A Dozen Ultra Short Reviews
Try these great networks for the right reasons:
These twelve ultra short social media reviews give you the main capabilities of each social site in a few concise sentences to make choosing easy.
Perhaps the most influential business network in the world, LinkedIn enjoys the patronage of heads of state, business tycoons and millions of serious professionals. It offers apps, groups, company profiles and more in an interface of business like simplicity.
Plaxo is a business network that offers an easy way to include your feed streams from other locations on the web to create a single powerful tool to display all your activities on the internet and use them for business networking. Premium features include Outlook sync.
Xing is a versatile business network with many features. It’s memberbase is more European and less North American on average.
(was acquired by- and rebranded to Sunzu)
eCademy is a British business network with sympathetic owners. It’s a great place for blogging and commenting on blogs. It is easy to make thousands of random business connections and it offers ways to monetize your group or page.
Facebook currently is the largest network in the world. It offers profiles, groups, fanpages and ways to integrate these with your site. Although not a business network perse it’s very popular with marketeers. through adds apps and fanpages consumer preferences are recorded.
MySpace is a highly customizable environment with thousands of apps,themes,groups and more. It’s very popular with musicians and allows custom code to alter your page appearance.
(superseded by Google+)
Google Groups are simple forum environments to share information and content with friends. It’s looks can be costumized and organized in tabs. Adding or linking to outside content is restrained and spammers love these groups.
(Now called Outlook)
Windows Live offers integration of hotmail, MSN, SkyDrive (virtual disk space) and groups so you can chat, email, socialize and share content with friends. Although not the most versatile or innovative it’s a decent package.
Skype offers free chat, video-chat (it will shortly also offer group-video-conferencing), and VoiP telephone services with other members. And premium members can call outside the memberbase to VoiP and PSTN phone lines. It’s the most popular service in it’s kind.
Youtube is the largest video and podcast sharing facilty online. Upload,share,embed and distribute video through your own channel, playlists,groups and more and collect favorite videos of third parties. Billions of views PER DAY!
Flickr is one of the most popular image sharing sites. You can organize your photo’s,create or join groups, integrate functionality with your blog or site and create apps and widgets to promote your images. You need a Yahoo e-mail account to join.
Twitter is the most popular micro-blogging service. Thousands of convenient open source apps are being developed for it every day so it’s convenientlly integrated with your site. You can customize your free page,search topics (very powerful feature for marketeers) get listed in directories, follow celebrities or friends and share all sorts of content in 140 character messages.