Twitter and Pinterest
I do most of my social networking through Twitter and Pinterest. I like both networks, but have found it works best to use them differently.
Twitter is a great way of quickly sharing (and essentially bookmarking for later use) links. It is great for liveblogging events, TV shows, etc. It is a great way to have a short exchange or briefly pass on information. It is also good practice being concise and to the point.
Twitter’s public nature is both a strength and a weakness. Unless you have a locked account anyone can read your tweets. The public nature of Twitter means you can more easily get followers. If you use hashtags there is a good chance that people will stumble on your tweet. Not only is Twitter public, but it is a site people think to check. This public nature is great when you want to broadcast something to as many people as possible, but it also brings up some privacy concerns. Be aware of what you are posting and give some thought before tweeting family or personal information. Also be aware of whether your Twitter is showing your location particularly if you tend to Tweet from home. With all social networking it is a always a balance between conducting our lives online and the need for privacy and safety, but it is particularly noticeable on Twitter. If you want to broadcast concise information or links to as many people as possible, Twitter a great choice.
Pinterest has a more limited audience than Twitter. This is not necessarily a problem and can even be an advantage. There are far more DIY, Fashion, and Crafts boards than you could ever need. Pinterest users tend to be women. The average age is also older than for some other social networking sites. (Source for Pinterest numbers)
Pinterest works great when you want to a picture to go with your bookmark. It makes it really easy to skim a board to find that pin you made 2 months ago. It is excellent for any type of tutorial, quote, or attractive picture. While you have the option for a limited number of secret boards most folders are public so be aware of what you are posting.
Pinterest makes it easy to include all your interests. If you run a DIY and craft blog, but also love movies or kitten pictures consider making a folder for your other interests. I have a Cute folder and I have people who are not into not interested in DIY or crafts following it.
If you have a blog seriously consider adding a Pin It button if have not done so already. Pinterest is increasingly important for new traffic. If you have a picture you do not want to allow people to pin you can add code to block people from pinning it.
Posting at the Best Time
Morning is generally the busiest time for tech tweets and news related tweets. When I have tech and design related links I want to tweet I usually post them in the morning and get more traffic. The craft and DIY related tweets tend to be more spread out throughout the day.
Conversely, I have had much better luck with Pinterest in the afternoon and evening. Pins also have more staying power than tweets. Any attention a tweet gets is usually shortly after it is posted. With Pinterest I will often get people repinning pins I pinned months ago. (I think I overused variations on pin in that last sentence.) In contrast to tweets it is common to see a spike in pin traffic hours, days, or even months after you pinned the post.
Notes and Linked at
The clock picture is from Public Domain Pictures. The tips are my own and I have no connection to Twitter and/or Pinterest beyond using these services.