Have you discovered Pinterest?

Have you discovered Pinterest yet?  The website describes it very simply: it’s an online pinboard that lets you organize the things you love.  I discovered it through, Cynthia Gagen, blogging friend of mine that blogs about crafts (actually, she blogs about a whole lot more) .  She uses Pinterest to capture images of crafts she’s made, crafts she likes and to display craft projects by others.  You can find her awesome boards here and her even better blog here.

The same goes for my organizing buddies.  There is not a day that goes by that a professional organizers doesn’t pin something on the group board.  In Pinterest you have your own boards and you have boards that you can collaborate on. 

Pinterest is a means of capturing pictures from every possible source: websites, blogs, uploaded photographs…etc. so that you can then group them together and create a board.  This is a fun and easy way of capturing your favourite images without having to bookmark each individual webpage. 

The most important thing to remember when sharing content is to be sure to give credit where credit is due. Thank the source (even if they were not the original person that pinned the picture).   If you can, try and go back to the original source (especially if it is a photograph from a blog post and was taken by the blogger). Then the ‘pin’ will have a direct link to the picture. If you just keep re-pinning, sometimes the source is lost – not good content-credit Karma…

Other then that, have fun, get inspired and pin away.  Let me know how you use your Pinterest boards and lastly, stay tuned for an introductory Pinterest Class for those of you just starting.

Here is my board so follow me if you must…



My Blog Logos and Pinterest

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As I am currently experimenting with all things Pinterest, I thought it would be interesting to create a Pin Board that would encourage other bloggers to post pins to my newest board: Your Blog.  It is a yet another way to engage on social media using a visual pin board.  Please feel free to:

  1. Follow me on Pinterest
  2. Follow Your Blogs board
  3. Encourage you to collaborate.  I will add you as a collaborator to this board or my other fun collaboration board – What Were They Thinkin’?

I will be writing a series of Pinterest posts coming up … so stay tuned…

Feature Friday

Twitter @mentions and @replies

A couple of the things you may have noticed about Twitter are the mentions and replies. These are 2 important features.
The @mentions is  when someone has tweeted you, or about you; as a business you want to see what people are saying about you, to you and how often.
If it is a question or concern you should address it as soon as possible and create a relationship with that person. You should always respond to @mentions and engage with the person mentioning you [in a positive way of course].

The same applies to @replies, if someone has replied to a comment you have made or question that you, have keep the conversation going and create a relationship.
It is through continued engagement that we create relationships. Remember, people will do business with people they know, like and trust!

You will see @mentions anywhere in the body of the tweet, not necessarily at the beginning of the tweet. If someone sends you a reply and you are not following the user, the reply will not appear on your Home timeline, but in your Mentions timeline, so be sure to check that frequently so you don’t miss any mentions or replies.
All tweets containing your @username can be seen through a link at the top of your Twitter stream under @mentions. Click on link to see all replies made to you, and mentions of your user name.
In the your Twitter home timeline, tweets will have “in reply to” listed next to their timestamp if they are in reply to someone’s tweet.

If there are any features that you would like to see mentioned on Feature Friday, please send us a note and we will add it to our list.
See you next Friday

Feature Friday

We are Margarita Ibbott and Rossana Wyatt, and we would like to welcome you to Linkedlearning.ca.  We’re a small social media training company that provides training to help you grow your business.

We would like to introduce you to Feature Friday – where every Friday we will talk about a feature from one of the different platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and  Foursquare.

We will give you some tips and show you how social media can make a difference to your business.

Join us every  Friday  as we discuss different features the will help you incorporate social media to grow your business. Next post will be discussing Twitter and @mentions and how they can help you in your business.