Larry BraunerMy top social media sites aren’t particularly the social sites that receive the greatest number of visitors. They’re social media sites I find the most pleasurable to use and that fit in some way into my search and social strategy.

My top 10 social media sites nicely complement all of my blogging and search engine optimization efforts. Your list of top social media sites will likely differ from mine, since it’s highly improbable that you and I will share identical search and social strategies.

For the record, here are the Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Websites, the Top 15 Most Popular Web 2.0 Websites, and the Top 15 Most Popular Social Bookmarking Websites according to eBizMBA, from which you can pick and choose.

My Top Social Media Sites

Social Media SitesThe following are my top 10 social media sites at present, and while Facebook is my favorite social media site by far, the rest of the social media sites are listed only very approximately in order of my personal preference.

  1. Facebook - I spend more time on Facebook than on all other social media sites combined. I use my Facebook profile for networking and my Facebook page, as well as those of my place of business and my clients, for marketing and for community building. I also participate in quite a few of the new Facebook groups.
  2. Ning - I use Ning for marketing and for community building. My favorite Ning social networking websites are the Small Business Network and My Linking Power Forum. I plan to launch more Ning sites in the future.
  3. LinkedIn - I use LinkedIn strictly for business networking and have more than 4,000 direct connections. You may add me to your network using the email address in my LinkedIn profile.
  4. Twitter - I manage a number of Twitter business accounts using my Tweet Adder software. My main account is @larrybrauner. I share lots of links on Twitter and monitor each account for mentions and replies.
  5. StumbleUpon - Of all the social media sites listed, StumbleUpon is the one that generates the most web traffic. I’ve already shared more than 700 web pages through my StumbleUpon account. Share as many good web pages as you can and categorize them well.
  6. Business Exchange - I use my account at Business Exchange to share business content and to rub elbows with the information elite. Occasionally, I receive large bursts of traffic from this bookmarking site.
  7. Amplify - I share content as often as I can on Amplify, partly for the Amplify community and partly for the dofollow links this micro-blogging site provides.
  8. Posterous - Ditto for my micro-blog on Posterous.
  9. Delicious - Content on Delicious is often picked up and linked-to by other sites. Use tags correctly, with hyphens or underscores between the words in your keyword phrases for best results. I believe that it also helps content to get indexed quickly by the search engines.
  10. Digg - I use Digg for pretty much the same benefits as Delicious.

Now it’s your turn. Which social media sites do you like and why? :-)

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26 Responses to “My Top 10 Social Media Sites”

  1. Gera on May 15th, 2011 11:43 pm

    Hi Larry,

    My order is different, but basically I use most of them.
    Twitter, StumbleUpon, Facebook, Amplify, Posterous.
    From time to time, BlogEngage, Blokube, SERPD and WordPressJunkies (new but worth visiting)

    I used Delicious a lot, but since they didn’t launch a new toolbar for Firefox 4 is difficult to use it lately.

    I’m considering starting to use BizSugar. Have you tested it?

    Btw: Many thanks for the mention of my StumbleUpon article!



  2. Diana Broomfield on May 16th, 2011 5:21 am

    Hi Larry. I use most of the sites you mention in this post. I have not used Business Exchange, Amplify or Posterous, but thanks to you I will. Thanks for providing great useful information as always.

  3. Leora Wenger on May 16th, 2011 7:58 am

    Interesting that you did not mention Quora. Quora is one of my new favorites, in that I can get information fast. Perhaps it is because I often seek technical information from experienced people.

    Thanks for your list - you are good at stretching our thinking (at least mine!).

  4. Zach (Fledgling Blogger) on May 16th, 2011 8:01 am

    It has been awhile I have not visited this blog.

    As always, you have informative and amazing posts!

    I am using some of the ones you’ve mentioned. I will be using those I haven’t used yet. Thanks for the share, Larry! :)

  5. Dave Lucas on May 16th, 2011 8:19 am

    Larry, I’ve tried some of the above and found they didn’t work for me. AMPLIFY sounds like something that might! I never got into NING - am I “too late” for that one?

  6. Larry Brauner on May 16th, 2011 12:23 pm

    @Leora I played with Quora for about a week and couldn’t get excited about it.

    @June I’m still with Entrecard. Miss you there.

    @Dave It took me a long time to build a presence on these sites. I was willing to invest the time, because I liked the sites, and because I saw their potential value to me.

  7. Karla Campos on May 16th, 2011 1:25 pm

    Hi Larry, I will have to join you in saying that Facebook is my favorite social media site, followed closely by Twitter. I use Digg and StumbleUpon but not on a daily basis like I do my 2 favorites.

  8. Steve-Personal Success Factors on May 16th, 2011 4:39 pm

    Larry, do you post all your blog post articles directly to Amplify and Posterous in addition to all the other platforms you mentioned? I have done so, but not consistently on all of them. Just wondering.

  9. Larry Brauner on May 16th, 2011 4:46 pm

    @Steve I use the clip option with Amplify selecting a paragraph or two. Likewise with Posterous, except that I often clip most of the page.

  10. Lia Espina Lopez on May 16th, 2011 10:36 pm

    I use Facebook and Twitter as well.

    And Tumblr :) I agree with StumbleUpon being the one that brings most traffic.

  11. Mari-Lyn Harris on May 17th, 2011 1:49 am

    I will add, Tweetfeed,, They may not necessarily be social sites; they just help me spread the word.

    I however use what you use, in a different order.

  12. Samantha Bangayan on May 18th, 2011 12:41 am

    It’s so interesting to read about your social media strategy, Larry! I use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as my top three, but I’m a newbie. =P In one of my masterminds group, everyone is using StumbleUpon, Digg and ReddIt, so I’ve started trying to build a presence there too and take advantage of the communities.

  13. Social media news on May 18th, 2011 3:31 am

    Ning, Business Exchange, Amplify and Posterous - just now I learned about these social media sites.

    I already use Facebook, Twitter, Digg and some others.

    Nice information.

  14. Emmitt Hollin on May 18th, 2011 6:32 pm

    I only recently became familiar with Posterous but had not heard of Amplify. That is why I love your blog, I always learn something new.

  15. Narender on May 19th, 2011 5:55 am

    Hi Larry
    Quite interesting

  16. Stephen G. Barr, Publisher on May 20th, 2011 9:34 am

    Pretty much the same as you Larry, but I consider Ning to be a platform rather than a site. A few other noteworthy additions to my daily log-ins are:

  17. Colleen on May 21st, 2011 10:36 am

    Jeez where do you get the time to babysit all of those? I think I spend too much time online and I haven’t even heard of half of them. And what’s your stumble moniker? I’d love to see your stumbles, and maybe you might even stumble one of my comix some day.

  18. Larry Brauner on May 21st, 2011 9:07 pm

    Well, Coleen, I don’t actually babysit every site I use. But in any case, I make my living from social media and get to spend the whole day online.

    My stumble upon page is:

    You’re welcome to join my StumbleUpon Group on Facebook.

  19. social media company on May 24th, 2011 7:30 am

    I believe you’re doing the right thing when promoting your business in social media. They grow in number every day - more and more people are using them. Social media is very good for promotion I think - there you build personal relationships with your customers and make them trust you

  20. Banksy on June 4th, 2011 6:46 am

    Good list Larry, I use many of them especially, StumbleUpon which is great. You have just reminded me of Ning which I will take another look at!


  21. Cash Renegade on June 5th, 2011 4:30 am

    I’m using Twitter, Facebook, Digg, StumbleUpon, and I use web 2.0 properties to promote my site like Tumblr, LiveJournal, Squidoo, HubPages and other authority websites.

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  23. Larry Brauner on July 22nd, 2011 6:00 pm

    Google+ will probably be in the next list. Please add me to your circles there.

  24. John M on August 19th, 2011 4:44 pm

    I used just about all of these except for Ning, Amplify, and Posterous. These days you have to have a presence in Social Media, I can not imagine any one passing up the opportunity to bring attention to their causes and sites by using them.

  25. Grace Clickinglabs on September 25th, 2011 9:33 pm

    Hi Larry!

    I knew it. You’re a social media guy. We’re even friends in Facebook and FB groups :)


  26. suficat on March 21st, 2012 7:12 am

    It’s so interesting to read about your social media strategy, Larry! I use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as my top three, but I’m a newbie. =P In one of my masterminds group

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