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How Steemit changed the way I use traditional social networks

How Steemit changed the way I use traditional social networks

What the h*** is Steemit?

Steemit is a social network that (might) pay you for using it. You can earn rewards for posting quality posts, for commenting on others posts and also for curation (voting on other people’s posts).

There is a learning process (which I am still in, even if I advanced already a little), but you can also use some bots to get some attention and make money. Better and also more sustainable than (only) using those bots, however, is to participate in the community itself by commenting and voting as well as taking part in one of several challenges on Steemit. Take a look at the extensive FAQ on Steemit to learn more.

I was following Steemit ever since I stumbled upon it, and after two days of exploring, I created my account (which took around one week back then). There were several reasons for doing that, the most important ones are

  • the community activity I saw and liked
  • my general interest in real life, average joe usable blockchain projects
  • being tired of Facebook, Twitter and the likes
  • earning some bucks (of course)

First steps on Steemit

As soon as my account was created, I started to explore Steemit more deeply. A major part of this exploration included apps I can use on my PC and my phone. After some research, I found my combo of apps/frontends for Steemit:

Being on Steemit also includes promoting it on my other existing social network accounts. And of course, I do share my posts on Facebook and Twitter, using the proper hashtags to make people (hopefully) curious.

Changes…

Yesterday, I took the time to review my last month activity on those popular and established networks. My former daily social media routine included Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to explore new stuff and things that interest me, besides following certain RSS-Feeds (using Inoreader).

Over time, one follows a lot of accounts because of a few posts they made, but once they are no longer interesting, we do not remove them. So there is a whole lot of bullsh*t in our timelines, and it takes a lot of time to get rid of them. Also, the networks themselves do promote posts we might be interested in, which (at least for me) often miss their targets. The result is, that I avoid using these networks in my daily routine and even stop interacting with them. They are “stealing” my time, literally, if I use them.

Steemit has a few interfaces and apps that make it a bit easier for me to see the stuff I am interested in. Not so much on my developer interests, but on all other interest I have (sadly, there is very little activity of the .NET community on Steemit). So in my daily routine, Steemit took already over Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I do check the later ones only occasionally or when I get a notification that someone interacted with one of my accounts. This is the first time this happens within just a month.

I am posting a lot of stuff I would normally post directly to the established ones on Steemit, just to share a link to my Steemit account on those after that. I could also stop that, but I do hope that I can help to promote Steemit to the outer world by doing so.

Conclusion

Steemit is a blockchain based social network rewarding its users. The beginning of my Steemit journey was comparable with the one I had when I joined Twitter or Facebook years ago. You need to find out how everything works, build some connections, interact with others. The Steemit community (at least the parts I am interacting with) still has its spirit, which I am missing on the established networks for a long time. I will continue to focus my social activity on Steemit and to improve my interactions. I hope some of you will join and follow along.

 

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Manage your Facebook fan page(s) on the go with Page Manager for Windows Phone

Today I want to present an awesome little app that helps you managing your Facebook fan pages while you are on the go. It is made by another WinPhan, Srikanth Nair (follow him!) from Australia.

After entering your Facebook account, all the pages that you are admin for are available to manage:

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As you can see, you can add multiple pages with this app. Each page has a small dashboard with the most important functions, and you can pin several secondary tiles on your start screen:

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The app allows you to easily post photos to your page and of course you can also add some nice words on your post. You are able to select a pic that is already on your device or take a new picture, which is essentially on events for Fan pages.

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Of course the app is able to share links or simply update your status  as well. The updating page is pretty self-explanatory:

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What is also important if you manage a page on Facebook, are your Insights. These are the statistics about how many people are talking about your page, liking it and so on. And of course Page Manager lets you handle that, too:

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Yes, the numbers of my Facebook page are not the best. If you want to help and change that, you can do by liking it here.

Page Manager for Windows Phone is a really powerful app to keep attention and manage your Facebook page. It is under constant development and will be coming to Windows 8 and receive some Windows Phone 8 features. At the moment the app is running both Windows Phone 7 and 8.

The app has a trial with limited function. I am using it for month now, and  I can only tell you that the app is worth every cent (1,49 € / 1,99 $ / £ 1.29). You can download it by scanning or clicking the barcode below:

 

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