Following all the talk recently about having social outposts (not a new idea, just in a new wrapper), I decided to look at what social outposts I was currently using and summarise and compare them with what outposts you guys are using.
Before we start, a quick definition:
“A social outpost is an active place where you publish extra content, connect with people, and/or share information with others in an effort to promote your main blog or website.”
N.B. That’s my definition, have a go at defining what an outpost is to you in the comments.
Here are the top 5 social outposts where you can currently find me active around the internet which all relate back to this site:
This is my number 1 social hub for interacting with people. I also promote some links and stuff here, but it’s mostly just notifications when I post a blog post (like this one), or more often, tweeting and promoting other people’s content that has caught my attention.
Any new discoveries I find I post here. Likewise it’s a great way to keep up with content from my peers that is getting interest around the web.
Unfinished ideas and mini blog posts. Stuff that’s too big for twitter, but too small or not relevant enough for a blog post.
Cataloguing all the useful information I’ll one day return to if I have the time or need for.
5. And most importantly, commenting on other people’s blogs.
I like to leave in-depth thoughts on blogs around the place and find that it’s not only a great way to get conversations going, but it’s also one of the most underrated ways of gaining traffic on the long tail that you would otherwise have to write posts for yourself.
That’s it. A short list right?
Compared to most people, I’m really not giving the most “effort”, but my theory is that if I can only afford the time to interact with a few communities then why would I spread myself thinner?
Of course this doesn’t mean I don’t have Digg accounts, YouTube accounts, and forum accounts around the web. I just don’t use them enough to consider them outposts for this site.
So how do you spread your time? Surely you don’t have time for 100’s of social spots so what do you do the most and how would you narrow it down to your top 5? Any strategies you’d like to share?
Hit us up in the comments.
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