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Top 10 Websites for Social Networking

top 10 websites for social networking

There are a lot of different websites for social networking. In fact ‘a lot’ is a bit of an understatement! This post is about what I feel are the top 10 websites for social networking, a little bit about them, and the pros and cons of each. Let’s have a look, shall we?!

1: Facebook

About

Facebook is the leader on the online social networking space, coming in at number 1 on the VegiBit list of top websites for social networking. The website has grown from its early beginnings at Harvard University when Mark Zuckerburg first created the service. After beginning as a website for higher education students only, Facebook has opened its doors to the world and now boasts over a billion users making it one of the biggest websites on the entire internet!

Pros

It’s easy to join! Setting up your profile is an easy process, and the uncluttered interface of the site is easy to use. The website is free and all you need is an internet connection and your computer to become a member.

Cons

Privacy has long been a concern at Facebook. Privacy: It’s really important to grasp the website’s privacy settings and set them as needed. Much has been done in recent years to improve the site’s security, but it can still be confusing. Website: http://www.facebook.com


2: Twitter

About

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging website that gives users the ability to post and read “tweets”, which are micro updates sort to speak limited to 140 characters. Only registered users can read and post tweets while unregistered users can only read the various messages. Users of the site access the service through the website interface, SMS, or mobile app such as on the Apple iPhone. Twitter is located in San Francisco with offices in New York City, Boston, and San Antonio. Twitter is gaining ground rapidly and in my opinion is the most fun of the top 10 websites for social networking.

Pros

Every tweet you post goes to all of your followers. Facebook on the other hand uses something called Edgerank which will limit your post to only some of your fans.

Cons

With Twitter users generating over 340 million tweets a day, your tweets could be quickly buried in your followers’ feeds. Website: http://www.twitter.com


3: LinkedIn

About

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network boasting 225 million members in over 200 countries around the world. LinkedIn aims to connect the world’s professional workers to make them more successful.

Pros

In the competitive world of employment, it helps to have every edge you can get. Having quick access to your professional contacts can help.

Cons

The proper nature of the network can be at times a little stuffy, just like any corporate environment. Website: http://www.linkedin.com


4: Google Plus+

About

Rapidly gaining ground in social networking is Google. Google Plus is a social networking service owned and operated by Google. Google refers to Google+ as a social layer that integrates with all of the various Google websites. For example, Youtube.com comments are powered by Google Plus.

Pros

Great for finding Intellectual matches, common interests and a more mature audience that that of Facebook. May help with organic search engine rankings.

Cons

Not as good as Facebook for friends and family connections. Website: https://www.plus.google.com


5: Pinterest

About

Super popular with the women of the world is Pinterest. Pinterest uses Pins. These pins are like bookmarks in that when you find something on the internet that you want to keep, you can pin it on Pinterest. Your new bookmark will be available whenever you need it, and will always link back to the site it came from.

Pros

Rapidy growing and lots of fun. Provides a unique visual element to the age old technique of social bookmarking.

Cons

For those trying to gain website traffic from Pinterest, Pins can often go viral as they’re “repinned,” and original links can get lost along the way. Website: http://www.pinterest.com


6: Tumblr

About

Tumblr makes it easy to share anything like text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, or via email. You can also customize your very own blog, from colors to your theme’s HTML and CSS.

Pros

Excellent layout and very good quality control for vetting questionable blogs.

Cons

Sometimes can feel a little too elementary. Website: http://www.tumblr.com


7: Flickr

About

Flickr is the most popular way to store, sort, search and share your photos on the internet. Flickr can help you to organize photos you have and offers a way for you and your friends to tell stories about them.

Pros

Flickr is not only good for storing your own photos, but you can subscribe to some truly amazing talents on the site and get access to top quality photography.

Cons

If you’re looking for your work to be found in the Search Engines, Google Plus may be a more viable option. Website: http://www.flickr.com


8: Reddit

About

Reddit is a social news and entertainment site where registered users submit links to content which the community votes on. Users can then vote submissions “up” or “down” to rank the post and determine its position on the website. Content posts are organized by areas of interest called subreddits.

Pros

Super engaged community that takes content curation seriously.

Cons

Can sometimes feel hostile due to the same seriousness of content curation. Website: http://www.reddit.com


9: Instagram

About

Instagram is an online photo sharing, and social networking service now owned by Facebook. Since the Instagram experience is unique, we still chose to give it recognition on out top 10 list. Users can take pictures and videos, apply digital filters to them, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. The instagram Filters feature become such a hit, that many other services like Twitter also now offer this type of feature.

Pros

A Visual Form of Twitter if you will.

Cons

Very addictive! Website: http://www.instagram.com


10: WordPress.com

About

WordPress is the largest blog platform on the planet earth. WordPress makes it on to this list since the hosted version, at WordPress.com, gives uses many social features to get their blogs shared and noticed by like minded bloggers with similar interests.

Pros

The most powerful blogging platform.

Cons

Does take some skill to maintain your blog. Website: http://www.wordpress.com


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