I have recently joined a few new social networking websites and wanted to share my impressions.
I have been a fan of Michael Stelzner’s Social Media Examiner for quite some time and love receiving the latest news and ideas each day. When I heard about the “beta” launch of “The Networking Clubs,” I wanted in!
Since I have been working very hard on my reach and online visibility, I was accepted and can now give you a preview of what it is and how it will benefit you and your business.
Like most websites, once a member, you upload your photo, secure your user name, fill out your biographical data and add your social media links. (So far I do not see a way to add more than one for each account, (Twitter, etc.) so if this could be expanded, that would be great.)
They have created 3 starter groups, Facebook, Blogger and Small Business. Very much like LinkedIn, you ask to join the group and once accepted can participate in discussions such as introducing yourself to the groups and then following or friending the other members. You can start a discussion as well.
Since I find social media fascinating and a way to expand the reach of my businesses and missions, this is a niche and exclusive site with people who are passionate about sharing and networking. As you participate and share in the groups and connect with others, your status continues to grow, sort of like Klout. I started out as a “scout” and have now moved up to “adventurer.” I like how the names match the design and branding of the website.
Social Media Examiner itself has over 450,000 readers per month, and 120,000 email subscribers. So once this opens to the public, watch out!
An eco-friendly colleague told me about Ozoshare and so I joined for my frog awareness organization, Frogs Are Green. I love being able to connect and share ideas with other environmental and green organizations.
In Ozoshare, you can post more data about your company and can look for partners in these categories: green living, green business, global warming, climate change, healthy living, rainforest, environmental conservation and global climate.
You can post and scan “The Buzz” and can receive “Tree Mail.” I am still discovering the possibilities here and have just realized I have the ability to create custom pages for advertising our products or featuring our newsletter. You can create photo albums and invite other “green” like-minded people and organizations to join as well.
As we move into a new year, think about joining one new community and give it a whirl. Send along any other sites that we should know about.