AIR – Austin: competition sponsored by Knowbility. Signups through mid-October. Learn about accessible web design, CSS, theme development, etc.
Google Hangout recording of the meetup:
Follow Pat’s Presentation: http://wpsocial.slash25.com/
Why are we using social media?
- put people in contact with one another
- participate in contents
- new networking
- everyone has something in their hands
- more visitors to your site
- look like you have a clue
- clients want it because everyone else is using it
- single posts?
- blog page?
Ideally you only want to have buttons where it matters – like on individual blog posts.
Plugins vs DIY:
- Plugins: Jetpack, Social Share, ShareThis: you get updates, you don’t have to code anything
- DIY: one less item to update; tailor to your needs (you can put the buttons anywhere you want, make them look how you want)
Social Media Badges (“Likes” on Facebook etc): only serve to give more hits to the social media site. Slow, clunky, don’t do you any good.
Things to keep in mind using social media and WordPress:
- ease of use and setup
- can you override it? choose what gets published?
- what content actually gets published? Title? Excerpt? Photo?
- Keep an eye on social media API changes
Follow Nick’s Presentation: http://presentations.pleiadesservices.com/category/wordpress-meetup-2012-09-25-connecting-social-media
What is social media:
- how people share with you
- how people share with others
- keep track of your own interests and sites through bookmark sites
- connecting users to your site
- exchanging content
- Social Media Widget – you can add every social media site imaginable to your site and you get Follow buttons for the sites you use
- Social Slider
- Shareaholic SexyBookmarks – allows you to choose which sites you want your content shared
- Digg Digg – creates a floating bar
- WordPress Social Login – offers a way to log in and leave a comment
- Social Login Plugin – similar interface
- Tweet My Post – sends all new posts to Twitter
- Tweetily – randomly selects something you have posted previously – great to get new eyes on older content
- Post to Facebook – adds new post to Facebook button next to Publish
- Postible: Facebook Content
- Really Simple Twitter Feed Widget – posts twitter posts to your site
- DW Social Feed – imports content onto your own site. Cautionary note: you can go overboard with this really easily.
- Tweets as Posts – you can give posts a hashtag to capture on a website
- Social Login, Sharing and Commenting – can give you demographics on who was on your page; subscription service
- Share this: Share Buttons and Sharing Analytics – free version
- Don’t forget about the people already on your site – they can be their own community. How do you help build that community?
- Subscribe to Comments Reloaded – notification system for comments
- Rooh.it Instant Highlighter – will allow you to highlight a passage and then you can share it
Slides at Clarklab.com
- Learn who your audience is
- Where do they hang out – how do they consume your content, what social media do they use
For his site Android and Me: Clark sees Twitter as a major referrer to their site, and recommends WP to Twitter. This will be different for other sites.
Bit.ly – URL shortener and tracking; can see trends
Buffer app – schedules social media
Google+ – lots of ways to track, promote, and connect with Google; Google Hangouts
MailChimp – for mailing lists; can lose you money so only use a mailing list if you need it
Google Currents – magazine style content delivery. Nice way to display content, very easy to set up.