Blogging with Impunity #3 - "Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr...Oh My! (aka How Not to Annoy Your Readers)"
When Hiking with Impunity first started, we were just beginning to learn how to tap into the potential of social media - specifically how best to keep our readers informed of updates to the main website of Hiking with Impunity. Admittedly, we probably installed one to many API's (Application Programming Interface) which allowed all of these social media networks to communicate with the main website and vice versa. What exactly does this mean? Anytime we use one social media network, it could potentially flood the other with updates, updates, and more updates.
Each reader accesses the main website for different reasons: some may enjoy the Hike presentations, while others are looking for health and safety tips. Maybe you came to the site looking specifically for reviews. Or, perhaps you just want to see our pictures. Whatever the reason you may be coming to our website, we thank you! But if you're a "fan" on facebook, do you really want to read every tweet of a hike we're on? Probably not!
So, I give you the separation of our social media networks from each other, and what to expect as far as updates from now on:
FaceBook: Readers who "Become a Fan" on FaceBook (and you can visit our facebook page here to become a fan) will now only receive updates regarding newly published articles to the main website, information on articles that we've found that may interest our hiking fans, and broad updates to Hiking with Impunity. No longer will our Twitter feed Facebook (your quite welcome...I'm looking forward to it myself!) - which means our FaceBook fans will no longer be subjected to a flood of tweets from our hikes.
Twitter: If you enjoy finding out not only about our new articles on the website, but also enjoy 'following' us while we are hiking (and seeing all of our fuzzy photos in realtime), you will need to do so on Twitter (which you can do by clicking here). This will be the only way - other than viewing our twitter feed on the main website - of getting real-time updates on our hikes.
Flickr: If you enjoy viewing our photos, you can look at our new photo gallery right here on the main website, or visit our photostream on Flickr here where you can subscribe to our Photography newsfeed at the bottom of the page.
You may come across our other social media network sites (Squidoo or Ning), but rest assured - our main social media networks are Facebook, Twitter and Flickr, and these where all of our major updates will be published.
Thank you for your patience! We appreciate your support as we come closer to our one month anniversary. We still have more surprises waiting in the wings over the next few weeks. Stay with us! We won't disappoint you!