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Facebook is a social networking
Website launched on February 4, 2004.The free-access website is privately owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. The website's name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some US colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus. The website currently has more than 110 million active users worldwide.
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS, email or through an application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. As of October 2008, Twitter claims to have over 3,200,000 accounts registered.
Following the crash of the initial dotcom bubble in 2001 many people claimed to have created or coined the phrase Wed 2.0 as we in subsequent years the industry grappled with what would come next. By 2004 the term Web 2.0 was appearing everywhere and euphoria reined with this next phase of the Internet that included all sorts of "second generation" web developments. Information sharing became hot as did collaboration, hosted services, blogging, wikis, video-sharing and of course social-media sites.
In 2003 MySpace grabbed our imagination, followed in 2004 by Facebook and in 2005 by YouTube. They quickly emerged as the dominate players in this new social media environment. However, this new Olympic team was still missing a player or two.
Although micro-blogging and social media site Twitter only entered the trials late in 2006, it is having an even more fundamental shift than any of its predecessors. Twitter is basically a SMS (Short Messaging Service) sent to followers that have subscribed to receive them with its messages (Tweets) limited to 140 characters.
It was initially perceived as a Gen X toy, but Twitter has transcended that expectation, which many Web 2.0 technologies have not been able to do. It has become a very significant communication tool of the first decade of the 21st century. It may sound premature and even absurd to some, but there are those that are already comparing its influence to that of Morse code, the telephone, radio or television.
LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded in December 2002 and launched in May 2003 mainly used for professional networking. As of December 2007, its site traffic was 3.2 million visitors per month, up 485% from the end of 2006. As of October 2008, it had more than 30 million registered users, spanning 150 industries.
WordPress “is brought to you by some of the same folks who work on the open source blogging software available at WordPress.org. Open source WordPress has been incredibly successful and risen from a handful of users to the most-used blog tool in its category…You can get a blog started in less time than it takes you to read this sentence. All you need is an email address. You’ll get your own WordPress.com address (like you.wordpress.com), a selection of great free and customizable designs for your blog (we call them themes), 3 gigabytes of file storage (that’s about 2,500 pictures!) and all the other great features…You can blog as much as you want for free, your blog can be public to the world or private for just your friends…”
Why Have a Blog?
A blog is a simple, cost-effective way to create a professional online presence.Get on the Web Quickly.
A blog creates a converszation between you and the people who matter to you.Topics of Interest.
A blog is a tremendous way to boost our search engine rankings.The more posts, the higher your search engine ranking will be.
A blog delivers a huge impact for very little money.Very little cost with templates and free blog sites.
A blog is a valuable business tool for collecting customer feedback.Customer Feedback, Public Relations, Trusted Advisor.
A blog creates a historical record of your content.It stays on the web forever.
Blogs in Plain English
Plaxo is an online address book and social networking service founded by Napster co-founder Sean Parker, Minh Nguyen and two Stanford engineering students, Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring. Plaxo, based in Mountain View, California, is currently privately held and supported by venture capital including funds from Sequoia Capital, On May 14, 2008, Plaxo reported it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Comcast. Plaxo did not disclose the terms of the deal. In May 2008, the website reported 20 million users.
The Real Estate Wiki is a free, privately funded online encyclopedia targeted at users needing information concerning the real estate industry.
The Real Estate Wiki was launched in January 2008 with 7,000 entries and within the first 5 months rose to over 22,000 entries. The wiki was created by a group of real estate professionals, headed by Stefan Swanepoel, who wanted a more central, specific niche encyclopedia for the real estate industry. Community focus with a useful resource of monthly updated research data, including the number of arm’s length real estate transactionss and non-arm’s length transactions, the number of refinancing transactions, new mortgage loans and pre-foreclosure activity for each of the 3,151 counties in the US.
“Join ActiveRain and participate in the success of 148,231 of the most forward thinking real estate professionals in the industry.
Sign up with a free account and start networking with the largest online gathering of real estate professionals in the world. Explore exclusive "Members Only" content, learn the ins and outs of establishing an online presence, and make meaningful connections with your peers around the globe.”
“Ning empowers people to create and discover new social experiences for the most important people and interests in their lives.
Ning was started with a simple premise: when people have the freedom to create a new social experience online, uniquely customized for the most important people and interests in their lives with no effort, no cost, and infinite choice, the world is a better, more colorful and certainly more interesting place in which to live.”
WannaNetwork is a free social networking site created by a Las Vegas real estate agent. Members can network with others involved in the real estate industry, blog, ask questions and share ideas through a forum, and advertise via a member profile and listing section. Currently the site has approximately 18,000 members.