What would you use as an icon to represent social media?
So I have a website I'm working on that uses 7 social media websites (facebook, twitter, g+, youtube, pinterest, instagram and tumblr) plus the rss icon.
Rather than plaster them on the website and take up valuable screen real estate, I would like one icon that can float and, when clicked, a menu scrolls out which will contain all of the above icons.
For the mobile version (sub 480px), it's not a problem since the menu is hidden behind a menu icon which slides in. But for the tablet and desktop version, I would like to add a "social media" icon somewhere in the flow (as opposed to only in the footer).
What would you use to describe "social media"? I was at first thinking of using a share icon (which apparently is not a standard (see this article).
But then, we're not really sharing like in the days of digg and delicious. What we are really doing is "connecting" with people via social media? Is this a more proper term / concept?
Should I use a connect icon as opposed to a social icon to represent social media?
I would suggest either placing a few on a larger icon as shown below.
You could also go with a more generic icon with some sort of networking theme like the one shown below.
A lot of apps, such as youtube, use a 'share' icon which may cover what you are wanting.