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How to Use Social Media Today

Welcome to Social Media TODAY. This is a moderated online business community for social media bloggers, marketers, PR and media professionals. Before you can use most of the community features of the site, you will need to sign up (Upper Right Corner). As a registered member you can create your own profile and view the profiles of others. You can leave comments, rate posts, and directly connect with other members. You can add your existing blog feed to the content flow or blog here directly.

To help you get started, we've put together a few simple instructions below. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to e-mail me at moc.liamg|yadotaidemlaicos#moc.liamg|yadotaidemlaicos

Jerry Bowles
Community Manager

Sign Up

Click the sign up link in the upper right corner and fill in the requested information. It's straightforward stuff but be careful what name you use as an "Alias" because that's how your name will appear on your posts and comments. If you write down "AngryBear7," you're stuck with it.

Upload a Photo

The first thing you should do after you've registered and signed in is create a profile and upload a headshot of yourself so we'll know who you are and what you look like.

Click on "My Profile" (upper left corner). This will take you to your profile page. Click on the empty picture space to open the upload photo box. Choose a smallish headshot of your good-looking self from your hard drive and upload. It'll take a few seconds before it is visible.

Create a Profile

Once you've uploaded a picture, click on "Edit" at the beginning of each block of information, fill in as much as you like, and when you're ready, click on the "Accept" button. You can click on "Permission" and specify which other members may view your profile.

Note that you can view your profile page in either the "profile" or "posts" mode. "Posts" will show you all the posts that you have in the system.

Add Your Blog to the SMT Feed

Login and find "Resource Center" at the bottom of the left sidebar. Click on "Autopost." This will take you to a new page. Click on "Insert RSS URL." Paste the URL of your RSS feed into the indicated box. (This is not the domain address of your blog but a separate feed address. If you don't know your feed address, go to and paste your blog's URL in the "Burn a Feed" box. This will show you what feeds are available. If you have a choice, choose an RSS feed instead of Atom. It works better.

Okay, now that you've pasted your feed address correct box box, click on "Add URL." This will insert a link back to your blog at the end of the post. Scroll down and click on "Save." Ignore the categories that you'll see there. The software was designed in Bulgaria. Scroll back up and click on "Read Now." Give it a few seconds, and click on "My Profile." When you get back to your Profile page, click on "Posts" in the left sidebar and your last several posts should be there. If they're not, you've done something wrong so start over.

Once the feed is established, the system will automatically pull in your latest posts where they are reviewed by an editor for suitability. If you have a new post that doesn't show up on the front page, it simply means that the editor is taking a nap, decided it wasn't on target, somebody else had already done it, or it wasn't all that great. Don't be discouraged.

Create a Post

You can also blog directly at Social Media TODAY. Login and find "Create a Post" in the top horizontal menu bar. Click on it and a post page will open. Write something amusing and hit "publish.'" You can also save what you've written as a draft and publish it later. frontpage. Click on "New Post." Knock yourself out.

PLEASE NOTE: By adding your feed or blogging here directly, you are giving us your unrestricted but non-exclusive permission to use your content on this site.

There are lots of other little features, too, but that's enough to get you started.

Any questions or problems, contact Jerry Bowles.

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