Is Google+ part of your social media strategy? Should it be? How are you dealing with Facebook ads? Have you reached the point where you want to install an ad blocker? This week in my #FridayFinds post, I share articles that address these issues and my final share is a link to a beginner’s guide for using Twitter.
Is Google Plus Part of Your Social Media Strategy?
We’ve talked about this one before and I believe the general consensus is that serious bloggers need to have a presence on Google+ and we need to set up Google Authorship. (Some bloggers are also installing the Google Plus Commenting system but I’m not convinced on that one yet.)
This week, Tom Jamieson (@tomjamieson_) asks the question Is Google Plus Social Media Stock Rising? Some of the points that Tom raises are:
- The massive amount of fake accounts and automated tweets on Twitter.
- The fact that Google+ is the 2nd most popular social networking site after Facebook (which is starting to raise serious privacy concerns with their “related stories”).
- Google has integrated search results, blog authorship and local pages into Google Plus.
What are your thoughts? Are you trying to use Google Plus more strategically?
Do You Find Facebook Ads Annoying?
Well, I don’t know of anyone who enjoys looking at their Facebook page and seeing all sorts of paid for ads. The final straw for me came this week when I saw a GoDaddy ad prominently displaying in my News Feed. (Thank goodness for FB lists but if I haven’t added you to one of my lists, chances are good that I won’t see your updates.)
Just as I reached the end of my patience, I came across How To Block Facebook Ads From All Browsers by Amrik Virdi (@techmoody). Now, Adblock is not a new tool to me but it is one that I was no longer using (simply because I had replaced my computer and hadn’t installed it). I’ve installed it now and I’m noticing a huge difference on FB. I’m no longer seeing ads from brands that I haven’t liked.
In addition to Adblock and Adblock Plus, Amit also highlights Social Fixer, Facebook Adblock (Chrome) and Facebook Adless (Opera).
How Do You Get Started With Twitter?
If you’re not already on Twitter or you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by it, check out How to Twitter: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide for Using Twitter by DJ Thistle (@djthistle). There are plenty of resources on Twitter but in this one article, DJ covers:
- What Twitter is
- Creating a Twitter Account
- Setting up Your Profile
- Retweets, DMs and #Hashtags
- Twitter Tools (including HootSuite, Buffer, Tweetdeck, FollowerWonk, Bit.ly, and Twitter Feed)
DJ has written a well thought out article with lots of screenshots and even those of us who are experienced in Twitter may benefit from reading it. For example, one of the links he includes is a tutorial on creating a customized background for your Twitter account.
Over To You
Do you see a bright future for Google+? If you’re already on Google Plus, how do you compare your recent activity to 3-months ago? Are you using an ad blocker on your web browser(s)? Which one one do you recommend? DJ Thistle’s post included some of the more popular Twitter tools. Do you have any favorites? (The Twitter tool that I use that was missing from his list is Dlvr.It. I started with the free version and have since upgraded to a premium plan.)