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Posted on 29. Aug, 2010 by hilzfuld in Web UPDATED as of December 2011 By: Hillel Fuld This post is going to be a little different. Over the past three years, ever since I joined Twitter (Follow me here ), I, along with many people I know, have had a lot of questions about the micro blogging service.
The First 99 People to Follow on Twitter | Mobile | Social Media | Newest Technologies by Tech N' MarketingPosted on 23. Aug, 2010 by hilzfuld in Web By: Hillel Fuld By now, you have definitely heard of the viral micro blogging service called Twitter . Some will say it has reached the masses, while others will say it is still not mainstream. Whatever you think about Twitter, there is no denying that it has become part of regular people’s conversations all around the globe.
What's happening in meetings I've been in here is likely similar to what's happening in other corporations: People are gathering to figure out how to use, exploit, or simply not get their companies embarrassed on Twitter . But no matter what we agree to in these rooms (which, in my experience, isn't much), one thing is sure: You can't manage a major corporate Twitter presence on Twitter.com itself. Nor, for that matter, can you in one of the popular client apps like Tweetdeck or the current Seesmic Desktop . You need something built for customer service or brand management.
Twitter started with simplicity in mind.
Twitter is immensely useful as a utility for joining in the global conversation and sharing thoughts, opinions, information, and media. But for new users, there's also a fairly steep learning curve. For many people new to Twitter , the site doesn't immediately "make sense" and it can be a bit daunting.
As Twitter surges toward an estimated 12 million registered users by year's end (though some new stats may disagree), some of us are starting to deal with what we recently dubbed " followholism ." You've followed so many people, it's hard to keep up, and it's probably time to do a little housekeeping. But where do you begin? Twitter 's own tools for managing followers are subpar. It's nearly impossible to figure out who among your followers are following you back, and the interface for paging through followers is clumsy and difficult to use.
We really can’t deny the fact that businesses are testing out Twitter as part of their steps into the social media landscape. You can say it’s a stupid application, that no business gets done there, but there are too many of us (including me) that can disagree and point out business value. I’m not going to address the naysayers much with this.
Twitter can drive leads and sales. However, because of the simplicity of the Twitter platform , some businesses overlook simple ways to improve their business' branding on Twitter. Taking the time to optimize your brand on Twitter is important to help capture the ultra-short attention span of users scrolling through their Twitter feeds.
Editor’s note: Due to the large amount of spammers this post series has attracted, we are closing comments. However, we’ve pulled all the posts together into one! You can now see the entire list of fantastic Twitter applications in our free ebook download: 100+ Twitter Applications for Fun, Business and Social Sharing While perusing my Twitter feed the other day, I came across a post with over 160 Twitter applications.