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Promoting TGL via social networks

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One way members and guests alike can help spread the word about the site is by promoting it on social networks. If you share links or let your friends know about your interest in TGL, it helps raise our profile and introduce new people.

We currently have two social networking homes. You can:

On Facebook, telling your friends about TGL is easy. We often post links to site content on the fan page; if you add a comment or click on "like", your friends will be notified and may check us out or follow the link. You can also invite your friends to become fans or post your own links and comments on the fan page.

If you have a Twitter account, you can follow @galileanlibrary and retweet our content, adding your own #tags. This is an easy way to promote TGL and only takes seconds, especially since the content is automatically fed to Twitter. You can also point people to the site if you notice conversations on Twitter that relate to discussions here. As with Facebook, the more people are following or interested in TGL, the quicker and further we grow.

Social bookmarking sites are another option. You can share blog entries via the likes of Delicious, Digg and Google; soon this will be possible for forum topics as well. If you use these services then you will know that you can share your bookmarks with friends; the more people bookmark a TGL page, the higher its profile within the service. Sharing blog posts on Technorati is especially helpful.

If any of this makes sense to you then please help us promote TGL and let others know about it.


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Wow...my post just got posted on twitter.This stuff is neat. Hey, sorry about being hesitant about all this social networking stuff. I still am, but I don't mean to suggest that it doesn't have value. Sorry if I come off the wrong way.

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i am conscious that I have multiple identities, multiple personalitiesObviously I make bold statements, occasionally play different roles in my posts etcI am conscious that some anonymity here has been good, cause I have been able to lower the guard and to saythings from a personal pov that I would not normally let out to anyone, because there are not that manypeople that I trust enough with very personal information (certain personal experiences for examples, or beliefs)Having an explicit SN connection with TGL may change my ability to express myself freely about certain issuesbut i do think that promoting TGL is more important. Unless, i create a double TGL personality for myself,let me think. in the meanitme, well done, all cool

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I think adapting Twitter as an outreach vehicle is really useful; its unique infrastructure makes it fairly resilient to abuse. One thing we might want to consider is the links the Twitter posting tool creates.Currently, @galileanlibrary posts look like this:"New forum content: The power of social media: I've wanted to write something about the power of so... http://bit.ly/dcRpAU #galileanlibrary"Is there a means of only posting the title of the piece and its shortlink, with either the preamble or the hashtag? Perhaps titles are typically too short or terse, but some kind of discrete, complete abstract rather than a litany of ellipsized partial statements with the other trappings would work better to pull people in. I know when I come across an account with similar posts, I almost always skip it.

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Thanks, @muraii. I've made those amendments so hopefully they'll help the process.

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