A September 2008 study from Universal McCann
described a “new influencer landscape,” characterized by
three trends: the rise in social media, the importance of
digital friends, and the proliferation of influencer channels.
According to the study, the impact of this phenomenon
is threefold: an influence economy, the democratization
of influence and the rise of the “super influencer.”
While that might be a little philosophical for your average
Web worker, it is clear that few have anticipated the
meteoric rise of consumer generated content and social
media. However, due to some growing pains (no practical
business models) and mistakes caused by youthful
over-exuberance, social media content is still considered
by many to be in its infancy.
The use of social media does raise many questions for
the population of Web workers and the Internet businesses
that support them. Which sites are most important?
What sort of time commitment should be made?
How do we monitor our successes and failures? These
questions and others are asked each and every day as
those within the social media landscape learn from their
This edition of
Website Magazine features
50 of the top social
media resources available
on the Internet.
While you may find
some of your favorite
absent from the list,
keep in mind that this is
one sample from the
overall behavior of one
subset of the entire Web
population. The list
does, however, provide
a valuable look as to
where the mass of social
Web users spend their
time, sharing content
and visiting sites in droves.
Research for this report comes courtesy of
Ranking.com, the Web’s largest provider of website
popularity metrics and detailed website information on
more than one million online destinations. To suggest a
Top50 category for consideration in upcoming issues
of Website Magazine, please visit us online or email
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