Reverse Social Networking

Blogs and Social Networks Move Over MySpace and Facbook

Move over MySpace and Facebook, people are starting to lose the “taste” for the really big Social Networks and want to “Have it Their Way”, you know, hold the pickle, a bit more ketchup, but in this case… Lets turn a “Huge Group” from MySpace or Facebook into a Social Network! Instead of visiting a Mass Social Network to find your group, you will either create your own Group Social Network or join an existing one centered around your interest!

Sort of “Reverse Social Networking” but if you give it some thought, it is really the way it was going in the beginning. Take a look at how Forum sites got started, by topic, by a group of like minded individuals, seekers of conversation 🙂

The Forum would usually cover a broad topic and each conversation or “thread” would then funnel the topic down to a more specific conversation title. Well, thats whats happening and with a Bang at the Blog Social Networks like Ning and Wetpaint!

People are gathering all of their chosen “colored blocks” from the Internet bin and putting them all in a handy sorting tank set up as a Blog Social Network. What am I saying about these bin blocks? Each category or “color” block, sorted out into music, sports, business, photography, art, beach lovers, snowmen, or any topic really is either kept as a large category or narrowed down even further into sub categories. All blue blocks for instance, or all sky blue blocks. Sub categories could include things like a specific band or music style, a type of health and wellness business, a site for marketing or a site for marketing home based businesses, computer software or software specific to learning.

Blog Social Networks or group topic Social Networks are growing by leaps and bounds and are quite on fire these days, where about a year or so ago they were usually smaller sites interactive with existing reality groups, meaning teachers and their students, sports teams, hobbyists in the here and now who get together regularly to meet but needed a site to communicate through when they were apart.

The Wikis at Wetpaint and the Group Social Ning Networks are varied and cover many topics. Over one million Wetpaint Wikis today and growing and many Ning sites as well. Most sites like this have a discussion or forum area, messaging between members, friending capabilities, a personal profile area, community home page, a page to keep you up to date with the sites “Whats New”, pretty much the same sorts of set ups as the MySpace and Facebook mega sites.

The drawbacks are minimal at this point, but some of these drawbacks to the “Minor” Social Networks can be devastating. What if the owner of the site suddenly decides to shut it down? Yes, delete it off the Internet. Well, it happens but this leaves you with the choice to then create your own. This particular drawback does not and will not readily happen with the MySpaces and Facebooks of the net.

The “Have It Your Way” Blog Social Networks are cool to join because you are focused upon attendance. For instance, at a “Major” Social Network like MySpace, you are generally on different discussion topics with many different types of friends. Some may be business type friends, some are in the gardening group you belong to, some talk to you about photography, others you met through Twitter or through blogging. So, you are faced with many topics and many people all at the same time instead of talking about only one or two subjects and focusing on the issues. After about an hour or so (maybe less), you may feel a bit scattered with the larger Social Networks.

With the smaller “Have It Your Way” Blog Social Networks, there is a given discussion line. You visit these sites to see whats happening on that particular topic, not scattered through a realm of topical discussion at a “Major” Social Network. Are you planning to visit New York, New York City, or Central Park? Are you going to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida or the Magic Kingdom? A much more narrow spectrum where you can usually find the information you seek quite readily with the Blog Social Networks.

I have found a few very good ones that I will list below:

Blog Nut Community

CU At The Beach!

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me 😉

September 7, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, reverse social networking, Stephanie Haile, Wavecritter. Leave a comment.

Wetpaint The Wiki Site



“Wiki” was originally an abreviation of “Wiki Wiki Web” software developed by American Computer Programmer Ward G. Cunningham born in 1949. Hawaiin “Wiki Wiki” = Quick + Web. Ward G. Cunningham created the “Wiki Wiki Web” software program in 1995. The reason for the “quick” part is a Wiki is a collaborative effort website, where all the members can add content. Some content additons at certain Wikis are designated to writers, moderators, and administrators, but all Wikis allow thread posts and you can design your personal profiles anyway you like 🙂

A Wiki “thread” is like a little forum converstaion or topic, really a discussion starter or forum between members of the Wiki.

Some Wikis require you to request a Writer status to add or edit page content, others just need you to sign up as a member of the wiki, and others let even anonomous writers to add threads and content. i call them the “Free Range” Wikis 🙂

I have made a few How To Videos on the Wetpaint Wiki and Interlinking that will help get you going at Visit Wavecritters Channel at YouTube.

A few of the Wetpaint Wikis I have created are:

These are works in progress 😉

The Wetpaint Wiki sites are easy to join and easy to create your own free sites.

There are other Wiki sites as well, I just prefer

Theres PBWiki for business educators and cooperative teams, of course Wards Wiki, the first ever. They have a book out “The Wiki Way” and at you can join in on the discussion, and Wikipedia.

WikiSpaces is a site for simple web pages that groups, friends, and families can edit together, private wikis here have a small monthy fee.

Ning is also a Blog Social Network that allows each member to “fluff” their personal profile pages, add content, and be an active Wiki member.

If you would like to find more Wiki options, you can compare Wikis and get a HUGE list at WikiMatrix

Enjoy Your Wikis and Join Some New Ones 😉

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me

August 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, Stephanie Haile, Wavecritter, wetpaint wiki. Leave a comment.

Blogs and Social Networks Utterz

Wavecritter Utterz

Wavecritter Utterz

Utterz is still one of the coolest new sites I have seen in a while, Utterz sites connect easily with Pownce and is a creation site and friending site.

An “Utterz” is like a mini blog square or widget that you build by adding photos, text, videos, and ta-da! Your Utterz or Audio 🙂 You choose which elements to add to which Utter creation, choose only the Audio, or Audio and video, even just a photo if you like 🙂 Utterz is a fun and engaging site that may quickly become one of your top 10 Blogging Social networks or Blogs and Social Networks out there.

I have personally used Utterz to tell all of my blog friends not only about how cool Utterz is, but I made some mini-hub Utterz to explain our Online Radio Shows and , play some funny and infomative shows and commercials, and discuss Blogs and Social networks.

Check out Utterz if you have not yet and see what your added Utterz can do for your posts 🙂

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me 😉

August 25, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . Blogs and Social Networks, Stephanie Haile, utterz, Wavecritter. 1 comment.

Video Games and Gaming

From Atari To XBox360 And Back Again is the best place for your personal blog or business site.

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