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Leveraging Twitter for Your Freelance Business

Leveraging Twitter for Your Freelance Business | Inspiring Social Media | Scoop.it

As a freelancer, twitter is without doubt an important tool to spread your word across the web. If you need advices about how you can do it, this post is perfect for you. [note Martin Gysler]

 

Social media applications such as Twitter can be effectively utilized as a tool for freelancers like yourself to promote your services. In a time when the world is connected through the internet, failing to employ such a simple strategy to connect with your potential and existing clients is a waste of opportunity. Remember that you are promoting to the rest of the world each time you post something in Twitter.

 

The content then, is what matters. You can update your existing clients on your latest projects and network with freelancers like yourself. In your Twitter, you may link your followers to your professional blog where they can further explore your work and even better, re-tweet it to their own network. All these can bring you more business in the long run as these people go on to recommend you to potential clients.

 

Here are five possible ways to make good use of Twitter for your freelance business:...

 

Read more: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/tips-leverage-twitter-for-freelance-business/


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Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption

Social Media Discovery: 5 Hurdles to Information Consumption | Inspiring Social Media | Scoop.it

This excellent article was written by Romain Goday for Darwin Ecosystems. 

 

After presenting some facts showing the immense and burgeoning amount of data available on the web, Romain goes into a little detail on the types of tools that use the Social Graph to filter content:

 

Social Networks Search Engines Discovery Engines

 

He then details 5 limitations to Social Media Discovery, opeing this section of the article:

 

**It is increasingly easier to publish information and increasingly difficult to consume it.

 

What most caught my attention:

 

**Excessive attention to what is being said within the user’s circle of trust limits the scope of the information consumption.

 

**The user’s perspective is not challenged, instead it is reinforced

 

**Users generally follow people that they respect at a personal level.

 

**It is understandable that they don’t have the desire to follow people that they dislike or that have the opposite view

 

**Lists, Circles and Subscriptions aren’t reducing the noise

 

**Following more people still equals a broader information scope and even more noise.

 

I agree wholeheartedly that it is our inclination to seek validation.  We must choose our sources and our curators very carefully to avoid seeing only what we are hoping to find.  But choose, we must!  The volume is just too great for anyone to do otherwise for a sustainable period of time.

 

If you're not careful you can escape the Google filter bubble to one of your own making. To avoid this, you may have to follow people who's views you may not agree with but at least you'll get the broader picture.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read the full article here: [http://bit.ly/yKZdG6]


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Karen Dietz's comment, January 11, 2012 10:49 AM
Excellent article and review Jan!
janlgordon's comment, January 11, 2012 6:04 PM
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Thanks Karen, loved our conversation on Google+:-)
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Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know

Pinterest: What Early Adopters Need to Know | Inspiring Social Media | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Jeff Turner, it makes you STOP and think. Pinterest is the latest new shiny thing but as Jeff says, buyer beware. His insights are right on the money.

 

He asks us to know the enviornment before we start posting and promoting. Here's an excerpt:

 

The Pinterest Stream And Fools Gold

 

Avoid Self Promotion:

 

"Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion".

 

Here are the takeaways:

 

My advice here is going to be the same advice I give people in any new social network... go have some fun first.

 

**Be social. Get to know the community, the lay of the land. The rest will sort itself out.

 

**The first thing that happens when the real estate community for example, "discovers" a new social media site is they focus on the media, not the social. This is a mistake. It leads to mining in the wrong streams.

 

Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Pinterest Watch"

 

Read full article here: [http://www.jeffturner.info/pinterest/]


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