Jump-Starting Your Company’s Twitter Account

I started a new business Twitter account and acquired 350 relevant followers in one month being relatively unknown and without spamming.

Most companies have joined Twitter by now but there are a few that have lagged behind. If you’re a part of this group (as my company was), it can be really intimidating to jump into the social media scene when your competitors already have established accounts with hundreds (or thousands) of followers. I used these techniques to jump my new account from 0 to 350 followers in one month, bypassing the awkward infancy period of a new Twitter account almost entirely. (more…)

ChumpDump – A New Unfollow Game for Twitter

ChumpDump is a new Twitter unfollow game for Google Android and Apple iPhone.

We think you’ve got too many chumps in your friends list. Friends are today’s 21st century currency in life. You see it in every social network, this obsession with collecting friends. But how many of them are really friends? (more…)

A Twitterified Football World Cup

There were a lot of things that were new to the World Cup 2010. Of all the things that were new, one of it was the fact that this was the first World Cup after the onset of the Twitter fever.

A few days back I read a post somewhere that talked about Twitter having set a new record of about 3.2K tweets per second, thanks to the Japanese football fans. That is more than evidence that Twitter has changed the way we saw the World Cup. (more…)

Twitter XMPP Instant Messaging with Treegger

Treegger has launched a service allowing Twitter users to chat in real time using an XMPP client such as Miranda, Pigdim, Adium, iChat (see the list here).

Messages exchanged during conversation are not stored or published on the web or anywhere else.

Bidirectional relationships (people followed and following you) are set as chat friends so if you are a massive twitter user with tons of followers don’t expect to see them if you are not following them. Unfortunately, this service is probably unusable with classic client software if you have thousand of bidirectional relations.

Create a Custom List of Tweets with TwitBlend

Today’s post comes from Pongrob Saisuwan of TwitBlend. He’s showing us how to use the service. You can follow Pongrob at @twitblend.

There’s so many auto-generated list of tweets out there but the results are mostly spam. So why not make it ourselves?

With a service called TwitBlend you can easily create your own “collection of tweets” or “tweet list” yourself and it’s very easy to use!

This is what I got from spending two minutes on TwitBlend, The Foursquare Cling (more…)

How To Incorporate Twitter Into Your Event

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Today’s post comes from Jenni Izzo, a Drexel University graduate turned PR Account Coordinator with a social media obsession. You can follow Jenni at @jenniizzo.

Whether large or small, Twitter can enhance your event in a number of ways. Take a hint from MTV, who recently used a live Twitter Tracker for their 2010 Movie Awards. They encouraged those in the audience, as well as those at home, to get in on the action by tweeting their thoughts, reactions and questions. Throughout the night, tweets containing “MTV” hit over 400 per minute. But, even if you aren’t planning a star-studded event, you can still use the following tips to create a tweet-worthy event. (more…)

5 Awesome Twitter Searches

Twitter’s search engine is really one of it’s great features, and in this article I’m going to demonstrate some really cool searches you can do with it.

This is kind of a follow up to Thomas Baekdal’s excellent article here on Twitip “7 Secret Ways To Use Twitter Search” which you should check out as well.

1. Who’s saying stuff about me outside of Twitter?
This search will show you Tweets that people write about you or your company that link out to an external page. This is useful for finding what people are writing about you, or indeed when people link to your site without using your Twitter name
[your name|company] filter:links
Live example: mailchimp filter:links (more…)

Twitter De-Addiction Camp in 6 Easy Steps

Tweeting is a fun hobby and nobody denies that. Through Twitter you can meet new people and learn from them. You can make some really good connections and do much more than just chatting.

The side effect of using Twitter: It totally grows on you. At first it is fun to get to meet new people from various backgrounds and bond with them, but after some time you are more into tweeting useful content so that it pleases your followers. And it turns into a vicious circle where you seem to get trapped. The harmless past time turns to harmful addiction!

How is Twitter harmful?

Many of you would ask me the same question as they still believe that Twitter is harmless. Yes, it is harmless to an extent but after a limit it can take total control over your life. (more…)

Open Letter to Business Owners Worldwide: The Time to Embrace Twitter is NOW!

Dear Business Owners Worldwide,

There’s a reason you’re seeing the word “Twitter” nearly everywhere you look these days.

What other media platform (aside from expensive TV, Radio and pay per click ads) gives you the same opportunity to reach and influence large groups of people the way Twitter does? From adding and engaging targeted followers (a.k.a. potential customers), to driving traffic to your blog or website; Twitter has emerged as the perfect marketing tool for essentially any business.

Proof that the time for your business to embrace Twitter is NOW lies in the pudding below. Here are 8 ways you could, and should, be using Twitter to successfully market your business. (more…)