Last Wednesday we posted a beginner’s guide to Tumblr. This week, we are going to follow-up with some additional tips and links for using Tumblr.
Like most sites, Tumblr maintains their own Tips page. Among these tips are how to bookmark, instructions on mass editing for tags and posts, using short links, and a keyboard shortcuts list.
You can also view a list of Tumblr Writers. These links take you straight to individual Tumblr pages. These writers are spotlighted for their impressive pages. You can get a feel of what others are doing and if this type of activity can fit into your self-promotion plan.
This WikiHow post provides a cheat sheet and a step-by-step guide.
What Writers Need to Know About Tumblr is a guide from MediaBistro. Experts say reblogging and tagging are two important aspects of Tumblr. When you find people to follow, be sure to reblog their posts. Many times, your reblogs will lead someone else to reblog your posts.
Although they may seem targeted towards literary professionals, these tips are not just for fiction authors. Academics can modify tips for their needs as well. There might be a community of physicists or sociologists using Tumblr to connect with colleagues and others interested in their subject area.
Mashable did a round-up of some lesser-known Facebook functions. Many of these tools are aimed at those who used Facebook Ads and Pages. But some of this information is valuable for authors who use Facebook to promote themselves or connect with friends.
Facebook is a very important site when you are promoting yourself and connecting with your audience. Knowing about these tools and playing around with their functionality will enhance your profile and online presence.
Here are the most important ones to be aware of:
Browse: This tool filters content that you haven’t seen yet and is related to any topic. It is valuable if you are looking for new friends, pages, etc.
Export Your Calender: If you are an avid Facebook Events user, you may have a calender full of conferences, book signings, appointments, and birthdays. This tool allows you to export Facebook Events to another calender (like iCal, Outlook, or Google Calender) so all of your scheduled events will be in one place.
Facebook Desktop Chat: Many people now use Facebook Chat instead of email, Instant Message programs, or GChat. If you want to avoid going back to your FB page each time a message comes in, use the messenger tool. It pops the chat functionality right to your desktop.
Related, Chat Keyboard Shortcuts: This makes Chat easier to navigate.
Interests: When you add “interests” to your profile, Facebook automatically collects feeds from those key areas. This is valuable for keeping up with the latest news updates.
View As: If you set privacy guidelines for photos and other status updates based on your friends lists, you can use the View As function to see what they see.