Have you ever wanted to create your own social media network of sorts? Maybe you strive to have a way to communicate and, therefore, get a network with like-minded individuals on a given topic or business endeavor path. Starting a website for an online community can be a huge decision and a huge undertaking. But it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you have the right tools at your fingertips. And according to Forbes.com social media can be an amazing way to make sure your business stands out from the crowd.
Ning has a long track record of creating communities. And Practical eCommerce talks about ways to use Ning to boost word of mouth marketing for businesses, so Ning has a reputation for being a good source for networking as well as being the best social website builder out there. Ning has tools for creating custom communities around a single theme, regardless of what that theme may be. It can even incorporate Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
Tweetdeck has been around forever. It is one of the best tools out there to help you keep track of your Twitter interactions and make sure you are keeping up with what is going on. It uses a column layout. Even though Twitter can move very fast, Tweetdeck is a great tool to help slow things down so you can interact and connect in a real way.
Oxwall is a completely open source. It has a Facebook style newsfeed. This tool comes complete with a variety of visual themes for you to use. All the basics are there, from photos, forums, to links and videos, all the things you have come to expect from an online community. Users can get notifications and create roles and permissions for specific users within the community.
The custom community platform in CMNTY has a fully featured survey tool, as well as blogs, polls and a whole host of interactive widgets.
Buffer allows you to schedule your social media posts across a variety of platforms, though it does only incorporate the most widely used avenues out there. You can individually customize each post for each avenue so that you aren’t posting the exact same thing to each one. It also posts your content at the best possible time of the day for maximum visibility.
Whether your goal is to create an entirely independent social media network, or you just want to make it easier for your different departments and remote workers to socialize and communicate with each other, each of the tools above will help you get the job done. And even if you are just looking to manage the social media you are already using, there are tools on this list to help you get the job done. With these tools, you can make a decent start in the social media game. There are tons more out there for you to find, but these will get you started. Armed with these tools, you are ready to go forward and build a social network to meet whatever your needs may be.