Congratulations on making it to session eleven of this course! By now you have in-depth knowledge of the primary social networking websites for writers and other entrepreneurs.

The web moves fast, as evidenced by Pinterest’s explosive growth, and who knows where we’ll be in six months’ time? It’s a fascinating time in history, despite the challenges presented to those of us used to pre-internet business models.

Remember that, in the first instance, if you are marketing your own writing, when deciding where to put your energy, you are your own demographic. That means if a website appeals to you, and you find yourself drawn to spending time on it, it’s likely a good place for you to post your material.

If you are working on behalf of a client, determine their demographic. Who is their core customer? Then go to the websites used by those people and establish your client’s presence.

Finally, to complete your understanding of the world of social networking, here is a summary of the world’s top 15 sites. (Source: ebizmba.com)

Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites | June 2012

Here are the 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites as derived from the eBizMBA Rank which is a constantly updated average of each website’s Alexa Global Traffic Rank, and U.S. Traffic Rank from both Compete and Quantcast. “*#*” Denotes an estimate for sites with limited Compete or Quantcast data.

1 | Facebook
2 – eBizMBA Rank | 750,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 2 – Compete Rank | 2 – Quantcast Rank | 2 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

2 | Twitter
13 – eBizMBA Rank | 250,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 24 – Compete Rank | 5 – Quantcast Rank | 9 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

3 | LinkedIn
27 – eBizMBA Rank | 110,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 44 – Compete Rank | 23 – Quantcast Rank | 14 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

4 | MySpace
84 – eBizMBA Rank | 70,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 51 – Compete Rank | 62 – Quantcast Rank | 138 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

Myspace is the leading social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, movies, celebs, TV, and games made social.

5 | Google Plus+
95 – eBizMBA Rank | 65,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *NA* – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | *NA* – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Google+ Hangouts on Air allows video chatting between up to 9 people for free.

6 | DeviantArt
183 – eBizMBA Rank | 25,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 346 – Compete Rank | 74 – Quantcast Rank | 130 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

A community of artists and those devoted to art. Digital art, skin art, themes, wallpaper art, traditional art, photography, poetry/prose. Art prints.

7 | LiveJournal
303 – eBizMBA Rank | 20,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 605 – Compete Rank | 203 – Quantcast Rank | 102 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

LiveJournal is a vibrant global social media platform where users share common passions and interests. With hundreds of communities built around popular topics.

8 | Tagged
315 – eBizMBA Rank | 19,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 447 – Compete Rank | 217 – Quantcast Rank | 282 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

Tagged makes it easy to meet and socialize with new people through games, shared interests, friend suggestions, browsing profiles, and much more.

9 | Orkut
350 – eBizMBA Rank | 17,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | *NA* – Compete Rank | *NA* – Quantcast Rank | 156 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

A Google-owned site that makes it easy to find people who share your hobbies and interests, look for romantic connections or establish new business contacts. You can also create and join a wide variety of online communities to discuss current events, reconnect with old school mates or even exchange your favorite recipes.

10 | CafeMom
451 – eBizMBA Rank | 12,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 127 – Compete Rank | 82 – Quantcast Rank | 1,144 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

CafeMom is a community where moms come together to get advice and support on topics like pregnancy, health, fashion, food, entertainment, and more.

11 | Ning
456 – eBizMBA Rank | 12,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 617 – Compete Rank | 411 – Quantcast Rank | 339 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

Ning is the world’s largest platform for creating social websites. Top organizers, marketers, influencers, and activists use Ning to create an online destination that weaves social conversations in content and inspire action. Ning makes it easy for brands of all shapes and sizes to build custom and powerful social websites.

12 | Meetup
621 – eBizMBA Rank | 7,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 838 – Compete Rank | 516 – Quantcast Rank | 509 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

Meetup helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world.

13 | myLife
728 – eBizMBA Rank | 5,400,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 122 – Compete Rank | 391 – Quantcast Rank | 1,670 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

MyLife is a powerful people search tool that can help you reconnect with people from your past like friends, family and ex-lovers.

14 | myYearbook
823 – eBizMBA Rank | 3,000,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 451 – Compete Rank | 285 – Quantcast Rank | 1,732 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

On myYearbook you can play games, flirt and free video chat with people near you. Meet new people and make friends with free webcam chat.

15 | Badoo
952 – eBizMBA Rank | 2,500,000 – Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors | 1,596 – Compete Rank | 1,148 – Quantcast Rank | 112 – Alexa Rank.
Most Popular Social Networking Websites | Updated 6/5/2012

On Badoo you can chat, date and meet with over 152 million people. Join their community and make new friends in your area.

This is the final week of Writing for Digital Media: Strategies for Developing Your Online Presence. Good luck and happy writing!

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