Monday, November 23, 2009

Ning Makes Gluten-Free Social Networking Easy

Over one million social networks have been created using Ning, and there are several that are gluten-free. Ning networks are easy to use. Either create your own network or join others. After joining a gluten-free social network, members customize their page, invite friends, join groups, chat, participate in discussions, post and read blogs, and share gluten-free information, including videos, news, and recipes.

Gluten-Free Faces has almost 2,500 members and is the largest gluten-free social network on Ning. The good news is that once you know how to use Gluten-Free Faces, then you also know how to use all these other gluten-free social networks on Ning.

Grandma's Gluten-Free Baking N Cooking

Mom Cooks Gluten-Free

Gluten-Free Trina

Life Without Gluten

Greater Greenville Celiacs

Celiac SF (San Francisco)

New Grist

Gluten-free groups can be found on large Ning social networks, like Twittermoms, which has two gluten-free groups.

Are you considering creating your own social network on Ning? This video will show you how.

For more information:
Read the Ning blog

Watch the Gluten-Free Faces video

Join the bloggers group I created on Gluten-Free Faces

Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Unique Blog: GFree TV

Checkout this great video blog, GFree TV, with gluten-free product and restaurant reviews from Debbie and Mike. Debbie is gluten-free, Mike is not. Every review is posted as a video, which is a wonderful way for readers to see products, which far exceeds a photo on traditional blogs.

Their review of Jungle Grub made me want to buy the product. With all the gluten-free blogs and extensive reading, it is refreshing to watch and listen to reviews. The only negative is that the reviews are long, which requires more time than skimming a traditional blog post. With already 21 videos since beginning the show in June 2009, Debbie and Mike are working hard to make this a success.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Twitter: Gluten-Free Lists, Hashtags, and Beginner Tips

Twitter is one of the best sites to quickly and easily reach many gluten-free people. There has been a significant growth in recent months of people twittering gluten-free. In fact, with the increase of so many gluten-free tweets, it can be difficult to keep up with the information. Fortunately, Twitter recently introduced a new feature called lists. They are a way to locate people to follow and organize followers. Lists make it easier to keep up with the latest gluten-free tweets. There are now many public gluten-free lists on Twitter. Here are three great gluten-free lists. If you are new to Twitter, view these lists to find many gluten-free people to follow.

Hold the Gluten Gluten-Free Peeps

Maryland Celiac Gluten-Free Bloggers

Babitty Happy Gluten-Free

Hashags use the # symbol followed by an abbreviation or word at the end of a tweet, which makes it easy to search for tweets on a certain topic. There has been some confusion over which hashtag is best to use for gluten-free. Some people were using the original hastag, #gfree, while others were using #gf. Now, gluten-free people are retweeting (RT) that it is best to use #gf because it is “shorter & used in real life & mags to mean gluten free”.

Twitter viruses

There are some problems with viruses, especially in direct messages (DM) on Twitter. The most important thing to remember is not to click on links in direct messages, especially when they are about using Twitter to make money. Other times viruses result from clicking the link on an account profile.

Beginner tips

• Watch the Twitter in Plain English video.

• Choose a user name that has gf, celiac, or gluten-free in it. If one of these is not in your user name, then include gluten-free or celiac in your profile description to make it easier to connect with others. People prefer to follow people with a complete profile, so be sure to add a profile photo, location, description, and link to your site if you have one.

• Go to the twitter support site.

• To share links on Twitter, shorten them using or tinyURL.

• Read the Twitter blog.

• To find many other people to follow on twitter, including celebrity chefs and foodies, view the Mashable mega lists.

• Select a button for your blog or website from 181 free Twitter buttons and badges.

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