I have written hundreds of computer and internet articles over the years. The monthly royalties are pretty good and so is my stash of cool tricks.
Take a time and pay attention to some easy tricks for your publicity and writer's networking strategy.
Whether you have 20 favorites at OS or 200 favorites all over the web, you can stay in touch and keep up with each other's posts.
Whether OS stays or goes, learn some of the classic web tricks that will enhance your blogging and other experiences.
LEARN TO EMBED LIVE TWITTER FEEDS and RSS FEEDS INTO YOUR BLOG PAGE OR WEBSITE:
WordPress and Blogger are sites that allow you to embed live Twitter feeds. When you post a tweet, it will show in real time. Your retweets will also show up.
When you embed an RSS feed, every post that you or your favorites publish will show up in real time.
Go to the "help" section of your site and find out how to do this.
My HubPages feed is an RSS feed. I could add any RSS feed that amuses me! For some reason, OS RSS does not work, or I would have it at my website.
LEARN TO TWEET
Just sign up and type a TITLE and a LINK to your blogs and posts. Get your friends and favorites to do the same.
LEARN TO USE TWITTER LISTS
When you follow someone, put them in a list. You may have up to 13 custom made lists. When you call up a list, the only tweets that will show up are the ones you choose to see.
USE SAVED SEARCHES AT TWITTER
If you follow topics on a long term basis, search for the topic, then save the search. You will filter another .99999 percent of the crap at Twitter.
You have just filtered out 99.9999 percent of the crap at Twitter.
You have created your own custom feed for your blog, website or any other place that allows Twitter or RSS embeds.
Your friends can be posting anywhere on the web and Twitter will bring them all together in one place.
You can keep up on topics where you want the latest and greatest news. Trust me, if it is breaking news, the odds are that it will be on Twitter first.
IF YOU PLAN TO BACK UP YOUR POSTS, GIVE PDF A TRY.
PDF is a good way to compress large files and to manage them. Most people never get into PDF because the program is automatically invoked when a PDF formatted link comes up on the web. Nitro Blog
has some pretty good information about various PDF formats and how they work.
Maybe someone will write a post about PDF.
FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER. I FOLLOW MOST PEOPLE BACK AND I RETWEET. YOU DO THE SAME WITH YOUR FAVORITES AND FRIENDS!
DOING A WEBSITE IS NOW AS EASY AS SETTING UP A BLOG, AND IT CAN BE FREE OF COSTS.
Why have a website? You may need a website to enhance your professional image.
You may want to put all your web interests and contact information in one place.
You may want to blog without giving up your intellectual property rights.
You may want better features and choices.
You may want control over ads and other content that shows up next to your work.
Give it a try.
A Facebook page is easy to do and you have more layout options.
A Facebook page costs not a penny and it offers a way to go public without allowing people to invade your private account.
Why let your book or blog announcement sink to the bottom of a news feed when your links can be fixed and permanent at your Facebook page?
Evernote was the first serious cloud storage goodie. You can store and organize anything there without clogging up or infecting your computer.
My manuscripts, notes, photos, sound files, web references and more are up there in a giant file cabinet.
Best of all, if you get the Evernote web clipper, you can clip web articles, whole web pages or URLs with a couple of clicks.
When you do not have time to read, clip it. Then use Evernote to access your web finds when you want to.
Evernote is brilliant for anyone who wants to collect their OS posts. Just clip the article instead of the whole page. Clip the whole page if you want the comments, ads, and other junk.
Evernote works on any device. If the internet is down or a site is kaput, you read your clips offline for a fee!
IF YOU BAIL OUT, TRY
Loriane created a social network at NING and she should get a try. The site has some great features and looks like a good place for posting multimedia, text and more.
Try it out.
I am not interested in hearing about "hate Twitter" "Don't wanna do it and other self defeats.
I have to admit that I am fed up with people who come to my posts to tell me they are not interested in my post. I will delete you.
This information is to help those who have the curiosity and the need.
FEEL FREE TO ADD YOUR SUGGESTIONS AND TIPS FOR STAYING IN TOUCH
The big challenge is finding a way to collect everyone's addresses, facebook monikers and other stuff. It is just too much for too many.
If anyone has any ideas, feel free to put them here or to make your own post.