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Facebook or Twitter? They Are Both Vital

July 6, 2013

The Facebook v Twitter debate is an interesting one. Facebook devotees swear by the social network and, more often than not, can't get their head around Twitter. And likewise, those who rave about the benefits of tweeting, can't really get to grips with wall posts and tagging.

But today, a knowledge of both is vital for businesses, charities, and anyone who wants to get their message out there.

This week the Daily Post hosted its first Social Media Cafe.

We took over a corner of the cafe at London Road Community Centre, in Holyhead, and a group of representatives from charities, organisations and those wanting to network came long for the hour long event.

It was an informal session where people shared tips and ideas with the help of laptops, iPads and phones, all while enjoying a cup of tea.

To see a good example of how to use Facebook, have a look at Anglesey Community First's page (facebook.com/moncfholyhead) - it has a nice mix of photos of their projects, posters, information, and vitally, lots of pics of people.

James Hart, from the project, talked about how they get the most out of their page, but added they needed to spend some time developing their Twitter account.

So it was over to Keri McKie of Gwynedd Hospice at Home (@HOSPICEATHOMEGA) who is a great advocate of tweeting.

Keri said using Twitter enabled her to get lots of information out there - several times a day - and by getting people to re-tweet her posts, more and more people were being made aware of the work the hospice does.

There is no resolution to the Facebook v Twitter argument - people are always going to favour one over the other.

But knowing how to make the most out of both can only be a good thing.

I'll be looking to host more Social Media Cafes across North Wales.

I'll also be discussing plans for a new charities page in the Daily Post.

Charities are being given the opportunity to submit stories, photos and details about up and coming fundraisers for the new page.

There will also be information on the varied ways to get your news and views into the paper.

If anyone is interested in attending, or even volunteering their venue for us to use, just get in touch.


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Source: Copyright 'Daily Post (Liverpool, England)' 2013


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