Here's how you use SocialFlow to post tweets, Google+es (yes), and Facebooks. If you need a SocialFlow login, or if your SoFlow account doesn't have access to one of those three social media services, contact Jane-Claire Quigley (jane at gawker dot com).
Assuming you've got all that squared away, here's what you do!
1. Hit the "Compose" button
2. Select the Twitter icon, un-select everything else. Yes, un-select Google+ right now. Trust me. We'll select it later.
3. Copy the URL of the post you're tweeting. Now is a good time to make sure that the post has been published—if it hasn't, the URL will be gizmodo.com/preview/tktk. Don't tweet preview links, please.
4. Save the top image in the post to your desktop. Give it a name you'll recognize. In about 5 seconds, you'll be looking for it to attach to the Tweet / Google+ you're about to send out.
5. Okay, back to SocialFlow. Type in the headline of the article, but Don't Capitalize Every Word Like a Headline Because That Looks Dumb. Paste the URL after the headline. Now is a great time to make sure you got the headline right, by checking the tab you have the article open in. WATCH FOR TYPOS AND SPELLING ERRORS. CHECK THIS ABOUT A BILLION TIMES BEFORE YOU PROCEED.
6. Time to attach the image! Click that camera button.
7. Now find the image you just saved to your desktop. This is where giving it a recognizable name comes in handy. Double click the file, or click it and then hit "open" if you're feeling old school.
7A: SocialFlow can handle GIFs, but only if they're under 3MB. If your GIF is too big, you'll get this error message here. At this point, your options are to A) pick a still image from the post, B) ask the author of the post to scale down the GIF to something under 3MB, or 3) scale down that GIF yourself. CHOOSE WISELY.
8. You'll note that I went with option A, picking a different still photo from the article. Once the image has successfully uploaded, now you'll select the Google+ icon. Don't click the Facebook icon, okay? Just Twitter and Google+
9. Hit this drop-down. Basically, all Tweets and Google+ posts go out immediately. We rarely use the "Schedule" feature and we never use "Optimize" or "Hold". Select "Publish".
9. DEEP BREATHS, WE'RE GONNA HIT THAT PUBLISH BUTTON. Take a quick glance to make sure you didn't accidentally select the Facebook icon, that you've got it set to Publish and not Optimize, that your headline and URL are correct, and that the image isn't some kind of Bieber dick GIF. If you've succeeded in all of that, go ahead and hit Publish.
You won't need this unless specifically directed by an editor.
1. Open a new Compose window, select the Facebook icon on the left (and only the Facebook icon). Type a description in the compose window that's catchy and doesn't repeat the headline. Paste in the URL of the article.
2. Click somewhere outside of the compose window (I usually click on the blank gray space under the Resonance gauge). SocialFlow will automatically create a little box below the compose window with the headline, image, and first few lines of the article. This is why you didn't just type the headline in the compose box—Facebook viewers will see the headline separately.
3. Once the little link box at the bottom appears, go back and delete the URL from the compose window. It looks cleaner that way.
4. Generally speaking, we don't post Facebooks immediately (ask your editors about this). So now you're going to 1) toggle the drop-down to "Schedule", 2) pick the right time and date when you want the post to go to Facebook, and 3) hit the Schedule button.
Now you're a social media pro.