Social Media Sites To Know & Use
One only needs to be 13 years old and possess a valid email address to access Facebook, the Internet's most popular social media site. After creating an account, one can create a personal Facebook profile in addition to a professional profile. Both pages will allow the user to search and join networks while interacting with the other 500 million users worldwide.
o Browse and join networks, which are organized into four categories: regions, colleges, workplaces and high schools.
To get started on Facebook, click here.
First launched in October 2010, Instagram is a social media site based on the sharing of imagery and video. One creates a unique username (also known as a handle) and has the option of adding a profile photo and biography to their personal page. Uploading content on this mobile-based network is simple, allowing one to add a variety of digital filters to their photos and video before posting. Best of all, Instagram allows one to push their posts to several social media sites at the same time; with the push of a button, one can also post to their Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, and Tumblr accounts.
Create an Instagram by downloading the application on your mobile device and registering for an account.
As of January 2014, this visually-based social network had amassed over 11 million users and is continually increasing in importance for those in the fashion and beauty industries. Registered users create a profile page that features content organized on virtual "pin boards." Although imagery is the primary focus when sharing on Pinterest, each "pin" can also include a description and website links as well. This social media site is especially popular with female web users, serving as a source of creative and inspirational content including wardrobe ideas, makeup guides, hairstyling tips and more!
Begin curating your Pinterest inspirations by clicking here.
Another key player in the social media game, Twitter allows users to create a unique username (known as a "handle" and represented by the @ symbol) from which one can post and receive messages of up to 160 characters to an individual or groups of contacts. The site has evolved in recent years to allow users to post other types of media as well, such as imagery or video, while also searching content on the site through the use of "hashtags." (Symbolized by # on-site.) Twitter also allows one to create a personalize profile, with biography, photos, and a website link.
Register on Twitter by clicking here.
By far the most conservative compared to its more casual social media counterparts, LinkedIn is designed to be a digital network for business professionals. Instead of focusing on sharing photos, video, or textual content, users are concerned with making and developing professional connections. One's LinkedIn profile page is designed to replicate a resume, where one can share their work history, references, and portfolio with other users. Employers and recruiters often utilize these pages when looking to hire, especially as former employers or colleagues can leave positive reviews on one's profile. (These endorsements also boosts brand authority and visibility within the network as well!)
Fill out your LinkedIn profile by clicking here.
Since first launching in 2005, the popularity gained by this video-centric social network is outstanding; over 2 billion YouTube videos are views around the globe every day! This free site is open for public use whether one is registered for an account or not, but only those signed up can upload, like, and comment on videos. Like the other prominent social media hubs, many use YouTube as means of researching a brand and verifying their authority. For models and stylists, it is a fantastic platform to demonstrate their expertise and value, while also connecting with others throughout the network.
To share videos on YouTube, one must first create a Google account. Get started by clicking here.