The Best Social Media Sites for Foodies
It’s the dilemma of the delicious meal: you want to dig right in—but wait! You’ve got to take a picture first, right?
Foodies are everywhere, and they want to show you their food. You may already have your favorite foodie blogs bookmarked, and follow some foodies on Twitter, but if you haven’t gotten social with your own meals, you might be missing out.
Food is huge with social media favorites like Pinterest and Instagram, and there are a handful of great social media sites targeted specifically to foodies. Here are our best social media sites for foodies:
Foodies played a large role in the 2012 popularity explosion of Pinterest. The incredibly active site became the perfect playground for recipe sharing. Pinterest isn’t just for food; there’s a category for everything. But navigate to Food & Drink on Pinterest, and you’re in for a treat (or several).
Pinterest is social sharing at its best; users “pin” their own meals, or “re-pin” delicious images that link to recipes. Your friends’ pins will show up in your feed, so it’s a great way to share what you’ve been cooking, or what you want to be cooking.
Instagram has become another popular choice for friends sharing pictures of their latest meal. And while you can browse your friends’ latest pictures on your phone, Pinstagram lets you browse your Instagram feed in a full web browser. Check it out for a better view of those tasty dishes.
With many social media sites, you might entertain the desire to eliminate all the boring or spammy user-generated content from the site. Taste Spotting’s editorial team does that for you. User-submitted pictures and recipes are displayed Pinterest-style across the site, but you’ll notice that all pictures and the recipe blogs they link to are high quality. The Taste Spotting editorial team files through user-submissions to pick only the highest-quality selections to display on the site, so you know the delicious recipes you find will deliver.
Food 52 is a great social site for recipe input. It features a huge collection of user-submitted recipes, from classic meals to insanely peculiar dishes. And where Food 52 really shines is in their commenting community. A great recipe will not only contain pictures and directions, but also plenty of comments from other community members who have tried the dish out. In the comments, users rate each other’s dishes, provide more in-depth preparation advice, and offer improvements or tweaks to the recipe.
Food bloggers unite on Foodbuzz. The site features recipes aggregated from independent food blogs around the net. Anyone with a food blog can join Foodbuzz and begin posting their recipes for community to rate.
And you don’t have to be a blogging foodie to get in on the action. A Foodbuzz profile allows you to save and catalog your favorite recipes, and interact with the bustling collection of bloggers.
Social media continues to expand its reach across the Internet, and foodies are moving right along with it. Get in on the social food scene while it’s hot! What’s your favorite foodie site?