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Top 10 Social Networking Sites You Should Try Out

Top 10 Social Networking Sites You Should Try Out

If you have discovered that you love everything that social networking has to offer, you may be interested to know that there are several websites that you can use to connect to others, for business, friendship, and even for romance. You may be a social networker who likes to be involved with many different sites, or you may have just gotten into it and only have one account. You can even use sites like Get Social to track your social networking progress and how it is working for you and your brand. However you look at it, if you enjoy it, you should check out some of the many other awesome social networking websites, such as our top 10 picks.

1. Facebook

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    This is an obvious choice, with billions of users all over the world. You can connect with others, set up groups and events, play games, and more. The biggest downside to using Facebook is that there is a lot of advertising that many people aren’t interested in.

    2. Twitter

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      This is a great place to let people know what is going on in your life. You can update your tweets, post links to videos and articles, and a lot more. The only real downside is that you are limited as to the amount of characters you can use per tweet.

      3. Tumblr

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        This is a more expressive social networking site, because users can remain anonymous. You can catch up with friends, or chat with perfect strangers and make new friends. Interact with followers, create your brand and more with Tumblr. There drawback is that you don’t always know who you are dealing with, and they may not be who they say they are.

        4. Pinterest

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          This is a lot like Tumblr but more organized. You can categorize pins so you can easily find them, with separate board for recipes, crafts, and any other category you can think of. The biggest problem with Pinterest is that anyone who wants to see all of your content must sign up as a member.

          5. Instagram

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            This site offers a variety of filters, such as “Mayfair” and “Toaster” so you can get artsy with your photos. It is fun to use, and you can develop a great following. But, you are only supposed to post one photo per day, unlike other sites where you can post as many as you like.

            6. Google+

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              You will find a lot of users on Google+, so you can quickly develop a following. But there is really nothing that makes this social networking site stand out above the rest. It is fun to use, but it isn’t special.

              7. LinkedIn

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                If you are looking to make connections, especially for your business, LinkedIn is a social networking site you need to create an account for. Even college courses are teaching that this is the site to use. The main drawback is that you have to put in a lot of time to really get the most out of LinkedIn.

                8. MeetMe

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                  This is a great way to meet new people in the US and chat with mobile devices. There are over one million daily users. Unfortunately, you are not going to see as many users as you will with other social networking sites, but give it time. MeetMe is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds.

                  9. ClassMates

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                    Keep in touch with your old friends from high school and college through ClassMates. You can catch up on gossip, find out what your friends are up to these days, and much more. But keep in mind that those who you would rather avoid may look you up as well.

                    10. Meetup

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                      If you are looking for people who share your interests who you can get together with in your area, check out Meetup. Meet new neighbors who are into the things you love, and make all kinds of new friends. Just remember, like with any website, you don’t know who you are chatting with, so be careful if you make plans to meet.

                      Featured photo credit: Bruno Cordioli via flickr.com

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                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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