Simple Social Media Advice

I’ve seen a fair few blogs and tweets in the past week complaining that having a Twitter account or submitting a site to Sphinn hasn’t lead to huge amounts of traffic.

“I tweet about my blog, nobody’s commented! Then I put it on Sphinn, and nobody Sphunn it! Why isn’t this working?”

The answer to this social media problem couldn’t be any simpler.

Are you using social media to be social? If the answer’s no, then luckily this very short blog means you’ve got a few minutes free. Get out there and socialise:

  • Ask your Twitter followers how they are – fire up a few @replies or direct messages to see what they’ve got in the pipeline.
  • Digg, Sphinn or Stumble someone else’s work for once.
  • Leave some blog comments.
  • Get on some niche forums and start making friends.

Go on. What are you waiting for?

3 Comments comments for "Simple Social Media Advice"

  1. Rob says:

    Talking to actual people is vital. I tend to judge someone’s Twitter account by how many Tweets they start with ‘@’. If people are tailoring their Tweets for a specific audience then they’re likely to be socialable and useful.

    If they’re just throwing links out into the ether then they’re probably closer to the mindlessly self-promoting type of Twitterer that’s best avoided.

  2. Mog says:

    This is really interesting. Particularly on Twitter I suffer shocking @burn i.e. will try and get friendly but find myself retyping the message 5 times and then trashing it for fear of ridicule.
    Are there any particular rules or faux pas for addressing Twitter members?

  3. Andrew says:

    @ Mog – so long as you don’t launch into an attack on the Twitterer in question, you’ll be fine.

    There aren’t enough characters to commit much of a faux pas!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *