Written By Franklin V on Monday, April 25, 2011 | 8:55 AM
100 Social Sites That Will Make You Smarter
Social media offers a chance to connect with old friends, keep in touch with family, promote your business, and just have a good time. While there are plenty of fun ways to use social media, it can also be a valuable tool for learning new things. Here are some great social sites that won’t just keep you occupied, but will also help you become smarter and more well rounded in your knowledge. Books and Reading Whether you’re a fan of reading or are hoping to become one, these sites let you find recommendations for new books and share your favorites.
BookMooch: Use this social site to get books delivered to you that you want to read and to clear out those old ones you no longer want.
Shelfari: This is one of the most popular social networks for bibliophiles, and a great place to learn more about literature.
GoodReads: Here you can get all kinds of recommendations from other users on what you should read next.
BookJetty: Track what you’ve read and discuss the titles with other readers on this great social site.
aNobii: This site is a great forum for discussing everything from classic literature to the latest Oprah book.
Books Well Read: Keep an online journal of your reactions to the books you’ve read on this site.
Shelf Centered: List all your favorite books on this site and share recommendations with your friends on what to read next.
Listal: On this site you can make all kinds of lists of the books you love and read the collections others put together as well.
Books iRead: This Facebook app lets you share your reading list with all your friends.
MATHEDS: Designed for teachers of math, this site still offers a wealth of resources for anyone interested in learning more about mathematics.
Science for Humanity: Even everyday people can make a difference, as this site offers opportunities to make important discoveries for anyone with an idea.
ResearchGate: Use this site to find out what cutting edge scientific researchers are working on.
Misc These sites offer a chance to connect with others and learn about a variety of topics.
Second Life: There are loads of virtual classrooms and opportunities to learn from in this online virtual reality program.
Ning: This social network allows users to create customized groups– many of which offer great opportunities to learn about new topics.
Newsvine: Keep up will all the latest news through this great social news site.
Wikipedia: While not everything on Wikipedia is completely accurate, that doesn’t mean the site isn’t a great place to look for info or to share your own.
43Things: This site can be a great place to learn about what others are working towards and get support in working towards your own goals– whether it’s learning a language or just expanding your knowledge.
Traineo: Make sure that both your mind and body are getting the support they need. This site will teach you all about how to have a healthy body, eat right and work out.
iVillage: This site offers the chance to learn about everything from pregnancy to going green.
Expert Village: Here you can learn about thousands of topics from online experts in their fields.