Social Media Sites

Social media has fast become the new way of communicating and connecting on the internet. Social media sites provide the latest in cutting-edge technology, tools, and tips. They are used to share information, opinions, recommendations, experiences, trends, and late-breaking news.  Websites, blogs, and software tools are used for networking, branding 2.0, marketing 2.0, and web 2.0.
Some of the more popular social media sites are:
http://www.bing.com/ Bing is a decision engine. With a powerful set of intuitive tools on top of a world class search service, Bing will help you make smarter, faster decisions. Includes features that deliver the best results, presented in a more organized way to simplify key tasks and help you make important decisions faster.
http://www.blogger.com/ Blogger is a free blog publishing tool from Google for easily sharing your thoughts with the world.  Blogger makes it simple to post text, photos and video onto your personal or team blog.
Delicious http://delicious.com/ Keep, share, and discover the best of the Web using Delicious, the world’s leading social bookmarking service.
Digg http://digg.com/ Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. Digg indexes the best stuff as voted on by the user community.
Digsby http://www.digsby.com/ Digsby = IM + Email + Social Networks  Manage all your existing IM, email, and social network accounts from one easy to use application.  Digsby is a social networking tool that alerts you of events like new messages and gives you a live news feed of what your friends are up to.
http://www.ebay.com/ Buy and sell electronics, cars, clothing, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods, digital cameras, and everything else on eBay, the world’s buyer and seller market place.
http://www.ehow.com/ Learn to do just about everything at eHow, the world’s ‘how to’ site.
http://www.facebook.com/ Facebook is a social networking site that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
http://www.flickr.com/ Flickr is rated by some as the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.  Securely show off your favorite videos and photos to the world. Privately share content with friends or blog videos and photos taken with a camera phone.
https://foursquare.com/
Foursquare helps you keep up with friends, discover what’s nearby, save money and unlock deals. Foursquare is a web and mobile application, a location-based social networking website for mobile devices, such as smartphones.
https://plus.google.com/
Google+ or Google Plus is the social network launched by Google on June 28, 2011. Google+ was started on a limited release and integrates all Google social services while also adding services like Circles, Hangouts, Huddles and Sparks.
http://www.linkedin.com/ By far the most prevalent business social-networking site in the world.  More than 30 million professionals share profile information about themselves, their business pursuits, ideas and opportunities.  People connect to stay informed about their industry, and network with others who share common interests.
http://www.meetup.com/ Very popular site where people with the same hobbies or common interests join groups.  Browse Meetup categories, find a group, join a group, or create your own.  Many career network Meetup groups  have had a recent surge in membership due to the many job seekers in the market today.

MySpace
http://www.myspace.com/ You get a web page with URL when you join.  Complete a profile, upload pictures, videos, and music.  Find friends. Best site out there to invite your favorite musicians as ‘friends’ – follow their career, sample songs, find out about gigs, latest news, download music.  My friends include Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Van Morrison,  Eagles, Steve Winwood, Yanni, and Roger McGuinn, to name a few.
http://www.ning.com/ Ning is an online platform for people to create their own social networks. Competes with large social sites like MySpace and Facebook by appealing to people who want to create their own social networks around specific interests with their own visual design, choice of features and member data.
http://ping.fm/ Ping.fm is a simple and FREE service that makes updating all of your social networks at once very easy! You specify which social networks you want to update, enter account information, then create and send your message to your favorite networks.
http://pinterest.com/ A content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features.
http://www.reddit.com/ Reddit is a source for what’s new and popular online. vote on links that you like or dislike and help decide what’s popular, or submit your own!
http://www.slideshare.net/ Slideshare is a site where you Upload your PowerPoint & Keynote presentations and share them with others. Presentations can be linked to at the site itself or else embedded in a web page. You can also synchronise an MP3 audio file (podcast) with the slideset to create a slidecast – a more powerful way of distributing presentations/tutorials. Slideshare is also a tremendous resource site of presentations.
http://www.stumbleupon.com/ StumbleUpon helps you discover and share great websites. As you click Stumble, pages matched to your personal preferences are delivered.  StumbleUpon uses ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality.
http://twitter.com/ Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time.  Twitter is a fast-moving microblogging site, where in 140 or fewer characters, you can post your answer to “What-are-you-doing.” Twitter has the potential to build a far-reaching network and to quickly share cutting edge information and late-breaking news.
http://en.wikipedia.org/ Wikipedia is a free, open content online encyclopedia. Anyone registered on the site can create an article for publication; registration is not required to edit articles.
http://wordpress.org/ WordPress is a free state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability.
http://www.youtube.com/ YouTube is a video sharing website on which users can upload and share videos, and view them in MPEG-4 format.