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Six Ways To Start A Conversation June 30, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day,Twitter — jenharris @ 12:12 pm
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According to the TwiTip site that I read this morning (which is dated July 1) Twitter is the darling of social media right now.  They posted “5 Uncommon Ways Your #Business Can Use Twitter” which I honestly don’t think should be that “uncommon”.  I hope this is the FIRST five things that agencies think of!

I have a presentation called “Why Twitter” where I outline the age old Twitter question: What do you say?  This always seems to help ease people into figuring out how to start a conversation on Twitter.  These go along with TwiTip’s tips as the first two steps on Twitter….listening & participating.

WhatIsTwitter

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Twitter Spam is Evil June 24, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day,Twitter — jenharris @ 4:28 pm
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I was asked by Fox12 yesterday about hashtags, the Iranian conflict and how spammers are taking advantage of the “trending topics” in Twitter to get you to go to their site…and buy whatever blue little pill you desire.

If you click on this stuff….sorry, ya kinda get what you deserve!

Be smart!!  When it looks like a rat, smells like a rat…it’s probably a spammer.

NKOTblock

 

Twitter Stats: You Are Still A Rock Star June 21, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day,Twitter — jenharris @ 11:34 pm
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Yea! We love HubSpot

Yea! We love HubSpot

I am fond of Twitter…duh.

I love that we can all connect with each other in a way that makes the awakardness go away when you meet face:face for the first time.  That is Twitter.

I love that the majority of people who try to tell you that you can make a gazillio dollars with Twitter in one month are outed, made fun of, blocked, mocked & sucomb to the mob that is Twitter.  BoooYaaa! *she says w/all the thunder that is her inner Al Pacino*

HubSpot has come out wtth some very revealing Twitter stats that say 50-75% of users (in my oh so humble opinion) are not taking full advantage of communicating with current, potential & possibly disgruntled customers.  Yea for us that are on!  And, yea for anyone that might be teaching a Twitter Workshop in the next two weeks or so *cheese*.

Here is what I have extracted from Chris Brogan’s blog who reported on the State of the Twittersphere by HubSpot:

  • 79.79% failed to provide a homepage URL
  • 75.86% of users have not entered a bio in their profile
  • 68.68% have not specified a location
  • 55.50% are not following anyone
  • 54.88% have never tweeted
  • 52.71% have no followers
  • You can download the full report at:  http://bit.ly/sotwitter

So again, if you are using – great…take advantage of the relationships you are creating and keep listening!  Just think if you would have gotten on this “blog bandwaggon” 4 years ago when the big whigs thought it was a passing fluke! 🙂

 

The Ugly Side of #FollowFriday June 5, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day,Twitter — jenharris @ 8:31 am

Yes, another Twitter post.

FollowFriday is upon us & since there are no rules, I am just going to give out my .02 (shocker) on what I see as the demise, dilution & ineffectiveness of FollowFriday.

#FF is there to introduce your followers to a few…A FEW…other people that might be interesting to follow.  I love it when people pick a few people in the same type of category.  There is meaning & RELEVANCE there, thank you.

Sending me 46 (i swear to you, this is true) FollowFriday’s this morning that are all RE-TWEETS is just flat out unacceptable.  How would you feel if you were one of 46 groupings of 5-8 people.  Wow, real special man..thanks for thinking of me.  Oh, then in-between those RT’s?  RT’s of his message he sent out earlier.  *sigh*

I wonder if he even knows those 46 people that he RT’d?  Do any of those people feel EXTRA SPECIAL now that someone with 46,000+ followers “mentioned their name”?  Man, I hope they are upset for being diluted down to a RT of a FF hack.

If you are going to do #FF, do it because you actually mean it…not for some ego driven, number whoring reason…yea, I said the word.  out.  *drop mic here*

 

I Am Deleting My Twitter Account May 4, 2009

Filed under: Twitter — jenharris @ 2:37 pm
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Ha, made ya look!

Like I would ever do that!  Not as long as I am in the business to help businesses or in the business of Jen – you know, being a consumer!    @TweetEtiquette is my other alter-ego that I thought I could pass along good tips & tricks that I have learned on my almost-2-year-journey with Twitter.  As of this afternoon, I will tweet out one last time as the Etiquette Princess that I am & direct people to follow @JenHarris09 for further inspiration & guidance.

So farewell @TweetEtiquette, I can no longer manage you or the ba-zillion ways that people will spell you.

 

Drop Your AutoDM’rs Day April 27, 2009

Filed under: Tip of the Day,Twitter — jenharris @ 10:50 am
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My two (2) year Twitter anniversary is coming up on May 16th.  I want to do something BIG.  My most read blog on a daily basis is The Auto DM Question, I thought I would expand on this a bit.

First, what is an AutoDM? Most Tweeple use the AutoDM to automatically send a Direct Message to someone that starts following them back (you can not dm someone that is not following you first).  The thought is nice…but it just doesn’t ring to the true-ness of what Twitter started out to be and what it should be.  And yes, I am telling you how to use Twitter – at least for the AutoDM.

TweetLater is a site that has offers amazing FREE & subscription based Twitter services…one of them being the AutoDM.  They sell it as “send welcome DM’s to new followers”…which it should read…”send impersonal, unsolicited ads to people who follow you-they will never know it was automated!”  ARGH. 

My quick .02 = be personal.  Tweeple are OK if they don’t get a response/thank you for following them.  If you don’t have 10-15 minutes a day to check out your new followers to see who they REALLY are, don’t bother being on Twitter.

Enough of the rant – here is the mission…..

On May 16th, I am going to stop following all the tweeple who have sent me an AutoDM.  It will be a good spring cleaning of sorts.  Clean out all the riff-raff who think they can gain market-share by making Twitter automated.

My plea to TweetLater…please stop offering this service, it really devalues the overall goodness of Twitter – please be an advocate to all that is wonderful about Twitter & stop offering this service.

Are you in?  Take the poll & let me know!
xoxo
-jen

 

Twitter Follow Friday for 4.24.09 April 24, 2009

Filed under: Cool News (to me),Twitter — jenharris @ 10:37 am
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I am going to keep this short (but not Twitter short) and sweet today of who I think you should add to your follow list on Twitter.

@RochelleDelong  Yes, she is my boss here at Consilio…but she is just an amazing woman!  She is creating a space for working moms to do it all & be damn good at it!  Why can’t we have it all?  Why can’t we be the mom that wipes noses one day & the next be consulting with CEO’s? Move over bacon, we just brought home dinner!

@BoiseHole This is run by one of my other favorite people @LGM1 (aka: Chris Blanchard), but this term & campaign started about 3 1/2 years ago by Tac Anderson & other crue’ members (of the now non-existing, in name only) BlueLine Marketing.  There was a blog, stickers and some buzz…so-so-so-so-so sad that this is still a hole.  I say make it a cute little native grass & plant park for all downtowners to enjoy year round.

@30RockNews Just because I think that Tina Fey is one of the funniest people out there! And someone told me I looked like her one time – so you know she is just a hot Mama! 😉