New to you Social Media Avenues

It’s been a very busy 10 days since I took over as Social Media Manager at Travel With Somebody.  I’ve been busy blogging and commenting and Facebooking and twittering and stumbling and pinning and . . . .

As I was telling a fellow web designer about what I’ve been up to thus far, she asked what social media avenues I’ve been using with the site.  Twitter and Facebook fill up my day (as I’m sure they do for most people) but the following are a few new social media avenues that you might not know about.

New to you Social Media Avenues

  1. Digg A social news website which allows users to vote on news stories.  Very useful if your company is in the news and you want to spread the word.  The site had a history of the ‘Digg mob’ – a group of users that will randomly boost or bury a news story.  The Digg staff have implemented an algorithm to prevent that from happening in the future.
  2. Stumbleupon A discovery engine which places a button on your browser and lets you stumble through websites that match your pre-selected interests.  To add a site, you visit it and recommend it to Stumbleupon.  It’s placed in the inventory and added to the appropriate category.  Stumblers can rate your site and increase the likelihood of it being used.  The site claims to have over 20 million users, which can really help bring traffic to your site.
  3. Pinterest A new kid on the social media block, Pinterest is basically a pin-up board for users photos.  Once you’re invited to join (you have to apply), you can browse other users boards and either comment, like or repin their photos.  You can also pin photos that you see while surfing the net.  Great for sites with lots of photos.
  4. Delicious A social media bookmarking site that allows users to save, share and discover web bookmarks.  The homepage also shows the most popular and trending bookmarks, making it easier to discover new sites.

These are just a few of the social media options available on the web.  It all depends on your business and what your main objectives are.  With any social media platform, it’s best to remember to keep the sales pitches to a minimum and instead try to engage and interact with current and future clients.

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