Overwhelming Options

Would it surprise you to know that there are at least 60 different social media platforms? When I hear social media, I think of the basics:

  1. Twitter
  2. Facebook
  3. Instagram
  4. Tumblr
  5. YouTube
  6. Reddit
  7. LinkedIn
  8. Snapchat
  9. Vine

However even I was surprised to learn that there are a multitude of different platforms, and they fall under different forms of social media. Twitter, for instance is a form of microblogging. YouTube is a form of media sharing. Facebook and LinkedIn are social networks. If you’ve ever heard of the site StumbleUpon, it is a bookmarking site. Reddit is a form of social news. Before coming across Tim Grahl, I never realized there were so many different types. I just always assumed they were all “social media” as a blanket term and left alone.

Snapchat is quickly moving up in the ranks, along with LinkedIn. I remember my freshman year of college when Snapchat was just a small app to send funny photos. Here I am senior year and it has absolutely exploded. You can see what’s going on with people in your school or area, and things going on around the world. You can keep up with celebrities and friends alike. Businesses have finally realized its usefulness and are starting to adapt and use it as well.

You’ve heard of all the basic social media apps. But how about Friendster, hi5, Google+, Blab, MyLife, Flickr, Picasa, Vimeo, HootSuite, Digg, and Delicious? That’s only to name a few. Swing over here to see the remaining 41 accounts they recommend. This world is full of options, so it’s about finding what works for you and your company. Some platforms may reach different audiences than others, so it’s smart to have one of each platform – microblogging, social network, media sharing, etc.

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