One good place to view over 550 social network sites is at Knowem, where you can also check to see if your username is available. Type in your desired username and click the “Social Network” tab. Knowem organizes the social networks by category.
You can also visit findingDulcinea’s Social Networking: Cast Your Social Net on the Web, and click on “Choosing a Social Network.”
Be consistent and sign up with the same username that you used on all of your other social networking profiles.
Which Sites Should You Join?
Join the social networks most appropriate to your field of interest, profession, and goals. Take some time to consider your audience and then think about which sites would best help you showcase yourself to your intended audience. Those are the sites you want to focus on.
Don’t try to join every site out there that will quickly become unmanageable. On the other hand, don’t focus on just one site either because that site may disappear or become unpopular over time.
Instead, focus on a few sites that seem relatively popular, get a good deal of traffic and comments, and are updated regularly. Those are the sites you want to have come up on the search engines when people search for your name.
- Build Your Own Website
- Write a Blog
- Join/Manage Facebook
- Join LinkedIn
- Join Twitter
- Join Other Sites
- Comment Online
- Share Your Work
- Create Profile Pages
- Link Sites Together
- Helpful Tools
Protect Your Privacy
- Use a different password for each site.
- Don’t share your birthday, age, or place of birth.
- Don’t post your address, phone number, or email address in public view.
- Don’t share your contact or email list with any site that asks.
- Provide only the information that is necessary. You can always provide more information later if you want to, but you can’t take back what you’ve already posted.