Don’t get overwhelmed!  You don’t really have to use that many social media platforms to promote your company.  However,  it would be good to know the different social networks, social media platforms and online communities that your company  can collaborate with to increase your online presence.  A combination of 3 to 4 social media applications can get you started to a very good campaign.

An example is how a Tweet from a local newspaper, Hills Shire Times about a Glee Flash Mob in Castle Towers caught my attention. The tweet led me to the digital copy of their newspaper that has a video and article about the flash mob promoting the Glee 3D Movie at Castle Towers. The Facebook link allowed me to quickly share the Vimeo video on my wall. I also blogged about it just now.



I just mentioned 4 social media platforms used to promote a movie and drive traffic to the digital edition of a local newspaper.  Without social media, a newspaper’s media reach will be limited to the people who read the newspaper.  But, with social media, you don’t only reach 1 reader but potentially the people in the social network(s) of that 1 reader.

Here is a list of 100 Social Media Websites classified according to use:

Network:

  1. Facebook -helps you connect and share with the people in your life
  2. Google + – makes sharing online more like sharing in real life
  3. Classmates – the best way to reconnect with high school friends and browse yearbooks covering more than 30 million people
  4. LinkedIn -manage your professional identity and build and engage with your professional network
  5. Viadeo -manage your network of professional contacts
  6. Friendster -play free online games and meet new friends
  7. Friends United – find, reunite, contact old friends from school, work, college, university, neighbours, armed forces, expats
  8. Multiply -create, share and discuss blogs, photos, videos and music with others as well as post reviews of movies and books, or share a calendar of events
  9. MyLife -locate old friends, classmates, lost loves, or colleagues
  10. MyHeritage – create and share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love
  11. MyOpera -share photos, start your own blog, meet friends and do mobile blogging
  12. MySpace -social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, movies, celebs, TV, and games made social
  13. MyYearbook – a teenage focused social networking website
  14. Netlog -a community where users can keep in touch with and extend their social network
  15. Ning -platform for creating custom social websites, social networks and communities
  16. Plaxo -an online address book and social networking service
  17. XING – social network for business professionals
  18. Academia -a place to share and follow research
  19. Bebo -provides an open, engaging, and fun environment that empowers a new generation to discover, connect and express themselves
  20. Blogster -online blogging community where you can create, comment and share
  21. CafeMom – community where moms come together to get advice and support on topics like pregnancy, health, fashion, food, entertainment, and more
  22. Care2 – online community empowering people to lead a healthy and green lifestyle
  23. One Climate -social networking space for sharing ideas and experiences on climate change
  24. LibraryThing – a community of book lovers and social cataloging web application
  25. SocialVibe -provides a platform for brands to reach, engage, and spread messages through an audience of social media consumers and advocates
  26. Tagged -meet and socialize with new people through games, shared interests, friend suggestions, browsing profiles, and much more
  27. TravellersPoint -online community of international travellers from over 200 countries
  28. WAYN -(Where Are You Now?) -meet like-minded people based on where you would love to go and what you would love to do
  29. WattPad -eBook community, where readers and writers discover, share and connect
  30. Yammer -free private social network for a company, providing a secure way for employees to communicate, collaborate, and share information
  31. WiserEarththe social network for sustainability
  32. deviantArt -community of artists and those devoted to art

Blog:

  1. Blogger -weblog publishing tool from Google, for sharing text, photos and video
  2. Posterous -publishing platform to post and share anything with small groups or the world
  3. Tumblr -blog hosting platform allowing you to post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email and more
  4. Xanga -community where you can start your own free weblog, share photos and videos, and meet new friends too
  5. WordPress -pen source blog tool and publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability
  6. Live Journal -vibrant global social media platform where users share common passions and interests
  7. Typepad – create a blog in minutes with stunning designs, reliable hosting, real-people tech support, and  more
  8. Movable Type -Perl based open source software for weblog management
  9. Drupal – build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications
  10. Penzu -free online diary and personal journal focused on privacy

Microblogging

  1. Twitter -online social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send, follow and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters
  2. Google Buzz -social networking, microblogging and messaging tool from Google to start conversations, share updates, photos and videos with friends.
  3. Plurk -social networking and micro blogging service that allows users to send updates/plurks through short messages or links

Mobile:

  1. Mobikade -free mobile social networking service available in the UK and accessible only through the mobile phone
  2. Mocospace -mobile community where you can meet people, play games, chat, and share pics on your cell phone

Photo Sharing

  1. Flickr – online photo management and sharing application that allows you to share your favourite photos and videos to the world
  2. BuzzNet– photo, journal, and video-sharing social media network
  3. DailyBooth -photoblogging website where users to take a photo of themselves every day with a caption.
  4. Picasa -a software download from Google that helps you organize, edit, and share your photos in an integrated photo sharing website
  5. Fotolog -photo blogging and social networking website

Video

  1. Howcast – best source for fun, free, and useful how-to videos and guides
  2. Vimeo -community of creative people who are passionate about sharing the videos they make
  3. Youtube -place to discover, watch, upload and share videos

Podcast

  1. Lybsyn -hosts audio and video podcasts, rss creation and offers smartphone apps for podcast producers
  2. Hipcast -create or manage audio and video blogs, podcasts.
  3. Blog Talk Radio -create your own internet radio show. Listen to thousands of internet radio shows and podcasts

Email Marketing

  1. Constant Contact -Email marketing software that makes it easy to create professional HTML email campaigns with no tech skills.
  2. ExactTarget – targeted email marketing provider for Fortune 500 and small businesses alike
  3. iContact -Email marketing and Social Media marketing that allows your company to create, send, and track your messages with ease and efficiency
  4. RapidMailer – is the Ultimate Self-Managed Autoresponder Platform to Maximize Your Email Marketing

Rate and Review

  1. TravBuddy – social networking website specializing in hotel reviews and travel blogs.
  2. Yelp -user reviews and recommendations of top restaurants, shopping, nightlife, entertainment, services and sore
  3. Flixter – social movie site where you can share movie reviews and ratings with friends
  4. Goodreads -social website that allows you to catalog the books that your read, share,review books and see what your friends are reading
  5. Mouthshut– consumer reviews and blogs of products, places, businesses, services
  6. WeRead – book application that allows you to list, rate and review books you are reading or have read in the past
  7. Crowdstorm -social shopping website with user reviews and opinions
  8. Douban – Chinese social website providing user review and recommendation services for movies, books, and music.

Discussion Boards and Forums:

  1. PhpBB -is a free and open source forum software that is easy to use, powerful, and highly customisable
  2. Zoho Meeting -meet your remote customers online, connect instantly and share presentations anytime anywhere
  3. Vanila – is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, fully extensible discussion forum for the web
  4. Lefora -create a free forum in seconds
  5. Simple Machines Forum -is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own online community within minutes
  6. vBulletin – powerful community and forum software
  7. Vanila – is an open-source, standards-compliant, multi-lingual, fully extensible discussion forum for the web

Share and Bookmark

  1. Newsgator -knowledge sharing, collaboration and enterprise-class social business software
  2. Delicious -social bookmarking service that allows you to keep, share, and discover the best of the web
  3. Digg – news, videos and pictures on the web as voted and shared by the Digg community
  4. HootSuite -social media dashboard to monitor keywords, manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Ping.fm and WordPress profiles
  5. Reddit -social website of user generated news links with a functionality to vote the posted links up or down
  6. Scribd – social publishing site, where tens of millions of people share original writings and documents
  7. StumbleUpon -discovery engine that finds the best of the web, recommended just for you
  8. Furl – social bookmarking website that allowed users to store searchable copies of webpages and share them
  9. Bloglines -find, track and vote on your favourite websites and blogs in real-time
  10. Wikipedia -A free encyclopedia built collaboratively using wiki software that anyone can edit
  11. Mr Wong -social bookmarking tool, search for the best websites, save them and share them with others

Music

  1. Playlist -search songs, artists, and albums, create playlists & share them with your friends and family.
  2. PureVolume -place for rising artists to host their mp3s and get exposure
  3. ShareTheMusic -share your music,listen to free mp3,join the music community, meet people who love the same music
  4. SoundCloud -create, record and share the sounds you create anywhere to friends, family and the world
  5. iLike -social music service that provides the most popular music app across social networks
  6. Gogoyoko -music store and a social network where you can buy directly from artists

 Online Games

  1. Second Life -free 3D virtual world where users can socialize, connect and create using free voice and text chat
  2. WoWPros – World of Warcraft social networking site
  3. Pwned – A Society of Gamers built around finding other gamers who share the same interests as you
  4. Playfire – social networking application for video gamers, track your gameplay,see what your friends are playing and follow the hottest games
  5. Muzui -mobile gaming community that offers you free mobile games and free online games
  6. hi5 -play free online social games and meet players from around the world
  7. Habbo -world’s largest virtual hotel, meet and make friends, play games, chat with others, create your avatar, design rooms and more

How many social media websites do you know? How many did you join? Is there any that you want to add to the list? I hope you found this list of 100 social media websites useful.

Cheers,

 

 

 

Photo: Flickr – Anthony Quinatano

 

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