This is a guestpost from Stephen Ou (@StephenOu), founder of a completely new WordPress editor called Artsy. You can learn more about him and Artsy at the bottom of the post.
Making your Tweets high quality and click worthy is one of the most important things I found. Here are 10 different places you can leverage to find:
1. Your Twitter stream
Twitter is the king of social sharing. We live and breath in Twitter every day and that’s where we find information to consume. Although I only follow less than 200 people, the amount of information coming across is already very huge. And I always find some links that are valuable to share with my own followers.
I can obviously retweet that tweet. But I want to find a time where my followers are more active. So I used Buffer’s time-saving Chrome extensions.
Buffer tip: I always skim through the article for a little bit. So before I close the tab, I can simply hit Command + B, add any relevant commentary and hit submit. Buffer will take care the rest for me.
2. Google Reader
I know a lot of geeks subscribe to tens of thousands of RSS feeds ranging from their favorite tech news blog, niche blogs, product blogs, and even any social networks that provide RSS feeds. In this huge information flow, who doesn’t find something interesting?
Buffer tip: Thanks to Buffer’s Google Reader extension – if I click the Buffer bookmarklet when an article is selected. This comes very handy it’s all done in one click.
I use Instapaper religiously. For those who don’t know, Instapaper is an iOS app with a web complement that lets to put articles in queue to read later.
Any interesting articles I found during the day in Twitter or Google read that are too long for me to read at that time will end up in Instapaper. And before bed or after I wake up, I fire up their iPad apps and read the articles one by one.
Buffer tip: When I get to an article that I want to share with my friends via email, I usually append the add.@to.bufferapp.com email and there is my tweet in my Buffer queue. That’s it, only takes two extra seconds to enter the email.
4. Your own blog
I know many people keep tweeting about other people’s links and always forget about your own. I used to be the case as well because I am afraid that my followers will be annoyed.
But I’ve came to a conclusion that as long as your content are interesting and worth your follower’s time to read, tweeting it (even multiple times) are completely okay.
Buffer tip: I always routinely (about once a week) come back to bufferapp.com and add the recent blog posts from Artsy Editor. This has been very helpful to our Twitter followers because they know what’s going on inside out.
5. Hacker News
This might be only for the tech geeks. But over fifty percent of the links shared I found in Hacker News.
The way Hacker News works is that articles with high votes always end up on top of the front page. So whenever I go there, I know the front page articles are going to be tweet-worthy because it has gotten the interest of those many uprooters. Often times, those articles will end up in Instapaper which subsequently added to my Buffer queue.
7. Give Me Something To Read
This is a fantastic site if you want to find long articles (or in many sense, essays) to read during your long commute process. I don’t usually have the time for it. But whenever I am on a long trip that has couple hours of non-stopping flights/drive, I will find something to read on Give Me Something To Read (doesn’t it sound weird)
At the same time, I feel like I should let my followers know about these articles as well so they have something to read in long commute hours.
Buffer tip: So using the same process, I email the article link to email@example.com and everything is taken care of.
Update: This service seems to have been relaunched as The Feature.
8. Facebook wall
The social network Mark Zuckerberg started had been exploding in the last couple of years. Everyone I know who owns a computer has a Facebook account.
The difference between Facebook and Twitter is that people’s Facebook network are usually more private and more personal. But many times, I’ve found great stuff shared by my family/personal friends on Facebook are worthy letting my followers on Twitter know. So a lot of links in my Facebook wall actually end up in Buffer!
If you aren’t aware of Google+ or don’t have access yet, you will still find this section useful. Because who knows when you are going to get an invite? Maybe tomorrow or tonight!
Some of the people in my circle are starting to share articles exclusively in Google+ (especially articles specifically about Google+, of course). I can use the same procedure: open up the link, hit the Buffer bookmarklet, and your tweet is good to go.
10. Right here – Buffer blog!
Since I am introduced to Buffer’s blog, I have the feeling that this is one of the most active product blog out there. I always find myself visiting the blog every few weeks because there are so much useful tips and tricks to learn about, both on using Buffer and Twitter.
So far I’ve added 3 Buffer blog post to my queue where they talk about successful strategies on using Twitter.
Buffer tip: The blog has a very handy button (as you can see under the title, besides the tweet and like buttons) that I can simply click once and the article is in my Buffer. Things can’t get simpler than this.
About the author:
Stephen Ou is an entrepreneur and blogger. His latest venture is Artsy and you can follow along @ArtsyEditor or follow @StephenOu:
“I love WordPress 1000x more with Artsy Editor” is how a blogger describes Artsy Editor. It is an advanced WordPress WYSIWYG editor used by hundreds of popular bloggers including guys at WooThemes and The Next Web. It has saved them many hours in their workflow, and most importantly, helped them publish higher quality content.
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