I was at a meeting last week where the speakers were asked to list their top three social media sites. Three seemed a somewhat easy number since there are so many social media sites popping up everyday. But when I thought about it, limiting it to three and justifying the choices is more of a challenge. So here are my top three social media networks.

: I have used LinkedIn for some time, almost five years. I started using it when I was looking for a new job and linked the fact that I could refer someone to my online resume without having to create a web site. Since I have moved around a bit and worked with many people dispersed throughout the US and Europe, LinkedIn was a great way to re-establish communication with former co-workers. LinkedIn has added RSS integration, displaying presentations, groups and calendar functionality for greater media integration.
Twitter: I started using Twitter in June of 2008 but did not know how to use it and there was not many people on it or reference material. I sent a few messages and forgot about it until a few months later. While attending an Allman Brothers show I thought that I could tweet the set list since each show is unique and there could be a fan out there wanting to know what the band was playing tonight. That’s all it took, I saw the value of the tool in communicating and building relationships with others like me.

: This is another tool that I have been using for a few years. I started using it solely to keep track of PR hits. By using tags I could get a quick summary of how many times a release or topic had been published. Previously I had created and filed a hard and soft copy, now I could bookmark, tag and save! Lately Delicious has added email capability to send articles and increased its community and contact tools. Plus I love the simplicity and clean design of their interface, no annoying stuff, just the links!
What are your top three social media sites?
Categories: Social Media

Brian McDonald

Brian McDonald started Square Jaw Media to document strategies and techniques he had used over his experience working in marketing and communications since 1990. During this time Brian wrote about many of the exciting Raleigh social media events where great knowledge was being shared and tries to share some of the tips and tricks. . Read Brian's full bio.