Promote yourself on social media 101

This is a fast and dirty post on where to promote yourself online. Read it only if you want a larger audience. But, if you’re like me and really don’t give a shit, you need to know a bit about this stuff because people are obsessed with the “internet.” So read it anyway, because knowing this shit will make you sound smarter and more involved than you really are.

Here’s the list complete with descriptions by way of Wikipedia.

  • Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, “tweets”, restricted to 140 characters. –Ask Trump how well it works for self-promotion.
  • Facebook is the world’s largest online social media and social networking site. It’s so vast a network it’s easy to get lost in the crowd, but once you get established you can develop a huge following.
  • Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that has 48649302 likes on Facebook.
  • Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web, mainly utilizing images.. CEO Ben Silbermann summarized the company as a “catalog of ideas.”
  • Linkedin is a business- and employment-oriented social networking service
  • YouTube is an American video-sharing website
  • Google+ (Google Plus) is Google’s attempt at social networking.
  • Medium is an example of social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications.
  • Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website.

If you’re going to use these for promoting your latest book, website, or wax eloquent about your latest epiphany, you need a profile picture, because people are more comfortable is they think they know the person they’re talking to.
(If you’re going to take a picture off the web, don’t use anyone famous. That means Fabio, Elvira, and that smokin’ hot chick you saw on Facebook, are right out.)

These are the basic sizes.

  • Twitter profile picture size: 400px x 400px
  • Facebook profile picture size: 170px X 170px
  • Instagram profile picture size: 110px x 110px
  • Pinterest profile picture size: 150px X 150px
  • LinkedIn profile picture size: 400px x 400px
  • YouTube profile picture size: 800px x 800px
  • Google+ profile picture size: 250px x 250px
  • Medium profile picture size: 400px x 400px
  • Tumblr profile picture size: 128px x 128px

Here are two sites that are excellent sources for learning the basics of promoting your site.
Google Garage
Godaddy Garage

None of this is hard. Hell, even I’ve got Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter accounts. And I’m probably the least social individual on social media.
All you’ve got to do is do it. –Remembering not to post anything you wouldn’t want your mother to see; because the internet is forever.

One last note: If you’re going to have forms or logins on your site invest in an SSL or Google will ding you big time.

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