One Quick And Easy Way To Improve Your Reach On Twitter

March 19, 2014 by  
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One Quick And Simple Way To Improve Your Reach On Twitter

In just five minutes a day, you can drastically improve the number of Twitter users you reach.

 

By paying attention to the trends, you can incorporate keywords and hashtags that will get your tweets in front of more eyeballs than just your followers.

In fact, if you’re not tweeting on trend, you’re likely missing out on a excellent chunk of attention from your followers, too – if they’re not online to see your tweet as it is sent, they probably won’t ever see it. Unless it’s tied into a trend they’re following, that is.

To learn what’s trending on Twitter, log in to Twitter.com and find the “Trends” box. This is located at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar. By default, you’ll see trends tailored to you based on your location and who you follow. You can change the trends you see by choosing a new location.

Trends offer up some fantastic insight into what people are tweeting about right now. By joining in, your tweets will be part of a much larger conversation and will be seen by potentially thousands of users. To join a trend, just include the keyword or hashtag in the “Trends” box.

Of course, you only want to participate in trending conversations that are really relevant to your brand. If you notice three topics about Justin Bieber’s latest hijinks, question yourself if you should be tweeting about this before adding your two cents. A bank might really hurt its brand if it hopped on the Justin trend, for instance, while a hip young clothing retailer might benefit.

Looking at the trending topics takes all of 20 seconds, and writing a tweet or two that fits shouldn’t take more than another two minutes.

As long as your tweets add value to the conversation and fit your brand, you should notice more engagement and reach just from this one simple task.

 

9 Advanced Twitter Tips and Tricks

February 24, 2014 by  
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content by Entrepreneur

In his book Tweet Naked, online marketing expert and Social Media Firm CEO Scott Levy provides the critical information entrepreneurs need to craft a social media strategy that will boost their brand and their business. In this edited excerpt, the author takes your Twitter skills to the next level by describing nine things you should be doing to up your Twitter game.

Do you want to be a rookie or a pro bowl veteran? The way you go about “tackling” your career is similar to being a rookie or a veteran. You can go through the day-to-day and remain average, or you can study, practice, train and try to find every possible advantage you can over your opponents.

For me, the following are simply things you must do to take part in everyday social media. To others, these might feel like advanced techniques and tactics that are at a higher knowledge level and maybe even desire level when it comes to doing social media. But if you want to elevate your game and get the most out of your investment (time and money) in social media, then take it to the next level with these nine tips and tricks.

1. Follow the leads. Twitter isn’t just about your tweets; it’s also a fantastic source for information on your competition. But don’t just follow your rivals–follow your rival’s followers. This will give you fresh insight on how to broaden your own following and what those people are looking for. It may even show you what your competition is doing better than you. With a small tweet tweaking, you may be able to get those followers to convert to your own company.

2. Save the sales pitch. Don’t get caught up in using Twitter as a selling tool. Instead, use it to increase customer loyalty and offer valuable information to your followers. Overmarketing will merely leave a sour taste in followers’ mouths, and you may even end up losing them if their feed gets too clogged with too many promotions.

3. Keep it small. Posting links and content is a fantastic thing, but Twitter users are all about brevity, so be sure to shorten your links by using a redirect service. bit.ly and is.gd are excellent ones to use, but there are other companies that offer additional services. Take a few minutes to do some research and find the best fit for your brand.

4. Answer with a period. Twitter filters allow users to only view answers if they are following each side of the conversation. But by starting off your answer with a period, the post won’t start with @–it will instead be viewed as a separate tweet and will be seen by all of your followers. Breaking grammar rules never felt so excellent.

5. Lose a few characters. Yes, 140 characters is the technical limit on Twitter, but all the cool kids are now only tweeting with 125 or less. Small, punchy tweets will grab your followers’ attention rather than getting lost in their feeds.

6. Twitter + & = ???. Lose the ampersand in both your profile and your tweets. Whatever the reason, Twitter doesn’t show the “&” sign correctly, so save your followers the distress of trying to figure out what it says and just spell out the word; it’s worth the extra two characters.

7. Cross-post to Facebook. Kill two birds with one stone by connecting your Twitter feed to your Facebook account. Head to your Twitter profile settings, then go to the bottom of the page underneath your bio. It’s an simple way to have your tweets post automatically to your Facebook feed.

8. A picture’s worth a thousand tweets. I can’t stress enough how vital pictures are in any social media platform, and Twitter is no exception. Use Twitpic to share photos as part of your tweets. Snapping photos on the go? Download the Twitterrific app to your smartphone to post pictures when you’re away from the computer.

9. Nobody likes a qwitter. Qwitter is a fantastic tool that notifies you when someone unfollows you on Twitter and even goes so far as to suggest potential tweets that caused them to leave. There are both free and “pro” memberships available, depending on how often you want information and how detailed you’d like it.

Practical Twitter tips for beginners

December 28, 2013 by  
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Different types of conversations… and who sees them

 

A general default tweet: this is a statement or conversation that everyone can hear.

 

@tweet (or @answer if you responding to a tweet): Imagine this as addressing one person in a group conversation. You start your message with @username e.g. ‘@RichardTaylor_ impressive turnout at today’s open day.’ The message only appears in that user’s timeline. But, followers of you and @RichardTaylor_ will see it and can answer. So in the example, followers of you and Richard will see the conversation.

 

You don’t need to follow someone to @answer them. If you place the @username anywhere else in the tweet other than the start all your followers will see it. This is called an @mention. You may want to do this to give someone public acknowledgement or credit or to promote them or their tweet to your followers .

 

Note the distinction between mentioning someone by name in a tweet and @mentioning them. For example, tweeting ‘Chris Rice in Marketing came across as really dumb in today’s session’ is very different to tweeting ‘@chrisrice in Marketing came across as really dumb in today’s session.’ He will get to see the second version and it’s likely to be considered abusive.

 

Direct message: Imagine this as a whisper to one person. This message starts with d username (note: no @) A person must be following you in order to direct message them.

 

@answers to you: You will see these in your timeline if you follow the person. You can see people who have @mentioned you in the @mentions tab on the Home menu within Twitter.

 

Twitter concepts

 

Retweets: (RT) Retweeting is how Twitter users share fascinating tweets from the people they’re following. They copy and paste the original tweet and send it out. To give credit to the original person, users usually place “RT” plus the originator’s username at the beginning of the tweet. You might also see HT (heard through) and MT (modified tweet) For example: The Twitter user @uniofleicester tweets: ‘Kasabian just announced Leicester homecoming gig at Uni and O2 Academy Sat 23 Oct’. You retweet by posting ‘RT @uniofleicester: Kasabian just announced Leicester homecoming gig at Uni and O2 academy Sat 23 Oct.’ Twitter also has an in build Retweet option now.

 

Hashtags: # Hashtags are a way of flagging up a particular subject so that anyone can see all the tweets on a particular subject by doing a search.  “#XFactor” and “#BBCQT” are well loved ones.  You tweet something like: “Did he REALLY just make that comment?! #BBCQT” and everyone knows you’re referring to something that just happened on Question Time. http://www.hashtags.org is a excellent resource to see if a hashtag is already active before you use it or to see all the tweets on a hashtag.

 

Adding links to your tweets: If you’re using Twitter directly on your PC, just paste the URL into your message. Twitter now automatically shortens the links to 20 characters. If you’re using an app for Twitter (e.g. on your phone) there will be an option to shrink the link. To add pictures to your tweets within Twitter just click on the icon and add the image. If you’re using an app there will be an add picture icon (usually a camera).

 

Asterisks are normally used to EMPHASISE – e.g. “this is *superb* fun”… or to show an action about yourself in the 3rd person- e.g. “*goes off sobbing*

 

Excellent resources

 

http://mashable.com/guidebook/twitter/

 

http://pme200.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-use-twitter.html

 

More detailed information taken directly from “The blog that Peter Wrote” (see link above)

 

General vs @Tweets

 

  • There’s a distinction between general tweets & tweets directed at a particular person (@tweets OR @answers if your responding to someone). A general tweet is one you just type and that all your followers will see.  Anyone doing a search for any keyword in that tweet will also see it.

 

  • @tweets, by contrast, start off with the @ symbol plus the name right at the start of the message e.g.  “@HyperbolicGoat Have you eaten many table legs recently?”  This tweet would appear only in HyperbolicGoat’s timeline, and would not show in the timeline of the rest of my followers.

 

  • The exception to 3 is where someone follows both me AND HyperbolicGoat. It enables that “mutual follower” to see the conversation happening between us and join in if s/he wishes.

 

@Mentions

 

  • Sometimes you want to publicise an @tweet to someone and make sure all your followers see it.  You can do this my simply not putting the @ right at the start of the message. e.g. [email protected] is a lovely person, follow him!”

 

  • Alternatively you could place the name anyway else in the tweet e.g. “I had a fantastic drink this evening with @HyperbolicGoat and @Dancing_Piglet”.

 

  • There are many ways to keep the @ away from the first position in the tweet – “@ or ,@ or [email protected] all work just as well.

 

  • To see if anyone has referred to you in a tweet like this, you have to go to the “@mentions” section of your timeline.

 

  • Similarly, if someone who you don’t follow has interacted with you, the message will not appear in your timeline because you don’t follow them.  Instead you need to go to the “@mentions” section to see it.

 

  • You cannot use the @ symbol followed by any word or it will appear in the @mentions of the person with that username.  If you write “I wanted to laugh @Oscar” – it would have popped up in the mentions of whichever random person has the name “@Oscar”. What you really should have written is “I wanted to laugh at Oscar” or even “I wanted to laugh @ Oscar” with a space in between.

 

Protected Accounts

 

  • You can protect your tweets so that only your followers can see them.  This will lead to less spam But it makes it less likely you will pick up new followers, as people can’t see what you’re saying.

 

  • If your account is protected, you cannot be retweeted by use of the “retweet” button. People still can retweet you though by copying and pasting your tweet with the letters “RT” at the start of the tweet.

 

  • If your account is protected and you answer to someone who is not following you, they cannot see your tweet.  Even experienced Twitter users frequently don’t realise this.

 

  • If someone Google searches your username your tweets will not appear if you have protected them.  Only if you have allowed them to follow you, will the Google search throw up your timeline (sophisticated and quite impressive, eh?)

If you require any advice on setting up and managing a Twitter account, contact Vic Russell (vlh14) ext. 1244 in the Marketing Communications Office. She can offer advice to beginners, intermediates or advanced users of social media.

http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/cap/marcomms/communications/social/handbook/twitter/practical-twitter-tips-for-beginners

5 Tips for Using Twitter to Grow Your Business

December 28, 2013 by  
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How every small business can use Twitter to help them grow

Summary:Many small business owners don’t see how Twitter can help them market their business. But many major retailers have already gotten the hang of the Internet’s fastest-growing and most talked-about social media site and are using it to their advantage.

Many small business owners don’t see how Twitter can help them market their business. But many major retailers have already gotten the hang of the Internet’s fastest-growing and most talked-about social media site and are using it to their advantage.

How can you use Twitter to grow your business? Here are 5 basic tips to get you started.

  1. Make a profile. Fill it out completely, providing a excellent description of your business, and a link to your company Web site. You may want to set up two or more Twitter accounts – perhaps one as a customer-service channel, and another as the main company page.
  2. Listen & learn. At first, don’t post much… just search for Twitter users in your sector who have a lot of followers and watch what they’re saying. Follow them – some will follow you back and you’ll start to build an audience. Locate influential Twitter users such as Peter Cashmore of Mashable (@mashable) or Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) and read their Twitter tips.
  3. Care & share. Start retweeting fascinating posts from others. Participate in discussions. Search on your company name and find customers with problems – then solve them. Share news about your company too, but keep it to about one-quarter of your total posts.
  4. Attract attention. Hold a contest, take a poll, make a Twitter-only free offer, question a question, or start a hashtagged discussion thread (a key word that starts with the # sign). Start a blog on your company Web site and post links to your posts on Twitter to draw visitors over to your URL.
  5. Promote it. Feature your Twitter handle prominently on your own site and in all your marketing materials to help customers and prospects connect with you on Twitter and build your following.

Need more? The online business magazine SmallBizTrends offers 137 Small Business Twitter Tips.

http://www.register.com/learningcenter/marketing/5-tips-for-using-twitter-to-grow-your-business/

Top 10 Twitter tips and tricks

November 11, 2013 by  
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Below is a listing of our top 10 favorite Twitter tips and tricks. These tips will help make your Twitter experience more enjoyable and can help increase your followers.

Customize

  • Change your profile picture. Use a picture of yourself to make it seem more personalized if this is your personal Twitter account.
  • Utilize as much of the 160-character limit Twitter BIO space allows. Include keywords your followers or potential followers may be searching for.
  • Make your own background image. But, do not make the image too much like an ad or sales pitch. The background image must be less than 800k and we recommend a size of 1600×1200 for a large image or smaller if you plot on tiling the image or just having it on the left-hand side. Finally, keep in mind that smaller resolutions and monitor sizes will hide much of the background.

Third-party tools

Take advantage of the hundreds of different third-party online tools and services that enhance your Twitter experience. Below are a few of our favorites.

  • TwitPic – Take advantage of TwitPic to post pictures on your tweets. If you want to post pictures while away from the computer, use the Twitterific app.
  • Qwitter – Fantastic service that sends an e-mail any time someone unsubscribes from your Twitter profile and mentions a possible Twitter post you made that may have caused them to leave.
  • Manageflitter – Fantastic site for managing your followers and getting an simple to read overview of people not following you back, silent users, and inactive users.
  • WeFollow – Fantastic website that allows you to add yourself to a listing of Twitter users by tags you find fascinating.
  • SocialOomph – Another fantastic service with a collection of free Twitter tools including the ability to schedule when a tweets gets posted.
  • Tweetbeat – An brilliant site that takes the trending topics on Twitter and gives you a clearer explanation of present and past trending topics.
  • TwitterMeme – Another fantastic location to find the hottest links on Twitter.
  • Twitter Grader – Fantastic service that grades any Twitter account and gives you additional details and ranking information.
  • Twitter Fan Wiki Apps – Finally, this wiki has a listing of several hundred different Twitter applications and tools for users wanting more.

Use Twitter search

Take full advantage of the Twitter search tool. Below are just a few tips that can help improve your search capabilities on Twitter.

  • Search for your website or blog URL and see if others are mentioning your page.
  • Search for anything near you by adding near:”city state”. For example, typing near:”Salt lake city Utah” club would return current tweets that have happened in Salt Lake City, Utah with the keyword club in them.
  • Find people who you may delight in following by searching for keywords that interested you.
  • If you do not want tweets with links add ? -filter:links at the end of your search query.
  • Need more options, use the Advanced Twitter search.
  • Any time you get brilliant results click the “Save this search” button to save that search. These searches can then be found under “Saved Searches” on the right-hand part of your profile on the ancient Twitter interface or under the “Searches” tab next to your timeline on the new Twitter interface.

Followers

  • Engage followers.
  • Do not follow too many people. No one is going to follow someone who is following thousands of people but only has 10 followers.
  • Retweet fascinating posts.
  • Retweet and participate in conversations with people with a lot of followers.
  • Realize it is impossible for anyone to read every tweet.
  • When first joining do not follow hundreds of people, doing this may mark you as a bot.

Make useful and fascinating tweets

  • Try making all your tweets informative, useful, or amusing.
  • Do not post mundane posts, e.g. eating a bowl of cereal.
  • Add hastags to your tweets. For example, if your tweet is about computers, consider adding #computer in the tweet.
  • Tweet frequently. No one is going to follow someone they do not know who has not tweeted in months. Try at the very least to tweet a few times a week or daily if you can manage.
  • Do not whine or complain. Everyone will unfollow anyone who constantly whines or complains.
  • Try making your valuable tweets during the times people will most likely see them.
  • Keep some space available in your tweet in case someone retweets your post.
  • Use special characters in your tweets.

Know the lingo

Know the Twitter lingo, these are just a few examples: @answer, Direct Message (DM), Follower, Hashtag, Retweet (RT), Trending Topics, and Tweet. See the Twitter description for a full listing of Twitter terms and Lingo and related terms.

Follow the masters

Following a few of the masters of Twitter and Social Networking will give you an understanding of how to tweet better, posts to RT, and inspiration for tweets of your own. Below are the top ten Twitters we recommend following.

@GuyKawasaki
@Scobleizer
@jeffbullas
@briansolis
@tonyrobbins
@kevinrose
@timoreilly
@donttrythis
@zappos
@brainpicker

  • Twitaholic – A full listing of the top users on Twitter based on Followers. This is a terrific service to find and follow the top users and possibly incorporate some of the thoughts they are doing on their account.

Tip: Many of the first few hundred people are celebrities on Twitaholic, if they do not interest you skip the first page.

Make and use lists

Twitter list iconTwitter lists are an brilliant method of filtering filter through the people you follow. To make a list, click the Lists link and then Make a list. After making a list visit the persons profile page you wish to add and click the list icon, as shown in the picture to the right. Our Computers and Tech list is an example of a public list we made.

Go Mobile

Apple iPhones, Blackberry phones, Android phones, Windows phone 7 phones, and most of the other smart phones have Twitter applications. Take full advantage of these applications. For users who do not have smart phones Twitter also has extensive support for SMS, which can send tweets over a text message.

Advertise

  • Mention your Twitter page as many places as you can, e.g. your business card, e-mail signatures, web page, blog, Facebook, etc.
  • Make a tweet button or at least your Twitter name on your pages, similar to the below examples.
  • Make a Twitter profile widget on your blog or website.

 

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By:  www.computerhope.com

Tech Tips: Getting Started with Twitter

November 11, 2013 by  
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With Twitter in the news because of a public stock offering, you might be deciding it’s finally time to start tweeting.

But what exactly is Twitter, a tweet and the etiquette for using the well loved communication tool?

Here are the basics. Keep in mind that the company’s service isn’t expected to change in the small term after it starts trading publicly Thursday. Twitter Inc. is pricing its initial public offering of stock at $26, valuing the company at more than $18 billion. It’s the most-anticipated IPO since Facebook went public last year.

To start your presence on Twitter, you first need an account, which is free. Go to Twitter.com or its mobile app to make one. Pick a username, or handle, which is how people will refer to you. Try to find something unique that tells the world a small bit about you. I like to travel, so I picked (at)GlobeTrotScott as my handle.

Once the account is set up, just click in the box that says “Compose new Tweet…” and type whatever is on your mind, up to 140 characters. On the mobile app, look for the small box with the feather to compose your tweet.

But Twitter isn’t just about broadcasting what you had for lunch – though you can do that. It’s about learning what other people are up to. You can start following other people by using the “find friends” feature. You can also search for various celebrities, news sites or whatever else might catch your interest.

You don’t have to know somebody to follow that person. Just click the small follow button. It’s very voyeuristic.

This is probably a excellent point to talk about privacy. There really isn’t any on Twitter. Unless you lock your account, anyone can follow you and see what you have tweeted. And those you follow know that you are following them. (As for locking your account, you can do that by checking “Protect my Tweets” in the settings, but that defeats the point of Twitter, which is to give you an audience for your musings, whether brilliant or inane.)

There are a few ways to engage in a conversation on Twitter.

The first is to just mention somebody in a tweet. Just precede the Twitter handle with the “at” symbol. For instance: “It was nice to catch up with (at)GlobeTrotScott today.” If you want to be fancy, throw in a reference to the bar you were at: “It was nice to catch up with (at)GlobeTrotScott today over drinks and snacks (at)TheSpottedPig.”

If you mention me in a tweet, I will see it on the (at)Connect tab of Twitter.com or the (at) tab on the mobile app.

You can then answer to the tweet. The person who tweeted and anyone else mentioned in it will see the message in their feeds. But remember: Although it is just aimed at them, anyone on Twitter can see that message.

You can also retweet a message, often referred to as RT. This is a way to share something somebody else posted on Twitter with all of your followers. If you hit the “Retweet” button, it will just repeat the message to your followers. You can also write “RT,” copy the person’s handle and the message. Feel free to add your own thoughts before the RT to show why you thought it was worth sharing.

Finally, there is a way to send a private tweet – known as a direct message, or DM – to somebody following you. The simplest way to do it is to go to that person’s profile summary. On the pull down menu next to “following,” there is an option to send a direct message. You can also just start a tweet with “d” and then a person’s handle, and it will send a direct message. You want to make sure you do this right: Anthony Weiner resigned from Congress after sending a sexually suggestive message that he thought was private. It wasn’t.

As you start following more and more people, it might be hard to keep up with all their tweets. Enter TweetDeck and HootSuite. Their websites and apps let you customize your Twitter feeds to sort through all the noise. You can make a stream of tweets from your friends, another from news sources, another for sports and another from celebrities. Separate work from fun.

A few other key points. When adding a link to a tweet, first shorten it through a site such as bit.ly. That way your tweet won’t go over the 140 characters, and it will look cleaner, too. You can also add a photo to your tweet by clicking on the small camera icon. A link to the image will then be added to your message. But remember, that link takes up precious characters, so keep the message small.

Finally, let’s talk about hashtags. They are meant to bring together several tweets on the same topic. So at the end of baseball season, you might see many tweets including (hash)WorldSeries or on Thanksgiving you might see (hash)TurkeyDay (hash)Thankful (hash)Sleepy. Yes, people do tend to string hashtags together.

Just don’t do too many. It’s looked down upon and then your tweet will (hash)Fail.

By AP / Scott Mayerowitz; Nov. 07, 2013

Spell Check Twitter Widget

May 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Twitter Basic Tips

Many people seem to not care whether or not they spell correctly when using Twitter, but for many people this is a pet peeve. Spelling is very vital to a lot of people, and until now there was no simple way to spell check your Tweets. The new Spell Check Twitter Widget will now let you post with no misspellings directly from your website. All you need to do is copy and paste the HTML code onto your site by selecting the “Get Code to Embed” button.

This new widget has many cool features. While typing, the spell checker works so that you can see and right words as you go. Words that are incorrect are underlined in red; right-clicking the word brings up a list of selections that you can choose from. If your word is not listed, just make the correction yourself.

Other brilliant features are the ability to check all 140 characters at once, support for 16 different languages, and customization by changing the size, default language, or color of the widget. There is also an indicator which tells you how many characters you have typed. Once done with your Tweet, a green arrow lets you know that all words are spelled correctly. Finally, the widget is very small in size; it is only 156 Kb fully installed. It is also compatible with nearly all well loved browsers.

So, if you are sick of making errors in your Tweets that you do not catch, be sure to get the Spell Check Twitter Widget.

No more misspellings ever!

Submitted by:  Helen Iarmolchuk

Nearly 1 billion tweets per week – Twitter marking 5th anniversary

March 15, 2011 by  
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Five years after its inception, Twitter is now serving up an average of 140 million tweets per day, up from 50 million per day at this time last year, the company said Monday.

And that adds up to nearly 1 billion tweets each week.

Twitter Inc. released some new numbers, fittingly on Pi Day, as it commemorates the fact that development of the new message system started five years ago this week. The first tweet went out March 21, 2006, from co-founder Jack Dorsey – a simple message that read “inviting coworkers.”

Twitter really started to open eyes at the annual SXSW interactive conference in 2007. But it took 3 years, 2 months and a day to reach the first 1 billion tweets.

Last Friday, as the horror of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami started to unfold, there were 177 million tweets in one day. The record of 6,939 tweets per second was set as 2011 dawned in Japan.

Twitter also said there were 572,000 new accounts made on Saturday, although the company did not release how many members it now has. As of last September, Twitter had 175 million registered users.

The San Francisco company now has 400 employees, up from 130 in January 2010. One employee, co-founder Biz Stone, is remaining with Twitter, but is also taking on new duties as a “strategic adviser for social impact” to AOL Inc. and its new Huffington Post Media Group.

Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington said Stone will help develop AOL’s corporate philanthropy efforts.

On his own blog, Stone said giving back to the community is weaved into the culture of Twitter and “the concept of doing excellent is not proprietary. To the extent that I am able, I’d like to help more companies follow this template toward a higher definition of success and more meaningful corporate metrics.”

– Benny Evangelista

A daily dose of postings from The Chronicle’s technology blog (sfgate.com/blogs/tech)

This article appeared on page D – 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/03/14/BUA61IAKGI.DTL#ixzz1Ght1jiRI

Twitter Ideas That May Not Be Intuitive to Involve As Part of Your Internet Marketing Strategy

February 12, 2011 by  
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Twitter is simple to use. So simple to use, in fact, that some people jump into Tweeting and never learn about half of the elements of etiquette or utility slip right by some people. But, just because these thoughts aren’t intuitive doesn’t mean that you can’t use them to use Twitter to make money and generate web traffic. Instead of tweeting in the dark, read on for some tips we’ve compiled to make your business tweeting more viable, and your Internet marketing strategies over Twitter more successful.

1. Don’t answer to every @ tweet. Although you may be initially compelled to respond every time someone questions you a question, this is something you want to avoid. Instead, choose carefully to respond to tweets that will allow you to showcase your brand and your wit, and not just to answer basic questions. This will make sure that your tweets are always on the topic that you want them to be, and also help ensure that it doesn’t seem like you’re pandering to the crowd.

2. Don’t use full-length URLs. Website addresses can be huge, and when you’ve only got 140 characters to work with, posting the full address can defeat the purpose of Twitter. Instead, make use of a URL-shortening service, like TinyURL.

3. You don’t have to win everyone to your side. When it comes down to it, not everyone is going to like you – and some people may be very vocal about it. You should listen to what they say, but if you’re pleased with the content of your tweets and most of your followers like them too, then there’s no reason to change for just one person.

4. Avoid using Twitter like an IM client. Unless you feel your followers will benefit from you directly tagging an individual tweeter in a posting, then it’s probably best to stick to email or an IM client.

5. Don’t bother reading every tweet of your followers. While you should keep up with them to see what their interests are and what they respond best to, you certainly should not get lost in reading their tweets. Not only will this bog down your tweeting process, it will bog down your business process. Remember, you’re here first and foremost to attract people to your business and webpage, so don’t neglect your focus.

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Devon Brown (a.k.a “The Success Renegade”) is one of the most talented young success coaches in the mlm & home business arena. His powerful information is helping home business entrepreneurs finally achieve the success they deserve and desire. Learn more about Devon and take advantage his FREE Tips on how to have a Successful Home Business by visiting: http://RenegadeSuccess.com

7 Useful Twitter Widgets

February 12, 2011 by  
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Twitter has grown far beyond its microblogging roots to become a fabulous tool for social messaging, but how can you get the most out of it? Many people use Twitter clients to update their status and read tweets, but there are also a host of useful Twitter widgets that allow you to check your tweets from your blog or even let people retweet your blog entries.

What is a widget?

The Most Useful Twitter Widgets:

Twitter Profile Widget

Twitter Profile

Want to show your Twitter updates on your blog? This is one of two official Twitter widgets that will let you take your status updates and place them up anywhere that allows custom widgets. The fantastic thing about the Twitter Profile Widget is that you can place your tweets on a loop.

Twitter Search Widget

Twitter Search

Twitter Search Widget is the second official Twitter widget, and is one of the most useful Twitter widgets out there. It allows you to set up a Twitter search that updates in real time, so you could place it on a personalized start page and get quick updates about your city, a sports team or your favorite actor. Find out more about searching Twitter.

Twitt-Twoo Widget

Twitt-Twoo widget

The Twitt-Twoo Widget is a WordPress plugin that not only displays your latest status updates, but you can also use it to type in a groundbreaking new tweet. The widget uses AJAX to update the page, so you don’t need to refresh your site, and it even provides a link to your Twitter RSS feed.

TwitStamp Widget

Twitter Stamp

This clean widget will let you make a stamp of your current Twitter status to use anywhere that takes images, which includes blogs, discussion forums, etc. It doesn’t even have to be your tweet that you stamp. You can enter any Twitter profile to turn their latest status update into an image, or even bookmark TwitStamp to easily make Twitter stamps.

Twitter Widget

Widgetbox Twitter Widget

This simple Twitter widget from Widgetbox is easily customizable, so you can match the background to your blog. You can also easily transport the widget to Facebook, MySpace or any number of social networking profiles or blogging networks like WordPress or Blogger.

Twoxit Widget

Twoxit Widget

This clean small Twitter widget lets you place a piece of code on your website or blog to let users make updates to their own Twitter account. The widget comes in a sidebar style and a footer style, so you can easily fit it to your site.

Retweet Button

Retweet Button

Go over Digg, there’s a new article badge in town. Retweet buttons are becoming increasingly well loved for blogs and news articles, and they are relatively simple to install. You can place these buttons on your website, blog, embed them in email or even place them in your RSS feed.

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