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If you haven’t noticed yet, change on the web is well underway. No longer are people relying on a handful of websites to find news and information. With the rise of blogging in early 2003, anyone can now create a blog that not only attracts visitors but also can develop into the next big thing.

New blogs per dayAccording to Technorati, there are over 120,000 blogs being created everyday!

With that many new blogs being created daily, a very pressing problem arises. How are we going to keep track of all of those blogs? If you’re anything like me, you have a limited amount of time to keep up with news. So wouldn’t it be nice if everything you want to know was in one place? That’s where social media comes into play.

By using websites such as Digg, Stumbleupon, Reddit, MIXX, and Propeller, we are able to aggregate the thousands of blogs and websites into usable, searchable, and organized pieces of content. Everything is neatly organized into appropriate categories and tags (short words or phrases used used to describe the website).

Social media sites makes things easierHow do you get started?

There is a social site for just about everything you can think of. If you like technology, Digg is where I would recommend. If you odd websites, online games, and humor interest you, Stumbleupon should be your starting point. If you are into politics, and world news, Newsvine is the obvious choice.

Don’t let my brief descriptions stop you from trying out them all. Social media is here to stay, and the sooner you begin taking advantage of it, the sooner you will be able to get a handle on this wild, new Internet.

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