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This is meant to be a way to introduce Twitter to skeptics and newbies and is NOT comprehensive.
==>A big welcome to the TechCrunch readers who are here thanks to the mention in @vwadhwa’s piece on why Twitter is his only social-networking tool.
[Many thanks to @NatIves for putting me on Ad Age’s 25 media people to follow. Also, thank you to OnlineSchools for putting me on Top 100 Twitterers in Academia. Armed with these, I can… well, what, exactly?]
*** MY TWO WEBCASTS WITH ALL-STAR TWEETING JOURNOS:
Intros to Twitter:
- See this collection of "10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates (if #5 doesn’t inspire you to use Twitter, perhaps this will)
- Mashable’s collection of all things Twitter: twitter.mashable.com
- Cyberjournalist’s Top 10 amazing, funny, useful Twitter links
- 100Twt.com: List of 100 most popular people on Twitter + their real-time tweets
- OutlawDesignBlog: 30 essential Twitter tutorials for newbies & experts
- Read lots of useful Twitter tips at Twitter_Tips
- Listen to my Jan. 2009 webcast/podcast with terrific journos, "Twitter for Journalists: Everything You Wanted to Know About Twitter But Were Afraid to Ask" + see live coverage of my April 2009 workshop on "Twitter for Skeptics"
- NYT’s love letter to Twitter, "Putting Twitter’s World To Use"
- WSJ interview with Twitter founders (and backstory)
- NY Magazine: The Twitter Approval Matrix (“Our deliberately oversimplified guide to whose tweets are worth following”)
- David Carr explains why Twitter will endure | Vivek Wadhwa on why Twitter is the only socmedia tool he uses
- Twitter books:
- BreakingNews: “Your most credible Twitter news source. First in online breaking news!”
- BreakingTweets.com: “world news, Twitter-style; hyperlocal gone global”
- Almost.at: “Following People at Real World Events in Real-Time”
- GoogleNews: now on Twitter
- CNNbrk: CNN’s breaking news account, originally created by a viewer
- Reuters: Reuters on Twitter
- DrudgeReport: yep, he’s here, too.
- Understand Twitter trends with WhatTheTrend.com, which explains the sometimes cryptic items on search.twitter.com
By and for Journalists
- MuckRack.com: new collection of journalist Twitter feeds
- RuthReichl: editor-in-chief of Gourmet; former NYT food critic
- BUSINESSWEEK: JohnAByrne: editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com | AHess247: senior tech writer Arik Hesseldahl
- NPR: KenRudin: political editor | NPRScottSimon: Weekend Edition host
- CNN: AndersonCooper: AC and AC360 staff | CNNbrk | FareedGPSCNN | iDesk: CNN International Desk
- WSJ: WaltMossberg: tech columnist | KaraSwisher: co-creator of AllThingsD.com
- NYT: nytkeller: Bill Keller, executive editor | Pogue: David Pogue, tech columnist | Carr2N: David Carr, media columnist (his essay on why Twitter will endure) | ClaireCM: Claire Cain Miller, Twitter-beat reporter | NYT_preston: Jennifer Preston, first social-media editor
- SteveScottWCBS: anchor in NYC radio station who uses Twitter to connect with sources and more
- COLLECTIONS OF MEDIA TWITTER FEEDS: Boston.com | LATimes.com/tweets
- EXAMPLES OF JOURNOS USING TWITTER:
Reporter Uses Twitter to Connect with, Provide Insight into Sources | Teaching Twitter best practices to journalists | 10 Ways J-schools are Teaching Social Media | SteveButtry's excellent guide, "Leading your staff into the Twitterverse" | Tips on using Twitter in a newsroom, by @mthilmony | 50 Twitter tools for writers and researchers| Who controls a journo’s Twitter feed when he/she leaves? | Social-Media Skills for Journalists - my course at Columbia Journalism School
Big Tech Names
- Biz: Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter | Ev: Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter
- Mashable: leading social-media blog | BenParr: co-editor
- GuyKawasaki: early Apple pioneer & venture capitalist
- TechCrunch: leading tech blog
- GigaOm: leading tech blog
- Scobelizer: Robert Scoble, blogger
- SteveCase: founder of AOL
- ExecTweets.com: “Find and Follow Top Business Execs on Twitter”
See FT column by Lucy Kellaway. She says “I think it is potentially the best communication tool there is; the trouble is that most executives are making a complete hash of using it.”
- StockTwits.com: a new way to keep track of stocks
- 24/7 WallStreet on "Ten ways Twitter will permanently change business"
- CityBakery and Twittering cookies
- RakeshLobster’s post on how local businesses can use Twitter
- Pro blogger DavidRisely on how many Twitter accounts should you have?
- business.twitter.com: Twitter’s official guide for businesses
Other Names You Know:
- Bittman: Mark Bittman, chef and NYT’s Minimalist columnist
- MrsKutcher & AplusK: celebs you know (read how MrsKutcher saved a life)
- JimmyFallon: using Twitter to promote “Late Night”
- The_Real_Shaq: Shaquille O’Neal twitters during halftime
- List of older celebrities on Twitter
Fun & Funny!
- ArjunBasu: 140-character short stories
- OhNewsroom: stuff overheard in the newsroom
- TheMime: well, you can see for yourself
List of Suggested Twitterers & Curated Tweets
- BestTweets.com: “a selection of the best of Twitter”
- MEDIA: MuckRack’s journalists to follow | Ad Age’s 25 media people to follow
- BOOKS/AUTHORS: Twitter Tips for authors | Mashable’s 100 fiction authors | 70 nonfiction authors | 15 Twitter users reshaping publishing
- EDUCATION: Chronicle of Higher Ed’s 10 high-flyers on Twitter
- TRAVEL: NileGuide’s Top 10 travel Twitterers | WanderListing: “finds up-to-the-minute news, deals, tips and tales from the world’s leading travel experts, bloggers and explorers and presents them to you in one convenient location.”
- LAW: LinkedIn Lawyer’s 10 people all lawyers should follow
- TOP 100: 100Twt’s List of 100 most popular people on Twitter + their real-time tweets
- TheMediaIsDying: tracking media layoffs and more
- TheMediaIsHirin: media job postings
- TheMediaIsHuntn: media folks looking for work
- TweetMyJobs: wide variety of job postings
- TwitterJobSearch: search engine to find jobs on Twitter
- JobsPage: Joe Grimm’s excellent tips for journalists
- Twtjobs: create a Twitter resume or post a job
- Mashable: How to find a job on Twitter
- 50 Twitter tips for job seekers
HOW-TO: Twitter Tools I use:
[SEE MORE ON MY SOCIAL-MEDIA GUIDE: http://bit.ly/sreesoc]
- Bit.ly: my favorite URL shortener, thanks to access to metrics; my old review (much improved since then): http://bit.ly/bitlyrevu
- Twiangulate: find new people to follow by seeing who people you know are following in common
- TWITTER SEARCH:
- search.twitter.com: check in once a day to find trending topics
(read about improvements coming)
- TweetMeme.com: a fast way to keep track of the most popular links shared on Twitter. eg, here are current links that have been tweeted at least 10 times
- TweetTabs.com: lets you easily track multiple topics
- Twazzup.com: better than Twitter’s own search engine, says @steverubel
- Twitzap.com: create live channels to arrange searches
- TwitterFall.com: create live channels to arrange searches
- TwitterVision.com: show live tweets on a map
- Monitter.com: search tweets faster and by location
- Twubs.com: grouping hashtags together
- search.twitter.com: check in once a day to find trending topics
- TWEET MANAGEMENT:
- HootSuite.com: if you prefer a web-based way to track tweets + allows you to do something really important - post-date your tweets (ie, put ‘em on a timer) + allows you to manage multiple Twitter accounts + previews a short link before you click
- TweetDeck: a downloadable program that lets you keep track of a range of tweets and arrange them into groups
- TwitBin.com: a Firefox extension that gives you a sidebar full of live tweets.
- Flock.com: a version of Firefox that’s optimized for social media - get tweets, Facebook updates, YouTube videos, Flickr photos, etc, instantly, while never leaving Firefox
- Tweetlater.com: offers variety of tools, including, of course, ability to tweet later, along with auto-follow (be careful how use that feature)
- TwitterForBusyPeople: lets you see who’s tweeted recently among your followers - or anyone else’s followers.
- TWITTER BACKGROUNDS:
HOW-TO: Improving Your Twittering
- WSJ article: "How to Twitter"
- PCWorld article: "How to Improve Your Tweets"
- TheMorningNews article: 14 tips on Twitter etiquette: by @Maggie (#8: What is rude in life is rude on Twitter)
- Twitter.Grader.com: tracks your tweets, followers and more.
- Twitalyzer: “measure your impact and success in social media”
- TweeterScore: a Twitter report card by @jrochelle, product manager for Google Docs
- TwitterScore.net: anothe way to grade your tweeting (see my stats)
- TweetStats.com tracks your tweets - timing, common words and much more
(see my stats)
HOW-TO: All about RTs
- The true power of Twitter is the retweet (the open nature of Twitter means that no matter how small the group that first sees a tweet, the actual potential audience is millions, depending on the RTs; see #5 here - "10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates" by @BenParr).
- Learn to use it generously to share other people’s ideas.
- If others RT your work often, you will spread your ideas, build your brand and your influence.
- Report: "Nine scientifically proven ways to get retweeted"
- TwittLink: Once installed on your website, this is a fast way to get your readers to RT your work (see TechCrunch explanation)
HOW-TO: All About Followers
- Don’t make it a popularity contest. My rule: Don’t worry about the number of your followers. Instead see if you can KEEP the followers you do have - and avoid the churn that you seen on almost all accounts.
- IFV - Immediate Follower Value: Here’s my semi-serious attempt to create a metric to measure the impact of mentions of specific Twitter feeds on various platforms: http://bit.ly/ifv
- Tips on getting and keeping followers:
- 9 reasons you aren’t being followed
- 10 Twitter crimes that will get your unfollowed
- Get more followers by spending less time on Twitter
- TwitterSheep: see what your followers are interested in - as a word cloud of their bios via (see mine)
- Tweepi.com: tells you what kind of folks are following you and who you might want to add or subract from the folks you follow.
- Track those unfollowing you: Twunfollow.com (get an e-mail every time someone unfollows, plus daily list of unfollows) | Twitterless.com (see you unfollowers a week at a time - see mine
- "10 reasons it will die"
- Five reasons you shouldn’t tweet professionally
- UK magistrate resigns due to Twitter use
- Top 10 Worst Tweets
Random Twitter stuff:
- DuyLinTu’s tweet: A friend just got paid over $20K to set up someone’s twitter account and “manage it.” Moral? Dumb people make smart people recession-proof.
Cartoons about Twitter:documents from Chad Richards.
2009 in Social Media
CollegeHumor’s Twitter in Real Life:
Real Life Twitter on CollegeHumor
Twittelah, Twitter for Your Jewish Mother:
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