If you’re still getting your feet wet with social networking, you might be wondering what the different types of social networking tools are available. Even if you’ve been working at social networking for some time, you might not be aware of everything that’s available. So here’s a run-down that will help you become familiar with what Web 2.0 tools are available to you for your social networking efforts.
Let’s start with a quick list:
There are blogs, microblogs (like Twitter), networking sites such as Facebook, wikis, niche forums, article directories, and sites that let you build your own mini-sites such as Squidoo. Each of these Web 2.0 social networking tools does something different, but they have one common theme – they help you connect with others who have the same interests or share similar goals or work in the same industry.
Blogs and microblogs allow you to share your thoughts and ideas with others. They also invite others to share their thoughts with you. Wikis create groups around the idea of creating a community source of information on a topic. Facebook and similar sites allow you to find people worldwide who share your interests, start groups and share information.
Niche forums, article directories and Squidoo pages let you share your knowledge about a subject. Each of these social networking tools helps you to build your reputation as an expert and to market your personal and business brand. Every one of these tools and more can be helpful in building a strong marketing campaign that will help you grow your business and gain credibility across the globe!