This is the final guide that will be published as a part of the Progressives Guide To Social Media series. Up to this point, we have covered initial tactics, in depth specifics on the six main social media sites, and overviews of many more sites. By this stage in your training, you should have registered your account all over the social media spectrum, have clicked thousands of buttons, made some new friends, and have an idea where you want to focus your efforts more intensively. Now it’s time to put it all together.
There are dozens of smaller social media sites that can also be used by the progressive internet activist. They are more intimate communities with fewer users, which can be a nice change of pace and give your experience a more personal feel to it.
Google+ (G+) is the most recent addition to the social media world. G+ feels like a mix between Facebook and Twitter, but with a far better flow. Unlike previous projects such as Wave and Buzz, Google+ appears to have some lasting power, having grown to over 90 million users (sometimes called Plussers) in less than a year. There has been a genius level of rolling upgrades with new functionality appearing every few weeks. The community is still genuine and fun, and is relatively free from spammers and marketers.
Facebook is the largest social networking website in the history of mankind. There are over 800 million users and that number is expected to breach 1 billion this summer. With a community this large, it is extremely important for progressive internet activists to focus in on the key groups and not get distracted by all the noise to have a sharp impact.