A hearty hello after a bit of a hiatus.
Okay, it’s not really a map. In this post I’ve attempted to give a birds eye view of the social media landscape. You’ll find listed social media categories and corresponding tools. We’ll explore these individually in upcoming posts.
A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities.
- Facebook — The 800 pound gorilla of Social networking with over 350 million users
- LinkedIn — LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with over 70 million members and growing rapidly.
- MySpace — It was once king, now in steady decline since 2009.
Social Content Publishing
Tools to help you share your content
- WordPress, Blogger — Blogtools
- Twitter, Friendfeed, Plurk — Microblogs
- Slideshare — Slide presentations
- YouTube, Viddler — Video sharing and management
- Flikr, Photobucket, Picasa — Photo sharing and management
RSS Readers and Aggregators
RSS is an acronymn for Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication. Here is wonderfully simple video explanation of how it works: Video: RSS in Plain English
- Attensa — Windows, Microsoft Outlook-based; trial available
- Amphetadesk — Windows, Mac, Linux (open source); freeware
- Bloglines — Web-based news aggregator; free
- FeedDemon — Windows; commercial software, trial available
- Feedreader — Windows (open source); freeware
- Google Reader — Web-based news aggregator; free
- My Yahoo! — Web-based news aggregator; free
- NewsFire — Mac OS X; commercial software, trial available
- Rocket RSS Reader — Web-based RSS reader; free
- RSS Reader — Windows; freeware
Social Bookmarking and Recommendation
Social bookmarking sites provide methods for internet users to share, organize, search, and recommend web resources.
- Delicious — Delicious is a Social Bookmarking service, which means you can save all your bookmarks online & share them
- FriendFeed — “FriendFeed enables you to discover and discuss the interesting stuff your friends find on the web.”
- Yahoo Buzz — ”The best of the web chosen by you”
- Digg — “Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.”
- Reddit — “Reddit is a source for what’s new and popular online.”
- Yelp — “Yelp is the fun and easy way to find, review and talk about what’s great – and not so great, in your area.”
- Stumbleupon — “Personalized Recommendations to Help You Discover the Best of the Web”