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Oops! Something is “Technically” wrong…

Hey Guy’s and Gal’s,

Oops! Twitter is down, but wait, it's only something Technically wrong

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything main stream about Twitter, but over the past few weeks, since the rollout of the new app, “Twitter Places” Twitter has found, more times than not, that trying to keep up with “The Jones” or trying to “Stay Ahead of The Curve” has put another twist in the mix.

And that twist is “Servability” ok, maybe that’s not quite the right word, but lately, at least from a users perspective, when they go to Twitter to post a tweet or reply to a friends tweet, they get the “Oops something is technically wrong message”.

Now I don’t know about you, but being a business owner, the “Oops!” just doesn’t cut it, when you’re up against a schedule and your time is very important.

You can have all the Twitter Tools, Tips and resources to help make your marketing efforts work together for the benefit of yourself and your followers, but if Twitter is down, then all the other apps are too.

So, what do you do when Twitter is down, and the “Fail Whale” swims into your harbor?

I know many of you have more than one marketing avenue in the mix, so what do you do when you have all these social media networks all tied together and one of those sites goes down?

What do you have in your arsenal that is tried, tested and approved to never let you down?

Until next time.
Have a wonderful day,

Twitter down for hours of ‘planned maintenance’

Hey Guy’s and Gal’s from the Twitter Watchdog Universe,

You may have noticed a little down time this morning if you attempted to access Twitter.
And low and behold, the AP from New York had this to say,

NEW YORK – The micro blogging site Twitter Inc. was out of commission for a couple of hours early Sunday for some of the roughly 100 million users around the world.

Instead of the usual screen that allows people to send a tweet, the home page indicated the site was down for “planned maintenance” but was expected to be back in a few hours.

It was accompanied by a cartoon.

According to a status website run by the San Francisco-based company, Twitter’s hosting provider, NTT America, was to start the maintenance at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday and it was to last about five hours.

Some tweets appeared to start moving again after about 90 minutes but some users were still unable to send messages hours later.

Ok, now that, that is over with, many people are still unable to access their twitter accounts, which I was one until about an hour ago. (I hope your account was ok)

Now we all know that planned maintenance is always good (for any business) but from what I’ve heard this has impacted many companies who use twitter primarily for customer support. If that’s you, then you can see the impact this may have your business.

Now I’m all for using Twitter for business, but it’s always good to have a backup plan, just in-case of situations like this.

What backup plan do you have in place for your business?
We’d love to hear your comments.

Have a wonderful day.

-By Timothy Caron @TimothyCaron

Is Your Twitter Background Up to Snuff?

Is Your Twitter Background Up to Snuff?
by Timothy Caron

Hey Guy’s and Gal’s, we all know by now that more and more businesses are taking Twitter to a whole new level, by using Twitter to promote there online and offline businesses. And, here at Twitterwatchdog it’s no different. A matter of fact we encourage you to use Twitter to help Build, Grow and Monetize your business.

In a recent post, I spoke about using Twitter backgrounds to help build and promote your brand on Twitter and we also gave you a few Free Twitter Backgrounds during the holiday season. But did you know that there are over 12,600,000 search results just for the search term “custom twitter backgrounds”?

There are literally thousands of website that can show you how to create your own custom twitter background or you can even download free twitter backgrounds.

If you want a Twitter Background that truly captures the essence of your business, you can expect to pay anywhere from $39.95 to $129.97, now if you ask me that’s a lot of Moo-la! But if you want to attract more quality customers, those that want to buy what you have to offer, then you will have to make a small investment to make this happen.

Below are a few of the website I’d like you to check out (if you haven’t already) that offer a fantastic array of Free and Custom Twitter Backgrounds.

1) Colour Lovers is an excellent place to start if you want to make your own tiling background patterns. They also offer palettes that will help you pick colors that go well together so your Twitter page doesn’t look like you picked the colors with your eyes closed or let your 3-year old do it for you.

2) Twitter Patterns is another great place to find patterns for your tiled background.

3) On The Social Identities web site there are royalty-free backgrounds which you are welcome to use or that might give you some ideas. All of the photographs they use to make these backgrounds are either royalty-free or published under the Creative Commons license and used with permission.

And last but not least we can custom design your Twitter experience for you too, simply contact Al or Skeeter and they will point you in the right direction.

Until next time, have a wonderful day

Free Holiday Twitter Backgrounds

– by Timothy Caron

For those of you who are on Twitter, one way to make sure that you stand out from the crowd is via your avatar/photo and your Twitter Background. Your Twitter Background is the first image people will see when they view your profile. This can be a great way for people to get to know you better and in deciding whether to follow you or not.

Why use one of Twitter’s stock backgrounds when you can have a custom Twitter background that will not only make you stand out from the crowd but also provide an excellent marketing opportunity?

If you’re using Twitter to promote something you’re missing out on its full potential if you don’t consider the background as part of your promotion.

Your online image is important. The right personal or business image can make an ordinary company look great and help you succeed. Here, at Twitterwatchdog, we believe the right image is a big difference maker, aside from providing value (which is a must)

A Twitter user has three options, first to use the Free Twitter Backgrounds on twitter, secondly to use free Twitter Background websites or third, get a custom background designed by a professional for your specifications that will allow you to stand out from the crowd.

Below are some samples of holiday templates that we have created for our Twitterwatchdog friends and followers. Simply Right Click on the image and save it to your desktop, then upload it to your Twitter Profile and enjoy.

Free Holiday Twitter Backgrounds



If you would like to have any of these free backgrounds customized, just hop on over to my blog and send me a message via my contact form. Or simply click on any of the images will open a new window. Then in your browsers menu bar at the top click on file then choose “Save Page As” from the drop down list. Then upload it to your Twitter Profile under design settings.

Timothy is a website designer and developer and can be contacted at @TimothyCaron on Twitter and over at
Have a happy holiday season…

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What’s the Scoop on Twitter?

What’s the Scoop on Twitter?

– by Timothy Caron

While doing a search on Google for “what’s the latest scoop on twitter” i found a website called Twitscoop (twitscoop) which keeps you up to date on the latest trends on Twitter.

Twitscoop boasts, that you can

Receive, send tweets, and find new friends instantly, without ever reloading your page. Search and follow what’s buzzing on twitter in real-time. Benefit from useful features you’ll find nowhere else.

1) Watch the trends live on the cloud, tweet from your account
2) Multi-tab search and graphs
3) Twitpic images on the fly
4) Never reload your page
5) Track Stats
6) Follow Stocks

I did do a brief search for “website design help” through it’s search feature and was amazed at the amount of people that need help in that area.

If you’re an online business owner looking for work in this down economy, this might be a good tool for you to try out.

Watching out for you, one tweet at a time.

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Twitter Background First Impressions

Twitter Background First Impressions

We all know that first impressions (when it comes to your website) are very crucial, and you only have approximately 7 to 10 seconds to catch a persons attention, before they click away from your site and move on to the next.

Your Twitter background is no exception to the rule, especially if you are promoting your products or services to your followers.

Being a graphic designer I tested a few backgrounds using Photoshop CS4 but found that I could do the bulk of the work using Microsoft Powerpoint, and they could be put together very quickly, and then I could touch them up in Photoshop if I needed to get a higher resolution.

Almost every PC user has Microsoft Office installed on their computers. In that bundle of software is a program call Microsoft Powerpoint. With just a little trial and error you can produce a nice background for your Twitter Account.

Now if you’re a Mac user and you have OpenOffice Installed you can use Presenter to accomplish the same task. The good thing about Presenter is you are able to import a Twitter Background template onto the stage and start your masterpiece.

To help you get started working on your own Twitter background I’ve included a twitter template that you can use, download here. (Simply “Right Click” and chose file “Save As” and save the file to your desktop) When you are already to use the template simply double click on the file name and it will automatically open the file in Powerpoint.

I have found a series of tutorials by a fellow designer named Peggy Duncan, that will show you how to get started creating your very own Twitter background.

Make sure you watch the other 2 parts of her tutorial. Then Let us know what you think.

Until next time, have a wonderful day.

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