The Green Revolution
The push to live sustainably is gaining momentum. Toyota Prius sales recently surpassed 1 million sold in the US, and more and more people are choosing to eat locally, grow their own food, and are opting for organic products. We’re beginning to realize we have to change our ways if we want to leave a brighter future for our children – one that isn’t doomed to bring them extreme weather, horrendous environmental disasters (like last year’s BP Gulf oil spill), food shortages, and an overwhelmingly toxic environment.
So with all the useful information and discussions taking place on the internet these days about sustainability, living green, and caring for the environment, how can we keep up with it? Take advantage of terrific social networking sites and tools like Twitter, Facebook, HootSuite, Feedly, and Paper.li.
I think I can safely say that most people are familiar with the biggies like Twitter and Facebook, but if you’re not that’s cool too. When it comes to sites like HootSuite and Feedly, I find less people know about them, and how they can take social networking time to a whole new level.
HootSuite is my favorite way to manage all things Twitter. With it I can follow what’s happening in the green movement by adding streams with keywords and hashtags like #green, #eco, #ecomonday, #vegetarian, and more. Plus, I can schedule tweets and even manage my Facebook fan page with it. HootSuite does a lot to make social networking easy – I highly recommend singing up for an account.
If you love reading blogs, but you’re list of favorites is getting a little unruly, then give Feedly a try. Feedly allows you to follow all of your favorite blog feeds with ease. You have the ability to categorize your feeds (like green blogs, DIY, etc.), plus you can read posts and leave comments without having to leave Feedly’s site! I think that’s my favorite Feedly feature, but this handy feed reading tool does even more – check it out!
I signed up for a Paper.li account a few months back, but it wasn’t until recently that I took the time to configure it - I am loving it! With a Paper.li account you can turn Twitter and Facebook feeds into an online newspaper. It’s a great way to share your passions and interests with others. You can create a newspaper with your Twitter @lists, use #hashtags, or create a newspaper with your Twitter, and now Facebook, account. It’s an awesome tool, you should definitely give it a try.
What’s your favorite way to stay in touch with everything happening in the world of green? Have a great social networking tip? Leave me a comment below, or send me a tweet @greenearthbazar . I’d love to know what you think.