In a moment (ok, couple of hours) of idleness I just assembled a social media feed. You can see it to the right of this blog, busily churning out social-media-related items. I also channel this into my ‘officially’ and ‘unofficially’ feeds, which give overviews of blogging and news respectively from the tech, copywriting, journalist, PR and now social media worlds.
I should add that I didn’t compile the social media list myself. Oh no. I came across a fantastic page which lists and describes the top 100 social media sites. There’s no explanation of why they’re ‘top’, that is, no metrics, but for once I don’t care. It’s a tremendous effort, but sadly the page itself currently seems to be down (it’s at http://www.virtualhosting.com/blog/2007/top-100-social-media-and-social-networking-blogs/ and it’s currently returning a server error). So I used the cached version instead. I don’t know how long that will stick around so I’ve even saved it locally and I swear, if it does disappear, I’ll host it here.
Meantime, after assembling the feeds, I realised I had a nice clean OPML file that I could share. This is mainly because Google Reader slowed down so much that I used an old account instead, cleared out the subscriptions, and built it all up from scratch. The file has most of the blogs on that page, although some don’t appear to have feeds. It also conveniently pigeonholes them all into their categories as per that page too. I’m not sure I agree with all the categorisation, but it’s a starting point.
So, feel free to:
- Subscribe to the Social Media feed – just click here, or on the feed to the right, or take a look at my subscribe page for more details
- Download the OPML file for the social media blogs. To do this, right-click here and save the file, then import it into your news aggregator. I’m seriously considering doing this for the blogs on the PowerPR list too now so watch this space…