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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

RebelMouse - A New Home for Your Social Media?


Have you seen RebelMouse yet? It's a free service that lets you create your own social media homepage in literally just a few minutes.

Your RebelMouse page can be set up to feature posts from Facebook (including FB fan pages), Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can also include any RSS feed you like.

Once your site is set up - and there is no longer any need for an invitation - you will see a Pinterest-like collage of a selection of your latest posts. I've included a screen capture of part of my own RebelMouse page below to give you a flavour, but to get the whole effect click over to https://www.rebelmouse.com/nickdaws/ (will open on a new page).



Although I said above that RebelMouse looks at first glance like Pinterest, it differs in a few respects.

Most importantly, of course, items are automatically selected from your social media feeds, with a particular emphasis on those with accompanying images. If you want to change the selection, however, it's easy to do. Just click on dashboard at the top right when you are logged in and you will see all of your available posts listed. You can choose to add any of these to your page if it's not there already. And, of course, you can delete any you don't want included with one click.

You can move posts around using drag-and-drop, and 'freeze' posts at the top of your page if you want them to stay there for a time. You can also edit titles and descriptions to your heart's content.

You can even create original items by clicking on 'Add Post'. This gives RebelMouse the potential to be used as a blogging platform. Or you can use it to make a link to your book's Amazon sales page - like this one to my novella The Festival on Lyris Five, for example.

Other features include stats on all items, so you can see which ones are generating the most traffic to the posts concerned.

For me, though, one of the best things about RebelMouse is the opportunity it gives me to review my own posts and links I have shared (and I admit I do share a lot!). Seeing them all with illustrations and excerpts is a great reminder of interesting posts I really need to revisit, and gives me a useful overview of the resources I've been sharing.

In addition, of course, my RebelMouse page provides backlinks to my own blog posts (good for SEO purposes) and helps attract more traffic to them.

Although social media is a notorious time suck, once you have set up a RebelMouse page - which doesn't take long in itself - it will update with no further input from you required (unless you want to). In that respect it's a bit like the Paper.li service, which I use for The Nick Daws Daily (and also recommend, incidentally).

My one slight reservation about RebelMouse is that if you want the service to include items from your Facebook business (aka fan) pages, there doesn't seem to be any way to stop it using posts from your profile too. Since I keep my FB profile mainly as a way of communicating with friends and family I would have liked to be able to exclude this. Still, RebelMouse does only share Facebook posts which have been set as Public, so if you don't want it to grab more personal posts you just have to remember to set them to limited visibility.

Even if you're not sure whether RebelMouse is for you, I recommend setting up an account now while it's still in beta so that you have the best chance of grabbing a URL with your own name or something close to it. All free accounts take the form www.rebelmouse.com/yourname. I understand that paid accounts for individuals and companies allowing the use of any domain name will be available soon.

Do take a look at my RebelMouse page and if you have any comments or questions about the service, feel free to post them below. And if you've set up a RebelMouse page yourself, include the URL and I'll be sure to check it out!

* You might also like to check out my blog review of RebelMouse Infestation by Jimmy Mancini, a guide to how you can profit directly from RebelMouse.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Anna Tan said...

That looks pretty awesome.

Thanks! :)

4:43 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thanks, Anna. It's definitely worth looking into. And the developers are working to add new features all the time.

6:16 PM  

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