The History of Hashtags (INFOGRAPHIC)

Hashtags have come a long way since they were first used on Twitter six years ago. From an unofficial way of giving context to a tweet, to a feature used by Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Flickr and more, the humble # sign is now a vital feature of social media marketing.

Offerpop have created an infographic all about the hashtag and its usage by individuals and businesses on various social media platforms.


How to Add Your Own Photography to Pinterest (Video)

I have been studying an Open University short course in film making. For my final assignment I created a tutorial video about how to use Pinterest to showcase your own photography and artwork, rather than just sharing other people’s all the time.

If you are interested, I also had to create a Behind the Scenes video for the assessment.


Facebook Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

As somebody who sometimes uses speech recognition software, keyboard shortcuts are an important part of my life! Even when I’m not using SRS, I still frequently choose to use my keyboard rather than my mouse to make my way through my Gmail messages and Google Reader, amongst other things.

It had never occurred to me that Facebook might have a set of keyboard shortcuts available, so once I found this infographic from mycleveragency, I just had to share it.

Facebook Cheat Sheet by mycleveragency
Facebook Shortcuts Cheat Sheet is an infographic that was produced by mycleveragency


The B2B Social Network: Get the Best Out of LinkedIn (Infographic)

LinkedIn is unusual amongst social networking websites in that it is primarily focused on careers and B2B networking. We discussed some of its idiosyncrasies in the latest episode of the A Little Bird Told Me podcast and we will continue the discussion in episode 3 (subscribe here to make sure you don’t miss it).

Power Formula have created the following infographic about LinkedIn usage, and it contains some really useful information about how to get the best out of the site.

Connect with me on LinkedIn here.

Linkedin Infographic
Via: PowerFormula for Linkedin Success


Facebook, Twitter, Google+ And Pinterest – Complete Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]

**Actual people, ignore this line, it’s a technorati claim code! : EJXAM8HYKW7K **

Designed by LunaMetrics, who also provided the following plain-text information:

Facebook Image Sizes

  • Cover Photo
    • 851 x 315 pixels
  • Profile Picture
    • 160 x 160 pixes
      • Must be uploaded sized at least 180 x 180 pixels
  • Distance between left boundary and profile picture
    • 23 pixels
  • Distance between top boundary and profile picture
    • 210 pixels
  • Profile Picture border size
    • 5 pixels
  • App Preview Image
    • 111 x 74 pixels
  • Distance between App preview images
    • 8 pixels
  • Total length of adjustable app preview images, with gaps
    • 349 pixels
  • Shared Image size on Timeline
    • 403 x 403 pixels
      • Up to 960 x 720 pixels in lightbox, can be uploaded up to 2048 pixels
  • Status Update
    • 63,206 characters
  • Link Preview
    • 90 x 90 pixels
      • Both Title Tag and Meta Description can be edited by clicking on the preview text
  • Highlighted Post/Milestone
    • 843 x 403 pixels
  • Profile Picture In Stream
    • 50 x 50 pixels
  • Shared Image In Stream
    • 398 x 298 pixels
  • Profile Picture on Facebook Sponsored Story Ads
    • 32 x 32 pixels
  • Sponsored Story Body Copy
    • 90 Characters
  • Sponsored Story Image Size
    • 194 x 139 pixels
  • Album Image Preview type 1
    • 129 x 129 pixels
      • Can show either 6 or 9 photos at this size
  • Album Image Preview type 2
    • 398 x 264 pixels
      • Three 129 x 129 pixel boxes underneath
  • Album Image Sizing type 3
    • 196 x 196 pixels
      • Two preview images
  • Facebook Ad Image Size
    • 100 x 72 pixels
  • Facebook Ad Title Copy
    • 25 characters
  • Facebook Ad Body Copy
    • 90 characters
  • Shared YouTube Video Preview
    • 130 x 73 pixels
  • Shared Facebook Video preview
    • 398 x 223 pixels

Twitter Image Sizes

  • Profile Picture
    • 128 x 128 pixels
      • Must be <700kb when uploaded, resized to 48 x 48 pixels in stream
  • Brand Banner
    • 835 x 90 pixels
      • Only available to select Twitter partners
  • Tweet Length
    • 140 Characters
  • Background Sizing (Visible space between left side and content)
    • 90% see 71 pixels
    • 65% see 199 pixels
    • 40% see 242 pixels
    • 20% see 279 pixes

Google+ Image Sizes

  • Cover Photo
    • 940 x 180 pixels
      • Can be animated using a .gif
  • Profile Picture
    • 250 x 250 pixels
  • Profile Picture border size
    • 5 pixels
  • Ribbon Photo
    • 5 x 110 pixels each
      • Can be animated using .gif’s
  • Profile Picture In Stream
    • 48 x 48 pixels
  • Shared Images
    • 497 x 373 pixels
      • Up to 2048 pixels in lightbox
  • Post length
    • 100,000+ characters
      • Cannot edit link Title Tags or Meta Descriptions

Pinterest Image Sizes

  • Profile Picture
    • 49 x49 pixels
      • Resized from 160 x 160 pixel profile picture
  • Pinned Images
    • 600 x Infinite pixels
  • Pin Description Length
    • 500 Characters
      • Can include hyperlinks

The Science of Social Media Timing (infographics)

The more involved a person gets in social media, the more they will aim to work out the optimal times to transmit their messages. This is particularly true for those using it as a promotional tool, but anybody who enjoys a lot of engagement and many retweets and ‘likes’ will have noticed that there are certain times of the day or week when their followers are more likely to click their links and share them with their own followers.

The increase in popularity of services such as BufferApp is additional proof that people are aware of the power of timing in their social media posting. Using this service, a person can add tweets to be sent to their Buffer, and Buffer will spread them out and post them with strategic timing.

Dan Zarrella is a ‘social media scientist’, and while that might sound like one of those meaningless new job titles, it is one that he actually merits. His studies into the very specific factors which make a tweet retweetable, or a pin repinnable, are mind-blowing, not least in their detail. KISSmetrics got hold of some data by Dan, from a webinar he ran and turned it into three fascinating infographics.

It is worth noting that they are somewhat US-centric, as indeed is much of the web. Not only that, but while the information is incredibly well-researched and valuable, it should mainly be used to give you an idea of where to start with your own social media marketing, rather than as a set-in-stone blueprint. There is no substitute for observing and testing your own results and altering your social media promotions based on those observations – your target audience may well have different characteristics, and getting to know, and fully understand, those is what you need to do for the ultimate results in your own social media marketing.

However, that said, a lot can be learned from the following infographics, so use them as a springboard for streamlining your own social media, email marketing and blogging promotional efforts.

If you are looking for blog posts, web content or eBooks or in-depth reports about social media, hire me as your social media writer.

Harness The Power Of Pinterest To Attract Visitors And Backlinks To Your Site

Philippa's Social Media Pinterest boardPinterest is creating buzz all over the internet. This relatively new social networking site is based around its users sharing (“pinning”) images and videos from all over the internet. These images are pinned with a link to the source website embedded within them, so when a Pinterest user clicks on the image, they are taken to the website the image came from. Fellow users can then reshare (“repin”), comment upon, or “like” what has been posted, creating yet more backlinks to the original website.

Pinterest’s use as a source of backlinks is clear, yet many webmasters do not know how best to harness the power of this social media site. They are missing out! Pinterest is driving immense amounts of traffic, moreso even than Twitter, and its user numbers are expanding at an impressive rate. Ignoring this network means you are missing out on traffic, visitors to your site and potential customers.

So, how should a business promote themselves using Pinterest?

There are actually two stages in Pinterest self-promotion. The first is to create a Pinterest account for your business. The site is still invite-only, but invitations are relatively easy to come by. Once you have an account, create “boards” (like folders, themed and personalized) for different aspects of your business or website. Some examples might include:

  • artistic photos of your best-selling products (linking the product page)
  • photos of customers in the process of using your products (also linking to the product page, these are valuable backlinks)
  • aspirational photos – many people are using the network to post pictures they find which fit their ‘ideal house’ dream, or ‘perfect wedding’. Think creatively and build an aspirational board for your business too.
  • Don’t just self-promote. Like anywhere else on the web, you need to provide value to your visitors, so make your Pinterest account irresistible by filling it with wonderful content: from your own site and elsewhere.

The second stage is to make your website “pinterestable”, by which I mean encourage your site visitors to pin your images or videos.

If you already have links on each page of your website to “tweet this”, “like this on Facebook”, “+1” etc. (and you should have!), then add a “Pin this!” button too. Making it as easy as possible for your site visitors will increase the likelihood of them sharing your page. The “Pin this!” button can act like a call to action, reminding readers that they can share your page.

Additionally, make your images compelling. Whereas some users might pin a page purely for the quality of the writing, Pinterest’s focus being so strongly on the visual means that many users pin images purely for what they look like, regardless of the rest of the page. Making sure that every page of your site, and every blog post, has an image that people are likely to adore, and want to share with their friends, vastly increases your chances of getting “pinned”. If the image is really great, then it will be repinned numerous times, creating multiple backlinks to your website.

Having a website which users want to share on Pinterest presents you with a wonderful opportunity. Easy, good quality backlinks, as well as new visitors to your website, are within reach with just a little thought and planning. Ignoring Pinterest’s potential, on the other hand, will mean you are missing out. Early adopters always do the best on social networking sites, and although latecomers can still make an impact, the sooner a business owner can learn how to take advantage of a new form of social media, the better they tend to fare.

Check out my Writing Pinterest board and my Social Media Pinterest board.

Protect Your Privacy on Social Media (Infographic)

From Zone Alarm, based on some research by Pew Internet comes this rather lovely infographic about the complex issues of privacy in social media, and how to take steps to protect your accounts better.

(Ignore this bit. I need to create a link to set up my Google Authorship profile!)