Behind the curve as ever, I have recently realised that I must get to grips with social media. I have both a twitter and a facebook account that are linked to this blog and update with each post. And that’s really all I do – due entirely to a fundamental lack of understanding as to how the rest of it works. I have occasionally scattered favourites and retweets and likes in a random manner, without much clue what I was doing. Will you please help me figure this out, social media savvy folk?
1. When is it appropriate to retweet, and when to favourite?
2. The more people you include in a tweet, the fewer characters you have – who should be included in a multiple conversation when there are twitterers involved who you don’t know?
3. What’s the right netiquette on twitter – who should you thank and how?
4. I think once in the past I managed to tweet a link. I used tiny URL – is that the best site for twitter links or is there a better way?
Facebook confounds me by a process of elimination. I don’t feel the urge to tell my facebook friends that I’ve just had a nice cup of tea. I have no small children to photograph (and come to that the only camera we possess now is on Mr Litlove’s phone and I don’t know how to use it). I’m not very good at posting links because I rarely read newspapers online (or indeed know how to link to them). So what’s left? What could I possibly say? In essence, this is a philosophical question: beyond the link to my blog, what is facebook for?
Any help or insight into the above most gratefully received!