Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
- 4-5 million users
- 70% of Twitter users joined in 2008
- 20% of Twitter users joined in the past 60 days
- 5-10K new accounts are created everyday
- 30% of Twitter users are relatively new or unengaged - do not post more then once a week and follow few people
- Traffic has grown by 600% over the last 12 months
The report also looked at what days were the most active to Tweet. They found that there is about 50% more activity on the weekday versus the weekend. People tend to tweet most often on Wednesday and Thursday. So it may be best to release a product or promote a blog during these two days.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tip: Since the service is in Alpha there are still some bugs with it and it could change quite drastically after this post is published. Currently they pull in your Twitter bio and provide a DoFollow link to the link in your bio. They also provide a DoFollow link in the post itself, but you need to use the www.domainname.com without the http:// to make it active.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tip: Each poll gets an unique landing page that pulls in your Twitter bio. The Twitter profile link and the bio link are both DoFollow links.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The "Influencers in my network" report ranks the influencers from most important to least important. They show you the top Followers for each person as well as how often they post Tweets. The report provides a Following-to-Follower ratio. This ratio provides some insight into how influential the person is (the higher the ratio the more influential). There is also a link to the Google search results for each person. I like this feature because it provides some additional insight into who the person is and how they relate to your network.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tip: The site provides an individual link to each profile that they calculate. While they nofollow the website link from your Twitter profile, they dofollow the Twitter profile link. So another easy way to build back links to your Twitter profile.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
If the Twitter account is to extend your personal brand always use the combination of your first and last name when setting up the account (note you only have 15 characters for the Username and 20 for the Name fields). If it will not fit you may even consider adding your profession (i.e GaryK_Lawyer). This may even help gain additional followers that maybe looking for people in a certain profession. If your name does not fit within the allowed number of characters you may want to include your full name at the beginning of your One Line Bio.
I have found that the character limitations prohibit some companies from using their branded name within the Username field. This can be a challenge, but there always seems to be a way to provide a meaningful Username that conveys the corporate name. I would also recommend adding "The official account of COMPANY NAME." to the beginning of the One Line Bio. This can help separate your real company account from a "fake" one. Jeremiah Owyang, of Forrester Research, even goes as far as to recommend cross linking your Twitter account from your corporate website to bring additional credibility to the Twitter account.
Well what happens if your company name is already taken? There has been some companies that have successfully gained control by contacting Twitter support and pleading their case. Darren Rowse, of Problogger, suggests following the account name and then @reply to them to see if they are willing to transfer the account over.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
There are many reasons why you would use an application like this. Maybe you want to monitor what your employees are saying on Twitter, stalk your ex-girlfriend or boyfriend to see what they are saying, or you want to follow one of the many job related Twitter accounts without your friends/colleagues knowing.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
- Facebook - The Twitter Facebook App (good tutorial) will pull in your status updates from Twitter.
- FriendFeed - Another social network where you can import your Twitter feed. While you do not receive any link love, you still have the opportunity to share your Tweets with your friends on this network.
- LinkedIn - This professional networking site now provides the ability to incorporate your Twitter feed right into your profile. Just note that you have to list your Twitter URL as one of your "Websites" in order to use the "Blog Link" application. A visitor will not be able to see this feed on your profile unless they are logged into LinkedIn.
- MyBlogLog - This social networking site allows you to managed your online profiles, including Twitter. Once you add your Twitter information, it will pull your feed onto your profile page. The links within the posts are dofollows as well as the link to your Twitter page.
- Plaxo - This site allows you to pull in your Twitter feed here as well. They provide dofollow links to your Twitter page, but they nofollow the links within the post itself.
- Tumblr - A hosted blogging solution will pull in your Twitter feed as a daily aggregated post. The blog will provide dofollow links within the Twitter posts.
- Yahoo!360 - The profile page on Yahoo!360 allows you to add RSS feeds to your profile page. No link love here. All of the links redirect, but you still have an opportunity to share your Tweets with your friends on this network.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Tip: You do get an individual profile page with an unique URL. While they nofollow the URL in your Twitter profile, they do provide a dofollow back to your Twitter profile.
Friday, November 14, 2008
- Find the big players on Twitter and follow them.
- Send a message to these big players. Perception is sometimes reality. In that it may look like you know these big players. People see that and will start to follow you.
- Provide a professional looking avatar, but one that stands out. Upload a larger version (around 500x500 px) for best effect.
- Follow everyone that follows you. (Not a fan of this school of thought)
- Link to interesting stories, just don't keep writing about your cat.
- Repeat your tweets. (I would say at a maximum twice...otherwise looks desperate and spammy if any more)
- Ask people to follow you
I encourage you to read the entire post as well as the 100+ comments for some additional insight to increase your followers. Good luck!
Tip: The profile you create will pull in your personal URL from Twitter as a dofollow link. You can also add additional dofollow links to the bio by entering in http://www.yoursite.com. No HTML needed. It will convert this into a linked URL. The profile will also allow you to add additional dofollow links to your online profiles as well.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tip: Also something to note is that the site creates a user page that lists out your recent tweets. This generates a dofollow link back to your Twitter profile. If you use the full URL in your tweet they are also dofollows. Sometimes it pays to use the original URL versus using a tiny URL.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
READ: Just an update on this tool. It came out that this site was thought to be a phishing scam for your Twitter login information. You can read more about it here and here. This just brings more attention on how these Twitter apps/programs can be used maliciously. One tip I read was to change your password temporarily when using such services and then afterwards change it back to your original password.
One of the frustrating things about Twitter is that you have to constantly refresh the screen to see any new tweets. This is unrealistic. I found a popular desktop application called Twirl that can help you keep up with current tweets. The program is pretty simple to use and to install.
Some of the things I like about Twirl are:
- Easy to use
- Can post you tweets to Pownce
- Sound notification for direct replies
- Can manage multiple instances. So if you have more then one Twitter account you can track them all.
Some of the things I do not like about Twirl are:
- Can't get rid of direct messages or replies. I find that they keep appearing on startup even when I deleted them.
- Can't click on a link within the pop-up notification box