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Using Facebook, non-obnoxiously, to promote your work

Are you an author, musician, artist, or other creative-ish person who's found successful (and polite) ways to use Facebook to connect with people interested in your work? I'd love to know your secrets. [more inside]
posted by oliverburkeman on Apr 23, 2014 - 6 answers

 

facebook and twitter and vimeoh-my!

Where should my business go next on social media? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Apr 10, 2014 - 2 answers

How do I get Google off of my Twitter account's trail?

At some point in the past 9 months Google results for my full name started including my mostly pseudonymous Twitter account as a top result. I discovered this a couple months ago and fixed the two things that might have caused Google to make the connection [details inside], but so far it's had no effect. Is changing the Twitter account's ID the only/best way to release it from Google's clutches? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a way to diagnose my twitter unfollowings?

I know about the sites that show who follows back and who doesn't, Etc. I am trying to find a way to know what the last tweet before people unfollowed was - like a way for me to try to figure what type of things my audience doesn't like (offensive? Boring?) Can anyone point me in the right direction?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Mar 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Is there a Twitter client that lets me read from the top down?

Super simple Twitter question: Is there a Twitter client for Android that "bottom-posts" (i.e., that appends new material to the bottom instead of the top, allowing me to read naturally from top to bottom)?
posted by Alaska Jack on Feb 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Japanese Twitter, 戆んăȘい

I have a four letter twitter username. Several times a week, different Japanese twitter users will send me more than 100 mentions, usually gibberish or numbers. I think it's a sort of game or trolling, but I want to understand why. [more inside]
posted by clearlydemon on Feb 17, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to follow more women on Twitter

Please give me your ideas for women to follow on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Feb 12, 2014 - 42 answers

I need to build a "social media platform" to market my novel -- help!

In order to get my novel published (comedic science fiction), I've been told that I need to build a social media platform (website, facebook, twitter, etc.) and that if publishers see that you have a following they're more likely to take a chance on you. I'm building a website and getting a facebook page in order, but I'm not sure I get twitter, I'd like input on where on the web my audience may already lie, and I need to get over my aversion to self-promotion. [more inside]
posted by rkriger on Feb 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Twitter client to hide @ replies from select tweeters

I follow a group of friends who are interesting, fun, and definitely worth following, but they tweet at each other non-stop. At any given time at least half the tweets in my stream are @ messages between the same four or five people. I don't want to unfollow them, and I don't want to turn replies off for everyone. Is there a Mac, iOS, and/or web client that lets me hide @ replies on a per-user basis?
posted by Ian A.T. on Feb 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Need iPad app recommendations

So I have joined the 2010s and bought an iPad. Please help me outfit it with apps. [more inside]
posted by donajo on Feb 6, 2014 - 26 answers

How much for my Twitter name?

I have been approached about selling a Twitter username that I haven't used in a few years. How much should I ask? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Twitter event recap template

I'm running social media, mainly Twitter, for an event taking place next week and have been asked to research good templates for an after action report. I'm good at identifying metrics using assorted tools, but am hoping to find a brilliant tool or template so that I can present this info in a robust yet easily readable format. [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Feb 3, 2014 - 2 answers

#trolls #privacy #twitter #Ifoundyou?

Long story short: an anonymous twitter user started harassing me. Twitter troll has no followers so I guess was made up for the purpose of harassing me and a friend. No biggie, I've blocked. Slightly perturbing however is that the troll referred to something I've only talked about in private. How could troll know this and how do I protect myself? [more inside]
posted by mooza on Jan 31, 2014 - 25 answers

What's the best way to use social media effectively?

How can I best use Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. to meet and keep in touch with people? [more inside]
posted by larkin123 on Jan 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Ideas for being Europe on Twitter for a week

Like the @Sweden account is shared between Swedes, @i_am_europe is for Europeans. It's a new idea and I'm going to be one of the first, starting 3 February. I'm a journalist covering the EU so there may be some stuff I can do from that, but i'd like to involve people and give it a good start, have you any ideas? [more inside]
posted by quarsan on Jan 26, 2014 - 4 answers

Will Twitter give me my biz's Twitter handle if it's taken but inactive?

I recently started a business and have registered the business name with various municipalities. The relevant Twitter account name is already taken, but has never tweeted and has 3 followers. Is there any chance I could get this handle from Twitter? [more inside]
posted by whenbynowandtreebyleaf on Jan 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Cookie Problems with Twitter

I have software that I can set to do certain types of cleaning each time the computer restarts; delete temporary internet files, empty recycle bin, etc. I can also set it to delete cookies but I don't do it frequently because whenever cookies are deleted, specifically, the functionality on my Twitter account drops, i.e. I can't type in the comment box, I can't see new interactions and I can't see who is or isn't following me. I have to beg the company to do something (which they may or may not do over time) and eventually, functionality comes back. I've tried different browsers whenever I delete cookies and the same thing happens. I haven't noticed if I'm having problems with any of the other social media I use. Why is this happening and can I do anything to avoid it?
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 16, 2014 - 8 answers

You're Doing it Wrong: What's the Right Way to Use Twitter?

I've abandoned tweeting multiple times. I've heard that many people "use twitter wrong" and I suspect that I'm one of them. What's the right way to use it? [more inside]
posted by oceanview on Jan 10, 2014 - 14 answers

Mapping real-time points to a spreadsheet

I'm looking for a tool that will let me have a map interface open (Google Maps, OSM, Bing, I don't mind), click on a location, enter a brief comment, then have that data (lat/long, comment, timestamp) stored for later retrieval - something like a Google Docs spreadsheet would be ideal. [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jan 6, 2014 - 7 answers

a little twlonger

Is there some sort of online venue that's midway in concept between twitter and a blog? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Dec 12, 2013 - 9 answers

Social media for antisocial Luddites

All of the communications and marketing jobs I've been applying for lately have required experience posting to social media. In my personal life, I've avoided having anything to do with Facebook, Twitter and so forth, and I'm wondering how I can quickly get up to speed on these things. All I need is to be able to convince a potential employer that I can effectively promote them on social media, without ever having done this as part of my job responsibilities. How to accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 3, 2013 - 14 answers

Linking Facebook group to Instagram + Twitter?

I'm an admin for a Facebook group that focuses on local history and sharing / discussing old photos. We also have Instagram and Twitter accounts that we'd like to make better use of. In trying to integrate the three, I'm running into some problems. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Nov 21, 2013 - 1 answer

Twitter tips for ex-facebooker?

I've just left Facebook for Twitter, please help me understand this new place. In what ways are they alike, and different? Tips, tools, etiquette? Thanks!
posted by Tom-B on Nov 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Best way to buy Twitter stock on IPO day?

I'm a huge fan of Twitter and surprised how quickly they're going to IPO from the announcement just a few weeks ago (the IPO is supposed to happen tomorrow). I have no idea where to start, when to try and do this, how the process works for a layman. Is there any easy way to buy a couple hundred shares of the stock on the first day? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Nov 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Making a book of Favorate Tweets

There used to be a service that took your stared tweets, and make them into a book. I can't find it now and it would be awesome for all the family stories and comments I've saved over the years... [more inside]
posted by rmathew1 on Nov 6, 2013 - 3 answers

What is the best way to get twitter feeds in an rss reader?

Once upon a time it was pretty easy to access twitter feeds in an rss reader. But a few months back ( in June I think ) twitter stopped supporting the rss api so now it's not so simple. What options are available for accessing twitter through rss? In the extended explanation I'll list what I have tried so far. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by metadave on Oct 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Hacked Twitter Account

My old, dormant Twitter account recently started sending out direct messages to everyone on my list with spammy stuff. This happened within the last hour, and I just deactivated the account. The password for the Twitter account is different than the password for the email account that I set it up with. The password on the Twitter account hadn't been changed, and no tweets were sent from it (only DMs). Is this likely a third party app jacking the Twitter account (and therefore isolated) or should I be concerned about the establishing email account as well? I ask because this is my primary gmail account.
posted by codacorolla on Oct 15, 2013 - 5 answers

How to figure out which news story is trending the most at a given time?

Twitter and Tumblr feature trending or hot tags/news. But is there a way to find the most read/shared news story associated with a certain tag/news topic? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Any viable alternatives to Summify?

Summify (not to be confused with Summly) was purchased by Twitter and shutdown almost two years ago. I still miss it. News.me was touted as a viable alternative, but it no longer seems to be in active development and none of the alternatives seem to offer Summify's top-notch filtering/curation. [more inside]
posted by ajr on Oct 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Which Twitter Feeds will spoil Breaking Bad in real time?

I don't have cable or the ability to stream live TV, but I watched the first two seasons of Breaking Bad on DVD and have been following a lot of info about it via various podcasts and have my own predictions. Tonight during the series finale, I'd like to follow the show plot-point-by-plot-point live during the show. Are there any twitter feeds that are likely to do this? Spoilers are A-OK and expected and desired. Nothing held back. Who should I be following tonight? Also, what time does it start? (I'm in the Central Time Zone US.)
posted by marsha56 on Sep 29, 2013 - 4 answers

Do I need a second set of social media accounts?

I am about to launch a project that I think will get a lot of attention. I have personal/business social media accounts already, but do I need a second set of social media accounts just for this project to keep my personal/business ones from getting cluttered?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

What's with the special 'Share this video' link on YouTube?

Why does each YouTube video have a special 'Share this video' link, at the http://youtu.be/ domain? Is there a meaningful difference between using the link provided and just copying the URL from the address bar? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Sep 25, 2013 - 7 answers

What are the best poetry Twitter accounts to follow?

I feel certain that there must be poets who tweet their poetry. Please tell me if you know of any that are quality. Also acceptable would be accounts of people who tweet lines of poetry from various poets. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Have we made our smartphones stupid?

My husband and I have recently started using smartphones. We have each installed the Twitter app, and it worked great for several days. This morning, any link we click diverts us to a site called Linkbucks. Has this happened to any of you, and do you know of any fixes? We do have the pre-loaded, free version of Lookout on our phones and it has not helped so far. [more inside]
posted by nohaybanda on Sep 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Twitter It Right!

For social media gurus: What tools do you use to optimize your use of Twitter? [more inside]
posted by carolinaherrera on Sep 3, 2013 - 1 answer

Fair use, DMCA, and silly image editing?

I have a photograph in my Flickr feed that has proved very popular on Tumblr and other young-person social networking sites. I have a personal connection to the picture and so, when I see it posted without credit, I have been enthusiastically submitting DMCA takedown notices to remove the image. Yesterday I saw it as someone's Twitter avatar. They had cropped out most of the photo and added a stupid mustache to the picture. I submitted a DMCA notice; Twitter's response was to ask me if it didn't fall under fair use. I don't think it does. [more inside]
posted by Nyx on Aug 6, 2013 - 30 answers

Best Android app for Twitter?

I've used Tweetdeck on my Android phone for as long as I can remember, but I read they were phasing it out a few months ago (since Twitter bought them) and as of lunchtime yesterday my app has finally stopped updating. Any suggestions on what the best app out there is? I'd like it to be free, but don't mind paying a few bucks for a really good app. The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, so it should be able to download anything.
posted by DynamiteToast on Jul 25, 2013 - 10 answers

Post to Twitter from a map?

For a Twitter account I'm thinking of setting up (tweeting interesting things I pick up on a police scanner, basically), I want the ability to quickly tweet from a map interface, with the tweet being geotagged with a chosen location. Does a service like this exist? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Jul 22, 2013 - 3 answers

Consolidate a single day's worth of tweets onto a blog.

I am looking for ideas, suggestions, or webapps that will help me take all the tweets I make in a day and post them to a blog. [more inside]
posted by royalsong on Jul 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Tweets with links don't show up in hashtag search.

Need twitter help. My tweets with links don't show up in hashtag searches, but my tweets withOUT links do show up. Has anyone had this same problem? How did you fix it, if ever? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Jun 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Superfan Twitter accounts with huge followings

I'm curious about a phenomenon I've observed many times on Twitter. In the reply threads of tweets by Justin Bieber and other pop celebrities, you see a enormous amount of nearly content-free chatter by superfans ("Follow me please", "I love you", "OMG", etc). What's puzzling is that in the majority of cases, despite their inane content, the accounts posting this stuff seem to have enormous numbers of followers (many are 5000 or 8000+, more than many actual public figures), despite only following a modest few hundred accounts themselves. Where are all these followers coming from? Is this some sort of Belieber-specific phenomenon?
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 26, 2013 - 13 answers

Replacement for Echofon for Firefox

Seeking replacement for Echofon for Firefox. This little Twitter client sat unobtrusively as a button in your browser and would pop up a handy, no-frills pane to check recent tweets. Unfortunately, it no longer works. I'd love something similarly lightweight that integrates with your browser (I use Firefox for Mac), though if a browser-integrated client is impossible to find, I'd welcome any suggestions for good, simple Mac-compatible Twitter clients. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jun 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Following a few select social media accounts?

I need to monitoring a few social media accounts (on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for a short period of time. Is there a service I can use that will give me a feed of just these select accounts, without giving me a feed of all the accounts I follow/am friends with? [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

Fear of Twitter Replies

The powers that be where I work are reluctant to use Twitter because they think anything they tweet will get spammed. Help me convince them they're off the rails on this! [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on May 31, 2013 - 31 answers

Mac twitter+facebook client (replacement for Tweetdeck)

Twitter is breaking shit because they hate their users/want to monetize. I used to use Tweetdeck to send out coordinated facebook and twitter posts for work; I'd like to avoid using two different programs (doubling my work). HootSuite seems close, but for semi-irrelevant reasons, not currently an option. I run a Mac. What are the best options out there?
posted by klangklangston on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

twitter etiquette: @ or direct message?

I have a Twitter account that I don't use very much. But now I'd like to use it... [more inside]
posted by shino-boy on May 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Replacement for Echofon (Twitter client) on Windows desktop?

For a while I've been using Echofon as my Twitter client. It's got some things I don't like, but I always assumed they'd eventually get fixed. However, Echofon has discontinued support for the desktop client, opting instead to focus on mobile platforms. I'm looking for a replacement, since some features in Echofon have inexplicably stopped working and obviously won't be fixed. Anyone got suggestions on a replacement? [more inside]
posted by Legomancer on Apr 25, 2013 - 3 answers

To tweet or not to tweet

How useful is Twitter these days? I work in an advocacy-type job at the intersection between law, politics and a giant, sometimes heavily regulated industry. I really need to strengthen my connections, and I'd also like to raise my organization's profile online. Social media is obviously one part of the arsenal -- but is Twitter a worthwhile starting point? I only have so much time in the day to devote to this, and I could instead focus my efforts on blogging for a moderately well-trafficked niche group blog. I'm not so much interested here in driving traffic to our website, but rather to entering more fully into the conversation online.
posted by yarly on Apr 24, 2013 - 12 answers

Vegan / vegetarian inspiration via Twitter?

Who do you follow on Twitter to find new vegan and vegetarian recipes? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Apr 11, 2013 - 3 answers

How to do Social Media without being a Douchebag?

So, I've recently inherited the community and social media role for the company I work for. I'm hoping to use our social media presence to drive up engagement and get users to use our product (a niche-focused social network in the finance realm), but I want to do it without being a douchebag. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 9, 2013 - 10 answers

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