HootSuite: How to Schedule Posts to Twitter

hootsuite social media O.K., so anyone who knows me, knows that I was not a big fan of HootSuite.  In fact, I went out of my way to try every product except HootSuite because they made me so mad when they started charging for their services about a year or so ago.  (Long story, I won’t go into details.)  When I did product reviews a few months ago several of my friends raved about HootSuite so I decided to give them another try – a fair shake so to speak and I’m glad I did.

HootSuite is a powerful tool and does so many things, but this is just to show you how to schedule posts with the scheduler to Twitter.

If you found this video helpful or if you want to see more like it, just post a request on my Facebook fan page.

Have you had a similar experience with a tool or software application or even a business where your first experience was negative or something happened that made you decide not to give them any more of your business?  Did you give them a second chance?  Share your story!

 

Never Used Pinterest? This Post’s For YOU!

If you’re new to Pinterest and social media in general don’t feel bad, everyone started out as a newbie.

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This post has a few very short “how-to” videos to show you exactly what you need to do turn off e-mail notifications,  and follow or unfollow boards or partial boards on Pinterest. Why do I include videos? If you’re like me, and 65% of the rest of visual learners out there, these videos will help you learn Pinterest and the other social media platforms I write about.

The first video is about how to turn off e-mail notifications:

Now that you’ve turned off those pesky e-mail notifications, you want to follow your friends on Pinterest right?  The problem is, you may not necessarily have all the same interests as your friends so why follow ALL of the same boards?  The great thing is, you don’t have to follow all of their boards.  The following video shows you how you can follow all or pick and choose a few of the boards of those people you follow.

These videos will get you started  and more will follow soon.  Don’t forget, you can always post your questions if you have specific questions on Pinterest or any other social media platform.  I may have some videos you may like on other topics on my YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out.

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Twitter: How To Spot That Bot!

Why do there have to be Twitter bots?

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This post is about robot accounts, or fake accounts created for the sole purpose of following users.   Perhaps you’ve been tempted to purchase Twitter followers?  There are many reasons why people would want to buy followers but there are also many reasons NOT to purchase followers.

  • Twitter is about forming relationships with real people.  If you followed these people personally, you probably know  their interests , which tweets will appeal to them, and which ones they will retweet for you.
  • While a large number of followers are impressive, if they don’t share your content, you might as well be talking to a brick wall.
  • If your target market is geographically local to you, buying Twitter followers will not help.  You may get followers in the US, but there’s no way to purchase followers in your geographic location.  Many companies that sell Twitter followers don’t offer US only, if you purchase followers, you get what you get.

I could list more reasons why you don’t want to purchase Twitter followers, but the real reason for the post is to show you how to tell the difference between an account created and used by a living person and one that is a bot account created for the sole purpose of inflating numbers.

Now that you’ve watched the video, do you feel more or less confused?  If you interact with another Twitter account that has been “infiltrated”  by a bot account that does not mean your account is at risk.  As long as you know you are following a real person, you should be fine.  You would have to click on a link or install an application to infect your account.   I can say I have followed Twitter’s instructions for “cleaning” my account and it’s still behaving badly so there’s got to be something wonky somewhere!  Have you experienced problems with bots?  I’d like to hear your story!

 

Facebook Fail: Timeline Ads

UPDATE:

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It turns out Facebook was NOT responsible for the recent ads that I saw and showed you (although I find it oddly coincidental these ads were placed in the same place  their planned ads will be placed).  Apparently, I had some sort of malware called “I want that” on my computer.   Looking back over the past couple of days, I have a pretty good idea what could have caused it.  I clicked on link from a guy I didn’t know on my wall.  BAD NEWS – I know better!

So here I am, I have egg on my face having to apologize because of my rant.  The thing is… Facebook IS planning ads in these locations from major sponsors.  The difference is, according to their conference, they will be targeted to an audience that doesn’t mind viewing them, and will have stories surrounding them.

I’m keeping this post live as a warning to those of you who may also get this malware on your computer… if you have Chrome and your Facebook Timline is filled with obnoxious ads, look for the following:  “I Want This!” ● “DivX Plus Web Player HTML5 <video>” ● “1clickdownload” ● I add to the list: “Premiumplay Codec-C”

TO DISABLE EXTENSIONS:

♦ Chrome:
Click on the wrench, hover over “Tools”, select “Extensions”, click on the extension’s check box to un-check it.

♦ Safari:
click on the gear, select “Preferences”, in the “Preferences” window’s menu-bar click on “Extensions” and click on the extension’s check box to un-check it.

♦ Fire Fox:
On the up left corner click on “FireFox” menu, select “Add-ons”, in the “Add-ons” window on the left sidebar click on “Extensions” and click on the “Disable” button for any extension you’d like.

♦ Internet Explorer:
Click on “Tools” select “Manage Add-ons”, In “Manage Add-ons” window under the right column (“Add-on Types”) Click on “Toolbars and Extensions”, then in the left column, look for the extension, click on it and then in bottom of the window a “Disable button will appear – click on it.

 

Facebook has done it again!

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Facebook has made a change, (granted, they did announce)  will enrage a good majority of their users.  There’s no doubt the huge corporations such as AT&T, Kellogs and other companies who are using these ads are loving Facebook because their brands are being forced down millions of viewers throats, but as one of those viewers, I’m not happy.  In their marketing seminar, they did announce where the ads would be placed, but in the seminar, they made it sound like the ads would be geared towards people who wanted to see the ads.  The ads would be associated with posts, engagement, or stories.   This is NOT the case.  I did not post about, nor am I  interested in ultrasounds yet I had a huge ad for them on my fan page.  I’m sorry T-Mobile, but I am NOT a fan, I’m a Verizon gal, yet I’m being forced to view T-mobile ads on my personal Timeline wall.  Then there’s the disclaimer, ” ads not by facebook” below the ads.  You had a big presentation about these in your conference, they’re on your Timelines, own up to them.  Facebook, if you are going to subject us to these ads, at least be smart enough to keep them targeted to a market that doesn’t mind viewing them.

I realize there need to be SOME ads, YouTube has ads – but at least you can X out of them.  This is not the case with Facebook’s ads.  All they do is switch the ads out every few seconds!  Also, why do the ads need to be so large?  They indicated there would be ads along the top and on the left column just below the top banner area, but I don’t remember them saying anything about a third placement on the right column lower down on the page!  C’mon, enough is enough!

I’ve asked around, and apparently, I’m one of the lucky few who get to see these ads.   Apparently, the new Facebook ads haven’t been released to the general population and I get to see the ads many others haven’t get gotten to experience, so I thought I would share just a few of these Facebook ads that I’m lucky enough to view.

Now that you’ve seen some of these ads, I’d love your feedback, good, bad, agree or disagree.  Tell me what you think!

Google Plus Business Pages, Let’s Multi-Task!

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You may or may not have known, Google Plus allows you to switch back and forth between accounts without having to log out of your main Google account if you are administering multiple business pages. It’s not that intuitive, but once you do it, it’s simple to use. I’ve created a short video that shows you how to switch between your personal Google Plus page, your Business Google page and a separate Google Business page.

This video will also give you a quick overview how to find other Google Business pages to follow. We can go over this topic in more detail at a later date.

Now that you’ve watched the video, did this help you? Have you tackled Google Business pages yet? Do you administer more than one Google Business page? What are your thoughts? I’d love your feedback, positive or negative.