Monday, September 21, 2009

Top 20 Twitter Tips for Tweeps

In this post you will find links to websites that will allow you to become a power user of Twitter. Ever wonder how someone you've never heard of has boat load of followers? Chances are they are utilizing some of the information you'll find here. I have been collecting these little gems as I find them. Some I have put in place, some I have not. I am still experimenting as well. So if you find that I have left something off this list please add to it and leave a comment.

1. The Twitter Guide Book
First things first....You've got to know the basics. Learn about retweets, #hastags, #followfriday and more. This website is the ultimate guide to Twitter.

Customize your background. Don't be boring and lazy. Create something personalized or choose from their vast free library, there is even an option to have a background designed just for you.

Start following people and hopefully they will follow you. Of course the first thing you should do is invite your friends and family to follow you but you should also find people tweeting about topics you're interested in or topics you think you could contribute to. The power of Twitter really is all about the search. Ease drop on potential customer conversations by searching out the keywords of the product or service you sell. Answer their cries in the moment they need you. Do you sell something that solves a problem? Use a keyword from that problem and search for it in Twitter. See all the people that are currently talking about the very problem you solve. @Reply them with your solution. You may have just found a new customer.

TwitThis lets you easily share links with your friends, and find new followers. This service takes a URL and turns it into a complete tweet. You don't have to think about it, well other than what you want to share. It also suggests other users for you to follow. You can also bookmark the site to your browser's toolbar and anytime you navigate to a site you like, click it!

5. vs.
Twhirl and TweetDeck are social software desktop clients. Twirl is based on the Adobe AIR platform. TweetDeck uses a more classic software platform. These apps allow you to keep track of your Twitter accounts without using your browser. Twhirl is a compressed version of TweetDeck. I prefer it to TweetDeck because it does not take up my entire desktop and sends a Growl-type alert every time someone I am following posts a tweet. TweetDeck is cool if you like to see everything coming in all at once, @replies, DM's, followers and following. It send audio alerts every time someone posts. Of course you can manage the communication of both apps if you don't like being pinged every other second.

This site is really cool. It provides you with a super easy way to sift through your followers and decide if you want to follow them back or not. Get rid of the spammers, scammers and prostitutes with one simple click of an arrow. It's also a great way to review the people you are following. I started following some folks over two years ago when I was still figuring out what the hell Twitter was. Now some of those profiles are dead and others are talking about topics I have no interest in.

TwitterFeed allows you to hook up RSS feeds to your Twitter account so you are always posting updates. You can program a Google news alert, your blog posts and RSS feed you like! This has got to be one of the most useful and effortless sites out there for keeping your account relevant and fresh.

Earlier in this post I told you about leverages the same idea but gives you analytics as well. You enter a search term and this site will show you tweets with that keyword in it from 24 hours ago, the past 7 days, the past 30 days and for a nominal fee show you the past 90 and 180 days. This is a very useful tool for searching out niche markets.

9. aka
Social Oomph is a site that allows you to schedule your tweets thereby boosting your productivity. Free and Professional versions are available. The free version is very robust allowing you to do the following:

    * Schedule tweets — Plan, set & forget!  

    * Track keywords on Twitter — Empower yourself!

    * Save and reuse drafts — Save hours of typing!

    * Send welcome DMs to new followers — Automate!

    * URL shortening — Track those clicks!

    * Follow those who follow you — Automate!

    * Unfollow those who unfollow you — Automate!

    * Vet new followers — Semi-automation!

    * View @Mentions & Retweets — Multi-account efficiency!

    * Purge your DM Inbox — Keep it tidy!

    * Personal status feed — Your own tweet engine!

    * Unlimited Twitter accounts — No charge!

Do you wanna know how you rank up against Ashton Kutcher? Or how about how you rank up against other people in your field? Check out The stat details include the date it first started tracking you (tracking starts when you go to the site and enter your Twitter user name), the growth of your followers and even gives you a prediction of what your follower growth may be. It shows the number of visits to your page and where you rank in the vast pool of Tweeters. They also offer a pay for service which gets you a lot of visibility and followers and can provide an easier way to grow your online popularity.

Twellow is a directory of public Twitter accounts, with hundreds of categories and search features to help you find people who matter to you. Registration is free.

TweetBeep is like Google news alerts but for Twitter. This site is great for online reputation management, catching all your @replies and @mentions, finding job/networking opportunities, keeping up on your favorite hobby, and more!

There are a few sites that offer the same service of photo sharing via Twitter. I think most people use Twitpic. I use this site the most when I publish images to Twitter that were taken on my phone. You can also post pictures via the site itself as well.

Who are you following that's not following you back? Who's following you that you're not following back? Find out!

This is a very powerful site. It combines several of the sites listed here capabilities into one enabling you to acquire for targeted followers. ou can add multiple Twitter accounts to your profile, discover who you are following that is following you back, mass follow users based on search terms and location, unfollow multiple friends at once, schedule tweets in advance to run throughout the week, insert RSS feeds that will automatically tweet the title and link of your blog or another site. The catch is that this site is not free. They give you a 14-day trial and then it is $6.95 a month.

With TwitterHolic you can find out who the most popular twitter users are. They list the top people on Twitter up to 1000. You can also type in your username and see the date you first joined, you pic/bio, your rank on TwitterHolic as well as your rank in your location. I can never get enough stats!

17. Your Twitter Karma aka
This is another site like FriendorFollow and FlashTweet where you can see who's following you, who's not following you back as well as do bulk un-follow or follow. I have heard that is you get over 5000 followers the site begins to not be able to process your request as easily. But it's free so who's complaining?

Comment Luv has a new plugin which is activated across all the blogs at called TwitterLink Comments. It allows people that comment on your posts to add their Twitter username to the form and once their comment is submitted, every comment from them over your whole site will show a link to their twitter page so other readers can easily follow them.
This is a great way to help your blog readers grow their following and also encourage them to comment. The better the comment, the more likely someone will be to click their link and follow them.
Try it out, let me know how it works out for you.

Their tagline really says it you can find the hottest links on Twitter. TweetMeme is a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categorizes these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you're interested in. They make it easy for you to subscribe to each category and the most popular through our RSS feeds and Twitter accounts.

Last on my list is a blog all about Twitter called TwiTip is about capturing some of the lessons that the author, Darren Rowse, and others have been learning about Twitter and how to use it more effectively. This blog covers Twitter Tips of all varieties including Writing for Twitter, Branding, Growing a Following, Corporate Tweeting and a lot more.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Which One Doesn't Look Like the Other Ones?

I love this image. Once upon a time Macs were the odd ball computers.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Pro-Bono Website for the OVFF

This summer I took on a free project for the Other Venice Film Festival. The budget for this site was ZERO. Luckily I have some great friends that helped me take the site from this old site:

To the image we have below. Feel free to check out the live site here.

Pro-bono projects are fun for me because I get to have total control. For this site I had help from a graphic designer who did the logo and a developer that helped with the backend, everything else was ALL me. I designed the site, did all the graphics, wrote all the copy, set up all the social networking and banner hosting. Since the budget was nothing I pulled in all the free resources I could find making for a very web 2.0 website. While there are still a few things I'd like to change, I think this is worlds better than what they had. This site is built on the Word Press platform so it is totally dynamic and will grow with the festival as needed.

eBrochures Using the Zmag Tool

I have been working on this hybrid print/interactive project since May. It is finally live. This project was challenging because I had to work with a print AD, print Account person and print Clients on this interactive project. Getting everyone up to speed on the technology, maintaining print quality standards and making sure expectations on all sides were understood were the most difficult aspects of producing this piece.

In the end, I think it turned out beautifully. Please click on the image above, take a look at the actual ebrochure and leave your feedback below. I'd be happy to answer any questions about working with the Zmag tool.