Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University

Social Media

Social Media – Using It:
While some of the information under Social Media is for business/customer development, it is still very applicable to personal presence and blogging:


Social Networking






Social Media Links

  • WordPress: Created in 2003, WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool created by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little. Plug Ins, such as widgets, are available, and WordPress includes a great number of free themes.
  • TypePad: Created in 2003, Typepad is a blog hosting site by SAY Media. It supports multiple authors, allows uploading of video and music, and begins at $4.95 per month.
  • Picasa: Created by Google, Picasa is a free program to organize photos.
  • Goodreads: Created in 2006, Goodreads is a free site to share your book likes/dislikes, reviews, and current readings.
  • 500px: Created in 2004 – and to quote Alex Karasyov – “. . . 500px has become a home for inspiring, admiring, and endorsing incredibly talented photographers.  . . .  The sole purpose of this community is to promote great art and unite photographers in one place where they can share their work and grow artistically and professionally.”
  • Flickr: A photo management online site, Flicr, according to Alex Karasyov, “started as a community of gamers, and then evolved into photo sharing platform.” The free limit is 2 videos and 300MG worth of photos monthly. Pricing is available for Pro Accounts that enable larger storage.
  • This is a free (as far as I  know) host service for a personal webpage, what is also called a ‘splash page.’ Created in 2009 by Tony Conrad, Ryan Freitas and Tim Young, it is described by them as “A custom profile and personal analytics dashboard. This one-page public profile is used to post links of an individual to other sites. It is like an online business card – with a bit more information available.