When you hear the term social networking, there are some websites that may immediately come to mind. Although there are hundreds of social media, social bookmarking and social networking websites out there, the top social networking sites dominate a much larger part of the internet than all the others combined.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the top social networking sites and what they have to offer their users.
Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, share photos, links, videos, and to learn more about the people they meet. It provides many different avenues of communication allowing members to connect in a way that is unique to their own personality.
Facebook provides its members with a sense of community by offering groups, pages, applications and games that make networking with friends, family and business associates easy and enjoyable, making Facebook one of the top social networking sites online to date.
Twitter is another popular social networking site that uses a micro- blogging platform that allows users to follow and connect, by posting short messages no linker than 140-character’s long.
Followers of your Twitter feed can keep up with your updates throughout the day much in the same way that they would with an RSS feed or a standard blog, only the micro format makes writing in a Twitter account much easier than other forms of blogging and social networking. Twitter even allows for mobile updating, so you can update your followers on your status from anywhere at any time.
When it comes to doing business online, Twitter can be an internet marketer’s dream come true once they learn how to take full advantage of the marketing opportunities available there.
Pinterest has rapidly climbed the ranks to become the third-most popular social network in the United States, behind only Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard that lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the internet. You can use pinboards to plan events, decorate your home, and even organize their favorite recipes.
One thing that makes Pinterest even more enticing is that you can browse pinboards created by other people. It’s a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
Flickr is a unique form of social networking because it revolves around photo sharing. Users create accounts and fill them with their favorite photos, and other users can leave comments. Flickr photos can be commented on, tagged, edited and shared, facilitating communication and networking purely through photography.
Digg is another unique social networking that revolves around sharing media and news with other users in the community. Digg focuses on allowing users to unveil news and other media, allowing other members to comment and rate the media based on popularity. The more users Digg a certain piece of media or news, the more popular it will become within the community!
If you’re looking for a way to connect then these sites can be a great place to start. Make sure you look for our next blog soon. We will be talking about how to make the most out of any social network you decide to join.