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Using social media in 5 minutes: Quick and easy

Updated on June 12, 2015

Make the most of today's promotional opportunities

Can you imagine what it was like for marketers in days gone by? What if someone told them that by the twenty-first century they'd be able to promote products, their writing work or whatever they wish in five minutes or less? Would they believe it?

At no cost

Then tell them that this wouldn't cost a penny. They wouldn't believe a word, would they? Well, we have that opportunity today and we need no special skills to use these methods.

Minutes, not hours

Tell these old ad and marketing executives they can market a product (or artwork, or photography or poetry - anything) within just a couple of minutes. They'd either laugh or call for the men in white coats.

But with social media you can promote whatever you wish - worldwide - in the time it takes to boil the kettle for your cup of tea.

Let's start with the buttons you see on the left (and feel free to experiment from this page!)

Time required: 5 minutes or less

Difficulty: easy

Cost: Free

Materials:

  • Computer

Tools:

  • Brain
  • Fingers
  • Eyes

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Instructions:

1. The Facebook button. Click the button and you'll see the screen that's shown on the right. All you have to do is press the blue button and you're done. Fifteen seconds?

Note that for the expenditure of a few more seconds you can also select where the post goes - your personal timeline or on a page you manage. So very easy. Note that you can optionally add a message and change the image using the tiny arrows.

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2. Move onto the Twitter button. That is actually easier. Unless you want to change the text, just click 'tweet'. Three seconds?

Be sure that you try to increase your Twitter followers with people who are genuinely interested in your updates and messages. So many accounts have 'fake' followers. You'll be able to judge this from the interaction you receive.

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3. Next, we post to Google +. This is very similar to posting to Facebook. Add text (I copy and paste the title), change the image if you wish, press 'share' and that's it.

If you want to change the automatically-generated image, just click the arrows before you post.

Simplicity itself.The whole process will take just seconds.

This is all so quick and easy to do.

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4. Pinterest - the only difference here is that you can use the drop down to specify which board to post to. Easy-peasy.

Get the official Pinterest browser button to make the most of this facility. The danger with Pinterest is that you'll go to the site and spend hours browsing. Get the button and you never need to go to the site -apart from in your downtime, that is.


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5. We haven't even remotely used up our five minutes yet. So copy the URL of your page and paste into into LinkedIn as shown.

This is exactly the same as posting to Facebook or Google+.

Quick, easy,less than one minute.

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6. Do you have a paper.li online newspaper? Add their button to your browser's toolbar and you can add your page and images in seconds.

You can add as many images from your page as you want.

You can decide which section of your paper you'd like your article to be in - I rarely do. If you have the time though, take the extra couple of seconds to be thoroughly organised.

Edit the wording if you wish - then press the large green button at the bottom. How long did that take? Thirty seconds? You'll get faster :)

Your paper has sharing facilities so be sure that you share it to your Twitter followers and the others of your choice.

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7. Oh dear, we still haven't used up five minutes. So why not add it to Scoop too?

When you set up your account there be sure to get the bookmarklet and attach it to your browser. That way you'll be able to add your page in seconds.

With Scoop you can have several topics so create one for each of your niches. Watch for hits from scoop.it in your stats.

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8. I don't think we're ever going to fill those five minutes. So if you have the Rebelmouse bookmarklet use that too.

Now your information is winging its way throughout the world. Oh, and the kettle's boiled - time for tea!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MelRootsNWrites - I'm so glad it helped!

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      Melody Lassalle 3 years ago from California

      This article is awesome! As I'm getting back into my writing, the social networking world has changed. Before I posted to FB, Twitter, and Google+. I've added Pinterest, but I never thought of using LinkedIn outside of my blog feed that automatically posts there.

      So, today, I posted my latest hub to all of those and I'm on my way to check the other other sites you've mentioned. Thank you for the inspiration and making it look so easy!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone! - thank you so much.I always appreciate your comments.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @peachpurple - it will work well given time. It's a very valuable promotional tool.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Interesting, insightful and breezy, as always, Jackie. Your articles of managing internet accounts are always helpful.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      thanks, i had just register for paper li, ihoe to generate more vews from there

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I do use some sharing buttons, but most of the time I use my Hootlet for twitter so I can space my sharing more evenly through the day. I keep forgetting to use my Paper.li and RebelMouse buttons, so thanks for the reminder.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Seasons Greetings: It certainly does and most sites have the facility for multiple sharing. Sharing the site you are on is the focus of this article :)

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You left out a lot and you've only focused on sharing content from the site you are on. Did you know you can have something like Shareaholic right on your web browser? That saves you the time of finding the sharing links on Facebook, Squidoo, etc.

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      tricialambear 3 years ago

      Some things to think about.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Great article!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      You have officially amazed me. Another bookmark. Now guess I'd better get busy using them!

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      Chocolatealchemy 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Really useful lens - I haven't heard of quite a few of your tips. So thanks, I'm off to learn more about them :)

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      @BritFlorida: I'll keep that in mind! Have a great weekend, and keep up the awesomelenses for us upwardly-paddling Squidlets...

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yoursfoolie: I email myself a lot too :) The great thing is that whatever you use, if you have the equipment to write a lens, you're good to use social media.

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      @BritFlorida: Yeah ~ the whole first half of the homelessness series was written with one thumb on an Android. Boy am I happy to be back at a keyboard! But yeah, when I stayed on the move I could never have added a laptop to the general load. The 'droid and I got to be really, REALLY good friends. I collected all the quotes I'm using in the current pages of the series (its midsection) on that smartphone too ~ ended up emailing them to myself, one by one: about a thousand of them!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you. So many lensmasters have wonderful tips that we need to share :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Some I know about; others I need to check out. Appreciate all your tips & hints.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Kathryn Beach: Thanks!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @favored: Thank you- I hope they work for you:)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @yoursfoolie: Do you have a smartphone? If so, you're good to go.If not, make it a goal :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @ecogranny: Not very often,to be honest. I believe that the operative word with social media is 'social'. I aim to reply to reply to everyone who responds though. I check FB and Google + once a day and respond if need be. Pinterest isn't really a social medium so there are rarely comments to respond to. I have phone apps that 'beep' when someone reacts to any of my social media posts and that makes things much easier. I can do it from the beach or the pub!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @goldenrulecomics: Thanks so much!

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      Teri Hansen 3 years ago

      good tips, easy to follow, thanks for making my job easier.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bead at home mom: Thank you!

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      Kathryn Wallace 3 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      GREAT ideas. I also use Ping-O-Matic.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Haven't even heard of some of these. Checking them out. Appreciate it.

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      yoursfoolie 3 years ago

      Boy, you really do know how to boil things down to a reassuringly dull roar, don't you? Good organization, good writing, good community-ing (?!?). yours foolie's current series on homelessness doesn't really lend itself to the social media circuit, but I'm stashing this information for when she gets off that rant & on to more cheerful subjects!...

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Those are all excellent suggestions. I've never heard of Scoop, so I'll be checking that one out this weekend. Thank you!I have a question. How much time do you spend looking at other people's posts, and responding to them, on each of those sites? That's where a lot of my time goes--not that I don't think most of it is well-spent, because I do, but if we were to think only in the very narrow terms of being a good citizen on the sites, and assuring we weren't just posting things, but also supporting others, how much time do you feel is important to spend there each day? Or do you?

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      goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

      Good advice!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: That's the wonderful thing that I love too - SO easy :)

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great information! I'm so thankful that Squidoo makes it so easy for us.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Margaret Schindel: Thank you!

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      Margaret Schindel 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Awesome tips, Jackie! Bookmarked for sure. :)

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @tonyleather: Thank you Tony!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Interesting lens! Thanks a lot!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TravelsWithAunt: It's a service that basically aggregates your social media. It also has some handy widgets that you can embed into your own website or blog. Hope this helps!

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      TravelsWithAunt 3 years ago

      Interesting ideas and so quick to use!Could you tell me what Rebel Mouse is?Thanks.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Invoiceberry Team: In my many years in this field, I have found that the major problem from non-professionals (at whom this article is aimed) is that they believe or imagine that social media is time-consuming.Yes, it can be if people go to individual sites and spend, for example at Pinterest, hours looking at recipes and fashions. This article explains to beginners that social media professionals can promote an article in less than five minutes and that the process is incredibly easy and not remotely time-consuming.

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      Invoiceberry 4 years ago from London

      That's true. But that's obviously not enough to be successful in social media :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you - I'm so pleased that it's helpful.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This is another tutorial that's perfect for Bookmarking, which I did.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      This is a great lens, shows how easy this is to do.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Linda BookLady: Thank you so much!

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      That was a fun ride through social media on a ladybug ride-on toy! I added this to my Pinterest section on social media... and clicked on the Twitter option as well. Great lens!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: You're very welcome Rose.

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      @BritFlorida: Ohhh, gee thanks - I was wondering what I was doing wrong. Gosh, this (you) are so helpful. Thank you so much, Jackie.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Haha -I'm sure you have the required tools, Rose :)

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: Yes, just hover over the image and you can scroll through the images using the little arrows. I find the same with pinning new format lenses when they are brand new but they 'settle down' in time. (Although if you use the browser pin it button, that works straight away).

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Oh, I see now why - I'm lacking in the tool area (sure glad you list what I need).

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Gee, I didn't know we could change the image when we post on Google plus. And I haven't been able to "pin" these new format / product review lenses - seems to have something to do with the image needed. I haven't used all these resources at all, either. Thank you for a great overview Jackie.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Thanks for those tips!