II: Thirty Social Media Sites
|There are a large number of social sites that a business can consider to further Web marketing efforts and connect with their clients and consumers. However, just because the site exists, doesn't mean your business should be using it. The following list is not a complete list, but based on the site description it may help you narrow down which social sites would be best-suited to your business.
Fark.com, the Web site, is a news aggregator and an edited social networking news site. Users can comment on a daily selection of 50 news articles. "Total Fark" is a subscription service that lets you see and comment on all links submitted by users and not only the ones approved for inclusion on Fark's main page.
An online photo management and sharing application that lets people make their content available to the people who matter to them.
With more than 95 million members worldwide, Friendster is a leading global online social network. Friendster is focused on helping people stay in touch with friends and discover new people and things that are important to them.
Hi5 is a social networking Web site where users create an online profile to share pictures, updates and interests with friends.
iTaggit is a site that allows you to store and organize information about your items and collectibles. You can interact with other users and read and write blogs.
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of more than 36 million experienced professionals from around the world. The site can help you make better use of your professional network and help the people you trust in return.
Metafilter is a Weblog that anyone can contribute a link or a comment to. Metafilter breaks down the barriers between people, to extend a Weblog beyond just one person, and to foster discussion among its members.
At Mixx, all of the content is user-generated. Mixx makes it easy for people to submit stories, photos, videos — whatever you find interesting, informative, different or fun. You can also see and vote on the stuff that other Mixxers submit.
MySpace is an online community that lets you meet your friends' friends. Create a community on MySpace and you can share photos, journals and interests with your growing network of mutual friends.
Netlog is an online platform where users can keep in touch with and extend their social network. It is an online social portal, specifically targeted at European youth. On Netlog, you can create your own Web page with a blog, pictures, videos, events and much more to share with your friends.
NewsCloud is a community of readers who submit, rate and discuss the most important stories from around the world.
At Newsvine, you can read stories from established media organizations as well as individual contributors from all around the world. Placement of stories is determined by a multitude of factors including freshness, popularity and reputation. Contribution is open to all, and editorial judgment is in the hands of the community.
Orkut's social network can help you maintain existing relationships with pictures and messages, and establish new ones by reaching out to people you've never met before. Orkut makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts.
Plime is a pliable tree of interesting links, cultivated and pruned by everyone. Plime automatically determines which articles are the most popular based on user activity and moves it up the category tree accordingly. In this way, news importance is determined through the interests of the user base (and browsing guests), instead of an editorial staff.
Reddit is a source for what's new and popular on the Web — personalized for you. Your votes train a filter, so let Reddit know what you liked and disliked, because you'll begin to see recommended links filtered to your tastes. All of the content on reddit is submitted and voted on by users like you.
Small Business Brief
Small Business Brief provides a daily digest of the best small business articles for our audience. Now the site also allows visitors to participate in the process by submitting and voting on the best stories.
Sphinn is a social site for search and interactive marketers. It's designed to allow you to share and discover news stories, read and take part in discussions, discover events of interest and network with others.
StumbleUpon is a free service that helps you discover and share websites with others who have similar interests. The more you use StumbleUpon, the more likely it is that you will "Stumble" across pages you like.
Stylehive.com is an online style club for people who live for fashion, design and shopping. It's where you meet your style muses and follow them as they discover and share their latest finds.
Tagged.com is a social-networking destination with over 70 million registered users and over 2.5 billion page-views per month. Tagged helps people keep in touch with their friends and make new ones. The site provides a fun media experience featuring expressive custom profiles, fluid widget embedding, integrated video, chat and more.
Twitter is a real-time short messaging service (SMS) that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens — from breaking world news to updates from friends.
Webs is a place to inform the world about your business, passions or hobbies and engage others to share their unique ideas, information, photos and videos. With features like blogs, Web stores, member profiles and even group publishing, anyone can bring a site to life on Webs.com.
Windows Live Spaces
Windows Live Spaces is a Microsoft blogging and social networking platform. Users can publish a Weblog via mobile phone, add music lists and manage friends.
WordPress is a blog publishing system with a rich set of features.
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