Social Media for Beginners

Social Media: A quick overview & tutorials




See list of more social media sites below. . .





Social Media in Plain English(You tube video)






RSS News Feeds


Signup for a "Reader" so you can subscribe to blog/news feeds. Choose one:

Google.com/reader

Bloglines.com

Newsgator.com

My Yahoo!



Del.icio.us

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.

Youtube video: DEL.ICIO.US – Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Website: delicious.com

Digg


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.

Youtube video: How to use Digg

Website: Digg.com

Facebook

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.


Youtube video: Getting started


Youtube video: Your Facebook HOME page


Website: Facebook.com

Flickr

Flickr.com provides free
online photo sharing. Load your favorite photos and share with friends and family.

Youtube video: Online Photo Sharing in Plain English

Youtube video: How to use Flickr



Flickr website tour. . .



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.

Youtube video: What is Linkedin?

Website: Linkedin.com



My Space

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.

Website: myspace.com

Technorati

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.

Website: technorati.com



Twitter

"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

Youtube video: Twitter in Plain English

Website: twitter.com



List & Links of Social Media Websites

Social Bookmarking



Del.icio.us www.del.icio.us

Digg www.digg.com

BlinkPro www.blinkpro.com

Chipmark www.chipmark.com

Linkroll www.linkroll.com

Reddit www.reddit.com

StumbleUpon www.stumbleupon.com

Social Networking

Facebook www.facebook.com

Myspace www.myspace.com

Bebo www.bebo.com

Flickr www.flickr.com

Linkedin www.linkedin.com

Netlog www.netlog.com

Tagged www.tagged.com

Twitter www.twitter.com

Yearbook www.yearbook.com





Social Blogging

Blogger www.blogger.com

Shoutpost www.shoutpost.com

Technorati www.technorati.com

Tblog www.tblog.com

Vox www.vox.com





Video Submission



YouTube www.youtube.com

MyspaceTV http://vids.myspace.com

MetaCafe www.metacafe.com

MegaVideo www.megavideo.com

Veoh www.veoh.com

Social Media Icons