Agree with you Laura, that these sites setting up new networking trends. Using Amplify and Quora till now and giving a try to the mentioned sites by you
5 New Social Networking Trends for Freelancers to Explore
But, just because these social media tools are popular today, doesn’t mean that they will always be effective marketing tools for freelancers. What’s popular today may be forgotten tomorrow. The shrewd freelancer will be constantly exploring new social media marketing alternatives.
Here are five promising new social media tools for freelancers to explore (and why I think each is worth looking at):
Amplify is a social media tool that allows you to bookmark and share all or parts of what you find on the web. It also links to many other popular social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook.
The basic idea is to help you find and share better content more quickly. Let’s face it, most of us operate in an information overload state and anything that can help combat that is a welcome addition.
From my perspective, the distinguishing factor is that Amplify allows you to share information in context without being limited in the number of characters through its clip and share feature. Also notable is that within days of joining, without any real promotional effort on my part, I had several dozen users selecting me as a source (similar to a follower on other social media sites), which means that many of my contacts are already here.
2. One True Fan
One True Fan intrigues me and scares me at the same time. I definitely see potential for freelancers, but at the same time it scares me in the same way that Foursquare scared me. (As in, do I really want to share where I am at all times? Except in this case, the “where I am” is virtual and not physical.)
This tool allows you to check in to various websites and blogs that you visit. The person who checks in the most becomes “the one true fan” of the site. Like geolocation sites, there are gaming elements. Naturally, online stores and perhaps even bloggers may wish to offer discounts and incentives to the person with the most check-ins.
This application can give freelancers who own websites insight into potential customers who may not contact them through comments or email. Also, freelancers can connect with others who show in interest in a site since the interface allows you to see who else has visited a site. According to Andy Beard, One True Fan is from the folks who brought us MyBlogLog (remember them?), which was big for a while.
Quora seems to be a site that many freelancers are exploring right now. It’s a question answering site with a social element (see Fluther below). It’s goal is to become the best online resource. Like other question answering sites, you can link Quora to other social media including Twitter, Facebook, and more.
In fact, answering questions can be a good strategy to demonstrate expertise. Asking questions can also be a good way to get information and Quora seems to be drawing a large number of small businesses and professionals. It will be interesting to see where Quora goes in the coming months.
Fluther is another question answering site with a social element. Of course, many other social media platforms have a question feature (LinkedIn comes to mind), but this company is now linked to the social media mover and shaker, Twitter through its development team (from Mashable)–which makes Fluther one social medium for freelancers to watch.
To me, Fluther did not seem as well-organized as Quora (see above). It did seem more intuitive and I found it a little easier to use. However, it does not seem to be drawing a professional community (at least not from a casual inspection of it).
5. Mobile Interfaces
While this isn’t technically a single social media tool, mobile computing is only going to grow. Mobile interfaces already exist for most of the major social media platforms. I would expect to find most of your favorite social media utilities available as mobile apps in the coming months as well as new mobile-only social platforms.
Mobile social media tools are good news for freelancers, because it allows them location independence and even greater flexibility for keeping up with clients and prospects. In fact, if you haven’t gone mobile yet, why haven’t you?
These new tools are definitely worth investigating. I can’t tell whether any of them will become the next big social media platform, but all of them show some promise.
What new social media tools do you find promising? What have you explored? Share your answer in the comments.
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January 20th, 2011 at 8:37 am
January 20th, 2011 at 9:38 am
Has Foursquare gone out of the ls already ?
January 20th, 2011 at 9:47 am
Vivek Parmar–Thanks Vivek! Good luck. :)
pr jobs sam, If you’ll notice I linked to an entire post on Foursquare in the first sentence. ;)
January 20th, 2011 at 9:52 am
This is really and awesome post which will be useful for freelancers like me :)
January 20th, 2011 at 10:01 am
I’ve found Amplify interesting, Laura, and am enjoying using it, though my network there is quite small. I also find OneTrueFan interesting, especially for exploring what others have shared. I have disabled check-ins on some sites for the reason you outline – I don’t always want to share where I am online. I have been following the flutter over Quora with interest; I’ve been tempted to ask for an invite, but since I can barely manage to keep up with LinkedIn Answers, it might be wasted on me. However, the quality of information there so far is very good. Thanks for this informative post.
January 20th, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Thanks Robin! I’m glad to be of help. :)
Sharon Hurley Hall, I’ve actually seen you on One True Fan and Amplify and I believe Quora as well. Frankly, I deleted my One True Fan account for the reason you mentioned (but, I did find it interesting).
January 20th, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Sharon Hurley Hall–Well, I guess not on Quora. I’ve gone through so many it’s easy to get confused.
January 20th, 2011 at 2:31 pm
All of these networks really are an overload. I’m still using MySpace because clients pay me to maintain their presence. I use Twitter, FB, LinkedIn, Merchants Circle, Estetica-Design-Forum.com and Behance.
Other than those I honestly don’t know if I have time for anything else. Although I may look in to using Quora.
Thanks so much for the information.
January 20th, 2011 at 6:28 pm
Christina–Actually, I agree. I think trying to keep up with every social media tool is quite a burden and can be unworkable for most freelancers. It’s okay to experiment with a lot of them to find out where your clients are and what you are comfortable with. Once you’ve done that you can pick one or two to focus on that suit your needs best.
January 21st, 2011 at 4:31 am
Thanks a lot for informing about these other options. However, I am a frequent amplogger (amplify blogger) but I had not tried Quora and My True Friend. Someone told me that Quora is almost a question-answer site. Would you please suggest me, how is this different from yahoo answering?
Thanks once more.
January 21st, 2011 at 11:21 am
While I’ve heard of Yahoo Answers, I’ve never really explored it in detail. Maybe someone else can do a better job of answering your question?
January 21st, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Liked the Article-made me join them all! I am having problems using Amplify with delicious. Does anybody know how this works?
January 24th, 2011 at 11:42 pm
This is really unique view, but you are right – these new tools are definitely worth investigating! Thank you!
January 25th, 2011 at 6:06 pm
I JUST signed up at Amplify.com. GREAT site. They give you a bookmarklet to share whatever you are looking at. Great dev work on the site as well!
January 29th, 2011 at 11:40 am
Great list of networks…. Looks like I’ll be busy tryin’ them out :)
February 1st, 2011 at 11:08 pm
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Just a thought.
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