7 Tips to Help you Make the Best Use of Swizly’s Platform

If you’ve just signed up for Swizly, welcome aboard, Swizler! We’re happy to have you aggregating with us. As a starter, here are some tips and tricks to help you make the best use of your account.

1. Make sure to set ‘manual publishing’ ON to approve content before it appears on your page. Manual publishing is especially recommended for those who are aggregating content from a hashtag that is likely to be widely used and hijacked by spammers.

2. Swizly’s cover image size is larger than the standard size range supported by popular social networks. As such, we recommend a high-res image where details aren’t compensated. For best cover image resolution, upload a photo that is 1200px wide by 505px high, saved for web at 300 dpi.

3. You can choose to point your Social Hub to a custom domain. Whether you prefer social.yourname.com, yourname.social, or yourname.com is up to you. Industry-specific TLDs are also available for you to customize your domain.

4. The ‘Favicon’ logo is the little thumbnail that appears on the viewer’s tab. Upload a square image (your logo recommended) to disable Swizly’s default image. Best fit is 16×16 px.

Swizly Favicon

The favicons of some of the World’s most well-known brands

 

5. We recommend connecting at least three social networks to take advantage of Swizly’s aggregation capabilities.

6. To embed your Swizly Social Hub into your Facebook page, grab the Embed Code from the ‘Customize’ page on the Swizly interface. To host the code on a Facebook tab, you’ll need a third-party tab installer. We recommend WooBox, though there are plenty of other free services to select from.

Swizly Embed Code Sample

7.  Linking your Google Analytics account to your Swizly Social Hub is a straightforward and easy procedure. Once you add your Swizly URL address to the GA interface, grab the code you’re provided with (beginning with ‘UA-‘) and paste it into the dedicated form on your Swizly dashboard (Customize > Profile).

Now that you’ve configured your Swizly Social Hub to suit your needs, you can focus on curating the best content and watch as it seamlessly appears onto your new hub. 

Have a question? Need help setting up? Email us at customercare@swizly.com

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5 Outstanding Sites For Free Stock Photos

If you don’t have a stock photo account and if you’re not keen on paying the steep per-image cost – fret no more. Luckily, more and more free-photo engines are sprouting by the day.

Here are some of our all time favorites, packed with hi-res digital stock photographs for your commercial use:

MorgueFile:

“The term “morgueFile” is popular in the newspaper business to describe the file that holds past issues flats. Although the term has been used by illustrators, comic book artist, designers and teachers as well. The purpose of this site is to provide free image reference material for use in all creative pursuits. This is the world wide web’s morgueFile.”

Unsplash

“All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.”

Magdeleine

“Hand-picked free photos for your inspiration.”

Life of Pix

Free high-resolution photos, no copyright restrictions. Images for personal commercial use. New photographs added weekly! All images are donated to the public domain.”

SplitShire

“Free high quality photos with no copyright restrictions and a real look, for personal and commercial use.”

StockSnap

“Beautiful free stock photos. Hundreds of high resolution images added weekly.”

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7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter

Whether or not scholars should be using hashtags in their publications is naturally, highly debatable. But one thing is certain: unless they’ve adopted hashtags on Twitter, they risk missing out on the global academic conversation unfolding by the minute.

If you’re a scholar, educator, or university community manager – these are some of the best hashtags to use for higher ed topics, largely coined by Twitter’s most influential scholars.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #ScholarSunday

#ScholarSunday: an engaging strategy to highlight your faculty and outstanding grad students. Each Sunday, recommend to your followers a scholar they should follow.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #Academia

#Academia: a highly populated hashtag on Twitter. As long as your content actually relates to academia, then you should definitely include it for high publicity.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #AcWri

#AcWri (i.e. ‘academic writing’) is especially useful for graduate students seeking out feedback on their essays or theses.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #HigherEd

#HigherEd: a generic hashtag that covers any and every topic in higher education, including tuition fees and social culture.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #OnlineLearning

#OnlineLearning: as the hashtag indicates, #OnlineLearning is suitable for discussing online courses, blended learning, social media and all topics that are both academic and digital.

#EdResearch: the perfect hashtag to showcase your latest academic and scientific research.

7 hashtags academics should be using on Twitter #Edu

#Edu: a very generic hashtag that includes all education levels, anywhere from primary schooling to continuing programs. If you’re looking to join the global education conversation, #edu is the way to go.