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<![CDATA[Fashion]]> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 04:26:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Kurt Hummel (KurtHummelGLEE) on Twitter Quick Tip by KrAshleyT]]> Wed, 27 Oct 2010 17:47:23 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck Quick Tip by autismfamily]]> Fri, 22 Oct 2010 20:38:14 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck Quick Tip by JenKnox]]> Sat, 16 Oct 2010 00:04:40 +0000 <![CDATA[ "You are accused of intentionally dumbing down the internet..."]]> ]]> Thu, 12 Aug 2010 23:03:43 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitter Quick Tip by theKENnection]]> & even makes for quite the effortlessly enjoyable tweeting experience.]]> Mon, 5 Jul 2010 11:56:43 +0000 <![CDATA[ Old school]]> Fri, 21 May 2010 12:00:00 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck Quick Tip by lyssachttr]]> Fri, 14 May 2010 21:42:40 +0000 <![CDATA[ How Do You Use Twitter?]]>
Everybody is welcome to chime in if I missed anything! 

Two Things I've Learned About How Twitter is Different

1. Twitter is not your status update. Before recently, I used to think of Twitter as a platform similar to the Facebook status feature. I was wrong. While some people still use it to talk about what they're eating, what they're thinking and what they're seeing happen live - other folks are using Twitter to share links to articles, videos and websites that they feel their networks would find useful. 

For example, while Facebook may be the best place for you to say how mad you are about the new immigration law that was passed in Arizona, Twitter is a great place to share links to articles regarding reactions and protests. 

2. Twitter is not just for your friends.
You may not know everybody you interact with on Twitter. Unlike facebook, where everybody is your friend that you've accepted - Twitter interactions happen amongst strangers and people outside of your network. Use this to your advantage. The culture on Twitter is open and engaging, giving people the chance to potentially get into conversation with industry professionals, topic experts and fellow enthusiasts of whatever topic you're into. While Facebook may be for your friends in college, you can use Twitter to connect with CEO's of companies, bloggers on cancer research or folks who are training for the same upcoming 5k you are. 

Three Ways I Use Twitter Today

1. News Sources - It might sound crazy that a social network platform is now my source for news. But with the various news networks you can follow, the industry experts and the use of hastags that create trending topics - it's very easy to get a sense of what's happening in the world when glancing at what's being talked about on Twitter. Sometimes news gets updated and shared with faster on Twitter rather than watching on TV or searching on Google. 

2. Sharing Articles - The articles I share are pieces of information that show what I'm into. On facebook, your friends may not be into the work and causes that you're so deeply involved with. But on Twitter, the more you share about your personal interests, the more meaningful your following will be. Share things about advertising news, Los Angeles events and hip hop songs, and you can expect to attract and engage with agency professionals, city locals and hip hop fans that are just as interested as you are.

3. Asking for Advice - Putting a question out there that appeals to your following can really help give you some insight as to what information you're seeking. If many of your followers are gym goers, you can expect to find out what best time to go to your local gym is. I've gone out on a limb asking my Twitter network for simple questions, and for the most part they've always come through. 

These are just some of the ways I've used Twitter to interact with folks on the internet. It's worked out pretty well for me. But I know I'm missing some. What are some ways you use Twitter? I

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<![CDATA[Tweetdeck for the iPhone Quick Tip by devora]]> Fri, 14 May 2010 18:55:55 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck Quick Tip by devora]]> Fri, 14 May 2010 18:55:26 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck Quick Tip by Bethany_K]]> Fri, 14 May 2010 18:53:48 +0000 <![CDATA[Using Twitter to Market Communities on Lunch Quick Tip by Carlo2010]]> Mon, 10 May 2010 09:52:41 +0000 <![CDATA[ I'm on Facebook, I Tweet and I Digg 'em; therefore I am....]]> For years MySpace had taken the world by storm as the social networking giant, then came Facebook, Twitter, Digg and all those who came running in after them to cash in on the social media craze.  Myself, I joined Facebook almost two years ago, followed by Twitter and Digg last year.  I joined Facebook for family and friends as well as to reconnect with old friends and classmates.  I have even made some interesting networking contacts. 

:It seems that just about everyone and their mother has a Facebook account whether they keep it active and up-to-date is another thing.  I found it, as well as Twitter and Digg useful for publicizing causes that I support and circulating my written work once it's been published on the blogs that I write for, including  
A lot of celebriities seem to tweet on Twitter, you can catch their status updates regularly on cable's
E! Entertainment network as a ticker at the bottom of the screen.  If celebrities are breaking up, making up, making a film , etc.  you can catch it on Twitter.  Twitter has a limit of how much can be written on each tweet.  Ahhh, the social networking/social media craze-people don't even make phone calls or write letters anymore. They just text each other or post it on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.  Whatever you do, just don't post it that you're going on vacation in the Bahamas or out for the night with friends-you may come home to find your place robbed.  There is such as thing as TMI, folks. ( For those who don't know what TMI is, it's short for TOO MUCH INFORMATION!!!)


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<![CDATA[ Awesome Site]]> Love it.

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<![CDATA[ From Personal To Promotion Use]]>
I didn't get Twitter when I first got an account. It's got a learning curve that's curiously harder to grasp than I thought. I'm an avid Twitter user and for a number of reasons.

I refused to join this site until I discovered Alexz Johnson was on it. Most of the world doesn't know who she is yet, but to me she's one of the most talented musicians to come around in the last 10 years. That's for another post though and I have plenty of Reviews on here about her. The point is getting updates about her was incredibly difficult and hard to find without Twitter. Her manager also has a Twitter account that not only made finding information, news, and updates about her and her career very easy, but also created a simple and safe connection between myself and my favorite musician.

Now, people use Twitter for lots of different reasons. We're aware of the stereotypical way: "Watching paint dry", "picking my nose", that kind of update. Spammers have even programmed bots to find tweets with certain keywords in them and tweet those people with their ads. Some people use it as a sort of pseudochat. Finally, there's the business minded people who want to harness the power of this hugely populated service to promote themselves and make some money using the service.

I suspect the prospect of cash through Twitter is a popular topic so I'm going to directly cover that.

First, Twitter is not like other services and confusing it for something else will only cause you to be not Followed or blocked. No one wants to read a post from you where every one is an ad, a teaser to click a link to an affiliate product, or where you're simply not interesting. All of those will cause you to be unfollowed. It is a very social network, probably the most social of them all.

So I'm going to let all of you money chasers and future internet marketers trying to get a grip on this new media in on a secret. Interact with your followers, show them your personality, take an interest in them. John Reese has been preaching this mantra for years and it's completely true. If they like YOU and they grow to know YOU they'll trust you. You'll get followers who stick around. You'll definitely make a lot more new friends. You will be MUCH more successful.

That's not why you read this is it? Well, I'll let you in on another secret. Whatever you're promoting make sure it's something you're passionate about. They can SEE that. They'll know it by your enthusiasm for it. You can't replace passion, there is no substitute for really loving what you're promoting. If you believe in whatever market you're in and really want to get it out there for people to know about it they'll pick up on it.


I don't care if you're selling snow to eskimos. If you have passion for it and really love and believe in what you're selling, promoting, or just talking about, your followers will know it too. They'll know it by how you talk about it, how while not every tweet is a link or a product, it shows you really know this area well and love it. This quality is irreplacable and cannot be switched with anything else. People follow people who love what they do, what they're promoting, and really want to show their followers something of quality.

I'll get the general basics out of the way, but they're all secondary to the above. Can you still make money without the above? I'm sure you can, but you will have a fickle following and eventually find you need to move markets due to declining interest and low click through rates. So, here's the Twitter 101 crash course on using it for general internet marketing:

#1. Mix your posts with the current Trending  Topics for max exposure.
#2. Get lots of followers so you get a lot of click-throughs per post.
#3. Retweet.
#4. Make accounts based on niche.
#5. Follow celebrities.
$6. Use searches to find people talking about your niche.

That oughtta do it.

You'll get a lot more mileage if you take my previous advice though. You'll make more money with 500 followers who relate and like you than 100,000 followers who have little to nothing in common with you. How's that for a numbers game?

I've got a few accounts on Twitter and my favorite and most successful is the one I created as a mix of my personal account and one for a site I created for Alexz Johnson. I don't have a huge amount of followers, but I'm a hardcore fan of Alexz, I search for people who love her as well, and I watch that account like a hawk. I note and look at each follower I get. Aspiring marketers would surely love to have the account I have because I'm friends and connect with the vast majority of my followers. I post what I'm passionate about and promote when I think it's necessary.

Twitter puts you closer to the people than anything else. If you're not a good people person or at customer relations it's not for you. Twitter proves direct marketing principles still work to perfection and only those who really care about their customers and products will survive.

It may not be what you wanted to hear, but I'm sure I already covered that in my list. At the very least you'll get good at writing headlines.]]> Tue, 20 Apr 2010 06:52:05 +0000
<![CDATA[ The Power of 140 Characters: Using Twitter to Promote Your Community on Lunch!]]> Follow This Community on Twitter' button on your brand spankin' new Community on Lunch, it's time you start. These days, if you aren't on Twitter then you're not utilizing the wonder that we call 'social media' to its full potential. On Lunch, we have a beautiful feature that allows us to automatically export our content to any number of social sharing platforms.

What do I mean by "export"? 

I'm glad you asked...

Anything you publish to your profile, whether it be a review, micro-review or list is searchable on the site, hosted on your personal profile, and also within the community it lives in, if any. When you complete your review you have the option of publishing that content to any number of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and a handful of sharing channels using the 'Share More' tab (pictured in one of the thumbnails just above this text). What this does is syndicates your post across several different websites so that others can read it. This ensures that all the time and effort you put into creating that post is not only valuable to Lunch members but also to people outside of the Lunch community. This is a valuable tool for information sharing and it's as simple as clicking a button.

What is Twitter?

Twitter can be explained in plain English in the video below

How do I sign up for a Twitter account?

The process is very simple: First, go to the Twitter website and sign up. In order to create an account you will need a working email, and will need to agree to their Terms of Service. This is basically agreeing that you will not post highly offensive content or use the service to spam people. Now pay special attention to the part where you will select your USERNAME you will also hear people call this your Twitter "handle". This is crucial for consistency in marketing your community. When you create your Community on Lunch you are asked to assign a name to your new review website and also claim your URL by entering it into the super simple sign up module.     

When selecting the name for your community you should also consider your Twitter handle, and vis versa. In some cases you may not be able to get the same name for both your Community on Lunch account and your new Twitter community. If you have already established yoru community, and the Twitter handle by the same name is already taken try to come up with a name that is similar or an abbreviated form. For example, if your Community on Lunch URL is and 'JustBaseball' is not avaiable on Twitter then 'just_baseball' would be an acceptable alternatie.

Who should I be following on my Twitter community page?

Well, you should start with the people you know first. By adding your friends to your Twitter community page you will ensure that the content that you export from Lunch using your new Twitter account will be shared or in Twitter speak 'RT'd (pronounced: are Teed) among their friends. What happens here can be defined simply by, you tell one person, that person tells someone else, who tells another someone...You get the point. 

When finding others to follow with your newly-created Twitter account you should start with a general search using keywords that relate to your Community on Lunch. If you are the Founder of a Green Living community it would be a good idea to enter keywords such as 'environment,' 'eco,' 'green,' 'sustainablity' and the like. What this will do is create a page where your search term is recognized in bold font within the Twitter feed. At this point it is up to you to click through Twitter handles that seem especially relevant to your community.

My piece of advice here is to take your time and follow people based on the quality of their tweets and not based on how many people are following them. This is not a race to see how many friends you can collect. You want to take your time to ensure you are following people might be interested in joining your community and will have something valuable to offer your members. You can also use Twitter directories like We Follow to find people who might be interested in joining your community. Pay special attention to their short bios, this will help you get to know them a little better before you commit to following them.

Here is a helpful Twitter online dictionary that you can refer to when you come across any abbreviations you see on Twitter that you don't understand.

Why would I want to export my content to Twitter?

By using Twitter you are tapping into an audience who is already talking about how much they love bikes, fashion, books, the environment and a million other topics, it's your job to find them and draw them in with the information being shared within your community. A wise man once said, 'Seek and ye shall find,' and he may very well have been talking about Twitter. There is no topic that is not being discussed on Twitter at any given moment.

Something to keep in mind is that on Twitter you are only allowed 140 characters or less. This means that whatever you post has to be short & sweet. The great part is that when using Lunch to export the content from your community, the website will automatically Tweet out your review in 140 characters or less, including the short link back to your community.

Isn't that blatent self promotion?

Well, yea.

What's the fun in creating useful information online if you aren't going to share it with someone else? You may not realize it, but there are people who actually benefit from reading what you have to say.

If you still have a hard time justifying this sort of self promotion, think of it as expanding & marketing your brand. By putting this invaluable information in front of the people who matter the most you are creating community.

And while we are on the topic of self promotion (don't say I didn't warn you) I would be remiss if I didn't mention my own community on Lunch called 'Hey, That's My Bike!' - a community for people who appreciate the elegance of bike culture; a place for people to connect through their shared passion for good design as much as function when it comes to bike gear.

You can follow our community on Twitter for updates, the best in reviews, lists and general awesome conversation.]]> Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:25:54 +0000
<![CDATA[Twitter Quick Tip by EcoMama]]> Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:12:36 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitter Quick Tip by charlierobinson]]> > #socadl good resource :)]]> Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:41:47 +0000 <![CDATA[ Twitter as a Creative Platform]]> The session was by and about Twitterers who use the 140 character format in thoughtful, creative ways. In an interesting twist of the technology, a community has grown around these more creative (funny, artistic, thoughtful) people thanks to the use of the Favorite (star) feature in twitter.

They talked a bit about the various services that have helped nurture that community, especially the late, great Favrd.

Interesting note- a lot of these users also have a presence on Tumblr, which has a thriving creative community.


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<![CDATA[ If you want something, ASK FOR IT!]]> Biggest Takeaway

If you want something, ASK FOR IT!

Best / Worst Quotes

  • "I said I wanted a $200/month apt in brooklyn, and I got one. All I had to do was ask"
  • "The most undervalued section of craigslist is the wanted section, post what you want instead of spending time looking through all the listings for what you want." 
  • Organize clothing swaps, many people have unworn clothes that they would love to trade for something new
  • Great money saving sites to check out,,
  • Don't buy anything online without a coupon code
  • no ATM fees, find a bank that refunds all ATM fees

Overall: There wasn't a lot said that was new information to me. Also the panel seemed to get a little off topic.]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:39:36 +0000
<![CDATA[The Broke Diaries: Using Blogs And Twitter To Live Cheaply Quick Tip by sarahcooley]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 20:06:12 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck for the iPhone Quick Tip by brettwilliams]]> Fri, 12 Mar 2010 17:39:42 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitter and Photography Quick Tip by sarahcooley]]> Tue, 9 Mar 2010 22:01:04 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck for the iPhone Quick Tip by Corvida]]> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:39:59 +0000 <![CDATA[Twitterific Quick Tip by Corvida]]> Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:39:16 +0000 <![CDATA[Tweetdeck for the iPhone Quick Tip by tapps_]]> Thu, 4 Mar 2010 07:14:26 +0000 <![CDATA[ NOH8]]> NOH8 campaign!
i stand by it 100%

everyone should be treated equal. no matter what people think sets others apart.]]> Sun, 28 Feb 2010 03:55:39 +0000
<![CDATA[ How to deal with the Over Tweeters (you know who you are)]]> After reading Kitty_Salinas' micro review I though it would be helpful to share how I deal with the over tweeters or TMI'ers. Below is my six step program that I have been using for a few weeks and it seems to help.
  1. Stop sending them to your device via SMS (in my case the iPhone), they talk way too much to be constantly notified of their updates... (See step 5)
  2. Create and use Twitter lists to segment the people you follow into smaller more relevant groups of people. I recommend adding each person you follow to at least one list to get rid of the generic 'All' view, which with TMI'ers is pretty useless. 
  3. Create separate Lists for the over sharers you follow (I created 2 lists, 1 for people i think i should clip 'OntheBubble' and the other for people that i know over share but on occasion have some useful information 'TMICity'
  4. On your compute use TweetDeck and display each group in a separate column, no need to ever look at the raw 'all' feed.
  5. On your device, get an app that supports lists (still looking for one that will support alerts and notifications for specific groups) 
  6. Most importantly... every new person you follow drop them in an 'evaluation group' before you put them in any of your high quality groups. This will give you the ability to quickly see what the 'newbies' are saying and how often they pipe up. If it's TMI clip 'em
Overall this segmentation should help eliminate and isolate the TMI'ers. Plus it can be fun to threaten your friends with making your 'TMI' list.

Try it out and let me know if it helps or what you would do differently.
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<![CDATA[ Excellent Book on Using and Leveraging Twitter]]>
Chapter 1: Get Started
Chapter 2: Listen In
Chapter 3: Hold Great Conversations
Chapter 4: Share Information and Ideas
Chapter 5: Reveal Yourself
Chapter 6: Twitter for Business: Special Considerations and Ideas

Tim O'Reilly and Sarah Milstein waste no time jumping into the Twitter universe. Within a few pages, you understand the appeal of the service, something called "ambient intimacy" which is a "lightweight but meaningful connection." While the conversations seem, to those not familiar with Twitter, as being banal, they actually bring people together. Once O'Reilly and Milstein explain the value of the service using several scenarios, they help you get started, from signing up to explaining Twitter terms, from finding people to follow to how to test drive the service. Once the basics have been covered, they cover a wide range of topics, providing tips and tricks, URL shorteners, customization of your Twitter page, and more. The final chapter is very helpful for organizations that want to leverage Twitter. Many of the items that O'Reilly and Milstein present in that chapter would be applicable to those may use the service to look for a job, too. It is the highlight of the book, as it presents solid guidelines for corporate tweeting and monitoring of the conversations taking place through Twitter.

The Twitter Book is an excellent resource for those new to the service or old hands. Written in a casual, conversational style, with plenty of graphics and examples, this book will connect with a wide range of Twitter users. Even the early chapters are beneficial to those that live on Twitter, especially when the authors explain @messages, the power of Twitter Search, and how to retweet. While retweeting may seem simple to veteran Twitter users, there are some excellent tips presented in this book on how to effectively retweet. O'Reilly and Milstein also provide the reader with solid 3rd party applications and web sites where the user can take advantage of the conversations on Twitter. Many of them may be familiar, like Twitterific and TweetDeck, for mobile and desktop tweeting, and sites like What the Trend and Who Should I Follow, for determining Twitter trends and finding interesting people to follow. While you may worry that the information will become dated quickly, O'Reilly and Milstein minimize that fear by writing an excellent resource and promising that they will continue to update it. Whether you are thinking about experimenting with Twitter or a seasoned user, The Twitter Book is an excellent resource. While I borrowed this book from the library, I will be purchasing it in the near future; there is just too much good information contained in this book

Obtained from: Library
Payment: Borrowed]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2010 03:42:58 +0000
<![CDATA[ moTweets = mo Twitter fo me]]>
I then started reading about real world uses for Twitter, like this one.  So I fired up my Twitter account again and jumped in.  I still wasn't enthralled.  I mean Facebook was there and the status update feature seemed to do most of what I was looking for.

Then I noticed more and more people using Twitter to update Facebook.  Really?  And I noticed more and more were using a program called TweetDeck that I had known to be a desktop application.  It had since been ported to the iPhone.  People were using Twitter on the go now.

I let it go for a long time until I got my new phone (The AT&T/HTC Tilt 2) and I started looking for a good Twitter application that was also free.  I mean, why pay for something that I probably would try out and not use in the long term.  Well, I happened upon moTweets and I've been a Twittering fool for the last couple of weeks with no end in sight and it's 90% on my phone.  (The other 10% is using Threadsy on my laptop.)

moTweets Installation

moTweets can be found at the Panoramic Software website and there is a way to download the program to your computer for transferring to the phone or you can navigate to: from your phone's browser.  I'd like to see this title in the Windows Mobile Marketplace for easier installation or at the very least have them send an SMS message with a direct link to the installation file.

You can choose either the free or the regular edition.  The only difference is that the free has some small ads at the top of the list of Tweets and usually for some other mobile software.  I have the free now, but will likely upgrade to the paid version as a supportive move rather than because I feel they are holding back functionality.

Once you have the program installed you just have to put in your Twitter account username and password and you're off.

using moTweets

I found the program very easy to use with a clean interface.  At the top you'll see your username  and next to that you'll see an icon that you press when you want to write a Tweet and then another icon that allows you to choose different "Sections" or ways to view Tweets.  The choices are:
  • Timelines - the main view, all Tweets from your contacts
  • @Mentions - Tweets that mention you 
  • Search - search Twitter for keywords
  • #Trends - popular searches
  • Featured - users that Twitter is pushing
  • Public -Twitter timeline for ALL Tweets...not just people you Follow
  • Favorites - Tweets that you've marked as Favorite
  • Inbox - Direct (private) messages to you
  • Following - a list of Twitter users that you follow
  • Followers - a list of Twitter users that follow you
You have all of the features that you'd expect on a desktop application.  You can send @replies, private messages.  You can text or email Tweets that you find interesting. I can follow or unfollow contacts, too.  I haven't found any reason to use my desktop for Twitter.  In fact, I am finding the mobile experience with moTweets better.

moAdvanced, but moEasy to use features

When you are writing your Tweet there are icons to help you out.  The two most impressive are the add picture and add url.  moTweets integrates services that create links for photographs and shortens the length of any website address that you put want to use.  Remember that Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters, so these features are a great help.  You can even use your phones GPS to Tweet where you are.  Imagine Tweeting a picture and the coordinates at the Grand Canyon.

moBetter Twittering

In my opinion, if you have a Windows Mobile phone, you should try Twitter with moTweets.  You'll be surprised just how useful it is...and it can be fun too! Just recently there was a tower issue in my neighborhood where we could not make outgoing calls.   I posted on Twitter about it and AT&T contacted me!!! They have people keeping track of mentions of AT&T and they are there to help.  You can now get customer service on Twitter.  AMAZING.  Because I was mobile, I could keep up without staying home or staying on hold on the phone.  That's moBetter of you moTweets! 

I searched and only found a couple of videos and this is the least bad of the two.  

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<![CDATA[ "Shit My Dad Says" on]]>]]> Fri, 6 Nov 2009 04:18:30 +0000
<![CDATA[ The First Melt at the Grilled Cheese Truck]]> Grilled Cheese Truck finally rolled into town tonight and due to my frightening obsession with cheese, I made sure to greet the truck.  In the tradition of other great ks before it, the unveiling took place at The Brig on Abbot Kinney.  I arrived 15 minutes before the scheduled 8:00 start time and was shocked to find the parking lot at The Brig empty except for the shiny orange truck.  Apparently, I was to be the first in line!

Within a few minutes, other people formed a line behind me, assuaging my fears that this was some sort of well-coordinated, but cruel joke played on me.  As 8:00 rolled around, someone asked when the truck would open, only to discover they weren’t really expecting to open until 8:30.  Patient and unwilling to give up my prime spot, I continued to wait.  I was glad I didn’t leave, because my hanging around gave me the chance to meet Zach Behrens, editor for LAist.  He gave me a little interview, which should probably be popping up on LAist soon.  But back to the truck.

To read more and see all the pictures, click here.]]> Thu, 29 Oct 2009 20:34:17 +0000
<![CDATA[ Excellent for the newbie, and even the experienced twitterer will pick up a tip or two...]]>
How Do I Get Started with Twitter?; What Can I Do to Customize My Twitter Profile?; How Do I Send Twitter Updates?; How Do I Follow Other Twitter Users?; Can I Use Twitter on My Mobile Phone?; How Do I Find Stuff in Twitter?; Where Can I Display My Twitter Feed?; How Can I Take Twitter to the Next Level?; What Tools Can I Use to Extend Twitter?; Glossary; Index

As you might expect with a book like this, it's primarily geared to the person who either has never used Twitter or who has signed up for a Twitter account but never tried it. And for that, the book is perfect. McFedries writes in a simple, conversational mode that appeals to someone who is unfamiliar with the technology. Combine that with an abundance of pictures and illustrations, and I could give this to my dad as a starter guide, and he'd get it. Even given that Twitter is an online tool that can change at any time, the information layout is such that it should age relatively well. He focuses on concepts as well as details, and information about Twitter etiquette and how to effectively retweet don't ever go out of style.

For those of us who *have* been using Twitter for awhile, there is still some value here. The last two chapters reference a number of third-party sites that allow Twitter to be used in non-conventional ways (compared to just straight tweeting). Using Twittercal to update your Google Calendar has some useful implications. Even better is the LinkedIn Company Buzz widget that tracks tweets that mention the company (or companies) that you work(ed) for. I'm a firm believer in keeping a finger on the pulse of what's being said about your company, and Twitter is a great way to do that in real-time. Had it not been for this book, I might not have discovered that cool feature.

Granted, the more time that passes between the publication date and the time you read the book, the more chance there is that some of the information might become dated or just flat-out incorrect. And yes, the geeks among us might argue that you can find all this information via web sites or researching it on your own. But not all (potential) Twitter users are geeks, and Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets is a great way to open up the door to allow those people the chance to get up to speed quickly. And even the geeks might learn a thing or two they didn't know before...

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<![CDATA[ Tweet Cancer Away!]]> . 

After reading up more on the topic, and seeing an interview on CNN, I came to find out that a Blogger/Tweeter/Internet Lover by the name of Drew Olanoff, , who had recently been diagnosed with Cancer started a Blog called Blame Drew's Cancer, , which was meant for people to blame anything on Drew's Cancer with the idea that we have to "Beat Up" Cancer to win. 

Later on, Drew Olanoff's came up with another great idea to fight Cancer when he decided that he was going to make an auction for his Twitter account name, @Drew , for whoever would want to bid on it.   As an early user of Twitter, Drew Olanoff was able to acquire the Twitter handle @Drew and felt that someone famous named Drew would want to help out the cause.  He was right and Drew Carey  decided to jump aboard. 

There has been a great amount of support for this cause and I feel it is a great idea for anyone to help the fight against Cancer.  It is very simple for you and the people you know to help put money towards the flight against Cancer. All you have to do is start following Drew Carey on Twitter, @DrewFromTV , and you will have given a dollar towards the fight against Cancer! We need to spread the word about this great opportunity and help flight Cancer! - Drew Olanoff - Drew Carey]]> Wed, 14 Oct 2009 17:07:01 +0000
<![CDATA[ All a Twitter]]>
I have to admit that I have been rather hesitant about Twitter. I keep getting images in my mind about receiving messages about what someone had for breakfast or that they were going to the washroom. I know for a fact, I don't have that kind of time to waste.

However, after reading All A Twitter, I'm beginning to see that Twitter has far more potential. Yes, there are going to be people just wasting time on Twitter but there are also people who really have something interesting to say. The key is discernment, both in writing tweets and in who you choose to follow.]]> Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Enjoyed it!!]]>
I have to say that I laughed alot reading this book. This book kind of make me think of twitter entries almost as journal entries (back in the day when journals were "in" of course).

This book contains approx 1300 tweets, all from various people, describing their various activities, feelings and opinions at any given moment. It was such fun to read and it made me feel a little bit like a "voyeur", like I was permitted to listen in on people's personal lives.

I have never really gotten into tweeting myself - I find that I am already hooked up to my computer way too much as it is (and I REFUSE to get a blackberry or cell), but I gotta say that I love reading this book very much.

I think its easy to forget that there are real people attached to the "tweets" at times - they can almost become "just" something to read (sort of like a gossip column) but the author does a good job of reminding us that there is actually a real human being behind these entries.

Great read.]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ Very helpful]]>
Along comes this book with easy to read sections - first the idea or the "way" to use Twitter then some handy tips and easy to understand ways to start off and do it correctly. This book flows and clearly showed me ways of using Twitter that I never even thought of.

Its clearly written, non technical jargon - its obviously written for the lay person (which I definitely AM).

I am not sure if I can make money off Twitter, but this book has certainly inspired me to give it a try and at the very least, I will be able to better use Twitter now.]]> Thu, 9 Jul 2009 12:00:00 +0000
<![CDATA[ A good example of how to set up GA to track data from Twitter]]>
I highly advise you begin (if you haven't already) playing around with the key data that can be extrapolated from the Twitter API and any other source pertaining to this amazing portal.

This post shows a great way to begin collecting data on traffic originating from Twitter. Set it up and let it run for a few weeks.

NOTE - As with ANY new filter, I recommend you create this in a sandbox profile before adding it to your main profile in Google Analytics.
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