Social media has been taking over our lives for what seems like an eternity. Did Genghis Khan have a Facebook account? Who knows. If he didn’t, there’s no knowing how he ever assembled the Golden Horde, organized events (read: battles) and trolled Chinese dignitaries otherwise.
Historical wonderings aside, social media is way more than just Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter. In fact, there are a ton of interesting takes on what social media means to a range of demographics. Here are a few social media startups addressing problems and disrupting scenes online right now. Check them out here:
Botpages provides the largest online free collection, letting users browse and discover new offerings, available across various messenger platforms. Users can even call an Uber or Lyft from Slack or Facebook Messenger, or order takeout from a text message. As increasingly large numbers of new bots are released, Botpages also allows developers to post and promote their bots, and receive engagement statistics, such as page views, clicks and bot installs, in order to measure their success.
Find it here: Botpages
Brand Bastion helps businesses by moderating and escalating social media interactions and notifications as appropriate. Defamatory comments, spam and malware and dissatisfied customers’ comments are all observed, 24/7, reducing the risk that social networks and their users can pose to your business. According to the startup, the most common social media risks that companies face are related to their reputation, PR, marketing, finance, security and law. Brand Bastion helps customers protect their image and business from the many dark forces online.
Find it here: BrandBastion
Plum – People Like You and Me
With Plum, users can openly discuss ideas and topics with other users who share the same interests in one or more of the 350 specific interest categories. Users can also join groups as well as privately (and anonymously) chat with people who have visited the same websites, thanks to an smart browser extension.
While Plum can be used in most modern web browsers, browser extensions are offered for users of both Google Chrome and Opera to significantly enhance user experience. Plum uses browsing data and behavioral algorithms to build an interest graph that links individuals and groups. In effect, the smart browser extension creates a community platform for every website on the internet.
Find it here: PLUM
Snupps makes the organization, shareability and discovery of personal collections easy and engaging on any iOS or Android device or via the web. Users can upload and manage images and details of their personal possessions on virtual shelves, which can be kept private or shared with others. As a social network, Snupps users can join communities, follow other users, comment on items, send individual messages, and more.
Find it here: Snupps