The Beginner's Guide to Twitter Update: This post was updated November 2013 to reflect current statistics and tools. Do you have a parent, friend or colleague ready to ditch his or her digital training wheels and head into Twitter's open wilderness? These pointers should get them started. Twitter StreamGraphs - Flock A StreamGraph is shown for the latest 1000 tweets which contain the search word. The default search query is 'data visualization' but a new one can be typed into the text box at the top of the application. You can also enter a Twitter ID preceded by the '@' symbol to see the latest tweets from that user.
Topsy - Instant social insight With iOS 9, Search lets you look for content from the web, your contacts, apps, nearby places, and more. Powered by Siri, Search offers suggestions and updates results as you type. There are two ways to use Search on your iOS device. Tips & Tricks: Why the Period Before @Mentions? Have you ever been scrolling through your Twitter feed and seen a couple of tweets starting with a period before an @mention? Well, this is one of Twitter’s lesser-known quirks, and it silently plays a big role in what comes up in your feed. When you Tweet directly at someone (by putting their @handle as the beginning of your Tweet), that Tweet only comes up in the feeds of users who follow both you and the person you are directly Tweeting at. Why? Seven Indicators of Twitter Influence - Flock Originally posted at Social Fresh The NY Times recently reported what regular users of Twitter already know. Follower counts are an indicator of influence but not a very good one. And yes, followers can be and are gamed frequently with the assistance of shady web services. Here are a few more critical Twitter influence indicators: 1.
The anatomy of the perfect tweet Editor's note: This story first appeared on PR Daily in June. Imagine if you discovered the formula for the perfect tweet—a message so perfect that Twitter users can’t help but follow your account and retweet your post. Well, hold on to your Twitter handles, because the perfect tweet has been discovered, in theory. Last week, researchers at UCLA and Hewlett-Packard's HP Labs released a nine-page paper on how to predict the social media popularity of a news article before it is published. Astonishingly, the researchers developed a tool that forecasts popularity with an 84 percent accuracy rate.
GrimTweeper: Unfollow Users On Twitter Users One By One One of the unwritten laws of Twitter is that when someone who is an acquaintance of yours follows you, there is a mutual agreement that you should follow that person as well. If you are one of those who feels offended by those who does not follow you back on Twitter, you can easily recognize and unfollow them using justUnfollow. It is a Twitter-based app that displays your Twitter contacts that do not follow you back. Then it gives you the option to unfollow them with one click. To use justUnfollow, simply go to the site, login with Twitter, then authorize the app to access your account.
How to Use Hashtags on Twitter: A Simple Guide for Marketers Every time we host live webinars (and as this long list suggests, that is quite often), quite a few attendees get confused about what to do with the hashtag we provide. What is it? What does it do? How do you create one? Let me explain! Getting to Know Twitter Analytics Leading social media giant Twitter just recently announced (with a whisper) their move to open up Twitter Analytics to the public. Previously, the service had only been available to its advertising clients, but the company seems to be following in the footsteps of Google’s decision to provide their analytics for free. According to Twitter’s business website 35% of a brand’s followers are more likely to buy from that brand.
One Image to Rule Them All: Size Specs to Work Across Social Media A picture may be worth a thousand words, but embedding one in a tweet only costs you 23 of your 140 characters. So with limited space to work with on social networks, it’s no wonder that many digital marketers have found success using images to accompany their tweets and status updates. Recently, Twitter’s data scientist Douglas Mason concluded that tweets containing photos from verified accounts resulted in a 35 percent increase in the number of retweets. Similar results are seen across the social landscape—photos make a huge difference. However, it’s important to make sure that the images are sized appropriately for social networks. Consider an image like this:
140 Characters Are More Than Enough Since its founding in 2006, it has been difficult to separate Twitter the platform from the 140-character limit that defines it. At its inception, blogs were the norm, and the idea of a service that deliberately compressed writing so that it could fit in a single SMS text seemed both absurd and controversial. Which, of course, was intentional. The "140" that counts down with each keystroke has prefaced every criticism of Twitter’s superficiality, every celebration of breakneck pace, and every flash of wit. Today, Twitter is a company struggling to find both growth and a sustainable business model, and is considering its nuclear option: expanding the character limit.