The purpose of this task is to brainstorm topics we can mine for daily tweets/Facebook posts. In the end we should end up with a list of things we can draw upon even on slow days/weeks, to keep readers coming back for more.
Some of my ideas:
- On this day in KDE/OpenSource/Free Software
- Trivia about KDE software/people
- Bringing to light some less known KDE software
- KDE-related polls/questions (these could generate a lot of interaction)
Some ideas from me:
- collect people‘s desktop screenshots from reddit etc. and share them (G+ community has a hashtag for this, #ShowYourKDE)
- „secret“ announcements before big releases (e.g. „we have something big coming up next week, can you guess what?“) + a visual hint – this invites people to engage & comment
- keep promoting the 20 years of KDE book. It's an important asset and a lot of work obviously went into it, but not a lot of people know (or seem to care) about it. We can make them care by repurposing content from the book and repackaging it for social media. This means - pulling out interesting quotes, numbers, or excerpts and sharing them with a link to the full book.
- share content from Advisory Board partners - news about their products/activities, or showing support for their initiatives
- invite people to send happiness packets to developers of their favorite apps/projects to show support in a way that doesn't cost money - https://www.happinesspackets.io/
Another thing that I was doing when I had much more time... I had several KDE-related searches open for posts (like Automotive and similar hashtags and kde.org domain) and I monitored what people were posting about us. And if they made a positive comment I liked ut, if not reposted it. And I tried to help if they had a problem.
In relation to this we could also like/repost news about KDE from some news sites.
We could also maybe repost when some distro, which comes with Plasma desktop or has a KDE edition, makes a new release.
Yep. Monitoring hashtags and for keywords, definitely a good idea. Just this afternoon, Linux Voice published a tweet on a video one of them had done on KDE. I retweeted it on the KDE account and it has had quite a bit of repercussion.
Lots of good suggestions here.
From my experience managing social media for FOSS projects, users are particularly interested in:
- Artwork: new wallpapers, icons, themes
- Quick previews of new stuff: widgets, apps, features
- Short tutorials (text is OK, but 1-3min videos or gifs are better): including tips and tricks
- Mentions in 3rd party websites: a press coverage of a KDE event, a popular tech site reviewing a KDE product, a video preview of an application
- Community activities: conferences, summits, meetings. including photos and simple descriptions of outcomes
- Controversial topics: a radical change in UI, adopting some new technology, dropping a feature
So, in partial summary, we should be monitoring various hashtags on Twitter, G+. etc.: Automotive, #showyourkde (and others...if so, which ones?). Here is a *partial* action plan summary based on the above:
- Set up a Google Alert (alerts.google.com) for keywords we want monitored. I do this now as a custom search of [KDE -bugs], as I do not want endless bug reports showing up in the daily alert - only the good stuff!
- Monitor the KDE-Users group on Deviant Art KDE-users. LOTS of good eye-candy there.
- Monitor the KDE Store for new entries including icons, wallpapers, apps, etc.
- Monitor Planet and re-post relevant / interesting posts (Also gives the advantage of using the blog post in it's original format and not the Planet template)
- Monitor Youtube for relevant content and highlight the standout ones, at least twice a week
- Define polls to drive traffic and get out a few times a month (Ex. what KDE Plasma application do you use the most?), etc.
- Invite Devs to submit info for Promo stories
We can add to this list, but any start is better than no start. As we collect info from our web-scouring activities, we need a notes / landing page to link content so that the people with Promo accounts access can post them.
As an aside that I would like to see broken into a separate task: Can we set up a task to see what all is needed to revive the KDE Commit-Digest? That is sorely missed :/