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After starting two new online communities in 2008, I became really interested in other forms of Social Media.  I feel like that term is already getting overused, but for the sake of this post I’m running with it.  In 2008 I moved on from MySpace and started a Facebook.  In a short amount of time I went from bored and confused to having it become a must-check site every day.  I also signed up for Twitter in early December.  A month later I’m over 100 followers, and I watch it all day long while I’m at work.  My new love of Twitter has led me to the decision that I’m going to try everything I can this year.  Which leads me to declare…

2009: My Year to Discover Social Media.

So far my list is small, but I will be expanding, and sharing my findings along the way.  I’ll list what I’ve found so far, and my reactions up to this point.

MySpace – as far as I’m concerned, 2008 will be the year that MySpace becomes a non-issue.  I’ve moved on, and almost all my friends from MySpace are now on Facebook.  R.I.P. MySpace.

Facebook – I think this year will be the year that Facebook REALLY becomes a big deal.  I’ve recently had friends sign up for Facebook who had mocked and taunted those who use it.  People are really realizing that it’s more than games and app’s, it’s really a viable way to keep in touch with people who you’d all but forgotten.  I think this year you’ll see the older generations logging on and finding it useful, too.

Twitter – While not for everyone, I think Twitter is amazing.  I can’t always keep up with my RSS feed reader, but I can always pop on to Twitter and find top stories and interesting articles, as posted by those I follow.  If you’re just getting started on Twitter, do a search for “people to follow on Twitter.”  I found this article very helpful when I first joined, check out: The 2009 Who’s Who of Who to Follow on Twitter (and Why)

Google Reader – I don’t know if this fits, but it’s a big part of my day.  Any time you come across a site you enjoy, you add it to your reader.  Then, when you have time, there are all the articles, just waiting for you!  A great way to save time from hopping from website to website to find out what’s new.

MyBlogLog – This is Yahoo’s way for bloggers and others to network based on common blogs of interest.  I don’t really find much value here, but in time that may change.

StumbleUpon – for anyone who has too much time to surf the ‘net, this is a fun site.  Clicking the stumble button will take you to a variety of sites that other people have found interesting.  You can set your interests to help find sites that will be interesting to you.  It’s a great way to find random, interesting sites that you wouldn’t have even thought to look for otherwise.

Technorati – my latest site to check out.  From what I can tell, it’s basically a site for blogs.  Search for blogs you’d like and post your blog there for inclusion.  I have added both of mine.  If you have certain things you’re interested in, and would like to find more blogs to follow.  This site seems to make that really easy to do.

Facebook Pages – Part of Facebook, but different.  Facebook pages are a great way to promote your website or business on Facebook.  I’ve created a page for Outdoor Game players.  I don’t know how great my Page will work to help new people find my sites, but it is a great way for game players to come together online.  Since that’s my goal, it’s a win/win.

WordPress – a lot of people think that blogs are going to become even more popular over the next few years.  Blogs can be anything from a way to tell your friends and family what you’re doing, to a place where you share information with others.  The possibilies are endless.  You can get a free blog of your own through WordPress.

That pretty well covers everything I’ve looked at so far, but there are so many more.  I’m always on the lookout for more.  What sites are you currently using?  What are your favorites?   Post the sites you love in the comments section, and I’ll do my best to check them all out!

  • Alan Hammond March 5, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Jeremy, thanks for mentioning my Who’s Who on Twitter post! Great blog, keep on truckin’.


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