Adventures in Social Networking

Several months ago we propelled ourselves into the world of social networking, venturing where some had gone before us. In addition to this blog, we launched our Twitter, Facebook, and You Tube pages. It’s been an interesting endeavor and we’ve learned a few things along the way.

The pundits proclaim that one should do unto other bloggers as you would have them do unto you, so we did. In the process, we’ve encountered a number of informative and entertaining blog entries and have left comments to express our appreciation for them.  There are countless articles on the Internet that offer tips on effective blogging and we have benefitted from them, too. Best suggestion that we’ve read so far, have fun with it!

Fortunately, there’s no shortage of advice on how to successfully exist in the world of Twitter either. We’re told to ask and respond to questions and we do! Other Twitter tips that we’ve happened upon include:

1.  Share what you’re doing and, likewise, ask others the same.
2.  Create interest or anticipation in an upcoming event, program, or product.
3.  Post pictures and videos. (We’re still working on the video aspect ourselves!)
4.  Try to be helpful.
5.  Remember to help promote your followers!  They appreciate it as much as you do.

The single most appreciated revelation on Twitter is that one can delete a tweet. Simply click on your own page and a list of your tweets will appear. To the bottom right of each tweet is the option to delete an entry. Click it, and it’s gone. Beware that there is no “undo,” though; once it’s deleted, it’s gone.

Our early assessment of Twitter is that it’s fun, informative, and engaging.  We’ve met a lot of great people!

We were all already familiar with Facebook on a personal level but didn’t anticipate that corporate pages are managed differently. The rationale for that is obvious but it does make it more of a challenge to connect with “Fans.”  However, there’s a “Suggest to Friends” option that’s provides an easy way to facilitate the process. It’s positioned on the left side of the page, under the logo.

If we’ve already connected on Facebook and Twitter, thank you, we’re enjoying our interaction with you! If  you’re not a Fan or a Follower, please join us. We’d like to get to know you, too!

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