The Conversation Prism – the best social media tools (and the ones they missed)

A lot of online lists and directories of the available social media channels exist, but perhaps the most comprehensive I’ve found is The Conversation Prism – helpfully updated for 2013!

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The only problem with this tool is selecting the best from each of the available options. So I’m going to have a go at helping out. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Starting from the top…

Social Networks

  • Facebook for brand building and engagement
  • Google+ for SEO and profile linking to WordPress

Blogs/Microblogs

  • WordPress
  • Tumblr for youth/art/fashion image driven topics

Crowd Wisdom

  • Reddit for memes and geek culture
  • Buzzfeed for news and pop culture

Q&A

  • Quora – the best question website anywhere!

Comments

  • Disqus – works great for me with WordPress

Social Commerce

Social Marketplace

  • Etsy – the community here beats the others

Social streams

  • Twitter – why use anything else?

Location

  • Foursquare – the obvious leader

Niche Working

  • GoodReads – I like the way this works, really neat

Enterprise

  • Yammer – so easy to use, it’s true viral software

Wiki

  • Wikipedia – you’ll usually get more out of contributing to Wikipedia than you will from setting up your own wiki

Discussion and forums

  • 4Chan – be warned…it’s the dustbin of the internet

Business (a very broad category!)

  • Linkedin – number 1 for professional networking and collaboration

Service Networking

  • I have only used CrowdSpring…so CrowdSpring!

Reviews and ratings (another very broad category!)

  • Glassdoor is awesome for checking out potential employers
  • Amazon has the best (and some of the funniest) reviews

Social curation

  • Pinterest – A phenomenon, and still growing
  • Fancy – like Pinterest, but a bit cooler

Video

  • Youtube for mass-market
  • Vimeo for quality/arty types
  • Blip for sweet non-branded players

Content/documents

  • Prezi for very annoying presentations 😉
  • Slideshare for SEO and promotion
  • Google docs (not listed) for usefulness!

Events

  • Eventbrite – because it’s the one a few people actually use

Music

  • Soundcloud – hugely popular and great functionality

Livecasting

  • UStream (because it costs $333 a month to embed Livestream on your site!)
  • Twitch (not listed) for livecasting gaming

Pictures

  • Flickr – for general albums and storage
  • Instagram – for sharing and mobile images

Social bookmarks

  • Delicious – the father of all bookmarking sites

Influence

  • Klout – more people use this than the others, so your rating is a little more relevant

Quantified self (huh?)

  • This one has lost me…

Did you make it all the way down here? Ok…well here’s the greatest tip of all. If you are wondering what is the most important social media site that’s missing from this list…it’s Ifttt.com

New City Surf website

We set up the OG City Surf website a few years back, and while it was good at the time it dated fairly quickly and we’d customised stuff that meant updating was tricky.

We used WordPress and the Wp E-Commerce plugin, which at the time (2009) was the best thing out. Having surveyed the market, we decided WooCommerce from Woothemes was the new kid on the block, so we made the call to migrate all the content into that.
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Wooslider – Template tags explained

Ok, let me get this out of the way first…I love Wooslider.

It’s an awesome, configurable and very flexible slider for WordPress. The only negative thing I have to say about it is this..

They don’t make it very clear how to use the template tags for anyone who wants to embed this thing in a template file.

So I’m going to try and clear it up for you. This page explains how to create template tags for Wooslider.
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Twitter bots can be done right – @AnOffside50p

When it comes to getting your message in people’s faces on Twitter, you have two options.

  1. Write awesome tweets and back them up with something of substance. This we will call the ‘quality’ model.
  2. An endless slog of targeting and sycophantic re-tweeting of influential accounts in order to get your message onto their radar. We will call this the ‘brown nose’ model.

Both have their flaws.

The first takes a lot of time and a lot of money. It can be worth it if you stand to gain anything from the process…but it’s a serious commitment.
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Ooh that was a fun multimedia-enabled interactive city-based treasure hunt!

We like to practice what we preach here at Supercreatives, and in our mission to bring accessible technology to the streets, we just ran the best Cardiff Go Skateboarding Day since the last Cardiff Go Skateboarding Day. Taking cardboard boxes, Red Bull, Youtube, QR codes, skateboards, sunshine and pirates we mashed the whole lot up into a tasty smoothie that went down a treat.
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QR codes: totally super or totally un-super?

QR codes are a creating a buzz in marketing circles at the moment. You can see why…in the eyes of clients, these things make their advertising sexy and youthful. They probably come from Japan and the kids over there are mad for them. Toyota used them. They’re interactive. They’re super digital and blocky like something out of the 80s…and the 80s are cool. They look cool on posters. THEY’RE COOL! They’re putting the web into print!! THIS COULD BE THE NEXT TWITTER!!! I GOTTA HAVE ME THOSE QR CODES NOW!!!!
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City Surf Cardiff

City Surf wanted an online store.

The budget? LOW.

The timescale? SHORT.

The expectations? HIGH.

Who do you come to…why your close friends and allies at Cardiff Super Creatives of course.

We piled in headlong and delivered everything they wanted and more:

We gave them a blog, a Facebook account, a Twitter account, an email newsletter system and a new logo treatment for online media. We also spent time ensuring their SEO was taken care of and placed them ahead of all their rivals on local Google searches. Yes we can do that stuff too.

The guys at City Surf are still great friends, and we loved working with them. Maybe you could be next?

City Surf website