Imagine you are at a networking event, you’ve had a fun convo about something you saw on Twitter the other day and towards the end of the chat, the other person asks you for your Twitter handle so the two of you can connect. Now, you could do it the old-fashion way and spell it out for them. Or, you could let them add you via your QR code and look like a boss! Don’t know how to do that? Lemme teach you!
There are two ways to find your QR code:
- Swipe right and look at the bottom right corner.
- Go to your profile, click on the three dots (Android) or the wheel (iOS) and click on QR code.
Now, this QR code is going to appear and you show it to the other person for scanning.
How can they scan it? They have to also go to their QR code the same way you did, but if they want to add you, they have to click on the camera icon on the bottom of the screen or just swipe left. Now they see a camera and with that, they have to aim it at your QR code.
Once they do that, your profile is going to pop up like this and they can simply click follow.
No more awkward typing of your handle, correcting any misspelling, browsing through all the other people Twitter suggests. This way you are going to impress the other person with your understanding of this cool Twiter feature and who knows, perhaps even teach them something new and you bet they are gonna remember you for that!
Did you like this article? Let me know in the comments, so I know I should write more articles like this. And if you’d like to learn more cool tricks about Twitter, I wrote an e-book Twitter for Actors.
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Twitter timeline can seem like such an overwhelming chaos that can put off many beginners. This is where lists come to rescue. Did you know that you can create private or public lists, where you can put users based on who they are or what they post? There are some smart ways you can use twitter lists to sort your tweets or to network like a pro. Let’s talk about that.
Before you start creating a list, make sure you’ve selected private or public. Lists are automatically set as public, so be careful.
Are great for sorting your tweets. You can create lists with specific people and browse their tweets in a more mindful way with a specific goal. Wanna catch up on some industry news? Curious what your target Casting Directors and Agencies are up to? Need to catch up with SMFA ninjas community? Having a specific goal in your mind will help you not waste hours on social media.
Recommended list ideas:
– SMFA ninjas
– Casting Directors
– Actors, Directors, Producers etc. (either together or separately, up to your preferences)
– Showbiz News
– Online Creators (that you learn from)
A cool trick with lists is also that you can put people in them even when you don’t follow them.
So if you are worried about following a lot of Casting Directors and looking desperate or like a stalker, you can just add them in your list and engage with them without following at first.
You can always follow them later when it feels right to take that next step. Make sure you sync it with your Show Bible.
There is an unwritten rule on Twitter that public lists serve as a place where you recommend people you think other’s should follow. People can then go follow either the recommended users or a whole list. For example, I really want to recommend all the badass SMFA-U Profs as they all bring so much value to the community with their courses, so I created a public list. You can find more of my lists with recommended accounts here.
Another great use of public lists is to recommend the cast and crew of your project or film. Not only you’ll show who’s working on your project, but you’ll show appreciation to your cast and crew, as they might gain followers, fans or even get more work.
You can also use a public list as your portfolio, a list of projects you’ve worked on and want people to check out. Producers might appreciate this as you are helping with the project’s marketing by drawing attention to it on social media. Of course, make sure you align your actions with their marketing efforts. Are they actively tweeting information about the project? Then they are trying to make a buzz about the project and now is a great time to lend a helping hand.
Did you like these tips? Make sure to let me know in the comments below and if you’d like to learn how to use social media like a ninja, check out my e-book Social Media for Actors on SMFA-U. Need to learn how to add people to lists? Click here to get to Twitter Help Center.
Catching up on what’s new in show business can seem overwhelming. There are many sites with new content popping up faster than anyone can read. Luckily there are some apps that can help sort through that and cut down the search time. There are plenty, but let’s start with a few of my favorite ones:
Feedly is an RSS reader that collects newest articles from websites you select to follow and it even recommends you similar websites to follow. You can also save YouTube videos there and watch them on the go.
You can register in a couple of ways, either with an e-mail address or with accounts on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft or Evernote.
A great thing about Feedly also is that it’s integrated with various apps and social media sites, which makes sharing discovered content very easy.
This useful app is going to make reading articles your favorite thing again. You see, when you read articles, you get distracted by banners and overwhelmed by the number of other articles.
Pocket strips all saved articles to bare text, which makes reading distraction-free and easy to focus on.
Pocket is available for desktop, tablets, and mobile. Saved articles you can read anywhere, even when you are offline.
Create a special list for all the show business accounts you want to follow. If you want to learn more about using Twitter list, check out my previous article. My recommended lists you can find on @SMforActors.
Now one thing is to know about these apps and other is creating a system of using them that works for you best. This is going to be individual for every person.
TIP: What I like to do is that I use Feedly to discover articles. I scan them in the app, but if I want to read them, I save them to Pocket and read them on my phone. Why? I get easily distracted on my laptop, but I’m able to read undistracted on my phone for some reason.
One of the best things about using these apps is that they are connected and you can set up processes to make them work for you, so you can cut down on your research time.
Wanna learn how to do that? I’ve written an entire chapter about this in my e-book Social Media for Actors on SMFA-U.
Let the community know if you are using any cool apps they should know about in the comments below.