Top (L - R): #MondayBlogs, #BookMarketingChat, #Foodie
Bottom (L - R) #Batman, #Superheroes
In a time when you can get all kinds of dashboards to consolidate all your social media accounts, there's something to be said for using one that is Twitter specific. A little background… This week's assignment in EdTech 543 required us to set up a TweetDeck account and choose five hashtags to follow.
I had a couple of reasons why I was initially a bit resistant to this idea (setting up a TweetDeck dashboard). In the past, I've used TweetDeck. Years ago, it turns out. The dashboard was dark - black background, gold letters if memory serves - and hard to read. It also didn't give me a glimpse of what was going on with my other social media accounts like Facebook. You can spend a lot of going between social media accounts, and if you have only a bit of time, it's easy to neglect these accounts in favor of something else.
Additionally, I already have an account with HootSuite. It's also a dashboard, and it allows me to follow and post to up to 20 different accounts/ groups on the plan that I pay for. That can be 20 different Facebook groups or 20 different social media accounts or a combination of both.
Usually, I post to my Twitter account plus all the Facebook groups that I belong to - mostly writer's forums, but some journal and coloring book groups, too since I create these types of books. I wasn't that anxious to start a new dashboard.
Following Superheroes on Twitter
However, I decided for the sake of this assignment to go ahead and try TweetDeck again. My professor told me that TweetDeck is nice, because it's Twitter-specific. If you want to watch for certain hastags, that's a nice feature. I decided to try it since it was free and I could use it right through Firefox.
I'm glad I did. The ability to isolate hashtags is really convenient. Truthfully, it was hard to stick to just five of them, given that I follow quite a few to keep up with topics related to my writer's platform.
It will likely seem a bit humorous to my classmates as well that I chose hashtags like "Batman" and "Superheroes," but these are a few of the topics that I write about on my blog as a writer. As a fiction writer, I retell fairy tales and myths, and to me, these tags because superheroes are our modern myths and because honestly it's a way for a relatively unknown writer to find new readers.
An Argument for Batman
My new readers may not be looking for Buffy Naillon, but they are interested in Batman or Wonder Woman or the Joker or what have you. It's a way to connect with people who love the same things I do and to build my mailing list at the same time.
The other three were also chosen with my writer platform in mind. I chose "foodie," because occasionally I write about food, but more specifically, I design blank recipe books through my publishing company. This is a way to connect with people who love yummy food and to find potential buyers for these journals. Plus I just love food, chocolate in particular, so it's a win-win.
And Now for the Serious Writer Stuff…
Finally, "MondayBlogs" and "BookMarketingChat" are two tags that allow me to follow one of my personal heroes in the writing industry, Rachel Thompson. She happens to be a friend, but she's also a genius when it comes to book marketing.
"MondayBlogs" allows me to connect with Rachel and my readers, without being too "sales." "BookMarketingChat" is literally that. It's a weekly chat group that gives authors ideas about marketing their books. It's become so popular that recently Neil Gaiman joined in the conversation. That was pretty cool.
All in all, I'm glad I decided to try TweetDeck. It'll be a good way to connect with all the topics that I follow on Twitter and to keep up with the conversation when I doing chats.
It's a good just-in-time tool for helping me quickly connect with what's going on with topics I care about. And because I use it now only with Twitter, it's easier to use to follow just hashtags. That's a plus.
Here are the top three reasons why I like it:
I can keep up with hashtags in real time.
The new TweetDeck interface can be used with Firefox. You don't need to download anything.
Standard 2: Development Standard 3: Utilization Standard 4: Management