Using social media can lead to a love/hate relationship.
We love social media for its ability to connect us with others with like minds and interests.
We hate social media when its allure mesmerizes us into wasting time better used for something else.
Time spent on social media can be made more efficient through the use of shortcuts, or keyboard shortcuts, or as some call them hot keys. Whatever their name, they can increase your efficiency while you try to make the most of your social media connections.
The first step in using these magical shortcuts is finding out what they are for each social media outlet or software you’re using.
Yesterday I spent some time researching these little secrets, and although some of you may have found them already, there are those of us who may be a bit behind the curve or who need a refresher.
Let’s start with social media shortcuts:
The following infographic was created by Quintly, a professional social media analytics service. This infographic includes only Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+ shortcuts, so I will follow the infographic with links for social media outlets.
Following are links to shortcuts for the social media outlets listed:
- Tumblr:http://www.tumblr.com/tips (scroll down page to see shortcuts)
- LinkedIn: https://linkedin.jira.com/secure/ViewKeyboardShortcuts
If you know of other social media keyboard shortcuts, please mention them in the comments below so others can benefit from using them.
Now a quick look at other keyboard shortcuts that will make using your computer more efficient:
- WordPress: http://www.authormedia.com/the-wordpress-hotkey-cheat-sheet-every-author-needs/
- Blogger: http://www.mybloggertricks.com/2010/06/blogger-post-editor-keyboard-shortcuts.html
- Evernote: http://evernote.com/contact/support/kb/#!/article/23168552
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/157179?hl=en
- Windows 8: http://gizmodo.com/5955139/windows-8-survival-guide-all-the-tips-tricks-and-workarounds
- Scrivener: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/scrivener-for-dummies-cheat-sheet.html
Once again, if you know of other software keyboard shortcuts, please mention them in the comments below so others can benefit from using them.
Without experience using Apple’s Mac systems, I did not delve into researching keyboard shortcuts for social media or software.
Hoping this information will help you cut down the time you spend on social media, offering you an opportunity to spend more time writing.
Thank you for this brilliant information. I have to say that I never use keyboard shortcuts, purely because I can never remember any of them! I shall try to remember a few now! 🙂
Jade, I would never be able to remember them all for just one social media outlet, but a few maybe. 🙂
How’s the book coming along? I’m anxious to read more!
The book is doing good thanks, I have about six chapters to go before it is finished and then it is editing and beta reading. I am hoping to get it ready for mid November, maybe earlier depending on how it all goes.
Thank you so much for asking and I can’t wait to hear what people think of the final instalment of Elise and Vaughn’s lives! 🙂
I’ll be watching for it!
Sherrey, Thanks so much for sharing this important information. It is so true–there is a love/hate relationship with social media. It’s great to have these shortcuts to help “tame the beast” and get it to work for us.I i will bookmark this page for future reference.
Kathy, you are so faithful to read blog posts, and I am so far behind! Maybe it’s because I’ve been writing too many posts and book reviews. I’m so glad you found this helpful and worth bookmarking. I like your phrase, “tame the beast.”
Are you kidding, Sherrey? I can’t even remember my passwords let alone all of these shortcuts!
Carol, I would never expect anyone to remember all these when I know I can’t. And I have a cheat sheet for my passwords. But I worked with people who committed such shortcuts to memory, every last one of them, and at one time I was pretty good at it too. As I tell my former attorney boss who keeps calling to ask me if I’m ready to come back to work, a brain on retirement is not an actively thinking or working brain, only when it really wants to be. 🙂
Hi Sherrey … I think the only way to use these short cuts is to print out the info graphic and stick it with my list of passwords. Maybe over time, I’ll commit some of them to memory, but if my track record with passwords is any indication, it’ll be a while. But I will give it a try!
Hi Mary, I used to be able to remember things like passwords and shortcut keys, but not so much any more. I thought about printing out the info graphic and then I said to myself that I’ve done OK so far without them. 🙂
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