What's Twitter all about?
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers."
The short format of the tweet is a defining characteristic of the service, allowing informal collaboration and quick information sharing that provides relief from rising email and IM fatigue. Twittering is also a less gated method of communication: you can share information with people that you wouldn't normally exchange email or IM messages with, opening up your circle of contacts to an ever-growing community of like-minded people.
- 5 Tips to Grow Your Twitter Presence - one of my earlier posts on the topic of finding followers and gaining influence on Twitter.
- How to Use Twitter - Tips for Bloggers - some of these are more on the topic of getting followers than others - but it contains some useful tips for beginners (particularly bloggers).
- What’s in it for Your Followers? How to be Useful on Twitter - central in most advice on building a twitter following is to create something useful for your followers.
- 7 Ways to Be Worth Following on Twitter - Be Interesting, Be Informative, Be Interactive…. (plus 4 more)
- 6 Tips for Using Your Twitter Profile to Get New Followers - some great tips for fining followers that all revolve around your profile page on Twitter.
- How to Grow Your Follower Numbers to Over 10,000 in a Week - not something that everyone could do but this story of how SitePoint quickly grew their follower numbers might be helpful for some.
- Follow Me and Win a Prize - the Merit of Twitter Competitions - looking at the pros and cons of using contests to find followers on Twitter.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
This is something that has been around for a long time on other social networks like Facebook. Twesents now introduces the concept to Twitter.
The website is beautifully designed using Adobe Flash. Not only does it allow you to send virtual gifts, but it goes a step further by showing the most popular (”trending”) twesents sent so far.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
It is no wonder why millions of people enjoy social networking. Social networking allows people to share information easily and in some cases, very quickly.
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows us to send short messages of 140 characters. These updates, known as tweets, are text-based messages that can be sent from a mobile device. Like SMS, twitter has up to 140 characters message in length. These messages are also sent to everyone who subscribed to receive our updates. In turn, we too can receive updates from others.
Twitter was launched in 2006, at that time competition was very high applications like Orkut etc. was already in the market but still twitter made its individual position in the market. In beginning it was estimated that twitter had approximately 3-4 million users and it was on third position as social networking service after Facebook and MySpace. But recently this year in February 2009, the monthly traffic on twitter was around 55 million which was a huge success. Twitter applications are also making its different position in the market. People are pretty much happy with the twitter applications and twitter. Various facilities provide by the twitter applications which other social networking websites do not provide.
It is not difficult to understand why Twitter is so popular. Apart from its simplicity, Twitter also provides users with the option to send or receive tweets via SMS, RSS, or through various twitter applications. Twitter also provides back-end functionality via APIs that can be implemented in other desktop and web-based applications. This lets users make updates without having to visit the actual Twitter site.
With the personal use twitter is also used in business. There are various twitter applications which are used in business. It can be used to widespread latest information of your company. From company’s latest news to blog posts. It can also enable easy internal group communication, feedback and collaboration.
by Jonathan Marino on 17-05-2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
adf.ly is a new link shortening service with a twist. The difference between adf.ly ond any of the countless others is that you get paid for each click on your shortened links!
When a user clicks on the short link, it first shows a full page interstitial ad and the user would need to click on “Skip Ad” before being forwarded to your link.
20+ Great Twitter Tools for Firefox
Twitter Line - Displays incoming tweets from your friends timeline in a toolbar, and allows you to post updates to your own account.
Twitter StatusBar - A discrete tool that collapses into your status bar when not in use. Just click on the “T” symbol to bring it up and send out your latest update.
Twitter Toolbar - A toolbar that allows you to post updates any time you want as you browse. Also includes pre-written messages for common sayings on the service.
TwitBin - Opens up a Twitter client in your sidebar so you can send and read tweets no matter where you are on the Web without changing tabs or windows.
TwitKit - A sidebar Twitter client that breaks down into tabs for @replies, account stats, public timeline, sending tweets, your friends’ latest tweets and a list of all your followers.
TwitterBar - Type your tweets in the address bar and press the icon at the end to send them. Also allows you to easily tweet about the page you are currently looking at by leaving it in the address bar when you type out your message.
TwitterFox - A Twitter client for Firefox that will allow you to see your friend updates, add your own, retweet, delete read tweets from your stream and more.
BlogRovR - While mainly a tool to help you see linked blog posts as you surf the Web, you can also send out tweets about what you are reading and share them with your followers.
Clipmarks - Clip parts of a Web page that you specifically want to share, and then share them with all of your Twitter followers amongst other services.
DashBlog - DashBlog lets you easily tweet about items you find on the web such as videos, text, quotes, images and more. Also works with Tumblr, WordPress and Blogger.
Feedly - A magazine style feed reader that allows you to tweet about any post you read and find interesting.
Mahalo Share - Share sites you find interesting across multiple services including Twitter.
Power Twitter - Power Twitter adds several features such as revealing the URL behind TinyURLs, embedding of YouTube videos, showing Flickr streams and a whole lot more.
StockTwits - A Firefox add-on that works with the StockTwits site. It will turn any StockTwits tagged tweets on the site into a link back to the StockTwits site so you can follow the conversation.
Tw-autocomplete - Allows for autocomplete of Twitter usernames for @ and D messages as you are typing them on the Twitter site.
TweetStalk - Adds a “Stalk” button next to the “Follow” button on Twitter so you can follow someone without them knowing it. Can also create an RSS feed of their tweets so you can read them in your favorite reader.
TwitThat - A bookmarklet that lets you tweet about the current Web page you are reading.
TwitterEyes - An extension to be used specifically on the Twitter site that will keep track of your characters entered and assist you in shortening your message when necessary.
Twitter Search - The name says it all for this handy tool that gives you access to the real-time Twitter search.
TwittyTunes - Works with FoxyTunes to submit the songs you listen to that you wish to share with the Twitter community. If you choose not to use it with FoxyTunes, you can also post about sites and videos you are viewing.
Twitzer - Allows you to tweet messages longer than 140 characters by adding a link to the overflow text, you can also de-Twitzer text and have it displayed directly on the Twitter site
Yoono - Yoono allows you to combine various social networks, instant messengers and other tools into your sidebar, and allows you to send tweets no matter where you are on the World Wide Web at the time.