Facebook marketing with a Quiz

Add a quiz to your Facebook feed

This Facebook marketing post tells you how to promote your business with an entertaining quiz in your Facebook feed. The first part of this post will actually be a review of the Quiz and Survey Master WordPress Plugin.

Note that the word “entertaining” is highlighted. That is because Facebook is a social media. If you are using this quiz to promote your business, that must be a secondary property. If the quiz is not primarily entertaining, expect people to stop reading your posts.

The quiz you see in the picture has 15 questions. You can see the actual quiz here. Only one question is of a commercial nature.

How to add a quiz to Facebook

In order to create the quiz, you will need a WordPress plugin called Quiz and Survey Master. The instructions on this page will not help you much at all unless you are using WordPress.

Facebook marketingToday’s WordPress site shows that Quiz and Survey Master has 433 reviews. 398 of them are 5 Star reviews.

Today’s sample quiz has geographical questions about the area in which your business resides. For Facebook marketing purposes, you may ask ONE question that promotes your brand by forcing people to go into your business website to get an answer. The other questions should not be related to your business.

Other questions should be entertaining. Questions in the sample quiz are aimed at visitors to the Okanagan Valley. You can see the sample questions here. To write the quiz you will make radio button multiple choice questions by adding 3 wrong answers to each right one.

Look at the Okanagan Valley Quiz now.

Getting started

Facebook marketingIn your dashboard, click Plugins > Add New. Insert “quiz and” into the Search Plugin box. You will see the QSM logo
beside Quiz and Survey Master. Click Install Now and then
Activate
. Quizzes/Surveys will show up near the bottom of your black column.
Click on Quizzes/Surveys in theFacebook marketingblack column. Another Quizzes/Surveys shows up. Click on it. Towards the top of the page you will see the name of the panel, Quizzes/Surveys. Click the Add New button beside it.Facebook marketing
You will now begin to add questions and four possible answers to each question. You insert the question into the large box at the Facebook marketingtop. Below that you will give 4 different but related answers. Put a check mark beside the correct answer in the Correct Answer column. In the example above the correct answer is 270km.

Quizzes/Surveys

Facebook marketingAfter you have added your questions and answers, you edit the options. Read over the basic settings page. Click 0n Quizzes/Surveys in the black column and then the other Quizzes/Surveys link. It will give you the names of the quizzes you have created.

Notice that each quiz has a different shortcode. If you insert the shortcode into the visual view of a post you are editing, that will become the entire quiz when you view the saved page.

Facebook marketingClick Edit underneath the name of the quiz you wish to edit. That will give you a set of tab links.

In this post, we are talking about a multiple choice quiz with radio buttons. You will click on the Add Question tab, type your question and then click the Add New Answer button. You will add 4 answers for each question. You will click the check box beside the correct answer.

Do what the Basic Settings page says and go to the next link as suggested at the bottom. Whenever you are finished a page, go to the Next link at the bottom.

Below is a list of the tabs that were important for the creation of the Okanagan Valley Quiz used in our example.

Questions

Much of this is discussed several paragraphs above this one. Three things were not mentioned:

  1. After you have added your question & 4 possible answers, click the blue Create Question button to save it.
  2. Three lines above that button is a line called Question Order. Click on the right end of the line and a set of dropdown arrows shows up. Use that to
    change the order of the questions.
  3. To delete a question, click on a question and then click on the red Delete button.

Text

Use this tab to add text before and after your quiz. There are a couple dozen variables with percentage (%) signs on either end.

The beginning of our sample quiz said, “Welcome to your 15 Question Okanagan Valley Quiz”. “15 Question Okanagan Valley Quiz” was the variable represented by %QUIZ_NAMES%. To add that opening line, I typed “Welcome to your ” and then copied & pasted %QUIZ_NAMES% right after it.

Options

Read each option and make changes as you wish. In the section about Facebook & Twitter Shares, click the No radio button.

Do not forget to click the blue Save Changes button when you’re done.

Results Pages

This page will help you with your Twitter & Facebook marketing. Add variable to allow you to share on Facebook & Twitter. You might want to add something like Click to add your results to your %TWITTER_SHARE% page.  This could be follow in the same panel by Click to add your results to your %FACEBOOK_SHARE% page.

Click the blue Save Results Pages button.

Add quiz and begin Facebook marketing

Add your Shortcode to the WordPress post on which you wish to have the quiz. The Shortcode will have qsm and the quiz number inside square brackets.

Do the quiz once yourself. After you are finished, click the share on Facebook link. You may want to edit that post to make sure that people see how to take the quiz. If you are serious about Facebook marketing, you will also want to let people on one of your Facebook Pages know about the quiz.

Other social media

As well as Facebook marketing, you will want to add posts to Twitter & Instagram. Make sure those posts have good hashtags. Make sure the posts get people enthusiastic about taking the quiz.

Support

If the question below is not your problem, you can find support here. Note that the creator of this app is very busy. It could take a day or two to get an answer.

Q. My timer stays at zero after I refresh the page. So, the radio buttons are greyed out and I cannot do the quiz.  What should I do?

A. You should clear your cache. Read how clear the Google Chrome cache. For other browsers you’ll have to do an online search.

The plugin stores the timer info in your browser cache to prevent users from continuously closing and opening new tabs to reset the timer when filling out exams. However, you should still be able to submit the quiz once the timer hits zero.

Q. I’m answering my own quiz. The results page says that I got fewer right than I really did. What’s wrong?

A. In all likelihood, the check mark is missing beside some of your correct answers. So, in the Quizzes/Surveys link in your dashboard, click on Questions and then click on a question to find the edit link. Scroll down to the answer and make sure a check mark is beside each correct answer. If you made a change for any one question, click the Save Question button.

More information

To see lots more information about Quiz & Survey Master plugin, go to their documentation page.

 

 


VAPeter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. As a VA (virtual assistant), he specializes in new website development, researching and writing blog posts and creating videos for YouTube and as animated GIFs. He is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.



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Okanagan Valley Quiz

Test your knowledge of the Okanagan Valley

How much do you know about the Okanagan Valley? You have 8 minutes to complete this quiz.

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to your 15 Question Okanagan Valley Quiz

1) What is the largest community in the Central Okanagan Valley?
2) How many km of SHORELINE are along the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake?
3) How wide is Okanagan Lake at its widest point?
4) What cities are on either end of Okanagan Lake?
5) What is Kelowna’s average daytime temperature in the summer?
6) Which fruits are first to harvest in the Okanagan Valley?
7) What part of the Okanagan Valley has been described as one of the most beautiful parts of the Trans Canada Trail?
8) How long is the usual golf season in Kelowna?
9) The Okanagan Fall Wine Festival in October is ___?
10) The Kettle Valley Railway Trail in Myra Canyon take you  ___?
11) What 3 minerals did the Kettle Valley Railroad ship from the mountains above Kelowna?
12) How many Kettle Valley Railbed trestles were damaged in the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park fire?
13) How much did it cost to replace all of the damaged trestles?
14) In what year were the Myra Canyon trestles reopened after reconstruction?
15) Where in Kelowna can you feel a live crocodile?


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Twitter Hashtags, Which Ones to Use

What’s the point of Twitter hashtags?

The point of adding Twitter hashtags to your post is to help people find your tweet.Twitter hashtags For instance, suppose you want to upload your latest cat video. You may tweet: Here’s my latest #cat video. When people go to Twitter to find cat videos, they can search for #cat. Your tweet is more likely to be discovered.

If you search for “cat” without the hashtag, you will get different posts. A #cat in the post means that the writer wants people to find his post.

Multiply your chances

The ideal number of hashtags is two. A website at hashtagify.me will help you find that second hashtag. Go to that website and enter “cat” into the search box. You will get a list of the ten most popular hashtags that accompany “#cat” in a tweet.

You find that 7.3% of all tweets that use #cats also use #cute. So, you may refine your tweet to this: Here is my latest #cute #cat video.

Which Twitter hashtags are best for you?

Enter this into your address box: analytics.twitter.com. That will give you statistics for your particular twitter account.

Doing that I found out that the top media tweet from the past 28 days had 112 impressions. That means that 112 people saw it.

The hashtags in that tweet were #animated and #GIF. So, of all the hashtags I used in the past 28 days, that is the hashtag pair that is most likely to give me the most impressions.

The following was my next tweet. Learn how to make an : . The GIF tells you to click here. Instead, click on URL above.

It is possible to upload animated GIFs to Twitter. So, I should be uploading them and using #animated & #GIF as hashtags. Then people will be more likely to see my tweets.

4 steps: uploading animated GIFs to Twitter?

  1. Find your animated GIF. (Click on the animated GIF below to find out how to make them.)
  2. Compose your tweet. Make sure it has 2 hashtags.
  3. Click on the camera icon
  4. Click on your #animated #GIF from the list of files

 

 

 

 


Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.

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Social Media Buttons, Visitors Share Your Posts

Social media icons
social media buttons Multiple social media logos reflected 700 x 400

It is a good idea to have social media buttons at the bottom of every blog post.  Make it easy for visitors to share your blog post with their social media connections.

social media buttons Icons with PinterestThe buttons on the right are from the bottom of this page.  If a visitor clicks on the Twitter logo, they can share a link to this page on Twitter and so on.  Click on the grey icon and they can print the page.  Click on the plus sign and they have access to around 200 different social media.

Free social media buttons

Get the code to have free social media buttons like I have at the bottom of the page.  Go to addthis.com.  Sign up and then click the Get the Code link at the top of the page.

HTML code for social media buttonsCopy the code into your clipboard, go to the bottom of your WordPress post in text view and paste the HTML code to the bottom of the page.

Related pages

6 Tips to Get Your Blog Noticed

The B2K Media Marketing website says

Always have your social media profiles pop up in NEW windows or tabs.  Read much more.

Where to place your social media icons

A Suzanne Perazzini article says

Facebook is getting more and more difficult … since it became a public company and therefore an impersonal business.  Pinterest, is currently the best way to get a good flow of traffic to your blogRead much more.

16 Social Media Icons …

A Clear Edge Marketing post says

Below is a listing of 16 key social media icons — a glossary of icons, if you will — that can serve helpful for those not social media savvy.

Read more.

YouTube video

The video below may help you get a better understanding of exactly how to add social media buttons to your blog post.

Social Media Icons Pinterest

Watch the above SlideShare presentation on the SlideShare website.

 

 

 


Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.

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Visuals to Enhance Your Message

Grab their attention for a few seconds

Visuals Cliffs from below 400

Website visitors are impatient.  They need visuals to distract them.  If they are not really interested in the first 3 seconds, they will probably leave your page.  So, use images with a “wow” factor to grab their attention.  The special picture should be above the fold if possible.

A picture is worth 1000 words

The brain processes a picture much faster than text — 60,000 times faster.  So, a picture is probably worth much more than 1000 words.

What makes visuals different from text?

  • Visuals are stored directly in the long-term memory
  • Text is stored in the short-term memory
  • Images increase comprehension, recollection and retention to a greater extent than text does
  • So, people are more likely to remember things on your web page if text is accompanied by a picture
  • Pictures enhance emotions more strongly than text.
  • Pictures engage the imagination to a greater extent than text
  • Pictures heighten creative thinking to a greater extent than text
  • The brain processes everything about a picture simultaneously
  • With text, the brain processes it one word at a time

Souces of visuals

SVisuals kitch optionsWhen you are explaining things, it often helps if you use a program such as Skitch to grab part of an image to explain a point.  Visuals help us decode text.

Sometimes, or probably usually, visitors will leave your page if you do not grab their attention within the first few seconds.  I often go to Adobe Stock and pay $3 for a photo that will “wow” people long enough to get them to read the page. 

Note that to use Adobe Stock you must pay $30 USD per month for 10 photos. If that is too much, try the nocostimages alternative.

Try going to 8 sources of free stock images.

Reduce the size of some images

Note that these Adobe Stock pictures will be very large and therefore slow down the speed at which your website opens.  So, to avoid losing viewers, use GIMP to reduce the size of an image.

If you have a 3 MB picture and drag a corner to make it smaller, it will still be a 3 MB picture.  So, go to GIMP and use used Image > Scale Image to reduce the size of a picture.

Today I had a 1.3 MB picture that was 700 pixels wide.  I used GIMP to reduce it to 400 pixels wide.  It was only 400 kB.

Social media marketing

Cliffs from below 400

I rarely make a social media post without having a photo that grabs people’s attention.  I’ll take the best picture from a blog post and have an image upload with that same picture in my posts on

  • Twitter
  • Facebook page
  • Google+

Each social media post will link back to the blog post.  The picture with a “wow” factor helps people to stay on my social media post long enough that they end up going to the blog.

The fold

The fold is the position on a web page where the majority of browsers viewing the page will begin to scroll.

Megabytes & kilobytes

A Mb is approximately 1000 times larger than a kB.  Specifically,

  • 1 byte = 8 bits
  • 1 Kilobyte = 1024 bytes
  • 1 Megabyte = 1024 Kilobytes

 

bit.ly/nocostimages

The Bitly address, bit.ly/nocostimages is an easy-to-remember web address for the Dreamstime website. Dreamstime has a collection of tens of millions of photos, illustrations, video snippets, etc. The lower quality images are free. The higher quality ones cost money. Dreamstime can be a very good source of free images.

In the above screenshot, someone searched All Content for pictures that represented designing websites.  What if your designing websites picture must match the blue colour in your header. Then you would add the word blue to your search term.

 


Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.

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Hashtagify to Compare Related Hashtags

 A Hashtagify me glossary

This blog post will tell you more about how to use the hashtagify.me website.

When you first search for a hashtag on Hashtagify, you get a cluster of correlations like the one like the one on the right.

In the above correlation, I searched for this hashtag: #SocialMediaMarketing. Hashtagify came up with this cluster of hashtags that Twitter users also use when they use the hashtag #SocialMediaMarketing.

When you hover your cursor over one of these hashtags, you get data like the one beside the red arrow. That data showed that28.8% of the time when people use the hashtag #SocialMediaMarketing, they also use the hashtag #SocialMedia.

For instance, suppose your tweet was about Facebook.  So, you would choose #Facebook as a hashtag in your tweet.  Correlations include socialmedia and Twitter. 11.5% of tweets that have #Facebook also have #Twitter.  So, it may be good marketing strategy to see if #Twitter could logically fit into your tweet.


To learn just about everything you need to know about Hashtagify in general, you can go to the Hashtagify Encyclopedia.  In the meantime, these are some of the more important things you should know:

Correlates — The top related hashtags.  This is measured as a percentage of the tweets using the searched tweets that also used the related one.

• The higher the correlation, the larger the font.
• A great popularity has nothing to do with the font size.
• If you click on a correlation word, you will find new hashtags related to that correlated word.

Correlation — This number is measured as the percentage of tweets using the searched hashtag which also use the related one.

Popularity — This is a 0-100 rating relative to the most popular hashtag on Twitter. The most popular hashtag will get 100.  A hashtag that is never used would get 0.

Weekly & Monthly Trends — This tells how much the popularity of a hashtag has increased or decreased in the time frame. Scroll down to find the trend graph.

Top Influencer — The Hashtagify Me list is created based on the activity of each user for that hashtag, on the engagement the activity creates and on its reach.

Related post

Previous post

The previous post (about hashtags) should be read along with this one.

9 hashtag tips

The Forbes Magazine website says

Twitter can help grow your brand or your business, but only if you know how to use it well….here are nine tips…   Read more.

Hashtagify for Twitter hashtag research

Mike Marko‘s website says

I didn’t get Twitter… at all half a year ago.  I didn’t understand why I should use it. Then that all got turned around.  Twitter is now one of my favorite sources of lead generation.  The reason was because I figured it out!   Read more.

 

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Auto Responder Setup with Twitter

Auto responder with an automatic message

When you get a brand new Twitter follower, you want them to feel welcome.  This blog post tells you how to set up an auto responder welcoming your new followers.

Remember, Twitter is a SOCIAL media.  People want to socialize.  If you try advertising a product in your welcome message, they may just end up unfollowing you.  You will use the message to simply start building a relationship.

You will be using a website called Social Oomph.  They can help handle much of your social media marketing with Twitter at a very low cost.  If you want to use their services for other social media, there is a charge.

Also, if you want to use this auto responder feature, you will have to upgrade to a service for which there is a small charge.  After step #6 below, you will be asked to upgrade.

9 Steps to set up your automatic Twitter message

auto responder1. Go  to SocialOomph.com and sign up or login.

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2. Click on “sign up now” to register your new user account.

3. Go to Networks > Connect Social Account.

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4. Make sure the Twitter tab has been selected.  Then click the Authorize Access button.

 

5. Fill in your Twitter username & password to let SocialOomph access your Twitter account.  Click the blue Authorize app button.

6. Click on Following > Follow-Back & Auto-Welcome.

7. Click the Configure button.

8. Fill in the form.  For my auto-DM to new followers I said: Thank you for following me. Virtually all of my Tweets are about social media marketing. Please note that video is becoming increasingly more important in social media marketing. YouTube videos are one of the best forms of social media marketing. Animated GIFs are being used more in emails and web pages. To find a free 7-day tutorial to help you with video & animated GIF production, go to bit.ly/7dayyoutube.

9. Any time you want to change your message, simply click the Configure button again.

Free Social Oomph features

To find the free features that come with Social Oomph, go to socialoomph.com.

Alternative Auto Responder

The Blogspot website talks about an alternative auto responder called Tweeter traffic.  They say

Gain masses of traffic using our completely automated Twitter auto-responder software! Create campaigns, add in your keywords & import your accounts & then our software will research Twitter for your keywords & send replies to your target market!   Read more.


 


 


Peter Enns is a social media blogger and author of the free YouTube video-creation tutorial called 7 Day YouTube.

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Twitter Symbols to Speed Up Your Tweeting

 What is the meaning of those 5 Twitter symbols beneath a picture in a tweet?

1.twitter symbolsReply.  It opens a tweet by you and puts the person’s Twitter handle at the beginning of your tweet so they get a notification that you replied to their tweet.  One of the very useful twitter symbols. More.
2. Retweet. It sends that tweet to your followers.  (Read “mentions” below to know when & when to not use the period in front of an @ sign in your replies.)
3. Favorite. The person who tweeted will get a notification that you favorited their tweet.
4. I don’t know.  If anyone knows, please write it in the comments section so that I can update this page.


5. More.  If you click on the ellipsis, you will get the menu shown above.

Hashtags & “at” symbols

 Two other Twitter symbols you should know lots about are the hashtag and the “at” symbol (@).

Hashtags are what we call a word or words that we want to call attention to.  If there is more than one word, there cannot be spaces between them.  Thus social media marketing would become #SocialMediaMarketing.

Hashtags:

♦ Make it easier to search for a particular topic.
♦ Make it easier for Twitter users to explore content that catches the eye.
♦ Should not be used more than twice in any tweet.
♦ Make it easier for particular groups of people to connect with each other.
♦ Help people cut through digital clutter and focus on the information they want.
♦ Are also used in other social media sites such as Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and Pinterest.
♦ Makes it easier to find your target audience when posting.
♦ Compel an action.  When a visitor sees a hashtag of interest, they are more likely to investigate that hashtag.
♦ Increases the amount of information put in front of a person.
♦ To use Twitter hashtags most effectively, spend the extra few minutes to use Hashtagify.

Twitter Analytics

To help you learn which of your hashtags are working well, use Twitter Analytics.  They will even show your top tweet and your top media tweet for the month.  (A media tweet is one that includes an image, a video or a vine.)

To find your Twitter Analytics, click on Profile Picture > Analytics.

@ sign

twitter symbolsThe @ sign followed by someone’s username tags that person in a tweet.  Two different types of tweets use the @ sign — replies and mentions.

Replies

The example above is a reply.  Someone by the name of Henry Enns replied to a post by SMMktg7.  A reply tweet starts with the at sign (@) in front of someone’s username.  @SMMktg7 is seen only by the person being replied to and by people who are being followed by both Henry Enns and SMMMktg7.

If someone starts a tweet with @YourUserName, you will see that in your main timeline if you follow the person.

Twitter reply

Mentions

Mentions have the @ sign in front of the username within the tweet.  It cannot be at the beginning. (If it is at the beginning, it is merely a reply.) It shows up only in your feed, in the feed of the person being mentioned and in the feeds of people following both you and the mentioned person.

If there is a period in front of the @ sign in either a mention or a reply, anyone within the tweeter’s feed can see the post.

Mention in tweet

Learning the meaning and implications of all Twitter symbols can enhance your Twitter experience.

PRIVATE MESSAGE

Suppose you wanted to send a private message to someone. No one but you and the person receiving the message could see it. You simply use the @ sign at the very beginning.

For instance, what if the help desk’s Twitter handle was @ComputerHelp. You would begin your message with @ComputerHelp. Only you and the help desk would see any of the messages you exchanged.

Retweet

How get retweets

An online article entitled What Fuels a Tweet’s Engagement has the statistics that you see in this screenshot.

Value-added email marketing

email-marketing-ad-adWhenever I have a new blog post on this website, there is a tweet linking to it.  The blog post may have some sort of advertising within it. Twitter therefore helps to pay for this website.

Click on the graphic to learn about value-added email marketing.

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Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.

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Twitter Followers, 14 Tips for Getting More

What’s important?

In order of importance, this is what you need for your Twitter account:

1. Quality posts
2. Large quantity of Twitter followers

You most likely want to subtly sell your Twitter followers something.  However, what you sell is not the reason people come to your posts.  They want some worthwhile information.

So, selling must be a secondary or tertiary activity.  You want to have high quality content so that people will read it and keep coming back for more.

Twitter FollowersI once made a blog post about how to find enough data to write quality blog posts every time.  If you cannot figure out how to make a particular post interesting, don’t write it.  You want a reputation of a person who ALWAYS writes interesting posts in his/her blog.  Then link from Twitter to that post.

Getting more Twitter followers

Here are 14 tips on how to get more Twitter followers:

1. Link to nothing but QUALITY posts (yours and other people’s).
2. Have a graphic in every tweet.  Make sure it has the right aspect ratio.
3. Tweet often enough to get followers interested.
4. Have an interesting bio with a good head shot.  Expect that many people will read your bio before deciding to follow you.  So, make your bio compelling.  Begin by giving the theme of your tweets so that people will know whether or not they want to follow you.
5. Create a Twitter list and try to follow the people on your list.
6. Use (but don’t overuse) #hashtags to find people of similar interests.
7. Follow anyone who follows you if their theme is similar to yours.
8. On your blog posts, use a Twitter logo with a link to your Twitter account.
9. news about social media marketingUsing your Twitter search box, search for the theme of your Twitter account.  Click on the “news about” link and then hover over each avatar.  If the profile matches the theme of your Twitter account, follow them.  After you are finished checking out each profile, click “refresh” to get a new list of avatars.
10. Add “Pls retweet” to the end of your tweets.
11. Announce free stuff, special discounts, special events and upcoming sales in your Twitter account.
12. Look at a few posts from each person who follows you.  If they are related to the theme of your Twitter account, follow them.
13. Use humor, trends & statistics to get people to retweet you.
14. Place follow links on your blog.

Twitter listTwitter lists

1. Start creating a Twitter list by clicking on your avatar to open the dropdown box.
2. Click on “Lists” to bring up a “Create list” button.  Click on it.
3. Give your list a name and a description with keywords appropriate for your theme.
4. Hover over each avatar in your list.
5. If profile has same theme as yours, follow.

Related pages & other media

7 tips for an active social media presence

The Interim Business Solutions website says

Ensure all your social media accounts are optimised with a professional, yet friendly photo, keyword rich bio and design work to reflect your branding e.g. Twitter background and a Facebook Page cover image. Complete all fields available to you and use these spaces to really sell yourself and your business.   Read more.

Excellent tips for making  people want to follow you

The Rabbut website says

let me show you the path toward attracting more and more users into clicking the ‘follow’ button on your profileRead more.

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Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.

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Photo Resizer for Twitter Image

Twitter cropping image

photo resizer Infinity symbol loopI once tweeted an explanation of how to make a YouTube video loop continuously on a web page.  The picture from my blog page was the stylized infinity symbol you see on the right.  I did not realize that I needed a photo resizer.

photo resizer Infinity continuous loopI tried inserting that same picture on my tweet.  The top and bottom were cut off as you see in this image.

Photo resizer to fix my problem

I realized that the images in Twitter were twice as wide as they are high.  This blog post explains how you can use a free copy of the GIMP program to change the aspect ratio of your picture.

photo resizer Creating the 2:1 aspect ratio

The predominant color in the photo is pink.  So, you can use GIMP as a photo resizer.  You could create a pink rectangle with three important Sled dog whistlercharacteristics:

1. It will be the same height as the photo photo you want to insert.
2. The photo will be inserted in the centre of the pink rectangle.
3. It will be twice as wide as it is high.

Creating the pink rectangle

Color picker GIMP tool1. Click the GIMP color picker tool over the pink jacket to create the right shade of pink.
2. Select pink as the background color.
3. Create a rectangle the same height as your picture and twice as wide.
4. Using Cmd C, copy the picture into your clipboard.
5. Using Cmd V, paste it onto the pink rectangle.
6. It will automatically go into the centre.
7. Save the image as a PNG file
8. Use it in your Tweet.

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Peter Enns has been developing websites since 1996. He is a social media blogger and author of a free YouTube tutorial. It’s called 7 Day YouTube and will teach you how to make entertaining videos & animated GIFs.

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