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Tweet Formula Small Business Review by BIBJ

-by Susan Baroncini-Moe

I recently connected with Al Ferretti (@alferretti) and Skeeter Hansen (@skeeterhansen), founders of both TwitterWatchdog and TweetFormula on Twitter. These guys are super-authentic “Go-Givers” who I spent almost two hours with on the phone. I learned how they both met their wives, how they both got so many darned Twitter followers (approaching 100,000 between the two of them), and why they created TweetFormula (as a sidenote, if you want to be “in the know” about Twitter, how to increase your following, and how to use Twitter most effectively in your small business, TwitterWatchdog is a wonderful, authentic resource packed with useful, practical content).

After getting an inside peek into the TweetFormula product itself and spending this past weekend delving into the material, I can safely say that I understand why TweetFormula is so popular, and indeed, why Al and Skeeter are doing so well. So what is TweetFormula and why do I dig it so much? read on Read the rest of this entry »

Mistakes to avoid on Twitter

-by Skeeter Hansen

I have made some of these mistakes on Twitter and see others making these mistakes as well. You don’t have to be perfect but you should make the most of your time on Twitter.

Here 4 important Mistakes to Avoid

1. Not Setting up your Twitter page properly:

Make sure you have a decent photo that people can connect with. This is one of the first things I look for before engaging with a new person. Like you, my time is valuable and I scan photo’s because it’s easy and fast, if someone doesn’t have a decent photo I move on to the next one.
Use your name instead of your @twitter username in the name section. I like to use a persons name when sending out tweets. Having a name is a great way for people to connect with you on a first name bases.
When filing out your bio use quality words, these words are searchable through many of the 3rd party tools that integrate with Twitter. Focus more on key words then sentence structure will give others a greater chance of finding you.

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How and why you should use #Hashtags with Twitter

One of the most complex features of Twitter for new users to understand is the hashtag.

How and why you should use #Hashtags with Twitter


Hashtags are used to identify a specific topic with a hash symbol (“#”) at the start of the word you want to identify. The one hashtag most Twitter users are aware of is #followfriday which helps spread information on other Twitter users.

The hashtag is a favorite tool for business owners, conferences and event organizers, but it’s also a way for Twitter users to organize themselves. Many people append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in search, and more likely the topic will appear in Twitter’s Trending Topics.

I created a hashtag training video earlier in the year to teach people how to use hashtags in tweets.

So how do you make sense of all this hashtag madness? By going through the art of the hashtag step-by-step, of course. This short video will give you details how to use hashtags in your tweet and why. Just be sure not to over use your new hashtag wisdom.

Have a tip to share on hashtags or a unique way you utilize them? Have a success story about how hashtags helped you. Be sure to share with everyone in the comments.

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LinkedIn And Twitter Link Up

– Reporting by David Lawsky; editing by Carol Bishopric

LinkedIn And Twitter Link Up

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – LinkedIn and Twitter have linked up. Starting immediately, users of LinkedIn and Twitter can cross-file to each other’s services, by checking a box on either Twitter or LinkedIn.

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Twitter: Project Retweet

-by Al Ferretti and Skeeter Hansen

Twitter Announces Project Retweet

Update: Twitter Activates Retweet Button

Twitter has announced “Project Retweet”, which will soon add a new “retweet” feature to the core service of Twitter.

What does this mean?

When Project retweet is complete, it will have a retweet feature that fully integrates inside of Twitter. Meaning that we no longer will you have to copy, paste, and add “RT @AlFerretti or @SkeeterHansen to any tweet ever again. Twitter’s plan is to implement it for both Twitter.com and for 3rd party apps.

When can we expect to see this new retweet feature on Twitter?

According to reports, the new retweeting system will launch on Twitter in the next few weeks. However, 3rd party apps will lag behind a little in implementation. This is because Twitter doesn’t want to break 3rd party apps that are not ready for the new feature. They’d like to launch at the same time, but the process of testing, usability, and coding on both Twitter’s side and the develop end will take time.

We believe this is great news for users that have grown accustomed to retweeting as part of the overall experience on Twitter.

Leave us your comments on how you feel about the current retweet process and/or how you would like to see it change? Does it matter to you?

Learn more about Project Retweet

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Big Twitter Trend

-by Al Ferretti and Skeeter Hansen

A Big Twitter Related Trend to Watch

12 seconds tv

While there seems to be new 3rd party twitter services created each and every day. Skeeter and I thought we would share a big twitter related trend that you may want to “watch” like a hawk.

It’s known as Live Video Sharing. When analyzing Twitter from a birds-eye (hawk) view, this particular trend is reinventing how live video is being shared.

Live Video Sharing

12 Seconds (12 Seconds Tv) is a growing service on Twitter.
12seconds helps you update your friends and family with short video clips that you record with your webcam, mobile phone, or upload. Show people where you are and what’s going on.

Pushing this trend forward are new services offering live video sharing with Twitter. Livestreaming video isn’t a new concept, but by taking your Twitter identity and network, and applying livestreaming, is a new growing trend.

Other new services to watch (still in beta) ..Twit Cam and Cam Tweet. You simply use your Twitter account to log in to the service, your web cam to capture video, and the various platforms to stream video and tweet it out to your followers. Your followers can then come watch, sign in with their Twitter accounts to chat and update Twitter at the same time.

Have you given these services a test drive?
Please leave us a comment on your experience with Live Video Sharing on Twitter…

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