Social Networks Reviewed

As every artists should, I promote myself and my blog via social networks. While I’ve yet to try them all (or even utilize them properly), here are some that I have used.

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Behance: Resource for artists to display their work and network for creative jobs

Less customizable than it used to be, but still offers more control over images than anyone else. Catering exclusively to creatives, it lacks the reach of mainstream sites.

Facebook: World’s largest social networking site

Its fan/business pages aren’t really set up for artists (not enough control over image order/organization), but most of the art worlds heavy hitters are here – along with everyone else.

Flickr: Image and video hosting

If image quality is your thing, then this site is for you. Not much of a social network, but a great place to store your photos.

Google+: Interest-based social media

Short on serious arts journalism and heavy on bad art, this is one of the least intuitive networks around – try posting to your business page while away from your desktop to see what I mean. Slick interface though.

Instagram: Mobile photo/video sharing

The perfect complement to an artist’s website, and one of the most important mobile apps around. Use it to show off your creative side.

LinkedIN: Business-orientated social networking

More art professors and professionals than anywhere else, the group discussions on this site are often quite good – especially when it comes to art marketing.

Pinterest: Photo sharing

Not just for your art, this site is a great way to show your other interests. Unleash your inner curator.

Reddit: An entertainment, social networking, and news website

Despite its reputation, there are a lot of intelligent discussions about art taking place here. It blocks you from posting comments /links way too much. Way. Too. Much.

Stumbleupon: A web search engine that finds content based on user preferences

One of the biggest time sucks around, this site is a must for all bloggers.

Twitter: Microblogging service

An excellent source of information for any one of your interests, and another must for all bloggers. Some people ‘tweet’ far too often. Unfollow them.

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