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TweetDeck brings more Susan to Facebook

Some of you know that I just don’t get Facebook. I’ve tried reading Facebook for Dummies, I’ve tried spending time there…I just don’t get the interface and I don’t understand how we’re supposed to keep up with stuff over there. So mostly I just feed in my blog, make an announcement whenever there’s something announce-worthy, and have done with it.

Now that I’m coming back to Twitter, I’m trying to use TweetDeck to get a little more active on Facebook. I always had it set up so that I could post those occasional announcements to my Facebook profile and page. On my new computer, though, I’m starting pretty much from scratch so I had to set it up again. I remember getting the page set up being really difficult the last time I did it. It seems like TweetDeck’s made this really easy now.

I’m going to go over how I’ve got my TweetDeck set up for Facebook and how I’ve been using it. It will make a lot more sense if you’ve already got TweetDeck and can just do it with me. If you haven’t been using it, feel free to read my post about using TweetDeck for better Twitter management.

Adding your account

At the top left it says From: and there’s a little Twitter icon as well as a box with a + to add another account. If you click that, a box pops up. Use the Add Account button, choose Facebook, and follow the steps to allow Facebook and TweetDeck to work together. If you have pages, they’ll show up on the screen and you can check whether or not you want to use TweetDeck with them. On my account I checked my author page, but not my doll page because I’m not dealing with that right now. You can change this later by clicking on that button to add an account, selecting the Facebook account when the screen comes up, and then click whatever you like.

Now you’ve got more icons on the From: line. My Twitter account is my default (I only have one), and that’s what I leave on all the time. When I want to post to Facebook, I click to unselect Twitter and click to select my Facebook profile or page. Sometimes I leave Twitter selected to post the same update to both sites, but not often. Compose update as usual and publish. And I’m always sure to have only the Twitter account selected when I’m finished so I don’t accidentally post to the wrong account.

Adding a column for Facebook

You guys know how to add columns. At the top left it says TweetDeck and there’s a round button with a +.  A screen pops up. There are icons at the top and one looks like Facebook. Click that. You can get your full feed or just one part of it. I’m starting with just Status Updates.

Liking and Commenting

Hey, just me clicking like is more Facebook interaction that we normally see, and I guess it’s a nice way to let someone know you paid attention to what they said. In that column, if you hover over the picture of the update in question, you get 4 icons, just like with Twitter. But for Facebook these are: Comment, Like, Write on [that person’s] Wall, and Other (which has stuff like send message, tweet their comment, and other handy stuff).

To make a wall post without finding someone’s picture, select to post from your Facebook account. Start your post with the > character. That should bring up a list of your friends’ usernames.

When you click the icon for comment, a little box pops up below the update in which you can type what you have to say and click Add Comment. You may have to scroll your column to see it. This will also let you see other comments that have been made. You can also see those comments without saying anything yourself by clicking the comment bubble underneath the picture.

Conversations

When people start having conversations in their comments, this is hard to follow with TweetDeck alone. TweetDeck will update to show that there are more comments, but a) you’ll have to click the comment bubble again to refresh and see them, and b) just because there’s new stuff doesn’t mean TweetDeck bumps the update to the top of the column. It stays where it is in the stream so that you have to scroll through the old stuff to find new stuff.

At this point, unless there’s a solution I don’t know about, you’re better off relying on your email to keep tabs on a conversation.

Again, I’m sure this is old news to some, but if there are any of you who, like me, like TweetDeck and fear Facebook, I hope you’ll give this a shot. I’m trying to post to my Facebook page once a day during the week and I think I’m doing an okay job coming up with something every day. If you’re active on Facebook (more power to you) and would like to stop by and help me get some interaction going over there, I’m sure there’s good karma in it for you.

Oh, P.S. Kait’s new book, RED, is now available. It’s YA! Kait’s brand of action and romance, now with angsty teen goodness. Because of the rather fascinating way Kait and her agent have been thinking and are going to experiment with Kait’s trad/indie author in two worlds crossover domination, the book will be out for a bit before it is shopped around NY and then it may disappear for a while. Go get it and read it now so you’ll have plenty of time to tell your friends. Here’s a link to the places it’s currently available: https://bitly.com/bundles/kaitnolan/4.

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All About You on TweetDeck

I<3 Tweetdeck. I couldn’t manage on Twitter without it.

This post is going to be about how/why I use it and a specific column to add, but to get the basics out of the way, TweetDeck is a desktop application (or you can download other versions for portable stuff) that helps you manage your TwitLife. If you don’t use it and you want to get started, here’s a nice tutorial video. TweetDeck organizes the tweets in your stream into columns so you can concentrate on one thing at a time, so now that I’m going to talk about columns, you can have an idea what I’m talking about.

My favorite columns that I display where I can watch them are:

  • Favs
  • #amwriting
  • All Friends
  • Mentions
  • Susan Bischoff

Favs is a must. I auto-follow. I got to a point where it just seemed like having to read bios and go to Twitter to click follow every time someone added me was just taking up too much of my time. It’s not like I’m innundated with followers, people, but those little bits of time add up. That does mean I end up following a bunch of people I’m not actually interested in following, but with TweetDeck this is absolutely not problem.

I maintain a list of people who interact with me and whom I actually want to follow. You can do this by clicking the + (Add Column) button in the upper left and choosing Groups/Lists in the box that pops up. TweetDeck will then show you all the people you follow and you can choose the ones to add to this list. Save it when you’re done. This way, you never have to exclude someone by not following them back. (You never know when someone who tweets about their business is a reader interested in you and your writing!) And when you feel like you need to cull some followers, you can cull them from your list and not lose someone awesome because they’re just learning or they’re away for a while.

I don’t go around keeping track of who follows me and who doesn’t, and I don’t un-follow people just because they don’t follow me, BUT it does really irritate me when I go to send a DM to help out someone I’ve talked to several times and feel friendly with, only to find out I can’t because they don’t follow me. WTF? But it’s probably just a result of a limited follow policy they’ve made to keep things under control. But possibly possibly alienating people in this way doesn’t need to happen and I think lists are a better way to go.

I edit this column regularly, whenever I need to add someone new because I feel like we made a connection and I need to watch for their tweets. Once the column is on your screen, hovering around the top of it will make an edit button appear.

#amwriting is good example of a hashtag conversation. Trying to follow one of these can have its annoying moments because not everyone thinks of hashtags in this way and will drop a lot of junk into the conversation. Adding a column and putting #amwriting or another hashtag into the search box causes a new column to pop up that will be updated anytime someone uses the hashtag. TweetDeck is awesome for this. I’ve found a lot of interesting links via #amwriting, and I like to send out the occasional random tweet to a writer I don’t know who needs encouragement or deserves a pat on the back.

All Friends is where I have all those tweets scrolling by from everyone, so fast that I would certainly miss everything if this was all I had to go by. I try to glance at this every once in a while to discover awesome people I’m already following so I can follow them more closely on my Favs list.

Mentions is pretty obvious, but that’s a column that updates when a tweet contains @susan_bischoff. It’s important to keep track of when people are speaking to you directly or going out of their way to mention you in a way they know you’ll see. That’s why this is one of the columns TweetDeck makes for you automatically.

Susan Bischoff is the one I really planned to talk about today. Sometimes people just talk about me. Either they don’t want to point out to me that they’re talking about me by using @, or maybe they don’t even know I’m on Twitter. In this column I find things like “I just read Hush Money by Susan Bischoff and it was awesome!” or when people link to my blog, it pops up in this column, I guess because my name gets embedded in the link somehow? I don’t know, but it happens. When people use Goodreads’ auto-tweet feature, I get links to reviews or reading updates.

Links to my books for sale on some sites pop up in this column too, and that’s why this column has been on my mind as an important thing to talk about. Because the two times I’ve found someone selling my book illegally, it’s been via this column. It’s not like they’re going to tweet, “Hey, I’m selling @susan_bischoff’s book, come check it out!” But they do use my name to sell my book, so I sometimes see it on TweetDeck before I get it from Google Alerts.

I know a lot of this is will be old-hat for a lot of you, but I hope it’s useful for someone.

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