12. New Social Media Tool: Topsy


Tool: Topsy

Where to get it: http://topsy.com/

What they offer: Topsy seems like Google for social media. You can search for a particular keyword and it will tell you who the most influential people are that use the keyword. There are several options that allow you to search all social media, just Twitter, or even to see trending terms and experts in certain fields.

Getting Started: Once you go to http://topsy.com/ you can start searching right away, no registration required. Start typing in a keyword and it will offer suggestions of the most used words. You can also search links, tweets, photos and videos.

Favorite Feature:  I like that you can follow, reply or retweet directly from the search results. This allows you to keep track of the most influential users in the fields that you are interested in.

Overall: I am glad that I stumbled across this site. Since I am just getting started with really utilizing social media for my business, I think this will be a valuable tool to analyze what other people are doing to be influential in social media within the areas that I am interested in.

What social media tools are your favorites right now? What are your favorite tips and tricks for building your social media base? Let me know in the comments, and make sure you subscribe for tomorrows blog straight to your inbox.

Thank you to webtreats for the photo above.


5. New Social Media Tool: Hootsuite

I have always maintained a MySpace or Facebook profile because I felt obligated to ‘go along with the crowd’, but it wasn’t until recently that I decided I really needed to start taking advantage of the different social media outlets and all of the great tools that are available. Between trying to blog everyday and start up our webdesign business it is important to be as active in these communities as possible. My goal is to start using and learning one new social media tool each week, and hopefully I will be able to use them to develop this blog, and my business. The first tool I started learning about today is Hootsuite. I have been hearing about it for a while, but had been resistant to start using it.

Tool: Hootsuite

Where to get it: http://hootsuite.com/

What they offer: Hootsuite has three different plans, their basic free plan, a pro plan for $9.99 and an Enterprise plan which you have to request a demo of and is for much larger companies. Obviously, I don’t have the need (yet) for the pro version, so I decided to learn about the Basic Package. This package includes, HootSuite Conversations, 5 social profiles, quick reports, message scheduling, unlimited apps and 2 RSS/Atom feeds.

Which accounts you can use it with:
You can add 5 profiles from your Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, foursquare, WordPress, MySpace, or mixi accounts.

Getting Started: I just started by linking my Twitter and Facebook profiles, which was really easy.

The interface is really simple; each profile gets its own tab which is laid out in columns, with recent posts, tweets, statuses, etc. On the Twitter tab you can easily see any mentions of you which makes it easy to monitor the effectiveness if you are using Twitter is a marketing tool.

Favorite Feature: The main reason I had kept hearing about HootSuite, is because you can use it to schedule posts to happen at a specific time, and you can also schedule in bulk if you are a Pro member. You can access the bulk schedule feature from the toolbar on the left hand side, within Publisher (the icon looks like a paper airplane). To schedule a regular post you just start typing in the post bar at the top of the post. Once you have typed your message click the calendar icon and you can set the time and date for your Tweet/Facebook post etc. to go out. You can also set up auto scheduling to optimize the impact of your message.

Overall: I definitely think I will continue to use HootSuite to manage my social media profiles. I like the ease of use, and I have always thought how nice it would be to schedule my posts to go out at a better time. I definitely recommend checking it out if you have been resistant to social media tools in the past, it’s a good starting point.

What social media tools do you use and love? There are hundreds of articles about the ‘best’ tools, but it makes it hard to figure out which ones are the best, and which overlap others. Let me know which one I should try out next Saturday! Also make sure you follow 365 new things on Facebook and Twitter so you can check out my progress.

Thank you to webtreats for the photo above.

Happy New Year

If you’re like me, you waited until the very last-minute to come up with your New Year’s resolution. (I thought about making mine to work on procrastination….but I’ll save that for next year). In fact, the last couple years, I haven’t made a resolution at all. After all, what is the point of resolving to do something if you have to schedule its start date in the first place. However, as I look back on the past two years I am realizing that I haven’t accomplished everything that I want to accomplish and I feel like it is time to change that. Sure, I have hit milestones that I am proud of, in 2011 I bought a house, and in 2012 I finished my Bachelor’s degree and paid off my first car 100% on my own; and yet, overall, I don’t really feel like I have moved forward with my long-term goals. I am hoping by setting my resolution this year, it will help me track, measure, and accomplish a goal that will help me gain skills and learn more about what I want out of my five and ten-year plans.I think learning something new and taking the time to actually process what it is that I am learning about will become an invaluable tool in deciding what will truly make me happy in the long-term. The internet is a wealth of information and I think it is time to harness that information and become a more well-rounded person. I hope you will follow this blog and help not only keep me accountable, but yourself as well for whatever your resolutions are, and that we can all share the knowledge that we gain over these next 365 days.

Once I get this blog up and going….and power past all the reasons for breaking resolutions; I plan to have a more structured system, one day a week devoted to crafts and DIY, perhaps a ‘Financial Friday’, something like that. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! I have a huge-to-the-point-of-detrimental list of interests, hobbies and things I think are cool, so the sky is really the limit on what I can learn this year. The amount of information floating around out there is quite overwhelming, and I welcome ideas for how I should tackle this resolution. I hope every has a happy New Year, and be safe!

Thank you to christmasstockimages.com for the featured image.