Social Media Sites to Explore

Posted on March 8th 2013

Social Media Sites to Explore

When it comes to social media sites, there are so many options. Everyone knows the big ones: Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, YouTube. So I thought it would be interesting to share some lesser known social media sites that are gaining momentum and that offer a new social twist. In some cases, I have noted how these sites could potentially be used by small businesses to engage with their customers in a new way and differentiate themselves in the increasingly crowded social media space.

1 – ArchetypeME

Through a short quiz, this site helps discover your archetype and proposes content that would be interesting to you based on your profile. You can connect with friends and learn about their archetypes and preferences. Provides a novel approach to both content discovery and socializing.


2 – RebelMouse

social media platformRebelMouse consolidates the various stories / photos / videos you share online across different sites into a single space simply called a page (not very original). This allows you to direct your followers to your RebelMouse page (or pages – you can have more than one) or embed the pages directly on your website – creating dynamic content that updates regularly based on your activities on the bigger social media sites. RebelMouse is hoping this fresh content will be appealing to both individuals, as well as businesses. For a small fee, you can use your own URL.


3 – Storify

Instead of using your content to create your page, Storify lets you find content to create your story. You can use keywords to search several social sites (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, G+, YouTube) and come up with content for your story. You would then pull in the most relevant content (tweets, stories, photos, videos), add your own text if you wish to narrate the story and publish it on any one of your social sites, web site, or send it by e-mail. As an example, businesses can use this as an original way to tell a story of what others are saying about their products or services, or report on an event they attended or organized.


4 – About.me

About.me is like your digital business card. It presents you (or your business) on one page with links to all your social sites, a short bio, a few buttons to interact (favorite, e-mail, share, etc.), and a big beautiful background image that you can create. It is a great alternative to a full-blown website for freelancers and solopreneurs looking to promote themselves and gain exposure.


5 – ListGeeks

If sharing is caring, then you can show you care by sharing lists of things with your friends. Enter ListGeeks – it allows you to create your own lists of things by adding your own content (from websites) or using content from other people’s lists into your own list and sharing this with others. Sharing. Geeks. Lists. It’s almost too much for the mind to take in. From a business point of view, it could be an alternative to infographics, for sharing data internally and externally (ie. top 10 products, or most popular colors, or countries to which we ship the most products).


6 – Storylane

Storylane is probably the most personal of these seven sites in that it asks its users to write their own stories to share based on questions Storylane asks. Other users respond by sharing emotions (was impressed, likes it, wants it, agreed, was moved, …) and their own stories to the same question. Definitely a site for the more creative-minded seeking to make meaningful connections.


7 – 43things

43Things is social goal-setting site. You set your goal and 43Things will show you how many other people are working towards that same goal. You can discuss the goals, share how-to stories, and monitor progress with each other. Business might consider setting shared goals with their followers (ie. weight loss for a dietician, or fund-raising for a charity, …)


Which one is your favorite lesser known social media site?

Faris Samawi

Faris Samawi

Founder, DigitalBuzz.me

Faris is passionate about technology and marketing. He founded DigitalBuzz.me to help small business develop and improve their online presence and make sense of the social media confusion by educating and empowering them. When working with clients, he emphasizes the need to link social media activity to business objectives in order to get real results beyond 'likes' and 'retweets'.

He spent the last 10 years working with multinationals in Europe and in the Middle East where he currently resides. 

In addition to the DigitalBuzz.me blog, Faris maintains his own personal blog, Social-Fuzz.me

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Comments

Kent Ong
Posted on March 9th 2013 at 6:07PM

Too many social media platforms now, anyway, thanks for sharing Faris.

Faris Samawi
Posted on March 10th 2013 at 2:21PM

There are too many social sites I agree Kent. What I like about these lesser known ones, is that they provide a different experience (a "new twist") and more "intimacy". There is something about not having advertisers and 500 "close" friends watching your every click that is quite liberating!

garnerseo
Posted on March 11th 2013 at 6:38AM

I'm a big fan of Rebelmouse as I think it helps Twitter to move to a new level.  Being able to lock important updates to a page position is great for promoting.

Faris Samawi
Posted on October 3rd 2013 at 10:49PM

Certainly RebelMouse has a lot of powerful / useful features, but in my opinion the interface needs to be improved a little bit to make it more user-friendly. Ideally, the service should be able to detect duplicate posts from different social networks. But you're right - the ability to highlight certain posts and create a dynamic page is definately worth giving RebelMouse a try. 

Check out my pages: https://www.rebelmouse.com/digitalbuzzme/ and https://www.rebelmouse.com/socialfuzz/