How do you use Social Media? | Fun Questions

October 19, 2013 Fun Questions 21

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

How do you use Social Media?

I’ve seen a few posts since I started blogging about what social media sites you should use for your blog. That’s not my question. I think most of us acknowledge that we need to use social media and I think it’s also pretty much agreed that Twitter is number one for the book blog world. It also seems to be pretty true that it’s not the only thing you should be using – why else to we all seem to have Facebook pages, Google+ and I don’t know what else (because I got overwhelmed with just these options and stopped there).

No, my questions is about how you actually use social media. Because I’ve gone and created all these accounts and I’m really trying to use them. But I can’t help but feel that I’m doing it wrong.

I don’t mean to imply that there’s one right way to use social media – but there’s certainly better, more effective ways and worse, less effective ones. So here’s what I’m doing … maybe you can tell me what you’re doing and why you think it does (not?) work!

Twitter

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I share all my posts on Twitter – that’s the main thing I use it for. But I also like to share all the posts I read on Twitter. I don’t share most memes, but book reviews, features, guest posts – I share them most the time. Sometimes I forget or am reading in a hurry. And I also try to tag the author when I share it. I don’t know if this is a pain to them or appreciated – but I figure that it’s nice to know someone is sharing your posts and it’s hard to know if someone is if they don’t tell you.

I’m horrible knowing when to RT. Unless I’m super excited about a tweet or it says “Please RT” I probably won’t. I get annoyed when I see the same tweet over and over because everyone and their brother retweeted a tweet, so I don’t want to over do it myself. But maybe I should? I don’t know.

I also tweet when I buy books on Amazon. Usually these are good deals (Free or $0.99 most the time) so I figure it’s nice to let people know about good deals. OH and I have the Tweet Old Post plugin set to every 4 or 6 hours. And I have goodreads setup to post my updates on Twitter  – Is that overkill? I don’t want to be obnoxious!

I do get into occasional conversations on Twitter – but I really suck at this and usually need to be approached first. One, I don’t want to push myself into someone else’s conversation. I get that feeling like I’m in high school and the cool kids are talking and I’ve come up and tried to insert myself. But part of me can’t help but think Twitter conversations are public, so your basically invited to join in, right?

Oh and hashtags (#)! I don’t get them. I mean I get the ones where I’m part of a read-a-thon and everyone’s posting their reading updates with a pre-agreed upon # or for a twitter party. Or when you’re watching a show and everyone watching it is using that #. But when I’m having a conversation (one of my rare ones) and someone says #hotguy or something I don’t know what to do. I think should I use a # too? Should I just make one up for what I’m feeling or are there pre-agreed upon ones and, thus, by randomly making one I will sound really clueless (which I am, go figure!)?

Facebook

facebook_iconI’ve had a Facebook page since month 2 of my blog, but I really don’t use it very much. I have Bloglovin’ automatically put up my posts. I also share book-related funnies (usually one a day). I will sometimes share book deals that I find – usually ones that I also found on Facebook. I share posts that I discover while reading Facebook – but not any of the posts I read otherwise. Should I be sharing more?

I’ve seen some blogs do Facebook only giveaways – but I really don’t have the resources to do that many giveaways. And I only have a little over 100 Facebook followers, and most of them don’t seem to read the majority of my posts, so it might be pointless anyway.

Otherwise, I’m clueless about what to do on Facebook…

Google+

google_plusI have to confess that I kind of hate Google +. I only created the account because I had to have it to comment on someone’s blog one day. And I figured if I was going to have it, I might as well make it work for me. So I add people to my circles and I think I made it look a little like my blog. I remember to put my posts up 50% of the time. I never share anything else there – no other posts I read, no book sales nothing. I really don’t read what others are putting up there either. Sometimes I think I should delete it, because it’s not being used. But maybe I should try to use it more. Maybe I’m missing a lot by not being more attentive to it.

Conclusions

The thing is, a blog is a LOT of work. When you combine that with social media and reading and you know, that thing called work (which is Graduate school in my case) there’s like no time left. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have negative hours left every day. So I want to use social media, but I want to use it right. I’d rather have better conversations with fellow bloggers on Twitter and ditch the other social media all together if I knew how. I want to be doing more than simply promoting my blog – I want to be talking to people – but that’s all I really feel like I’m doing, because I just don’t know how to do much more.

So how do you use social media? I’m dying to know and hope there will be lots of tips for me because I’m #socialmediachallenged! (Did that work? or is that a bad #?)

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

21 Responses to “How do you use Social Media? | Fun Questions”

  1. Angie F.

    Social media takes up so much of my day! And since you asked, here’s what I use, how I use, and if I think it works (mostly no, except for Twitter!).

    Twitter: Well, duh! I used Networked Blogs to automatically tweet all of my new posts, which is great! Of course, Goodread sends my updates there. I also use Triberr to automatically share other people’s posts, and have them share mine. I get tons more blog hits since I’ve started doing this! It does take up a lot of time approving posts, but I think it’s worth it, since others are taking time to approve my posts and driving traffic to me. I tweet out everything I buy from Amazon, too! Sometimes authors notice and tweet me which is always nice! I do RT quite a lot; it’s usually book deals, interesting posts, giveaways, or just something I found funny or interesting. Like you, I’m hesitant to jump into conversations unless someone tweets me first, and I’m also clueless about hashtags! I don’t really think they do anything important anyway, although I do use #review for my reviews. *shrugs*

    Basically Twitter is a success for my blog, if not for my social life.

    Facebook: Again, Networked Blogs posts my newest posts, so yay! Although I get like no traffic from this. I post Amazon deals occasionally too, but I notice barely any views or likes on these either. I mainly use FB for extra giveaway entries. So…I guess Facebook is a bust.

    G+: I do not like it, but I post all of my posts to it, because why not? I do get the odd page view from it, so I guess someone out there uses it to follow.

    Instagram: Totally has no effect on my blog whatsoever, but it’s fun!

    Soo…hooray for twitter for taking up most of my day!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I haven’t touched instagram bc I have a feeling it would absolutely KILL my ability to be productive, which is already hanging on by a thread as it is. LOL

      I’m so glad to see so many confirmations that I’m not being crazy on Twitter! I always feel like everyone is better at it me (what else is new?) but I do feel like I’m getting the hang of it. And hey – it’s how I met you so something must be working!

      Tiberr is an absolute mystery to me – but I’m getting ready to tweet you on that one 😉

  2. A Voracious Reader

    I do not auto post on any of my accounts. Why? Because I like my privacy. I like controlling what posts. I find auto posts annoying as hell. Especially those who auto post *everything*. It’s probably the main reason I’m never on Twitter. And I had to hide one author who auto posted every damn thing under the sun and it ALL showed up on G+, Twitter and FB. Ugh!

    I use Twitter to post my review links and that’s about it. I have no idea about hashtags and I barely know about RT.

    I use G+ for posting my review links and the same with Facebook and Tumblr. Then I post my reviews on Goodreads, BookLikes, Amazon, B&N, Shelfari, LibraryThing, FictFact, Smashwords, NetGalley or anywhere else applicable. It takes me about 15-20 minutes just to do that for each post. That’s one of the reasons why I only post once per day.

    I’m sure I could be doing more, but I don’t have time to figure it out. I’ve barely got time to keep up with reading, reviewing and my actual blog.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I hadn’t thought about autoposting being the reason why I see so many duplicate posts, but since reading comments I’ve realized that’s exactly what’s been going on that bothers me so much. So I went through my accounts, and what do you know, I had it setup too! argh! Guess you learn something everyday. I’m happy to post, but I want it to be on my terms!

      Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s clueless about hashtags and RT!

      Yeah I don’t post my reviews that many places – just the first 4 places you mentioned, and that always takes a while. I do it on the weekend though, for all the book reviews I did that week, since I don’t have time during the week. Exhausting! There’s just not enough time to do everything that I want to!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Well, you’ve taught me a few things, Berls! 🙂 I don’t usually tweet about my purchases on amazon – especially since I go on one-click binges some days. LOL But you’re right – I’m usually getting free or 99 cent reads, and people may want to know about that. I usually only tweet about blog posts and giveaways…but I do, on occasion, have conversations via twitter.

    I typically only use Facebook for blog posts and cover reveals. But I do share bloggers’ and authors’ posts and/or giveaways as well. Oh, and book deals – freebies/great buys. And I’ve been using my facebook page for ‘pimping’ my favorite authors and books lately. I’ve only had my fb page since April, I think. Another blogger suggested I create it but I didn’t really use it for much until recently. I need to see about having Bloglovin post automatically to fb for me…that would save me some time.

    I don’t use Google+, really. I do have an account and I have people in my circles…and I think since I use blogger, my posts go up?!? But I don’t even know that for certain and if they don’t, I NEVER post to Google+. Bad, bad me! LOL

    “In fact, I’m pretty sure I have negative hours left every day.” <– LOVE IT!! Yeah, I'm right there with ya, Berls. I keep thinking I need to figure out how to function on less sleep. This blogging thing definitely takes a lot of time…and some days I'm so behind. (for example, I'm commenting on this post a day later because my girls had a band competition yesterday and I was gone ALL day)

    Thanks for the fun post – and the lessons learned! 🙂

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Ha! no worries commenting a day behind – here I am responding to your comment two days later! There’s just not enough hours in the day and lately I’ve been sick, so I haven’t been able to function on my typical # of hours of sleep. I think I’m going to have to start getting at least 6 hours a night from now on – my 4 hours a night may be a big part of why I’m sick so much lately.

      Based on comments I’m kind of thinking that no one really uses Google +. I mean we post to it (or so we think LOL I don’t know how blogger works with that…) but if we don’t log on to read what people are posting, what’s the point. IDK but I may just let it fall neglected.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and learned something from it to boot! I’m learning a lot from the comments – including that I’m not the only one who doesn’t quite know what they’re doing LOL. Here’s my big question – how do you get into conversations on Twitter? I would love to have more conversations – I mean I like all these people and love having conversations on their blogs through comments… so why can’t I engage them in Twitter? You’d think it’d be simple…

  4. Vilia

    I’m getting used to twitter but some days go by without me remembering to actually tweet what I’m doing blogwise. I get confused when random people favourite my boring tweets like ‘Sunday Post is up’. Are they praising me for actually posting or are they reading some hidden message into the post like those people who used to play LPs backwards? I only use a few hashtags but one day just to shake things up I might whip out an #epicfail or #apocalypsenow to affect the #hashtag trends.

    Facebook and I aren’t the closest of friends. We co-exist just fine as blog posts magically appear over there but running both at the same time seems like double up.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      LOL I love the way you do hashtags! I’m going to start watching for them 😉

      so I sometimes favorite things that I like – I feel like Twitter is in desperate need of a like button – but when it’s just a link to a post they I like, I usually retweet it. So favorites for a Sunday Post is a little odd to me too. Maybe there is a hidden message and you aren’t aware of it, even if it is your post LOL

  5. Julie S.
    Twitter:

    I’ve been using twitter a lot to meet other bloggers. I also joined triberr and we share each others posts via twitter, so that has helped bring in new visits. We auto share our new posts on twitter and facebook, as well as things like bloglovin and networked blogs, but I don’t know how many readers actually follow with those options.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Tiberr is a mystery to me. I technically joined, but I don’t know how to join people’s… what’s it called… clans? I could be making that word up, but I think you know what I mean. I didn’t even know how to find ones that I would want to join. So I’m a loner with no clan and that seems pointless. LOL I’ve heard good things though, so I probably should try to figure it out.

  6. Pamela D

    I am glad that I am not the only one who feels challenged by the social media! I set up a google+ account, because I felt that I should; however, it is a pain, because it won’t automatically post my scheduled posts. What is up with that? Non-GoodReads tweets end up on google+ and blog posts when I remember. I use twitter to make announcements about the blog and interesting book related articles. I chat a little on twitter, but I don’t sit at my computer all day, so I struggle with when to tweet to someone. The twitter parties make things easier.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      you’re definitely not alone! I think Google+ is so incredibly frustrating, so I just don’t know why I try to use it. I have to agree with you about twitter – I’m not at my computer all day, and a lot of the time that I am, I have to be focused – having twitter open really wouldn’t work. So it’s super hard to keep up. That’s what I enjoyed about the last twitter party I participated in. I actually had conversations! It was so fun!

  7. Rainy

    I agree with everything you said. It’s exhausting keeping up with it all. There are soooo many tweets you have to check constantly. As far as retweets go I get a message on my phone that someone retweeted my post. If I’m feeling brave or really interested in the topic I’ll comment on people’s tweets. My son says the # is for sorting by topics. Facebook I mostly post links to my reviews and share any goodies I think are interesting. I hate google+, I think it’s just set up for an auto post of my blog. Now that’s where I have the problems. Blogging confuses me more than social media. What annoys me the most is when someone has auto updates to twitter from different sites and so is posted like 5 times with the exact same thing.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I hate Google+ too – the circles thing just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me and so few people really use it like they do twitter to make it enjoyable. Of course, Twitter is overwhelming – I can’t keep up with it all.

      Hmm – you know I need to check my settings about the auto updates to twitter… I think I may have it setup that way and that would mean I probably do that! And that would be so annoying – I’m so glad you mentioned it, thanks 🙂

  8. Anya

    My internal/subconscious rule for retweeting: if I wish that I had said it, I retweet it 😉 I have no idea if this is what you are supposed to do, but I enjoy retweeting fun quotes or good sentiments as a way of showing that I agree
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Hmm I like that! I often find myself wishing that Twitter had a like button. I end up favoriting things that I like, but I don’t necessarily think that makes sense. Saying I like something doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a favorite. Maybe I’ll RT instead.

  9. Jenna
    Twitter:

    I barely use Twitter. I know I could be so much better. I do (auto) post links to my reviews there, but that’s usually it. Sometimes I’m not doing anything else so I’ll reply to some tweets. I’ve attended a few Twitter parties, but the tweets fly so fast that it’s hard to keep up. They’re not really my thing.

    I have noticed that you tweet when you buy a book, and I’m sure the authors appreciate it. I follow one author who has mentioned several times that you should do that. I would, but I forget. It’s not annoying at all when you tweet one of my posts and tag me. Thanks for doing that. Again, I forget. I see the tweet links on posts and I still don’t do it.

    I don’t use Facebook (except to enter giveaways) or Google+.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m loving these comments, because it’s becoming so clear that I’m not the only one who’s really uncomfortable using social media. How do you auto post to twitter? the only one I could figure out was facebook :/

      It’s good to know that tagging isn’t annoying – I know that a lot of people get alerts when they’re tagged so I wasn’t sure. Thanks for weighing in 🙂

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