Terrorized by Twitter? Help is out there!

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This November I’ve been sharing with you some of my favorite places I go for advice. My first post introduced the indomitible Gloria Richard and Brinda Berry (click HERE), next I shared my secret source for social media, Kristen Lamb (click HERE). And last week I once again talked about the amazing Carolyn Cooper (click HERE). Last but not least I’m going to leave you with the inspiration for today’s blog, Mashable.

Mashable is a great blog for finding out all kinds of media information. It actually can be a little overwhelming. If you add Mashable to your list of favorites you’ll want to focus on the Social Media menu. There you can search for anything you don’t know you know about Twitter, Facebook and the new always challenging Google Plus.  My favorite post so far is  “10 Twitter Tools To Organize Your Tweeps“. This is the post that introduced me to Klout (another Kristen Lamb favorite) and Tweepler (something I have yet to explore, but is on that very long December list).

Klout is a very cool way to figure out if you are doing anything right on Twitter. It is another form of analytics, but is very easy to look at. It analyzes your social media so you will need to come up with a way to set goals and interpret the data for yourself. (Or you can take Kristen’s or Carolyn’s class and I’m sure those amazing women can help you.) I myself am checking Klout once a week, just to see what is going on with my Tweets. Am I going up or down? I seem to hover around 40+. I’d like to expand my influence. My goal is to be up ten points in six months and I’ll keep you updated in the future.

Mashable can help you do everything from creating a cool custom backdrop on your Twitter page to give you advice on how to use Twitter for a job hunt. If you are just exploring Google+ or Facebook, there are posts specifically targeted to those areas of SM. Whatever you have a question on, Mashable can help.

There you have it. My favorite places for technical advice on social media. From Pimping your Blog to detailed advice on Twitter these gurus cover the globe. I know you all have your favorites. Where do you get your advice?

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8 responses to “Terrorized by Twitter? Help is out there!

  1. Thanks, Jessica! I don’t think there’s anything I’ve procrastinated more about than Twitter. I really would like to get on top of this. Thanks for sharing a link that may help me get there!

    • I put off Twitter for a long time. FB too. But I found I actually like Twitter because its all manageable one liners. I spend only the time I want to and cruise through it very fast. But I do recommend a Twitter management tool, like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. That made it all come together for me. Otherwise I felt like I stood in the middle of a vast ocean and only saw the occasional snout peak above the water.

  2. Brinda Berry

    Mashable is one of my favorite sites. The only risk is that you could read on that site for HOURS. They have great stories and I love the infographics. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  3. Mashable is new for me, so thanks for that hint. Just what I need. ANOTHER social media tool to master. Thanks so much. Seriously it is all a bit over the top some days. I try to just accept that and go with the data flow. BTW my Klout score hovers around 40, too. Maybe that’s their favorite number?

    • No, you are just as incredibly social as I am! No big surprise since we are cyber twins. I’m not mastering Klout, I’m just playing with it to see if I can get the number up a little higher. The idea of website analytics is that you can measure your blog, say… before you start doing video interviews, and then measure three months later and see if it had any impact. Hopefully it does! That way you know if your efforts to attract people are working. Klout would help you figure out if your effort to…say…re-tweet ten people a day, had any effect. This way you can decide if you really do need to add in another SM or just go back to the drawing board. (That’s the way I feel some days!)

  4. Terrorized by Twitter, indeed. Jessica, we have a guest on Romance & Beyond today, but next week, I’m up, talking about my social media nightmares. After your advice, I might have to rewrite the post!

    • You are getting the hang of it! I think the best advice is do what you can do well. That’s why I dropped linkedin. I just couldn’t manage one more thing. Can’t wait to hop over to R&B and read about your adventures in SMLand

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