S T A T U S MONDAY the 30. of March 2009, 11:07am
What is Twitter? a place for MLM and small time hustlers and if NO then how many percent of tweets are “real” communication and how much is BS?
I love Twitter don’t misunderstand me but I’m really pissed at those FH that shows they have an intelligence (IQ) between 35 and 85 - my good -don’t tell me someone is paying for this sh..?
Twitter has taken off since my last post. It is all over the place. You can turn on the TV at any given time in any given country and be sure to hear it mentioned. BetweenOprah, Ellen, Ashton, and many others, it is safe to say, Twitter is becoming much more mainstream as time goes on. I do not mean to say that these celebrities are mainstream, but their audiences are. Since Oprah joined Twitter, you can be sure that hundreds of thousands of “stay-at-home moms” across America have begun tweeting. There are of course endless debates surrounding this topic and whether this is a good or bad development, but one thing’s for sure, there are now many new people joining Twitter who have no idea what they are doing.
I already wrote a list of reasons explaining why you should tweet, how to tweet, and what to do after you join Twitter, I thought I would tell you what NOT to do when tweeting. Before I begin, let me say two things:
So here are 11 things to avoid when tweeting:
1: Do not use the following words in your bio, no matter how much you think they will attract followers:
-Social Media Expert: I think it is safe to say these are the three most annoying words on Twitter. What is a Social Media Expert can someone please explain to me? I am of the opinion that very few people can honestly call themselves experts in the field. The remaining 99% are people who have been using Twitter for a few months, have a few hundred followers, and are as much of an expert on social media as I am on Yoga (never done Yoga).
-Guru: The same pretty much applies to the word Guru. Unless your name is Jeff Pulver or possibly Kevin Rose, and you write that you are a Web 2.0 guru, you can rest assured you will not see me on your followers list. Humility is the key.
-Make Money Online: People are mostly on Twitter to participate in dialog. People who write these words in their bio are just like email spammers, and beyond the annoyance, and the fact that they are single handedly ruining Twitter, they are also doing something immoral and wrong. I can safely say that without exception, these words should never be in anyone’s Twitter bio.
-Affiliate Marketing: Now this is a tricky one. There is nothing inherently wrong with affiliate marketing. It is a legitimate way of making money online. However, to put it in proportion, Viagra is also a legitimate aphrodisiac, that does not mean I would ever open an email with the word Viagra in it. So too, most people on Twitter would not follow someone with the words Affiliate Marketing in their profile.
-Increase your Followers: If you are telling me ways to increase my followers, you obviously have very little confidence in my intellectual ability or at the very best, my social skills. I do not want to be told who to follow and as one of my Twitter mentors told me in response to a question posted on Twitter, I do not want to follow random people. I want to follow people that interest me, and the basic assumption is that the people they conduct dialog with, will also interest me. Thank you Ahuva (follow her, she is the cream of the crop.)
2: Do not ONLY answer the question “What Are You Doing” in your tweets: Maybe this is how Twitter started, but I think we can all agree that nobody wants to hear when you are eating, when you are going to sleep, and when (yes this has been tweeted on occasion) you are going to the bathroom. Now let me clarify; I am not saying that it is unacceptable to talk about what you are eating for lunch, and even post a picture of it, this kinda thing makes Twitter interesting and fun. However, I think if that is ALL a person tweets about, they will end up with very few followers, who might be true food enthusiasts. A guiding rule when tweeting is tweet things that would interest you if tweeted by others. In fact, I think it is time to change the Twitter box from “What are you Doing”? to possibly “What Can you Share”? or as a true social media expert suggested, just a simple “What’s up?”
3: Do not ONLY promote your blog/business in your tweets: Once again, the main word here in “only”. In my humble opinion, there is nothing wrong with sharing your blog posts with your followers. If they follow you, they are apparently interested in your thoughts, and your blog can be viewed as an extension of your tweets, so why not share it? However, just like everything else, all in moderation. If I come across someone’s Twitter timeline and all his tweets start with the word “New blog post”, can you guess what my first action would be?
4: Do not tweet the same thing more than twice in a day: There are some people on Twitter who I actually look up to and respect, but feel it is OK to tweet the same article ten times throughout the day. Now, there is something to this technique. After all, the people reading it in the morning are generally not the same people reading it in the evening. This is true, but there is one little problem. When you tweet the same article or link many times throughout the day, you are not taking the heavy Twitter addicts into account. There are enough people who will see all those tweets and get annoyed fast. If you MUST tweet the same link more than twice, at least change the lead in sentence. I must give props to yet another one of my Twitter mentors on this tip. Thanks Ezra.
5: Do not tweet about your followers more than once a week: OK, here I must stress something. I was an offender of this rule for a little while when I was new to Twitter. I was put in my place by another fellow Twitterer, who by the way, happens to be one of my favorite bloggers. Check out her Twitter here and her blog here. So thanks Talia, I still think you need to publish a book from your blog. What I mean to say here is do not tweet things like “I have 5,000 followers, and I really want to get to 6,000, please RT this”. This is really annoying especially if you do it often. It is not the end of the world if you are at 99,999 and you tweet “Free iPhone for my 100,000th follower”, but beyond that, please refrain.
6: Do not tweet exclusively in another language: OK, this one is gonna spark some controversy, and rightfully so. I strongly believe you need to speak the language that most people understand. I am not saying if your mother tongue is Spanish to NEVER tweet in Spanish, I am just saying to be considerate of your followers and the fact that as of today, there are still a lot of applications that only support English text.
7: Do not tweet sensitive/private information: Once again, I am speaking from experience and learning from my mistakes. As recently as yesterday, I tweeted something that was not for certain eyes, while thinking “Eh, they wont see it anyway”. Mistake, big mistake! Tweets now show up in Google searches and anyone can easily access your tweets. So if you want to keep something private, probably not the best idea to share it on the fastest growing social network on the Web. Additionally, and I am not going to elaborate on this, being as it is a very controversial topic, and I am actually not completely sure what I believe, but I do think Twitter should be treated like a work place. Just like you would not share extreme political views, sexist, or offensive views of any kind at an office event, so to Twitter. It is all about sensitivity. I am sure a lot of you disagree, feel free to share your opinion in the comments.
8: Do not Auto DM people who follow you: Well, this has got to be one of the bigger annoyances in the Twittersphere, thank the Lord, many of my friends taught me how to disable this inconvenience. If someone followed you, they did not do it for you, they did it for them, so no need to thank them. Do not DM them saying “Nice to meet you and thank you for following”. I get one of those messages and you better prepare a goodbye reply too.
9: Do not Auto Follow: Once again, just my humble opinion. Unfortunately, there are too many bots, spam accounts, and just annoying people on Twitter. Just because someone follows you, does not necessarily mean you have to or want to follow them back. In fact, I would say that maybe 30%-40% of the people that followed me over the past month were real people, with quality tweets on topics that interest me. Follow people that interest you, otherwise you will end up with an uncontrollable amount of people in your stream, which will eventually detract from your ability to use Twitter effectively.
10: Do not consistently make spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistakes in your tweets:This is consistent with my general philosophy on Twitter specifically and social media in general. Just like I would not follow a person who could not be bothered to upload a picture to his/her profile, post a bio, or tweet at least a few times, so to I am not quick to follow someone who constantly makes elementary mistakes in their tweets. Now, I know this sounds a little harsh, but I think your followers deserve that extra effort. I am not saying you need to be a professional English writer, but c’mon, what interface does not include a spell check? Use it and be careful how you tweet.
11: Do not use Twitter like you use Facebook: I think it is an acceptable practice to check your Facebook once a day, week, or even month. Twitter needs more effort. It is true that you can use Twitter effectively even if you only tweet once a day. However, in my opinion, if you really want to maximize the tremendous potential that is Twitter, you need to keep your audience on their toes. Keep your followers interested.
There are so many more things you will learn as time goes on, and you will be amazed at how much you can learn about Twitter from the supporting applications to the lingo and the etiquette. I hope these are some useful tips that, in conjunction with Top 5 Reasons to Tweet, Top 5 Steps after Joining Twitter, and Ten Things you Must Know before Joining Twitter, are sure to get you on your feet, help you start tweeting, and assist you in starting to build your Twitter network. Once you have done that, the possibilities are literally endless.
Would love your feedback in the comments or better yet, reply to me on Twitter here!
Twitter attack again is this just the start due to BAD construction from twitters side?
Nice ;) thanks all you lovely people I am humble in deed ! (ps: right now I am testing something regarding Twitter result coming tomorrow I think?
Now I have 7400 followers on Twitter - what can I say beside Thank you so much, I am humble and will do my best to give you good stories in the field of mobile marketing and of cause my life and what happens “off the record” in the company… C U around…
At Reply, or “@reply”: A direct tweet sent to another Twitter user.
Dweet: Tweet sent while drunk
Hash Tag: The “#” sign. Allows Twitter users to group tweets by topic, making it easier to search particular conversations using Twitter Search.
Link: Including a URL in your tweet.
MisTweet: A tweet one later regrets.
ReTweet: To repost something that’s already in the Twitter stream. Usually preceeded by “RT” and “@[username],” to give credit to the original poster.
SnapTweet: A tweet that includes a photo taken with a cell phone, uploaded to Flickr and posted to Twitter via snaptweet.com.
Twittcrastination: Procrastination brought on by Twitter use.
Twadd: To add someone as a friend or follower.
Twaigslist/Twebay: To sell something on Twitter.
Tweeter/Twitterer: Someone who uses Twitter.
TwinkedIn: Inviting friends made on Twitter to connect on LinkedIn.
Twittectomy: To remove someone from the list of people you follow.
Twitterati: The A-list twitterers everyone follows.
Twitterfly: Twitter’s version of a social butterfly, marked by the extreme use of @ signs.
Twitterlooing: Twittering from the bathroom.
Twitterpated: Overwhelmed with Twitter messages.
Twittfeinated, Twigged Out, Twired: To be so hyped up on twittering that you cannot sleep.
Data: Twitter Fan Wiki
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Always nice ( I hope ) when someone writes something about me - can you help me translate?
This is probably one of the most important posts I have written so far because I am hoping it will help a lot of people join and use Twitter more efficiently. I have been noticing that a lot of my Facebook friends have been joining Twitter, I am not sure if it because of me trying to sell it to them or because they are hearing the word Twitter all over the place. The bottom line is that Twitter is the future of the Web. It is already the most effective networking tool in my opinion, and it is only getting bigger.
The pattern that I am noticing when my friends and relatives finally take the big step and open a Twitter account is that they open the account, tweet something about not understanding it, and never touch it again. So I thought I would write up a short guide of the first 5 things you should do after registering for Twitter. However, before I get to that, I would like to say to those who have not yet joined, in all seriousness, you are making a mistake. Twitter is, as someone tweeted to me today “Real-time news and industry information, as well as direct access to people you’ve always wanted to meet”. You can use Twitter for so many different things. It can be your news source, and I am not talking CNN, I am talking real-time live news feed from people who are generally on site. It can be the ultimate job search tool, and I am not talking months to find a job, I am talking 35 -60 seconds if you have built yourself the right network.
You can use Twitter to connect personally with your favorite celebrity, and I am not talking the Facebook kind that is all fake, these are one on one with your favorite celebrity. People like Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Shaq, Ellen, and so many more, actually write real time updates, sometimes with pictures or videos of what they are doing right now.
OK, I have so much more to say about Twitter, but since this is not a sales pitch, I am just going to say that since I joined, and built myself a solid following of well over 1000 people, I do not go to news sites anymore, i do not google computer questions, I do not read reviews on products, and do not go to user forums, everything I need to know I get through Twitter and in a matter of seconds. So join Twitter, and when you do (it is not a question of if, sooner or later, you will join), here are the first 5 things you should do.
There are so many more things I need to say here, but it will have to be in a continuation of this post. Eventually you will need to learn the art of retweeting, which is forwarding a tweet to simplify the concept. You will need to learn about the world of hashtags, and the popular ones, like Followfriday, in which you recommend good people to follow. You will also need to learn the whole reply as opossed to DM.
Then there is the whole Twitter industry, the link shortening sites, the various desktop clients, but the thing you really need to learn is how to tweet effectively, without wasting away all your time. It is possible to become a serious member of the Twitter community while not in any way decreasing the work you do during the day. In fact, it happens quite often that Twitter causes an increase in productivity. All this will have to wait.
So, stop reading this now, and go get registered, then get moving on these steps. You will see that in no time, you will have built yourself a significant network, in which you can ask a question on any topic and get substantial feedback within a matter of seconds.
August 6, 2009 | Kim-Mai Cutler
Not surprising: Twitter and Facebook’s downtime this morning was no coincidence. Twitter and other companies were victims of “a single, massively coordinated attack,” according to co-founder Biz Stone.Stone stressed that the attack didn’t compromise any user data and that he didn’t know what the motive was for the attack. Twitter is working with other companies to investigate, and some users will continue to face degraded service as the site recovers.
“We’ve worked hard to achieve technical stability and we’re proud of our Engineering and Operations teams,” Stone said. “Today’s massive, globally distributed attack was a reminder that there’s still lots of work ahead.”
The Twitter outage began at roughly 6 a.m. Pacific time today and continued for 90 minutes. Facebook similarly confirmed a denial of service attack earlier and also said it didn’t put any user data at risk.
“Earlier this morning, Facebook encountered network issues related to an apparent distributed denial of service attack, that resulted in degraded service for some users,” the company said in a statement. “No user data was at risk and we have restored full access to the site for most users.”
As founder of the BipBip System my hope is that we never ever will have to show ups…. we can’t simply run our business in a prober way… and then again I also hope that IF we had to show something like this, our members would react like I do when I see this statement by thinking amazing - soooo many users can’t be wrong - I love Twitter even more now !!!
Goodmorning to all have a great Friday and remember : to do good feels good..
ps: what do you feel when you see this statement from Twitter?
Something is very wrong in the state of Denmark, ups sorry in the company called TWITTER, it’s amazing that when they first lost all your followers and you then write to Twitter support you receive this (see pic.)
Have you the same experience ?
You have built a personal brand around your identity. There is a good chance that you work in social media or marketing but you might even be famous in real life. Being a persona is not just about having a ton of followers, to make it to the top right corner you need to engage with your audience. Make no mistake about it though, when you talk people listen.