How many of you are believers in the power of social media? Is it possible to incorporate it into your marketing/job search efforts in just one hour a day?
When I first started using Twitter, I loved it but didn’t really understand it. I watched others using it. I saw what they were doing and I jumped in. That may not be your philosophy.
For those who are interested, go to Twitter.com and create a free account. However, before you do that, think about what your “Twitter handle” will be. Your name is the best.
Wait, before you go to create your account, also think about what you will put in your brief bio. What value-added info will you provide and how will you best describe yourself? Yes, you can change your bio but not your handle. For more on how to get started using Twitter, you can read Twitter in 3 Easy Steps.
A Better User-Interface
Using Lists to Organize What You See
Why use tools like Tweetdeck or HootSuite? There is so much going on, it is sometimes difficult to catch important updates. By organizing the Twitter accounts I follow into “lists,” I can sort by types of followers. Lists are sort of like tags. Here is what my Tweetdeck looks like.
At a glance, I can see what’s going on with certain groups of people, ie, my Twitter network!
One Place to Update and Monitor LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter
Here is where things get really cool. I can link the status updates from my LinkedIn network here. Now, instead of having to log in to LinkedIn, I can see what my network is doing from Tweetdeck. But wait, it gets even better!
If I want to update my status (meaning share what I am reading, doing or thinking), I can do that all from Tweetdeck. I don’t need to log in to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Here is how that works. You need to sync your other accounts with Tweetdeck, which they make very easy to do. Once you have done that, you can select with social networking site you want to share your status update on. I can select or de-select the accounts and type away.
In just one hour a day, you can now regularly update and more efficiently follow your network across multiple platforms! That one hour could be spread across the day or could be all at once. If you choose the “all at once” option, you may also want to consider scheduling your tweets/updates for later, to spread them out. This is another function built into Tweetdeck!
Hope this helps. How are you managing what is going on in your social networks?