How to Twitter: #newnewtwitter Changes

How to Twitter#newnewtwitter

Since this isn’t their first design shakeup, the hashtag for the latest Twitter version is #newnewtwitter. When Twitter came out with #newtwitter I got it almost before I heard about it.  With #newnewtwitter, it has been a week, and I still don’t have it on the web. I’ve seen it flash on my account and disappear with a mouseclick.

How To Twitter and Why

How to TwitterHow to Twitter and Why Everyone Should: 3 Great Reasons

I’ve been doing a lot of research about Twitter lately – Tweets, Tools, Tweeps, Twits – I’m not quite the ‘Social Media Scientist’ Dan Zarrella is, but I am researching methods for a Twitter book and am so pleased with my results, I didn’t want to save it all for the book. Beyond numbers of followers (we all want more) and writing gigs (I want more) there are the friendships that arise unexpectedly, seemingly from nowhere.

Tacky Twitter Tools: How Big is your e-penis

1MM Twitter Applications

Twitter recently commented that they now have over 1,000,000 Twitter applications, and have put up a new Twitter Developer website to accommodate all those developers out there working feverishly to make new twitter applications.

I decided to investigate all of the twitter tools I could actually find, and that was 629. I didn’t do this research alone, I had to have help. And while 629 is a far cry from a million, it is a large number of tools to evaluate on your own to see if there are tools you could be using to grow your business.

How to add Twitter @Anywhere to your Website or WordPress Blog

It may or may not have occurred to you to add the @Anywhere application to your website or WordPress Blog.

At first blush, the idea of having your own tweet box from which people may ‘tweet’ doesn’t make sense.  Only if you have some incredible content that they want to tweet immediately, would there be a reason for it, and then, lets be realistic, there are all those tweet-this applications that don’t take up nearly so much room in your real estate!

@Anywhere Twitter Application

Twitter describes adding @Anywhere as adding  “open, engaging interactions providing a new layer of value for visitors without sending them to Twitter.com.”

I don’t see going to Twitter.com as being that difficult, and as I said before there are “tweet this” tools all over the net the size of the little guy to your right. So, what else has it got apart from the tweet box?

There are a couple of linking tricks that come with @Anywhere, and my favorite is the hover box that you get with every twitter address you include in your text. Check them out (Mouse over them)

@tracigregory

Twitter’s full list of benefits is small

  • Embed a Tweet Box on your site and help your users share what matters to them. Push your content throughout Twitter–from Twitter.com to Google search; from SMS to the tens of thousands of apps.
  • Seamlessly activate Hovercards wherever you mention a Twitter account. Form long-lasting relationships that follow users throughout Twitter. Twitter
  • Connect provides simple Sign In for tens of millions of engaged users. Access a network made of interests: not just friends, but news sources and businesses small and large.

So there you have it.  The Twitter Connect is an obvious rival to Facebook Connect, and really, I don’t care how I log in to some things, if I just don’t have to create ANOTHER log-in to keep up with.  Twitter, Facebook, really, one is as good as the other, as long as the place I’m signing in to doesn’t require access to either my Facebook or Twitter account.  Then, more than likely, I’m going to just close that window and not explore their site.

Here is how to add @Anywhere to your website or wordpress blog

I have to admit, I think this Hovercards thing they have going on is sexy.  Try the live ones up above (I always wanted Alec Baldwin on my blog . . . ) The one below is a screenshot.


Tweet Box The Tweet box provides a way for users to Tweet directly from your website. To add it we must first review the different configuration options:

  • counter – displays a character counter. Default is true.
  • height – height of the Tweet box. Default is 133px.
  • width – weight of the Tweet box. Default is 515px.
  • label – title of the Tweet box. Default is “What’s Happening?”.
  • defaultContent – pre-populated tweet content.

Next up: quick steps to add just Twitter @Anywhere hovercards.

The Science of Twitter Timing: Tweet More

Tweet MORE?

In a webinar presented by Hubspot, I heard the most amazing advice . . . Tweet More. You can tweet up to 22 times a day and not get obnoxious (and unfollowed).

They do recommend that you NOT post 22 times in a row a link to your own website, but posting frequently, to your own content and to other people’s content, Tweet More. And pay attention to when you are retweeted.

Blog MORE?

This one is tough for me, because I like to ‘pretty up’ my posts with images and headlines, and I do these myself, they aren’t outsourced.  So blog more, up to four times a day(!) is a challenge.  But one that I’m going to take on.  If four posts a day can increase my readers, why would I not?

Days and Times to Blog, FB and email

  • Specific advice on email frequency and unsubscribe occurrence;
  • When to post to Facebook for likes;
  • When to post on your blog for sharing.

Listen to the entire webinar here.

New Twitter Tools I Like

Interesting Tool I found, TweetWhen tells YOU the times of day that you get the most retweets. Just so you know if you’re going for a viral effect, and we are, aren’t we?

Twitter Signature Tool

Additionally, I found a site TwtIMG.Com – that creates a signature you can use in forums, emails, etc., that includes your latest tweet, photo and of course, you should include a link to your twitter.  For some reason, it doesn’t . . .

TwitIMG

 

Turn down the Twitter noise – How to get tweets in text

Did you know that if there is someone you particularly want to hear from on Twitter, one person that you don’t want to have to search for to find, and want to know when they post, everytime they post, you can get it as a text?

In the United states, Text follow TraciGregory to 40404.

Works for everyone. Never miss a tweet again. And more importantly, you don’t have to wade through 1,000 tweets you don’t want to read the one you do want!

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