Ten Tips for Getting Started at Tsu
So many people have said they tried tsu but felt lonely or invisible there or just weren't sure what to do. Thus, they decided it wasn't for them. Worse yet, some were recruited by people who then left the site and their tsu children without training or support. I'm in contact with one of those now and trying to help her along.
So just how do you get started on tsu if no one is actively helping you? It's a good idea to find a mentor who is a good tsu role model. I have found one for myself and will share the name with anyone who asks. I also have a list of people who make good tsu friends. I offer it to my tsu children or anyone else that asks.
Being invited to tsu is rather like being invited to attend a party with someone - a very large party where maybe you know very few people and you haven't found them yet. You see people all around you in little groups talking, but you don't know how to connect to one of them. So you join one group after another and listen to the conversations to see if you are interested. If not, you move on. Eventually you will find the people you fit with and can talk to. It really helps if someone introduces you around. My chosen mentor does that.
Here are the basics I tell my children.
1. Make sure you set up a complete profile that includes your interests and location and links to your other social networks in the spaces provided on your profile page. I would suggest you use the name people you know from other sites will recognize.
2. Connect with people you already know and respect that are already on tsu – people who follow site rules, don't plagiarize, and don't post photos they don't have the rights to. Check your tsu parent's profile each day and those of your tsu siblings if you know who they are. If you don't know, ask your parent.
3. As tempted as you may be to get a lot of friends quickly, be picky. You will be judged by the company you keep. One hundred active friends who post original content you feel good about sharing are worth a thousand who post photos they have no rights to and leave one word comments all the time or, worse yet, spam your comment section. (Of course, you can delete the spam comments.) I probably decline ten friend requests for every one I accept. Look at profile feeds before accepting requests. Is that what you want to see in your feed or share with your friends? If not, decline. You don't need a thousand friends the first month. It's great if you've got 200 who really interact by then, and that's a lot to really keep up with.
4. Choose your friends as you would here or at that other site we know of. I have always looked at the profiles of those I notice making great comments on the posts of others and sent friends requests if they were as good as I expected.
5. This is something new I'm going to start doing. I'm going to start a list of what my tsu friends seem to be interested in and tag them in posts or comments when I think they will like something or could help someone else I know. Getting an idea of what interests your friends will help you make posts that will be attractive to them.
6. Speaking of interests, use hashtags on your posts. Only the first five will be indexed, so chose relevant ones carefully. You can add some in comments. Find others interested in the same things you are by searching on the hashtags that interest you.
7. Post at least once a day. More is better, but better one post each day than seven once a week. People considering following you want to know you are active. Spend a few minutes a couple of times a day with your notifications, and check your last ten posts for comments to answer at least once a day in case you missed some notifications.
8. Make thoughtful comments that show you read the post.
9. Be discriminating in choosing role models. Not all the people who are voted Top 50 in tsu by other members follow the rules. They may just have large networks to support them. Some are building on sand and will later fall away. The “Rah! Rah!” factor won't last. Peope who engage in genuine communciation will. They will get to know each other and learn to help each other to reach their goals. The people who join thinking they will make lots of money won't last because they won't see the money fast enough.
10. Relax and just enjoy getting to know people and looking at their posts and interacting. That's what you are really there for. Once you know what you are doing and can help others, invite some other friends to join and help them get established. That's what a tsu parent is supposed to do.
Photo was taken at an artists' reception for the Paso Robles Art Association's Ranch Drssing Exhibit on July 29, 2010.
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