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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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                      Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                      Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                      Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                      Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                      So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                      Joe’s Goals

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                        Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                        Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                        Daytum

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                          is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                          Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                          Excel or Numbers

                            If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                            What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                            Evernote

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                              I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                              Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                              Access or Bento

                                If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                Conclusion

                                I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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