Chief Troublemaker Suggests: Don't Like Facebook? Try Another Social Network

by Jill Foster on May 15, 2009

Founder/CEO and self-proclaimed Chief Troublemaker of Matrix Group International Joanna Pineda is a Women Grow Business enthusiast. She is known for her visionary big-picture thinking and drive for excellence. Combining her broad liberal arts background and passion for technology, she started Matrix Group in 1999, today a leading interactive agency. As a trusted advisor, Joanna inspires and motivates her clients and employees alike to simply, “be better” with her mantra being: Do or Do Not. There is no try!

If Google and Twitter seem to be getting all the press, but they’re not your cup of tea, don’t despair! There is a social network out there for nearly every interest group and demographic. Here are some I’ve tried out recently:

  • FoodBuzz is a social network for people who like food. You can create a profile and share your recipes, restaurant reviews and photos. In addition, FoodBuzz aggregates content from food blogs and allows food brands to create a presence and interact with users. Here’s a link to my jmpineda profile, although I’m new so it’s still sparse.
  • TeeBeeDee is a social network for “grown-ups” aka mostly the 40+ crowd. You can invite your friends, join and create groups, and participate in discussions. As expected, the top topics are: Work, Sex Over 40, Relationships, and Health.
  • Bebo is AOL’s social network. It allows you to aggregate streams from other social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc. I really like how you can create an interactive timeline of your life through LifeStory.
  • If you want to create your own social network, there’s Ning. Ning lets you create your own social space, invite people, and customize what people can do through the hundreds of applications. Associations might use Ning to create a closed network just for members where you control the brand experience and ways that members can interact.

How about you? What social networks are you on? Which best suits you and your interests? Which one is your favorite?

(cross-posted with permission from The Matrix Files)

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