Social Media: A quick overview & tutorials
See list of more social media sites below. . .
Social Media in Plain English(You tube video)
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Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking service, owned by Yahoo! It’s a free service where thousands of people store bookmarks to the websites and pages they like and use. Del.icio.us uses “tagging,” which allows users to tag their favorite bookmarks with keywords of their choice. Because thousands of people use del.icio.us, the popular sites are logged allowing us to see what is new and trendy on the web. Bloggers can encourage readers to add their posts to del.icio.us, for more exposure to their blog.
Digg is a free social news website allowing people to share content from anywhere on the Internet. It works by members submitting links and stories, and then voting on their popularity. Voting stories up and down is called digging and burying. The most popular stories / websites will appear on the front page. If your blog gets to the front page of Digg, you can expect a huge amount of traffic. And making it to the Home page of Digg is not easy – it’s more like winning the lottery.
The most popular social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends. Accepts pay per click advertising that you can target to your local demographics.
Flickr.com provides free
online photo sharing. Load your favorite photos and share with friends and family.
Linkedin Business Networking
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals and business owners. It allows you to make your personal profile information available for search engines to index. Since LinkedIn profiles receive a fairly high PageRank in Google, this is a good way to influence what people will see about you when they "google’ your name.
To improve your ranking for your name, blog, or website, create a public profile and select “Full View.” Rather than using the default URL, customize your public profile’s URL to be your actual name. To improve the visibility of this page in search engines, use this link in various places on the web. For example, when you comment in a blog, include a link to your linkedin profile in your signature.
MySpace is a social networking website with an interactive, user-submitted network of friends, personal profiles, blogs, groups, photos, music, and videos for teenagers and young adults internationally. In June 2006, MySpace was the most popular social networking site in the United States. MySpace was once the most popular social site, but has now been overtaken by it’s main competitor, Facebook.
Technorati is an search engine for blogs, competing with Google and Yahoo. Bloggers can use Technorati to find online advertising sources for their blogs. Advertisers can find quality blogs on which to advertise.
Membership is free – so if you have a blog, sign up so that your blog will be indexed by Technorati.
"Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?" – Twitter
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