A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to buy a Google Nexus 7 tablet at a great price. I wasn’t planning on getting a tablet yet as I wanted to see whether the technology settled (I know, it probably won’t) but given the opportunity, I decided to take the plunge.
One unforeseen consequence of my purchase has been my improvement in my pretty lousy social engagement. I have been on Twitter and LinkedIn for a good few years now but have always found it difficult to tweet and update. The tablet has miraculously changed all of that. Now I find I am tweeting at least twice a day and, given this is set up to link to my LinkedIn updates, I now feel like I am making some progress.
Why has this happened? I think it’s largely psychological. I find it doesn’t feel like work if I sit with the tablet in the evening just mooching around reading RSS feeds and browsing the web. When I see something I think is relevant to my business offering I just hit share add a bit of text and that’s it. It isn’t any harder to do this on a laptop but for some reason, it feels easier!
The other benefit, like a smartphone, is that you can use your tablet on the move. So, if you’re on the train, waiting at the dentists etc, you can pop out a quick tweet! It’s definitely easier on a tablet than trying to do it on a smartphone unless you have one of smartphones with a seriously large screen.
I don’t have a Facebook account so I can’t say if engagement improves with this as well but I suspect it would as I have found I am posting more updates on my personal Facebook page too.
So, if you have struggled with your social engagement, don’t update Twitter or LinkedIn or need to be more interactive with your Facebook or Google + account, a tablet may just be the answer.
The next challenge is my blog – I am still writing this on my laptop! I know there’s a WordPress app so maybe it’s time to experiment…