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"Hey, It's a Bird, It's a Plane - No, It's Twitter"
What's one of the most popular social activities on-line
lately? If you said "Twittering", give yourself
a gold star for paying attention. Twitter
is a communication and networking tool that's huge with many
Internet Marketers, and growing quickly. It's everywhere,
and everyone is talking about it.
So what is Twitter and why should you care? It's very similar
to instant messaging. You set up a profile, people can choose
to "follow you", and
you can choose to follow others. You send short text messages
to your "followers", called “tweets”.
The messages are short, no longer then 140 characters and
are centered around the theme, "What are you
doing now?" With such a small space you'll have to learn
to be very creative.
So what's the benefit of having people "follow"
you around? Well, you can use Twitter to keep in touch with
your customers, use it for branding purposes, send out links
to your latest blog posts, tell folks about anything that
may be new with your company or website, or offer special
discounts or sales on your products/services. You can even
tap into your follower’s mind by asking them questions,
or sending them links to on-line surveys. The possibilities
are really endless. Think of it as a two-way communication
channel between you and your customers (followers).
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When it comes to your posts, you want to keep the tone friendly
and informal. Don't annoy people by sending out too many messages
often. Make sure whatever you send is useful or informative.
Don't send too many self-serving messages or your followers
will unsubscribe as
quickly as they subscribed.
When you register at Twitter and start to follow people,
you can elect to receive messages via your cell phone as a
text message, through
your instant messaging account, or you can just log into Twitter
to view all your messages. You can also receive notifications
via email. You can set individual notification preferences
for each person you choose to follow. If you choose to receive
text messages on your cell phone, remember you'll be charged
per your cell phone plan for each incoming message.
Be careful when choosing a username, as it will become part
of your url, which looks like this “http://twitter.com/username”
If you're a company, you may want to use your business name
to help in your branding efforts. You can also upload your
company logo, or a picture of yourself and write a one line
bio with your url. Again, it's a small space so be creative.
So with Twitter being all the rage these days, plenty of
add on applications have sprung up to extend Twitter's usefulness.
some of your options:
Numerous tools to download for other ways to send and receive
Takes your blog posts and sends them to your "followers"
Add to your webpage or blog to allow others to send your
url to their Twitter followers.
A place to share your cell phone photos.
Send gifts to your friends.
Archive your "tweets" on your Blog.
Send Twitter tweets from your PC.
Share photos on Twitter. Post with your cell phone or through
the site itself.
Share files on Twitter, including images, videos, music and
10) TwitIQ: http://twitiq.com/
"TwitIQ is an enhanced Twitter interface that provides
insight into your Twitter stream and Twitter followers."
11) TweetVisor: http://www.tweetvisor.com/
"Tweetvisor is a web-based interface that extends Twitter's
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Have some fun with your Twitter page.
for Twitter: Make short videos using your computer's built
in camera then tween them.
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