Last week, I talked about the 3 Basic Rules of Social Media and tossed in a few guidelines. This week, l want to share 9 social media apps that will help you to become more social.
You’re probably thinking, “Hey, I’m an introvert. It’s too hard to be social.” You’re not alone in feeling that way. Most writers are introverts; I’m an introvert too.
In fact, we’re surrounded by introverts. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, one-third to one-half of the population is comprised of introverts.
That’s why these applications are so well suited for writers.
9 Socia Media Apps to Help You Be More Social
The biggest hindrance to being social is the streams of incoming messages in your news feeds. For example, if you are following 2,000 Twitter users, it can be difficult to cut through the slush to find the gems that you’ll find worth retweeting.
One way to sift through your Twitter news feed is to find and join Twitter chats that focus on topic that interest you. Nothing can replace the feeling of immediacy that interacting with a wide number of people on Twitter will provide. They are interesting, fun, and depending on the topic, very entertaining. Use these applications to find a Twitter chat that you might enjoy:
- Twchat: With this application, you can create real-time chat rooms based on your selected twitter hashtag. A Twitter hashtag might be #memoirchat, @poetchat, #suspensechat, #marketingchat.
- TweetGrid: With this application, you can keep track of multiple keywords, including multiple Twitter chats. You can even join more than one chat and the website will create grids with live updates within each stream. In essence, it creates real-time chat rooms based on the twitter hashtags in use.
- InkyGirl: Inky girl lists twitter chats just for writers. Check out this wiki page and find chats for your genre or areas of interest.
- Twubs: Once you sign up with Twubs, you can join chats and it will automatically add the hashtag to your tweets. You can even join twitter chats right on this website. It’s convenient and fast and keeps you updated about the latest addition to the conversation.
Tweet Chats Listed by the Day of the Week
Go to this wiki page http://www.gnosisarts.com/home/Tweetchat_Wiki/By_Day to find lists of chats organized by the day of the week. There are chats on book marketing (#bookmarket), writing (#writechat), blogging (#blogchat), screenwriting (#scriptchat) social media (#socialchat), connecting readers to writers (#litchat), eBook discussions (#epubchat) and more. The list is exhaustive.
Applications to Help You Find Newsy Nuggets
People post about everything on social media. They show pictures of gluten-free lasagna, a son’s graduation, and the latest funny video on YouTube. If you would like see and comment on these posts, then do so. However, if you want to find the real news and join conversations with more substance, there are a variety of applications that can help you.
- Nutshell Mail: You will determine whether you want to receive an update once or twice daily and at what time. When the email arrives, it will manage your Facebook pages by keeping track of likes, posts, comments and Facebook’s analytics, Insights. On your profile, it will update you about birthdays, friend requests, wall posts, event and group invites and messages. On Twitter, it will keep track of new follows and unfollows, mentions, and tweets from your favorite lists in your Twitter summary. You can even tweet, reply retweet and send a direct message without leaving your inbox. On LinkedIn, you can keep up on social profile updates and even monitor your discussion groups without ever leaving your inbox.
- Newsle: Newsle will send you email alerts when people you follow are mentioned in articles online. It’s always a friendly gesture to send the person an email or tweet congratulating them on the mention or a great post they wrote. According to the application’s creators, “Newsle tracks real news. Every story in your Newsle newsfeed is a real news article from a newspaper, news website, or blog that mentions or quotes your friend.” To set it up, simply connect to Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn. Review the setting to select how often you want to receive an email notification.
- Commun.it: This app will analyze your relationships and help you to engage with them better. The basic service is free and keeps track of your followers and interactions. With a single glance, you’ll know which users you should follow and which of your Tweeps you need to thank or send a reply.
- Bottlenose: Marketed as “next generation social intelligence,” Bottlenose will help you to measure your following. This website provides tools to enable early-detection and ongoing analysis of emerging threats, opportunities, trends, and relationships. It also acts as a search engine. It will scan all forms of social media in real-time to show you what your followers paying attention to right now.
Which applications do you use to help you be more social?
About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, trainer, and author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Editor for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.