How To Social Network

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4 Great Photo-Sharing Social Websites Worth Your Time

If you scan and study the history of photography, you would be surprised to discover that photography was an activity of the rich. While the monarchs line up in studios and have their faces immortalized, the commoners simply do their thing – working and farming. Nowadays, technological wonders in all the six continents brought about by freeing of markets gave us wonderful social networks to share our photographs and immortalized images for everyone to see. Each photo-sharing social media has its own set of unique features. Let’s take a look at the 4 great photo-sharing sites.

PINTEREST

Pinterest.com is all about pictures and captions. According to many social media users, the photo-sharing site is considered the Holy Grail of images. A businessman who wants to promote his website business using the images of his goods has to create an account in Pinterest.com.

SOCIAL SHUTTER

This is the best photo-sharing site for those eager to know the impact and power of their individual photographs. The site allows sharing and rating of pictures. The site is also popular among college students and young professionals who are considered by many as the most image-conscious groups.

WHOSAY.COM

For those among us who love celebrities and are eager to know what our favourite celebrities are doing, then Whosay.com is just the perfect social networking site. The site gives you and up-to-the-minute updates in picture and text form of your favourite celebrity and what he or she is up to.

TUMBLR

In bringing your photographs into “high art”, you need to have an account at Tumblr.com. The social networking site is a favourite of artists, professional photographers, modelling agencies and those involved in the art industry. The site provides the right layout and design for you to display your wonderful pictures.

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4 Superb Video Sharing Apps on Facebook

Facebook features – seemingly more inspired and prompted by the billionth user mark – just get better and better. Apps developers for Facebook are evidently working non-stop to come up with more and more features to be enjoyed by millions, actually a billion and counting, users all over the world. Since we see loads and loads of photos being posted on Facebook, it is not surprising that video sharing apps have thereafter been launched for the fun and sharing frenzy of millions of social media users on this topnotch social network.

Here are some superb video sharing apps you can find on Facebook now, and their special features for your consideration:

PIXORIAL

Pixorial is a video sharing app now gaining followers on Facebook for its easy and user-friendly features as well as its offer of huge storage for longer videos.

DYNNO
The Dynno app for video uploading and sharing on Facebook boasts of simple functions that make live and on-demand streaming convenient and much more fun. No long waits for loading.

VIDDY INC. 
Viddy Inc.’s tagline “CAPTURE. BEAUTIFY. SHARE” says it all: offering easy uploading, editing and sharing of videos to your family and friends (both actual and virtual) to showcase your life’s latest achievements and happenings.

YOUTUBE VIDEO BOX

And of course, the authority in video sharing makes it waves on You Tube and we are not surprised. With this app you can easily share your favorite YouTube videos and even your own videos to your family and friends.

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5 Awesome Facebook Photo Apps

Competition in the photo-sharing aspect of social networking websites caused Facebook to showcase better photo-editing and photo sharing programs. Aside from that, there are also companies and individuals who developed wonderful Facebook-compatible applications to make photo sharing more exciting and more user-friendly. Let’s take a look at the top 5 Facebook photo applications:

Facebook.com/mobile/camera
Facebook Camera – This latest feature allows you to share pictures instantly to your friends and buddies. The application is very popular in the United States, Europe, and other major industrial countries; however, it is not yet available in some countries.

Pizap.com
Pizap– This popular photo application helps social networking account holders to make collages and edit their pictures. The feature is very easy to use and there is no need to study textbooks regarding photo editing. All you need is to apply your creativity to create wonderful artwork from those photographs in your collection. The application includes hundreds of background templates to choose from and several camera effects. Bring out that creativity in you with the help of Pizap.

Phixr
Phixr – Facebook also has its “in-house” photo application program called Phixr. If you don’t want to create another account in a photo editing website, you might as well use this application to edit and make your timeline pictures more beautiful and more eye-catching.

Photobox
Muzy – A simple application for you to create wonderful photoboxes. Of course, you have to use your creativity because you might end up with a botched work.

http://winkiwoo.com/

Winkiwoo – The website reminds you that there is more to photographs. Those photographs of yours should not be displayed like stacks of images on your “album”. Try giving your images a different twist with the help of the application.

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Best Facebook Apps for 2012

Never think of your Facebook.com account as something stagnant. Consider your account as a pet you feed with the right elements so that you can get the best result possible. The social networking giant created by the Harvard computer whiz kid has more than 70% (seventy percent) share of the market, and thus almost everyone in the metropolitan world has an account in the popular social media site. Also, there are wonderful applications you can use to share information to other people (friends, friends of friends or the public). Let’s take a look at our top 5 Facebook applications this 2012:

Where I’ve Been – This application allows you to share your travels to your Facebook.com. Unlike other travel applications which appear to be a plain world map with dots, the Whereivebeen application includes brilliant map layouts and allows customization.

Marketplace – The free market is alive and thriving in the biggest social networking site. Download and get this application for you to trade with fellow like-minded human beings in the planet. Well, what is brilliant about the application is that it is free from intervention from outside forces.

Usepipe – Usepipe is a file transfer application. We all know the usual file transfer systems – through emails, messaging systems, and certain websites. However, Usepipe made file transfer more exciting and more enjoyable.

Socialme – Despite the initial controversies surrounding Socialme and Facebook.com’s response, the application is still one of our top five most popular applications because it allows users to study their posts and comments more extensively. In other words, the application was popularized by its ability to aid customers to analyze the blogs.

Skype – To remain close with your contacts and friends wherever you go, download this wonderful communication application to your smart phone and tablets. Moreover, the popularity of Skype stems from its video-sharing features. In the past, people often pay tens of dollars for an overseas phone call. Now, you can communicate to anyone in the world with the use of Skype.

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5 CreativePinterest Boards for 2013 Projects

Thanks to the social networking website Pinterest, the word “pinning” has an all new meaning. It is technically a photo sharing websites that allows users to create theme-based collections such as events, interests, hobbies etc. According to its founders and creators, Pinterest mission is to connect everyone in the world through the things they find interesting via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Of course and as expected, the business community has seen the advantages and business benefits of the social media website and many are selling goods via the site. The layout and design of the site is just perfect for retailers or those burgeoning businessmen who want to test their markets without the associated cost in market testing. Here are five of pinterest boards for 2013 projects.

Pinterest.com

Natalie Lundy’s DIY Projects – For those interested in hobbies and how they can improve their own hobbies, this Board is a must-see to give you brilliant ideas for DIY crafts and projects.

Arts Crafts

Lacey Daniel’s Arts and Crafts – With the endless mass production of cloned goods from other countries, collectors and art enthusiasts would like to see something new and interesting. The Board contains things which would definitely trigger interests of people in the arts.

Diy Projects

Sophie Griess’ DIY Projects – Having a hobby is experiencing a comeback thanks to the internet. The pins found on her boards include hobby items, tips, unique activities etc.

Home Crafts
Charlotte Wilkinson’s Home Crafts – Readers interested in home arts and traditional hobbies might as well check the Board. It contains information and data regarding home crafts and possible business tips as well. The Board is new but it will surely gain more customers and followers in the months to come.

Scrapbooking 
Susana Torresday’s Scrapbooking – This DIY board has the potential to grow into one of the biggest scrapbooking board in the social networking site, being practically a one-stop-shop for scrapbook enthusiasts.

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4 Great Social Network Tools To Explore More In 2013

Having a Twitter account is not enough. You might have noticed that some people you are following seem to have an extraordinary feel on their accounts. You might also think that the extraordinariness of the accounts is because of the account holders are hiring people to manage their accounts. Well, that is partially true because there are politicians and celebrities who hire people to manage their social media accounts 24/7. However, ordinary Joes like me and you can give our Twitter account an extraordinary feel with the use of “boosters” and apps like the following:

Twitterfeed – This booster allows you to feed your blogs to all your social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook.com and LinkedIn. After adding your feeds, you can track and measure them with the help of a program provided by the site. For business people, such Twitter booster is a must-have.

Twuffer – For people who want a calibrated and programmed tweeting, he must have a Twuffer booster. Sometimes, our schedules do not allow us to tweet or cause us to miss our tweets. What if someone is expecting a tweet? Twuffer allows you to schedule releases of prewritten or post-dated tweets.

Grouptweet – This booster allows two to 100,000 contributors to tweet using the same account. The special feature is very much beneficial for those online businessmen who are keen to have a massive information-dissemination campaign.

Tweetlevel – After all the social media campaigning or advertising, you need to measure the effects and impact of said advertising investments. Tweetlevel is the right partner for you. You would know whether people are talking about your brand or they are just “staring” at it.

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Oriental Business and Social Media

There are more than 100,000,000 users of social media in China and the number will continue to grow. However, many are jittery about the possible Chinese government reaction on the popularity of the social sites. In one news website, the Chinese government seems to appreciate the social media because such sites are good and efficient places for the state governments to disseminate information to the people and to gather information from party members. There is also another site showing concerns about rumour mongering and its possible effect on the stability of the nation.

The Chinese government always had a tight grip on the information released to the public. Rumour mongering and online activism are two activities which worry some officials. In a nation where the media is controlled by the government, the social media websites might have a problem in the future in the event that activism will become full scale. Of course, certain Chinese officials are aware of the population uprisings in the Arab world and the role of social media in those uprisings. According to a writer at CNN.com, the hot and cold approach probably reflects Beijing lack of understanding of the power of social media followed by its growing level of comfort as it realizes the medium’s potential as a valuable and also controllable tool to understand and access public concerns.

How about ecommerce through the social media? In communist China, if earning profits make you happy, you need to seek permission from the government. The state will have to say whether you can earn profits or not. Doing business is heavily regulated and doing so without the necessary business permits is considered a very high crime. In the United States and other Western country, trading online or exchanging goods is so easy and one does not have to seek a permit before he can engage in business. According to Western tradition, doing business is part of one’s right to pursue happiness. The story is different in China because one must consider the common good before he can start business. He has to pass through the committees and the bureaucracy to determine his fitness as a businessman and to determine whether his goods/services benefit all. As you can see, there is a slim chance for a social networking business to flourish in China.

How about Twitter and Facebook.com? According to a contributor at forbes.com, the two social networking giants cannot succeed in China because of the heavy regulations imposed. The two major sources of revenues for Facebook.com and Twitter are advertisements and online gambling – these two are heavily regulated. We are yet to see how the social networking giants can circumvent the problem or how they are going to comply with the strict requirements of the Chinese government.

We predict that the social networking empire will continue to grow and adapt to the unique Chinese way. Doing business online is easy in the Western world but there are challenges faced in China because of the prevailing economic philosophy. As predict that the economic philosophy will die a natural death in China as the people will continue to see that the free market always results to the benefit of the general welfare as correctly pointed out by Western philosophies centuries ago.

As China continues to open up, the result is also the freeing of more than one billion minds. These minds will add more to the general human knowledge. Besides, there might be new Chinese companies operating in the social networking realm.

References:

Edition.cnn.com
Forbes.com

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Re-Understanding Technological Divide in Social Media Marketing

We are so used to hearing the word “technological divide” referring to the imaginary line dividing the people who know how to use the internet and those who don’t. In fact, there are hundreds of non-government agencies specializing in helping to so-called close the gap between those who don’t know and those who do. To better understand the errors of the proponents, we should clearly point one obvious item – technology is based on demand. If a certain population does not really need smart phones or mobile phones, why would you force the technology to them? Let’s take a look at applications. There are applications needed by drivers (GPS maps, traffic warning applications, voice texting app, etc), doctors (medical tables app, maps showing suppliers and practitioners, etc), lawyers (American jurisprudence app, legal dictionary app, etc) and even students (dating app, maps, free chat app etc). The application – the technology- gets popular in one group but the other group considers the same application as useless or worthless.

In the field of social media marketing, writers are again using the term technological divide to explain the lackluster marketing in some business sectors. The writers blame businessmen for not sharing information regarding social media marketing to their peers and colleagues. According to one website (internetmarketing.com), the internet community should devise ways and means so that such vital information is shared to the general public for the benefit of all concerned. However, information is not forced through conferences and seminars because the individual will naturally digest the information beneficial to him. If certain social media marketing is efficient to his business, he will do everything he can to learn the information and get every item he needs to study the technique.

Now, is there a social media divide and that an intervention is required? There is none. The notion of a “divide” was used in the olden days to explain economic differences or gaps between groups of people. What the early academicians forgot is that individuals have the final say whether they are going to avail of a technology or not. Social media marketing is proven useful in many fields – retail, travel, services etc. However, it has also limitations. In the arts and modeling industry for example, the image-intensive nature of the businesses makes many social networking systems irrelevant. For the artwork bidder, he needs a website or a specialized third party marketer to promote the auction or make the auction possible. Simply depending on the social networking sites for marketing purposes is not enough for those lines of businesses.

There is no intervention required to close the gap in the social media marketing divide. Let the businesses discover things on their own. An intervention will only create a nanny system. In fact, all the major website reviewers frown upon intervention. Social media marketing will evolve and it will eventually be replaced by something more sophisticated. All depends on the market and the presence of the demand. Now, the next time you hear the word “technological divide”, just ignore it and do not read the articles because they are simply rehash of some old arguments dating back in the 1980s.

References:

Heidicohen.com
Internetmarketinginc.com

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Twitter’s Best: A Roundup

It still remains to be argued, over and over, on whether social media is a boon or a bane in today’s society. Thousands have experienced their lives scandalized, themselves subject to ridicule and even condemnation, owing to some post they did not even consider as serious when they were writing it. But that’s the power of social media nowadays, and that is why we are all so fascinated (one way or the other) by it.
You probably are from another planet, or has been in deep slumber for decades, if by now you have not heard of the micro-blogging platform called Twitter. It is also continually argued whether tweets have brought benefits or disadvantages to our society. Nonetheless, it cannot be denied that Twitter has played important roles in so many of our social and political issues of today.

As year-end is a time for lists and round-ups, it is time to appreciate the best of Twitter as pointed out in this post: Socialmediatoday.com

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Screening Social Media Marketing Techniques

There are plenty of social media marketing techniques being mentioned, as well as practiced, in the internet. Creative writers label them using very creative names. However, one should be careful and should use his mind carefully before applying what has been suggested by a website. The availability of thousands of websites giving advices to website designers, website owners and bloggers is not an excuse for not considering carefully before using. If there are several soaps in front of you, you just don’t use it to clean your body without reading the contraindications. The same is true in choosing the right social media marketing techniques. Some advices were written not by experts but by laymen who are simply copying or revising earlier thoughts for purposes of search engine optimization. We estimate that up to 50% of material online regarding website design and website optimization is written by laymen for purpose of search engine optimization and not about giving the right advice to the people. Some so-called pieces of advice are mere rehash or summary of other previously created ones and as such there is a possibility that the person reading is not getting the bigger picture. Other websites are merely copiers for search engine optimization purposes. There are a lot of such websites online. The writers merely copy the articles written by the experts and insert some keywords to make the article appear original but the truth is that the article is more than two years old.

In choosing the right social media marketing techniques, we have some points for you to consider.

First, you have to determine when the article was posted. If the article was posted more than one year, then there is a possibility that the advice had been rendered insignificant due to the technological advances. If you are not sure about the date the article was originally written, you copy two sentences, paste them on a search engine box and search them.

Second, you also have to know the website where the article was posted. There are respected article sharing websites and third party sites. One can see plenty of information posted and displayed on such sites. However, there are also poor sites or those renegade websites. The markers are quite obvious – poor spelling, mixed up contents, zero comments, and comments obviously made up by maker of the article.

Third, try experimenting on the advice like making postings on Twitter or Facebook.com (socialmediatoday.com) to know whether such advice really worked. People or friends who tried the technique will surely make comments. They will either give positive or negative comments or posts depending on their experience. If they had a good experience with the technique or that the technique gave them what they want, then one can consider it as positive.

Fourth, choose advices found in websites with advertisements. The presence of advertisements means that the site visited by many of people and not just a handful of “maintenance workers”. Companies and individuals will not place advertisements in incompetent or lousy websites. These people will only place money or advertisement investments in websites rich with customers and plenty of viewers.

Sources:
icontact.com
Socialmediatoday.com