Facebook, blogging, and even the internet -- it cannot be denied the digital era has certainly provided a robust ecosystem for it to flourish. After all, the internet doesn't just connect computers, it connects people, right? Regardless, the web will never be the same.
As a devout media technologist, I love following the new tools of emerging platforms -- and nowhere can you get a better sense of this game-changing social ecosystem than in its tools.
There are tools to monitor your social buzz, schedule your tweets, share your photos, build your Facebook tabs, and so forth. It's absolutely amazing just how many platforms, apps, and sites are dedicated to this medium. While researching this article, I literally uncovered hundreds (if not thousands) of tools available ranging from free to highly expensive, from tools that help you tap into dozens of social networks, to tools that perform the most specialized, niche task on a single feature of Facebook. Crazy!
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So, the following list of social media tools is just a fraction of what's really out there. Rather than trying to tackle the unwinnable task of cataloging every social media tool available, this article will highlight the types of tools being developed out there, so you know what exists and what might be useful to you. That being said, there's almost two hundred tools for your perusal.
Fifteen interesting social tools you should know about
- Friend or Follow tells users whom they're not following on Twitter.
- Conversocial.com helps users manage customer service at scale on Facebook and Twitter. Conversocial enables workflow for multi-person teams to tackle the consumer communication for large brands.
- NutshellMail users social network updates so they don't have to login and check. Nice!
- UserVoice creates engaging survey forms on Facebook and other sites to solicit feedback from fans and visitors.
- MemoLane is a "virtual scrapbook" generated by a user's social media history. It also allows users to search their social history across multiple networks.
- PinBoard is a really smart, user-centric, privacy-focused social bookmarking platform.
- Inside View gives users an aggregate view of the social presence and activity of a company.
- bufferapp is tiny little tool that lets users schedule time-released tweets.
- CloudFlood gives away freebies in exchange for social media actions.
- Disqus is a better, real-time comments system for users' site or blog with fully integrated social network elements.
- Tweriod helps users figure out the best times to tweet based on the activity of their followers' streams. (Note that it may take some time for Tweriod to gather enough data for analysis.)
- Slideshare is a home for sharing presentations and white papers online.
- Polldaddy enables users to add quick and easy polls to blog posts.
- Twylah allows users to create a branded page for their Twitter stream.
- EveryStockPhoto bills themselves as "the largest search engine for free photos." It is a great way to find images for social media content.
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