What Are Your Social Media Tools?

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When I first began writing, I wrote for a local throwaway newspaper. I had no idea what a blog or blogger was. I did know about downloading music online and email. MySpace was a big deal for a while. YouTube had yet to appear. Oh, and I heard about all the porn. Not much else. Facebook, Schmacebook. Twiiter? Why did I need to know where you were having lunch? Tweet Chats? Gimme a break…another chat room? Forget it.

I hired a tutor to teach me the basics of Facebook, Twitter, and how to broaden my writing to include a website and more. Being an old fart, I needed and still often need hands-on help to pick up this stuff. It works best when I sit side-by-side with someone in the know, as I did with those tutorials.

Over time, I actually surpassed my tutor in some of the common measurements of SoMe success such as Klout, number of followers, and such. My tutor took a very formal approach to using Social Media while I sort of threw it up against the wall and saw what stuck. I still do. Occasionally, I get myself in trouble but, more often, I have a blast.

As with most rules, my first instinct is to ignore them, but with time I’ve come to terms with some netiquette and have great SoMe friends who keep me in line. I get the heads-up when I may have either crossed a line (thank you, @DadaRocks!) or aren’t applying the best practices, SMManners (thank you, @DabneyPorte). Other friends – @mqtodd – tell me why I must do Empire Avenue, or Google+ – @GuyKawasaki. And, others tout StumbleUpon and Pinterest.

So far, I’m doing my writing (aka blog – I just don’t like that term; much preferring writing and writer). I pay close attention to my A Dad’s Point-of-View Facebook Page, less to my personal profile, join a number of TweetChats regularly such as #blogchat, #FriendsOfRicki, #tchat, #CMchat, #CollegeCash, and more, as well as guest-host for many others. When I’m bored or want to shoot-the-shit, I head over to #UsGuys.

Beyond that, I tweet on average 75 times per day. I also use and spend a considerable amount of time with Triberr, where I am chief of the DadChat tribe and a peon in several others. Through the people I’ve met in these tribes, I follow a lot of smart writers and SoMe pros. I pride myself on commenting and/or tweeting a majority of the stream that my 200+ tribe mates generate. For that matter, I’m a big commenter altogether – another avenue for me to use my big mouth.

All of that social media activity doesn’t fill my days, as I also attend and speak at major conferences, such as BlogWorld and the 140confs, write the Because I Said So comic strip (expertly illustrated by @VoogDesigns), broadcast a radio show that appears on 4 AM stations nationwide, post two weekly columns, and video, edit, and post a weekly vlog, called I’m NOT That Dad, and edit/post other videos on my YouTube Channel (a lot of ski videos!) I’ve written 24 articles for the wonderful 12Most.com as well as guest-blogged on dozens of others. That part of my writing life is coming to an end since there really are only 168 hours a week.

So, all this SSP (shameless self-promoting) notwithstanding, I come back to my question. Which social media tools do you use?

Below is a list from listly in which you can vote and contribute your own items directly to this list. TY @NickKellet for doing this. I have no idea about it but I like and trust Nick.

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Bruce Sallan's Tool List

Source: http://www.brucesallan.com/2012/06/09/social-media-tools/



Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012 - twitter.com - 390

Instantly connect to what's most important to you. Follow your friends, experts, favorite celebrities, and breaking news.

Jun 09, 2012 - plus.google.com - 361
Google+: real life sharing, rethought for the web.

Google+ aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life. Check out Circles, Messenger and Hangouts, just a few of the things we've been working on.

Jun 09, 2012 - triberr.com - 450
Triberr - The Reach Multiplier | Triberr

Triberr is a website for bloggers interested in increasing their reach.

Jun 13, 2012 - list.ly - 459
Listly - Lists made easy + social + fun! - Listly

Listly helps bloggers and publishers engage readers with continuously evolving viral lists


Blogging / Writing Tools

Jun 09, 2012
Blogging / Writing Tools


Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012 - pinterest.com - 412
Pinterest / Home

Pinterest is an online pinboard.

Jun 09, 2012 - stumbleupon.com - 361
Explore more. Web pages, photos, and videos | StumbleUpon.com

StumbleUpon is the easiest way to discover new and interesting web pages, photos and videos across the Web.

Jun 09, 2012 - digg.com - 380
All Topics - The Latest News Headlines, Videos and Images - Digg

The best news, videos and pictures on the web as voted on by the Digg community. Breaking news on Technology, Politics, Entertainment, and more!

Jun 09, 2012 - linkedin.com - 329
World's Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn

150 million+ members | Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. Access knowledge, insights and opportunities.

Jun 09, 2012 - instagram.com - 426

It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family.

Jun 09, 2012 - youtube.com - 389
YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world



Jun 09, 2012
Jun 09, 2012 - myspace.com - 375
Myspace | Social Entertainment

Myspace is the leading social entertainment destination powered by the passion of fans. Music, movies, celebs, TV, and games made social.

Please let me know your thoughts on all of this in the comments section below. And, please tell me which you believe I must include in my SoMe life!

  • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

    I don’t have time to be everywhere and use every tool/platform out there, but here are the ones you’ll find me using most often:


    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Do you sleep, JB?

      • http://www.thejackb.com/ The JackB

        No. I am King of the Vampire Dads.

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          THAT explains it!

  • http://nickkellet.com/ Nick Kellet
    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      TY Nick, now how do “we” use it?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/annelizhannan Anneliz Hannan

    I utilize all the major social platforms (LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter) but with the apps and tools I continue to have trouble honing them down to a nice tool set and sticking with it. I find I am in a constantly in an evolving state and would like to find a landing space and park. Is that possible? …. of course with the perfect dashboard to manage it all.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      You’re more active than me Anneliz…good for you, I think?

      • http://www.linkedin.com/in/annelizhannan Anneliz Hannan

        Not even in the same pool. You have your ducks in a row, I am still learning to dog paddle. 

        • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

          Ha, I fooled you too – that’s what my wife always says about marrying me1

  • http://www.stevecase.org/blog Steve (JoeBugBuster) Case

    I use Facebook, Twitter, TweetChats, LinkedIn, Google+ and blogging.
    I’m not going to tell which I think you *must* include, because that’s different for everyone, though it probably makes sense for you to keep blogging and tweeting.  😉

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Do you sleep, Steve?

  • http://brianvickery.com Brian Vickery

    I use HootSuite for posting across several profiles on Twitter and Facebook as well as one LinkedIn profile. I also use it to check-in to Foursquare.

    I use Facebook and Google+ natively on computer and iPhone/iPad. I check LinkedIn about once/day.

    I toy with both Pinterest and Instagram, and I am adding more videos on my YouTube channel this year. I blog once per week on my own blog (w/syndication on Business2Community) as well as on 12 Most. I comment on every 12 Most post, and I try to comment on a few folks’ blogs consistently (like yours, Bruce).

    I use Buffer and BundlePost for curating content. I use Google Reader on my computer and Mr. Reader on my iPad. Triberr, Google Alerts and some RSS feeds provide the content. I really need to participate in more chats, but the evening chats can conflict with time with the family.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Hey BV, I use HootSuite as well. I haven’t figured out how yet to use it to post across other profiles. Yipes, you do a lot. Ever sleep? I still HAVE to start “doing” Google+ instead of accumulating emails from them! LOL…

  • http://twitter.com/readbradthedad Brad Marmo

    In order: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ (thanks to you and Guy), LinkedIn, and have dabbled in Triberr thanks to our common buddy Jason Mason – @GJHts. Aside from that I write weekly for Chelmsford.Patch.com and then re-post to my WordPress page (readbradthedad.com) after a few days.  I also have done a few cartoons with another common friend Michael – @VoogDesigns.

    The long and short of all that – 90% of my SoMe world is spent on Twitter in conjunction with writing my weekly article and then I try to do a cartoon with Michael once a month.  Those things are what I LOVE to do, the rest is just for presence.  Oh, how could I forget #DadChat?  “Must see TV” for me these days, unless playoff hockey is on that is…What must YOU include?  I like an app called GroupMe that enhances group text conversations with close friends.  Share pics, like comments, etc.. with a little more ease and slickness than regular texting.  I have learned a lot from you Bruce and appreciate the sharing of contacts, information and knowledge.  Thank you.

    • http://www.brucesallan.com Bruce Sallan

      Boy, do I love when people comment like this, Brad! How have your found Google+ – I’m still lagging. 90% on Twitter? Wow…I wonder what my percentage is? #DadChat is competing with the NBA Finals these week – geez – but I’m hoping many peeps will record it and NO ONE will tell the score during. I was able to NOT hear the playoff score last week when we had a game then, too! GroupMe – another one! Will it ever stop? Rhetorical question, of course…

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