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Instagram Favorites: BBQ

Instagram is my favorite social media hangout right now. The array of images and ability to quickly scan, like, and comment makes connecting quick, easy, and highly visual. Starting Instagram feels less daunting than Twitter, somehow, and it’s something we are highly suggesting to OnCue clients who are uncomfortable with social media.

You can view Instagram on a computer, but to start an account and upload photos, you must download the app on your smartphone.  You can link Instagram with Facebook and Twitter, but I don’t recommend sharing EVERY photo to Facebook and Twitter. Sometimes I share only on Instagram … sometimes I’ll also post to Facebook at another time … and sometimes I do link to Twitter. Linking to twitter means the reader most click over to view the Instagram photo vs. using Twitpic or another sharing service that shows photos within the Twitter stream. Facebook now owns Instagram, so Twitter and Instagram don’t always play nicely.

As a general rule, I think it’s a bad idea to have all of your social media linked up. You should be talking to people differently on Facebook than you do on Twitter and people are not inclined to follow you on all platforms if you repeat yourself in each and every broadcast.

If you’re already on Twitter, try to snag the SAME user name for Instagram. It will make it much easier to find you and tag you in both tweets and Instagram posting.

I’m going to start sharing some of my favorite people to follow in various categories, starting with barbecue, of course. Click on the images to go directly to that person’s Instagram feed

InstagramFaves_BBQSnobDaniel Vaughn, aka @BBQsnob on Twitter and Instagram, is the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly magazine. He posts images of barbecue, restaurant signage, and landscapes, mostly from his Texas travels. Great photos and honest commentary. Click on photo to go to their Instagram page.

InstagramFaves_HomeTeamBBQI love following Hometeam BBQ through their day and their various travels. Looks like they have lots of fun. Follow them on Twitter at @FRHometeamBBQClick on photo to go to their Instagram page.

InstagramFaves_LaBarbecueAli and Leann, the La Barbecue girls are whooping it up daily in Austin. Gorgeous pictures – of course owner LeAnn Mueller is a highly regarded photographer. Lots of personality in their feed. Twitter: @la_barbecueClick on photo to go to their Instagram page.

InstagramFaves_SouthernSoulBBQTruly beautiful food photography, inventive menu items, and again with the daily fun and interesting events. Their handle on Twitter is the same as Instagram: @southernsoulbbq. Click on photo to go to their Instagram page.

Do you have any favorite Instagrammers? Please share them in the comments below!

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Good Reads

#17ST Words of Wisdom
A new year holds tremendous promise and we’re planning and plotting the best year ever at the 1-7. Our dance card is full with one or two stupendous events each month. We have an extensive to-do list, a bunch of big ideas, and a book to finish. None of this would be possible without the friendship and support from so many people from all over the world. So thank you for joining us on this crazy barbecue journey!

Here are some things I found interesting and inspiring in the past few weeks:

I love examining photographs and seeing what books people have in their homes. So revealing, don’t you think? This story shows some beautiful books and includes suggestions for fashion, design, and gardening titles.

Guidelines for when it’s okay to use other people’s words in your designs. Especially applicable to barbecuers who print t-shirts and other materials. Not being credited for quotations is a pet peeve of mine.

If you’re leading others, this advice from Suzy and Jack Welch will help you soar.

What are your predictions for 2014 restaurant trends? Do any of these resonate with you?

If organization is one of your New Year’s resolutions, here are good ideas for decluttering your life.

Running toward goals requires blinders; playing in fields doesn’t. Best takeaway from this post on Design for Mankind.

Understanding WHY companies support various events may help you land a sponsor. Via Seth Godin.

Best way to achieve all of your goals is to outlearn and outthink who you were last year. Lots of good motivation in this article by Robin Sharma.

Do you have any big plans for 2014? We’d love to hear about them! 

Follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
See lots of entertaining and barbecue ideas on our Pinterest boards.
And we post fun things on Facebook, too!