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Top 5 Twitter Tips Of All-Time

I understand that the Kanye West joke about interrupting Taylor Swift about Beyonce having the best video of All-Time is a couple of years old, played out and has been over-used; however it’s still funny.  This post is a simple post sharing 5 Basic Twitter Tips.

These tips are not according to Kanye, but according to me, they are the best of the decade… Top 5 Twitter Tips of All-Time: (insert interruption)

  • 1. Take A Picture, It Will Last Longer – Make sure that your profile pic. is a real picture of you or your brand’s logo.  The pic. should be a tight shot, preferably a head-shot, no full-lengths or far-away shots.  Don’t waste your time with the Avatars as you are too unique to have some computer-generated version of you.  Your profile pic. is one of the most important aspects of your twitter profile. People need to know who you are before they connect with you or listen to what you have to say.
  • 2. Repeat What I Just Said – If you want to be re-tweeted there are a some things to keep in mind: Leave 18-20 characters available in your tweet; in addition to tweeting valuable, breaking, interesting, funny, inspiring, random and consistently good content.
  • 3. You’ve Got Mail, You’ve Got Me Confused – Don’t confuse Twitter with e-mail.  Stop thinking that you have to answer every tweet, read every tweet and when you miss some tweets stop feeling like your inbox is full.  Imagine Twitter as a River and Not as a Lake… Twitter is not email!
  • 4. What’s My Name – You should use your real name or brand name as your Twitter @ name.  If your real name is not available, try using some combination of your name with the underscore or last name first etc.  Similar to the boom, getting your name will prove to be valuable as time progresses; go ahead and secure your kids names as well.  No one really understands your attempted cool names like: @mrbigshotguru @livingforchangetoday @johniscool @itweetabunch @MrsMrsexymama… Even President @BarackObama uses his real name.
  • 5. Remember The Platinum Rule – Platinum is more precious and popular than gold, so we will change the rule formally known as The Golden Rule.  The bottom line is treat people how you want to be treated: respond when necessary, occasionally RT others, be helpful, be nice, don’t be a twitter snob, be kind, have a sense of humor, don’t be a jerk (insert song) “You’re A Jerk!” etc.

I know some of you reading this may be thinking that your Twitter Tips are better, “I’m really happy for you and Imma’ let you finish… but these are the Top 5 Twitter Tips Of All-Time!”

Share your thoughts on these 5 Tips or add your favorites to the list.

5 Ways Businesses Should Leverage Social Media

social mediaThe World Of Social Media is here to stay and that has major implications for the business sector, organizations and Corporate America.  There are over 200 million bloggers, over 500 million Facebook users, 50 million Twitter users and 34% of these folks post opinions about products and brands.  Theses shared opinions are a big deal, as 78% of consumers trust peer recommendations and only 14% trust advertisements.

The problem with social media advertising is that many companies don’t have a clear understanding of how to leverage social media for their business.  There are a growing number of businesses whose primary focus and business model is to help organizations leverage social media and they will even do all of the social media work for you.

Here are 5 Ways Businesses Should Leverage Social Media

Know Your Voice- This is the golden rule as it pertains to Social Media.  If you are speaking on behalf of John Q Organization, make sure that you speak from that voice.  Businesses tend to confuse or overlap the voice of their personal brand with their business brand.

If you are tweeting or posting Facebook updates for your Coffee Shop, you should not be tweeting about mowing your grass, unless of course you are mentioning that it’s time to have a nice cup of Joe afterwards.  An easy solution to make sure your business voice is the one speaking is to ask this question before posting — If my company could tweet or post, would they share this?

Be Social- The most important thing about social media is the social part and not the media.  If you look @Starbucks  and @Southwestair  Twitter streams, they are always interacting with customers and people.   Be Social, Be Accessible, Be Social, Be Relevant, Be Social, Be Authentic, Be Social, Be Real, Be Social, Be about Your Brand, Be Social, Be Entertaining, Be Social and did I mention BE SOCIAL!

The statistics that I shared in the beginning of this post about 78% of customers trust peer recommendations drives home the importance of being social.  I think that research could be extended to say that people are more likely to trust and promote brands they feel connected to.  Be Social!

Make A Name For Yourself- This is a two-part solution.  1.) Make sure that your Twitter and Facebook names are simple, easy to remember and relevant to your company.  2.) Make a name for your company by being active in the world of social media.  Have tweet-ups at your place, provide social-media only specials, have promotions that demand viral interaction and be creative.  @dealsplus  is the master of demanding online viral interaction.  It does not matter if your company is large, small, on-line, or has a physical location, you can Make A Name For Yourself. Familiarizing yourself with the 111 Twitter Tools will help you to become efficient at making a name for yourself.

Make Your Profile Work- Make sure your Twitter and Facebook profile represent your company.  If your business is a coffee shop be sure to have your logo as your profile pic. and not your personal glamour shot.  Check out my 6 Ways To Make Your Twitter Profile Work.

Have a Primary Social Media Application- The cool thing about the success of Twitter is that Facebook and Twitter have become kissing cousins.   There are many applications that automate the connection of the two platforms.  Although I encourage the multi-updates in both spaces, it is helpful to focus on one platform as your primary.  For me personally, my primary is Twitter, although every single tweet goes to my Facebook community.

It is great for a business to encourage their customers to connect with them on multiple Social Media medians; however having one or the other as a primary helps with clarity.  Imagine your company as bi-lingual.  The question is: Is your company’s native language Twitterese or Facebookese?  Answer that question and speak that language to your customers.

The bottom line is that Social Media can definitely be a benefit to every business and business owner.  Use It, Try It, Be It, Become A Fan Of It, Study It, Know It, Become Good At Leveraging It.  In the future, “It” Can Make or Break Your Company.

“It” Is Social Media!

What do you think?  What companies do a great job of leveraging Social Media?  Share your thoughts.

5 Most Irritating Things About Twitter

5 thingsIf you follow me on Twitter or read this little blog then you probably know by now that I am a big fan of Twitter.  I have shared Twitter posts about Why You Should Twitter In Church, Why Pastors Should Twitter, The Science Of Leveraging Twitter For Your Blog and countless others.

Although I’m a big fan of Twitter there are also a number of things about Twitter that irritate me and probably irritate everyone reading this post that actively participates in the Twitter community.  Here is a list of the 5 Most Irritating Things about Twitter:

  1. Pornographic, Sleazy, Inappropriate Profile Pics and Tweets–  This is one of the most irritating things in all of Twitter, seriously no one wants to see your soft porn profile pics. and the vulgar XXX stuff is just ridiculous.
  2. Stupid, Spammy Direct Messages- There is nothing more irritating than to look in your direct message inbox and see a message with someone encouraging you to join their mafia, tell you how to get more followers than Ashton Kutcher in 30 days, how to get rich on Twitter, something about a goofy gift and anything with the words affiliate and marketing in it.
  3. Trending Topic Foolishness–  Twitter trending topics are a great way to find out not only what’s popular in the Twitter Community, but what’s trending around the globe.  The problem is that the spammers and pornography folks have made this their home.  They have become great at weaving their negative message in with the trending topics.  Another foolish aspect of the trending topics is when someone will basically make a tweet with all of the trending topics in one.  According to the trending topics right now, it would be something like: Good Morning TGIF cuz I can do Follow Friday & Jay-Z was seen in Iran doing some Paranormal Activity and caught H1N1. Grey’s Anatomy G20. That’s just foolish and irritating!
  4. Negative Nancy–  It could actually be Negative Nancy or Negative Norman if you get my drift.  Negative people are not only irritating face-to-face and in the “Real World” they are just as irritating in the TwitterWorld.  Please save the always complaining and negative drama for your mama!
  5. Over-Inflated Bios.–  Spare us the fact that you are a billionaire, guru, expert, coach!  Yea Right!

There are definitely more than 5 Irritating Things About Twitter…  Share your thoughts on any of the 5 listed above and join the conversation by adding to the list.

Top 5 Twitter Tools, Apps & Links

twitter-appsQuick Top 5 list of Twitter Links, Apps & Tools that I have ran across this week.

  1.–  A smarter way to update Facebook from Twitter.
  2. TwitdoneHelps keep you organized and get things done
  3. 70 Reasons People Follow You On Twitter–  Survey-style compilation of reasons people follow you. 
  4. TwitCam Livestreaming for Twitter.
  5. Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Twitter Users: 7 Habits & Tips.

Share any useful Twitter Apps that you have recently ran across!

5 Reasons To Twitter During Church


I know there are some varying opinions about texting and utilizing social media during church.  I actually use my YouVersion Bible app. on my iPhone during church and I have also been known to Twitter during a church experience/service.

I think individuals should Twitter while they are in church and here are 5 Reasons Why.

5 Reasons To Twitter During Church

  • 1. You have the opportunity to be a real-time extension of your pastor’s voice while he/she is communicating God’s word.
  • 2. If the pastor shares something that moves you, inspires you or changes your life; there is a good chance it will have the same impact on the lives of your followers as well.
  • 3. When Jesus said: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel… “All The World” applies to the Internet world, as well as the TwitterWorld.  Do your part by going into all the TwitterWorld, tweeting the Good News.
  • 4. You will have a stored database of your compelling thoughts and notes, from your favorite sermons.
  • 5. You can spare a couple of minutes of (SAD) Sermon Attention Deficit during most sermons.  It’s better use of your time Twittering great thoughts than drawing on the back of offering envelopes.

    God’s Omnipresence applies to Twitter as well…  Get Your Tweet On!

    Should people Twitter in Church?  Why or Why Not?  Add to this list, share your thoughts!

    Top 5 Twitter Tools, Apps & Links (#2)

    twitter-appsQuick Top 5 list of Twitter Links, Apps & Tools that I have ran across this week.

    1. Twittas- Great compilation of some handy, fun and useful apps. that don’t require your password. A+
    2. Twitter Athletics- A Top 10 listing and info. of athlete and coaches that Twitter. B
    3. 10 Ways To Share Music On Twitter- Compilation of tools and info. about sharing using  Twitter. A
    4. TwitMapr-Find tweeps by location and put yourself on the map. B+
    5. TwitVid-  Share videos via Twitter. B+

    Share any useful Twitter Apps that you have recently ran across!

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