Google Plus, Blocking Facebook Ads and Twitter Basics #FridayFinds

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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.

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Pinterest, Amazon Collections, Twitter Vine and Instagram #FridayFinds

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Are you using images and video to promote your products? Most e-commerce merchants are aware of Pinterest but have you heard of Amazon Collections? Do you know what a Pinterest “rich” pin is? How can you use a 6-second Twitter Vine video or a 15- second Instagram video to communicate your brand? Check out this week’s #FridayFinds for a quick recap and links to four articles for more insight.

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Facebook Graph Search Privacy Concerns – Be Careful What You Like

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Did you know that Facebook recycles your “likes” to promote stories without your knowledge? We’re talking about articles that you may never have seen before and certainly stories that you may not want to be associated with. How is this happening? It’s all thanks to Facebook’s new Graph Search feature.

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Twitter Cards, Social Networks, SEO & Triberr Reblogging #FridayFinds

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Today’s article in the weekly series #FridayFinds brings you multi-media Twitter cards, some social networking sites that you may be unaware of, an informative infographic on SEO and an introduction to reblogging on Triberr. It will be interesting to hear how many of you are on these sites, use Twitter cards and reblog on Triberr.

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Is Triberr a Part of Your Social Media Strategy?

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Whether you’re a new blogger trying to drive that first initial traffic to your website or a seasoned blogger trying to grow your current readership and/or launch a new site, Triberr may be one of the social networking sites that you should consider joining.

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How Many Social Networking Sites Should You Join?

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How many social networking sites are there? Does anyone really know? How in the world are we supposed to know which ones to join? Sure, we should probably join the major ones that pop into most everyone’s mind (Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Twitter just to name a few) but what about sites like Biz Sugar, Blog Engage and Triberr? Aren’t those important social networking sites too? How do you determine which sites fit best into your social media strategy?

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Social Media Snapshot Men vs Women (#Infographic)

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Where do you spend the bulk of your time on social media? I’m sure your answer depends on why you’re there. Let’s face it, social media can be a huge time waster and if we’re not careful, we can quickly lose track of whether or not we’re achieving our social media goals. (You are tracking your social media goals right?) So, which social networking sites should you be on? Well, if one of the ways that you define your target customer is by gender, you may want to take a quick look at this infographic:

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Does Your Social Media Strategy include Twitter Direct Messages?

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In my Time to Tweak Your Twitter Strategy article, I asked what strategy people were following for thanking people when they tweeted or re-tweeted your blog posts. I had read a couple of articles where bloggers had touted the value of not thanking them.  Instead of thanking them, the suggestion was to re-tweet something of theirs. There was a lively discussion in the comment section but what surprised me the most was the number of people who send direct messages on Twitter. So, my question to you is, how do you feel about Twitter direct messages?

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How to Use Facebook Fan Gate to Get New Likes

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A Fan Gate is essentially a filtering tool to ensure that different content is visible to different users, depending upon whether they have Liked a Page or not. In fact, the name itself is suggestive of the function. It is a barrier, to go beyond which, a user has to fulfill some criterion; in this case, Liking the Page. Therefore, a Fan Gate enables those who have ‘Liked’ a Page to see all its content, while those who have not, see only part of it. Continue reading “How to Use Facebook Fan Gate to Get New Likes”

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Time to Tweak Your Twitter Strategy

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Hopefully, if you’re reading this post, you have some sort of strategy for participating on social media sites. You need a plan so that you don’t end up like Chris Brogan who found himself following 131,000 people on Twitter. (In 2011, Chris unfollowed everyone and started anew.) My premise has always been to approach social media as an extension of networking face-to-face. It’s still real life, only online. I keep an eye on who I’m following and who I’m re-tweeting for. I also try to thank everyone for sharing my posts and retweeting my tweets. Recently though, I’ve been reading blog posts from bloggers who think thanking everyone may not be the best use of our time.

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