For some time now a huge and active fan of ours has been trying to convince us to set up a twitter account, with comments of encouragement on our Facebook page and my Conrad page. We just weren’t convinced of its value and were concerned it would just be another media sucking up our precious time. We needed a good reason to sign up.
Neal left for a trip to South America late last week and decided to set up our Twitter account in the hope of making good use of it while he was away. Sadly, his wife has him on a social media blackout, which is fair enough I suppose, he is on holidays after all. He has pulled those curtains aside slightly a couple of times to send test tweets and I am hoping he might be able to sneak out a couple more before he gets home because he is on a spectacular trip drinking special wine.
So what will you see if you follow us on Twitter? The idea is that we can send quick tweets in the midst of our wine experiences. We’re going to set things up so that our new blog posts send a tweet out too (as a kind of notification method). And we will send a few of our tweets across to Facebook (once we all get Selective Tweets set up, but until then, our Facebook followers will be “lucky” enough to get all our tweets – yay!!).
If any of you have any good ideas on how to effectively use Twitter (and in combo with our Facebook page and our blog) we’d love to hear from you. To be honest, right now, we aren’t all that convinced. We’ve all given it a go but can’t see why we can’t just post the same content on our Facebook page. And we’re concerned that Twitter has a spamming feel to it. The last thing we want to do is turn people off by overload. We enjoy what we’re doing here but would hate to piss people off.
And I have a confession to make. Until Stu convinced me to start this blog with him exactly 3 months ago I wasn’t much into social media at all. I don’t even have a Facebook account but I do fear that this blog is sucking me into the sphere. My passion for wine is outweighing my passion against social media unfortunately. I still don’t get it though, and we’re all going to need some further convincing of the value of Twitter. We don’t need any more time wasters.
So here’s how we see our 3 avenues coming together …
– Twitter will be for quick updates at the point in time, like, “Check out this awesome wine I just had at whatever location” or “look at Stu passed out!!!!”. We’ll send some of these across to our Facebook page. (I didn’t even convince myself with that one, but lets give it a go shall we)
– Facebook will be our general notice board, the intermediary if you will. Those already following us on Facebook would have seen that almost half our content now is directly posted on our Facebook page and not from our blog. Content directly posted on Facebook will usually be a bit more in-depth than Twitter but far smaller than our blog posts.
– Our blog will continue to be our outlet for us to more deeply express our wine related experiences. Those following us for a while now would know that our style is not so much about detailing the wine itself, enough people do that already, it’s about the stories. To read how our blog came about please click here!
Now you can all help us out by following us on Twitter @winewankers. If you have a Twitter account please go to our home page and click on the Follow button within our Twitter feed. We currently only have TWO followers, one being Andy (yeah, thanks mate, I think) and the other being Stu’s dutiful wife (and my sister). Clearly a more important medium than our Facebook page with about 150 likes and our blog with about 800 bloggers who follower us (with about 10 new ones each day… Twitter has a lot to live up to). 🙂
I look forward to engaging with your all within our expanding social media empire (I think).