Media Communities and Widgets & Badges


For this weeks reading notes we were asked to read chapters 8 & 9 of “A Survival Guide To Social Media & Web 2.0 Optimization.”

  • Media Communities: Social sites where you can save, share, and comment on multimedia items. It’s another way internet users have found as a great way to connect with one another, by finding similar interests around images & videos.
  • Media Communities are also used as a way to increase your exposure in the Social Web by adding your images & video to these media communities.
  • Image Sharing Sites: These are a way for people to get a high amount of exposure on your photos and other images. If used correctly it can be used as a way for potential clients & readers to find you through posted pictures!
  • Flickr is the most popular site for sharing images.


  • Widgets: Widgets are snippets of code, usually displayed graphically, that can be used to syndicate content, for example RSS feeds, or to add interactive features that users can drop onto their own blogs or websites. These are customizable by the user and offer ways for users to pull information rom the widget’s orginating site.

The book suggets a postive way to work widgets into your strategy:

  • Use widgets and badges to show your site visitors where you are in the social web
  • Use widgets to pull images, video, events, books and other information from media or other communities
  • Widgets add interactivity to your site!
  • Create your own widgets
  • Only install widgets from trusted sources

2 Responses to “Media Communities and Widgets & Badges”

  1. 1 aschlum1

    Widgets and badges were pretty confusing to me at first. I really didn’t understand the difference or really even what they were. The more I read in our book and looked on the Internet, the better understanding I got of what they both are. I really like this blog post because it is informative on what they both are and how and when to use widgets and badges. With all of the new social media terms and sites, it is hard to keep up with everything. The more research and studying you do about any new term, the more you will learn about it and understand it.

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