Social Media sites are all the rave! New ones popping up everyday. They are great resources for initiating a dialogue and networking with prospective customers for you business.
Below is a list of some of the most popular social media sites, all arranged by category (i.e., bookmarking, blogging, news, etc.). Besides the obvious factor that these sites allow you to get involved in their communities, they also allow you to create a unique profile which includes your own custom URL, a link (or sometimes links) back to your site and information about you and/or your company.
While engaging the features and communities of social media site can be very beneficial to your business, social media profiles additionally help you to accomplish two things: build inbound links to your site and help manage online reputation. That is the primary focus of the chart below.
The Chart Explained
- Site – Logo and link to site’s home page
- Title – Refers to title that will appear on your profile page. Most often this will be the username you select but at times it can be customized separate from the user name. This can be an important asset when using social media profile pages to manage online reputation for a brand or product name.
- Bio – Simply an area in the profile where you can add a brief description about yourself, your company or even the services you offer.
- Links(s) – Most social media sites will allow you to link back to your site. Some even allow you multiple links as well as the ability to connect to other social media profiles.In this chart, a “1″ means you can link to one site; a “1+” means you can link to more than one site; and finally, the addition of “S” means you can link to other social media profiles.
- Followed – Are links followed or nofollowed? A simple “yes” or “no” will be entered here.
- Description – Brief description of what social media site offers.
The Ultimate Social Media Profile Chart. Enjoy!
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A unique media publishing platform & a suite of tools that help you build an audience reaching far beyond the walls of this site.the|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A weblog publishing service that is easy enough for a beginner and advanced enough for an expert.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||By asking bloggers to write about a particular subject on 1 day of the month, a single voice can be joined with thousands to help make a difference.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Get a free blog quick and easily!|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Community site designed for bloggers based on LiveJournal source code.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Helps you build and manage an online portfolio website.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||A comment and moderation tool that allows users to track and manage comments in one place.|
|None||Yes||1,S||Yes||Poster yourself – Make your interactive poster easily and share it with friends.|
|Username||Yes||1+||Yes||A simple yet very customizable online diary built on open source software.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A news ecosystem bringing bloggers, citizen journalists and traditional media together.|
|Custom||Yes||1, S||Yes||A comment system that enhances and encourages conversation on blogs or websites.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A leading digital publishing platform delivering exceptional reading experiences of magazines, books, catalogs, reports, and more.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||The simplest web creation tool on the web, Kafafa gives you everything you need to make your own website and get it up on the Internet, all for free.|
|Custom||Yes||1, S||Yes||A community publishing platform that since 1999 has been home to a wide array of creative individuals looking to share common interests, meet new friends, and express themselves.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Provides a means for users to chronicle their days and share their experiences with as little effort as possible.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Makes it easy for users to create inspired content by providing a daily prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) which they answer. Users can share answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Allows users to post things online fast using email.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Offers timely topic suggestions for bloggers to end writer’s block and assists bloggers in writing more relevant articles for their readers.|
|Username||Yes||1, S||Yes||A tumblelog; a super-easy blog that can do more than just text including post links, quotes, videos, audio, files, reviews and events|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||The popular (free) site for creating single webpages on your interests and recommendations. Even earn money for charity or yourself.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||Makes it effortless to share text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Web site builder that allows choice from of 100′s of templates (or design your own); then edit site in place with our content management toolbar.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||Create a free website or blog in minutes by using a simple drag and drop interface.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||A small business community and social media site where small businesses, entrepreneurs and startups can discover, share and vote for business tips and news on the web.|
|None||Yes||1||Yes||The smarter way to create and share your resume – quick and painless resume management.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes/No||Offers profile pages to put you in control of training search engines about the best of your personal brand and online identity.|
|Custom||No||1||No||A community for people to find and share professional documents. Find free legal documents and free business documents.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A social business network founded in 1998, a community that enables people to learn, network and develop their business with a “digital mindset” for effective economic growth.|
|Username||Yes||1+,S||Yes||Provides a highly interactivity environment for publishing and distributing an organisation’s public documents across the Internet.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A social media site that allows you to buy and sell tasks for $5.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Brings customers and company employees together to make things better for everyone buy providing great answers and ideas that can come from anywhere.|
|Custom||Yes||1||Yes||A person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A place for people and companies to come together as friends and explore opportunity.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||No||A networking tool that helps you discover inside connections.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||The UK’s first social fashion website. Shop on our High Street for the latest clothing items and steal the hottest celebrity styles.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||Yes||A business networking site that allows great free promotion for user’s websites and to networking for social business profiles.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A social media site for Ryz brand of products.|
|Custom||Yes||1||No||Offers on-demand business to business contact information for sales people, marketers, and recruiters.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||Enables collaboration and networking between entrepreneurs globally.|
|Username||Yes||1||No||Share investing ideas and learn from real professionals|
|None||No||1||Yes||A career quiz resource for people looking to figure out the perfect career path| find jobs| and learn about careers through personality quizzes and tests.|
|Username||Yes||1+||No||A place where users can explore great product recommendations, get personalized shopping suggestions and rave about products they like.|
|Username||Yes||1||Yes||A social media site for financial news, ideas and tips.|
|Custom||Yes||1+,S||No||Where business information, communications and connections come together to enhance your business life.|
|Custom||Yes||1+||Yes||A free multimedia online resume that sets you apart from the competition.|
|Username||No||1||Yes||The Wesabe community shares tips and advice to help each other make better financial decisions.|
|Custom||No||1+,S||No||Provides free real estate information. Search homes for sale; home prices; home values; recently sold homes; mortgage rates; and more.|
The social media climate is constantly changing with new sites being launched, older ones shutting down, etc.