Thursday, September 4, 2014

Twitter? Pinterest? (why?)

... I've been thinking about a "so really, what is twitter? (and why should I care about it)" post all week because yes, for real, item #12 on this week's to do list is "check in on Twitter." (and yes, I have underlined and capitalized it on said list). I could have (and maybe should have) also listed Pinterest. I have accounts on both - as does the shop (and I get paid to check in on those two accounts!) but I just can't seem to get into any sort of ... habit with either. I think I'm missing the boat.

Or maybe it's a boat I just don't need to be on.

I am a huge fan of Instagram - both personally and for the shop (it was an accomplishment to get that account setup this summer and I like what we're doing there). But I can't see myself ever having to write a "check in on Instagram" to-do. So what's different?

Please share - because I really do need to get into a good Twitter/Pinterest habit...at least for the shop.

And since I'm asking, it might help y'all to know that I have totally disavowed facebook. I did have an account to support the shop a few years back, but we now have someone who "does" facebook and I deleted my account. And I have no interest in starting it back up.

p.s. I got totally fed up with the Blogger app on my iPad - this post is coming to you from Blogsy. I can only hope the fonts don't switch on you mid-stream.

p.p.s. first experience with Blogsy not going so great. I cannot figure out how to add a photo. in any event, if I can get this to post, I would welcome any and all feedback. do you use Twitter? Pinterest? Instagram? Facebook? am I missing out? (thank you!)

16 comments:

  1. I have a twitter account but I don't ever use it. I use Pinterest mainly to pin recipes I see on Tastespotting and I go there and search for subjects - front doors for our recent home renovation project, for interest. I don't usually go to Pinterest and just scroll through the feed but I do occasionally. Facebook - I'm on there constantly.

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  2. So my 2 cents. Love Instagram and I enjoy Pinterest, and find it's easy to go a while without "checking-in"-I do feel inspired, and am seeing more knitting stuff show up which I love. The thing with Twitter is that if you're not tweeting back and forth with someone, you're just reading stuff people post, and that can get "messy". I find trying to get caught up on Twitter a real chore because there can be a gazillion tweets to try to decipher. For example, during a football game Freddie the Falcon will tweet like every 90 seconds-that's just him-doesn't count all the other tweets going on! Facebook-I still use as far as a way of keeping up with people, but I LOATH the game invites, and friend requests from people I don't even know. I'm also getting a little tired of all the selfies on Facebook too.

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  3. I also have a Twitter account that I barely use. Occasionally, I'll cross-post something to Twitter from Instagram because it's easy to do so, but I just never got the hang of Twitter. There are times when I'm quite active on Pinterest but can go for months without; I tend to use it most when I'm planning or researching, and I probably use it most to keep recipes that I find online (and occasionally to search). I have used it enough that I don't see much that I don't want to see (thank you, algorithms) -- I get lots of cooking, great clothing, some photography, and a ton of knitting. I love Instagram. Period. And I'm also on Facebook all the time; I'm comfortable on that platform and keep on top of my settings.

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  4. I don't have any of the above accounts and honestly, have never had a desire to be that connected. Maybe one day Instagram-- I just yet don't 'get' it.

    Melody

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  5. I tried Twitter and Pinterest but kept hearing my first grade teacher's voice in my head, "Is this a valuable use of your time?" I decided that for me, they weren't. Information isn't conveyed with enough detail for me in 140 characters. I found myself spending far too much time on Pinterest but for me it was really just looking at pretty pictures with no real inspiration or results. I try to limit myself to five or ten minutes a day on Facebook, and mainly use it to check up on my kids. When I can finally justify the expense of a smart phone, I think Instagram will be worthwhile. I don't think you are missing out if you have to put it on your to-do list!

    In terms of the shop, Iyou might want to check out The Loopy Ewe http://www.theloopyewe.com/ I think they use all forms of social media very well. They have a really large and active group on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/groups/loopy-groupies, announce their yarn and fabric updates on facebook and twitter, and have some lovely boards on Pinterest. As a loyal customer, their use of social media always makes me feel that they're interacting with me as a customer and not just posting something gratuitously. Sorry for the long-windedness, but you've posed some interesting questions!

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  6. I will browse Pinterest only when I have the time or when I am looking for something specific. I don't have a twitter account because I don't see the point of it. I check in on Facebook daily because it is an easy way to keep in touch with friends. I don't have instagram, but am thinking of joining soon.

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  7. I have accounts with all for years...and use very sparingly, if at all. Facebook primarily if I'm in an online group/class that uses;occasionally to touch base with a friend. Basically, never. Twitter, I may 'tweet' once a year, again, to connect with a friend.
    Pinterest, same story. None is really on my radar. I'm trying to up my participation on Instagram. Bottom line: for me, none is of any real import in my life. Of the 4: Instagram has most potential.
    Good luck with your decision. Hope we've helped.
    Cheers~

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  8. PS. I like your new banner- from Wed's Waterlogue. Cool!
    Cheers~

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  9. I hear your puzzlement and frustration! My Pinterest and Twitter page are languishing from lack of use, I only use Facebook if an online class has a group on it, and I have no connection with Instagram - so I don't think I am going to be of any use to you. My blog friend Julie (http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/)(who also has an online shop) has a great series on her blog (http://notesonpaper.blogspot.co.uk/p/tips-for-twitter-curious.html )about setting up and using Twitter, if that's of any use to you ... Good luck and keep us posted!

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  10. You know my obsession with Instagram, which I also crosspost to Facebook. Many of my family and friends are on Facebook and I like it because it is more conversational. I'm not a fan of Twitter, unless I'm following something for a short time. I only check it once or twice a year. Pinterest lost my interest. For the shop you may find all avenues of social networking a good way to get the word out about events and happenings, as they reach a broad spectrum of customers and some clients may use on source over another. It's a matter of how much time you want/need to put into posting, although crossposting make it easier to get the word out.

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  11. I'm obsessed with Instagram! I also Facebook...but that's to keep up with the mommy friends. I'm with Lydia on Twitter. It's too much to decipher and makes me feel stupid and out of touch with what's going on. You're so good about keeping up with your tasks..so it seems odd that you need help :)

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  12. Love Instagram, got started since I love to take pictures! Has turned into so much more! I have Twitter, but rarely use it. I agree with Lydia about it being a chore. I think it is really popular with the 20 somethings. Maybe it's a generational thing? I have never had a Facebook. I have always felt it's a little creepy, and way too much of a time suck. I do love Pinterest! Usually check it for ideas, but not consistently. I think it would be great for the shop!

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  13. I don't do any of them. I have no need to put personal info out "there" and have other ways I'd rather spend my time.
    Dee

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  14. I've had twitter forever and rarely look at it, possilbly if I'm bored waiting in the car or something. Though when Doug was just up from the Boston Marathon finish line on that dreadful day and called me when he heard the explosion the first place I went was twitter, knowing whatever was happening would be trending. You know I'm a huge Instagram fan and I will look at Pinterest for party ideas but that's about it. And I do check FB everyday, and still enjoy it somewhat. I think that your shop having a "page" is a benefit. And I love the new banner too!

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  15. I dumped Twitter after a day or two. I just didn't get the point of reading all the short bits. And Pinterest could be a time suck, but I didn't see why I would pin stuff to a virtual bulletin board when I don't even use a real one, so I don't use that any longer either.

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  16. I just popped over here from my blog to say hi! Thank you for responding to my questions, and I can see that this is a fairly popular subject! When I posted my question this morning, I was feeling like I need to prioritize and cut back on a few social media things. So interesting reading all the comments here! Thanks so much for dropping by today! You have my favourite way of commenting ... name, url, web ... love it!!

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