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Create your own Pop Culture on Twitter

Posted on : 31-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : user

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The first thing my friend Adriana did when she signed up for the extremely hip and popular Internet app Twitter was click on Find People so she could populate her feed with friends she knew. I think she found about 5 actual contacts, but none that were active. However, after becoming more familiar with the software, she realized that she could add celebrity Twitters and create her very own pop culture RSS feed!
The most interesting celebrity feeds on Twitter she found are:
Warren Ellis – Ellis is a renown comic book/fiction writer known for the acclaimed Transmetropolitan and Hellbrazer series, as well as prose novels such as Crooked Little Vein and Listener. Joining his Twitter has kept me abreast of his work, but also has given me a peek into his very active imagination and sarcastic (and very British) humor. He also responds to your Tweets!
Hugh Jackman – This Hollywood star is best known for his role in X-Men as Wolverine, but his Twitter lets us into a more private world where we see that Jackman is actually a really nice guy (who else would pay for breakfast for hundreds of fans waiting to see his movie??)
Rainn Wilson – Also known as Dwight from hit NBC series The Office, Wilson has a very funny and frequently updated Twitter that shows him jostling back and forth with other comedians, and even regular ol’ readers like you and I!
William Shatner – The original Captain Kirk of Star Trek is still kicking it online and has now picked up the pace with his Twitter, adding more frequent updates and interesting links relating to himself, Priceline, and even the new Star Trek movie.
Dave Mustaine – Lead singer and guitarist of thrash metal band Megadeth, Mustaine gives his fans updates on recording, touring and is looking for you to join his page and spread the word.
John Mayer – Popular guitarist and singer John Mayer has become notorious for his Twitter updates and his candor in general. Even if you aren’t a fan of the man’s music, it is definitely worth checking out his page because you’re bound to be on top of something that will be gracing Star magazine next week!
So think of a few celebrities you like and look up if they have a Twitter! There’s also always the option of trying the Suggestions tab to see who Twitter thinks you should follow. Have a blast – and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to get a tweet back from your favorite star!

Tweet me later

Posted on : 30-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : user

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“Twitter” I’m sure most of us have heard the term somewhere, A friend may say, “tweet me later.”or you may hear it on the news since most TV stations seem to be getting into the whole social networking scene.

You’ve also probably heard someone say “Oh, I’m following them!” because yes, you CAN follow Celebrities, TV stations, Stores, Your favorite video game, Sports team, even… The President.

Basically its used to keep people up to date with ANYTHING going on in the world in real-time.

These updates are called “Tweets.” What is interesting about Twitter is that you can scroll all the way to the bottom of any page and search for people who are “tweeting” about topics that interest you! For example, if you type in Iphone you will receive “tweets” posted as soon as one second ago about the Iphone! It’s great for keeping up to date with music, movies, and current events!

Also, Twitter has a Trending Topics side bar on almost every Twitter page. It shows you what topics are popular and you can click any link in the side bar and be brought a search of the topic.

Twitter also gives you the option to refresh the page is someone tweets about that topic while you are already looking at the most up to the second tweets! A great feature!

You may be curious to what it means when someone “Retweets” something. Well, the art of retweeting is simple, it is basically just taking reposting something someone else has already posted, and giving them credit for the original post (tweet.) Most users put Retweet: before the actual post then credit at the end by using @ then the original posters name. Sometimes Twitter users use RT instead of Retweet, or sometimes they use “Retweeting” and then the post. Retweets are a lot of fun and can get you a lot of followers!

You can also send specific messages on twitter to one user to make sure they see what you have to say by typing @ and the user name of the person you wish to tweet. Example @Starrla88 Hey missed you today! or something along those lines.

Currently, two people who I follow on twitter are competing in a race to 100 followers, this is a fun idea between friends. Both are sitting around 60-65 followers, It will be interesting to see who will win because both are constantly neck and neck and fighting for people to follow one and not the other.

If you aren’t currently into the Twitter scene, you should check it out, especially if you own a small business you can promote yourself with Twitter. Or you can just use it to stay in contact and up to date on people who you care about!

Twitter and The Stock Market

Posted on : 30-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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stock_market_image.img_assist_customTwitter can be a massive platform for discussing stocks and other fiscal instruments and will most likely replace bulletin boards like the ones at Yahoo! Finance as the preferred strategy for debating individual public corporations. The dimensions of the Twitter audience makes it possible for groups interested in one stock to post views on that company, trades, research, rumors, and information directly from the company in real-time. A stock with a massive investor base may have a following that brings in thousands of comments a day. This sort of “Info market’ for stocks has started to appear through services like StockTwits.

Communities of active stockholders and day-traders who are sharing opinions and in some case classy research about stocks, bonds and other financial instruments, will essentially have the power to move share prices. In the cases of some smaller and more thinly traded stocks, this power may be used to spread rumors and influence trading patterns. A discussion around a certain stock is highlighted on Twitter by using the $ in front of a stock symbol, in the same way as the hashtag (‘#’) is used for keywords.

At some point central government agencies like the SEC are going to need to investigate how Twitter users access the service to spread info about public firms. A few of these comments are probably going to be deemed misleading as is true on bulletin boards today, because some speculators will attempt to move share costs up and down based primarily on their volume of messages and the messages that they can get their followers to tweet. As this function of Twitter usage grows, the community of analysts on any one publicly traded company may become almost as massive as its stock’s daily volume, making Twitter-based input as vital as any other info on many stocks. Yahoo and other large bulletin boards may begin to supplement their services using Twitter, extending the power of the medium to pass along info whether it is correct or not. Twitter is one of the most disruptive technologies to become part of the financial markets in many years.

It will permit individual and professional investors to exchange many thousands of bits of info about the markets in surprisingly short time periods. The issue will be that a great amount of this info may not be correct.

For people who don’t have cash to put into the market, Twitter will be the ultimate platform for fantasy stock trading in which people post the price at which they would have acquired or sold a stock. That might become part of an enormous contest among Tweople who need to compete with each other to show who can create the best performing portfolio, even without cash.

Don’t waste time on Twitter

Posted on : 29-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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WeirdoWasting time on Twitter is like sitting around the water cooler and chatting with coworkers about last night’s American Idol segment – it might be fun, and it passes the time, but it wasted time that could have been used to make money.
Here are some tips on how to keep your Twitter time under control:
1. Schedule a time for Twitter. Just like you can spend hours online checking eMails and just surfing the ‘Net, getting on Twitter 10 times a day doesn’t help you at all. Schedule two Twitter times per day – once in the morning and once in the evening – and then stick to it. Your Twitter buddies can survive without knowing your entire itinerary for the day.
2. Decide the purpose for your visit before getting on Twitter. Are you sending a tweet about your latest blog post? Are you trying to find local business people to network with? Deciding what you want to do before you log on is a big time saver.
3. Jot down notes during the day for your Twitter time. It doesn’t have to be anything long or fancy. A sticky note will do. Just keep track of your thoughts so when you get on Twitter you can accomplish what you want and then leave the site.
4. Do not tweet about every single thing you do. No one cares if you are going to the store. They don’t agonize over the fact that your hamster ate too much. Keep your tweets limited to important stuff.
If you take control of your Twitter time, you can take control of how well it works for you. Be strong.
Tweets are like the phone, they touch every aspect of business and companies should be prepared to allow interaction with Twitter at every level and in every department of their company. Twitter is not only useful to promote products and services, it also provides a method to benchmark your company against your competitors, increase the quality of customer support and create better customer intimacy.
For many businesses this must be a horrific scenario. They have always believed that they should funnel all information on the company through very well trained spokespeople. Just the idea that anyone in the company can now be talking to the customers looks like a nightmare scenario. Undoubtedly, internal issues will be brought to the public’s attention and this can hurt the reputation of the company in a great way. However, companies should realize that the worst thing people could say about the company is nothing. Companies should want to hear what the happy customers have to say as well as the criticism on the company itself its products or services.
Especially when companies can promote their corporate All-Star, they are in a position to win the hearts and minds of people and increase the strength of their brand. Sometimes the corporate All-Star is simply the CEO. There seems to be an enormous attraction in the general population to listen to what a CEO of a well-known company has to say. Where’s before the CEOs would say nothing so they cannot divulge confidential information, CEOs in today’s world should realize that there is enormous power in their person as a brand.
Remember one thing: at the other end of a tweet there’s always someone that doesn’t appreciate being hit with advertisements or sales links. They can unfollow and ignore you. Most people on Twitter are smart and educated and don’t appreciate sales pitches. Work on building as many relations as possible with your current followers, and then move on to the next batch of followers and do the same. Treat your Twitter friends as pals and not as clients. Provide true value in everything you do on Twitter.

Twittering on your iPhone

Posted on : 29-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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iphonetwitteronix1 TIP: To make a schreen capture of your iPhone, simply press and hold the “Home” button at center bottom of the iPhone, then press and release the “Sleep” button on top right of the iPhone. This causes the iPhone to “flash” white briefly and the image is added to your “camera roll” on the iPhone!

What makes Twitter particularly interesting is the variety of mobile Twitter application on the iPhone. All of them offer different features, and each tries to stand out from the crowd by offering its own assortment of Twitter functionality.
My favorite of the applications I have tried, is Twitterific by “iconfactor.” It offers the most attractive user interface and is by far the easiest to use. Runner-up, in my mind, is Tweetie, which offers a little more functionality but is not quite as easy on the eyes. They both open up the world of Twitter to the user.
They offer even more features than the Twitter website itself! In my opinion, until somebody has used these apps, they have not experienced Twitter and will not understand why it is interesting or even worth using.
It is such an interesting way to communicate and interact with others. Even celebrities! Celebrities love using Twitter because they don’t have to “be friends” with other users like similar social sites would require, such as Facebook or MySpace.
What is challenging about Twitter is that it limits what you want to say to 140 characters, and even text like web links are included. So if you include a web link, you’re pretty limited in what you can say in your “tweet”. That is why a myriad of URL shorteners has sprung up, to make your web liks as short as possible. TinyURL was one of the first to offer this, but their name is actually too long…I use http://csd.nl – works great!
A rare feature in Twitter iPhone applications (even the official Twitter site does not offer this) is the ability to see a list of tweets that were written about any particular user. Reading these tweets is often very interesting, especially if they are written to a celebrity. You get to see how normal people would talk to a celebrity, and you can see how the celebrity responded as well. Some Twitter applications allow you to see conversations (or “threads”). This is another advanced feature that not all Twitter apps offer.
A lot of people are talking about Twitter lately. But Twitter works best when people are just using it rather than talking about it. If people talk about it without using it, it could be in danger of becoming a fad.
I personally think that Twitter has a bright future. There are so many improvements and innovations that could be made. When the day comes that I can record a video with my iPhone and then post it on Twitter for all my followers to see instantly, I will be in geek heaven and will more than likely abuse that feature.

 

Finding sources on Twitter

Posted on : 28-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : user

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Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer

Twitter can be a great resource for writers. As a freelance writer, I’ve used Twitter to find and contact sources that I would otherwise not have known about. I received an opportunity to write an article about an NBA basketball player, who had recently died.

Along with my other research, I used Twitter’s search function, available at search.twitter.com, to find people who had been taking about his death. I used additional terms, like “knew him, “friend,” and “met” to find the people who would be most useful for my article.

In addition, you can use Twitter’s search functionality to narrow your results in a variety of ways. One of my favorites is the “near:” function. If my publication were based in Kentucky, for example, I could use the following search to find sources for an article about gardening in the region:

“near:Kentucky planted garden -RT@”

This would help me find people who recently talked about planting a garden in or around Kentucky. “-RT@” helps me filter out some people who are just repeating others’ messages–this lets me get to the source of the best content.

Once I’ve found somebody whom I think might be a good contact, I click on his or her tweet to be taken to the user’s page. This shows me where they’re from, what other things they’ve been writing about, and how they describe themselves. From this information, I should be able to make an informed judgment call about whether or not it’s worth my time to try to contact them.

After I’ve decided that a person is worth investigating as a source, I send them a message using Twitter’s “@reply” feature. Make sure that you click the reply icon on the tweet that you want to respond to. This keeps the tweets linked together, making it easier for the user to see what you were responding to. It also keeps your message from appearing on the homepage of each of your followers–which can be useful if you’re sending very many interview requests.

I think it makes sense to follow anyone that you request an interview from. This allows them to DM (direct message) you with contact information that they might not like to send out over the public timeline. You can always unfollow them after your deadline has passed.

One word of warning: some users go on Twitter more frequently than others. It makes sense to make several more requests than the number of sources that you actually need. This way, if some take a long time to respond (or don’t respond at all), you’ll still be able to finish your story.

Twitter is more than just updating what your doing every 5 minutes

Posted on : 28-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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Twitter, the new social networking site, has caught fire among people worldwide. Essentially the site allows you to post 140 character “tweets” that show up to all people that are following you.

Celebrities use Twitter to post updates of what they are doing, what’s new in their careers, or in rap superstar Lil Wayne’s case, post new songs and the links to download them. It gives fans a new form of interaction that gives people they are actually friends with such celebrities.

While more common among the younger crowd, business owners are finding Twitter to be a valuable source for communicating to the public. A local company, Tutu’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice offers online only discounts, announces new flavors and when the company will be making visits to various places.

Project Managers can use Twitter to see how the public will respond to a certain idea. It is a blog with much more views, as Twitter has bursted on the scene and competes with Myspace and Facebook as the social networking mega-giants.

The micro-blogging site ushers in a new wave of communication as Twitter can be updates from a mobile phone, computer, or anything with a internet signal. Not only can you tweet via your mobile phone, you can also receive updates of those you are following by a text message alert. (standard text message rates apply).

Twitter also allows you to post pictures to Twitpic, a partner site used for photo uploads, and gives followers a chance to see exactly what you want them to see, or give them a sneak preview of a product.

Also if you are planning on posting a larger blog than 140 characters, you can use your own blog, post it, and than post the link to that blog on Twitter. This essentially advertises your blog for free to the many users using Twitter.

Among the large company users are Apple, and Virgin Mobile. Virgin uses their Twitter as their own form of customer service as users post question and Virgin answers them, along with posts links to what you need or ask for regarding the company.

Twitter is more than just updating what your doing every 5 minutes. It is a necessity for any company to expand to the new technological market.

Twitter in The Entertainment Industry

Posted on : 27-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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Entertainment IndustryOn Twitter you can find musicians, actors and sports stars that have created a large number of followers.  These celebrities don’t have to do much more than broadcasting an occasional, interesting tweet to get their fans to flock to their account and massively follow them. The question becomes what are these celebrities going to do with their Twitter account to help their careers.

Most of them have not figured this out yet, but it is not hard to imagine how you can monetize on a following of millions. For a movie star it would be very easy to promote the movie or television series that he or she is currently involved in. The fans would eat up any bit of information about what they are doing on the set.  This creates a buzz around a movie that hasn’t even been released yet. An actor with a couple of million followers would be a great opportunity for the movie studio to get extra publicity and they would definitely be willing to compensate the actor for this.

The same is true for sports stars. They can easily promote their team or events that they are involved in by tweeting about this. The enormous value this creates would certainly be providing the sports stars with some extra income.

For musicians who are trying to sell their records there is an even greater opportunity.  Music nowadays is becoming more and more of a digital product that can be sold and delivered online.  Especially with the younger generation, the iTunes store and other online music stores are increasingly taking the place of the traditional CD market. When a musician is releasing a new album he could easily put one song online, tweet its location to his followers and then ask his followers to retweet this message. This would cause a massive download off this particular song, which would prompt many fans to download the whole album and make the album an instant success.

Many celebrities have not found their way in Twitter yet, but the ones that have, are in a position to substantially enhance their career and their net-worth.

Another area of the entertainment industry that has discovered Twitter is television. Just about all the news media have discovered that they can process user comments made on Twitter, much easier than long-winded e-mails or phone calls. In fact they can do this in real-time while the show is being broadcasted. More and more people are watching TV with their laptop or mobile phone in their hand, giving feedback on the show as it occurs.

There is no bigger kick for a viewer then to see his comment broadcasted live on TV.  For the TV makers this is a tremendous way to a make their broadcasts more interesting to the viewers. Especially for the 24-hour news media, who are always looking for items to report, this provides great opportunities.  How many times have you noticed that when there is ‘Breaking News’, they would want to keep reporting on it but they are running out of new material and resort to repeating the old stuff. With Twitter they now have the chance to create a constant stream of new material by showing user’s comments and reporting on that.  This enables them to put up a much more interesting show that will capture their audience, because it is much more entertaining for the viewers.

Computer Generated Tweets

Posted on : 27-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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Tweeting_PlantTwitter provides a way for computers and other devices to inform people about their status or their findings in a friendly manner. At this sector headquarters in California they had eclipsed a planned with a sensor that checks the humidity of the soil. Whenever is time for the planned to get some water it will post its tweet saying something like: “Water me!”

Many other devices can follow this example. What about a washing machine that warns you about not having enough soap, or detecting a colored item in the white wash or simply to inform you that he has finished his load. The ice cream truck that constantly tweets its location, is the replacement of the annoying music these trucks usually make, to alert people that they are in the neighborhood.  In New York City a moving truck started to tweet his location and availability to carry a new load, which has caused a fad, which is why everybody with a truck in New York is now using Twitter. True, it is usually the truck driver that does the tweeting here, but it could easily be the truck itself.

Gartner predicts that by 2012 20% of non-video Internet data is comprised of physical sensors reporting their status. That is an amazing prediction. Just think about how many sensors would be transmitting data.  These sensors can easily be programmed to send to tweet in exception cases, so people can take the appropriate action.  This is a usage of Twitter that has yet to be explored, but provides very interesting possibilities.

Twitter: The Human Touch in Business

Posted on : 26-01-2015 | By : DickRaman | In : Tips

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Twitter is an excellent way for companies to maximize their personal contact with customers and promote products and services to early adopters and trendy users. It can also function as an effective customer service tool and is a way to monitor complaints and concerns that are being aired on the internet by especially vocal customers.

A company can open a twitter account under their name and use it to promote products and services. By sharing links and information with followers, twitter is a means for making customers (especially devoted ones) aware of new promotions. Offering samples, coupons, and links to new products and services is a great way to attract attention to them and to reward loyal customers. Two companies who do an excellent job of this are Forever 21 and Starbucks. Take some time to look at their technique.

One of the keys to using your company’s twitter page as a promotional tool is to be careful to balance types of tweets–sending out too many in promotion of a product will irritate followers and cause them to unsubscribe. A good way to combat this is to limit the number of tweets per day and to balance tweets with coupons and other perks with ones that are strictly advertising or promotional.

Monitoring complaints and customer issues on twitter is a great way to resolve problems and build customer rapport. By regularly utilizing the search tool on twitter and entering your company name, you can find out if a disgruntled customer has taken to the internet to air their complaints. Direct-messaging the customer and offering a solution, refund, apology, or other rectification for a poorly managed service or customer issue can be a great way to generate positive PR for your company. Users who bother to complain on the internet will also be likely to publically praise your generous handling of their problem and all of their followers will then be aware that your company is paying attention to its customers’ needs.

Lastly, twitter can add a humanizing touch to your corporate image. By replying to users comments about your services and having conversational exchanges with customers using twitter, you improve your image by attaching an interested internet presence to a real person. This is something even a very well-designed website can never accomplish and is an important function of twitter that many companies ignore. Because twitter is a shorthand (140 characters) form of communication, it requires very little time to send the occassional reply but the impact in terms of positive customer relations and loyalty can be markedly more valuable than the small amount of time it took. One company who succeeds remarkably well with this human touch is Bonobos, a pants company based in Manhattan.

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