25 Blogs To Help You Stay Current With Social Media

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Most of us agree that social media is valuable — but keeping up with the latest trends can be difficult given the speed at which social media is growing and changing.

The big sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are easy to folllow, but there are many others that often get ignored such as Docstoc, Scribd, Slideshare. With all the different platforms, it’s hard to be able to keep up with everything that is new.

In this post we’ve listed 25 of the best social media blogs out there. Read through some of these blogs and you’ll quickly find yourself getting an edge in the social media world.

25 Social Media Blogs You Should Read

Here are 25 social media blogs that you should read. Some keep you current on new trends and others give you advice on how to leverage social media to your advantage.

I’ve included an excerpt from each blog’s about page to give you an idea as to what to expect from them. This list isn’t a ranking of social media blogs, so these are listed in no particular order.

  1. Mashable Founded in July 2005, Mashable is the world’s largest blog focused exclusively on Web 2.0 and Social Media news. With more than 12.5 million monthly pageviews, Mashable is the most prolific blog reviewing new Web sites and services, publishing breaking news on what’s new on the web and offering social media resources and guides.
  2. Social Media Explorer Social Media Explorer is the online home and blog of Social Media Explorer LLC, of which Jason Falls serves as principal. Falls has established himself as one of the leading thinkers in the social media, public relations and communications industries.
  3. Social Media Today Social Media Today LLC helps global organizations create purpose-built B2B social communities designed to achieve specific, measurable corporate goals by engaging exactly the customers and prospects you most want to reach.
  4. Chris Brogan Chris Brogan is a ten year veteran of using social media and both web and mobile technologies to build digital relationships for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Chris speaks, blogs, writes articles, and makes media of all kinds on his blog. His blog is in the top 10 of the Advertising Age Power150, and in the top 100 on Technorati. He is co-author of the book Trust Agents.
  5. Dosh Dosh Dosh Dosh is a blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies. Best consumed by bloggers, entrepreneurs, web publishers, marketers, freelancers and small business owners.
  6. 10e20 10e20 is a New York-based Internet marketing company specializing in Social Media Marketing and Search Engine Optimization. Founded in 2002 in Brooklyn, NY by Chris Winfield and Danielle Lanzillo.
  7. PR 2.0 Brian Solis is Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning PR and New Media agency in Silicon Valley. Solis is globally recognized for his views and insights on the convergence of PR, Traditional Media and Social Media. Considered one of the original thought leaders who paved the way for Social Media and PR 2.0, Solis is co-founder of the Social Media Club.
  8. Conversation Agent Valeria Maltoni is a professional marketer with 20 years of real-world corporate experience, 10 of which online, across a broad array of mid-to-large sized companies. Hands-on work at a Fortune 500 technology company, a technology start-up, in health care, chemical manufacturing, risk management consulting, and the non-profit sector have provided her with a wealth of experience and insights.
  9. Scott Monty Scott is a marketing and communications professional focused on the digital industry — specifically on social media. His career spans a number of industries such as healthcare, pharma, biotech, travel, automotive, tech, and communications, and includes a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
  10. Chris G Chrisg.com is where Chris posts daily (or thereabouts) thoughts and advice on the business of new media, blogging and online marketing. The aim is to teach you ways you can create compelling resources, provide your audience more value, build trust and loyalty, and generate more rewards for yourself.
  11. Altitude Branding Amber Naslund is a social media and marketing crackerjack and the Director of Community for Radian6, where she’s responsible for client engagement, community building, and helping companies tap the potential of online reputation management, customer engagement, and social media monitoring.
  12. Successful-Blog Liz is a social web strategist and community builder. Coming from a background of publishing, business, and instructional design, Liz understands how people perceive a blog, a product, and an experience — how the head and heart engage to make a fiercely loyal customer.
  13. Techipedia Tamar Weinberg is a freelance writer and author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web (O’Reilly, July 2009) who specializes in social media consulting and strategy, blogger outreach, reputation management, and search engine marketing (SEO, link building, and Pay Per Click Marketing).
  14. Very Official Blog Shannon Paul works as the communications manager for PEAK6 Online, parent company of OptionsHouse.com, OptionsNewsNetwork (ONN.tv), and WeSeed.com. Here she oversees the integration of social media communication into PR and marketing strategies for the company’s three brands, including an online retail stock and options broker, a web-based options news and education site, and an online community that allows people to learn about the stock market through investing in virtual stock portfolios.
  15. Instigator Blog Benjamin Yoskovitzis the CEO & co-Founder of Standout Jobs, a venture-backed startup founded in 2007. He is also a blog and social media consultant. This blog is where he expresses his thoughts on startups, entrepreneurship and business, as well as diving into social media, blogging and online communities.
  16. All Facebook AllFacebook.com is a blog that was started by Nick O’Neill. The purpose of the blog is to cover all issues pertaining to Facebook including new applications, general news, and analysis about the future of Facebook.
  17. SmartBrief On SocialMedia SmartBrief is a media company on a mission to save you time and keep you smart. The premise behind SmartBrief is simple: there’s too much information out there and too little time in the day to read it all. Their editors hand-pick the most relevant and important news from all over, summarize it, link to the original sources and deliver it — for FREE — in one-stop-shop e-newsletters.
  18. Web-Strategist As a Web Strategist Jerimiah Owyang strives to define and deliver user and community needs, business goals, and web technology to craft and deliver long term successful web programs for companies.
  19. Collective Thoughts Each member of Collective Thoughts are a known or rising star in their own field, but they also have a passion and unique understanding on social media. Together, they make up Collective Thoughts.
  20. Dan Zarrella Dan Zarrella is an award-winning social, search, and viral mar­ket­ing sci­en­tist and author of the upcom­ing O’Reilly media book “The Social Media Mar­ket­ing Book”. He has a back­ground in web devel­op­ment and com­bines his pro­gram­ming capa­bil­i­ties with a pas­sion for social mar­ket­ing to cre­ate appli­ca­tions.
  21. Social Times Social Times is founded by Nick O’ Neill. He is an industry expert on the social networking industry, providing no holds bar commentary and insightful analysis on social networking and social media. He speaks at conferences nationwide and has been written about in multiple national publications.
  22. Brent Csutoras Brent Csutoras is an Internet Marketing Consultant who specializes in Social Media, Viral linkbait and Search Engine Marketing.
  23. Twitip TwiTip is a blog all about Twitter. It covers Twitter Tips of all varieties including Writing for Twitter, Branding, Growing a Following, Corporate Tweeting and a lot more.
  24. Danny Brown Danny Brown has been providing business branding and emerging media consultancy services to the consumer and commercial markets for more than 15 years, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 businesses. Danny is the founder of the 12for12k Challenge.
  25. The Viral Garden Mack Collier is a social media consultant, trainer and speaker. He has been actively immersed in social media since 2005, and in that time, has helped advise, teach and consult with businesses of all shapes and sizes on how they can better connect with their customers via these amazing tools and sites

Your Turn to Share

The blogs mentioned above are some that I visit on a regular basis. If there are any that you would like to add to the list, feel free to do so in the comments section. And finally, what do you think of this list of some of the top social media blogs out there?

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Comments

  1. says

    I biasedly recommend SEO.com’s blog. Many of the posts approach social media from an SEO perspective – using “social” to drive “search” — which is what every business should be concerned with.

  2. says

    What a great list. There are several on there I’m not familiar with, so I look forward to taking a look at them. Although as someone mentioned, my RSS reader is already quite full!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. says

    Hey there Ritu,

    Cheers for the shout man, really appreciate it. I see there are some names on here I’m unfamiliar with; have to remedy that shortly :)

    Great to see the likes of Shannon and Valeria getting a mention too – both different, both excellent resources.

    Thanks again bud, and have a great holiday weekend!

    Danny.

  4. says

    Thanks for all the comments guys and glad that you all found the list helpful.

    Hey Danny, you are very welcome! And a very happy thanksgiving to you and the family.

  5. says

    Great post, Thanks for the great list. I for one is a avid mashable reader for years now. I’ll definitely go and check the others sites on the list as well. Keep up the good work!

  6. says

    Thank you very much for this excellent list, which I am certain will provide navigation for many people to find their next favorite blog. I haven’t seen many lists like this one, so your contribution is extremely appreciated!

    As for others that could have made the list, I will be very humble in saying that my social media blog on LinkedIn, Twitter, social media marketing, and social media job seeking lacks the volume and breadth that @Mashable has, but hopefully it would make your Top 50 List should you create one! Would love your feedback on it: http://windmillnetworking.com.

    I also agree with the above commenter that Larry Brauner’s blog (http://online-social-networking.com/) is another excellent one.

    Thanks again and looking forward to your future posts!

  7. says

    Excellent compilation – completely agree with your choices, Ritu!!

    I’d add new social media online magazine, http://socialmediaexaminer.com by Michael Stelzner.

    I also like http://readwriteweb.com and http://marketingprofs.com – though not exclusively social media, they definitely include cutting-edge SM posts.

    And along with Nick O’Neil’s allfacebook.com, Justin Smith’s http://insidefacebook.com is excellent. (I’d include my whyfacebook.com if I blogged more frequently, lol!!)

    Cheers,
    @marismith

  8. Andy Williams says

    Great list – now I just need the time … You may like to also include the “Smart Mobs” site (of the book “Smart Mobs” fame) http://www.smartmobs.com/ which looks at how technology of various kinds is not just connecting us but also changing us

  9. says

    Thanks for sharing this list, so chock full of great sites. I checked it out because I heard – and was very pleased to hear – that Liz Strauss was on it. Then I found a whole collection of social media experts I like, admire and follow, plus a couple of sites new to me and which I will now add to the RSS feed.

  10. says

    That’s a great list to work with. I think it’s going to take me a while to digest it all, espically since my leftover turkey is first in line. Thanks for your hard work on the list, I’m excited to go through it!

  11. says

    Wow! Thanks for the useful information. My challenge is how to keep up with it all! But, it is a good challenge to have. Thanks for the initial list, and the growing list of sites in the comments section.

  12. says

    Thank you for including me on the list. That’s a great group of people. What’s amazing about social media related content is just how fresh and new it remains. That’s really where a lot of the folks you’ve mentioned stand out – they take things up a notch (or two) and stay unique, even when we’ve been hammering “social media” for awhile now.

  13. says

    Great list, bookmarking this page for future reference. The two blogs that I would add to this list are Scott Monty and Chris Brogan, both must reads in the social media circles.

  14. says

    One blog I really like and read regularly is web Ink Now (www.webinknow.com) by David Meerman Scott. He tends to focus on the more practical, business use of social media tactics and tools. It seems that some social media practitioners tend to focus more on the sizzle than the steak. David advocates tactics and tools I feel like I can instantly apply to my client projects and my own business.

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