Share Your Custom Illustrations With HubPages!

This month, as we share tips and advice on working custom made graphics into your Hubs, we encourage you to share cool sketches, drawings, graphs, graphics, and other illustrations you have included in your work to provide our community with some inspiration.

Here’s how to join in:

  • On Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and select the “Photo/Video” option, then upload a custom graphic you’ve created for one of your Hubs, along with a little description explaining how you made it and the Hub it is intended for
  • On Twitter: Share your photo with the hashtag #HubPagesGraphic (and feel free to mention @HubPagesDotCom)
  • On Google+: Upload a photo and description of a custom graphic you created (complete with an explanation) and be sure to tag +HubPages
  • Email photos to us directly and let us post it to our official albums on Facebook, Google+, and/or Pinterest by sending a message to Simone (dot) Smith (at) HubPages.com with the image, a link to the Hub in which it appears, and some background on how you created it.

I can’t wait to see what you have created!

Tips on Making the Most of Twitter

If you want to create a robust online brand and share your passions and expertise with as many people as possible, you will need to expand your reach beyond just HubPages. While many people do so on personal websites and blogs, it makes a lot of sense to maintain a presence where everyone else is- namely on major social networks.

To help you make the most of the most popular online hangouts, namely Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+, we will be rolling out a series of new Learning Center entries offering tips on making the most of the unique features you’ll encounter on each one.

The first new guide we have rolled out covers Twitter. We hope you find it useful! Some of the major points we cover include:

  • The Tweet This button on Hubs
  • Setting up a good Twitter profile
  • Moderation and balance
  • Interaction with fellow Twitter users
  • Major Twitter tools
  • Interacting with HubPages on Twitter

What is the biggest Twitter tip we can offer? Only get involved with the network if you would like to do so as a genuine user. This entails following people whose tweets you will at least occasionally read, interacting with other users, and sharing a variety of things- not just links, but plain text tweets, photos, retweets, and @mentions.

Avoid creating accounts (on Twitter or any site) that are just designed to promote Hubs. They’ll ultimately be a waste of your time- not to mention a lost opportunity! Twitter is an excellent place to discover new people and ideas, find inspiration, and further develop your following. By following some simple best practices, you can gain a great deal from all this site has to offer.

For more helpful tips on getting the most possible out of your Twitter experience, stop by our Learning Center guide– and keep an eye out for the additional social media guides that shall be rolling out in the coming weeks!

Separating Business and Personal Lives Online

Many online writers use social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter to promote their writing, but doing so is not as simple as you might expect.

If you combine business and pleasure online, you run the risk of alienating your audiences.  By sharing personal information with people who are only interested in your writing, you run the risk of boring them or seeming unprofessional. By sharing purely professional updates on social media channels that include your friends, you run the risk of appearing like a self-promotional spammer.

We’ve packed this podcast (Separating Personal from Business Accounts) full of tips on using Facebook and Twitter in such a way that will please your professional and personal followers alike. In addition to reducing the number of people who block your posts or un-friend you, our advice will help you share information with those who care about it most.

If there is an online writing issue you would like us to cover in a future podcast, tell us about it by sending an email to podcast (at) HubPages (dot) com!

HubPages on Facebook

If you are like me, participation and interaction on a social network like Facebook can be confusing at times. So, I thought I’d mention a few things about HubPages on Facebook.  It’s a great way to be a part of the HubPages community when you aren’t on the site.  By following us on our Facebook page, you can get the latest updates from our team about upcoming contests, feature announcements, and events (like HubCamps) that you may want to check out.  You can also participate in the conversation by posting writing tips and updates about your experience on HubPages (which, of course, is always awesome).

 

By following us on Facebook you can see what other Hubbers are up to and  interact with them – including “liking” and commenting on their posts.  Anyways, if you aren’t already doing so, check us out on the HubPages Facebook Page and follow us by clicking the “Like” button at the top.

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You can also follow us on Twitter @HubPagesDotCom.

Get Ready for the Richest Display Ad Units on the Web

HubPages is always ahead of the curve, so it should come as no surprise that we’re about to roll out one of the coolest, niftiest, most interactive ads on the web.  Check out the unit!

The Largest, Richest Display Ad Units on the Web

This display ad was created as part of an advertising partnership with ClickTurn, an online leader in dynamic display advertising.

What is particularly exciting about this ad is not its size, but rather its potential for interactivity.  The demo above, for example, includes embedded YouTube videos (don’t worry- they’re not on autoplay and the sound is muted), as well as home, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.  The whole thing is like a miniature website- it’s fascinating!

Another cool aspect of this ad is that it does not interrupt your text the same way some ads can – your block remains intact and nicely framed by the colorful adverts, thus giving it a glamorous magazine feel instead of a spammy internet-junkyard aftertaste.

As you can tell, I’m quite excited about this- I hope we shall start seeing these on more hubs soon!

If you’re interested in reading more on this development- hop over to the official press release.  Also be sure to check out our advertising page for more details.

Facebook connect and Tweet this now available on hubs!

With all the buzz going around social media and how websites are using Facebook connect and Twitter to help their users be more pro-active and social, we here at Hubpages HQ decided to jump on the bandwagon.

So we’re glad to announce a subset of Facebook connect and Twitter functionality integration into your Hubpages hubs (see screenshot below). Now authors can log into their Facebook account after having published a hub from within Hubpages and distribute it to their friends and family on Facebook. With a click of button, it’ll get posted to the Facebook feed. What this means for our authors is another medium for them to distribute their content through the social vine which in turn means more eye-balls for their hubs.

We’ve implemented a similar functionality for twitter. So now anybody can tweet a link to a Hub to their followers on twitter. All you do is click on the link, sign in as usual and post your tweet. We’ve taken care of URL shortening, so you don’t need to do anything other that going tweet crazy!

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As always we’d love to hear from all you great hubbers – so feel free to let us know what you like or dislike about this new feature.

Twitter officially hits the bigtime with some CNN love

 

There I was in Las Vegas, just chillin’ in my hotel room when I saw this come up on the TV. Apparently CNN has integrated Twitter as a new way to get some real-time questions on air. The Twitter account that CNN uses is @Issue1cnn and they seem to be using the micro-blogging tool more and more as time goes by.

You can see more thoughts on this Twitter/CNN lovefest over here on Mashable.

Also, it’s probably worth noting that Twitter was very deeply rooted in this past weekend’s Blog World Expo. Many blogs have been mentioning the great application of Twitter at the event, such as the Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid blog who thinks Twitter is the news stream of the future by saying, “These days, I find stuff out fastest on Twitter.”.

Hmmm, where will Twitter end up next? I can still remember back in the day when SXSW was pushing Twitter via plasma screens all around their event. My how our little web app has grown the past couple of years…if I could squeeze Twitter’s cheeks I would.