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How to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter. The No. 1 complaint from businesses new to social media is: “I just don’t have time.” What these people don’t realize is that social media doesn’t always require a huge commitment, especially Twitter. As Facebook constantly changes its algorithm and increases preference for promoted posts and ads, turn to Twitter for free and effective small business social networking. Your plan of attack involves two main tools: Hootsuite and Twitter Lists. Once you’ve mastered this setup, your daily Twitter routine will winnow down to 10 minutes in no time. 1.

Set up your Hootsuite account. Hootsuite is a free social media dashboard. 2: Create Twitter Lists. Jump over to and navigate to your settings (the gear symbol in the upper-right corner). Be sure to create one secret “Important Connections” list that will hold all the smart people you wish to network with on a daily basis. 3: Add your Twitter Lists to Hootsuite. 4: Add #hashtag streams to Hootsuite. 5: Begin your 10-minute per day routine. The Ultimate Guide To Becoming An Amazing Twitter Curator. This is a guestpost by Simon Blackley (@simonblackley) of communications agency ESN. More about Simon at the end of the post.

News, ideas and pictures of dogs wearing sunglasses spread around the planet with unprecedented speed. I found that we enrich our online networks by finding, selecting, combining and contextualising content that will be of value to them. In doing so, we build our own social brands. But we have lives, too! Here, I’ll describe the way I use free tools for personal content curation. A word of warning: I’m a PC and Android user. Never run out of great articles: 24/7 content collection I’m a big fan of RSS. Of course you can grab RSS feeds for most blogs and websites. Twitter has unhelpfully removed all RSS buttons from its interface, though feeds created in the past using those buttons still work. To read my RSS feeds, I use Google Reader on the desktop and NewsRob on my Android Phone. On my phone, I recently abandoned Tweetdeck for Android in favour of twicca. How Content Curation Keeps You Visible and Valuable to Your Network. There is a lot of information out there, and the people in your network are probably feeling overwhelmed by it all.

This can be an unfortunate source of stress for them, but it’s also an important opportunity for you. What is content curation? Content curation is the process of scouring the Internet, filtering out the junk (unfortunately there’s a lot of that), and discovering the most valuable, relevant and helpful content about a particular topic. By sharing those gems with your network, you accomplish these important objectives: Build your personal brand (reputation) as an expert in the topicBe more active and visible on social mediaEnhance your relationships by being helpful (Guess what? Whether you share other people’s content on your own blog, on social media, or in other ways (we’ll cover these options in a separate post), it’s worth learning how to do it well. Here are the three steps I recommend for getting started with content curation: 1.

. © 4designersart – 2. In email: The Beginner's Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You: How to Easily Save 60 Minutes Every Day. One of the most fun and useful things I’ve been doing lately is automating small processes I do all the time. It took me a while to work up the courage to dive into automation, as it always seemed like a really difficult, technical thing to do, which should be left to programmers. Luckily, there are lots of tools being created lately to make automation much easier for those of us without a solid understanding of how our computers really work.

Sometimes repetition is good for us – for instance, when it comes to developing new skills. But rote tasks don’t serve much purpose. Every time I noticed myself doing tasks over and over now, I try to find a way to automate it the same way we create social media shortcuts at Buffer. I bet if you really pay attention, you’ll pick up a few small tasks you do all the time. IFTTT is a really handy web-based automation tool that you can use for free. Here are some cool examples to make it a bit more clear: Zapier Alfred Done! Keyboard Maestro And after:

Twitter Tips for Beginners: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Started. This post originally published on March 17, 2014. We’ve updated it here with the latest information, images, and resources. Before I joined Buffer, I barely had a Twitter account. It existed by its lonesome for a few years as a placeholder for the day when my work allowed me to tweet freely.

That day came when I had the privilege to join up with the Buffer team, and I dove right in, applying all the Twitter knowledge I had stowed away. And still, even with a running start, I had so much to learn. Knowledge seldom takes the place of experience. So while I muddled through my first few weeks on Twitter—experimenting and fiddling—I noticed the many things I could have only learned by doing. Maybe you can relate to some? Exclusive Resource: Get a free, 30-page ebook of Twitter Tips! 1. Phew! If you’re following 100 people, you could see 2,200 tweets per dayIf you’re following 500 people, you could see 11,000 tweets per day.If you’re following 1,000 people, you could see 22,000 tweets per day. 2. 17 Unique Places to Find Great Content to Share. I get a particular thrill from finding little-known restaurants that serve amazing food.

My greatest hits list includes elk tacos at a highway diner, cinnamon rolls at a downtown hole-in-the-wall, and – perhaps my greatest discovery of all – barbecue from a trailer in a parking lot. (Seriously, it’s good barbecue!) The discovery process for great content has a similar thrill. How great does it feel to share a bit of awesomeness that few others have found? Without a doubt, sharing great finds on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks is a smart way to with your followers. Did you know 25 percent of Tweets contain links and 56 percent of retweets contain them?

People love a good content share. 1. We look at the inbox every day, but how often do we search it for great content? Next Draft The Daily Digg The newsletter offshoot of, this daily email brings you up to speed on the top stories from yesterday with an uncanny knack for highlighting potentially viral content. The Busy Person's Guide to Content Curation: A 3-Step Process. Museums curate works of art. We digital marketers curate blog posts. Though our link shares may not be artistic contributions, the idea of curation is at least the same at museums and online: We’re all seeking only the best material to pass along to our patrons, customers, fans, or followers.

Finding and sharing exquisite content has never had more value than it does today. People love being told what’s good to read or essential to see. With that in mind, we’ve collected some ways to get started with curation and to do so as efficiently and expertly as possible. What is content curation? I’ve got a short definition for you and a long one. Content curation is sorting through a large amount of web content to find the best, most meaningful bits and presenting these in an organized, valuable way.

For the slightly longer definition, I’ll paraphrase Mike Kaput’s great analogy on Content Marketing Institute about how curation has evolved to its place of prominence on today’s Internet. 1. 2. Scoop.It Tutorial. Publish Blogs from Evernote with Postach.IO. Content is king: easy & simple ways to curate relevant content.