When I started my business, I knew it would be a good idea for me to add a social media presence to help more clients find me. In addition to the LinkedIn account I already had, I added a business Facebook page and a business Twitter account. Then on a lark, I also added an Instagram account to give me a place to share images I create. My website, kerryathompson.com, is on Squarespace, a platform that makes it very easy to connect to social media accounts. I can automatically copy blog postings to the social media accounts I connected to Squarespace. I also added Twitter and Instagram feed block elements to my website to allow my postings on Twitter and Instagram to be "fed" automatically to my website.
Instagram is new to me and I've had some challenges creating images that fit correctly in the Instagram feed block that Squarespace provides. Sometimes they are cropped awkwardly and there have been a few images I haven't liked after I posted them. It's easy to delete posts I no longer want from Instagram, but I didn't know how to fix my website. Squarespace doesn't change any Instagram images that are already posted and doesn't remove images that have been deleted from my Instagram account. I was glad to learn that Squarespace offers a way to press the Do-Over button when it comes to social media feed blocks that no longer match the accounts they come from.
I opened the Settings panel of my website design in Squarespace and clicked Connected Accounts, where I could see all of the accounts I've connected to Squarespace. I opened the Instagram account, clicked Reset Data, and then Save. When I returned to the Instagram feed block, images I had deleted from Instagram no longer showed up on my website. I've also used the same Reset Data tactic for my Welcome page's Twitter feed block after I removed tweets I no longer wanted. So with that new knowledge, I'm more relaxed about mistakes I make on social media, knowing that I can correct any missteps.
And while I'm on the subject of social media, I'm happy to recommend my former coworker, Amy Smith, of The Social Media Smith, if you want some help creating or improving your social media presence for your small business or non-profit. She can clearly and confidently draw you maps, add bright street lights, put up extra signs, and walk next to you to guide you down unfamiliar social media pathways.