SOCIAL MEDIA 4 AUTHORS Guest Blog Post By Marianne de Pierres “Amid the clamour of social media, you must find your own voice. If you are enjoying yourself then you’ll quickly build a network.” Authors can take the work out of social media and still achieve visibility by simply choosing the right platform/s for them. Marianne de Pierres A BRIEF OVERVIEW TO GET YOU STARTED FACEBOOK What’s it like? Facebook works well for the gregarious author who likes to share both their own thoughts and resources they’ve found. Simple rules will help you manage your time. What You Can Do? Run competitions Broaden your network by tagging bigger common interest groups Have real time instant chats Network with colleagues Use paid for advertising TWITTER What’s it like? Twitter is quick to update but not immediately visual. Phrase your posts in simple direct ways and learn the power of the hash tag. What You Can Do? Chat, share links and pictures Network - Twitter is one of the best professional networking platforms available Secure your own hash tag on Twubs and build a whole tribe who are interested in talking about the same topic GOOGLE PLUS What’s it like? Google’s answer to Facebook is looking better and better all the time. Works well with all the Google apps. What You Can Do? Share posts and thoughts Run simple competitions Create a Google hangout - a video- based chat group - with other writers or readers Google Huddles – chat with authors and readers using a phone app. YOU TUBE What’s it Like? YouTube’s video platform that has been around for...
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