How many social media sites are there? Depending on what you count as a social media site, there are actually upwards of 1800 different social media sites drawing millions of niche and general users to them every day. There is a lot of debate over what is or is not a social media site, but by general terms they all effectively apply, just under different niches.
Obviously the top names we can pretty much take for granted: FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, but how well do you know the others?
Let’s take this test.
Section A: For each of the following names of social media sites that you have used at least once, you earn one point. Keep track and check your score at the end:
Digg, StumbleUpon, Flickr, Pintrest, Delicious, Tumblr, Plaxo, PhotoBucket, Naymz, Branchout, BeKnown.
Section B: For each of the following names of social media sites that you have actually used at least once, you earn 2 points!
Vimeo, UStream, Ecademy, Xing, Reddit, Technorati, Revver, Veoh, Metacafe, Viddler.
And finally, Section C: For each of the following social media that you have actually used at least once, you earn 3 points!
Tout, Blip, Plancast, Orkut, Hi5, SecondLife, 43 Things, Sokule, Rojo, Slashdot.
Scores: 0 – You may want to check out the thing called the Internet some day. I hear it’s the next “big thing.” 1-5 Ok, so you’ve dipped your little toe in the waters; now it’s time to jump in and see what you’re really missing. 6-10 This isn’t your first rodeo, Cowboy, but you have a lot of work to do to last ‘the full 8 seconds.’ 11-15 You know your way around and probably own an iPhone. 16-20 You do this for a living. 21-30 Companies should probably hire you to help them get up to speed; you speak the language, know some of the key players, and have enough experience to get them in the game. 31-45 You don’t just own an iPhone, you own the whole iFamily, have multiple Android devices and code apps in your spare time between posting crafts on Etsy, don’t you? 46-60 You are part of the top 0.1% of the world in your social media awareness and companies better start paying attention to what you have to say about their brands in those media.