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Top 20 Social Websites

Think you don’t need social marketing? Think again. In the past a business man’s best friend was his Rolodex or catalogue of  business cards. No more. Social marketing has taken over – changing not only how we communicate but also how we market our businesses. Knowing this should be enough to get you moving in the social direction if you’re not already there.  

While Facebook is unquestionably the most popular venue for business owners – yes, I said business owners. . . with some businesses having multiple accounts to target specific areas of their business.

Below is a list of the top twenty (20) social media websites as determined by Website Magazine in their February issue. 

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We’ve given a brief description of each site and made the links active if you would like to see them for yourself.

  1. www.facebook.com  –  lets you connect and share with people in your life – local and around the world.
  2. www.youtube.com – share videos with the world about yourself or your business
  3. www.myspace.com  –  view profiles, connect with others, blog, rank music, and much more
  4. www.twitter.com  –  ‘tweet’ what’s happening  with yourself or your business right now in 120 characters or less
  5. www.flickr.com  –  upload,share and organize your personal or business photos, make stuff and see what’s happening in the world 
  6. www.photobucket.com  –  upload your business product photos and videos, then share
  7. www.linkedin.com  –  website where professionals can exchange information, ideas and opportunities
  8. www.digg.com  –  a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web
  9. www.ning.com  –  social platform for the world’s interests and passions online
  10. www.yelp.com  –  reviews written by real people to help connect people with great local businesses
  11. www.tagged.com  –  create a great profile that’s all about you and then 
    find your friends, meet new people, chat, flirt,  share photos, play games, and more
  12. www.squidoo.com  –  publishing platform and community that allows you to create “lenses” online.  A lenses is a kind of page that gathers everything you know about your topic of interest or business
  13. www.scribd.com  –  largest social publishing company in the world where tens of millions of people each month,  publish and discover original writings and documents
  14. www.stumbleupon.com  –   helps you discover and share great websites
  15. www.hi5.com  –  social entertainment for the youthful market – hi5 is a global destination where young people meet and play. 
  16. www.bebo.com  –  a popular social networking site which connects you to everyone and everything you care about – combining  community, self-expression and entertainment.
  17. www.reddit.com  –  a source for what’s new and popular on the web where  the users  provide all of the content and decide, through voting what’s good and what’s bad
  18. www.myyearbook.com –  social site for meeting new friends, playing games and more
  19. www.technorati.com  –  allows you to search blog posts
  20. www.kaboodle.com  –  a social shopping community where people discover, recommend and share products

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While some of the above websites may not be what the business person is looking for, many of  them can be used effectively to market a business.  The use of the various social media sites out there is not a passing fancy with over 50% of the people already on social sites using them for research. What this means is that you should be using any and all available social resources to market your business. If done correctly and consistently, you will reap the rewards.


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