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Top 10 Sites to Stay in Tune with Social Media

I’ve been around the web for many years and like many, Google has become my BFF.  However, there’s always a few places I seem to end up again and again.  I’ve discovered they not only publish great content, in the areas I’m interested in, but a lot of it.  If you’re like me, you try to limit the time you spend going down rabbit holes looking for the next article that catches your attention.  New platforms help put a lot of variety at your fingertips, it’s hard not to find things in multiple areas of interest.

So much to read and so little time to do it,  I have several irons in the fire, and also wear several different hats when I’m looking for content.  If you’re looking for some fresh ideas, check out the top 10 blogs & publishing sites I can’t live without!  (in no specific order)

  1. The Nectar Collective – is an online resource for bloggers and creative entrepreneurs. We offer a daily blog, design studio, and consulting services.
  2. Social Media Examiner – the world’s largest online magazine, Social Media Examiner® helps businesses discover how to best use social media, blogs and podcasts to connect with customers, drive traffic, generate awareness and increase sales.
  3. Hub Spot – is the world’s leading inbound marketing and sales platform with 15,000 customers in more than 90 countries.
  4. Mashable – the latest digital, social media, , tech, entertainment, lifestyle and world news  the top resource for digital culture.
  5. Fast Company – founded on a single premise: A global revolution was changing business, and business was changing the world. 
  6. The Lardok – (formerly The Geek Byte) publishes the latest technology news to keep you updated whats happening in the world. Personally I liked the original name better, but then I might be a little biased!
  7. Social Media Today – a collaborative blog publishing great posts from the web’s best thinkers on social technology.
  8. Medium – is a different kind of place on the internet. A place where the measure of success isn’t views, but viewpoints. Where the quality of the idea matters, not the author’s qualifications. A place where conversation pushes ideas forward and words still matter.
  9. Career Girl Daily – the Nr. 1 Destination For The Career Girl In Heels!
  10. Bloglovin’ – their goal is to help you stay up-to-date on the blogs you love and discover new ones from your friends and favorite bloggers.

 

5 Tips To Help You Get Started With Periscope

Are you new to ?

Maybe you still think it’s part of a submarine.  Join the crowd!  Periscope is the latest hot sensation for personal live broadcast via the internet.  Many companies, public personalities and everyday folks are already avidly using this new technology.

Broadcast fro your Smartphone

Put simply it’s a fun way to broadcast what you are doing at the present moment from your Smartphone.  Say you’re at a event and want to share what’s happening with your friends and followers or maybe you have a training session you want to share.  Start your broadcast and live feed the happenings real-time.  Anyone can join you, post comments or questions and send you love (in the form of hearts on the screen), the more they tap the screen the more love you get!  Once completed your broadcast will go into replay mode and will stay active for 24 hours, after which it self-destructs.

Here are 5  that will help you get started

  1. There are most likely many more accounts than actual scoping at this point, but take heart in know that it’s fairly easy to get started and not that scary.  I recommend watching a few broadcasts first to get the hang of it, them jump in and try one yourself. It’s a little intimidating to push the red button and go live, but everyone gets nervous and it will pass, just have some fun!
  2. Put your phone in airplane mode or do not disturb before starting a broadcast. This will eliminate the possibility of ruining your broadcast should you get a call during the event.
  3. Comments & questions can only be left during the live broadcast, A nice work around for this would be to include that others watching later during the replay they can tweet you questions or comments if needed.
  4. Engage your audience by asking questions, for feedback and hearts is OK too.  Most people love to share and express their 2 cents.  Be sure to thank everyone for joining and let them know you’d love their feedback.
  5. Discover like-minded people using Periscope by using hashtags.  Various communities are already using Periscope, find them by looking through hashtags.  You can also share your broadcast via where hashtags will also be very useful.

With 15 million (yes… MILLION) users, Periscope is the place to be. Whether you are building a personal brand, have a or an established , or simply enjoy engaging in online communities, you need to join Periscope.

Source:  5 Things You Need to Know About Periscope

I have only done one broadcast, so far, and a number of people I didn’t’ even know joined and asked questions; I even got 17 hears on first broadcast which was only about 4 minutes long.  It really was quite fun!

Join me on Periscope here.

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