A Dozen More Ultra Short Social Media Reviews
The right reasons to choose these social media:
These twelve ultra short social media reviews give you the main capabilities and drawbacks of some of the main social media sites to choose from.
FriendFeed is one of the greatest ways to aggregate all your content (mostly in the form of feeds) in one place and share them online with your friends from a single powerful feed or from groups.
Squidoo, an initiative of famous marketeer Seth Godin is a fun and flexible way to share your content on pages called “Lenses”. you can make as many lenses as you want about any topic that interests you and add or remove modules with content such as blogs, feeds or links about your subject.
WordPress is perhaps the most widely used blogging platform. You can have a free blog hosted by them (wordpress.com) or host your own (wordpress.org) and in addition you can install a multi-user self hosted version of the software called WordPress Mu. The selfhosted versions are more versatile but require a minimum of programming knowledge. The version hosted by WordPress is a good place to start. You can choose CSS themes and widgets to make it your own. Some advanced functionality may come at a modest price. The selfhosted version also comes with many plugins enabling you to do anything on your blog site from hosting an affiliate program to adding bookmark functionality.
(was acquired by Twitter and discontinued)
Posterous is a simple yet powerful blogging platform. You can even create a blog by simply creating an email and sending it to the email-address you’ve received with your Posterous. Some advanced functionality includes: import of WordPress and other blogs. Adding your social media accounts for visitors to connect with you. It’s free and you can create multiple Posterous sites.
Box.net is an easy and powerful way to share files online. Although there is a free account more advanced functionality comes at a relatively high price. You can upload, rate and review files, comment on them and assign tasks to other members of Box.net to collaborate on files. Box.net also offers a range of interesting online office applications including editing software and fax-software.
Digg is one of the most important bookmarking platforms online. If your content is “dugg” by many people you can expect a rush of traffic to your blog or site. You can add buttons to your site to allow people to digg it and show how many diggs you have received. On your own Digg page you can collect all the links to sites you’ve bookmarked and commented on and share them with friends. In addition you can create widgets to show of your bookmarking activities on your other sites.
Delicious is a bookmarking service similar to Digg with the added advantage that you can create elaborate ways to organize your bookmarks by creating folders and adding tags which Delicious will keep for you in a very useful organized way.
StumbleUpon offers a variety of interesting ways to bookmark sites. The StumbleUpon experience is different from other bookmarking services because it offers recommendations of sites in several ways.You can stumble through a selection of sites that match your interests, use apps and widgets to bookmark other sites and keep track of numerous analytics. Be sure to check out the more advanced section called Su.pr (accesible from the footer section).
Hyves is a powerful social network with ten million members. It has many advanced functionalities including bank account integration for easy payments (if you are Dutch), full profile customization, company profiles, a desktop app for easy uploads and chat. It even has it’s own version of Internet Explorer. The average user is probably younger then on other networks and because of it’s Dutch origins many members will be of that nationality too.
Netvibes is an easy way to create your own website by adding and removing modules to multiple pages or tabs. These modules can contain almost anything. you could add your other sites in an IFrame module, add your RSS Feeds or choose from preconfigured or third party modules for example by major news networks. It’s very easy to use and features a fully customizable layout.