Expand your platform with Twylah and Scoop.It

In my innocent travels through, across, and within the Internet over the past week, I discovered 2 new social media outlets. Twylah and Scoop.it.

One is Twitter-related. Twylah looks like a website, and in fact, you’re told to promote it like a website by sharing the URL. It also seems to be a bit like Google+ in that you have to request an invite in order to even start creating a Twylah page. (I do not have, nor do I plan to have, a Twylah page.)AS King's Twylah page

If you’re an author or use Twitter to promote your writing (screen shot is from the top of author AS_King’s Twylah page) , it might be interesting to play with. Twylah is connected to your Twitter feed and it selects the top 20 topics you tweet about the most. The top 8 keywords end up as tabs across the top of your Twylah page, the most recent and most frequently tweeted items show up on the page.

Like any social media platform, it’ll take a while to see results, but you’ll discover what is most attractive and engaging to your audience. It’ll help you narrow in on what matters most to your readers. I think it looks good for those who are Twitter-holics!

If you create a scoop.it page, the home page looks similar to a Twylah main page. Scoop.it helps you ‘curate’ an online magazine based on an interest you have. If you want to use scoop.it for a business, there’s a fee.

Basically, you submit keywords when you create your page and scoop.it will crawl the Web and deliver relevant content to you. Then you decide what you want to accept and have added to your page. You can also create your own content, grab/share content you find while traveling the Internet on your own, or accept content suggested by other users.

The screen shot I’m including here, is my friend and NH ambassador extraordinaire, Judi Window’s scoop.it page. It is focused on Manchester, NH.Judi Window scoop it Manchester page

It’s a great way to share your interests and expertise – and like other social media platforms, you’re able to ‘share’ your posts on Facebook and Twitter, and so on.

Both of these social media tools can help you build your brand/platform, are each is just another way to get your name out there in the search engines.

What do you think of these?

If you already use Twylah, scoop.it, or both, please share your links so we can visit. Also tell us what you think of the tool(s).

Lisa J Jackson writerLisa J. Jackson is an independent editor, writer, New England region journalist, and a year-round chocolate and ice coffee lover. She writes fiction as Lisa Haselton, has an award-winning blog for book reviews and author interviews, and is on the staff of The Writer’s Chatroom

21 thoughts on “Expand your platform with Twylah and Scoop.It

  1. I have enjoyed immensely reading your blog. As a writer I know you will understand if I am absent from making comments for a couple of months. I have two books I’m writing and the push is on to get them finished…so with only 24 hours in the day, I am going to continue to read and like, but my comments will be limited to replies for those who comment on my blog…thanks for the grace.

    Be encouraged!

    • LOL. Scoop.it does look interesting, and because I already have too many time sucking avenues, I can’t look into it or Twylah further. 🙂 We’d love to hear if it works for you in ways other than a black hole, though!

  2. I am SO grateful for such a wide variety of social media services that are FREE in many cases to us writers-returning-to-writing to get our names out there as much as possible!

    • Ahh, Granbee, you hit on a benefit I overlooked – yes, FREE is great! If you happen to try any of these and find them beneficial, please let us know. Or if you discover other outlets you think might be great for our readers to know about, please share!

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