Monday, August 14, 2017

How I Use My Social Media Accounts!


Stock image (credit Jeff Sheldon) and clearly not my desk lol

I don't know if this type of post will be of interest to anyone, but what the hey, I'm writing it anyway, because you never know! I've been thinking for a while now about the different ways I use each of my social media accounts. I read in a blogging tips post that you shouldn't replicate content across all your social media, because your followers don't want to see the same thing over and over. But not everyone follows you everywhere. I crossover my content, but I also post different things on Facebook than I do on Twitter or Instagram, for example. Let's start!

Instagram
Now we all know Instagram has gone to shit ever since they changed it, and that likes are not what they used to be. As such, I run hot and cold with this platform, and definitely don't use it as much as I used to. Previously I posted up to four photos every day, but now I try to post at least one photo every night, excluding weekends, when I allow myself time off! My Instagram is a mix of beauty photos, ads for my latest blog posts, manicures, makeup, food and personal photos featuring my son or my cats. I don't have the time nor energy to separate my beauty and personal photos by making two accounts; since Max The Unicorn is a Beauty & Lifestyle blog I'm happy to share photos of Mr 9 making cupcakes or my fur-kitties Nutmeg and Pumpkin. After trying various apps, I've settled on the Snapseed app to edit my photos. I know how to work it and it has everything I need to pretty up my pictures.

I experimented with Instagram Pods, but because I don't consider myself a hardcore user (of Instagram!), it was too full on for me. I reciprocated likes when I posted a photo, however the pressure and super-seriousness of some Pod members sucked the fun out of Insta for me and I had to leave. I don't get a lot of comments on my posts and I'm fine with that. I don't want to be spending hours on Instagram commenting on everyone's photos, so I don't expect comments on mine. When I post a photo, that's when I go through my feed and like a lot of photos. I also look in my notifications and try to 'like back' everyone who has liked one of my photos, lol. Do other people do this or is it just me?

Facebook
I really enjoy using my Max The Unicorn Facebook page! I tend to post a series of Alerts on there, and try to post at least once a day. These include GWP Alerts, where I share the latest beauty Gift With Purchase offers currently available and Sale Alerts, for example when Priceline are having a big discount sale, because who wants to miss out on those? Another thing I do is share a lot of competitions, with my Win Alerts and Giveaway Alerts. I used to be heavily into comping (entering competitions), so I love to share opportunities to win amazing beauty prizes. If this interests you too, be sure to check out my page. Obviously I link up all my new blog posts, so readers can click through and check them out. I also share some of my Instagram photos on Facebook and let you know what products I'm currently trialling!

Twitter
Along with Instagram, I have a very hot and cold relationship with Twitter! Sometimes I love to use it, and will be on there tweeting weird things that have happened in my day, cracking bad jokes and RTing cute dog pics, then I'll neglect my account and not tweet for days on end! I love that I'm connected to my local Adelaide community on there and enjoy replying to them even though I've never met any of them in real life! I'm at my most unguarded on Twitter so that's where you'll find me dropping F-bombs, advising against oral sex after eating KFC Hot n' Spicy and generally oversharing. So it's really great that I also use this account professionally ROFL! Of course I use Twitter to advertise my blog posts, and always add at least one photo to those tweets. I like to add a RTing account handle into my blog post tweets, because having them RTed greatly increases my exposure and widens the audience that see my blog. Some of the ones I like to use are @BBloggersAU @FemaleBloggerRT @BblogRT and @Blogginggals .

Another thing I'll do from time to time is set up Buffer to automatically tweet out links to ten of my posts. You can write these tweets yourself and include photos and RT accounts in there, and specify when you want them to publish. I'm very aware of the possibility of this annoying my followers though, and have big breaks in between using Buffer for Twitter.

Pinterest
Pinterest is my least used social media. I honestly don't understand it, nor do I even try to. For some reason, I kinda dislike Pinterest. It's installed on my iPhone, but I never open the app and have a look. I find it overwhelming and don't bother learning to use it, as I'm already too busy with the rest of my social media, Instagram and Facebook in particular. I originally used it only for competitions, where you could  gain an entry from following a company on Pinterest. But these days I push the button on my blog posts that shares them to Pinterest and I also share to the Fabulous And Fun Life Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest page (group? board?) on Mondays because I link up to Ingrid's beauty link up. So please don't be offended if I don't follow you back on this platform, I simply don't really use it.


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60 comments:

  1. Despite the algorithm totally playing me lately I would still say Instagram is my favourite. I am a visual person and love seeing others creativity :) x

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    1. Yes I love the visual aspect of Instagram too :D xx

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  2. I can't get myself to enjoy Twitter.. I don't know why! Instagram is my favourite!

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com/

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  3. I use FB for my blog and for connecting with a few relevant FB groups and I love Pinterest - not so much for my blog, but for collecting pretty pictures. Some people are very serious with their social media, but for me it's just something I play around with.

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    1. Yeah I can't take it that seriously either lol. Aah yes I forgot to mention Facebook groups, I use those too. Thanks for reading Leanne!

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  4. Like Marisa I do still love the visual and creative side of Instagram despite the algorithm changes which I just don't fully understand.

    I also like Pinterest and use it as a search engine to find information I might be looking for at the time. It's never failed to turn up what I'm looking for yet!

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

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    1. It's so great you've worked out Pinterest! I don't even attempt to understand the algorithm change on Instagram.

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  5. I'm pretty similar to you except I hardly ever use Facebook! Really want to get on that train but I find it hard to know what to post. Perhaps it'll be a goal for 2018.

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    1. It becomes easier to find your groove with Facebook the more you post on there. Loving your blogging challenge this month Mel!

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  6. The whole Instagram thing is a nightmare. Now I just post what I want to post otherwise it gets too stressful. I wish I knew how to use Pinterest more, I think it would be a great added tool for my blog. But like you, I don't really know how to use it...

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    1. Yes I agree re the stress. I used to post cloud photos but I'm feeling less inspired lately.

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  7. I think Instagram and Pinterest are my favourite. They're image based and I'm all for pretty pictures!
    Isabella | www.digyhu.com

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    1. Pretty pictures are so lovely to look at (especially makeup!)

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  8. I used to be very Instagram focused and I guess I still kind of am but I'm really wanting to learn pinterest. It's meant to be the best way to get eyes on your blog. If I happen to leave any tricks along the way I'll be sure to let you know!!

    Bec | Beauty With Bec

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  9. LOL it's like you read my mind with the whole Pinterest thing. I don't understand it either, but I still try and pin images from my blog posts. It's actually worked really well for me so far in terms of generating traffic, but I only use it when I publish a blog post.

    Felicia // www.thebeautyandthegeekau.com

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    1. I still haven't got around to making my blog photos 'pinnable' in the first place despite receiving instructions from a lovely blogging friend!

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  10. Instagram annoys me alot too! And Pinterest is a complete mystery to me. I am so glad that I am not only one perplexed there!

    Kate | themintedblog.com

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    1. Yes I'm surprised by the number of people confused by Pinterest - I thought I was the only one!

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  11. I feel like I have a love hate relationship with Instagram. It's my favourite platform but it is also quite frustrating! It's interesting to hear your perspective on how your blog coincides with other platforms.

    Rochelle || www.simplesocialsister.com

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  12. I'm so bad with social media in promoting my blog! I only really use Instagram and even then I don't often post, maybe once a week. I've only just recently heard of Instagram pods and I agree, they sound a bit intense!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. They are not for me but that doesn't mean they don't work for others. I guess we are all into Instagram at our own level of intensity haha. My intensity is 'relaxed'.

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  13. Instagram really sucks at the moment...I too have a love/hate relationship with it but I still post a few times a week, just not as much as I used to :/
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Yes, everyone thinks it sucks at the moment! Wish they'd just change it back to how it was!

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  14. I love this! I have started to get into twitter lately, just to interact with more bloggers and influencers!!

    Laura || www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

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  15. I love Instagram but have to admit that I am finding it all together frustrating!!!

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    1. I try not to let it get to me, but yeah, it is super frustrating truth be told!

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  16. I use my social media just like you! I use Twitter the most and I don't use Instagram with my blog anymore.

    Isaya || http://isayascorner.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah Twitter is the one place I don't mind advertising the same post multiple times :)

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  17. I loved Pinterest back in the day...but then when it changed I lost interest and haven't regained it.

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  18. Twitter has too much drama for me. I still like Instagram the best, though the change in the algorithm is bullshit. Every time I want to see what new photos my friends have posted, it shows me pics from 4-5 days ago.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. Yes, that's so annoying! Don't know why they can't show us stuff in order, as it's posted. It's called 'Insta'gram after all!

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  19. It's so interesting to read your take on things. Instagram used to be my main platform before it went to shit. Now I guess I'm looking for a different platform to make into my main focus. Great post

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

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    1. Thanks Emma! Yes I used to love Instagram WAY more than I do now and it seems most people feel the same way :)

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  20. I'm in the same boat with a lot of these. I'm sticking it out with instagram but it is so darn frustrating nowadays :(

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    1. I'm sticking it out too, even though I don't think it will change back to its former glory.

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  21. I really can't get motivated to work on Pinterest, but I love using Twitter for my blog x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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    1. Yeah Twitter is fantastic. Thanks for reading Laura! x

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  22. I am using just instagram and facebook. On instagram i am posting once a day.

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  23. This is a nice compilation of all the top social channels, i appreciate your honest views about them. I try to keep up with all the channels and do take a break from them time to time.

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    1. Thanks Preet! Yes taking a break is definitely important!

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  24. I've never heard of Instagram pods and I haven't even worked out how o do Instagram stories yet.

    I'm not particularly visual but tend to use Insta as a way of documenting my days - which I suspect is a bit weird.

    I like Facebook privately and used to be a big user of Twitter but find I'm not there as often any more either.

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    1. Instagram Stories is a bit tricky for me too! I wish there was instructions on all the options so I could work it better!

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  25. I tried pinterest and to be honest it was not me. It seemed so full of replicated content in the areas where I had an interest and I also did not want to spend time trawling through it. Twitter was awesome when I first found it in 2010 and I found many now IRL or social media friends there. I go on it now only to catch up some education people. It is not like it was at all. I do post on FB (personal) once or twice a day and on my FB blog page only when I post something new on the blog. Instagram (set at private now as I was hacked) is probably my fave instant catch up place as I do love taking pics. Still they've stuffed that up too like FB (the owners of IG) have not having timelines which are in real time. Thank you for joining in #lifethisweek 31/52 and next week's prompt is "Selfie Time".

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    1. Yes I wish the feed displayed in real time, it's so annoying when posts from days ago pop up. I feel like if I 'like' that post the person will think I'm going through their old posts and stalking them!

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  26. Don't get pinterest either and the Instagram algorithm is way over my head.

    SSG xxx

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one confused by Pinterest! xxx

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  27. Instagram is not longer enticing, at all. They ruined it!! I love Pinterest. It's helped in planning so many aspects of my life

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    1. Yes so many of us are less excited about Instagram now. It's terrible they aren't listening to the users on this!

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  28. I used to love Instagram but it is loosing it's appeal.

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  29. I don't use Pintrest for my blog but I do like it to look up ideas for things. In Ireland Twitter and Insta is where it's at if you ever want to work with brands. I struggle with Insta though. Snapchat is huge here too and I tried it but I actually felt to under pressure and didn't like sharing that much of my life x

    www.louisekeogh.com

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    1. I used to use Snapchat but then they changed it and I can't work it out. It's all too hard so I don't use it anymore.

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  30. I so enjoyed this post Di - thanks for letting us know your thoughts about all these platforms. I don't have Facebook - I only had an account for 12 hours and received so many friend requests from perfect strangers that I freaked out, and then it took 2 years before I stopped being pestered, had to buy a new computer in the end as once the sneaky little miner is in there, nothing is a sacred any more. I only use Twitter to post what I put on my blog, it just doesn't interest me. But Instagram is a whole other beast and my fave because I too am a visual-ophile, and love to look at pretty things, and take pretty pics for others to look at. I was getting into Pinterest for a while, but now I don't have time - I can barely keep up with Insta! xxx

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    1. Thanks Kat, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I never know if personal posts like this will be people's cup of tea. I go so hot and cold on Twitter myself, so I can understand how you're not into it. Instagram is probs still my fave too, despite the stupid algorithm debacle! xxx

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