What is social media? I define it as follows:
“Social media includes information generated with and shared by individuals using various web-based tools including blogs, message boards, video sharing sites, wikis, chat, IM and similar technology.”
Social media is used for knowledge sharing, networking, training and development. Social media also enables individuals to complete parts of a larger task by working independently on smaller portions of it. Notably, my interest in social media was first piqued when Steve Fossett went missing and Amazon’s Mechanical Turk was used to try and find him.
Social media can be both a communication tool and a marketing channel. I am interested in social media in both of its forms and am intrigued that technology can so intensely enhance our human experience.
I created this page as a centralized location at which I could list all of the websites and content that falls under the social media umbrella. My intent is to list each alphabetically below and also provide a link to a more detailed profile of each service.
Suggestions are always welcome — e-mail your input to doctorious [at] generative [dot] com.
Social Media Services and Sites
- bit.ly: Bitly helps you share, track, and analyze your links.
- Blip.fm: Search for free music to stream, listen to free music recommended by real people, and create your own free internet radio station.
- Blogger: Free weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video.
- BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio allows anyone, anywhere the ability to host a live talk radio show online, simply by using a telephone and a computer.
- Buffer: Buffer shares your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often.
- CrunchBase: CrunchBase is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.
- Digg: Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.
- Dropbox: Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
- Facebook: Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
- Flickr: Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. S
- Google+: An interest-based social network owned and operated by Google Inc.
- HootSuite: HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard.
- is.gd: A free service for shortening web addresses and other URLs.
- Jing Project: Create images and videos of what you see on your computer screen, then share them instantly!
- Last.fm: Effortlessly keep a record of what you listen to from any player. Based on your taste, Last.fm recommends you more music and concerts!
- LinkedIn: A fast-growing professional networking site that allows members to create business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients.
- LiveJournal: Discover global communities of friends who share your unique passions and interests.
- Meetup: Do something, learn something, share something, change something.
- MySpace: MySpace is one of the world’s largest social networks, with about 125 million users. Originally inspired by Friendster, MySpace quickly grew to become the world’s largest social network,
- Newsvine: Updated continuously by citizens like you, Newsvine is an instant reflection of what the world is talking about at any given moment.
- Ning: Create a perfect social website to bring people together. With your own look and feel, and choice of social integration, Ning opens new doors to revenue and involvement.
- Path: Path is the simple and private way to share life with close friends & family.
- Pinterest: A social networking site with a visually-pleasing “virtual pinboard” interface. Users collect photos and link to products they love, creating their own pinboards and following the pinboards of other people whom they find interesting.
- Prosper: Prosper is the world’s largest peer-to-peer lending marketplace, with more than 1,220,000 members and over $294,000,000 in funded loans.
- Reddit: A source for what’s new and popular online. vote on links that you like or dislike and help decide what’s popular, or submit your own!
- Second Life: Find out more information about Second Life, a 3D virtual world where users can socialize, customize an avatar, connect and create using free voice and text chat.
- Soup: Soup is a tumblelog, a super-easy blog that can do more than just text: post links, quotes, videos, audio, files, reviews and events.
- StumbleUpon: StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover new and interesting web pages, photos and videos across the Web.
- Technorati: The leading blog search engine and directory, Technorati.com indexes more than a million blogs.
- TinyURL: By entering in a URL in a text field it will create a tiny URL that will not break in email postings and never expires.
- Tumblr: Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything: Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.
- Tweetreach: TweetReach helps businesses measure the impact of social media conversations.
- Twitter: A social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to post their latest updates. An update is limited by 140 characters and can be posted through three methods: web form, text message, or instant message.
- Typepad: TypePad blogs make it simple for you to share your interests and get noticed.
- Ustream TV: Ustream has created a network of diverse channels providing a platform for lifecasting and live video streaming of events online. Its platform empowers any individual, public figure or brand to stream to a global audience of unlimited size.
- Vimeo: Vimeo is a respectful community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make.
- Wetpaint: Your go-to source for hottest shows on television — the latest photos, videos, spoilers, gossip, fashion, and recaps.
- Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia that anyone can edit.
- WordPress.com: A hosted version of the open source package where you can start a blog in seconds without any technical knowledge.
- WordPress.org: Web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
- Yammer: Yammer is an enterprise social network, providing a secure way for employees to communicate, collaborate, and share information.
- Yelp: Yelp is a local reviews website covering the United States, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands; Yelp drew an audience of more than 50 million unique visitors in March 2011.
- YouTube: YouTube allows people to easily upload and share video clips across the Internet through websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email.