Friday, June 26, 2009

FREE Twitter Survival Guide!

So you FINALLY decided to give twitter a go. Or maybe you already signed up, but got "lost" or somehow stopped tweeting... Twitter is like a breath of fresh air on the Social Media scene. I have been on it for just a few weeks now and I have met several interesting people. It is a platform to network with people you would like to meet in real life.

With all the rumors suggesting that Google will soon offer real-time search capabilities, indexing Tweets and other real-time web data, now is a good time to take a closer look at your Twitter presence. Even now, what you tweet can be held against you on the engines, although it can also work to your advantage. As an example, Google is already indexing tweets (albeit not in real-time) so Twitter pages and even individual tweets have already started appearing within Google search results... Mashable has more!

It’s the network, baby! Creating your twitter presence: A checklist.

HootSuite is the ultimate Twitter toolbox. With HootSuite, you can manage multiple Twitter profiles, pre-schedule tweets, and measure your success.

How to develop your following.

There is an ever-growing variety of Twitter Tools, ever-changing and too numerous to mention! I have detailed some (scroll down) that I like.

If YOU love Twitter, you'll love TweetBeep! Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, anything, with hourly updates! You can even keep track of who's tweeting your website or blog, even if they use a shortened URL (like bit.ly or tinyurl.com). Now, how cool is that?!

Where does Twitter start and blogging end?

Facebook and Twitter real time updates are used as a type of blog marketing strategy. In no way do I think these sites are going to surpass the blog itself, it is just a new platform to self promote. I do, however, think the concept of Twitter is slowly beginning to fade and the social media forum is about to enter a new phase. Users are looking for something different, more unique to the already popular hobby.

The Twittersphere. "State of the Twittersphere" [PDF] ; [Parody Video]

Blogging and Twittering: a symbiotic relationship.


During the month of May mashable.com ran a "How to" article about creating custom twitter backgrounds. In my short time as a member of the twitterati. I've run across many styles of background. I left mine mostly the gaudy green color that matches my blogspot blog. I'm a huge fan of keeping it simple. Sometimes the backgrounds take away from the content, which in my opinion is the most important thing on the page! Some of the twitter backgrounds folks have chosen are way too "busy" or distracting. Thankfully, twitter hasn't become like MySpace, where on a t1 connection I have to wait many minutes for just the background to load onto my computer!

There is ONE twitter background that I really like because it has functionality... here it is:


How about that! It just happens to be Ben Parr's current layout (or at least it was current in May!) I've been thinking about adding something similar in my left-hand twitter sidebar... I'm going to experiment with teh following:

MyTweetSpace, of which Mr. Parr writes "MyTweetSpace is one of the simplest ways to create a Twitter background with minimal effort. It allows users to create badges, add graphics, play with text, and more to create elegant backgrounds and left-hand text columns. You can even log in with Twitter and MyTweetSpace will automatically update your background." I wonder if that's what he used? Or maybe he used TwitBacks, which "...specializes in left-hand column-based backgrounds."

Heck, I might even end up monetizing my twitter page!

Hmmmmmmmm...

let's see, I'd like to add links to the following

- blogspot blog

- MyBlogLog page

- AboutMe

- LiveJournal page

Indian Blogger Kiruba Shankar announces that he has started writing a book called ‘Crowdsourcing Tweet'. “In the true spirit of the book, 20% of tweets will be crowdsourced. An opportunity for you to participate,” informs the blogger.

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