This list of social media includes the biggest and most popular social networks, websites, tools and platforms. I haven’t tried to be comprehensive, but if you want to start investing time monitoring conversations about your brand online, this is your best starting point.
Popular Social Networks
- Facebook — The world’s most popular social networking site is an online directory that connects people (and companies) through social networks and allows them to share photos and communicate with each other.
- MySpace — An online community that lets you meet your friends’ friends, write messages, share photos, publish music and chat. Once the dominant player, now losing ground to Facebook. Almost every band in the world has a MySpace profile.
- LinkedIn — LinkedIn is an online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals from around the world, representing 150 industries.
- Bebo — Allows users to share photos with music, and blogs, and draw on members’ White Boards. Not as popular in Australia as in the northern hemisphere.
- Ning — An online service to create your own social network.
- Twitter — A ‘micro-blogging service’ which allows people to share short text messages (up to 140 charactersd) with anyone who chooses to follow them.
- Google Blog Search— Use Google’s technology to search blogs.
- Technorati — Real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword. Also provides popularity indexes.
- Feedburner — A blog distribution company.
- Blog Catalog — A social community for bloggers and one of the largest blog directories on the Internet.
- YouTube — The web’s largets collection of videos. Users can view, upload and comment.
- Flickr — The world’s biggest photo sharing tool.
- Photobucket — Photobucket is the most popular site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos, and graphics.
- Vimeo — Vimeo is a thriving community of people who love to make and share video.
- Second Life — A virtual, interactive online world.
- Google Groups — A collection of Forums hosted by Google
- Yahoo! Groups — A collection of Forums hosted by Yahoo!
- Wikipedia — A giant online encyclopedia that anyone can edit or contribute to.
- Yahoo Answers — Allows users to post questions and answers on any topic.
- Get Satisfaction — Get Satisfaction is a place where people can get the most from the products they use, and where companies are encouraged to get real with their customers
- Delicious — Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source. With emphasis on the power of the community, Delicious greatly improves how people discover, remember and share on the Internet.
- Stumble Upon — StumbleUpon integrates peer-to-peer and social networking principles with one-click blogging to create an emergent content referral system.
- Digg — Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.