Being Social on Twitter

Many people ask me about social media because it is my field and they are fascinated. This maybe because I’m not a millennial. Far from it!! I got into social in order to help and support a friend’s business and quickly became hooked. Then I started working in the field. Even though I’m older, I love it. It is great to stay up-to-date with news, events, views, trends and let’s be honest, gossip. Twitter is my favourite because it is so immediate and time based.

So, if you want to get started on Twitter the best thing to do is search for your interests and follow the influencers in that field. Influencers are usually experts with a great following and a sensible place to start.

When you have discovered the relevant people/companies then have a look at their followers and follow them. Do lots of tweets using your knowledge and try to make them relevant and interesting. You may also be able to find meetings, publications and websites from this information.

Either do this by using a # or simply put the subject in the Twitter search engine. Although, this seems simple you will be surprised how many people lose interest, before they even start Twitter, because they don’t understand it. Myself included.

At least now Twitter suggests followers to help you get started. When I first used it, I gave up and only used it again to help promote a business a year later.

Retweets will send out the tweet to all of your followers thus promoting the tweet, far and wide. The Heart means you like the tweet and you can find a list of your likes on your profile, so it is useful, if you want to refer back to the tweet. It used to be called favourites.

The best way is to learn about social is start using it and then you learn. This is the best way to learn most things, isn’t it?

More social tips coming soon plus a post on how I think Twitter can improve.

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The garden declutter and procrastination….

Ok, so been to California for a few weeks and had a social media break.

Spent today gardening because of the copious amount of weeds and dead flowers everywhere.  It was unbelievably hard work but quite gratifying when I finished.  Why do we procrastinate and end up with a backlog of jobs to do?

This seems to have been a problem lately, so in order to rectify this, will write a journal and plan more than I usually do.  Also, I’ve decided to ‘declutter’ my garden and not plant so much and spend more time outdoors.  Everything was being jumbled up and now I’ve cleared it all, it does look a lot better.

Yesterday, I took about 200 books to Oxfam and donated 2 guitars, a sax and amplifier to a local school.  They were delighted and I’m thrilled to have more space.  Fantastic all round.

(Saturday, 9 July)

 

3 ways to start a phone/screen detox!

Over the last few months, I’ve been slightly concerned that I’m looking at my phone too much. Not only that, I’ve become irritated by people using phones during social times such a eating in restaurants!

I’ve decided to reduce the amount I spend looking at screens and plan to do this by:

  • Leaving technology at home
  • Having tech free days (usually Sunday)
  • Pursuing life with vigour

Ok.  This is easier in the summer months.  When I go running or walking, I can explore local parks and fields because the mud has gone.  Also, I’ve realised that copeous amounts of destractions on the mobile, may not be conjucive to a good walk.  When I walk Oscar, it is better to simply enjoy the sunshine, mud, trees, bluebells, company and not be bothered by emails, texts, Facebook and so on.  I love it.

The tech free Sunday’s are also easy to incorporate into my life because  I have this thing about Sundays being a relaxing day.  Cooking and gardening may be slotted into this, but they are enjoyable pursuits.  I rarely bother with emails, texts and social on Sundays though.

However, I’m doing more online and wasting time so determined to reduce online activities to a minimal pursuit over the next few weeks and will keep you updated.  However, from July, the blogging will increase because I enjoy writing and researching interests.  This is useful and fun.  But I plan to walk, run, read (books), paint, cook, much more.  My phone will be consigned to the office or handbag, I have turned off notifications and I won’t take electronics to bed.  To be honest, I’m not too bad but suspect this has become an addiction for some!  I’m pleased we didn’t have the Internet in my youth.  Facebook at school must be a competitive nightmare.

Have you done any of the above?  Some people give social up completely for a while but that is not practical for all.  If we look online less, we don’t have to succumb to other people’s (political) agendas which will be fantastic, won’t it?  Or will we miss it?  Ha!  Join me and find out…

 

Social promoting social

So how does social media promote social media? The most obvious idea is using other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Promote a blog, article or platform by ingratiating yourself with other users. Post a variety of shares on your page and other platforms will discover your information. Give comments and feedback. Show variety and post content that may interest others. Break news, give tips, memories or ask a question and be topical or historical.

Any new platform, Ideapod for example, could encourage interested parties to post Ideapod matters on their social media feeds and this will promote the site and encourage new readers and ideas. Of course it never easy but it always good to share ideas…

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