Documentary filmmakers have a lot of things to consider before making a film and one of the most important in today’s changing landscape is making sure you are connected via social media. Below is a list of social media sites to consider when putting together your social media plan for your documentary. Feel free to forward me with useful social media tools for filmmakers and we can add them to the site.
Facebook is a social networking website, designed to help you communicate with friends, family and business associates. Many businesses now have their own Facebook page.
Youtube – is a video-sharing website, giving you the option to set up your own YouTube Channel. A good way to create a following and fan base is to set up a YouTube Channel and start putting up your clips, highlights, trailer. You can also link your YouTube clips to your Facebook page and website. And it’s free!
Blogspot /Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries. A good tool to create interactivity amongst your community.
Twitter – is an online social networking/microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters, known as “tweets”. Audience members can subscribe or follow your tweets via their Web browser or a mobile phone.
WordPress – is a dynamic blogging site, with many tools and features it is widely being used as a website. Free to use and extremely user-friendly it links quite easily to your favourite social media sites.
LinkedIn – LinkedIn is a business orientated site and helps connect you to your trusted contacts and helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals.
MySpace – is a free online community composed of personal profiles typically includes a digital photo and in-depth information about personal interests.
Flickr – is an online photo management and sharing application. Used as a platform to store your images and then link them to your website or other social media site.
Tumblr – is a blogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes, and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog. Users can follow other users, or choose to make their tumblelog private.
Digg – is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web.
StumbleUpon – is a discovery engine that finds the best of the web, recommended to each unique user. It allows its users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using peer-sourcing and social-networking principles.
Reddit – is a social news website where the registered users submit content, in the form of either a link or a text “self” post. Other users then vote the submission “up” or “down,” which is used to rank the post and determine its position on the site’s pages and front page.
Delicious – is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
Tangler.com is an excellent way to create a media-rich forum around a project that enables audio, video, stills and provides an RSS feed for easy notification. You can also place an embeddable forum version onto your site or blog.
Meebo.com is a free real-time chat tool that you can embed in your site or blog. There are two embeddable versions of Meebo: a single chat client that allows chatting with site visitors when you are online and Meebo Rooms, which provides a group chat room.
Freeconferencecall.com provides a dedicated conference line, to hold Q&As, record interviews or mobilize your audience. The free line supports unlimited calls and a maximum of 96 callers, gives upwards of 6 hours of recording time and can output a .wav file of the call. The service even provides an RSS feed if you want to create a podcast.
Justin TV, Blog TV, and Ustream all offer free services that allow users to broadcast live streaming channels across the Web while providing viewers the ability to chat in real time. All three services are free and in most cases can support more than one camera.