Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Talk Tools on Social Media Day

June 23, 2014 1 comment

Social Media Day

Social Media Day is just a week away, on Monday, June 30.

And, as part of a day-long activities from the Social Solutions Collective, you can chat we me and Amy Baumcratz of Hospitality Social Magnet about tools on Twitter. The chat will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. CDT.

You can find more information about the Twitter chat and other events at the Social Solutions Collective page.

Your thoughts

What kinds of questions about tools would you like us to answer or address? Leave your questions in the comments and will will try to answer them.


HOW TO: 5 Steps to Get Larger Instagram Photos on Storify

July 15, 2013 Leave a comment
Larger Instagram Photos Storify

This sample Storify story shows how to get larger Instagram photos in a story: The Twitter stream (top) shows a smaller photo than through the URL stream (bottom).

Storify is my favorite content curation site. I love using it to mine social sites for content for interests or for work.

And one of the best sites to mine is Twitter. There’s so much content waiting to be curated, from text to photos to video. But Storify does have one quirk with its Twitter stream function: Instagram photos.

When you pull in Instagram photos through the Twitter stream, the photos come in smaller than if you pull them in another way.

You want them larger, right? Well, here’s a simple rundown of how you can make that happen.

1. Search the Twitter stream for the Instagram content you want.

2. Pull that content into your Storify. (Displayed as the top photo in the Storify to the right.)

3. Click through on the weblink to the Instagram image.

4. Copy that URL and paste it in the URL stream. (Alternatively, you could search by user in the Instagram stream, but I find it’s quicker to do this cut-and-paste method.)

5. Pull that photo in to your Storify. (Displayed as the bottom photo in the Storify to the right.)

Now you can enjoy curated content with larger photos.

Have you used this trick to grab larger Instagram photos for your Storify stories?

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My Social Media Wish List for 2013

January 14, 2013 Leave a comment

Instagram and Twitter: Please get along nicely! Creative Commons photo courtesy of HighTechDad.

If you use social media tools every day like I do, then you’re bound to find a hoop here or a hole there that you have to jump through.

Sometimes it would be easier if that wasn’t the case. Sometimes you find yourself wishing for something that would make your life easier.

These are the things I hope happen. This is my wish list for social media for this year.

Engaging content

Too often do brands or bloggers or whoever post content on social sites that is, frankly, not good. Too often do they do the gimmicky thing and post something that isn’t necessarily relevant to them just to garner likes or comments.

Let’s stop this.

Let’s start posting content that is better than that, content that is relevant to the brand and its customers, content that unique.

Networks playing nicely together

Be honest: You, too, got sick of the bickering among networks last year. Most recently, Instgram and Twitter having a tiff over not showing photos in tweets. But there are certainly more examples.

Social media users are tired of it. We just want to use the networks we want and for them to get along. (Yes, I know this is a pie-in-the-sky wish and that it will not happen. Still …)

Mulitple managers for Facebook interest lists

Here’s a more tangible wish. I love Facebook interest lists, and it’s how I navigate the network now.

But I would love to be able to share managing duties of a list with another Facebook user. Already I have encountered a handful of situations where I had a list but a friend made their own because they could not add to mine. Make it happen, Facebook.

What do you wish to see in social media this year?

5 Key Thoughts from the PR + Social Media Summit, #prsms

October 15, 2012 4 comments

Photo courtesy of Gee Ekachai via Instagram

Last week the 4th Annual PR + Social Media Summit was held, and if you weren’t there, well, you were probably following along from home (read: work) at the #prsms hashtag.

Right? Right.

Just in case you didn’t go and weren’t listening on Wednesday, here’s a rundown of 5 key thoughts to take away from the summit.

1. Not Everything is a Social Media Crisis

Augie Ray in his keynote burst some social media bubbles and at the forefront were crises. Not everything that appears as though it’s a crisis will turn out to be one.

As an example, NBC took a lot of heat for its Olympics coverage this summer. The tape delays were probably the most known one, but there were several other public outrages, too.

But NBC ended up garnering its highest ratings for the Olympics, and the network, which forecast itself to lose $200 million in the process, ended up breaking even.

2. Tell Your Story Visually

Gee Ekachai, whose Instagram photo is featured in this post, presented about that social network at the summit.

The main takeaway from her presentation? That visual storytelling is growing and so popular because it can cross language barriers.

(As an aside, I share a lot of pictures of my dogs on Instagram. I was happy to learn that the first photo on that network was of a dog.)

3. “Not Everyone Is Going to Be a Fan of Your Brand.”

I tweeted this quote, but forgot to give credit to its author. And now I can’t remember.

Regardless, it’s an important reminder. As much as anyone involved in social media is fixated on growing a brand, getting new likes and followers, it’s important to remember this.

Some people won’t be swayed and that’s OK. Instead, try to recognize those who love your brand, and give them content and interactions that will continually solidify that feeling.

4. Listening is of the Utmost Importance

“Brands who pay attention, get paid with attention,” said Molly McKenna Jandrain during her breakout session on “Sharing Your Brand Story.”

To me it seems like social listening is not talked about as much as other parts of social media like humanizing, tools to use or metrics to track.

But listening is half of social media — by definition, social media takes two partners, and you have to listen to the other partner to keep the interaction going. If you’re not listening — and even if you are — take time out to see how you can improve in this area.

5. Be an Industry Leader

No, those aren’t words that Nick Symmonds uttered about himself, but he might as well have done so. He’s an industry leader for Olympic athletes.

Nick seized an opportunity this year and sold a space for a tattoo on his shoulder through eBay. Summit sponsor Hanson Dodge Creative won the auction, and the two have a mutually beneficial relationship because of it.

The auction started because Olympic track athletes can show only one logo when running in races, and Nick wanted to bring attention to that and get it changed. He has brought a lot of attention to the issue, and he has found opportunity where none existed, by partnering with Hanson Dodge and growing his personal brand.

That’s what happens when you’re an industry leader.

Read more about the summit

You can read some of my curated recaps on Storify:

And if you still want to read more, I recommend this recap — 3 Takeaways from #PRSMS — from my Twitter friend Abi.

Twitter’s Newest Problem: Hashtag Spam

August 20, 2012 12 comments
Twitter hashtag spam

Twitter hashtag spam of #smcmke. Photo courtesy of @carrieatthill.

No one likes spam. Get rid of that filthy flim-flam.

No matter whether it’s email, social media or snail mail, you can hear someone’s eyes roll when they encounter the nasty trash.

Social media sites have been battling it for a while. Twitter has had an up-and-down relationship keeping spam accounts at bay.

A growing problem

But the trend on Twitter has been for spammers to target hashtags. And during this past week, I saw that firsthand quite a few times.

It’s time for Twitter to make this priority No. 1.

Why it’s top priority

Users can block and report spam accounts, but it’s disruptive when hashtags are targeted.

Normally, users are having conversations or chats on those hashtags, so spammers block the flow of those conversations. And the time it would take to block and report all those spam accounts while in the middle of a chat? No thanks.

Room for complaints?

One argument I’ve seen often is that Twitter, like other social media sites, is free, so we shouldn’t have to worry about complaining. Remember: It’s free.

To a point, I agree. But the amount of spam that I saw in hashtags in the past week speak against that point.

Some complaints need to be aired.

Do you think hashtag spam is Twitter’s top problem right now?

Is #FollowFriday Still Relevant?

July 23, 2012 Leave a comment

I’ve been a Twitter user for almost three years now, so I’ve seen a lot on the social network.

And when I started, I was a frequent proponent of #FollowFriday, when lots of users would use the hashtag and tweet about people they recommend following.

But I’ve changed how I use it. Read my full blog post on Storify at the link below.

[View the story “Is #FollowFriday still relevant?” on Storify]

Twitter is …

April 2, 2012 1 comment

Creative Commons photo courtesy of Laughing Squid

Ken over at Inkling Media posted a simple blog post that I love and that resonated with me. (Read it now.)

In it, he described what Twitter is for him. For me, like for him, Twitter is my favorite social network, and I want to emulate his post with how I view the social site.

Shared views

… my Google.

… my first source for breaking news.

… my shared experience with others while watching sports or television programs.

My views

… my watercooler.

… my first source for networking.

… my timewaster.

… my teacher.

… my phone (e.g. how I often talk with people).

… my way to find out about new blogs.

… my way to promote my work.

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