Women are big users of social networking websites because of their innate tendency to connect with people, share and build relationships. This consequently can lead to effective use of social media networking for professional as well as personal growth for women.
Here are the top 10 social networks (in no particular order) that women are benefiting from today.
The most popular social networking site in use today, and the number of women users is huge. Facebook groups and pages that are women centric and for women are aplenty and this is also a popular marketing tool for women entrepreneurs. Facebook also allows users to share photos, videos and even invite people for events online.
This the largest professional network on the web, with more than a 100 million members. This is a great way to connect with professionals in various industries, whether you are a job seeker, looking to get back in touch with old colleagues, or a head hunter looking for prospective candidates.
Twitter allows you to “tweet” 140 characters at a time, and is all about “Less is More”. One of the most popularly used social networking tools, people use Twitter to promote businesses, listen to what their favorite author or movie star has to say, or to share photos and videos.
Use Connected Women to connect with women entrepreneurs from over 70 countries. This is the open platform to be seen, heard, promoted and empowered. They have different levels of membership and offer a number of global calls and interviews with women entrepreneurs that you can listen to online.
SocialMoms was founded in 2008 by Megan Calhoun, a mom of two in northern California. It is a unique network of more than 30,000 moms who are influential and highly active across all social media channels, mobile social networks, and more. They help members grow their personal brands through networking, media, sponsorship opportunities, and connecting around a range of topics of interest.
Launched in 2006 is a great site with thousands of groups related to health, marriage, careers, cooking, etc. One can create journals to share information with other members, and also participate in polls and surveys.
A niche social media network for women entrepreneurs, which allows them to connect with other creative entrepreneurs internationally. There are how-to videos for viewing, and women entrepreneurs can be part of “cafés” to discuss different topics.
Started in 1995, this is a women’s social network which offers a platform for women to connect, interact an discuss a wide variety of topics like careers, relationships, health and pregnancy and fashion. Apart from this, women can also create profiles and blog, post questions and share pictures and videos.
The women’s special of AOL is especially popular in the UK, and in the USA. There are a wide variety of topics which women can discuss and there are also options to blog and chat.
While these are some of the commonly used social networking websites by women, several niche and special interest sites are also popular. Book lovers use GoodReads for book reviews, and see what their friends read and recommend. Photography enthusiasts swear by Flickr, and music lovers hang out at Reverbnation and MySpace.
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