Aside from a few exceptions, social networking sites tend to come and go. We might have used Xanga, MySpace or LiveJournal back in the day. While many of these older social media sites are still accessible, their popularity has died out over the years.
For many people, it’s difficult to handle more than just a few social networking sites. We tend to forget to log into the smaller communities online. That’s why a lot of people can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They’re the most popular and they offer more interaction than some of the smaller sites.
Though the top three social networking sites have holding power, it’s occasionally worth trying new apps or sites to connect with others. New social networking sites appear each year.
Here we break down five lesser-known apps that may just become some of your social media mainstays.
1. Cymbal. If we’re the kind of people who always have one song or another stuck in our head, Cymbal may be the app for us. Cymbal allows users to post one song at a time as their status. Once a user posts enough Cymbals, they’ll get recommendations of other similar users to follow. Cymbal brings people together one song at a time. It’s also powered by Spotify and SoundCloud, so there’s a good chance that the songs we want are available to post.
2. Yerdle. Yerdle is a fast-growing app all about a sharing economy. The premise of the app is simple. Give away our unwanted items for credits. Use those credits towards getting other people’s items on the app. Yerdle is a great way to make sure that our old clothes, books, movies, etc go to a loving home. Yerdle also has an excellent pro community, where longtime users can talk about items they found or ideas they have.
3. Influenster. Like getting free things? Influenster might be the next social media site for you. In exchange for product reviews, Influenster gives out boxes of free items. Items can include things like nail polish, sun tan lotion, candy and more. To qualify, sign up and answer a few questionnaires. Influenster will get to know us and our interests. From there, they select certain people to receive their themed boxes. All we have to do is give honest reviews of the products, which in turns help the participating companies better understand their market.
4. Yammer. Intended for the work setting, Yammer helps employees connect online. Employees of a company can post anniversaries, chat online and welcome new members using Yammer. For twenty-something professionals, it helps have a social media site devoted to the office. We can satisfy our urge for connection through Yammer.
5. Letterboxd. Love films and writing reviews? Letterboxd is a social networking community that connects people based on what common films they’ve seen. The site helps users mark off what movies they’ve seen and what they want to see. We can also write reviews of what we enjoyed, pick our favorite films and interact with other users.
What are some less popular social media sites you use? We want to read about your recommendations in the comments!