Top 5 Social Media Sites You Should Know About (and Maybe Never Heard Of)
Social media is transforming the way humans connect today. With some estimated 1 billion users currently tapped into Facebook, Twitter at 140 million, and YouTube getting over 4 billion views daily as of 2012, it’s no wonder that social media is on everyone’s minds. Yet, there are still many social media sites that you’ve probably never heard of that warrant checking out.
So, for those social media “experts” out there who are trying to make a name for themselves, this article will shed some light on some lesser known, but rapidly growing, social media outlets available today.
Top 5 Unheard of Social Media Sites
Quora - This unique “Question and Answer” format is not new to the world of online content, but the way it’s delivered and shared through a social network is. Quora, which boasts half a million members to date, is attracting the likes of company CEOs and techies around the world who have minds that need to know answers to their most pressing questions. Quora even lets users share their answers on their other social media networks to show off their expertise.
Instagram - It’s not just about taking pictures anymore. This fast growing social network is gaining in popularity, due to in part by the available mobile app that enables quick picture posting and sharing on their unique social media platform. As of this article, Instagram has 80 million users who have already shared 4 million photos. Use Instagram to take interesting and promotional images, use the built in editing features, then share your unique images on the go.
Yelp - What used to be strictly a consumer review site has now become a wildly popular social media site that allows members to comment on everything from products to hospitality experiences. Yelp is growing at a steady pace, thanks to the ability to share social hotspots around all major cities in the USA. With 78 million registered users and 30 unbiased reviews, you can find anything you are looking for.
Reddit - Has evolved into a go-to place to find out what’s trending on the Internet today across many sources. The 35 million users share their favorite content and links, which helps to shape and influence the reading habits of other members. Reddit also has ongoing open discussions, allowing members to chat openly about the topics that matter the most. Use Reddit to post articles that relate to your business, write your own blog posts and feature them to your networks.
Shazam - Calls itself the “world’s leading media engagement company” and this growing network is leading the way for over 175 million users to date. By sharing the media that they like, members are able to build entire communities around the music, movies and content they enjoy the most. This is a good place for anyone to build a presence fast, and it can be fun sharing different types of mediums all in one place.
Social media sites like the above offer many opportunities to engage your targeted market with great content. Diversify your efforts to include different types of content and medium, all delivered easily on the social networks that are relevant to the message. Consider the demographics of the members of each social media platform you are using, and plan as much in advance with a strategy to reach the right people.
About the author: Dirk Reagle has been covering technology related topics as a freelance writer for over 10 years. When he’s not writing, you can find him reviewing such companies as www.orbitmedia.com or working on his clay art pieces.