Knowing what are different social media forms and the top social media websites, you might be confused as to which social media platform is the best for you. You might have just created an account because your friend uses it or your family member has invited you!! But are you totally utilizing the social media platform you are?? Is there a better platform where you could find better people to connect with?? In this post we will look at some pros and cons of some of the most used social media platforms used nowadays and I hope it would help you know exactly where you fit. These comparisons are on a personal prospective than a business perspective. I have selected the social media websites which are top in their category.
1. Facebook: (Social Media Networking)
- The biggest user database so far.
- You can choose your friends and also share your status with people you like.
- Easy to organize an event and invite your friends
- Having the ability to reach multiple friends with one post.
- Pages (not walls) offer an ability to get your products, talents, or whatever to reach billions of people around the world.
- Groups are great for connecting with others that share similar interests.
- Community games allow you to play with friends if you like playing games with your friends and competing against them.
- Addictive as it has many social games and time-consuming (average number of minutes a user spends on it is 20 minutes per visit).
- Privacy is a major concern for most Facebook users, and it’s really important to understand the site’s privacy settings and set them accordingly.
- Students are being turned down by employers for jobs, internships and even interviews because of the information employers are finding out about students on their Facebook accounts.
2. Twitter: (Micro-blogging)
- It drills down specially selected news or events just for your interests
- Its unique format as a micro-blogging site means that you can have a mini conversation with your followers
- You can follow your favorite celebrity and the best part is all celebrity's original profile are marked with verified sign in blue.
- You have just 140 characters to express your views and opinions
- You can post only one photo, image or wallpaper at a time
- Less privacy, as all your tweets are visible by your followers instantly when you tweet them
3. Youtube: (Video - sharing)
- A video sharing monopoly with 1 billion users crossed recently
- YouTube has a wide variety of videos, infomercials, how to videos and much more
- It can have videos of length 15 mins or more.
- a Viral way to get attention of people around the world
- Users can disable comments for not allowing the users to make profound comments
Once you post it, it is visible to whole world, you cant have privacy setting of not sharing with someone.
- Your videos may be prone to getting lost in hundreds upon thousands of other videos due to more number of users.
4. Linkedin: (Professional networking)
- Ability to build a network of industry-related colleagues, contacts and peers.
- Users can link their Twitter accounts, blogs and other social networks to LinkedIn. If a user posts a status or article to one of those sites, their LinkedIn statuses can be updated as well, sharing that information with business contacts.
- The best network for employers to find find potential employees. (I got recruited through Linkedin :D )
- LinkedIn is really only necessary or fitting for business-to-business sales. There are better websites like Facebook for that.
- Linkedin groups can sometimes post spam.
5. Wordpress: (Blogging)
- Free themes and cost effective options for users to display their skills and put forward their thoughts
- The UI is very easy to understand when compared to other blogs.
- Because WordPress is constantly being updated by lots of people, WordPress is the most popular with the main search engines, particularly Google and Bing. (I receive maximum of my traffic from these two searches).
- Because it’s open source software, WordPress can be very attractive to potential hackers.
- The various plugins are not available with wordpress.com where there are more users.
6. Pinterest: (Image-sharing)
- The traffic to Pinterest is exploding and the number of users have tripled since November 2012.
- early adopters appear to have been women with mainstream interests like design, fashion and travel
- You get to control your experience based on who you follow. Few self-promoters get followed back on Pinterest for long, so the system is self-policing.
- You also have to be really careful to stay away from the inappropriate content that sometimes shows up.
Thus these are some of the pros and cons of various social media websites and I definitely there are more pros to joining these websites than cons to it. Incase you have any points to add, I will definitely add it to my post.