Twitter Tuesday: Are you a social media dork?

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I came across this quote today while researching something for work. It was funny, accurate, and somewhat related to Twitter Tuesday, so I thought I’d share.

Unlike Twitter users, most Facebookers are into social media for social media’s sake, they’re not social media dorks.

via 7 Ways to Get Your Blog Posts Shared On Facebook.

While just about everyone I know in my age group has a Facebook account, I know very few people who are active on Twitter. Most of the Twitter users I do know are active bloggers who are interested in other social media channels like Foursquare or LinkedIn.

For the record, I consider myself a social media dork. And I’m proud of it, thank you very much.

Do you find this quote to be true? And more importantly: Are you a social media dork?

Twitter Tuesday: 2010 Trends

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Twitter can be a powerful tool for communication.

The site recently released a list of its top trends and tweets for 2010. This information is all courtesy of Twitter and can be found here. The things in this color are items that I remember tweeting about.


Overall Top Twitter Trends for 2010

  1. Gulf Oil Spill
  2. FIFA World Cup
  3. Inception
  4. Haiti Earthquake
  5. Vuvuzela
  6. Apple iPad
  7. Google Android
  8. Justin Bieber
  9. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  10. Pulpo Paul

10 Most Powerful Tweets of 2010

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What are your top trends or tweets for 2010? Let me know in the comments below!

Twitter Tuesday: Retweeting

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WHAT’S A RETWEET?

If you actively use Twitter, then you already know the answer to this question. But if you’re just starting out and trying to learn the lingo, read on.

A retweet is when a tweet is reposted by another person (giving the original poster credit). The term retweet is often abbreviated to RT. There are two kinds of retweets, an “Old-Style Retweet” and a “New-Style Retweet.”

 

“OLD-STYLE RETWEET”

The “Old-Style Retweet” allows you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:

Please note how you can add a comment to the tweet before sending. Some Twitter clients will post retweets like this:

This is actually a retweet of a retweet. Note the (via @username) at the end of the tweet, as that is what I was trying to show.

 

“NEW-STYLE RETWEET”

The “New-Style Retweet” does not allow you to edit a tweet before sending. It looks like this:

It’s faster, cleaner, and looks almost exactly like the original tweet. The downside is that you can’t comment on what you post. Because the tweet doesn’t add the @username or via @username, the it contains less characters than the old-style retweet.

 

WHICH ONE DO I LIKE BETTER?

They both have their advantages and disadvantages. I have the old-style retweet set as the default on TweetDeck because I like to comment on a tweet before sending it. The new-style retweet does have its advantages, and I will use it when it makes sense to (for example, when reposting a long tweet).

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF RETWEETING

  1. It helps you feel involved in the community.
  2. You can communicate with other users. Most will appreciate having something retweeted.
  3. It spreads the word about a link, post, comment, etc . . .
  4. Others might return the favor.

So start retweeting! The Twitter website and many applications have easy-to-use retweeting buttons.

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Do you feel that retweeting is important? Let me know in the comments below. Feel free to follow me on Twitter @amye_

Twitter Tuesday: Celebrities “Die” on Twitter for Charity

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Do you follow celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, or Ryan Seacrest on Twitter?

Many celebrities will be “digitally dying” tonight to support World AIDS Day on December 1st. They will not get back on social networking sites until $1,000,000 is raised for Buylife.org.

What do you think about this?

This is a very good cause and a fascinating marketing tactic, but will it work? How many people actually care enough to donate for this reason? I guess we’ll see.

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What do you think about this tactic? Will you donate to Buylife.org? Let me know in the comments below.

Social Media and Black Friday Deals

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I sat down to do a book-related post, but I couldn’t think of any good Thanksgiving ones to review. However, I do recommend A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn if you are looking for a U.S.-themed book to read.

Instead of writing about books, I decided to do a social media post about how retailers are using social media to promote “Black Friday” deals. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and the official “start” of the Christmas shopping season for many. Retailers will often open extremely early in the morning (I’ve seen ads for places opening as early as 2 or 3 a.m.) and offer bargains. Although it is often called the busiest retail shopping day of the year, that is not always the case. In terms of sale volume, the Saturday before Christmas is traditionally busier.

Many retailers will offer Black Friday deals to those who “like” or “follow” them on Facebook, Twitter, or Foursquare.

To find deals, follow @blackfriday on Twitter and check out the #blackfriday hashtag. News and updates can be found at black-friday.net.

Here are a few of the deals that I found:

Target—There’s a $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway open. Click on their Facebook or Twitter link to see the contest rules. Check out Target’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Sports Authority—Sports Authority has a contest with 20 $500 gift cards available. To enter, check in via Foursquare to Sports Authority in-store during certain hours on Black Friday and tweet your check-in.

Sears—Sears promises to “unlock great deals” for those who “like” them on Facebook. Check out Sears’ Facebook page here.

Coca-Cola—If you are in one of 10 Simon Malls across the country, download the free SCVNGR app for your iPhone or Android. You can try to accumulate enough points to get rewards such as an American Express gift card and/or Coca-Cola merchandise.

Like I said, these are just a few deals to be found, and some of the ones that incorporated social media. Check your local newspaper or black-friday.net for more!

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Are you shopping on Black Friday? Do you know any retailers who are incorporating social media into their promotions? Let me know in the comments below!

Twitter Tuesday: 5 Quick Ways to Get Involved

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Now that you have a Twitter account, how do you get involved with the millions of other users out there?

Here are 5 quick tips to help you.

1.     Ask questions. You can ask questions to a specific person (@username), your followers, a company (@companyname), or the Twitter universe as a whole. Twitter is great for this because it often generates a quick response.

2.     Answer questions. If you ask questions, you should be prepared to answer them as well. It helps you feel involved and it’s just a nice thing to do (@username).

3.     Retweet useful links, funny tweets, or anything you think that your followers might appreciate (RT@username).

4.     Post useful or funny links. It might be a funny YouTube video you came across, or an interesting article.

5.     Have a profile picture. You will seem more like a person if you do this.

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How do you get involved on Twitter? Let me know in the comments below!

Twitter Tuesday: Twitter Clients and Extensions

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If you don’t like the layout of the Twitter website, fear not. You can do pretty much everything on Twitter via applications and other clients.

DESKTOP CLIENTS

Desktop clients are a convenient and popular way to keep up on Twitter. Most of them even have a version for your smartphone.

My favorite desktop client—well, honestly the only one I’ve used—is TweetDeck. This is one of the most popular clients for a good reason—you can do almost anything Twitter-related on it. Plus it’s free. I was originally drawn to this program because of the simple interface and the groups feature. The groups feature allows you to sort the people you follow into groups. Each group gets its own column; this makes it easy to keep track of everthing. You can also manage Foursquare, Facebook, Myspace, Google Buzz, and LinkedIn from TweetDeck.

This is what TweetDeck looks like on my computer:

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Hootsuite is another popular client (although it’s one that I haven’t tried . . . yet). There are two versions of Hootsuite—a free one and a paid one. For the casual user, the free version should be fine. The pro-version ($5.99 USD/ month) would be great for a company or if you want to manage more than five social media accounts. The paid version lets you use Google Analytics as well.

Other clients include twhirl, Twitterific ($14.95), and Seesmic.

For me, TweetDeck worked so well that I didn’t feel the need to try any other clients. Of course, if I find one that better suits my needs or if I get curious, I will try it.

WEB BROWSER:

Another way to check your Twitter account without accessing the website is via a web browser extension.

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My favorite extension is Echofon. It’s a tiny little icon that sits on the corner of your browser and displays new messages. I always have turn it off when I need to concentrate on something, but it’s nice if you want to read your messages as they appear.

In the past, I’ve used Yoono, which put my email, Facebook, Twitter, and IM accounts in a sidebar on the left hand side of my screen. This worked for a while, but ultimately annoyed me too much (you can hide the sidebar, but I’ve found that other extensions just work better).

TwitterBar lets you type a status update from the address bar on your browser. It’s useful, especially if you share links often, but I uninstalled it because it didn’t do enough for me.

I’ve also tried FriendBar, which streams updates from your Facebook and Twitter accounts. The version I tried was too bulky for me.

There are many more add-ons available here if none of these suit your needs. To be honest, you sometimes have to just play around to find something you like.

Other Web Browsers:

I’ve never actually tried any add-ons for different browsers, but they do exist for Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

In any browser, I highly suggest that you try this bookmarklet. Just drag and drop it in the correct toolbar. I use it all the time! It makes it very easy to share links.

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What Twitter apps, clients, or add-ons do you like? Let me know in the comments below. Also feel free to Tweet me your Twitter questions @amye_, email them to me at amy@amyerickson.net or ask them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them in future posts.

Facebook Friday: Ask Your Questions

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I’ve opted not to tell you the long, boring story about why I don’t have a regular Facebook Friday post this week. The gist of it is that real life got in the way and I didn’t have a prewritten post. If you want details, feel free to check out my Tumblr.

This week, I want to invite you to send me your requests for Facebook Friday posts. There are several ways you can do this. You can leave them in a comment below, tweet them to @amye_, or send them to amy@amyerickson.net.


Feel free to send me as many requests as you’d like and to invite your friends to do the same. I can’t guarantee that I’ll be able to post everything, but I’ll give it my best shot.

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If you have any Twitter or other social media questions, feel free to ask them. The same goes for if you have any grammar questions or book questions/ requests.

 

 

Twitter Tuesday: The Next Step

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So you decided to get a Twitter account. You signed up and got the perfect username. What’s next?

Fill out your profile and upload a picture. This will make you look like a real person. Feel free to link to your website, blog, or YouTube channel.

Then start following people. This is the best thing you can do to get started on Twitter. You can learn by watching how other people tweet.

Who should you follow? It depends.

  • If you follow celebrities, maybe your favorite one is on Twitter. Try searching for his/her name. For popular users, accounts are verified, meaning that a blue circle with a while check inside will appear by the username. Here are 50 of the most popular celebrities to follow, maybe it will give you some ideas. This extends to your favorite bands.
  • I like to follow news sources on Twitter. It is an easy way to skim headlines and get breaking news. Here are the 35 top news sources to follow. I also like @revkin, @whitehouse, and @barackobama.
  • Many of your favorite bloggers have a Twitter account. Follow them! The same goes for a lot of YouTubers. There will probably be a link to their account on their blog. Follow me @amye_
  • Follow businesses and companies you like. This is a good way to get the latest updates on products. Follow your favorite magazines/ publications as well.
  • Follow your friends. This is self-explanatory.
  • And last but not least, follow fun accounts. I like @FakeAPStylebook, @GivesMeHope, @OMGFacts, and @FakeEEtiquette.

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Who do you follow on Twitter? Let me know in the comments below!

19 Social Media Links

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Hello everyone! I have some interesting social media and technology links that I came across last week. Let me know which one was your favorite!

Social Media Links:

  1. Social Media Votes on Election Day 2010. I also wrote a blog post on the same topic.
  2. What will location apps of the future do?
  3. Here are 5 big brands that are doing social media correctly.
  4. A non-profit is trying to raise homelessness awareness on Foursquare.

Facebook:

  1. Facebook says apps shared user data, promises fix
  2. Google to Facebook: Get out of my sandbox. Basically, you can’t import your Google contacts information into Facebook anymore.
  3. The Facebook Skeletons Come Out.
  4. You can “like” the British queen on Facebook. Click here for the page.
  5. Don’t drink and Facebook. It’s not wise! You can take the Facebook sobriety test here.
  6. Will Facebook deals cost you your privacy?

Twitter:

  1. Find out Why Twitter’s CEO Demoted Himself.
  2. Will Twitter let businesses claim locations?

Other Links:

  1. Does this surprise anyone? Many Teens Text All Night Long
  2. Online learning is growing on college campuses. What do you think about this?
  3. Google sponsors free in-flight WiFi for the holidays. Of course, this is the year I’m not going anywhere.
  4. This looks hilarious: a new blog is taking on autocorrect. Kind of like a “texts from last night” site for autocorrect.