Since I’m a marketing geek I’m always interested in new tools, networks and other communication platforms. Over the past few years I have investigated and used many of the new social media networks and tools to see how well they worked. However I realize now that I have too many accounts and some of them are redundant. Therefore, I am cleaning up some of the accounts listed below but I thought a listing with some notes on why I joined the network and what I liked would be a good start. I will follow up over the next few weeks with comparisons of the sites and why I chose one over the other.

Wanted to see what the fuss was all about. Since I have moved around quite a bit in my life, great way to reconnect with old friends.
MySpace: Deactivated
Had to join to see photo of old friend that office mate told me was online.  Ended up getting a bunch of spam off the account so I deleted it.
Thought it was better than keeping regular resume on file.  Also great way to reconnect with former co-workers.
Used to keep track of press hits and articles of interest.
First intrigued, then did not understand, then did understand, then did nothing else for several months.
I’m a huge music buff so this was an instant hit. Like that I can create my own station.
Social Vibe:
Interesting premise, raise money for charity through clicks but that’s all that’s there. Cool interface.
First used as a test for project that migrated elsewhere. Good tool but have only seen a few good sites on it.
Main blogging tool that I use. Good starting place for bloggers that want to write and don’t want to have to learn web site design.
Used this to aggregate all my feeds and social media accounts.
Never thought that I would post on YouTube but it’s a great platform for video.
Use this for storing presentations, integrates with LinkedIn.
Created this account to use for autoposting to several accounts and forgot about it.
Site allows you to search individual songs and post message at the same time.
Never used this until I got my iPhone with ability to ping my location.
Found this before FriendFeed and liked their layout better
Created profile and several rooms. Not a fan of some of their features.
Joined when I started blogging. Still trying to gain authority.
Recently joined and have posted a few items. Not sure what best application of this tool is.
Found this easiest of the photo apps to use and customize, plus no limit on images.
Great photo site with ability to create sets. Very easy to embed on other sites as well.
Signed up when started using Google tools but has limits on images.
This was the only tool that I could shoot online video with on my BlackBerry in real time. Had problems with controls and naming on BlackBerry, thus half my vids have the same title.
This is a great simple app that I use all the time.
Great aggregator tool that allows you to create a portal. Still need to finish this page.

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.