5 Social Media Favorites from 2011

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The sun is about to set on 2011. The Social Media Rocket is moving at warp speed. Let’s take a look back at some Social Media Favorites. Well at least they were some of my favorites. These networks didn’t necessarily originate this year, but they made their presence felt and/or were cutting edge.

Empire Avenue – The social media game where individuals and businesses buy and sell virtual shares of each other. Your share price is based on share trading activity coupled with your influence on the major Social Networks. The trading is done with virtual dollars called eaves. There are dividends, shares outstanding, and share price graphs to name just a few. Empire really has so many variables within the game. If you want to start making connections Empire is a great environment. Now, if you want to jump in and do it right, expect to spend at least 10-20 hours per week playing the game. I’d say for a good 4-6 months. Well you didn’t think you were going to build relationships being in there 10 minutes a day did you? My Facebook, Twitter, and G+ accounts are saturated with EA friends. EA has been worth every minute. It’s all real life and the people you meet on EA are real. If your ego can handle be sold I would highly suggest Empire Avenue.

Klout – I can feel the cringing by many as this is being read. I know, they had privacy issues and their scoring wasn’t transparent. Tito pass me a tissue. The real problem was too many weren’t happy with their scores. It also made for non-stop complaining and bashing on thousands of blogs that brought some nice traffic. Let me take a step back. So Klout is the standard of influence online. They came up with that tag themselves. As we know influence is subjective, so there is no right answer. Evidently many didn’t like the answer they received in form of a score. Klout made a change in their “algorithm” in late October. The result, most users suffered a 5-20 point decline overnight. That pushed many over the edge. It definitely wasn’t the best PR move I agree. Today, just two months later, Klout scores are definitely more stable. Klout remains a great way to build rapport with other users. You can build Lists within Klout and give something called +K’s, which are a nice token of appreciation to someone that influenced you in a certain topic. You get 10 +K’s daily to give out to other users. Klout also has something called Perks. Based on your Klout score and influential topics, you are rewarded with perks. These perks include discounts, gift cards, and even a Windows phone. Klout is always trying to get better and never sits still. You can’t make everyone happy. I think Klout will only continue to improve in 2012.

Triberr – This is an incredible site where bloggers help bloggers. Triberr is the brainchild of Dino Dogan and went live earlier this year. Each tribe has a chief. The Chief invites tribe members and manages the group. Excuse me, he or she manages the tribe. Each tribe has a name that follows a theme (i.e. Social Media, Health, or Parenting). Everyone in the tribe will connect their Twitter account and Blog RSS feed. Once your blog post is published it automatically comes into Triberr through the RSS feed. Up until about a month ago you could set it to automatically tweet out your tribemates posts. It was discovered that this was not copacetic with the Twitter TOS (terms of service). So currently it is a manual process, but still worthwhile. A semi-automated process is being worked on for the first quarter. Anyway, I think you can envision the power of users tweeting your blog post out consistently. Imagine 50+ users tweeting out your message. A dream come true.

Athlinks – Athlinks is primarily a site for Runner’s and Triathlete’s. While you can connect with friends, add videos, and photos, Athlinks race results database is its strength. Let’s say you ran 5 races in 2011 and joined Athlinks today. Well chances are your times for those races are in the database. You just need to confirm that you’re the owner of that time. Your history just needs to be uncovered. Athlinks has a robust schedule of upcoming races which you can search by State and/or Month. If you don’t see a race that you’re running, you can add it in just a few minutes. If you’re running in a future race, add it to your profile and about a week after the race your time will show up in your race history. If you run races or are thinking about it, go register today. Athlinks has a lot to offer.

Spotify – Spotify is a digital music service that really exploded onto the scene when Klout gave as a perk earlier this year. Listen, Spotify doesn’t have every song ever published in its library, but it has a vast selection. You pick the songs, albums, or artists that you want and save to your account. This service is free. If you want to upload to your iPhone or Android there is a $9.99/mo charge, but no charge per song like iTunes. A few months ago they teamed with Facebook, and now you can link your FB account to Spotify. This allows you to share on your wall what you are listening to at the moment. You can also subscribe (no charge) to other FB friends music. If you like what they’ve compiled, simply subscribe and you can listen to their music. Of course, you can keep this all private if you wish. Unlike some other services out there, you can listen to what you want, when you want.

14 comments
DrDeadline
DrDeadline

I always learn something new and exciting from your blog Steve! Keep up the great work in 2012! Live long and prosper!

socialhospitality
socialhospitality

Great list, Steve! I hadn't heard of Athlinks but I'll check it out. I just began using Triberr recently and am still learning the ropes. Who do you think are going to be the biggest favorites in 2012?

DragonSearch
DragonSearch

This is a great comprehensive list of social media favorites from 2011. I agree that it is important to realize and engage in the trends. it is a vital aspect when you or your business are trying to build relationships. Thanks for putting this up! I really enjoyed it!

Jeroen
Jeroen

Nice post, 5 major Social Media players of 2011 indeed. Fun to see Empire Avenue up top. ;-)

etelligence
etelligence

Great list Steve, I know a little more about you now, and am guessing you listen to music while you run?

I totally agree with your sentiments on Klout and Empire Avenue, EA is like a magnet for the uber social, the ones who are everywhere anyway. Klout has a lot of problems, but it is totally harmless if you don't let it affect your ego. It has showed the true colors in a lot of people (Over Christmas I've found social media to be inherently fake, and it's made me ponder all the possible reasons people lie online).

NicolasLiu
NicolasLiu

Great list - you put Empire Avenue on the top :))

I need to get a Triberr invite. Any idea how can I get one?

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Humorforiphone
Humorforiphone

Nice list. But Athlinks is not for me. So it is more of a personal favorites list for 2011 then a general one. But that is okay :)

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@Jeroen Thanks Jeroen...Yes, love EA and will always be loyal to them...I hope they continue to move in the right direction...

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@etelligence Hey Adam, thanks for the comments. Actually ran a marathon in October without music. I generally run without it...

Yes I read your post about Klout earlier this month http://bit.ly/rWjwIT and I think high percentage just got on the bashing train along with the uptick traffic that follows.That's a revelation I'd like to hear more about...btw I pinged you last night about a group, let me know when you get a chance.

GeeklessTech
GeeklessTech moderator

@dinodogan Hello Dino - I noticed and left a comment in the bonfire. I LOVE the optimize button. It really gives valuable data. Just need to get the Chief data collected under optimize. Overall, continually getting better. That's all I can ask for...well :)

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