Social Networks You Need To Be On

January 31, 2012 Technology 1

Yes, we all love Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Google + is slowly, but surely making its way up in the web world. But lets give some room to the new contenders of the Social Network game, because these two newbies are amazingly awesome and are only getting better.

GetGlue

If you watch TV as much as I do, you will absolutely love this social network. Not only can you “check-in” to shows you’re currently watching and “like” shows, you have the opportunity to collect cool stickers from your favorite shows, movies, books, and more. You can also chat with others with similar interests and get recommendations for other shows or movies that you might be interested in.

The best part, however, is the stickers. Once you collect 20 stickers, you can start having them sent to you in the mail! Real stickers for FREE, just for checking in or liking stuff. You can’t beat that! I love getting the stickers in the mail and thinking of neat ways to show them off. The only downside is, you have to wait a month each time before you can order more stickers, but hey, they’re free so you can’t complain.

There are a few tricks to the trade, like checking in at certain times of the day or the amount of times you check in to something before you can get a sticker. But, thankfully, there is a forum for that. GetGlueStickers.com is an excellent resource if you want to know when and how to collect certain stickers.

Overall, it’s a really great and innovative social network, one I can see growing bigger as it develops more. Right now they have apps for all kinds of smart phones and widgets that you can display on your blog or website. It also integrates with Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Pinterest

Easily the most up-and-coming, explosive new social network out there today. Traffic for this website has grown exponentially since its launch and those who are apart of it have experienced major boosts in traffic for their own endeavors as well.

Pinterest is simply a place to share ideas, inspiration, products, and basically anything on the web you find interesting. When you sign up, you’re given the ability to create boards, which are like virtual corkboards that you “pin” amusing and interesting links to.

Think of it as a social bookmark system you can share with your friends and followers. If you see a great product you love, you can pin it to a board for future reference or to share with other pinners. Love a website or blog post? Pin it! See a cool tutorial for something crafty? Pin it! I could go on and on.

Not only is it a great place to store your favorite links, you can discover some amazing stuff, too. I love looking at all the pins people post and can easily spend hours in awe at what people find and do. Trust me, once you try it, you’ll get addicted.

They even have a cool browser add-on so you can easily pin anything you see on the web. There’s also a way to add a “Pin It” button to your blog, which I highly suggest you do as I said, it does wonders for your blog traffic. In case you’re new to Pinterest and find it a bit daunting, there are some excellent tutorials out there, like this one from Pin Savvy Social.

Oh, and if you’re tempted to join and need an invite, just let me know in the comments or via email and I’ll send you an invite. You won’t regret it!

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