Empire Avenue is an online game that has achieved enormous popularity lately. It is a form of stock market, where every player is a stock and you can buy or sell shares in each other. Your share price and dividends are based on not only your in-game activity, but your real life social network activity as well. Users connect their Facebook, Facebook Page, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn and YouTube accounts and Empire Avenue automatically records and scores your activity. Users are also able to connect one or more blogs and RSS feeds.
News and articles discussing social media and the top social networks today, as they relate to small businesses and organizations.
Digg has launched a completely new website, app and mobile version. The new Digg is being referred to as v1. The company's blog post gave a sneak peak and took us through the motivation for completely rebuilding Digg and what will be coming.
In May we talked about how businesses can leverage Delicious stacks to curate their content. In an announcement on July 22nd, Delicious stated that Stacks will be consolidated with Tags starting in early August. According to the statement:
While the follower count doesn't matter, attracting more targeted fans should definitely be a goal. Here's how.
Maintaining a growing and successful Facebook Page and community requires constant updates. Get some ideas here!
Delicious.com is a social bookmarking site. Users save links to sites and pages and can share their links and bookmarks with others. Now, users can organize their links into "Stacks" which do more than just categorize the links: stacks display the link's content in newspaper format for easy scanning.
Once your Twitter account has been up and running for a while, you'll start to accumulate quite a few accounts that you're following. It quickly becomes unmanageable to simply look at your timeline to see interesting tweets. To better manage your time, you should organize important accounts you want to follow into Lists. We'll review how to do it, as well as some great benefits and ways to use Lists for your business.
We're often asked by our business clients which social network should they use. Certainly, most businesses should have a presence on almost all social media platforms in order to reach the broadest possible audience, but surely one is better than others for business, right? We'll review the top networks and how they can be used for business and perhaps we'll find an answer to that question.
Once you start writing and publishing new blogs and articles to your website, there are certain websites where you should promote your posts to share them and attract visitors. We have talked about Social Networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Another form of social media that should not be overlooked is Social Bookmarking, and DiGG is an example.
Social Bookmarking is similar to the bookmarking feature you may use in your web browser where you visit a site and then bookmark it to save the link for future reference.
Businesses who want to use their website and social media to reach out to and engage their customers need to understand the demographics behind today's social media networks. If you are targeting a younger audience, sites like Bebo.com should be a larger part of your social media marketing campaign than more professional platforms like LinkedIn.com. The following infographs may help clarify for you who is using which social media platforms and where your marketing efforts need to be. Click any infograph to open a larger version in a lightbox which can be enlarged.