Social Media

The Social Media provide an online community centered around friends, relatives, and/or interests.

Facebook

Facebook is the largest social media site, with over 2 billion active users. If you don’t do any of the others, you should belong to Facebook.

You can also create a page for your business or interest, and post sale information or other current events there. We can link from your website to your Facebook page, and then you can also link from your Facebook page to your website.

Tip: When you set up your Facebook Page (don’t create a Group, that’s for things like hobbies and interests), select a name that is easy for people to search. It must not currently be in use. A good way to do that is to use your website domain name. For example, our Facebook page is JWebs.bz and anyone can find it by typing in the URL: facebook.com/JWebs.bz or by searching for JWebs.bz.

For some great information about the sizes of photos you can upload to Facebook, see this page.

Twitter

Twitter has several hundred million active users, much fewer than Facebook, and it serves a different purpose. Anyone can follow your tweets, short messages (currently up to 140 characters), which can include photos or links to your website or others. If you think something would be interesting to your website visitors, you can tweet about it. See Twitter.com.

Linked

LinkedIn is a business and employment-oriented social networking service. It has about half a billion members. It can be useful if you are selling professional services, or if you can profit by networking with others in your business or profession.

Pinterest

Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo-sharing service where you can post or browse collections of photos or events or interests. You can also create a page for your business. To join, go to Pinterest.com.

Google Plus

Google+ is Google’s competitor for Facebook, but at just over a million active users it is much smaller. It allows conversations in circles or groups. If you want to join it, go to plus.google.com.

YouTube

YouTube is a video-sharing service, which can be used to upload your videos and then you can use them on your website or Facebook page. YouTube.com.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is not technically a social media site, but it does have many reviews or hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other attractions. Several of our websites are basically in the tourism business, so TripAdvisor.com is an important marketing tool.

Social Widgets

Links to social media are easy. But the various badges and other fancy applications, usually called widgets, can be hard. It is relatively easy to post them on your website, using the HTML, CSS, and/or JavaScript supplied by the social media site.

What is hard is getting them to format properly. If you have several social media widgets or badges, chances are they are all different sizes and compositions. Getting them to look good on the page is a challenge. Here are a couple of our websites that use social media widgets:

 

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