Social Media Network Sites
Every few months, a new group of social media network sites you’ve never heard of invades the world wide web. Deciding which ones to join will induce a state of business analysis paralysis. Daniel Threlfel of CMS Critic suggests joining the big four — including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, then adding at least one “niche social media network site.” We agree.
Joanna Xu of Smart Blogs describes Quora as a “much more refined version of Yahoo Answers.” Join this site and provide high quality content, build your reputation, and do right by your business. Membership in Quora also lets you share links to blog posts, product pages or helpful content on your website, but note that the Quora Community will down-vote your answer if it represents a shallow attempt to link to your site. Some business owners use Quora to monitor trends, and direct their content toward the topics that interest their readers.
Join Soundcloud if you’ve got the music in you and you want to share it with the world, and possibly make some valuable connections. This online sound-sharing network lets you record, upload and share music or other audio recordings. Exchange feedback with other members, and experiment with the latest sound producing, editing and engineering apps.
Calling all solopreneurs. An About.me site combines the benefits of an online resume and a digital business card. Show your picture, highlight your work, link to your other social media network sites and build a new community.
Launched in 2000, DeviantArt hosts one of the leading artist networks in the web design industry. Registered users have a profile, where they organize their work into categories such as digital art, traditional art, photography and even movies. As an added perk, members can download a diversity of stock photos and tutorials.
Whether you are planning to go global with your company, move overseas are simply enjoy a vacation abroad, language skills can make your life easier. Busuu breaks down the language study material into 150 units, consisting of multiple-choice questions, speaking tasks, and writing assignments. Some sections feature multimedia material, including spoken multiple-choice questions. Members interact in the role of teacher and student, and can communicate via chat-window, an audio connection, or a webcam connection.
Before they suggest a destination, hotel, restaurant or activity, the folks at Gogobot want to know about your travel style. After all, one should not expect a budget traveler, an adventurer, a luxury travel diva and a foodie to have the same preferences. Gogobot organizes the different types of travelers into tribes, makes the appropriate recommendations, and introduces you to like-minded people.
Sulia describes itself as a “subject-based social network that connects you to the top social sources on subjects you care about.” Their content curators collect top stories on different subjects. Site members can rate the articles and leave comments. Sulia provides an effective online meeting place for people who share similar interests.
In case you missed Jungian psychology class, an archetype is both a primal patter, or a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought or image. The Archetype social media network site presents a short quiz, which helps you find your — you guessed it — archetype. Based on your answers, the site will determine if you are a Caregiver, Creative, Intellectual, Visionary, Royal, Athlete, Spiritual, Tastemaker, Advocate, Rebel, Explorer or Performer. According to the site
Once you know your archetypes, the world becomes much easier to navigate. Based on your archetypes, you can make more inspired choices about everything from relationships to excelling at work to choosing a piece of clothing. Through the prism of those archetypes, the world is clearer. You can live a truly empowered life knowing which doors you should walk through and which are best left unopened. Knowing your archetypes gives you the vocabulary to help you understand yourself and others better.
You can then stay within your own archetype, or explore those belonging to others. The existence of an an archetype-specific shopping section implies that this social media network site is even more female-centric than Pinterest. From a business perspective, it might work best for yoga teachers and New Age practitioners.
Listgeeks allows you to post lists of things by either adding your own content or sharing content from the lists of others. From a business perspective, you can use it to share lists of your company’s most popular products and shipping destinations.
Your presentation was brilliant, if you must say so yourself. Too bad only your co-workers can see it. Now, with the help of slideshare, you can share your powerpoint presentations and receive feedback and recognition.
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