5 Great Social Media Networks You Haven't Heard Of

Posted on January 6th 2013

5 Great Social Media Networks You Haven't Heard Of

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.  These are some of the names in social media networking that you will be familiar with due to their global popularity.  These days, Facebook is pretty much ubiquitous with over 900 million users across the world actively using the site to keep up with friends and learn about their favourite celebrities.

Twitter, although relatively new to the social media scene, also has a massive following with approximately 500 million user accounts active on the site.  A much more recent addition to the top social networks is Pinterest, which has seen an explosion in the number of users and activity in the past year.

But if you’re looking to branch out, there are a few other social media sites that you may want to explore.  Take a look through our list of the top five social networks that you are as yet unlikely to have come across.

1)      Tumblr

Tumblr is a blogging service that combines some of the most popular features of Twitter, Pinterest and other blogging sites such as LiveJournal.  Easy to sign up for and simple to use, Tumblr offers users the ability to “follow” other Tumblr users in a manner not dissimilar to Twitter and to “reblog” posts by other users in a similar way to Twitter’s retweeting or Pinterest’s repinning.

 

The ability to search Tumblr tags is one of the things that make it very appealing.  Its simple search engine allows you to trawl through all posts made on the site on a particular topic and quickly find interesting posts or inspiration.  It’s especially good for ideas about food, craft and interiors.

2)      Goodreads

Goodreads as a social network is based around the enjoyment of literature.  The site allows you to build a virtual book shelf of books that you have read, are reading or wish to read in the future and see reviews of these books or contribute your own.  It’s a great way to keep track of the books you’ve enjoyed and share these with friends, as well as seeking recommendations for new books to read.

The site is very popular with up-and-coming authors, particularly those who are self publishing on sites such as Amazon or Smashwords, who use the site to contact potential readers and befriend them as well as market their publications.

3)      Last.fm

This social media network has been quietly going about its business in the background for a number of years.  Users of the site are able to download a small piece of software that enables them to “scrobble” every piece of digital music they have to one of a variety of media players.  These records are then used to match you with other users who have similar tastes to your own, and recommend bands that are similar to those that you listen to but whose music you may not yet have heard.

Last.fm is particularly good for friends as you can see what your mates have been listening to and share tracks with them using the site’s messaging service. 

4)      GetGlue

Another network based on entertainment preferences, GetGlue enables its users to check in when watching a movie, TV show or listening to music and lets you share this activity with your other social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.

Similar to last.fm, GetGlue also makes recommendations for things you may like to watch or listen to based on your viewing or listening history.

5)      43 things

This network is simplicity itself.  43 things allows users to list their goals then share them with a community of over three million people who can cheer you on as you strive to accomplish them.

The site enables you to link with Facebook or sign up independently.  People who are working towards similar goals can encourage one another to hit their target.

Conclusion

There are lots of social networks outside of the big three that are just waiting to be discovered.  Whether you’re looking to find new material for enjoying your spare time or need that little bit of encouragement to finish your to-do list, take a look at some of these sites and get inspired!

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Authored by Nathan Griffiths who suggests for robust IT infrastructures to support your social media activity to contact a company such as Cheeky Munkey

 

Mitz Pantic

Mitz Pantic

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My name is Milica Pantic (aka Mitz) and I am a serial full-time blogger. I started out with one website many years ago and it went so well, I sold my businesses and began living the Internet dream. Since then I have been perfecting the system of blogging to earn money online and I will never stop learning. This is an ever changing business and I love the challenge! I have been developing the best information about successful blogging for years now and give it all away free at my blog. :) Hope to see you there!

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Comments

Kent Ong
Posted on January 6th 2013 at 11:02PM

Hi Mitz, thanks for sharing those social networking sites. Tumblr is very popular. The rest I didn't know before but will try to explore.

AndyFulton425
Posted on February 11th 2013 at 3:00PM

The tricky thing with social networks is that even an immaculately-designed network with a slew of useful, groundbreaking features will ultimately fail if it cannot attract users. 43 things and GetGlue sound interesting, but I doubt they will be able to survive if they fail to differentiate themselves from other networks enough to attract users.

Also, ditto what Kent said on Tumblr's popularity. Last.fm is also fairly popular.

Femi Farins
Posted on April 27th 2013 at 1:57AM

Awesome post.

 

Ive seen some new social medias springs out, with buzzes about it looking like and imitating facebook.

Wondering how these newsly springing social media are strategizing reach out and campaign. A new social media with agressive invitation www.ibursters.com is one of them, and the purpose of the site is yet to be disclosed.

 

I think the site is worth a visit and critique.

theaLight
Posted on April 29th 2013 at 12:02PM

I have Goodreads, tumblr and Getglue accounts and I love allof them. Never mind not getting a lot of followers, that's not what I'm after.