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How to fail with Twitter

How to fail with Twitter

I’ve been using Twitter since 2007, and though I’m not in the same league as celebrities (or z-listers)  who count their followers in hundreds of thousands, I’m comfortable knowing that my following has been grown organically, I’ve never ever paid for new followers, and I do know and recognise most of them in the virtual world we populate. There’s much been written about how to use social media – most of it crap, and most aimed at marketing, brand promotion…

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30 ways to fail on Twitter

30 ways to fail on Twitter

Culled and curated from a few of my archived blog posts, a few tips on Twitter protocol that might enhance your social media credibility and encourage real people (not Bots) to follow you. However, to conform with the (slightly misleading) title of this blog post, which you’ve probably guessed was crafted to attract attention, just do the opposite of the items in this list! Don’t auto-reply to follows with a link to your free (but crap) ebook. Don’t provide an…

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Social Media: It’s not the Wild West after all!

Social Media: It’s not the Wild West after all!

If there is one good thing to come out of the Newsnight fiasco, which resulted in the irresponsible and inaccurate smearing of Lord McAlpine on social networks, it’s the challenge to the long-held assumption that Tweeting or blogging defamatory or libellous material cannot be policed, and that those who propagate and repeat such mis-information cannot be held to account. As Lord McAlpine’s lawyers progress their legal case against the BBC and those considered to have been responsible for incorrectly identifying him…

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The Search For Intelligence (and filtering out stupidity)

The Search For Intelligence (and filtering out stupidity)

This week’s launch of Twitter’s Tailored Trends, Facebook’s App Center, and Airtime’s safety net is part of the growing recognition that a (very high) percentage of content on the interweb is unaldulterated rubbish with a layer of drivel on top.  Most serious users are finding it increasingly difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. The search for RELEVANCE is starting to become an onerous and time-consuming activity. Whether or not the solutions provided by Twitter, Facebook and Airtime will…

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Twitter Search in Plain English

Twitter Search in Plain English

Maybe nothing new here for the seasoned Twitter user, but as always, Lee Lefever does a great job in putting across fairly complex concepts in a simple ‘matter of fact’ way. This new video from CommonCraft covers Twitter Search, and for anyone who wants to know more about ‘trends’ and ‘hashtags’ then look no further, all is explained here. If you want to see more of the CommonCraft ‘Simple English’ videos, subscribe to the CommonCraft channel on YouTube. Feel free…

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Twitter in Plain English

Twitter in Plain English

Twitter in Plain English, another great video by Lee LeFever over at the CommonCraft Show. If you’re still not sure what twitter is, or whether it’s for you, this will go some way to answering your questions. Feel free to share…

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Evan Williams describes the Twitter phenomenon

Evan Williams describes the Twitter phenomenon

Twitter is the fastest growing social network at the moment and gaining increasing credibility as the ‘killer app’ for 2009. Here Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, speaking at TED, describes how the project got started and how its development is continually shaped by user-driven innovations.  From its original concept as a simple messaging tool it is increasingly being used to gather and disseminate information on news-breaking events. Sharing of information through the use of  of hashtags is just one of the…

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The Twitter 100

The Twitter 100

I came across this potentially useful compilation of the 100 most popular sites mashing up and remixing Twitter, as measured by the number of bookmarks at Del.icio.us. Thanks to the Museum of Modern Betas Labs for this list. twitter (13092) twittervision (4194 overall) twitterfeed (3557 overall) twhirl (3149 overall) twistori (2589 overall) tweetscan (2567 overall) twitter-search (2198 overall) tweetdeck (1977 overall) twitpic (1967 overall) hellotxt (1895 overall) twitterrific (1692 overall) twitterholic (1421 overall) tweetstats (1356 overall) quotably (1337 overall) twellow…

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Personalising your social web should be a personal choice.

Personalising your social web should be a personal choice.

I’ve just picked up on (yet) another Twitter app called TwitchBoard. Twitchboard watches your Twitter-stream and notices anytime you post a url, and automatically sends the link to your Del.icio.us account. It represents the emerging class of cloud agents that are supposed to help us sort and search the massive volumes of data we interact with regularly.  Others in this genre include Friendfeed, Stumble! and Digg (to name just a few). I may be in the minority here but I…

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