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The rise in social media means that we now have instant access to friends, relatives, businesses and brands in a much easier way than ever before. One of the most outdated accusations levelled at social media such as Facebook and Twitter is that ‘It’s just a bunch of teenagers telling you what they had for dinner!’ Sure, this may have been true once, but the world at large has realized that social media is an invaluable way to send and receive information about almost anything. People of all ages and from all walks of life use Twitter to receive up to the minute news updates, as well as follow brands that they like. The brands in return use this to foster loyalty by giving news and updates about products and services to a captive audience. Companies also use blogs and image galleries to keep followers engaged; they Tweet about the latest article or set of pictures so that people will click on the link and visit their website. This is how you can harness the power of Twitter in helping with your remodel.

Twitter is a micro-blogging site where you ‘Tweet’ updates of just 140 characters or less, making it ideal for short news bites or links to other web pages. If you don’t have a Twitter account, it’s easy to set one up. Then you search for friends, celebrities, brands and businesses that you are interested in and simply click ‘Follow’. This means you will receive all that person’s Tweets in your home page.

Almost every company you can think of has a Twitter account, so when you’re remodeling you can search for whatever help you might need. If you’re looking for designers or contractors in your local area, they’ll most likely be on Twitter and will have a link to an online portfolio you can browse. This means you’ll be able to browse before you buy, which saves you time. If you’re simply looking for design ideas, there are plenty of interior décor websites that you can follow which will have links to helpful blogs and image galleries.

Many interior design and home improvement sites have a blog section that provides expert advice for all aspects of your home remodel. Each time there is a new blog post, the site will Tweet a link to it so you can stay up to date with all the latest hints and tips in home remodeling.

You can also sync your Twitter account to your phone, meaning you will never miss a single Tweet while on the move. Downloading HootSuite or Tweetdeck to your PC desktop gives you a virtual control panel where you can receive updates in the background while you work at your computer.

So when you’re stuck for ideas about that remodel, remember that there’s a whole online community ready to provide the answers for you when you log on to Twitter.

You can even follow Remodel or Move on Twitter for all the latest home remodeling tips and ideas.