In an earlier post on Web 2.0 and Blogging I said that more would be said on this subject and here it is. The first Social Networking sites were MySpace and FaceBook. They, like all Web 2.0 sites allow people to interact with each other, leaving messages for those who have asked to become friends, etc, but unlike the newer ones, no one has written other programs to be used with them.
One of the first ones that someone did that for was Squidoo. There are many who have done so, but the first was Bob Jenkins, who has given himself the Username of Bob The Teacher, because at the time he was a teacher, but has since retired from teaching children and is now teaching others the best way to use Squidoo. He has also written The Best Advertising Money Can’t Buy. This will be looked at in more depth in a later post.
Another Web 2.0 site that others have written programs for is Twitter. With MySpace, FaceBook etc you subscribe and are given a link for you to give others so that they can interact with you and that is it. But Squidoo encourages you to produce many, what they call lens, and give the individual links to others and Twitter allows you to have more than one account. The link given above was my initial one, but I now have another one about Health.
Initially all you could do on Social Networking sites, Forums, etc was interact with others and were not allowed to advertise your programs and if you did you were removed and banned from using the site. But others thought that this was unfair and unworkable and set up sites for Internet Marketers so that they could tell others what they to offer. All these sites remained free, but you were not able to make money from them. Again others thought this was unfair, particualarly when they saw how much money the owners were making using Content provided by their subscribers.
This lead first one, then another, to attempt to monetize their Social Networking sites, but not manage to do so, for one reason or another. One of the latest to try to do it was My Music Ticket, but again they were not able to bring it to fruition. All the above were the Brian Child of only one, or at the most two people, but My Music Ticket was not, many were and are involved with it production, some of whom were constructing their own program and have now launched it, that is as far as those who had previously subscribed to My Music Ticket. It will not be launched to the general public until next month, but those who have already joined have been given permission to tell others about it.
They have given it the name Get Zooks. There are 2 parts to it the Social Networking site, which all can join. The leader of the group I belong to has released a couple of recording which you might like to listen to. They are a videos on YouTube, and an Audio Recording. There are other videos on YouTube that you might like to look at.
You have been introduced to some of the Social Networking sites I belong to and been told a bit about the categories they fall under. In the next posts we will look individual ones, starting with Twitter.