3 Innovative Social Media Sites to Watch Out For
April 23, 2013 Leave a comment
Social media is always changing. There was a point when Myspace was the coolest thing to teenagers (including myself), and was the only social media out there. Then Facebook came along. Then it was Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, and the list goes on. Today, people can have 10, 20, even 30 social media accounts that they regularly use. Sometimes you have to make accounts before you realize how useless the app or tool is. New social media is always emerging, and here are 3 new tools that are expected to get big:
Like many other social media sites, Medium is a blogging site. The founders describe it as, “A place where you can find and share knowledge, ideas, and stories — specifically, ones that need more than 140 characters and are not just for your friends.” The site favors quality or quantity, which is a breath of fresh air.
To start using Medium, you write a blog post. This will appear on the site’s “collections”, which include pages such as “Airport Stories” and “Advice to New Graduates” on the homepage. After it is posted, users “recommend” posts that they like. Posts with the most recommendations show up more often on the site to other users. Right now anyone can view and vote, but you have to have an invite to actually write for it. It is expected that more people will be able to join later on. Medium was created by Evan Williams and Biz Stone, who also created Twitter and Blogger.
Whisper is a iPhone app that promises anonymity. To use it, users can post secrets which will appear on the an online postcard. Other people can respond to these postcards with their whispers, messages, or a “heart” on the post. This app is a great place to share secrets and receive responses and advice, without having to share your name. As of 2013, 8 million whispers have been uploaded.
3) Sina Weibo
Sina Weibo is China’s version of Twitter, but has twice as many users as Twitter. A lot of brands and celebrities have embraced the site, such as Tom Cruise and Pizza Hut. While it may not be something you can actually use, Mashable stated that 22 percent of China’s population (1.3 bullion) have an account, which is quite a bit of people.