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This page includes links to tools that will get you started with social media. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Mention of a tool does not constitute endorsement. Jump to tools for:
For more information on what these tools can do, check out Common Craft's social media videos. Topics include Twitter, blogs, wikis, online photo sharing, podcasting, RSS, social media, and social networking.
Social Networks and Microblogging
Create Your Own Social Network
If you don't like the social networks that are available, use these tools to start your own.
Social Media Dashboards
Social media dashboards help you manage multiple social media streams from one place. Most have a free version. Several charge for more features.
Brizzly is a reader that works with Twitter and Facebook. Web based, free.
Free Standard edition is limited to a few Twitter accounts and geared to a couple of team members.
Limited free version. Web-based.
Limited free plan.
Free service that allows users to manage unlimited Twitter accounts as well as Facebook, Google Buzz, LinkedIn and Foursquare accounts.
Free for 30 days, Spredfast has pricing tiers that start around $212 per month for nonprofits.
Owned by Twitter. Update Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google Buzz and Foursquare. Lives on your desktop or mobile device. Web version is in beta.
Social Bookmarking and Content Sharing
Use these tools to create resource lists. Publish the lists by using a common tag, grabbing the RSS feed for that tag, and syndicating it in other places. Some tools also let you share via Facebook and Twitter at the time you bookmark the item. See the Recent Social Media Tools and Resources box on the home page of this guide for an example.