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10 Private Social Networks for Discreet Interaction

10 Private Social Networks for Discreet Interaction
You're sick of all the mainstream social networks. The constant baby pictures, your oh-so-in-love couple friends, your creepy co-worker who Likes every single one of your photos. If you want to trim down your social networking, or if you would rather not friend your Aunt Josephine or your boss on Twitter and Facebook, consider switching to a more private network. These 10 private social networks ensure you always have a space to share photos, collaborate on a group project for work or school, or organize a carpool to this week's neighborhood softball game. 1. Everyme Image courtesy of Apple Like Google+, Everyme sorts your contacts into circles, allowing users to share content with one or more circles at a time. 2. 23Snaps For parents who can't resist the urge to post baby pictures, meet 23Snaps. 3. Like 23 Snaps, Notabli allows users to privately share photos and videos of their children with other family members, with the added benefits of audio, text messages and drawings. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Related:  Family appsSocial Networks

Former Flip Video Execs Launch Hubble, A Private Network For Families Hubble, a new mobile application for private social networking created by the team that developed Flip Video, is launching today to serve as the secure hub (get it? Hubble?) for family communication. The app currently supports text messaging, voice messages, photo and location sharing and alerts, and may extend into other real-time communication methods like voice and video in the future, too. In an age when so many families have adopted smart devices – even the kids – it’s somewhat remarkable that no single service has managed to become a centralized place where family members go to connect with each other, share news, and generally communicate. One could argue that Facebook is exactly this place, but it’s not really. So for the team behind Hubble, the lack of a default winner in the private, family networking space is seen as a huge gap in the market which it aims to fill. Hubble’s Family Hub

Social Media is Hard: The 2013 Landscape of Social Networks in One Infographic How Governments Are Using Social Media for Better & for Worse Social media has become a crucial part of how we interact with our friends, community and even run our cities. Governments are starting to take serious notice and incorporate social media into their own day-to-day actions. Governments may not be early adopters but the proliferation of social in national media has ramped up its importance for governments around the world. While this initial stance kept politicians on the defensive, enough time has passed that individual politicians and even entire governments are starting to use social media to connect with their communities in new, open ways. We've chosen a few examples to illustrate some of the many ways government is embracing social media. Have a read through some of these initiatives and let us know in the comments how your own government or political representative is putting social media to good use. America Gets Social Social media has a strange role in America as both kingmaker and career wrecker. Canada Crowdsources Conclusion

Everyme Has A New Project: Origami, A Private Sharing Service For Families Everyme, the Y Combinator-backed startup with an app focused on private social circles, is announcing a new product today called Origami, which customizes the private sharing concept for a specific group — families. Co-founder and CEO Oliver Cameron says he isn’t abandoning the Everyme product. In fact, the company just launched a version for Android tablets. But with six people, trying to work on both apps at once would be a strain, so the team will be focusing on Origami for the next few months before turning its attention back to Everyme. (Cameron’s also hoping to hire more people. “We love Everyme,” Cameron says. For a while? As for why he’s building Origami in the first place, Cameron says the response to Everyme suggested that there was real interest in private sharing among families, but he thinks the use case “deserves its own product.” We are building Origami.com to make it so easy and delightful to stay in touch consistently that you will actually do it.

6 Core Principles to Tap the Power of Social Community Participation Gartner reports that many business and IT leaders fail at utilizing social media effectively because they do not understand mass collaboration. Many businesses use a “provide and pray” approach, expecting online community participation to just happen. It’s just one of the reasons why communities fail. What happens instead is that users have an initial interest and then lose that interest as they discover that the platform is too difficult to use collaboratively. Applying the six core design principles creates a better social media environment for meaningful collaboration and social community participation, Gartner says. 1. User and community participation is the driving force behind successful mass collaboration. The design becomes driven by this goal instead of making a social outlet where people can easily participate in the conversation and add meaningful content. 2. A purpose must be meaningful, identifiable and clearly defined for the target audience. 3. 4. 5. 6.

What marketers need to know about Google+ With another social network being launched by Google, the leader in search and most things Internet, the world is abuzz (sorry) with what Google+ means. Well, if you're a marketer, you'd better get off your recliner and pay attention to what it means to you and your clients. In its first month, Google+ surpasses 10 million users and the +1 button has already been added to more sites than the "tweet this" button. Third attempt This is Google's third attempt at a social/collaboration platform. Its first attempt, Google Wave , did not make much of a... well... wave as a collaboration platform. In developing Google+, the search giant has taken advantage of what it learned from the Buzz and Wave failures and has combined it with the third mover advantage, following Facebook and Twitter's massive successes in the social space. Yes, Google+ is a monster. There are a few large influences that Google+ will have on the social web that marketers need to take note of:

Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles: Karoo App Review #doyoukaroo As a student nurse and mother, I have to leave Alea with a sitter roughly 20 hours a week. It's not ideal, as I would of course prefer to be with my babe every waking moment, but if I want to accomplish my goal if becoming a registered nurse, it's just something that I have to do! She absolutely loves it over at Jenna's house and loves playing with Evan who is just 6 months younger than her, but sometimes I still feel like I'm missing out on things. Not anymore though! In this day and age, time is everything and being able to update one another from this app while I'm in school or if I have something I forgot to tell her when I dropped Alea off, I can quick update her through this app! Not only can Jenna & I update each other, but we can also update my family who also download this app! Now come on, don't you want to Karoo too? I participated in this review as part of a social media promotion and was not compensated for this post. this month's featured ad:

Social Envy - Study Finds Facebook Causes Depression And Isolation BERLIN - Social networks like Facebook make many things easier. You can find out right away if Alex got the job or not, and you can not only read about Marie’s vacation, but you can also see all those pictures of her on the beach, too. There’s also a downside to this. Researchers have conducted tests that show that people who spend a lot of time scrolling on Facebook are more socially isolated and more frequently depressed than those who do not. The question, of course, poses itself: are lonely people more drawn to social networks – or does constant surfing result in loneliness over time? While it wasn’t able to answer the question conclusively, a joint research study conducted by Berlin’s Humboldt University and the Darmstadt’s Technical University did however reveal that spending time on social networks could lead to negative feelings. The German researchers, led by Dr. The never-ending “envy spiral”

Debunking Popular Myths of Social Media Social media is many things to many people. For some, it’s a core part of their overall business and marketing strategy. For others, it’s a key player in driving traffic to their blog. So, lots of uses and definitions, depending on who you speak to. Yet there is one area where all the definitions can come together and agree on, and that’s the area of social media myths. So, here are a few social media myths that we can probably all agree are out-of-date thinking at best, and dangerous advice at worst. Social Media is Free Bzzzzt (insert noisy buzzer sound here). Yes, the tools are free (unless you have the premium version of these platforms). But even if you’re a small business user or solo entrepreneur using social media to help raise awareness of your brand through interaction, you have to invest a serious amount of time for any traction to begin. Sure, you can bootstrap your way around social media – but free it ain’t. Social Media Levels the Playing Field Except they’re not. Conclusion

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