Are you up to speed on the latest Twitter features?

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Social Networking, Twitter |

Twitter is one of the most widely used social media platforms and like all online apps or tools, is constantly evolving to keep up with the fast pace of change. They have made a number of small and big changes in the last six months or so, to drive user engagement and improve the overall experience, so here’s a summary of the top 5 features: Getting round the 140-character count While some see the character limit as the fastest way to communicate and an essential part of Twitter’s identity, others argue that removing the 140-character cap would open it up for a new range of content. Media links on your tweet can take up around 16% of your character allotment, though tweets with images get a lot more retweets and click throughs. Twitter announced that media attachments to tweets (images, polls, videos) would no longer form part of your 140-character count. This also applies to the @handle when replying to a tweet. Connect tab In order to really reap the value of Twitter, users need to follow a lot of users, but since some find it difficult to identify who to follow, Twitter has now released a Connect tab, which allows you to scan your contacts for people to follow. It also comes with custom recommendations based on your activity, location, existing follower profile and interests. By increasing the user base, Twitter hopes to increase the activity on timelines. ‘Go Live” for Periscope Starting with Android phones, Twitter have added a “Go Live” button, which allows users to connect to Periscope while composing a tweet and broadcast directly through Twitter. Using live streaming to compile and publish longer thoughts and responses will reduce the need for complicated Twitter Q&A, while reducing the clutter on Twitter feeds. Focusing on the “live” aspect of Twitter, live video format will bring more engagement and a more compelling format to breaking news and every day topics alike. GIF search feature In 2015, over 100 million GIFs were shared on Twitter, which is fairly impressive considering how long it took to load one. Now with Twitter’s new GIF search feature, searching for images is a quick and painless process – no more laborious hunts on search engines, saving images, returning to Twitter, composing a tweet, uploading your image. GIFs are set to become a whole lot more popular. Uncropped photos While Twitter started as a text-based platform, it soon realised the power that images have, leading to some of its top engagement. To embrace this, Twitter have adjusted their image size requirements, allowing for more visually engaging images that are not cropped to death. They have also introduced a new view for multi-photo displays,...

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List of Twitter Myths

Posted by on Sep 10, 2010 in Twitter | 2 comments

Twitter is a free micro blogging Web 2.0 service that enables its members to read and send messages known as Tweets. Tweets are short text posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s followers. You can send “Tweets” via the Twitter website, your mobile phone, instant messaging and a couple of other third-party applications. Twitter is one of the most used and top social media channels available to anyone but most members misunderstand the real power of this excellent Web 2.0 tool. Find below a couple of popular myths regarding Twitter Popular Twitter Myths You can’t say enough with 140 characters: Twitter forces you to be short and to the point in 140 characters or less. This gives you about 25-30 words to say what you have to say. Many “Tweets” are summaries containing the titles of blog posts and articles that links back to the original content. You should always answer the question of “what’s happening?”: Although this is the first question you will see when you are posting an update on Twitter, it’s really all about what you want to share with the world – content sharing. In this way it really has turned into a micro blogging platform that anyone can use to share interesting topics, discuss trends, notify others, etc. Twitter is only used for shameless self promotion: Even though there’s thousands of Twitter members that uses it this way, spamming Twitter to generate traffic to your website and blog doesn’t work. Think of it this way, if you were doing this at a social gathering, people will walk away and excuse themselves. Respect goes a long way. There’s too much information on Twitter: In most ways this is true, but you have total control over whom and how many that you follow. Keep your network focused and follow only those that you find meaningful, informative and interesting. Un follow the ones that you find to only Tweet meaningless babble. People don’t care what video you are watching now: This is true, but they do care if you have found a great YouTube video that will help them with a problem they might be having. Always keep your Tweets confined to interesting topics that are helpful and that others will find interesting or you will lose followers. Follow only those that are following you: No, only follow those that you find interesting and meaningful. Focus on quality over quantity. You can use Twitter to foster relationships and selectively listen to only those that you want to. It is not about getting as many connections as possible. All your followers will read your Tweets: This might happen...

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General Tweeting Twitter Tips

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Twitter |

Twitter is one of the best Web 2.0 micro-blogging tools available online.  It has countless features and in my opinion, Twitter search is awesome.  Nothing beats real-time search! Although there’s many tips and tools available for Twitter online, find below a couple of General tips that will help you get the best out of Twitter for your business marketing efforts. For a great Twitter tips list – Twitter tips: the ultimate guide 10 tips on being a good Twitterer – CNN 140 Insights From Twitter (In 140 Characters Or Less) – The Future Buzz Daily Twitter Tips – Tweetgain Five Reasons Twitter is an Essential Social Media Tool – Search Engine Guide How to Add Icons to Twitter Profiles – Quick Online Tips How to be a Twitter all-star – iMedia Connection How to Get Things Done with Twitter – Zen Habits How to Mine Twitter for Information – Web Worker Daily How to: Promote Yourself – Wired How To Protect Your Privacy On Twitter – LifeHacker How to Speak Twitter – a Twitter Glossary – Business Week How to Twitter – Be a Twitter Authority and Unleash Maven Marketing With This Simple Twitter App – The Tweet Salon How To Twitter – First Steps and a Twitter Glossary – Hanselman How To Twitter – The Basics – Adam Covati How to Use Twitter – Mahalo How To Use Twitter – Squidoo How to Use Twitter as a Twool – How to change the world How to Use Twitter More Effectively – Blogtipz How to Use Twitter Without Twitter Owning You – 5 Tips – Tim Ferris Looking for Mr. Goodtweet: How to Pick Up Followers on Twitter – Guy Kawasaki Making the most of Twitter – Microblog your way to success with Twitter – the ultimate networking tool – Wordtracker More Twitter Tips – Dopp Juice NewscastTip: Twitter tips to launch, enhance your use of the service – NewscastStudio Pro Twitter Tips – Laptop Mag Simple tips for a better Twitter experience – TEDChris Ten Things you Must Know before Using Twitter – Tech n Marketing The secret to Twitter – Scobleizer The 10 ways I learned to use Twitter in 2007… (aka Why and How I use Twitter) – Disruptive Conversations Top 5 Steps after Joining Twitter – Tech n Marketing Twips: Twitter Tips – Tom Altman’s Wedia Conversation TwiTip – Twitter Tips in 140 Characters or more Twitorials – Twitter Tutorials twitter how to – twitter how to Twitter Tips – Regentpress Twitter Tips – Stricker Online Twitter Tips – Twitter Tips Twitter Tips and Tricks! – Library Clips Twitter Tips for Advocacy – KStreet Cafe Twitter tips from the field – Examiner Twitter Tips...

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Must have WordPress Twitter plugins

Posted by on Aug 11, 2010 in Twitter |

Any blogger or at least most of them loves WordPress and Twitter. WordPress is an excellent publishing platform that can be used for a variety of online services and the most well-known one – blogging. Twitter is a micro blogging tool that I usually use to announce new blog posts I have made and to collaborate with my friends, family and clients. Even though there’s a couple good Twitter plugins available for WordPress, I was struggling to find a good list that shows and describes the best Twitter plugins for WordPress until I stumbled upon the list below from Technobuzz. Feel free to add your own to this list by leaving a comment below as I will update this list regularly. You can find the full list here: Twittrup : Updates Twitter when you create a new blog post utilizing a shortener service of your choice. WP to Twitter : Posts a Twitter status update when you update your blog or post to your blogroll, using the Cligs URL shortening service. Tweetly Updater : This plugin sends Twitter updates on new or edited posts, uses TwitThis Button : Adds the TwitThis button into your posts and RSS feed and auto-tweets new posts. TweetMeme Button: Adds the TweetMeme button into your posts and RSS feed. TweetScribe: TweetScribe plugin connects your WordPress blog with Through this site users can subscribe to your blog using their twitter account. Every time you make a new post they will be direct messaged (DM’ed) with your post. It is also a blogging list directory where you choose which categories to list your blog under. This way new readers might find your blog to expand their interests. Twitter Friends Widget: Twitter Friends is a WordPress plugin that displays your Twitter friends/ followers in your sidebar in the same way that they appear on your Twitter homepage. Twitter Friendly Links: Your very own TinyURL within your OWN domain! If you DO promote your blog posts in Twitter, then you MUST make your links look cool! Tweetable: Tweetable is intended to help integrate Twitter into your blog. It can automatically tweet links to your blog posts as they are published. It can display your latest tweet in your sidebar and add a tweetmeme widget after your posts. You can even use it to share a Twitter account among a blog’s author’s if you wish . Thread Twitter: Thread Twitter fetch your tweets and display them in thread...

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Use micro blogging to grow your business

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Twitter |

If you have been an avid blogger for a while now or your journey has just begun as one, have you tried micro blogging? Micro-blogging combines the elements of blogging with instant messaging and social networking. Micro-blogging defined by Wikipedia Microblogging is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, digital audio or the web. Wikipedia The leader at the moment in the Micro-blogging field is Twitter.  If you haven’t heard about Twitter before, I suggest you get a computer with an internet connection and start browsing the web. Twitter has millions of users where people connect and thousands are using it every day.  There’s a couple of other popular Micro-blogging tools including Floopo and Jaiku, which offers various different features but for the purpose of this post, I’ll focus on Twitter- tweet tweet. Twitter users can send messages of up to 140 characters instantly via multiple platforms.  Statistics shows that 90% of Twitter interactions are not made via the Twitter website, but via mobile text messaging, instant messaging or desktop applications such as Twitterrific. Twitter’s extra flexibility is even further enhanced by the ability to subscribe to updates via RSS.  Simply put, you can find information on the Twitterverse immediately as it happens.  Real time information and news is king. The users of Twitter vary.  It is popular amongst home workers and freelancers that uses it for instant communication with friends, colleagues and family.  It is also used to network and share thoughts or to start conversations.  Its suitability as a vehicle for breaking news has encourages BBC and CNN to introduce Twitter feeds (RSS).  Even candidates in politics have taken to Twitter and its popularity.  Have a look at Helen Zille: and Barack Obama: An important feature of Twitter is that it can be indexed via Google.  As with so much on the web, it’s a public platform, so it’s worth remembering that as such use of it may become part of your business schedule. Twitter benefits As with most of the social media tools available, Twitter has benefits. Research tool – Use Twitter to research about trendy topics, your niche or important news events. As said before – Real time information is king. There’s always something interesting to read and see on Twitter Improve brand awareness for your company.  In the social media world it is all about conversation.  Start the conversation and encourage...

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Twitter Mistakes Businesses Should Avoid

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Twitter |

This post is for all the businesses that are jumping on the Social Media bandwagon. You’ve been told to leverage the power of Social Media Networks like Twitter, however, mistakes can be made and it is my objective to give you a brief outline of Twitter mistakes businesses should be avoiding. Don’t become a Tweeting White Elephant About 28 percent of all Twitter accounts lie dormant after the user has set up their account. Don’t send the wrong messages to your followers or those that come across you by not Tweeting regularly. Don’t Follow Anyone If you’re following anyone on Twitter and they’re not following you back then there’s a problem. Start by unfollowing all the randoms and search for a select few Twitter accounts that are associated with your line of work and start to follow them. As a general rule never let your following counts exceed 10 percent higher than your followers count. Are you Tweeting too much? If you’re trying to dominate the Home Page feed by Tweeting every minute of the day then you’ll annoy your followers very quickly. Concentrate on only Tweeting useful stuff 2-3 times a day. If your Tweets are being Retweeted by others then you’ll know you on the right track. Don’t be Selfish A large amount of self-promotional Tweets will have you skating on thin ice with your followers. Instead of concentrating on yourself and what your business is doing, try to become a thought leader in your industry by Tweeting content that adds value and is relevant to everyone. Engage in Conversation Get to know your followers by engaging in conversation with them. You can do this by answering and asking questions. Look at @Travelstart if you want an example of a company that is doing things the right way on Twitter. They’re an online travel agency based in Cape Town and sell cheap flights online in South Africa. Don’t be Afraid of Mixing Business with Pleasure Even businesses need to show a more human side. A mix of non-commercial human Tweeting is fine. Comments about the weather etc. are fine. Stay away from profanity, personal attacks on other companies, politics, and religion. Avoid making Twitter Business Mistakes. Read about who should manage your Social...

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