I’m a Twitter Machine

I’ve been given the role of Chief Tweeter in our group assignment. Why? I don’t even know!! I have barely used Twitter before. But I think I am getting there. It is so amazing to see people starting to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. It’s like watching a baby take its first few steps 🙂

We currently have 8 followers on our twitter – and I we’ve had 26 likes on our Facebook page! I know that doesn’t seem like much right now, but as I’ve mentioned before TIME is so crucial with these things. It’s takes time to set it all up, develop a ‘voice’, and attract followers.

I’ve found a few Twitter Tips which I may start to employ as an overall strategy – did I mention I don’t use Twitter? :/ eek!

I’ve used some of these tips to spell out my own, pretty basic, Twitter Strategy:

– Post at LEAST once a day, but no more than 4
– Retweet about the same amount
– Use images
– Use less than 100 characters per tweet
– Use one or two hashtags per tweet
– Request retweets! (by spelling it out, or putting RT) – only where necessary

Well, here’s to hoping!

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More on “using social media to produce an interactive documentary”

I’ve been interning with community radio station LightFM lately in their web content department. It is interesting how much what my “supervisor” was explaining to me yesterday aligns with this course. She was describing how LightFM has a strong community feel, and how social media is being strongly used to expand and develop that community online. This is done by sharing the content on their website by promoting articles and radio segments on Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram.

Tagging is a huge part of it. She was telling me don’t even bother posting it if you don’t tag the right people! For example, I was writing an article about an interview a presenter did with the band Casting Crowns, and I had to tag their Facebook page on FB and their Twitter accounts on Twitter. In this way, followers of this massive US band can access OUR content. When high profile bands are featured on the station, we write about them and if they retweet or repost our articles, their hundreds of thousands of followers can see them! Amazing.

So I guess my point here is about using social media to connect.

In terms of using this to produce an interactive documentary, these social media outlets can be used to harness support, coverage and awareness. By tagging people, or even certain businesses, you are given access to a simple and FREE audience automatically. It is obviously important to distinguish a real cause/movement/project from spam through post content etc.

It is also essential to tag the RIGHT PERSON [In light of the recent Offspring Twitter awkwardness…
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