I was semi-amazed recently at the ease with which I took in all those social media/networking/sharing services when I came across a really helpful, organized list in a Widget (of all things) in the Big City Theme by MNKYstudio.
He had organized some of the best websites and applications used for social networkingby category in his Widget. I really appreciated his work. I didn’t realize it would only get me started.
I’ve added only a few services (LinkedIn, Scribd, Google+, etc.) in hopes of not overwhelming even myself. This is by no means a complete list of what’s out there. If you want to see the whole thing, there’s quite a conversation going on.
I wrote about Facebook Timeline back in December. It was an update for personal Profiles on Facebook, and I compared the “Subscribe” feature of a Profile to the public presence of a Page. You can do a quick read about it here.
That idea can still be applied for those interested, but the time has come for Pages.
Why mention Timeline when companies, organizations, and businesses generally use Facebook Pages?
The answer comes with the word, “Subscribe”.
Beyond those personal friend requests you might make on Facebook, Timeline can be a way for individuals to share publicly with Facebook’s new(er) subscribe feature. This can make the Timeline layout and features a viable option if you are someone people would like to “Subscribe” to (think “Follow”, like in Twitter) but with whom you may not necessarily be friends.
And as an aside for the unsure and apprehensive, are you afraid to be on Facebook for fear of managing friend requests? Timeline and Subscribe can help. You can simply share with others with no expectation (or ability) to be “friends”.