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Links, posts and stories you may have missed — January 11

There’s a small change to the Facebook rules on cover images. It won’t affect most of you, but you need to know it just in case. “New Facebook Rules Limit Use of Text on Images” at Entrepreneur.com covers the fact that “Starting on January 15, Facebook is restricting the amount of text you can use in your Page’s cover photo and News Feed ads to no more than 20 percent of the image’s area.”

Want to try some new tools? Check out these, recommend by Cision in their post “Emerging Social Tools & Networks.”

  • Wavii – Personalized Newsfeed
  • Piktochart – Create Infographics
  • Triberr – Share Blog Content with a Bigger Audience 
  • Medium – Next-generation Publishing Tool
  • Branch – Making it Easier to Share & Discuss
  • RebelMouse – Social Media Aggregator
  • Make Use Of – Finger on the Pulse of Tech

For Twitter specific tools, check out those recommended at “6 Twitter Analytics Tools to Improve Your Marketing.”

  • SocialBro. 
  • TweetReach. 
  • Buffer. 
  • TwentyFeet. 
  • Goo.gl URL Shortener. 
  • Klout.

Read the post “7 New Tools to Create Your Own Infographics.”

  • Easelly.
  • Piktochart.
  • Infogr.am.
  • Visual.ly.
  • Dipity.
  • Capzles.
  • TimelineJS.
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A storify post for public relations professionals

I’ve mentioned that I love Storify, and use it to help archive and transcribe online resources and conversations whenever possible. I found a great post that coers why PR pros should pay attention to this tool, and use it, and gives some examples on its successful use by others.

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Are you using Google Drive yet? Why not?

Google Drive (recently called Google Docs) is one of those tools that I recommend to everyone. It’s great for creating, sharing and collaborating on documents that need to be access and updated by groups. If you nee a primer, check out the guide given out through this post:

And did I mention that it’s especially useful if you’re accessing with a smart phone or tablet?

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A new product from Google: Tag Manager (UPDATED)

Have you heard about Google’s Tag Manager yet? It’s their new “best” thing. Read more via links from Getting Started with Google Tag Manager – Analytics Talk.

If you’re new to Google Tag Manager, or container tags in general, check out these posts. I tried to organize them in a logical way:

1. All About Google Tag Manager

2. Implementing Google Analytics with Google Tag Manager

3.Preview and Publishing Tags with Google Tag Manager

More reading:

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I love Twitter lists, except…

I love using Twitter Lists. It’s one of those neat little things that helps me control the info and contacts I’m managing via Twitter. I can segment who I follow by why I’m following them. That way I can check into a specific topic at any given time, instead of trying to decipher the long long list of everyone.

But, I hate that I can only add 500 people to a twitter list. I keep bumping against that total in my Houston list. What am I supposed to do? I really don’t want to have a Houston 1 and then a Houston 2. Unfortunately, I can’t think of another way to do that. 

What this is telling me is a large number of the people I’m following are local. That’s good. 

Oh well… can I ask the nice folks at Twitter to please please change the limit? {{smile}}

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Create Infographics

I used to like infographics, at the beginning. Since I spend so much time online, I’ve been seeing a lot of infographics. In fact, I’ve seend enough that I’m almost sick of them.

Even with that I know that infographics are very useful tools in creating visual representations of data. What that means is that by making the data pretty, and more interesting than bars and pie charts, it makes more sense to your audience. 

If you are interested in making a few infographics of your own, you’re going to need some help. A post on Free Technology for Teachers lists three tools to check out:

I haven’t tried any of these, but I’m bookmarking them to check them out later. If you have additional resources to add, please let me know. 

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Suggested reading:

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Tumblr pros and cons

Still wondering if Tumblr is for you? Mashable has a great post listing the pros and cons of this social networking/blogging system:

Pros:

  1. It’s User-Friendly.
  2. It’s More Social.
  3. It’s Categorized.

Cons:

  1. There’s a Lack of Analytics.
  2. It’s Unreliable.
  3. There’s a Lack of Native Comment Functionality. 

I like Tumblr, but I’d recommend using is as one more tool in an overall online communications plan.

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Using Google Calendar for Project Management

Google Calendar is one of those tools that I didn’t think very much of at the beginning and now helps run my entire life. The fact that so many online services allow you to import event info into Google Calendar is one of the things that’s made it so essential. The ability to create and color code separate calendars for which you can have individual settings and sharing options is another.

Lifehacker has a great article with tips on how to use Google Calendar as a project management tool. I’ve already been doing this for several years, creating a calendar for each client project and then sharing it with that client. However, this article has shown me that there’s so much more I could be doing to help manage taks and track work done. 

Definitely worth bookmarking even if you don’t start using this tool now.

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An introduction to Storify

Storify is one of my favorite tools. A content curation too, it lets you create stories by pulling in tweets, links to websites, instagram photos, etc. It’s a very useful and easy way to archive a twitter conversation and create a resource page about one or several topics. News agencies are using storify to curate readers responses to a question or incident, then sharing it on their site via the embed function.

If you’d like more info on what this tool can do and some suggestions on its use, Lorrie Walker Communications has a three-part series on it. It’s not very detailed, but it does give more info than this post. 

  1. Storify: Helping Public Relations Professionals Make Their Mark, One Story at a Time (Part 1 of 3)
  2. Reaching Social Media Bliss: Using Storify for your Business (Part 2 of 3)
  3. What’s in it for You: Why Storify is Worthy of Your Time and Energy (Part 3 of 3)