Last Sunday, we conducted a social media training to help Streamers use networks like Twitter and Facebook to share the tools, principles and consciousness of The Stream across our communities and our world.
We discovered that we had resisted doing so because we:
- have wanted to control the way we appear
- were afraid people would be annoyed with us
- didn’t want people to know us
- didn’t want to be a target or
- just didn’t want to – a sign of our resistance to leadership.
Once we moved past our ego-based objections, we felt the passion to re-introduce ourselves to our communities as a resource for higher consciousness, self-awareness and mutual support. I mean really, why wouldn’t we want to be associated with such a great energy?
I promised to send out my notes to the group and am including them here so everyone can have them, whether or not you attended the training.
Please don’t forget to Tweet Beth’s blog and/or post it on Facebook! You may be reaching someone who really needs support at that moment.
Love and chi,
Stream Social Media Q&A
What is the difference between Twitter and Facebook?
Twitter is “open” and Facebook is “closed.” On Facebook, you typically connect with people you already know, a tight group of people that you are friends or colleagues with in life. Beyond that group, no one will see your updates, photos or anything you post on your Facebook page.
On Twitter, your posts are open for anyone to see. The exciting thing about this is that you can connect with people you don’t know along shared topics of interest. For example, when I set up The Stream’s Twitter account (@thestream1), I found people who hold “oneness” and “consciousness” as an interest. Many of these people are now following us on Twitter and receive our updates, which include links to the day’s LifeForce workout as well as quotes from Beth Green.
How do I share info on Facebook?
To sign up for an account on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com. Then, you will need to find people to befriend, typically people you already know in life. You’ll find many Streamers there – just type our names in the Search box and request to befriend us.
If you’re already set up on Facebook and want to Tweet Beth’s blog, copy the URL from the blog and paste it in the box in Facebook that says “What’s on your mind?” A link to the blog will go out to your friends. If you want to add a comment, you can do that too.
How do I use Twitter?
To use Twitter, you can get an account at www.twitter.com. You will need to create a Twitter “handle” (name) and a password and supply an email address. Once you have an account, you can research people to follow. By becoming their follower, you will see a stream of their posts. Start by following friends you already know, such as:
You can also find people of like-minded interests by searching Twellow (like a yellow pages of Twitter) by topic. Finally, you can browse who your friends are following to see if you’d like to follow these people as well.
Once you’re set up, you’ll see a box where you can post, in 140 characters or less, what is interesting you at that moment. Just type it in and hit Update. Possible Tweets include sharing news, topics of interest, quotes, Beth’s latest blog, a link to your favorite LifeForce workout or links to videos or music.
What do #, @ and RT, etc. mean?
Hash tags (#) are used within tweets to denote and trend topics of conversation. You’ll see the top 10 trending topics on the right side of your Twitter page.
Replies/mentions (@) are used within tweets to engage directly with another Twitter user. Simply hover over their post and click the arrow to reply to them.
Re-tweets (RT) are used within tweets as a way for Twitter users to share tweets/information they liked with their own network of followers. To RT Stream tweets, just copy and paste the Stream tweet and then write “RT @TheStream1” before the Tweet. This will let people know the source of the info.
Direct messages (DM) are messages sent for your eyes only, by one of your followers.
One other note – to Tweet Beth’s blog, you just need to be signed in to Twitter, go to the blog page on SDNN and hit the Tweet button. It will take care of the rest for you.
What if I still don’t get it?
This video – “Twitter In Plain English” – explains the service very well.