Social Media

Some of the best quotes in history sound a little outdated these days.

1. I mean, we have liberty, mostly, so wouldn’t this be a bit more appropriate. I know I’ve felt that way once or twice #firstworldproblems

Give me WiFi or give me death

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We’ve giggled at gaggles of geese and been unnerved by a murder of crows. But animals aren’t the main things one finds in bulk these days – social media doesn’t happen in single posts. Here are some new collective nouns (some existing, some suggested by yours truly) to drop into conversation.

This one speaks for itself somewhat. When you’re watching a tv show or attending a conference, and something happens that sparks conversation, there’s no word that describes the phenomenon quite like flurry.a flurry of tweets

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It’s that time again – those magical few days between Christmas and New Year where life consists of reflections, reminiscing and forward planning (and pigging out on Xmas chocolates, if you’re us).

In next week’s blog, we’ll be looking at everything that’s changed in social media over the past 12 months, on top of our usual round-up of social media changes. But for now, let’s take a quick look at what we think we might expect to see in the next 12 months in the world of social.

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If you’ve ever heard me talk about social media scheduling, you’ll have heard me mention Buffer.

In fact, I often have to assure people that I am in no way affiliated, associated or paid by Buffer.

Buffer is quite simply the only way I can do my job. I recommend it to one-man bands. I recommend it to large businesses. I recommend it to my mum. I recommend it to everyone I speak to, basically.

For those who haven’t tried it, Buffer is a social media scheduling tool that works quite simply – you set up a schedule, then you add posts to your “buffer”. At each time on your schedule, Buffer will send out the next post in your list. It works for Facebook (profiles, pages and groups), Twitter, LinkedIn (profiles and pages), Google+ (pages only) and Pinterest.

I’ve tried out many of the leading social schedulers out there – Hootsuite, Edgar, Sprout Social, Tweetdeck, and more that I’ve forgotten about. Some of them I still use occasionally, when they’re more suited to the specific way I’m working with a client. But I recommend Buffer wholeheartedly to everyone – and here’s why.

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I’m sure it’s happened to all of us: we got reeled in by some amazing sounding offer or opportunity, only to realise later that there is no free iPad on its way to you and your phone is ringing off the hook with cold calls.

Fake Facebook competitions are the “Nigerian Prince email” of the 2010s. At least once a week a friend on Facebook will share a post that sets my spider sense (social sense?) tingling.

Want some examples?

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