My social media sign-ups

As I’m working on my dissertation, I thought it would be productive to brainstorm all the social media services I’ve signed up for, going back over the last 14 years probably. I think the first one I ever signed up for was ICQ (for instant messaging) back in high school, though I imagine there were ones around that time that I’ve completely forgotten. Here’s my brainstormed list, with over 50 services. The categories are, of course, somewhat arbitrary and overlapping.

Instant Messaging: ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, Google Chat

Video Chatting: Skype

Social Networking Sites: Facebook, MySpace, Diaspora, Ning, DList

Location-Based Services: Gowalla, FourSquare, Google Latitude

Events: Meetup.com, Evite

Reading Sites: Goodreads, Amazon.com

Social Bookmarking Sites: Delicious, Diigo, Google Reader

Dating or Hookup Services: Match.com, Adult Friend Finder, Manhunt, Gay.com, Adam4Adam, Grindr (iPhone app), Recon, SKOUT, theXchange, Loopt Mix

Music Sites: Last.fm

Video Sites: YouTube

Photo Services: Flickr, Google Picassa, TwitPic, Instragram, Plixi, Photobucket

Blogging Platforms: Blogger, WordPress, LiveJournal, Xanga, Vox

Microblogging: Twitter, Google Buzz

Document Management and Sharing: SugarSync, Dropbox, Google Docs

Presentation sharing: SlideShare, Scribd

Virtual Worlds: Second Life

This list ignores the various applications and devices used to access these services. For instance, I’ve access Twitter via their website, their desktop application, their iPhone and iPad apps, Brizzly’s website and iPhone app, and other iPhone apps like TweetDeck, Twitterific, Tweetcaster, and Echofon.

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