Well the modern quilt guild has put me in charge of talking about the in n’ outs of Social Networking.
It’s website where you can connect with other people.
Why would someone want to social network?
In general, a person wants to connect with friends and family and keep them updated on what’s going on in their life.
*It’s just another thing to keep up with. . . besides chores, bills, family, dishes, laundry – oh wait I mention chores.
What are some of sites you can use to social network?
(Keep in mind use a site if you’re getting something back – basically is it worth it)
Blogs! Yes, a blog is a social network – it’s a modern day public diary. You can write stuff and post entries daily basis. New post show up at the top and visitors can read and comment on what’s posted.
What’s the difference?
The main difference is on wordpress you have to own a domain (web address).
Which one to go with?
Go with whatever works for you – blogger is super user friendly and easy to start.
Want more readers? Here’s some tips and tricks. . .
*Post often! A blog dies in readership when the blogger posts like once every 6mos. True there are some die hard fans that will stick around, but people like to see new info regardless if it’s daily or weekly.
*Advertise your blog! Use flickr, facebook, twitter, and other popular sites. Link it up!!!
Good Practices for bloggers (my suggestions here!)
*Comments! That’s right, you feel the love when you see comments but what about you? Do you comment on other peoples blogs? It takes a lot more work to comment but think about how far it goes for the author when you post a comment on their work. I bet, it makes their day. . .
*Support local! That’s right – we have such a huge community of craftiers, link up their blog and follow them. And when you see them at the next meeting, it’s that much easier to be friends since you’ve commented back n’ forth online.
*Sitemeter. Yes if you think you’re alone and no one’s paying your blog any attention – add a sitemeter. You’ll be surprised at how many hits you get a day.
Facebook! Facebook is a social utility that helps you connect with pretty much anyone you’ve come in contact with that you know their name. Grade school, high school, friends, family, even the neighborhood dog!
I use a application that posts my blog entries to my wall when I post – it’s called NetworkedBlogs, you can do a search on it when you’re in facebook. It’s super easy to install.
Flickr! Facebook minus everything except the pictures. When you start a flickr account, you can find friends via email addresses. So whoever you list as a contact – they can see what pictures you’ve upload. Also you can set permission to your pictures, so only certain groups can see it.
Just like blogs and facebook – people can comment or add notes(tagging) on your pictures.
Want more comments? Here’s some tips and tricks. . .
*How many contacts do you have? I’m not saying the more contacts you have the more comment you have. . . but if you only have 5 contacts then you won’t have that many comments/notes
*Add your pictures to the appropriate group
*Same applies as blogs as to your pictures – advertise and they will come!
Twitter! It’s like a miniature blog/or facebook minus everything but the status updates. Tweets can only be in 140 characters. Tweets can go to mobile devices too! If you dont tweet that’s okay – you can have access to other people’s tweets and just be a reader.
So there you have it. . . the skinny on social networking. If you’re at tonight’s meeting, I’m hoping to dive into each section with more tips n’ tricks.
Thoughts? Comments? Questions??? I’ll be here all week!