These are the sites that I am having the most fun with and the biggest return on my investment. My ROI (return on investment) is based on the time and energy that I am putting into keeping these sites up to date and active. Facebook is on the top of my list but it is the one I have put the least amount of effort into thus far, I wanted to include it however as an alternative to MySpace. From these networking sites I have linked up with people I have not communicated with in a while and I have also made some new, very beneficial contacts. If you want to see what they are all about, you just need to take the leap and jump in. Remember to have fun doing it, I was watching Russell Simons on Donny Deutsch the other night and he said something that resonated with me. “Money doesn’t make you happy, but happy makes you money” I know that I am more motivated and productive when I am excited about what I am doing. If you are out there to connect and help others you too will realize a great ROI.
– Facebook – Breaking out as one of the best social networking sites on the Web. More than 64 million active users, an average of 250,000 new registrations per day since Jan. 2007, over 55,000 regional, work-related, collegiate, and high school networks and, the fastest growing demographic is those 25 years old and older. International growth, Canada has the most users outside of the United States, with more than 7 million active users, the U.K. is the third largest country with more than 7 million active users, the remaining top 10 countries in order of active users (outside of the U.S., Canada and UK): Australia, Turkey, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, France, Hong Kong.
– MySpace – A social website that is not just for kids anymore. MySpace has more than 110 million monthly active users around the globe, 1 in 4 Americans is on MySpace, in the UK it’s as common to have a MySpace as it is to own a dog, on average 300,000 new people sign up to MySpace every day. In one month’s time they broke a record and had 4.5 billion page views to the site in one day. MySpace is one of the fastest growing websites with users all over the world, including the U.S., UK, Japan, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, MySpace en Espanol, Latin America, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.
– LinkedIn – This one is mostly focused on business to business connections. It’s all about using your professional connections to meet other professionals. This is a place where you can link up to 40 million people, where your 60 connections can link you to 300,000 connections. It’s a great place to connect with your community’s business leaders, industry professionals, and show others who recommends you as an expert in your field. This website really allows you to open up your business rolodex to others and vice verse.
– Twitter – According to Twitter this social site provides “a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” With just under 1 million “twitterers” that is a lot of updates, the US is the leading country no surprise there at 40%, with Japan being number to at 39%, then follows Spain, UK, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Taiwan. This social network is a good add on, it doesn’t require lengthy blogs or articles it is just a website where you post how your day is going, you know those frequent ups and downs that other members may identify with.
– Active Rain – This one is all about the real estate community with 70,000 plus members. It’s a great place to kick around ideas and have other real estate professionals see your ideas. Plus, there have been some Active Rain profiles in Google lately. An added bonus is that Active Rain has been in the news recently with a round of venture-capital funding, so there may be some new features and growth soon. As we also know in the news means that the consumer now recognizes an inside source to go to find industry scoop, so don’t be surprised if your next clients says they found you on Active Rain.
– Flickr – For the photo enthusiast Flickr’s community is a social network of sorts, you can make friends (Flickr calls them contacts) and track their newest photos. Like many social sites Flickr’s has organized groups, which let users create and contribute to. Each group has a shared pool of pictures that any of its members can contribute to, some with themes some not, it’s like a book club, but for pictures.
– Digg – For the news enthusiast Digg is a community-based news article popularity website claiming to have 20 million viewers a month. It combines social bookmarking, blogging, and syndication. News stories and websites are submitted by users, and then promoted to the front page through a user-based ranking system. This differs from the hierarchical editorial system that many other news sites employ basically the users decide what is relevant in the world not the corporations.