Nearly every website or webpage on the internet today gives users the ability to share its content, photos or videos on social media websites. In today’s world, it’s more unlikely for people to not have a Facebook or Twitter account than it is to actively use social media on a regular, if not daily, basis. Even on most real estate websites, such as NuHomeSource.com for example, home and property listings offer a way to tweet, pin, or like any and all available real estate that happens to currently be on the local real estate market.
Many websites out there that include these sharing features use a handful of platforms like AddThis or ShareThis, which provide not only a way for website viewers to share your content, but also a variety of great analytic and developer tools that enhance your website and web marketing capabilities. And if you’re familiar with AddThis or Share This, or have seen these tools on your favorite real estate websites before, there usually always seems to be links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and even Google+, which seems to slowly but surely gaining momentum. However, often times, there might able be an additional “Share” button that populates dozens of other, more obscure, social media sites that many of us [probably] don’t recognize.
If you’re like me, perhaps you’ve always been curious about what some of these sites are and who exactly uses each one. Most of us waste enough time on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as it is, so who really has the time to update even just a few more social media sites, let alone a few dozen?
In any case, the fact that this many social sites actually exist is still fascinating to me, so without further ado, here’s my list of 10 social media sites you likely don’t recognize or have never used:
Keek: The best way to describe Keek is that it’s basically like Twitter, but for video. You’re all familiar with the word “tweet” and how it relates to a 140 character (or less) post or status update on your Twitter account, right? Well, “Keeks” are basically 36-second (or less) video status updates that you can upload from a webcam, computer, or smartphone.
BizSugar: BizSuagr is basically the place to share all your content, blog posts, or videos about small business news, tips, tricks, and trades of the small business world. What makes BizSugar unique is that it allows users to share their content while simultaneously make new connections and network with other small business owners and professionals.
Squidoo: This user-generated website allows users to create their own web-pages, called lenses, for their specific areas of interest. Those pages can then be used to sell products or promote their business, charity, or organization. Page (lense) topics range from food, hobbies, and art to travel, music, and entertainment.
Kaboodle: The Kaboodle platform looks a lot like Pinterest, but instead of being able to post random photos of anything, Kaboodle is basically a social shopping website that allows users to post photos of itmes and products for sale. Shop or share anything from home décor products to books, clothing, or kitchenware using Kaboodle.com.
Newsvine: Based in Seattle, Newsvine gives users the ability to stream and publish articles for topics they’re interested in and comment on such articles right from their Newsvine account—as opposed to commenting on each specific news site that originally published the article.
Bebo: Launched in 2005, Bebo is just like your typical social networking website. Users can post blogs, photos, videos, music, and questionnaires—which other user can answer—and many find it to be very similar to Facebook.
Dudu: Looking for a way to communicate with internet users who speak different languages? If so, join Dudu.com—the multilingual social network with unique and state-of-the-art translation technology. Currently, English, Russian, and Arabic are supported by Dudu.com, but Turkish, Chinese, and some of the widely-used European languages should be added shortly.
Camyoo: Camyoo is described as a picture and video sharing site that’s specifically for all the photographers, videographers, and critics out there who love seeing new images and video people create. Upload all your videos and photos from your computer or even through your smartphone.
Blinklist: Have you ever come across a cool or useful webpage and then days later want to access it but can’t find it? There’s no denying it—this has happened to all of us. If you’d like an easy and effective way to avoid this problem again, check out Blinklist—a great way to share and save links for later. With BlinkList.com, save a copy of any webpage or link and access it from any computer in any place. Also share these links with friends in just one simple click.
Quora: Need an answer to a question? Join Quora. Ask any question and get real answers, from real people. Simply put, Quora is basically the Facebook for questions and answers.