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Social Networking: Twitter

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After my series on Flickr 1, 2 and 3 and a blogpost on Plurk and Avatar Social Network – all articles trying to give you – bloggers –  an idea and/or inspiration on how to expand your blogs audience using Social Media, this post will cover Twitter. In a next post I will talk about Tumblr!

Yes, there are many social media platforms out there. It is, in the end, up to you individually what and which platform suits you best. For some it may be Twitter, others rather stick to Plurk, Facebook, SL Forums or maybe none of them all. My articles are merely to point out what is possible ‘out there’.

This blogpost contains several screenshots of my own Twitter account, to show you what and how, with some scribbling on them to point out stuffs (click on the images for larger versions!)

So… Twitter and how you can use it for your blog, your inspiration or just for being kept informed/updated on what is going on.

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Screenshot, with pointers, of my personal home page on twitter

 

Twitter (free) is a so-called ‘micro-blog’. A feed, in which people post status updates – with a limit of 140 characters – often accompanied by an image. A few months ago Twitter changed some options, so now it is possible to upload 4 pics in one ‘tweet’ (twitter-speak for a status update/post) and the option to have ‘group messages’, meaning you can have a private conversation on twitter with more than one person.

Twitter can be used to indeed ‘tweet’ all the thoughts you feel you need to broadcast, and some people do. It goes fast, like Plurk,  and therefore if not used to tweeting, one may feel lost soon. Just remember, Twitter isn’t a blog, it isn’t a forum, it is more like you sit in a bar and overhear or hear conversations and you pick up what interests you.

Why can twitter be of interest for your blog, or Second Life?
Simple!

For one: you can (in most blogs) create a link from your blog to automatically ‘tweet’ your latest posts and two: by following fellow bloggers or other persons/companies of interest it is quite simple to keep yourself up-to-date on the latest news and developments.
I, personally, mainly use Twitter to read and not so much to post. I follow some Tweeters who post stuff I find worthwhile, it is part of my daily routine to browse twitter for news.

If you are new to Twitter and feel lost, why not try to follow some SL specific Tweeters and just read it for some days/weeks, before you venture out yourself.
A tip: check the followers of some people you know and follow those too, same for people who follow them!

Examples to get started? OK!
* Second Life’s official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/SecondLife
* Ebbe Linden’s official Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/ebbealtberg
* A parody/cynical/ironic Twitter on everything SL: https://twitter.com/SecondLie
* Fellow blogger and photographer Honour McMillan: https://twitter.com/HonourMcMillan
* Yours truly, explorer blogger: https://twitter.com/CaitlinTobias

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You will see, once you get into Twitter and Tweeting, a bit of browsing and perving..err…following!, will give you an interesting feed with news you may enjoy. I, for one, have been able to follow some inworld conferences while I was not inworld – via Twitter on my phone, thanks to fellow tweeters who updated while they were attending.

For those new to  Twitter:
the @ always indicates a twitter-account (@caitlintobias,  @Secondlife), like an address and by using it in a tweet it will show up on the persons timeline,
the # (hashtag) is meant to use as search term, to filter topics of your interest (#sl, #secondlife)  or to express a sentiment (#sohappywithmyblog, #Ineedavacation)

Last but not least: Twitter has a pretty good support site, on which you will find many answers to your questions!

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Screenshot of Second Life’s official twitter account

 

 

Happy Tweeting and blogging!

 

 

Team member call!

Hey everyone!

You’ve surely seen our pages for designers looking for bloggers, event coordinators looking for bloggers and our listings of big events. They don’t magically appear on the blog, there are people working hard to keep these pages up to date. But as times change, the time schedules in our team members’ lives also change. This means we are in need of a few helping hands to help keep the group going.

So we are looking for a new, dedicated team member to help us out a bit with handling these applications. Do you feel up to the task? Then please fill in this application! We are looking forward to welcoming you into our team!

BON VOYAGE

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The past view days I did some extra  traveling  in world. Spring is in the second life air, time that  sim owners changing the scenery of their piece of second life heaven.

In this post I like to plead for sim owners who open their place for the public so everybody can share in their dreams.

To own and maintain  a sim or part of a sim is not free of charge and in time becoming more and more expensive because of the high exchange rates and people loosing there real life jobs and income because of that. Consequence of this fact is that more and more great sims are closing and the second life landscape is getting more and more a bare landscape. Still there are a lot of great sims you can visit but every time a sim closes, my heart breaks.

When it happens the reaction  is in oohh and ahh  and we all are feeling sorry that another sim has to close  and then we  all go back to business and look at our  agenda to see where the next shopping buzz is happening. We share the sim locations that are still available so we and in we I mean bloggers and photographers , can go there and use that place as a photoshoot location.

If and when you are visiting sim locations maybe you can adopt one favorite place and shop just a little less and donate on a monthly regular base to support your favorite sim. I know for sure a lot of you do that already but maybe , just maybe we can pitch in a little bit more in times to come. Contact  owners of your favorite places and ask if you can help them financially and see where your donation is needed the most . I know for sure some of them would be very happy if you do.

This post is not for me I am still lucky that  have a good paying real life job to pay for my second life dream and as long as I do I am happy to share that dream with everybody that drops by but I know that there are sim owners struggling to make ends meet and maybe  just maybe we can keep each others dreams alive by reaching out to one and other.

If and when you are looking for places to visit here are some blog and Flickr sites that have second life traveling as their core business.

Bitacora Viajera  Explore Second Life Honour’s Post Menopausal View KoinUp Places Inara Pey Second Life Destinations Second Life Exploring Destinations Ziki Questi’s Blog  [ SL ] BS Sim Locations Second Life –  Beautiful Sims Second Life – Landscapes in a Virtual World Second Life – Destinations SL Awesome Landscapes

Enjoy your journey where ever you go and have fun while you shop until you drop.

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