Monday, December 28, 2009
Here is a quick example of one of my screencasts from Screenr, http://screenr.com/r0S
Monday, December 21, 2009
Now this is the free version of the analytic report, but they do offer an Advanced Report for $9.99. It looks like you can sign up for $9.99 a month or at a yearly rate of $99.99. The Advanced Report will provide you sentiment analysis, a list of followers who engage with you, and a list of your top 20 most influential followers. Not too sure about the last two features, but the sentiment analysis report may provide some nice information about how you are being perceived in the Twittershpere.
Friday, December 18, 2009
The second tool they offer is the Flush. The Flush tool allows you to unfollow users who are not following you. You need to be careful to not go and follow a bunch of people ( i.e. 2000) and mass unfollow them and then repeat these steps. Twitter may suspend your account. You really want to throttle this. SafeUnfollow.com would be a better solution as it allows you to set the maximum number users to unfollow at a rate of 4 to 100 users per day.
The third tool they offer is the People Search. I really like this tool as it allows you to search bios, location, or recent tweets by keyword. This acts in the similar fashion as Twitter's search feature, but gives you the ability to easily follow the users.
The tool also offers a Feed Management section that allows you to post feeds to your Twitter and Facebook accounts. This tool provides the options to post up to 30 entries, set the post interval rate, allow you to repeat the post X amount of times per day, as well as add a signature to the tweet.
Finally, the Cross Follow tool allows you to find people who are following a particular Twitter account and provides the ablility to mass follow all of their followers. This could be a good tool to find like minded consumers that may share an interest in you product or service.
Monday, December 14, 2009
A new feature for Feedburner is to use the new goo.gl URL shortening service to automatically post your latest blog entries to your Twitter account. This feature acts similarly to TwitterFeed, but is much more reliable. ProBlogger has a nice overview of this new Feedburner feature.
There has been speculation on how this will affect the most popular URL shortener, bit.ly. Some think that Google will release this as a standalone service (and they sort of mentioned it in the original blog post that this could happen) with enhanced tracking features. I for one would like to see a seamless integration with Google Analytics.
Now let me put on the tin foil hat. I think Google may struggle a bit with this service. Google is trying to capture user data from too many points and many people may feel that Google is the next Minoirty Report. I for one will not be jumping ship from bit.ly to goo.gl for my URL shortening services.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Here is a screen shot of the conversation in full.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Online U.S. adults using Twitter or another service to share updates
- 1 in 5 (19%)
Online adults that have said they have used Twitter or another status update service:
- 33% - 18 to 29 yrs old
- 22% - 30 to 49 yrs old
- 9% - 50 to 64 yrs old
- 4% - 65 and older
Household income levels across users is pretty even.
- 22% - Less than $30,000
- 21% - $30,000 - $49,999
- 20% - $50,000 - $74,999
- 20% - More than $75,000
The median age of Twitter users is 31 compared to Myspace (26), Facebook (33) and LinkedIn (39).
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
You will now see the number of lists you have been added to on your public facing profile.
You now have link to each of your lists that you have created in the right-hand column, right above Trends.
Once you create a Twitter List you have the ability to search by username or from your Follower list to add the individual to your Twitter List.
- Provide real time publishing for TypePad and Blogger blogs.
- Real time publishing will be coming soon to Wordpress.
- Provides the ability to post your Facebook status to Twitter.
- Has Google Analytics integration that allows you to add tracking parameters to the feed.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I came across Topify which notifies you via email when someone follows you or direct messages you through Twitter. The email notification provides some nice insight into those that start to follow you.
Topify lets you know if you are already following that Twit. If not, you just hit the reply button in your email application and you start to instantly follow that person. The Topify email notification also provides you with the Twit's Following to Follower ratio (a signal used to see how influential that person is). The notification also pulls in the data from Mr.Tweet. Mr. Tweet's data shows how engaging the person is and how many recommendations they have (another signal for influence).
In addition, the notification provides the ability to quickly block the person, unfollow them, or even report them to @spam directly from the email. I find this service very useful as it alerts me to new Twits that are worth the follow (or the block). I recommend signing up this service. It is currently in beta, but they are pretty quick in providing an account.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
So you will notice that it tracks the outbound link, the type of link (in this case from the Twitter web site), the specific Twitter post id, the account id and some sort of authenticity token.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
When you post from an application like CoTweet, TweetDeck, or Twitterfon, the tweet posts a statement containing the date of publication of the tweet and at what source you have posted the message from. So in the above Coke example you will see that they posted this tweet from CoTweet. The actual text "CoTweet" links back to the CoTweet.com site. So why not do what all of these other applications do and create the tweet from your own domain?
If Coke was forward thinking they would have created a Twitter application on their own domain and thus have the capability to brand this "from" link. This would totally brand the entire tweet. Why allow these third party apps to get all the glory?
Now your are asking do I need to put in the time and resources to create my own Twitter application? Well not exactly. A French programmer developed a PHP script to allow you to set up a brandable Twitter "from" link. The translated article can be found here. Now the script requires PHP5 and an Twitter oAuth account. This script was originally designed to exploit the fact that these "from" links were DoFollow links. Not sure if this script was the reason why Twitter recently closed that loop hole and started to noFollow these "from" links (first reported here).
I recently tested this script and here is a screenshot of my Tweet.
Dennis Dornon, the creator of FavTwit, calls it a "Silly Twitter App”
Although he calls it a "Silly Twitter App" I do see a couple benefits of such an application:
First, once it’s in full swing you will be able to tell who’s popular among other users of FavTwit and these users could be worth a follow.
Secondly, by using the Top Friends report you can find twitter users who actually interact with others.
The site uses Twitters OAuth for security but if you still can’t be bothered logging in you can send a DM to @Favtwit with @username and it will post both to the site and to Twitter.
Take a moment and pop over to Favtwit and answer the question of “Who’s your Favtwit?”
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
The biggest finding in the new study, An In-Depth Look at the 5% of Most Active Users, is that they found 32% of the top "users" were actually bots. They extrapolated this data and found that 24% of all accounts on Twitter were bots. Now Twitter bots are not all spam there are some useful Twitter bots (here is a short list of top Twitter bots).
Some other interest stats:
- Over 60% of top active users reside in the United States. Followed by UK (6.9%), Japan (4.7%), and Canada (4.3%)
- 33.7% of top active users joined Twitter this year
- 16.5% of top active users Tweet more than 10 times per day
- Retweets accounted for 5.06% of top user's activity versus 4.02% for overall users
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Sponsored Tweets is currently in "double secret beta", but is allowing Twits to sign up for the service. The Sponsored Tweets service provides several option to handle how you want to display advertising in your Twitter stream.
First, they allow you to choose between "I'll write" or "Advertiser writes" ad unit. You have to be leary about letting the advertiser write your Tweets. People follow you to hear your thoughts, not those of a third-party advertiser. It also looks like they will provide you the opportunity to review the sponsored tweet before pushing it out into your Twitter stream.
Secondly, the Sponsored Tweet service allows you to select a related category for your account. I am assuming this will help match up advertisers with Twits. They provided nine categories: Business/Finance, Entertainment, Family, Food, General, Health, Marketing, Technology and Travel.
In addition to selecting a relevant category, the service allows you to include 10 keywords to tag your account with. Again, it looks as if this will help advertiser match up with Twits.
The service provides two methods of payment, Charge Per Tweet or Charge Per Click. The Charge Per Tweet is an amount that you will make for each and every tweet. The Charge Per Click is the minimum you will be paid on a per click basis. There is an formula being used to determine the Charge Per Tweet and Charge Per Click. These payouts can differ great by the number of Twitter followers the account has. I tested it with a couple of accounts which had around 150 followers, 4,000 followers and one with 10,000 followers. The 150 follower account had a $1.00 Charge Per Tweet and a $0.15 Charge Per Click. The 4,000 follower account a $10 Charge Per Tweet and the 10,000 follower account had a $28 Charge Per Tweet. I don't have the Charge Per Click on the last two, but those accounts were significantly higher then $0.15.
The last setting, "My Content Rating" allows you to select whether your Twitter account is G-rated, NC-17 rated or R rated. I am assuming that R rated accounts were meant for porn related accounts (when Twitter gets to that point).
Izea is all about disclosure, as they should be. They are recommending to append #spon to the tweet to signal that the tweet is sponsored. While this is necessary, the majority of Twits are unfamiliar with what a hashtag is. So there is a gap in educating the casual Twit on what the #spon tag really means. A positive thing for a standard hashtag for these sponsored tweets is that scripts can be created to filter such ads out of your Twitter stream. We saw this when the Twitter advertising platform Magpie launched last year. One developer created a greasemonkey Ad Blocking Script.
There are some concerns I have in regards to Sponsored Tweets. The first one is what controls are there for how often a Twit posts an advertisement. I am going to see 3,5,25 ads being pushed into my Twitter stream from a single account. Multiple this by the 25 or even 100 accounts that I am currently following. This could get really annoying and clutter up my Twitter stream pretty quickly.
Not real sold on the Per Tweet Charge. As any seasoned "Twitter Marketer" knows that you can buy followers for pennies. So just because I have 10,000 "bought" followers, doesn't justify that I should get paid more if I had 500 home grown active and engaged followers. So as an advertiser I would be opposed to a Per Tweet Charge.
As a marketer I do believe that all advertising platforms should be tested for ROI. As a consumer I am not thrilled about the service.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Days with Highest Tweet Volume (highest to lowest):
I can see why Monday would be a slow day to Tweet, due to the start of the work week. It seems as if more people are Tweeting towards the end of the week when they have less work to accomplish.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Read the blog threads on the official Twitter blog about this issue.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
- Attempting to sell or extort other forms of payment in exchange for user names will result in account suspension. Now this has been circumvented by @cnnbrk, where CNN hired the account holder as a "consultant" and had him transfer his account to CNN (see article).
- If an account has been inactive for six months Twitter "may" remove the account. They state that they will not released the removed account unless their is a case of infringement. Twitter notes just because an account has no updates or no profile picture or has not shown any intent to mislead does not constitute infringement.
- Account was created using a news feed from a third party. If someone is Twitter Squatting on your company name using your news feed, you may be entitled to that user name.
To report Twitter Squatting send a reply to @twitter with the user name of the squatter. They strongly suggest using the word "squatter" in your tweet for a faster response to the Sqwitter.
Another suggestion is to actually start following the Sqwitter account. Once you have started to follow them, I would try and send a reply to the account to start the conversation of acquiring the account.
Here is information on Twitter's Trademark Policy:
- Using a company business name, logo, or trademark protected material in a manner to mislead or confuse may be considered trademark infringement. If this is the case then you need to submit a support ticket Twitter via their support form (will need a Twitter account to log in).
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
GeoFollow is a location based Twitter directory that allows users to search by city, state, zip, country, tag, name, username, or keyword. The site suggests to get listed early, so your profile will be listed higher for your particular city and state. Note that the Twitter profile link and the bio link are NoFollows.
Loaded Web's Local Twitter Directory is another local Twitter directory that serves the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The current directory lists 1300 twitters from the United States. At the city and individual level, the site pulls in the top Hashtags as well as the top URLs being tweeted in the last week and for the month. Note that the links on this site are NoFollowed.
LocalTweeps features local Twits from the United States and Canada. The local directory results provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.
WeFollow directory (started by Digg's Kevin Rose) allows users to tag themselves with a city. As this is one of the more popular Twitter directories there seems to be a fair amount of users tagging themselves by city. The site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link, but removes links from the profiles lastest Tweet.
Twitr is a clone of the WeFollow directory. You can leverage this directory by adding a city tag. Looking at a sample of users, most do not tag themselves with a city. So the validity of this directory for local networking may not be effective. The site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.
Twibs is considered a Twitter business directory, but the search feature allows one to search by city and state. This site does provide a DoFollow profile and bio link.Twellowhood by Twellow.com provides a search feature that allows users to search by location. Currently Twellowhood includes only United States and Canada in their local Twitter directory. The site provides a DoFollow profile and bio link as well as social profile links.
Other Local Twitter Sites
ChirpCity provides the latest tweets from cities around the United States.
CityTweets provides "near" real-time tweets from and about individual cities. They only have around 23 cities listed from the United States, Japan and Brazil. They do allow you to grab their source code to create your own CityTweets.
TwitterLocal, while not a local Twitter directory, it is a desktop tool that allows you to watch Twitter streams based on a specific radius around a particular location.
On a side note, Lee Odden wrote a nice post on the Top 12 Twitter Directories to Find Brands and Companies on Twitter. Worth the read.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
You may also want to add the rel="me" attribute to all of the links pointing to your personal blog. This can create a "bi-directional" link, proving that you have ownership of the web site. Watch Google's "Introduction to the Social Graph API" to see how rel="me" links work. I have not seen any studies that the rel="me" has any influence in search rankings. Not all search engines have adopted this format as well.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
- Age 2 -17 3.6% (250,000 Unique Users)
- Age 18 -24 Insufficient sample size
- Age 25 - 34 19.6% (1,379,000 Unique Users)
- Age 35 - 49 41.7% (2,935,000 Unique Users)
- Age 55+ 16.6% (1,165,000 Unique Users)
- Age 65+ 6.8% (477,000 Unique Users)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
TIP: Just note, to create a multiple keyword category you will need to use the underscore (I do not think a lot of people use this - see socialmedia category). This could have better long term benefits since people will search by "social media" versus "socialmedia".
Monday, March 02, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
- @52teas - Offers a different blend of tea each week. In addition, they post alerts to store specials. They stated that they were typically shipping one to two packages every two to three weeks and now they are shipping 40 to 50 packages. They attribute there success to Twitter. Read more
- @namecheap - They set up a Twitter account in December and started to run a trivia contest every hour. The first three @ replies won a credit for one-year domain registration. Their follower count jumped from 200 to 4000 in one month. Traffic increased by 10% to their site in December. They also saw a 20% increase in domain registrations. Read more
- @coffeegroundz - Self proclaims that they were the first to have a to-go order placed through Twitter. The Operations Manager credits Twitter with doubling their clientele. Read more
- @orlandoichiban - This Orlando-based Japanese restaurant is now taking to-go orders via Twitter. They are also using Twitter to promote their specials and events.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It was pointed out that the spike occurred almost one month after the initial release of the "Suggested Users" feature and shows several graphs from Twitterific on how quickly it happened to several high profile accounts. Some state that there is a spammer creating fake accounts and adding these fake accounts to a circle of users, including the spammer's own account. Again this is just speculation. You can read the entire story with the long list of comments about the report at The Newest Way To Game Twitter - Fake Followers.
Another incident was also reported today from @Minervity. He woke up this morning to find that his account was suspended due to suspicious activity. After an uprising from the Twitterverse his account was restored. Twitter support replied:
"Your account has been restored. It would appear that you have a number of spammers following you and using your material for their own accounts and, as a result, you were caught up in a spam cloud (through no fault of your own) and suspended..."
@Minervity believes that the "spam cloud" is some kind of filter being used to check to see if something was retweeted over and over again.
The post, Twitter Suspended - The Full Story, does not make it clear if these spam accounts were pulling back in his tweets and posted them as their own. If so, it looks like if you get enough of these spam followers you can inadvertently be caught in a spam cloud.
This should be a wake up call for those using the auto-follow feature. Spammers love those accounts. There already has been reports of programs being able to determine which Twitter accounts have this auto-follow feature set up. So you may be prone to get caught up in a spam cloud.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Online adults that have said they have used Twitter before:
- 19% - 18 to 24 yrs old
- 20% - 25 to 34 yrs old
- 10% - 35 to 44 yrs old
- 5% - 45 to 54 yrs old
- 4% - 55 to 64 yrs old
- 2% - 65 and older
As the majority of users tend to be younger, they also tend to live in lower-income households.
- 17% earn less than $30,000
- 10% earn more than $75,000
The median age of Twitter users is 31 compared to Myspace (27), Facebook (26) and LinkedIn (40).
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
At one point today 60 people had joined the "scheme" in a ten minute period. This came out to over 8000 people joining in a 24 hour period. One of my friends tried it out today and submitted his information at 8:00 am EST and by 8:00 pm EST he has a whopping 5 new followers from it. Lets cross our fingers for 15K! The moral of the story is that it is NOT all about the number of followers you have, but the number of real people that you can truly network with and share ideas.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Twitstat.com provides a running list of the top Twitter clients being used by their followers. Here are the top 10 Twitter clients:
- Twitterific (iPhone App)
- Tweetie (iPhone App)
- Text Message
- TwitterFox (FireFox browser Extension)
- Ping.fm (Social network updater)
- Mobile Web
Keep up on the most used Twitter clients at http://twitstat.com/twitterclientusers.html
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
1. Provide a descriptive one line bio. What I like to do is to look at some of my followers and see who they are following. When in the followers list you can hover over the user name and a pop up will come up with that particular user's bio. If your bio is not filled out or is not very descriptive, you maybe missing out on potential followers. You have 160 characters, use them all.
2. Add a profile picture. If your Twitter account is not being used for corporate branding, add a picture of yourself. One Twit recently stated that when he asked his followers why they followed him, they came back and said it was because of his smiling profile picture. People want to connect with people and not avatars. The worst thing you can do is to not add a profile picture.
3. Use your real name. This is really important on two fronts. One is for reputation management, especially if your name IS your brand. Also if you are representing a brand, having a name behind the brand will allow people to connect with the company on a more personal level.
4. Fill out your location. Just do not put "Amongst the strawberry fields". There are plenty of opportunities to connect with other local Twits for possible offline networking.
5. Place the URL to your current blog, personal site or business. If you do not currently have any one of those, then link to one of your other social network profiles (i.e. LinkedIn). This will allow people to find out more about you, your business, or your interests.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Age of visitors to Twitter (2009)
- Age 18-24 7.39%
- Age 25-34 44.64%
- Age 35-44 14.04%
- Age 45-54 13.90%
- Age 55+ 20.03%
Top 5 website referrals
- Google - 9.23%
- Facebook - 8.82%
- MySpace - 7.56%
- Gmail - 6.24%
- Yahoo Mail - 6.05%
The report notes that there is a significant amount of traffic coming from Twitter Apps that are not measured in this report. You can read my previous post about the impact of Twitter Apps on your Analytics.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The thing to note is that you may be receiving more traffic from Twitter then you realize. Since any traffic coming from a Twitter App will be shown as direct traffic in your analytics program. If you are using Google Analytics, you can overcome this by adding tracking parameters to your URL strings.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Friday, January 09, 2009
TwitterHat allows bloggers to join their advertising network for a flat monthly fee. They will provide impressions and click data in their monthly service. There are no fees posted, but I imagine that there is a low entry cost. Probably worth testing out.
For the Twitter user, you can earn reward points for sending people to one of your Twittered links. As a Twitter users you will not become rich overnight. It takes 1000 visits to get a $10 gift card.
Thursday, January 08, 2009
This posed an interesting dilemma. There has not been any precedence set on this that I am aware of. I know a while back someone sold the rights to advertise on their Twitter background on eBay.
How should one determine the value of a Twitter account? Using Twitterholic as your gauge as to whether or not the account is deemed "authoritative" could be a good start. But I see flaws in Twitterholic, no offense to @gavin and @alexrudoff. Take the number one spot for example, @barackobama. Now Barack has over 165K followers and he is following 170K, but has not posted a Tweet in over 60 days. Should we still consider Barack an active influential user of Twitter?
Should we just go by the shear number of Followers? Probably not. I think that the ratio of Followers to Following should be a benchmark. You would even have to weigh the Followers as well. Somewhat similar to authoritative back links. Some Followers have more credibility then others.
Should the number of ReTweets a person receives be a factor as well. Retweetrank and Most ReTweeted could be incorporated into the mix.
Finally, is there really a market for reselling your Twitter account? What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Monday, January 05, 2009
You also might want to read the nice write up, The Only 3 URL Shortening Services You Should Consider Using, on WebChicklets.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Thursday, January 01, 2009
You may also want o check out http://twitter.com/cookbook. Recipes given in 140 characters or less that serves three to four people.