If you’re a “hipster“, you face a difficult plight when reconciling your counter culture tendencies with participation in online social networks. You can’t join WordPress, LinkedIn or Facebook because they have two things that you hate- limited opportunity for creative expression and a large number of followers. So where should you turn? Below are three alternative platforms new to the social network scene that may better meet your hipster interests and needs.
Pinterest combines the planner, recipe book, portfolio and scrapbook into one social network. Coined as a “virtual pinboard”, the website allows you to collect and share images of all the things you love, from your best vegan recipes, to your favorite Vice photos, to your tattoo wish list.
Because it sparks creativity. Browsing pinboards usually inspires one of three reactions- either “I wish I had that”, “I wish to try that”, or “I wish I’d thought of that”. And the users who “thought of that” are in luck- all this creativity is leading to inspiring new business models as users come up with potential commercial intent.
Flavors.me is a simple way to compile and showcase your online presence in one elegant webpage. Typically consisting of a large background image, a biography and social links, a Flavors.me page brands your online identity by gathering all of the content you’ve created on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Vimeo and other self-expression sites.
A more creative and playful take on the professional social network, Zerply’s intuitive interface and search function allows you to connect with people professionally by interests, not just by employment history. Users can choose among three designer themed layouts to create a personalized profile, specific for the professional market.
“Because business doesn’t always wear a suit”. Many feel that there isn’t space on LinkedIn for those in the non-corporate sphere, and Zerply fills that non-suit-wearing void. It’s a fresh, design-oriented way to present yourself professionally.