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Using a social network makes communicating with friends, customers and influencers much easier and fun. It allows you to create a powerful social hub for your organisation without having to be a technical wiz. Members will be able to create profiles, post messages, make connections and interact with new people based on their interests. You can even create open or closed group discussion forums where users with the same interests can engage in conversation.
If you've ever updated your Facebook status, posted 140-character messages on Twitter, shared photos via Flickr or made a business contact through LinkedIn, then you've used at least one social networking website. But what exactly is it used for?
It's an online platform that focuses on building connections between people who share the same interests, passions, backgrounds or are part of the same company. These sites allow users to share ideas, events, and activities within a particular group of connections.
With online community software you can build a social network and connect with friends, family, university colleagues, business contacts, customers or work colleagues. While it's a great tool for keeping in touch with friends and family, more and more businesses have started to tap into the power of online communities to reach their target audience.
It's not just engaging but it's also a great channel for meeting people with similar interests. In addition, when it's used correctly it can be a very effective tool for entrepreneurs and businesses that are looking to acquire new customers.
They are also very easy to use. You create a profile, add friends or connections depending on your interests and then join groups where you start engaging in conversation. Some social networks also allow you to create your own blog, making it easier to keep people informed on what you've been up to or what interesting articles you've been reading.
Most sites also provide a variety of widgets, allowing you to add slideshows, photo galleries, guest books, events calendars or videos to your group posts or to your blog.
With the Business and Unlimited hosting packages from 123-reg, you can download and use any of the following apps that allow you to build a social network easily:
Joomla is a popular content management system that you can easily turn into a full-fledged social networking site. Every member can create a custom profile where they can post updates, photos and videos, moods and location.
Drupal is a viable platform to create and run a community website and encourage your audience to join in the conversation. It includes many features such as support for OpenId, excellent security and customisation options.
MantisBT is a well-known solution originally designed for software development teams to track bugs. However, users have started using it for managing tasks, projects and teams in a variety of industries. You can use it to create your own community and encourage your team members and customers to discuss projects, ask questions and share feedback.
BuddyPress is an open-source app that allows you to endlessly customise your social networking website. Features include comprehensive personal profiles, friend connections, discussion boards, private messaging and more. Use it to create any kind of community you'd like, whether it's for school or for catching up with old friends.
Elgg is powerful open source community software capable of building all kinds of social environments, whether for universities or businesses and organisations. It offers blogging, microblogging, file sharing, networking, groups, and numerous other features.
Pligg's open-source CMS is simple to use and manage, and can easily help power social networks and other interactive communities. Users can submit articles that they find interesting, vote on them, and leave comments. Users with most votes eventually appear on the homepage of the Pligg powered website.
WebRing allows people to discover and share interesting topics (also known as WebRings) as well as meet people with the same interests.
StatusNet is a micro-blogging and online collaboration service dedicated to business professionals. It provides similar functionality to Twitter but with more features for enterprise use. Main features include groups, automatic URL shortening, attachments, embedding of content from other sites like YouTube and Flickr, and many more.
With the Business and Unlimited hosting packages from 123-reg, you can enjoy using any of these powerful social network tools at no cost to you. What's even better is that the software is pre-coded which means that you will able to install and start using them in a matter of seconds.
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