There are a lot of great social networking tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:
BuddyPress– BuddyPress is Social Networking, the WordPress way. Easily create a fully featured social network inside your WordPress.org powered site.
Diigo– Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.
Edmodo– Edmodo helps connect all learners with the people and resources needed to reach their full potential.
ePals– ePals is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million classrooms in 200 countries and territories have joined the ePals Global Community.
Facebook– Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.
Google+– Social network that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life.
GroupTweet– Multiple users. One Twitter account.
Hootsuite– The leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.
Instagram– Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.
Klout– Measure your social influence.
The Learning Connection– Social network specifically for Indiana educators.
LinkedIn– Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.
LocaModa– Your Creative. Our Technology. Anywhere. LocaModa creates, produces and manages multi-channel marketing programs for brands and agencies.
My Big Campus– My Big Campus is a web-based social learning network developed for K-12 school districts.
Pinterest– A content sharing service that allows members to “pin” images, videos and other objects to their pinboard. Also includes standard social networking features.
Tweetdeck– TweetDeck is an app that brings more flexibility and insight to Twitter power users.
Twiducate– A social networking site for schools. Share links, resources, questions, ideas, reflections, etc. with your students. Best of all, it is free!
Twitdoc– The easy way to share your documents on Twitter.
Twitter– Instantly connect to what’s most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.
Twitterfall– Twitter with extra search capabilities.
Visible Tweets– Visible Tweets is a visualisation of Twitter messages designed for display in public spaces.
Getting Started with Social Media
Here are a few resources for educators who are interested in getting started with social media:
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