Get Twitter Bios at a Glance

Posted by David Druckenmiller | Posted in Tools, Twitter | Posted on 28-08-2009

I guess real “expert” or “power” Twitter-ers enjoy and use some sort of desktop client like Tweetdeck, Nambu, or Seesmic to manage their Twitter account. But for me, I seem to have reverted back to the standard Twitter browser interface … with one caveat, I use Firefox … primarily for one very convenient script (or add-on by Al’s Scripts) that turns your following-follower page listings from this:

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into this:

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If your tweets contain such sayings as “Get more followers, instantly!” or “Find targeted followers in seconds” or “affiliate schemes” then this feature may not be critical 🙂 … BUT if you are using Twitter for quality and not quantity then having follower-following bio’s listed in this manner is a tremendous help in separating the good from the bad on your account, or identifying a friend of interest on another user’s account.

(I’m in the MAC world so perhaps my PC brethren could chime in, but I am pretty sure the steps below are the same for PC’s as well.)

Step 1 – Install the free download of FireFox.

Step 2 – After the installation is complete, launch. Now download and install Greasmonkey.

If you are unfamiliar with Firefox add-ons then you might like this wiki article about Greasemonkey which is in essentially a JavaScript enabler for the FireFox browser.

Step 3 – Restart FireFox. Now download and install at Al’s scripts the script “Twitter Friend Bios at a Glance”. The explanations for install are pretty clear … really just hit the green install button and follow the prompts.

Step 4 – Now, go to your Twitter follower or following page and separate the wheat from the chaff.

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[ Hey! follow @imusicmash, the writer of “Al’s Scripts”, on twitter too. ]

Twitter – “What’s all the fuss about?”

Posted by Beth Frysztak | Posted in Social Media, Twilosophy | Posted on 26-08-2009

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This “Twitter – What’s all the fuss about” post written by Beth Frysztak (@bethfrysztak) was originally published at Beth’s Blog:  Network Your Life, in April 2009.  Beth is a cool twitterer, charasmatic leader, successful marketer & Mom of 2 who thoroughly understands how to satisfy customers.  She is passionate about networking and “all things connected”.

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Twitter, is a micro-blogging service. It allows you to send short, 140 character “tweets” rather than typing an entire blog (as I am right now), You can “tweet” anything from getting coffee…to the days headline news. When Twitter was launched, I am sure there were only a handful of people who all followed each other! That soon became a hundred….then thousands. In fact, in the early stages of Twitter (in my humble opinion) the entire Twitter following was probably no more than the number of followers that I have today! (1,685 as of this afternoon (April 18, 2009) – in case you were wondering).

So, “What’s all the fuss about?”

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What I receive out of Twitter-and my Twitter followers (whom I just adore!) is an unexplainable pleasure of “tweeting” the news of the day, a business article I have found, “re-tweeting” a fantastic quote or link and sharing stories of my life. Sometimes, my “tweets” are notions of nothing really important.

Twedding: Will Twitter become the next Vegas?

Posted by Jessica Linnell | Posted in Trends | Posted on 25-08-2009

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In times where money is tight and Twitter is booming, Twitter might just find itself the next big locale for elopers, er, online elopers that is. Think about the cost and time savings couples who choose a twedding could enjoy. No booking a flight to Vegas or even driving to a chapel. No tux rentals or overpriced wear-once dresses. No stress choosing music or flower decor. No long winded vows (remember you only have 140 characters). The savings are endless!

Of course, there would be some drawbacks to a twedding. How would the couple exchange rings? What about the ever-important first kiss? Would you tweet your vows from the same location or would you be tweeting from a distance? Many couples look forward to sharing wedding pics with family and friends but tweddings wouldn’t have pictures, or would they? Would you take a picture of you and your spouse-to-be tweeting each other? Would screen shots serve to commemorate the occasion?

Perhaps the most important question of all is will people WANT to get married on Twitter? Will people be willing to trade traditional weddings for an online, 140-character “I do”? While this possibility leaves more questions than it answers, chances are it will take place sooner or later–and probably sooner.

Those willing give tweddings a try need look no further than Michael Buchino, AKA @buchino. This online (of course) ordained pastor posted a Craig’s List ad offering to conduct Twitter marriage ceremonies. According to an article by Scott Kleinberg, he’s already found one couple interested in a twedding. He’s still working out the state laws regarding such a ceremony but be sure to stay posted for the first twedding soon. And if you’re interested in a twedding, contact Buchino on Twitter.

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Search Twitter and Google At The Same Time

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Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Search, Tools | Posted on 25-08-2009

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Stephanie Beckham (@sbeckham) tweeted this morning about a cool way to

search both twitter and google at the same time.

Twiogle – lets you perform a Google and Twitter search at the same time, helping you get more relevant search results by displaying real time twitter search and Google search results.    Also visit the twiogle blog and twiogle on twitter!

 

Stephanie Beckham is Sales & Marketing Director & online Idea Strategist at BrainJocks AND a huge football fan! (Go Dawgs!)

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3 Ways to Put Twitter on Autopilot

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Posted by Brandon Eley | Posted in Tools, Twitter | Posted on 25-08-2009

There are only so many hours in the day… and all of us (well, except for maybe Chris Brogan) have other commitments outside of social media. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just put Twitter on autopilot? You can, but first…

Remember, Twitter is about having conversations and building relationships. The more you automate, the less you converse. Use these tools as a way to spark and enhance conversations, not as a way to step back from Twitter completely. Okay, now on to the tools.

Schedule Tweets for a Later Time

Using TweetLater you can schedule individual tweets to be posted at a later time. You can choose either a specific time (i.e. October 13, at 12:40 PM) or a certain interval from now (i.e. 3 hours from now).

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TweetLater also has a paid version (starting at $29.97/month) that allows you to setup recurring tweets. The web service also has other features to help you manage your Twitter stream such as automatically following people who follow you (or unfollowing people who unfollow you), and can manage an unlimited number of accounts.

Ode to Twitter

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Posted by Laura Fitton | Posted in Basics, microsharing, Social Media, Twilosophy | Posted on 23-08-2009

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This "Ode to Twitter" post written by Laura "@Pistachio" Fitton originally ran on Pistachio Consulting’s website in August 2007.   Laura has since helped explain Twitter to thousands, including Guy Kawasaki, Johnson & Johnson and Harvard Business School.  Most recently, she wrote Twitter for Dummies and founded www.oneforty.com to help people take advantage of all the Twitter ecosystem offers.

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Let me come clean about my Twitter adoption “arc:”

The wise student hears of the Twitter & practices it diligently. The average student hears of the Twitter & gives it thought now & again. The foolish student hears of the Twitter and laughs aloud. If there were no laughter, the Twitter would not be what it is. -Lao Tzu (well, sorta)

I was foolish. If you think Twitter’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen, I hear you.

But I evolved.

Twitter_Bird_Logo_by_ipotionI recently tweeted what Twitter is to me:

water cooler, colleagues, sanity check, ideas, advice, good tips, friends, company, connections, inspiration. oh ya & network.

A Twitter User’s RSS Feed – How To Locate It

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Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Basics, Broadcasting | Posted on 22-08-2009

My friend @johnhaydon shows how to find a twitter user’s RSS feed:

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RSS is a way to subscribe to a blog or twitter account, etc. so that it comes to you rather than you clicking on bookmarks or a link to go there.  Here’s a great one page explanation of RSS (Rich Site Summary).

“Twitter Will Kill You” – a rockumentary

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Posted by David Druckenmiller | Posted in Misc | Posted on 21-08-2009

If you haven’t seen the David Crowder Band Rockumentary “Twitter Will Kill You”, it is worth a view and sure to bring a smile.  The band gives the short video a sort of “The Monkeys” like quality.  Very creative and apropos to the twitter experience.

If you are not familiar with their music, you should give them a listen.  Solid faith oriented guys. My favorite track is “No One Like You” from their album, Illuminate.   The clip is perhaps a good example of embracing a popular cultural phenomenon and using it to promote your own work in a creative and dynamic way. It currently has over 82,000 views.  Its also interesting that within the clip the band has fun with another very popular clip on YouTube, “David After Dentist”.

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TubeMogul and Twitter Direct Video Posting

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Posted by Kevin McIntyre | Posted in Misc | Posted on 21-08-2009

As seen on TubeMogul.

This is just one more reason to use Twitter.  It’s importance on the Internet just seems to grow exponentially day by day.

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Want to automatically tweet your latest videos? Great news: there’s now a TubeMogul app for that. When uploading videos via TubeMogul, you can now check a box at the bottom of any video’s “Launch” page that will automatically send a tweet once the video goes live. The feature is basically TwitterFeed for video (those who know what that means).

Tweets look like this: “VIDEO: [Video’s Title…] http//…”

And you might just want to use it: according to our latest research, audiences clicking on video links from Twitter watch a video 36.91% longer than viewers referred by Facebook and 49.98% longer than viewers referred by Digg, making Twitter an important medium for those content creators trying to reach the most engaged audiences.

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Twitter Search – In Plain English

Posted by Kent Beatty | Posted in Basics, Search, Tools | Posted on 20-08-2009

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How Twitter Search creates new opportunities for plugging in, tracking news in real time and discovering trends.

 

What This Video Teaches

 

This video uses a metaphor of “Twitterville” to illustrate the opportunities to use the Twitter Search feature to find people and information, read news and discover emerging information.  It teaches how Twitter Search:

  • Helps people listen to what others are saying
  • Creates a real-time news source
  • Makes trending topics visible
  • Connects related information with hashtags
  • Helps businesses listen to customer feedback

 

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