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Last Updated: Apr 22, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This subject guide compiles resources available through Blackwell Library on the topic of Social Media. Determine your research need, and then find books, find articles, and even get recommendations for Internet sources. Selected social networking sites are listed alphabetically with a brief summary of each. Please use the contact information on the right side of this page to contact a librarian with any questions.


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Social Media & Social Networking Sites

How are you currently using social media and social networking sites? To stay connected? To build your personal brand or to job hunt? To promote a business or an organization? For news or market research? Social media and social networking sites can be used in MULTIPLE ways!

It is important to understand that people use different social networks for different reasons. Research and explore different social networking sites to determine the best fit for your intended purpose. There are many, many different social networking sites; those included on this page are some of the most popular, according to Alexa rankings.



Google+ "Share and discover, all across Google." Features include: Profile, Circles, Communities, Photos, Hangouts, and Mobile. - More about Google+

See also Google+ for business - Google Business



"Facebook's mission is to make the world more open and connected." - More about Facebook

See also Facebook for Business



Flickr has to main goals: 1). " help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them;" and 2). " enable new  ways of organizing photos and video." - More about Flickr

See also Flickr: The Flickr Developer Guide - Business 



"Imgur makes sharing images with the Internet simple. It can be used to share pictures with friends, as well as post images on message boards and blogs. You can manipulate the image a number of ways and automatically submit it to popular sites such as reddit or digg. You can also view popular user-submitted images in the gallery. Best of all, Imgure is completely free." - More about Imgur


"Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a phot with your mobile phone, then choose a filder to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever..." - More about Instagram

See also Instagram for Business



LinkedIn "...helps to 1). Establish your professional profile and control one of the top serach results for your name; 2). Build and maintain a broader network of professionals you can trust; 3). Find and reconnect with colleagues and classmates; 4). Learn about other companies; 5). Leverage powerful tools to find and reach the people you need; 6). Tap into the knowledge of your network; 7). Discover new opportunities" - More about LinkedIn

See also LinkedIn's Timeless Guide to Small Business Success - LinkedIn Learning Center



"Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing things you love." - More about Pinterest

See also Pinterest for Business



"Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations." - More about Twitter

See also Twitter for Business



"Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos from your browser, phone, desktop, email or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors to your theme's HTML." - More about Tumblr


"YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small." - More about YouTube

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