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Learn a Little: Facebook, Twitter and MORE!

This is an old article but since these are topics our readers keep asking about, we thought we’d give it a revisit.  
Many of you have questions about how to connect with Craft Critique via the various social media outlets.  Most of you have Facebook and or/Twitter accounts, or are bloggers yourselves.  We thought it would be informative to give everyone a little 101 on the “how” of all our various media outlets.  So put your thinking cap on, and buckle up. Reading this post will require that you have ingested coffee.
What Kind of Blog Reader Are You?
How are you reading this post? Did it come in your email? Then you are an Email Subscriber, congratulations! This is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the smooth, mellow flavor of Craft Critique. But sometimes you might be confused. You might be asking, where do I leave a comment? And how do I know what ELSE Craft Critique has to offer me today. You are missing the full BOLD flavor which is the Craft Critique Website Homepage.
Click HERE to see the full website in all it’s glory!
If you would like to become an email subscriber just look on our sidebar for the email subscription box.
Feed Readers, Getting to Know Them:
Rather than just depending on email, you may use and enjoy a RSS feed reading system. This is my preferred method of blog reading. What is an RSS feed? I don’t honestly know the full dealio… All you “learners” can Google it.
The way I understand it is that the RSS feed is like a little signal that you can subscribe to. You can subscribe to a blog, a Facebook page, a Twitter feed, a Flickr account… and probably lots of other amazing technical things!
How to Subscribe to a Feed:
Are you on the Craft Critique Blog Homepage now? Good job! See the little orange square in the upper right-hand corner? That is all you need to click (after you’ve signed up for a feed reader, that is). If the little orange square isn’t there then I can’t help you. You are probably on a Mac, which is fine… I mean there’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t speak your language.
This is a picture of the little orange square. Do not click this square.
Nothing cool will happen.  Look for the VERY teeny tiny square in the upper right-hand corner.
Using a feed reader like Google Reader or Feedreader is free and easy. It will allow you to read this blog and many others in a super fast, speedy way! I use Google Reader. I like that I can sort all my favorite blogs into categories for easy reading. Stamping, scrapbooking, design, food, news… etc. You should probably create a special category just for Craft Critique and ALL our feeds. I would recommend titling it: “Super Awesome Craftiness” or something like that.
Ok, so you’ve signed up for a feed reader, and now you’ve subscribed to Craft Critique’s feed right? Wonderful job! I am so proud of you!
Facebook and Twitter are Safe and Fun!
Ok, now let’s talk about Facebook. Do you have a Facebook page? Really? Why not? Facebook is very safe and simple. Just make sure that after you sign up, you adjust all of your privacy settings so your kid’s pictures are only viewable by your friends, stuff like that. There is a lot of information out there about Facebook privacy. You can Google that too.
Once you are all signed up for Facebook you can join our Facebook Fan Page. We provide instant updates there about crafty stuff.  Think of Facebook as a make-your-own-chat-forum.  You can “Fan”, “Friend” or “Join” groups or pages you find interesting.
Twitter is your next step… and don’t worry you don’t even need to be a Twitter member to read our twitter feed and see/read all the fun chatter we post.
I do really love Twitter. And it’s not what you think: people talking about the boring minutia of their day… “I am watching TV”, “I am knitting”, “we are eating cookies”… etc. It’s more like “hey, anyone have a good pattern for a sock monkey?” and “check out this adorable new line from American Crafts!”… fun!
To fully participate in twitter it’s best to become a member. Again it’s free, and safe. In fact, Twitter is much more anonymous that Facebook… so if you are a secret spy or something, then twitter will probably be your bag.
More About Twitter Because it Does Have a Learning Curve:
There are a few things you need to know about twitter. Everyone has a “profile”… easy enough. Ours can be read at http://twitter.com/CraftCritique. All tweets are 140 characters or less. Then there are these things called hashtags. Twitter hashtags help readers sort through all the twitter tweets to find relevant content.
Let’s say I want to see what people are tweeting about in scrapbooking. Instead of searching for “scrapbooking” which is a big long word, I would probably search for “scrap.” But I don’t want to read about scrap metal, I want to read tweets by people who are intentionally tweeting about scrap. So I search for “#scrap”… but without the quotes.
Other hashtags of craft related note include: #crafty, #diy, #handmade, #craft, #scrap, #scrapbooking, #digital, #knit, #crochet, #art, #sew, #jewelry… it’s an endless list!
After you are a member of Facebook and Twitter you can share our amazing posts with your friends! See the little links at the end of this post; there is one that says “Share this” and has that little Green Icon (see left). If you click on the icon at the end of the post you can share this Craft Critique story on your Facebook page or Twitter feed! You can also email it to people and a bunch of other features you will never use. Yay!
So Your Assignments are to:
That’s it! You are done! And feel free to ask any technical questions here. I will try to answer them for you! See you on the web!
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2 Responses to Learn a Little: Facebook, Twitter and MORE!

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    L'Hélène July 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm #

    I get my CC news through a RSS reader : Netvibes. Love it.

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    Expressions of a Creative Mind March 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    What if your tech geek & do all the above & have them connected so you only have to update one and it fans out to the rest? LOL