What happens when you move time zone?
Six months ago I moved from the West Midlands, UK to Sydney, Australia. Since settling into my new job and new life I have resolved to try to practice what I preach when it comes to social media – something which, almost criminally, I have neglected.
I then started realised how changing time zones had altered my Twitter usage. Firstly, I noticed my follower count drop; not dramatically, but I noticed it. This isn’t a big deal for me but there must have been a cause, especially as I don’t think the quality or frequency of my tweets had altered much – not that it was fantastic in the first place. I noticed on my lunch break as I was scrolling through and refreshing Twitter on my iPhone, that there was very little activity. It was 4:30am in the UK, where the vast majority of users I follow are based. I was enjoying a steady stream of great news articles from @smh but very little else. I decided to look for good Australian Twitter users – I’ve found the news agencies, I’ve found the politicians but I’m still on the lookout for more. I normally tweet about soccer, politics, art, design, and a lot of other rubbish (I’m trying to cut it out, honest!). Any suggestions of who to follow would be most welcome.
Aside from these, I’ll be making an effort to balance what I tweet; less football, more high quality links, and hopefully, when I’ve found more people to follow who are awake at the same time as me, more valuable engagement.
As far as other social networks go, it hasn’t changed as much as you’d think. Facebook remains private and personal, and I have a number of Australian friends as well as my British friends meaning there’s always stuff to catch up with.
I have started using LinkedIn more, as a source for content which I may find useful in my work, but I still have major reservations about it, not least because of the deeply flawed endorsement and recommendation feature. The global nature of the “influencers” I follow and groups I’m a member of mean the change of time zone hasn’t made much difference. It also helps that I try to keep connections to people I have actually met, so contacts remain relatively few.
Pinterest gets touched maybe once every month or two when I’m bored or I see something cool which deserves to be on one of my boards. I use it more to curate things I like the look of. I should look closer at how I use it but at the moment it’s a low priority.
Instagram gets a fairly regularly work out and I have recognised this as an area for improvement as far as my social media knowledge is concerned. Like most people I use it to share pictures of cool stuff I do with friends but I rarely engage with users and hardly ever use hashtags. I’ve realised there’s a whole hashtag vocabulary almost unique to Instagram and this is something which interests me. I’m hoping to become much more selective about what I share, while tagging photos appropriately to develop some engagement. I hope to be much more creative in this area. Again, any suggestions of good people to follow would be fantastic.