We recently published a list of some Howard County businesses, organizations and individuals on Pinterest. (Quite a few!) And there are many other tools — many of them free — that people are using to organize and share information in Howard County. Here are some more tools and the local people, businesses, schools and organizations using them. Know of more? Let us know by email or twitter (@hocoblogs).
Video – beyond YouTube
YouTube is great, but a whole new slew of video tools allow for easy, on-the-fly creation of video. They’re free and, mostly, easy to use.
- Flipagram – Mt Hebron High School
- Magisto – Marshmallow Man / The 53
- Vine – Someone fill in the blank for me. :-)
These sites require scanning, tracking and selecting relevant information. They require some manual input. They’re free and easy to use.
- Inner Arbor – Scoop.It
- Listen and Learn with Dr. Foose – Storify
- Hammond High School & Verona Apartments – Smore
These sites (mostly) use a hashtag from (mostly) Twitter to pull in content. They’re free and easy to use. Now you just need people using hashtags well to get a good feed.
- Howard County Times, Girls Soccer – RebelMouse
- HoCoFood – RebelMouse
- Glenelg Boosters – RebelMouse
- Lake Elkhorn – Instagram/Statigram
- AwesomeColumbia – Tagboard
- And the disaster when people apply hashtags with little understanding of how to use them – #HowardCounty on Instagram
- US 1 Tattoo
- Howard County Terps
- FuseFit Mama
- Columbia Association
- Bridgeway Maryland
- The Mall in Columbia
Hundreds of local people are using About.me to create personal profiles, branded websites and company and organization pages … with ease, and for free. Do you have an About.me page?
Other blogging platforms
- Ian Kennedy – Medium (A great for big-thought pieces and no commentary; publishing without all the blog management responsibilities)
Regular ol’ websites
Get to know your #HoCoHashtags
Hashtags add the spin, the extra qualifier, the bit that helps people (and search engines) know where to put info and how to find it. There’s skill, know-how and systems. Compliance and agreement involved. What better place than in a local community to use hashtags and use them well. Learn more about them here, here and here.
What about you? Your org? Your biz? Send more links of social sites (beyond Facebook & Twitter) used by Howard County businesses, individuals and organizations to us.