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Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of a variety of blogs including TwiTip, ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School.

How To Publish Your Favourite Bookmarks To Twitter

The more I talk to people about how they use Twitter the more I find that nobody really uses Twitter in the same way. Today Matthew Lang (follow him at @matthewlang) shares with us the way that he shares bookmarks with his Twitter followers.

You’ve found a great article on the web, you bookmark it for yourself but you want to share it quickly with your followers on Twitter? Copying the url to a url shortening service and posting it on Twitter seems like too many steps.

What if you could bookmark the article and have it automatically posted for you? Well you can! By using TwitterFeed you can share you favourite bookmarks easily and quickly.

TwitterFeed is a service that allows you to publish a RSS feed automatically through to your Twitter account. For this technique I am going to use Delicious, as it uses tags and RSS, which are required for this technique. Many other bookmarking services also use tags and RSS, so you shouldn’t have any problem using your own favorite bookmarking service instead of Delicious.


TweetDeck [Review]

tweet-deck-3.jpg In this post Kim Woodbridge from (Anti) Social Development reviews popular Twitter Client – TweetDeck. Follow Kim on Twitter @kwbridge

Tweetdeck is an Adobe Air desktop application used to access Twitter. Tweetdeck is available for the Windows and MAC operating systems. It is made of panes that allow you to take the enormous amount of information contained within Twitter and break it down into parts that are more easily managed.

Default Panes:

  • All Tweets – All the people that you are following.
  • Replies – All @ messages sent to your username
  • Direct Messages – All personal d messages sent to your username

More panes can be added by using Tweetdeck’s features, such as Groups, and can be rearranged by moving them to the left or the right.


181 Free Twitter Buttons, Badges, Widget and Counters to Help You Find Followers

One of the best ways to find new followers for your Twitter account is to leverage any other online profile that you might already have. If you have a website, blog or other social media account linking to your Twitter account is a great way to do this.

Doing it with an eye catching button, widget or counter can be even more effective. Of course there are some Official Twitter Badges available… but what if you want something a little different?

Below are some links to places where you can download 181 different free Twitter buttons, widgets, badges and counters to use on your site (actually there are over 181 when you consider the different sizes, colors, formats that are available on some of these options).

Randa Clay – Free Twitter Graphics

18 different Twitter buttons like this one.


Siah Design – Free Twitter Buttons

42 Twitter buttons – some of them animated



Do you Use Twitter More or Less on the Weekend? [POLL]

I asked this of my followers on Twitter a while back and the result was fairly split (although perhaps it ended up being that people used Twitter slightly more during the week) but I wanted to ask it again in a more formal Poll.

Do You Use Twitter More or Less on the Weekend?

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I’d also be interested to hear whether your use of Twitter changes on the weekend? Does it become more personal, is it more about ‘catching up’ on sharing some links that you didn’t get to during the week, are your tweets perhaps a little more ‘inebriated’ on the weekend :-) ?

Interested to see the poll results but also hear your comments on this one!

10 Easy Steps for Twitter Beginners

In this guest post Aira Bongco (@airabongco) shares 10 tips for Beginners who are just getting into Twitter.

So you just signed up for Twitter. You make your first tweet and you realize you don’t have any followers. “What a dumb idea!” You say. “Who the hell would be interested in what I’m doing anyway?”

Don’t worry. You’re normal. That is a sign that you are a Twitter beginner. A lot of us Twitter users (or addicts) went through the same questioning routine. And look at us now. We’re geeks who are on Twitter all day and night and we can’t stop tweeting.

So you want to be like us? It’s not that hard really. Just follow these simple steps.


1. Set up your profile

The first thing you need to do is to set up that profile. See that bar on top of your twitter page? Click Settings and start filling up your profile. The notable areas in here are URL, bio, picture and design. Put up a link to your site or blog (check out our guide on how to start a blog here) in here along with a brief description. Upload a picture to differentiate yourself from the others and then tweak your Twitter design. Like any other social networking site, it is important to completely express what you are or what you stand for in your profile.


How Would You Improve Twitter?

Time for a hypothetical question/discussion:

How would you improve Twitter?

Lets just say Twitter have pulled the readership of TwiTip into their offices for a focus group (actually…. lets make it that they fly us all to Hawaii for a week of short daily focus groups….). They want to talk to real Twitter users of all experience levels who are using Twitter in a variety of ways to find out how they’d like to see Twitter develop over the coming year.

What would you say? What features would you like to see added (or removed) from Twitter? How could the service be improved, enhanced and made more useful to you?

Looking forward to hear your thoughts – it is over to you!

Speed Tweeting [14 November 2008]


TwitterBerry [User Review]


This review of TwitterBerry was submitted by @cjharley from From My Point of View. If you’re a TwitterBerry user – please add your own user review in comments below.

Do you love Twitter? Of course you do! That’s why you’re here. And if you love Twitter and your BlackBerry as much as I do then you have got to get TwitterBerry. This application allows you to have access to your Twitter while on the go.

Installing the application is simple and only takes minutes. Once you’ve entered your username and password TwitterBerry pulls in all of your latest updates, including the ones from your friends. It looks just like your Twitter at home. Your avatar and your friends’ avatar come up on your BlackBerry screen which makes it easy to identify your friends.


Win a Macbook Air for Writing a Tweet PLUS Vote in Our Poll

Show off your Twitter writing skills and put yourself in the running to win a Macbook Air at the latest Twitter Writing Contest at CopyBlogger.

All you have to do it put together a Haiku – you’ve got 3-4 days to do it – so get to it!

Also – vote in our latest Poll:

How Many Twitter Accounts Do You Actively Use?

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Note: I’m talking about ACTIVE Twitter accounts – not how many you’re registered for ‘one day’ or those that you no longer use. Feel free to comment on why you answered as you did below.

How to Secure an Unused Twitter Account

With millions of registered users on Twitter finding a great user account name is becoming harder and harder to do. So many names are taken and many of them are either ‘parked’ (saved by someone for some point in the future), unused, abandoned or dormant.

So what do you do when you really want a Twitter account but the account is inactive?

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I was recently confronted with this issue when setting up this very blog. While I registered early in 2008 with the hopes of starting a Twitter Tips site – I never considered registering @TwiTip as a user name here on Twitter. When it came to launching this site it dawned on me that it would be useful (and logical) to get the Twitter user name.

The problem is that it was already registered and had been for months. The frustrating part was that it was completely inactive – not a single tweet had been made. They hadn’t followed anyone and didn’t have any followers. This meant that direct messaging them wasn’t possible (you have to be mutual followers of one another to do this).

As I began to research if there was a way to get Twitter to hand over unused Twitter accounts I soon found out that there were many people with the same problem as me. There were also quite a few different opinions on whether it was possible to get these types of accounts released.

How to Secure an Unused Twitter Account

The good news is that there are a variety of ways to get an unused Twitter account. Lets start with the official response from Twitter.