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Now that the hype has settled and the new website smell has faded, let’s take a look at Twitter and how to maximize it’s effectiveness via third party Twitter tools. These tools come in various forms; from websites, desktop apps to mobile phone applications, there are many ways to get your tweets in order.
Twitter is a great tool, but their website is pretty simple – and that has it’s pros and cons. The pros being the ease of using it. For casual Twittering, it handles most of what you need. But what if you have a personal Twitter account and a work Twitter account – or even more Twitter accounts to promote various aspects of your business. Now having various browsers open to manage all those accounts at once is not efficient – time for a tool that allows you to manage multiple accounts at once in one user interface. Their are numerous choices out there, but the ones I recommend looking into the most are HootSuite.com, TweetLater.com, TweetDeck, Seesmic Desktop and Twhirl. All these tools are fantastic to easily post a tweet from different accounts without switching browsers or logging in and out of the Twitter website.
Following more than a few hundred people on Twitter but have only a handful whose tweets you really want to read? TweetDeck and Seesmic Desktop let you group those you follow into smaller more manageable lists. You could create a list just of family members and friends, just of business contacts or whatever other criteria you wish. Then you can just view one of these lists so it is easily to see these posts without them getting lost in the Twitter stream.
One of the biggest problems I have with Twitter is having the time to Tweet. My day is busy and I can’t spend my time at work managing my Tweets. This is where TweetLater.com and HootSuite.com shine. You can load up a number of interesting tweets when you have 15 minutes available and schedule these tweets to get spread out throughout the day. Now you can look like you’re busy tweeting throughout the day! Busy Twitterers are more likely to gain more followers and get more visibility within their current Twitter network. HootSuite.com even allows you to track stats of your post’s links so you can find out how many people are clicking on the links you are sharing.
When you get to hundreds of followers, at some point you’ll realize you are following a lot of people you don’t really need to be following. Maybe you followed them simply because they followed you. But their posts have nothing to offer you or are so infrequent you never see them. You try and track them down in your followers list, but all that scrolling through pages is not an effective use of your time. With a tool like Twitter Karma, you can easily see all your followers and those you are following on one page. And unlike the Twitter website, you can see at a glance if the following is mutual. What’s that, that person you were thinking of unfollowing is not following you anymore anyway – Twitter Karma is a good way to find those tricky individuals that follow you first to get you to follow you back only to then unfollow you afterwards to make their numbers look better.
Grade Your Performance
What is your influence on Twitter? How do you rank overall? Hubspot has a clever little tool to help you get an idea of your level of influence on Twitter. Go to http://twitter.grader.com to see how you stack up. This is mostly for fun, but you can pick up some tips on increasing your Twitter influence and find other Twitter users of interest in your area. Best of all, it gives you a goal to try and beat which encourages more Twitter activity.
Secure Your Tweets
You have to have a backup plan for when things go bad. That Twitter Fail Whale could surface at any moment and eat your tweets and followers. Stories have been told of users accounts getting wiped out, either in full or partially, for no other reason than a Twitter technical issue. So, if you are investing valuable time in your Twitter account, then it makes sense to get it backed it just like any other valuable data you have. A tool to do this easily is TweetBackup.com.
Yep, you can do more than just share 140 characters on Twitter. The most well know media sharing tool for Twitter is TwitPic which lets you share photos. TwitVid.io is a newer one that lets you share video. The video you share can be an uploaded video or one you take on the spot from your computer’s webcam. You login to TwitVid.io using your Twitter login and post you video to Twitter directly from the TwitVid.io website. Another cool service is TwitDoc.com which allows you to share files on Twitter. It works in the same manner as TwitVid.io, but it also has a Desktop Application available. Say you want to post a PDF document of a business flyer up for your followers to see, TwitDoc.com allows this – just make sure if you’re on the receiving end of a TwitDoc that it’s from a trusted source.
Take Your Tweets With You
On the go a lot? Have a smart phone? Then get a Twitter application for your phone so you can Twitter from anywhere. I can only speak for iPhone apps as that’s the phone I use, but I’m sure if your phone is smart, it has a Twitter app available. The iPhone Twitter app I like best is TwitterFon. It is easy to use and even ties into TwitPic if I want to tweet a photo from my phone. Many of these apps are free, so try a few and decide for yourself.
Promote via Twitter
Got a great blog post or webpage? Use TweetMeme.com to make it easier for your viewers to retweet the content by placing a TweetMeme “retweet” button on your blog or webpage. If a viewer likes your info, they just need to click the “retweet” button to broadcast the content to their followers on Twitter. In addition, your TweetMeme retweets get tracked and if you get enough viewers clicking on your TweetMeme retweet button you will get extra publicity on the TweetMeme website (can you say “Digg.com”).
If you really want to connect with your Twitter community, try Mr. Tweet. This is a great tool for two reasons; 1) you can recommend other Twitterers (people love getting recommendations) and 2) you can get recommendations of other Twitterers that you may wish to follow but aren’t yet. When you recommend someone on Mr. Tweet, it is recorded on the site and you can also have your recommendation tweeted on Twitter. Also, Mr. Tweet only looks to recommend people you should follow that have recommendations from others you already follow – in other words, recommendations from Mr. Tweet are really recommendations from those you already know on Twitter. This leads to having a higher quality of overall friends in your Twitter stream.
This is a very short list of all the Twitter-related tools that exist. You may find some that work best for you differ from this list – if you do, tell me what it is and how you’re using it?
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Surprisingly, it is not the kids that are doing all the Twittering – far from it. New research shows it’s the middle age sector that is using it the most, and that means business – kids rank at the bottom of the list as the most common users of Twitter. Full article from Web Pro News here:
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If you are new to Twitter, usually the first question that comes up is “who do I follow and how do I get followers myself?”
Well, if you are just starting out, I say follow everyone you can. You never know who will turn out to be interesting and you can quickly weed out the the uninteresting ones with a simple click of the “unfollow” button. In return, most people you follow will return the favor of being followed by following you back. Of course if you are not interesting to them they can unfollow you as well. I’d try to have at least a few posts on Twitter before following anyone to increase the chance they will follow you back – no one wants to follow someone that doesn’t have any posts.
Over time, if you post regularly, you will notice that you are getting more and more followers that find you first. It is always nicer to have someone come up to you and offer an introduction than going up and introducing yourself to a stranger with a follow on Twitter.
Pay attention to who is being mentioned by those you follow. If you see names repeated by multiple people you follow, check them out and see if they are someone worth following. Also, if you are following someone you like, go through their follower list to find others like them you can follow.
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I had a bad case of the hiccups this evening – couldn’t get rid of them and my chest was really starting to hurt (I don’t get them often, but when I do, they’re massive). I was sitting at the computer and thought “I’ll send a tweet (post) out on Twitter about my hiccups”. Sure enough, in less than 30 seconds I got a response from one of my followers saying to exhale slowly for 30 seconds and then inhale slowly. I tried it and bingo, my hiccups where cured.
Online social networking really doesn’t have any limits as to what is possible. My silly little hiccup situation made me think about the use of social networks as a research tool to discover new information. Much like search engines 10 or even 15 years ago, most people didn’t really grasp the impact they would have on our lives. Instead of going to the library when seeking information, we just “google it”.
The next phase in information research just might involve “twittering it”. More and more high profile users are showing up everyday. Depending on who you follow on Twitter, you can get business tips from CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, inside scoops on new products from major manufacturers, investment advice from a famous book author or even dance steps from MC Hammer – yep, he’s on Twitter too.
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I wanted to do a post on Twitter highlighting all the pros and cons and then remembered Chris Brogan has already written an excellent article on this very topic. Twitter is one of those social media tools that you can get a lot out of if you take the time to use it and get over the initial uneasiness of telling the world what you’re doing at that exact moment. But at the same time, it helps to know what you can expect to get out of it before jumping in. While I find Twitter a great tool, I realize it is not for everybody – but it is for mostbody!
Chris Brogan is a top user of Twitter and a high profile blogger. As a Twitter user myself, he is part of my collective Twitter knowledge stream since I follow him and he also follows me. To me, this is the most powerful aspect of Twitter in that I have instant access to resources that extend my own knowledge base. Who you pick to follow determines how successful your venture into Twitterland will be.
Here’s Chris’s article:
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Twitter.com is a fast growing website in the sea of social media websites. I’ll be honest in that I didn’t pay it too much attention until more recently – always thought of it as instant message type of service were teenagers talk about who they have a crush on or what they ate for breakfast. But to keep up the current trends I have been using it more recently and setup a business related account – “netsourcebrent” is my Twitter handle.
For the most part, it doesn’t gel with my type of communication on a business level, but I am seeing more of the value in it. It is a quick and dirty way to get news about your company out to a large number of people. Of course, the trick is getting a large number of people to follow you that might actually be interested in what you do or sell. I’m not looking at Twitter so much now as a place to make sales – I just don’t see lead conversions happening there. But it definitely has some serious networking potential that can help with establishing creditability.
The hardest part about it is learning to speak and act “Twitter”. It is kind of like walking into a room full of people and just talking out loud until you generate interest from someone. But if you don’t talk to anyone, then most definitely no one will talk to you.
As I Twitter more, I’ll share tips and tricks that I pick up.