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Using Google+ and Pinterest to Broaden Your Reach

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Google+ is slowly becoming the new ‘hangout’ on the web and it’s probably because it features the hangout feature. This is an wonderful feature where you can follow chats with friends similar to private messaging in FB and chat on Twitter only it’s in very real time. You can also set up group hangouts and talk to several people at once. I love this. Even better, the hangout feature allows you to have video chats, both individual and group.

I’m still getting used to all the things that Google+ does but I believe once it catches on, it’s going to really catch on! In the meantime, it’s also a great place to meet new people, make new friends, Google+ screenshotnetwork, and post your thoughts, share your ideas, talk about you, your blog, your book, or whatever strikes your fancy.

I highly recommend checking out Google+ and start growing your circles of friends and followers.  It’s a wonderful way to broaden your reach.

 

 

Pinterest share buttonNow, about Pinterest – well, I’ll just say this: Pinterest is one of the most addicting sites you can visit. If you haven’t got time to spend at least an hour perusing all of the delights on Pinterest, don’t go until you do.

Pinterest.com is a place where people share their favorite everythings. It’s also a great place to promote yourself, your blog, your favorite things, and your books. Set up a board, pin some of your favorite things there, pin from others’ boards to yours and watch your followers list grow. Set up a board specifically for your books, your favorite reads, your favorite delights, or whatever strikes your fancy. It’s fun, it’s addicting, and it’s also a good place to find new things, meet new people and just have fun.

When I first joined Pinterest soon after it was created, I set up a writing inspiration board. Every so often, I visit it and update my inspiration. After all, a writer’s inspiration can change as quickly as our muse decides it should  –  which is way too often. When I see something that just makes me say ooh, I pin it to a board so I have it for later. I may never use it but it sure is nice to look at.

Check out Pinterest if you haven’t already but I’m giving you fair warning now, be prepared to waste a whole lot of time there. There is just so much to see!

Happy Writing Everyone!

More Twitter Tips From Someone Just Learning!

Don't Be Rude - Etiquette is the Way to Go! Even on Twitter!

Don’t Be Rude – Etiquette is the Way to Go! Even on Twitter!

A not so unusual thing happened to me one day on Twitter. After sharing another blogger’s post, the author of the book being tweeted about sent me a reply thanking me for requesting a copy of her book to review. I hadn’t requested a copy, and at first was quite annoyed by her assuming I had. I replied, telling her I hadn’t done so and to please don’t do that again. I didn’t want to be nasty about it as some folks can be but wanted her to understand that what she did was wrong. She immediately apologized and told me she was still learning the ins and outs of Twitter and hadn’t realized she had replied to me as well or that it was a share.

My tip to you, no matter who you are:  You must be aware of to whom your reply tweets are going.  If you don’t wish to reply to all names on the reply comment, remove the ones not involved. That’s my tip for you. But the wonderful lady, who I gave a slap on the Twitter hand, wrote a wonderful post called

TWITTER 101: How to Navigate on Twitter

and it’s full of more tips on using Twitter safely and nicely. Please stop by The Notebook Blogairy and take a gander. I think you’ll come away with a new sense of Twitter etiquette and a chuckle.

I had planned my next tips to be about Facebook but couldn’t pass on this. I’ll get back to you next week with my tips on USING FACEBOOK FOR PROMOTING and hopefully, they’ll keep you from screaming at your computer screen and wanting to write FB horrible nasty letters. I’ve been there and done just that.

Happy writing! 🙂

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