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Social networking is a relatively new phenomenon. LinkedIn, FaceBook, Twitter and YouTube are just a few examples of the social networking websites available to internet users. To join one of these networking websites, all you have to do is create a username and a profile. Once you do this, you can typically join groups within the network and interact with other members. For many people this is a great way to meet new friends, reconnect with friends lost over time and find people who share common interests. However, savvy internet marketers know these social networks can also be used for self promotion.

Most social networking sites allow you to become linked to other users. Whether these other users are referred to as friends, fans or followers does not matter. They all basically serve the same purpose. These members were either invited to become linked to you or requested to become linked to you. The more members you are able to reach the better. This is because these members will be able to learn more about you and your products or services.

To get the most out of your social networking experience, make sure you take the time to really research the networking medium. Although this may sound overly simplistic, you would be surprised how many people do not take the time to do this properly. Many people learn about one or two key features of the community and jump into the process of self promotion. However, there may be a host of other features which are equally, or even more, beneficial.

When utilising a social networking website, always make sure to seek out groups where there are likely to be large percentages of people who share an interest in the products or services you offer. For example, if you sell running shoes it is a good idea to join subgroups of marathons, thriathletes, road racers, exercise enthusiasts or any other group you can find where there is likely to be a large group of members who are interested in your products or services.

Another way to take full advantage of social networking websites is to make sure your profile is up to date and accurate. This is important because this includes information which can be seen by other members. You are more likely to attract the interest of your target audience if your profile was designed to appeal to these individuals.

One important caution to using social networking for the promotion of your products or services is the terms of service or user agreement may prohibit this type of activity. When you join one of these communities, you will be asked to review these documents. Make sure you pay attention because violating these agreements can result in you being removed from the network.