Social media

The social media ecosystem is complex and ever-changing. While channels such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can deliver huge audiences, they also act as 'walled gardens' and place restrictions on both content creation and monetisation. Smart products and brands learn to make best use of social media without becoming overly reliant on it.

25 November 2020
Twitter data archive download: how long does it take and what does it contain?

Twitter lets you 'download an archive of your data'. Here's how long Twitter takes to prepare the data export (and what's in it).

13 September 2020
Exporting Twitter lists using Python

Is it possible to write a script in Python that uses the Twitter API to let users back up their Twitter lists? The answer is yes

9 August 2020
How to see your exact follower count on Instagram (or anyone else's)

If an account has 10,000 followers or more, Instagram rounds the figure down to the nearest hundred. Here's how to see an exact follower count.

2 August 2020
New Facebook does not let you 'Include Original Post' when you 'Share to a Page'

Sharing a post from one Facebook page to another? In the 'New Facebook' redesign you can no longer tick to 'Include Original Post'

14 June 2020
How to find out your exact number of Twitter followers

If you have 10,000 followers or more, Twitter rounds your follower count to the nearest one hundred. Here's how to get an exact figure.

25 May 2020
'Click below to read full story': increasing clickthroughs on Facebook auto-posts using Dlvr.it

One way to increase clickthroughs on Facebook auto-posts is to append each post with a short message saying 'Click below to read full story 👇'

8 May 2020
#DadsCare or #DadScare? Avoiding ambiguity in hashtags

As soon as you adopt a hashtag, you lose control over its usage. Not just over who uses it, but how - including the case they put it in.

23 October 2019
How to search on LinkedIn for jobs in an exact location

How can you set LinkedIn to only show jobs in an exact location rather than within a radius? It's possible, but not as easy as you might think.

28 September 2019
Can Facebook pages be invited to join Facebook groups?

A Facebook Help article says that "pages can only request to join groups and can't be invited to join groups". This isn't strictly true...

25 September 2019
Beware - LinkedIn pages only show the most recent 500 updates

There's also no way in LinkedIn 'page updates' to get analytics on anything past the most recent 500 posts.

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