"You like talking to people. Why don't you do social media stuff for us?" my boss asked one morning. "Why not," was my first thought. "Holy sh***," was my second... This post is about my Twitter journey with links to the most useful social media posts I found in 2011, and keep on finding in 2012. Let's delve right in!
All kidding aside, this is how I started out on Twitter
- tweeting 20+ tweets in a row followed by days of complete and utter silence
- not checking DMs
- not following back
- talking to myself, about myself
- not checking @mentions (to be blunt and honest, I didn’t even know what those were)
- Need I even talk about analytics? Because clearly I didn’t measure a thing.
Yep, it was pretty bad. Guys, really, thanks for sticking around @LinkAssistant and putting up with my blunders.
Things you need to know up front about social media
If there's one thing my blunders taught me early on it was this: either commit to social media, or don’t even bother to sign up. Though when you read that over 20% of all web traffic comes from social media, is not signing up really an option?
I also quickly learned that tweeting at social peak times, sharing quality content, in moderation and regularly is the most efficient way to tweet, increase clicks, add followers and save time, too.
And, of all things, time is a hot commodity because any social media guy will tell you: Twitter/Facebook (fill in the gap) is highly addictive and you get distracted easi…
My favorite social media posts
These blog posts seriously shifted my social media paradigms and I am happy to report - the tips on there really do work! Get reading - lots of valuable, hand-picked content is coming your way.
A word on Twitter favorites
Twitter Apps (personally tested these with great success)
When to tweet
The Science of Social Timing (Infographic)
How to Tweet (and how not to)
I've battled with Twitter backgrounds for some time. This is THE best post on the topic I've found.
which is a Twitter hashtag for the new Twitter interface - definitely something to read up on
Twitter and Automation
This is a contentious topic among Twitter users. To use SEO software and social media automation tools or not is really up to you. I don't automate simply because I’m tweeting for the sake of conversation (big picture), and not for the sake of the follower count (short run picture). Some disagree, and if you feel up for it here are two great posts:
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: Twitter is suing TweetAdder and a few other Twitter automation products in an effort to fight spam. So you may want to hold off on your automation project as using such tools may soon be illegal.
Twitter and Links
Who to follow on Twitter
And since I recently stumbled upon some great Facebook tips, I’m itching to share those too
Great Facebook posts
And finally, if you are scared to start, my best advice is JUST DO IT. Don’t linger, don’t wait, don't chicken out. Just open a Twitter account, make a Facebook page and hone your social skills as you go. If you stick to it, you will get better, I promise.
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