If you want to really utilize social media I suggest you create a twitter account. Twitter can overwhelming when you don’t understand it. I think of twitter as a way to have a open conversation with someone and it doesn’t have to be instant. It may be hours later or even days later and you can continue the conversation.
For example, if I want have a public conversation with someone on twitter I can use their “handle”. For example mine is @stockpilingmoms. So if I want to talk to someone I would say @stockpilingmoms How are you today? If I want have a private conversation with someone I would send them a direct message @ their name. In order to send a direct message the twitter user must be following you.
You can also set up your facebook page or blog to automatically “tweet” your posts. This is very handy and a useful way to kill two birds with one stone. However, there are some tweets that you may want to address to a particular audience. If I want to be sure that a certain audience sees the tweet then you would want to use a hashtage #. For instance if I do a post on Country Bobs Sauce I may want to tweet @CountryBobs at the beginning of the post or #CountryBobs after the post. Either one will allow you to find the post by searching on twitter. This also allows anyone searching for the user to find your post!
I would also suggest downloading either TweetDeck or UberTwitter on your mobile phone. It is a great tool and since I downloaded it I have to say it has made a HUGE difference in my love of using Twitter, especially knowing when someone having a conversation with me. I find that I use UberTwitter to utilize twitter much more than logging into twitter. If you have twitter on your phone you can use it when you are “on the go” and have time on your hands.
Finally, you can Re-Tweet (RT) others posts. This is a huge tool in growing your audience on twitter. If you RT a post then your audience is going to see the original post. It is a very useful tool and I would suggest forming a RT group. If for example several bloggers partnered together to RT each others posts it is going to expand the audience. You can also include # when you RT which a way to stretch the audience even further. I always think it is nice if someone RT my post that I will RT one for them.
You can also attend twitter parties or twitter chats to help grow followers. I like to spend 10-15 minutes a day responding to tweets and re-tweeting.
If you use twitter please link yourself here! I would love to follow you and hope you would also follow us @StockpilingMomsYum