For this weeks reading notes we were asked to read chapters 8 & 9 of “A Survival Guide to Social Media and Web 2.0 Optimization” which talk about media communities and the benefit they have to the “average” user, as well as how widgets can be used.
First, what exactly is a media community?
Media Communities are social sites where you can save, share, and comment on multimedia items. It’s another way internet users have found as a great way to connect with one another, by finding similar interests around images & videos. These communities are also used as a way to increase your exposure in the Social Web. you can do this by:
- adding your images
- adding video
Image Sharing Sites provide a way for people to get a high amount of exposure on your photos and other images. If used correctly it can be used as a way for potential clients & readers to find you through posted pictures!
- Flickr is the most popular site for sharing images
Widgets are snippets of code, usually displayed graphically, that can be used to syndicate content, for example RSS feeds, or to add interactive features that users can drop onto their own blogs or websites. Widgets are best to:
- show your site visitors where you are in the social web
- pull images, video, events, books and other information from media or other communities
- add interactivity to your site