The following is a list of social media platforms that I’ve used extensively and personally recommend as the best investment of your time:

Bookmarking:

delicious

– One of the original social bookmarking sites, delicious allows users to tag websites with specific keywords that make website searching a cinch.

News:

digg

-The biggest social news site without question, the sheer number of users makes this a definite recommendation.

reddit

-Similar to digg but less popular.

Social Networking:

facebook

– Online community of people sharing information about themselves and their organization. Great way for businesses to provide a place for their fans to connect.

linkedin

– Similar to facebook or myspace, but entirely professional. Efficient means of networking, discussing business ideas, and learning more about your prospects.

Photo Sharing:

flickr

– Online photo sharing and searching, whether you need a few photos for a project, you’d like to promote your own organization, or just browse.

Website Sharing/Browsing:

stumbleupon

– Surf websites by genre or with complete randomness with the click of your mouse.

Microblogging:

twitter

– Half miniblogging, half instant messaging, twitter lets you keep others informed about what you are doing or just share what’s on your mind.

Blogging:

wordpress

– In my opinion, the most superior blogging platform. There is a free version as well as the full blown version which is behind this website.

Consumer Reviews:

yelp

– Reviews and ratings along with other relevant information about .. everything.