Today I continue my series on Social Networking 101. I am going to cover the following topics in this article:
This article is will help you understand and get started with Social Networking.
Why Social Networking Matters
Social networking matters. It matters because it is the way the new global community is developing. Sites like eBay, Craigslist, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, and Skype are enabling us to connect with like-minded people around the world. It enables you to do more than just retrieve information. Sites like Myspace and Facebook are exploding because they give you an opportunity to both share information and retrieve the information you want and need. Failure to get in touch with social networking is going to result in being left behind technology-wise. Anyone who wants to have an active web presence in the future is going to need to be part of the social networking scene.
One way to get started is to be sure to link to other people when doing your blog posts. Reciprocal linking is a key to success in social networking.
It is important to note that email, instant messaging and the telephone do not fall in the Web 2.0 realm because they are not web applications.
How to use Twitter to make fitness connections
The window above (as best you can see it) gives me the ability to enter a 140 character message (note the big “140” next to the “What are you doing?” text). Below that you can see pictures and some text. These are the “tweets” of the people I am actively following. You will also note that my Twitter page is customized to my own background. I am following 137 people at the minute and I have 114 people following me. This means that anytime I send a tweet it goes to 114 people. Twitter also gives you the ability to send direct messages to anyone that is following you and whom you are following. This enables you to talk privately with anyone you are following/being followed by. You can join the Twitter revolution at http://www.twitter.com.
An example of some great fitness professionals you can connect with on Twitter: Tom Venuto, Marc David, Craig Ballantyne, Scott Tousignant and many others.
Twitter gives you the ability to share links and pictures as well, all in a 140 character space! Give it a try and you won’t be sorry. Just be sure to reciprocate.
Updating your social networking sites from one location
With hellotxt you can select ahead of time the sites you want updated (I update Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed). You then type your update status in the box and it gets sent out to all your choices at the same time. Hellotxt supports a large combination of social networking sites. See http://www.hellotxt.com to join and for more information.
Ping.fm isn’t much different from hellotxt in features that it provides. I just found that the mobile interface to hellotxt was faster and since I do alot of updating from cell phone, I chose to stick with hellotxt and not Ping.fm. I know alot of people who love Ping.fm and use it exclusively.
Increasing Positive Pressure Thro
I use Facebook. I do two things to increase the positive pressure using Facebook: I post the URL to my blog and I import (automatically) my blog entries.
By doing these two things I drive people to my blog. The URL listing on my Facebook profile has gotten me readers who knew me but didn’t know about my blog. At the same time, adding my blog posts to my profile keeps them in front of even more people. This ratchets up the positive pressure on me.
Updating your status with information about your blog is another way to keep the positive pressure high.
How to Promote Your Fitness Product Using Social Networking
Web 2.0 has a huge advertising and marketing component to it. People do videos and then post them for others to see. In these videos they promote their product. There is no other way you can get your product in front of so many people so quickly. Social networking is the key to quick distribution of information, including marketing materials. You can even market products as an affiliate using social networking sites. Just be careful. Don’t turn into a spammer or you will lose followers on Twitter and friends on Facebook.
I personally get disgusted when someone asks me to join a group on Facebook and after I join I start getting several messages a day advertising a product. It is annoying and I wind up leaving the group immediately.
Mike’s Workout Log:
Matty’s Workout Log:
Yet another great workout using the H.I.T. style of training. The giant sets for the quads continue to kill us both. It is incredible how those at the beginning of the workout really change the complexion of the workout.
Having a workout partner is going to help you push yourself even harder than you do alone.
Do you use a workout partner to up the intensity of your workouts? Comment this post to answer the question.
Until tomorrow…GET BACK TO LIFTING!