Bored with Facebook and Twitter? You're in luck! Here are three social networking sites that will offer you something new and different than traditional social media.
App available for iOs and Android
What it is: A location-based check-in application. Use it to find new places, unlock deals at stores and restaurants, and meet up with your friends.
Why I joined: I met a friend for dinner at a local restaurant in my neighborhood. She checked into the restaurant on Foursquare and we got $10 off of our bill! That was enough reason for me to join.
Plus, if you check into a location enough times, you can become the "mayor" of said location. This isn't really a perk for me but some people love it.
Variety of reddit reader apps available for iOs and Android
What it is: A social news website where users can post links to content on the web. Then, users vote the content up or down, causing it's rank on the reddit homepage to rise or fall. There's also places to discuss specific topics (subreddits).
Why I joined: I got frustrated looking at reddit in the past -- it's not that pleasing to the eye -- but I gained an appreciation for it when President Barack Obama answered reddit users' questions on his "Ask Me Anything" thread in August. I thought "Now THIS is a cool way to use this platform!"
It's also a good place to check out when you want to know what's trending or controversial online. Also, the iPhone reddit app I use makes the website a lot easier to take in.
What it is: tumblr creators call their website a "micro-blogging" social media platform. That's exactly what it is -- a place to share tiny blogs and multimedia. Like Twitter, you can follow other users' blogs and re-blog their posts (it's just like retweeting without the character limit.) And much like Facebook, you can "like" blogs.
Why I joined: I like visual things and tumblr servers them up on a silver platter –- memes, gifs, videos, beautiful photos. Like reddit, tumblr also gives you a sense of what's trending (especially visually speaking).
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