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The Twitter Plunge

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The Twitter Plunge

Postby KevinCald » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:13 am

Well I keep hearing Twitter This, Twitter That, so I decided to try it out.

I got signed up http://twitter.com/KevinCaldbeck and am following (not sure what I am following) some people I picked from Lynn's list of people.

Am I supposed to post something on there, and what should it be? How do I get people to follow me? So far it does not seem to be much of anything special, but the way other people talk about it, I am sure I am missing something.

I guess I will have to do some research about what this Twitter Is all about.

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Postby Oregon Coast Guy » Sat Oct 04, 2008 11:14 am

Hi, Kevin,

After a while, you'll start seeing the social networking power behind Twitter.

Follow people who have your same interests. Usually, when you follow them, they, in turn will follow you. When they follow you, you should follow them.

Followers are able to see who is following who and they may decide to follow you. Your following will grow pretty quick.

Post about what you're doing, working on, what you like, don't like, issues, whatever.

There are some good free Twitter ebooks for ideas and info.

Have fun! It's pretty addicting.

Also, if you use Firefox, download the addon, Twitterbar. It allows you to Twitter from your address bar. Very handy.

Regards,

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Postby KevinCald » Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:10 pm

Howdy Tony

Thanks for the tips about how the "Follow" thing works. I was wondering how I got people following me already. I just checked and I already am following 120 people. I wonder who they al are :roll:

Off to find out some more info about Twitter

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Postby johndilbeck » Sun Oct 05, 2008 5:24 pm

Hi Kevin,

One way you got people to follow you was to post your Twitter profile in this forum. It works.

Act on your dream!

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Postby takeoverpageone » Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:42 am

johndilbeck wrote:Hi Kevin,

One way you got people to follow you was to post your Twitter profile in this forum. It works.

Act on your dream!

JD
Yes twitter is incredibly powerful.

I have over 1000 followers on twitter, and a large portion of my traffic is as a result of people clicking from twitter.

It's also a fun social thing to do. I'd recommend you don't just use it for "marketing" but also to help people out, have a laugh, etc.

For example the other day I was answering someone's question about Doctor Who, and later that day posted a link to my new video on how to use RSS to get backlinks.

It all works great.

Hope this helps.

Cheers



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Postby wade_watson » Wed Oct 08, 2008 11:37 am

Wow, Kevin! You've already got 51 followers with only 3 tweets. Not bad. I got into Twitter before knowing about the marketing-networking benefits. I listen to lots of tech podcasts and found it a great way to keep up with familiar tech industry luminaries. I've yet to apply it to business to any degree (maybe in time), but I've found it a cool way to keep up with the day-to-day thought processes of a number of really fascinating people (such as Lynn Terry). Sometimes it's a bit like a soap opera, but one where the stars interact with you now and then, which is quite fun. Everyone can basically form their own small town-like community. I work at home, so Twitter's my office water cooler. The only drawback is need to discipline oneself not to spend too long reading messages and checking out links.

One suggestion: There are 2 approaches to following others on Twitter. Some simply follow everyone who they run across or who follows them with the goal of self-promotion, since there's no way you'll actually keep up with hundreds of people on Twitter (Twitter now cuts you off at 2000, by the way). The other is to limit those you follow to a manageable number and actually benefit from/keep in contact with them. I think the latter works best. I never click to follow people who seem to be just Twitter spamming.

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Postby takeoverpageone » Wed Oct 08, 2008 2:38 pm

wade_watson wrote:One suggestion: There are 2 approaches to following others on Twitter. Some simply follow everyone who they run across or who follows them with the goal of self-promotion, since there's no way you'll actually keep up with hundreds of people on Twitter (Twitter now cuts you off at 2000, by the way). The other is to limit those you follow to a manageable number and actually benefit from/keep in contact with them. I think the latter works best. I never click to follow people who seem to be just Twitter spamming.

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Actually there is no limit. So long as your doing the right thing Twitter will let you go beyond 2000. Twitter are getting smarter about finder spammers who are using it purely for marketing purposes, and limit the number of people you can follow per day, etc for this very reason.

I agree also about your comment about spammers. You can soon see by the message people leave if they are just spamming.

For example there are twitter applications that will automatically send an answer if someone follows you. Sometime when I follow someone I get a message from them along the line of

"Thanks for the follow Tim, have you seen this [insert link here]"

And the link is to an affiliate promotion. That's nasty!

But I have no problems following people who have lots of followers, etc so long as they are adding value.

Also it is quite possible to keep up to date with a large number of followers by focusing on messages that are sent directly to you or replies, instead of looking at every single message sent.

That's what I do, and even with a large number of followers works well.

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Postby WAHumor » Fri Oct 10, 2008 6:36 am

Twitter has made my fundraiser this year a huge success.

The majority of product contributors and donors have come directly from contacts made on Twitter in a matter of weeks.

Just get started and learn as you go! There are many top notch resources, especially Lynn's blog posts.
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Postby KevinCald » Sat Oct 11, 2008 7:27 am

Howdy

I have noticed that it seems like all you get is half of many of the conversations. It drives me crazy trying to follow people around to try and figure out what they are talking about.

I have seen a lot of interesting STUFF on there, and I find myself following the links and checking out products, videos, websites/blogs, I never new existed. I do see how it could turn into a big time waster, if not used correctly.

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Postby wade_watson » Fri Oct 17, 2008 10:49 am

To read a whole conversation, bring up "Twitter Search" (formerly Summize) at http://search.twitter.com/. Type in 1 conversationalist's user name and you'll see all tweets to and from them.

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Postby annalaurabrown » Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:35 am

Twitter works great for getting blog readers as well. I also post every time I have a new blog post. You can set it up to do it automatically.
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Re: The Twitter Plunge

Postby Christian Carlisle » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:14 pm

The approach and exact methods used in a campaign vary drastically based on your business size, vertical and whether B2B or B2C. However, two aspects remaining constant across any campaign are the goals of garnering relevant inbound hyperlinks to your target site as well as driving new and increased impressions on a brand.
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