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By: Kacy Ewing
Check out these less-heard of social media sites and get the cred of finding them before they were cool.
- NewHive– New Hive is a multimedia creation/sharing site for creatives. It takes the blank page (something artists usually fear) and empowers you with tools to show that blank page who’s boss. Users can add photos, embed audio and video, draw shapes, and add text to create wild digital collages.
- If your blood is just too rich for the commoner’s social media site, you might be a good candidate for The Sphere a “private online luxury social networking site with private concierge services”. This invite only social networking site provides partnerships with luxury experience providers (hotels, spas, etc.) and allows users to connect “with people who share your sensitivities”. We’ll definitely miss you and your fancy pants on Facebook.
- Weheartit– We heart it is like a combination of Instagram and Pinterest. It allows you to find images based on themes to inspire you. Rather than being project based (like Pinterest often is), weheartit is like a more creative/inspiration based Instagram. You can browse image categories like Vintage, Patterns, or Food. There are also more subjective categories like Happiness, Alternative, or Divergent to help jump start your creativity.
- Couple– this is almost the opposite of a social network, but identifies a need in the digital age for connection and sharing with an aspect of privacy. It is an app meant for two, where you can share pictures and video, send each other live drawings (through the app), schedule dates, etc. It may seem a little cheesy or obsessive, but if it’ll keep your barf-worthy smooch photos off my FB feed I’m all about it.
- Library Thing– With “over 2,000,000 users and 90 million books in the system” Library Thing isn’t exactly underground, but it definitely flies under a lot of people’s radar. You can create your own library with different book categories (books you’ve read, want to read, etc.) and the site will connect you with other users who share common book interests. You can comment on the books, post facts about books and information about authors, join forums on your favorite topics, and even join an early reviewer’s program. A bookworm’s dream!
- Girls Ask Guys– I was a little skeptical about this site at first but I think it has some interesting possibilities. It is exactly what it sounds like: women asking men questions about a variety of topics that can be browsed or searched. Users can post questions using their name or anonymously. I’m not typically a big fan of women checking in with men about their every move, but it has the potential to spark some really fruitful conversations. Worth checking out for those too timid to ask men what they think in real life. I would just urge the ladies to remember that how you think and feel is usually true and almost always valid; you should trust yourself over random dudes online.
- DeviantArt is “the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community” Whatever style of art you make, deviant art is an excellent home base. They provide a supportive, vibrant community that will help you meet your goals and inspire you to create new ones.
- Museum of Selfies
This isn’t a social media site per se, but it is definitely a funny and poignant jab at both the art world and selfie culture.