Can you believe that 2013 is almost here? Are you looking forward to it? I sure am. Each year is like a new start to me. I feel like I get a clean slate on January 1st, and I get a chance to try again at the things I failed at the previous year.
Luckily, a new year also means new social media tools – among other things on the Web. We’ll have new websites, apps, and tools popping up all throughout the year. I always wonder what the new year will hold for the Internet, blogging and social media. I guess soon we’ll find out.
Until then, here are 6 social media tools to look forward to in 2013.
Pinster will be like Google Analytics for Pinterest, with the addition of a pin scheduler. You’ll be able to learn exactly the right times to add pins to your account. Then you’ll be able to schedule pins or post them right away from Pinster. With the analytics part of it, you’ll be able to measure interactions and website referrals to better understand your Pinterest ROI.
Splash describes itself as a “local version of Twitter.” Instead of following other users and celebrities, you get to follow topics that interest you. You’ll also be able to see content from users nearby. It will be a great way to meet new people and connect locally.
Do you like content recommendations? Ping.it does just that. It will allow you to receive personal content recommendations from the people that you trust – right to your private Web Inbox. You’ll also be able to send content recommendations to your friends and existing email contacts.
There’s not much other details, but the website states that you will be able to “recommend pages without logging into any social networks or copy-pasting URLs.”
ParaBlu is a personal cloud tool that will allow you to sync the files that you choose across multiple devices and platforms. You’ll also get to choose who can see your data, or just keep it completey private – it’s up to you. ParaBlu will work with Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, and iOS. You’ll also be able to search through your files and within documents.
TAGtivate promises to “simplify content browsing and discovery on the world wide Web.” It will take hashtags to a whole new level, and use them as a means to share and curate content from the Web. You’ll be able to keep up with the content that’s important to you, from wherever you are. It definitely sounds cool and there’s a lot of information on their website, so be sure to stop by and read more about it.
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but the social network MySpace seems to be coming back – or at least trying to make a comeback. The “New MySpace” is currently in private beta, but you can sign up for an invite. I received an invitation a couple of weeks ago and I haven’t accepted it yet; I’m a little hesitant.
I have seen the video, which shows the new version of MySpace and I am kind of impressed. MySpace has finally caught up with the times it seems, and the new design is very modern. It’s also pretty neat that your profile scrolls horizontally, instead of vertically. Will you be trying the new MySpace?
What new social media tools are you looking forward to trying out in 2013? What was your favorite social media tool of 2012?
Charnita is a full-time freelance writer and blogger with 3+ years of experience, and also the owner of SocialWebTools.info. She's also an early adopter who loves trying out new social media tools along with Web and iOS (iPad) apps. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.