Twitter Shortcuts You Won’t Want to Live Without.

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Do you use Twitter shortcuts?

If you use Twitter’s interface, there are several shortcuts (pressing 2 keys to give the the same action as a series of mouse-clicks) you will wonder why you haven’t been using them before now.  These are especially beneficial if you do some actions more than others, for instance; if you use your “Favorites” (tweets marked as Favorites to be used or referred to at later dates)  a LOT, G + F will take you straight to your Favorites page.  They are also good to know if you can’t remember where some of these menu items are.  For instance, if you can’t remember where Twitter keeps their “lists” feature, all you need to do is type G + L.

Viewing the Twitter shortcut cheat-sheets below, you can see some of them are pretty intuitive while others may take using a few times to get them memorized.  You can refer back to this cheat sheet any time; just favorite this page or download the images.

Twitter shortcuts by your social media mogul

In addition to the twitter shortcuts shown above, you can see a few more available with the image displayed below.

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There’s one more quick trick I’d like to add that isn’t really a shortcut – but may save you some time.  If you ever share your tweets, and want a Twitter link for a specific post, here’s a very short video to show you exactly how to do that.

Did you find these shortcuts useful?  Do you have any favorite Twitter shortcuts or tips you would like to share? I’d like to know!

 

 

Sharing on Social Platforms

Is sharing on social platforms hard for you to do?

Sharing is quite easy if you know how.  Sharing information-that’s what it is all about – especially through pictures.  From Instagram to Facebook it’s about letting family, friends and even clients/potential clients peek into your world. Check into most forms of social media and you will be treated to pictures, pictures and more pictures. They are everywhere- from a friend’s adorable twins to Justin Timberlake’s latest song- sharing photos and videos- dare I say “has gone viral”.  Maybe because doing so is so darn easy.  It takes seconds to download them into your computer, or even better, from your phone onto your favorite social media site and  Viola- your masterpiece is out for all to enjoy.

Wait, did I just say your favorite form of social media? Why limit yourself to just one when with a couple of steps you can share that same photo on several sites.  This is fabulous – especially if you have a business or service you want to share with as many people as possible.

Instagram makes it super easy to not only add an artistic flair to your photos by using it’s editing tools, sharing  them on  other social media platforms. The glitch comes when you want to share that same photo onto your business Facebook page. Instagram  does a great job of sending  your photo from your phone to your personal  Facebook page, but how do you then transfer that same picture onto your business page?  It’s super easy.  All you do is go to your personal timeline and under the photo you want to share click on share, when the drop down menu shows , you choose your business account and just like that you have posted that same photo onto your  business Facebook page.  How easy is it to get photos of your product or service out to potential clients?  One photo taken and enhanced with Instagram will speak a thousand words to potentially thousands of people when shared with numerous forms of social media with a few clicks of the send button.  No wonder, Instagram is quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of social media, or has it already arrived?

Do you like sharing your pictures on social platforms?

LinkedIn: Back to basics

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Sometimes we forget about the basics.  I had a request from a friend so I decided to share the same information she needed with you:

If you forget your password, it’s easy enough to reset.

At the login screen – type in your default e-mail address and click on Forgot password?  It is important you put in the same e-mail address you set up your LinkedIn account.  If you would like to change your e-mail address, I will show you how to do that, but for now, you need to put in your original e-mail address.

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Once you have logged in, At the top right corner, click on the down arrow next to your name and select Settings

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On the next screen, bottom left corner, select Account

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Here you will see your LinkedIn basic settings.  You can add additional email addresses, change your default email address, change your password, and more.  This is also where you need to be if you have multiple accounts and need to close one or more accounts.  In fact, feel free to click around here, click on the Add & change email addresses (I would show you a screenshot of mine, but I don’t want to show my active email addresses.  The address shown in this email is not one I check regularly.)

Now that you’ve taken time to familiarize yourself with your LinkedIn basic account settings, now let’s look at the Email Preferences.   If you find you are getting a LOT of notifications, this is where you can tweak your settings.

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Like account settings, email preferences is where you want to go if you are experiencing an overabundance of emails:  I would recommend going to Set the frequency of emails first:

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If you make any changes here, be sure to SAVE CHANGES when you exit.  I’ll let you familiarize yourself with the rest of the options at your leisure – but be sure to go through them if you feel like you are getting too many emails.

We’ll discuss customizing your Profile and Groups, Companies & Applications in two separate posts at a later date.  I hope this post was helpful for those of you who are just starting out, or who may have not taken the time to go through these settings.

If you have a question, be sure to post on my Facebook fan page, or send me a tweet at @Knikkolette – I’ll write a post to answer your question. 🙂

Yes, Being Social Does Pay!

money2The same question I keep getting asked again and again is “What do you post on Twitter?” or, “I don’t use Facebook because I don’t see the value of posting pictures of my dinner.”

I’m sure you’ve all heard the same line – it’s called “social media” for a reason – be social!  What does that mean exactly? Here are a few steps:

  • Start by saying “Hi” and go from there.  Sounds simple enough right?  You’d be surprised how many people create accounts and just post advertisements, tips or their blog posts but won’t have any interactions with other people.  If you find your tweets or posts are falling upon deaf ears so to speak – be what I call a “good listener” – read other people’s posts – and respond to people with common interests.
  • Pay it forward:  Share other people’s posts, retweet (RT) other people’s tweets, share people’s posts (don’t forget to cite your source – it’s not paying it forward if you don’t give credit where you got the info) If someone else is having a sale – or has a restaurant – your friends will be especially appreciative.
  • Be social for a cause:  Do you have a favorite charity or nonprofit?  If so, be their advocate.  Your friends, family, coworkers, and clients will see your values and that will go a long way.

Once you have followed these steps, relationships will start to build.  Once the relationships start to build, people will ask you what you do and that’s when your foot is in the door.  Some of those people you have built relationships with may need your services.  If not, they may know people who may need your services.  How do I know?  Because these steps have worked for me!  I have sold paintings through Twitter by building relationships.  I have been requested to several social media services so if it can work for me – it can work for you.

Do you have any other tips I haven’t listed above that have worked for you?

 

K.I.S.S. Social Media

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One of my first jobs out of high school was working for a small department store called “Anthony’s” where I was responsible for the store’s window displays.  The rule I was taught was the K.I.S.S. method or Keep It Simple Stupid.  Even at the young age of 18, I was taught, keeping a display clean and simple was the key to good sales.  If a shopper doesn’t have too many items to look at, they can focus on a few key items to purchase.  The same can be said to  be true for many things, including social media marketing.

With Twitter, you are limited by 140 characters, but so many newbies really push the envelope by using up every single character.  When they do this, they lose the opportunity of people retweeting their social media content!

Even with Facebook, statistics show social media posts that have 100 – 250 characters get 60% more likes, comments, and shares!

So, when you are marketing your product or service with social media, are you applying the K.I.S.S. method?