Posts Tagged ‘social media’

Jing meets Tweeter

jing by techsmith
On December 8, 2009,Techsmith, developers of SnagIt and Camtasia Studio, released a new version of Jing, a screen casting, screen capture software that works on Mac, Windows XP, and Vista.

In short, Jing is another neat tool, that allows you a fast and easy way to add your screen captures and screen casts to Twitter.  Jing is similar to Screenr that I posted here on Twitterwatchdog several weeks ago.  The following is a summary of some of the features of Jing.

jingscreencapture
Screen Capture – Capture What You See.

With Jing you can capture any thing on your desktop (image, text, and icon), or just make a video of your desktop.  You can initiate a capture by clicking on the Jing’s “SUN” icon, located on your task bar after installation, or by pressing a hotkey of your choice.

Record What You See and Do on Your Desktop

With Jing you can capture a window, pane, or region to capture or record.  All you have to do is select a window or a region on your desktop and Jing will record up to five minutes of video of everything that appears in the selected area.  You can “point to things with your mouse, scroll, flip through photos, and click around in a website or application” and Jing captures it all. Read the rest of this entry »

New Enhancements for Fans of HootSuite

If you are a regular Twitter user, then HootSuite is the perfect Professional Twitter application for you.  Some of the basic highlights of HootSuite include the following where you can:
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  • Create and manage multiple Twitter accounts
  • Share your Twittering duties with other trusted users
  • Manage your RSS feed directly from HootSuite
  • Track how many people have clicked on your links that you have tweeted.
  • Pre-schedule your messages or feed to post on your blog or Twitter account
  • Use Ping.fm to post to multiple social networking sites at once.

Now, HootSuite has added some new cool feature and expanded the capabilities as listed above.  So, I just wanted to provide you a brief overview of what I just reviewed on the HootSuite website.  Some of these new features as listed include:

  • Creating and importing Twitter list
  • Linking directly to Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Scheduling Facebook and Linkedin status updates

Create and Importing Twitter List

HootSuite now allows you Read the rest of this entry »

TweetFunnel:The Twitter Tool for Team Tweeting

I just found this amazing Twitter tool that I wanted to share with everyone.  It is called TweetFunnel. At the present time TweetFunnel is in public Beta, which means that anyone can sign up for FREE.

tweet funnel

The concept behind TweetFunnel is that it is designed for anyone who is charged with controlling a brand in a Corporation or for anyone who would like to have more than one person contributing to a Twitter stream or multiple Twitter streams and wants total control.

Here is a quote from the from the website that highlights the main design features:

  • “Does your company use a cumbersome process of emails, cutting and pasting to coordinate tweets from multiple team members?
  • Are you excited about being on the forefront of social media, but a little afraid to relinquish all control of your corporate image?”

Managing Multiple Users for Each of Your Twitter Accounts

TweetFunnel helps you with more consistent and relevant content for your audience by offering three user types: Read the rest of this entry »

LinkedIn and Twitter have Linked Up

– by James Roughton

twitter and linkedin

LinkedIn is implementing something new for those of us who use Twitter. With the new feature you will now be able to tweet your LinkedIn status to your Twitter followers or automatically post your tweets as your LinkedIn status. With the new features you can communicate both ways.

It is easy to add your Twitter account to LinkedIn. All you have to do is go to “Home” and you will see a Twitter symbol below your “Network Updates.” When you link with Twitter, Twitter will ask you to verify your account name and password. And once your account is verified you will be asked how you would like to share your tweets in LinkedIn status. LinkedIn will ask you which Twitter account you would like to share. This is assuming that you have multiple accounts where you will have a drop down menu. You have several options:

  • Yes, share all tweets
  • Share only tweets that contain #in or #li – See explanation below.
  • Or not to share tweets at all

Here is an excerpt from LinkedIn Twitter discussion on Hashtags: “Hashtags (#) are a way to provide additional context for your tweets. Use #in or #li to publish your Twitter updates to your LinkedIn status. Just make “#in” part of your tweet (for example, “Working on a new blog post about design optimization. #in”), and it will be displayed as your LinkedIn status. These can be added to your tweets at any time and will override your sharing settings. If your tweet is personal and you don’t wish to share it with your professional crowd, just exclude #in or #li.”

There is one important thing that you must do to ensure that you can send tweets from Twitter to LinkedIn. You must check your Twitter account to make sure that it set up as public. To do this log into your Twitter account and go to Twitter settings and make sure that the “Protect my tweets” box is not checked.

In a statement from LinkedIn Co-founder Reid Hoffman and Twitter Co-founder Biz Stone, they conclude that their sites go together like “chocolate and peanut butter.”

This is great new enhancement!

Do you use LinkedIn and/or Twitter for Business?
(please share your insights with us)

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Tweetburner

-by James Roughton

Tweetburner

tweetburner

How would you like to track your posts?  Then you may want to look at Tweetburner.  Tweetburner allows you to post directly to your Twitter account from your web browser.  The nice thing about this site is that it will shorten, share, and track your posting to Twitter.

To get started, all you have to do is create a FREE account.  Once you are registered you will see a button on the Front Page, called a bookmarklet, that you can drag to your toolbar.  Once you have this bookmarklet on you toolbar, you will be able to post a customized message and then link any site that you wish to share. Tweetburner calls this post “Twurl this.”

On your Front Page you have the following options:

  • Recently shared Links
  • Most popular Twurls in the last hour
  • Top 10 URLs with most clicks in the last hour

Across the top primary links you will see menus items for:

  • Your stats
  • Archive
  • Settings
  • Sign out

For those who post to FriendFeed, there is also support.  You can post to either Twitter or FriendFeed or to both at the same time.

I hope that you find this site useful.

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14 Insane Twitter Tips For Business

-by Kim Redd

Recently, I have found myself passionately sharing Twitter advice with not only clients, but with friends, colleagues, neighbors, and even strangers. Some think I am iNSaNe over this “twitter thing”. What better reason to write a post!

As a business, you have three main goals when it comes to Social Media: Monitor your brand, build your brand, and increase sales of your brand. Twitter is just one facet of Social Media. Here is what I share with my clients…and strangers…and now you!

14 Insane Twitter Tips For Business: What I Tell My Clients

1. Follow everyone back…yes even the porn stars! Unless someone offends you, spams you, or uses foul language, follow them back. It’s courteous and will win you more followers (i.e. customers/prospects) organically. Do you care about what your customers are saying? Then show it by following them back.

2. Change the avatar to your head shot. Yes, YOU! Choose a picture where you have a big smile. People buy from people they like, not companies. Humanize your business. It’s the only way to succeed on Twitter. IMPORTANT: Once you select your avatar, do not change it. It becomes your personal brand.

3. Put YOUR name in the Profile. It’s okay to keep the Company or Brand name as the name that shows up next to the Avatar. This will help you build your personal brand as well as your company brand. If you are worried about stalkers, don’t use your last name.

4. Engage your followers. Talk to them. Cultivate them. First rule of Social Media is “be interested, not interesting”. Have you reached out directly to any of them yet? This is a huge opportunity to interact with your customers/prospects. Don’t blow it.

5. Find more followers. A following of 28 is not going to increase traffic in your stores or on your website. Run searches to see who is chatting about your brand and your industry. Start following them. Begin following the competition, other marketers, and Twitter superstars. As you interact with each of these segments you will see your following grow naturally.

6. Listen. Have ongoing searches running for your brand, company, industry, and pertinent topics. Stay on the pulse. Nip issues in the bud. Offer advice when questions are asked. Great opportunity to make a good impression.

7. Be Active. Tweet at least once a day but not more than 10/day (unless you are having a conversation: then it’s okay to go over the threshold of 10). You need to commit time each day to actively listen and tweet.

8. Be thankful. Thank those that Retweet (RT) your tweets. Always give RT credit if you RT another tweep. Thank those that recommend you on #FollowFriday.

9. DO NOT USE AUTO DIRECT MESSAGES. Nothing bothers tweeps more than auto DM’s filling up their inbox. It’s okay to auto-follow for complete coverage, but please don’t send impersonal automated messages. You will be unfollowed and/or blocked. That won’t help your brand.

10. DO NOT use DMs for pitching products or special offers! Do I really need to expand on this concept?

11. Tweet conservatively. The internet is permanent. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t want posted on a billboard in front of your home and/or office.

12. Compliment others, generously. If you see a great tweet with interesting articles about your industry, marketing, etc give the tweep kudos by retweeting their tweet. This will help build your following and your credibility. Great way to make new Twitter friends and build your brand.

13. Schedule a Tweet Up in your area or attend one. By meeting other tweeps, marketers, prospects you can gain insight, advice, and/or possibly new drinking buddies. Look for local folks to follow. Same applies when you are traveling for business.

14. INSTALL TWEETDECK! If you haven’t already done so download it now. http://tweetdeck.com It’s a fantastic way to organize your followers and conversations. Use it in addition to twitter.com

WARNING: These tips are MY opinions and there are other schools of thought out there.

FEEDBACK: Let me know which tips are your favorites, how many you found helpful, and which ones suck. It’s okay to disagree with me too… just tell my why. Send me an @reply or leave a comment here.

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