Monday, May 21, 2012

Three Social Sites to Keep an Eye On

Fresh off the Facebook IPO – lets talk about the social networking site.  Facebook now has over 900 million users.  And while it has become a household name, what are some other social sites that techies know about but the general consumer is unaware of?  Here are my top three as discussed on CNN:

1. Path
First, let’s start with Path.  Path is an app that is like a mini, more personalized Facebook. While Path currently has only 3 million users but it’s growing at a rate of about 5% a week. 

What makes it unique? Well, we have hundreds, some of us thousands of Facebook friends – how many of them do you really know or care to share with?  Path is obsessed with connecting you to less people- not more. You can only share with 150 friends on Path. According to Path’s CEO Dave Morin (an early Facebook employee)– “Path is about being deeply intimate and meaningful”.   It’s about sharing photos and updates with your close friends and family.

Interestingly enough, Path also touts users like Britney Spears and Richard Branson.

In fairness, Path has had issues with privacy concerns earlier this year– but those concerns have been addressed.

2. Klout has millions of users, thousands being added daily.  Klout measures how well you are communicating in the world of social media.  Does anyone actually care what you are putting out there on Facebook and Twitter?

Klout takes your feeds from Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and various comparable sites and gives you a Klout score.  The score goes from 1 to 100.  The average score is 20.  People like President Obama have a score of 94, Justin Bieber has 100.  Brooke you have a pretty high score of 66 – you might want to perk up because when you have such a high number you get perks.  Some perks include:

•    Free Windows Phone
•    Free Access to Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge in SF Airport
•    Test drive vehicles
•    Free trips to discover cities
•    Early Access to True Blood Season 4

I think if they get more brands on board and get more people excited about perks – and also show them more of what was the most shareable, it could have huge potential.

3.) Pinterest
This is kind of an obvious one to continue to keep an eye on.  While it launched in March of 2010, it has already become the #3 social networking site in terms of total visits.

1. Facebook: 7 billion
2. Twitter: 182 million
3. Pinterest: 104 million
4. LinkedIn: 86 million
5. Tagged: 72 million
6. Google+: 61 million
*Source: Experian Hitwise

Pinterest targets mostly females.  Average users are spending 1 hour and 17 minutes on it per month.  (More than Twitter, Linked in and Google + combined)

If you are completely unfamiliar with Pinterest - it is all about digital pinboards.  You can create your own image boards or search for things that interest you.  Examples – look for cool hairstyles, different funny quotes, design inspiration for home decorating, event planning ideas – yesterday I got time- burlgarized looking at over 1000 different cupcake ideas.  I’m not domestic – so you can see it is addictive.

As you can imagine, brands love Pinterest for leveraging an insane amount of traffic for e-commerce.

1 comment:

  1. How about Microsoft's new social site,



Copyright © 2012 Katie Linendoll