Love it or hate it social media is here to stay. But with all the talk centered mostly on Facebook and Twitter, there’s a lot out there that’s not being talked about.
Social News Sites
Social news sites like Digg and Reddit allow users to submit news stories, articles and media for sharing among their respective communities or the general public. Community members’ interest in a posted item gives it value. StumbleUpon, which I believe I heard Tim say was cool once, is explained very well here.
Niche Social Networks
Whatever you’re into, there’s probably a niche social network for it. One well-worded search can uncork just about anything these days and there are oodles of these sites out there: for knitters, for fitness junkies, people with diabetes and new ones come online every day.
There are national and local opt-in “groups” through Yahoo and Google, and Big Boards tracks the most active bulletin boards and forums currently on the web. Does your child have a medical condition like, say, torticollis? Search the web or the blogs to get detailed information and insight from others who have been through it or share your experience with others.
Of course, there are billions of blogs, like this one. Blogs are started every day through Blogger, Wordpess, Typepad and MySpace like this one or aggregators collect them for you by areas of interest, like this and this.
Of course, it’s a big wide web world and I have left tons and tons out of this lil’ old post. Please share your insight in the comments and we can update this post in a few weeks. Til then Traffikd has compiled an impressive list of social media and social networking sites here.
Now that thinking social media is mainstream, do yourself a favor. Look outside the Goliaths. There are hundreds and hundreds of Davids just waiting to be discovered. One of them may be just right for you.
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