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Did You Know "Twitter" Is In The Bible?

Twitter in BibleEvery once and awhile you will run across a nugget of information that makes you go “hmm!”  That’s what happened to me not long ago when my friend @mbstockdale  shared this passage of scripture with me. Insomniac, I twitter away, mournful as a sparrow in the gutter.” Psalm 102:7 Message Version If you don’t believe me look to the left at the screen shot of my YouVersion Bible App on my iPhone.

That’s what you call taking “Twitter” to a whole nutha’ level and confirms my 5 Reasons To Twitter During Church.

Did you know the word “Twitter” was in the Bible?    Feel free to share any random useful/non-useful information that you may have come across.

8 Ways Twitter Can Improve Your Communication Skills

twitter communicateTwitter has many benefits and can be an effective tool for a long list of things.  One of the many important benefits of Twitter is that it can make you a better Communicator.  By definition a communicator is- one skilled at conveying information, ideas, or policy to the public. Everything you Twitter is public and theses “tweets” or public communication can help you to become a more effective overall communicator.

This list below illustrates 8 Ways Twitter Can Improve Your Communication Skills:

  1. You  learn to keep you communication pithy.  All communication has to be short, to the point and effective all at the same time.
  2. You have to think before you tweet, similar to the need to think before you speak. Be Careful What You Tweet.
  3. You have the opportunity to be a student of both effective and ineffective communication; there are millions of Tweeps that fall into both categories.
  4. You have to learn the art of crafting your message specifically for your audience. What does your audience want to hear from you?  What makes them listen?
  5. You have to find your voice and your style.  Are your tweets random, informational, educational, inspirational…   Effective communicators are authentic, real and have no problem being themselves.  Be Yourself!
  6. You learn to embrace the fact that just because you talk doesn’t mean people will listen, developing your audience and creating a tribe is a craft.
  7. You learn that if you share something that is worthy of repeating people will afford you the courtesy of re-tweeting.  {That Rhymed} 🙂
  8. You have to learn that there are times when you need to communicate a lot and there are times when it’s simply OK to say nothing at all.

Do any of these resonate with you?  Share any additional ways that Twitter can improve your Communication Skills?

55 Things Twitterers Should Stop Doing

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There are many, many things that those in the world of Twitter can’t stand.  Unfortunately most of the things are here to stay and aren’t going anywhere in the near future.  The beauty of Twitter is that it’s a take it or leave it community; however that doesn’t stop people from having their dislikes.

I decided to go straight to the horses mouth and ask the world of Twitter the following question, in the form of a tweet: “Fill In This Blank: I wish people that Twitter would stop doing [blank]! Your @replies will be a blogpost. Ready,Go!”   The responses came in rapidly and the first 55 responses are below.

55 Things Twitterers Should Stop Doing

  1. ScottWilliams Stop Spamming, Stop Talking About Porn, Stop Being a Copy Cat, Stop Being Negative, Stop Using Profanity // Don’t Player Hate… Celebrate!
  2. Anna_Light I wish ppl who twttr wld stp DMing me in the middle of the nite. DM get sent 2 my phone & wake me up! I stp following those!
  3. mamastephf ..stop ignoring ppl who “speak” to you on Twitter, trying to be friendly. You’re probably not a rock star. Be courteous!
  4. shannonodell Stop telling me what you are eating…
  5. hopealot giving play by plays of whatever tv shows they are watching!
  6. ejswanson 4 square
  7. SassafrasHill – Not replying when you try to get to know them…having 1,000 followers & only following 10 (non-celebs)…
  8. rhukill …focusing on number of followers, instead of quality of content!
  9. ChrisAgne …stop unfollowing me because of who I follow.
  10. DonaldOhse RT Fill In This Blank: I wish people that Twitter would stop doing [blank]! // complaining
  11. CarloSerrano using it to sell lame products
  12. BKSTOKES @replies would be themselves & stop trying to sale cheesy products & especially that all those promoting porn be banned
  13. scottinnj I wish Twitter would stop letting spammers and porn ads on as accounts. It stinks, and I don’t like it!
  14. gbussmann trying to tell me how to get 1000 followers in 20 minutes
  15. russkle reposts of their own tweets.
  16. MrFresh “I wish people that Twitter would stop doing RT’ing greetings to people they dont follow. Send 2 the originator only.” #lazy
  17. melissamoore make you go through their facebook page to follow a link…
  18. benjordan stop future tweeting. “i’m going to show you something great soon. Get ready” We are ready. Just tell us when it’s here peeps
  19. meintweet answer: stop posting where you are at and tell me something interesting about your location.
  20. AlexSantxo I wish people that Twitter would stop lurking and actually post something. Or delete account if not using. Kinda creepy.
  21. dugasjeremy I agree with @katieniles A little personal and blogs and some RTs but all RTs cracks me up honestly..
  22. CathyRigby I wish some people that Twitter would stop posting such negative Tweets! (might have to #unfollow)
  23. elainedarmoc Posting multiple tweets with same or similar content.
  24. CyrilJones I wish people that Twitter would stop updating their status with the current song they are listening to!
  25. iambendavis talking about themselves only
  26. mediapeople stop —- “critiquing the various uses of Twitter. Just UnFollow if you don’t like it. You have a choice. Let people be.”
  27. mikeymo1741 Referring to other Twitter users with out @replying . Very annoying.
  28. tonysteward no more hype. No more hype. No more hype.
  29. chadmissildine stop dreaming small & start believing. Come on peeps, be available & help change culture!
  30. EdmondActive would try to get to know others outside of their small personal circles. The world is too big a place to stay in only one.
  31. Antof9 posting same thing on Twitter/Facebook. What is reason to follow/friend in both places?
  32. beckylaswell I wish people would stop typing “RT “for retweets and use the retweet feature instead.
  33. thegirlburgan …posting their thoughts BEHIND yours in a RT. Post BEFORE to avoid confusion of the original tweeter’s thoughts.
  34. thomreagan RT I wish people that Twitter would stop self-promoting by RTing what others say to or about them & their book/music/etc.
  35. ShawnaSimpson My wish – that some people would come up with an original thought and not just retweet everything, esp if I follow the source
  36. amyurbach would stop only promoting bizz and start interacting with followers
  37. branford …stop trying to feed their egos w/ follower counts and blog click-thrus
  38. mattofact RT Fill In This Blank: I wish people that Twitter would stop [blank]! // being corporate and just talk to me… briefly
  39. mdrfl sending automated happy thoughts. Send personal ones but I don’t like the auto fed ones
  40. akurys Fill In This Blank: I wish people that Twitter would stop posting my DMs as tweets!!!
  41. ArkieCal I have no way of replying to that, I don’t object to any tweets that I read, but I am selective in the ones that are read.
  42. jermtech my answer: “I wish people would stop…” …telling me how to use Twitter! If you don’t like how I use it, unfollow!
  43. CocoaPopps I wish ppl would stop using Twitter to out and out disrespect. Valid complaints, observations, okay, but just 2 b mean? #FAIL
  44. DanielCBerman Random people sending me @replies with links to porn. Posting long lines of text quotes w/no context. Not listening to others
  45. mandiengram Using it strictly as a Facebook fan page feed and not replying to people on Twitter. Also, sending unnecessary DMs.
  46. Antof9 post what music they’re listening to. Especially 6 songs (tweets) in a row. Would like to filter those tweets out.
  47. mdrfl spamming me with stuff or services for sale. Converse. Share. Don’t spam!
  48. alronberg I wish people that Twitter would stop doing ENDLESS commentaries on DUMB sports games and awards ceremonies!!!
  49. brightonrick I wish people that Twitter would stop pasting links to phony sites and spam
  50. brookewalla I wish they would stop posted commercials for something… over and over again.. SPAM?!?!? Uuggghhh
  51. ChadRArnold Vague tweets that are obvious sympathy requests.
  52. mattigan the semi famous quotes from the semi famous people
  53. bigonroad I wish twitter would stop tempting me to be disatisfied with my own life and career
  54. BrianJRussell using Twitter primarily to vent anger/frustration #NonSarcasticSeriousAnswer
  55. BrianJRussell asking people to @reply answers to ??? which will be auto generated into a blog post… jk 🙂

What do you think about this list?  Add your thoughts to this list of 55 Things Twitterers Should Stop Doing.

I Love This Blog!

I love this blogThe amazing thing about the world of blogging is that we have the opportunity to access the thoughts and expertise of some of the greatest minds in the world.  My Google Reader is full of amazing blogs with content ranging from comedy, how to get things done, ministry, tech, social media, politics and the list goes on and on.  I love to find a new blog and a new great read.

As I come across a new blog that I really, really like; I find myself saying “I Love This Blog!” I’m assuming that many of you do the same thing from time to time.  There are many great bloggers, who provide amazing content absolutely free to you and I.  If you find yourself saying “I Love This Blog!” show your love.  Below are 4 ways to Show Your Love.

  1. Subscribe A subscription via e-mail, newsletter or RSS.  This is the ultimate compliment as you are basically saying, “I want to check this bloggers content out on a regular basis.”
  2. Leave A Comment- Leaving a comment and engage in the conversation.  For those bloggers that allow comments, leaving a comment is always a nice way to say thank you and interact with the blogger at the same time.  It’s important to take into consideration The Twitter Effect On Blogging.
  3. Tell Others–  Let others know about the blog, via Twitter (posts or RT’s), other social media or in casual conversations.  If you know someone that could benefit from or would enjoy the content of some blogs that you’re reading, share that information.  Again, the easiest way is to share the blog information is to share it with your entire Social Media network, someone in your network will definitely appreciate the content.
  4. Tell The Blogger- Tell the blogger “I Love Your Blog” “I Love This Blog” “This Blog Is Tight” or a simple “Thank You!”  Show your love!

What do you think?  How do you show your love?  What blogs are you Lovin’ right now?

The 5 "Be-Attitudes" of Twitter

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The crazy world of Twitter has many, many tips and tools on how to be effective.  Obviously everyone has their personal thoughts and opinions on the topic of Twitter Effectiveness.  Below are 5 Be-Attitudes that will help Tweeps have a positive and effective Twitter experience.
The 5 “Be-Attitudes” of Twitter
  1. Be Real- Be yourself, don’t try to act like some fake guru, internet expert, coach or millionaire.  You can simply talk about your day, share links, talk about your family, your whereabouts, be funny, inspire others, share business deals, tips & tools, be silly, engaged in the dialogue, observe…  Whatever it is, just Be Real. Remember there are 10 Different Types of People on Twitter.  The beauty of Twitter and social media is that you can just be yourself and people can take it or leave it. No Pressure. of Twitter.  “Do You!  It’s A Statement… Not A Question.”
  2. Be Revealed- Share a real picture of yourself as your profile pic and not some weird avatar or some models pic that you swiped off of the Internet.  If you have a catchy, professional, branded logo… they can be used as well.  There are 20 Types of Twitter Profile Pics. and 6 Ways to Make Your Twitter Profile Work… it starts with revealing yourself!
  3. Be Responsive- If someone is @replying  or DM’ing you with something that requires a response, take a few moments at some point in your day to respond.  Remember all DM’s and @replies  don’t require a response; don’t get caught up in the unnecessary back-and-forth 2-way conversations.
  4. Be Respectful- Don’t use twitter as a vehicle to have arguments, spew expletives, disrespect other Twitterers… and take some of those extra, extra long 2-way conversations to DM.  Only follow those that you want to follow; understand that you can respectfully choose not to follow those that follow you.  Give credit to others, show some RT love.
  5. Be Relevant- Have an understanding of the Twitter culture… In other-words: learn the difference between an @reply  and a DM,  learn the processes and the systems, familiarize yourself with some of the 111 Twitter Tools & Apps. Make Twitter relevant to you, your business, your purpose, your vision, your desire, your need…

Share your thoughts on any of these 5 Be-Attitudes or add additional to the list.  ~Be Real

Is Twitter & Blogging Creating iPhony's?

big phonyThere is a lot of discussion about Twitter, Blogs and Social Media in general creating Illegitimate Experts, Gurus, Leaders… or iPhony’s. Lets’ look at the definition of Illegitimate– not in accordance with the principles of valid inference. By this definition Twitter, Blogs and social media may be creating illegitimate experts.  The beauty of the Internet and online community is the fact a person does not have to be “in accordance with a valid inference” to be successful.  No one is forced to follow or listen to anyone online, it’s a game of personal choice.

In the online world each individual is responsible for creating their own validation (whatever that means).  My personal opinion is this, “If a person has an audience, voice, knowledge, experience, personality, talent, information, the ability to influence and people are listening, They have been legitimized.”  If the above things are happening, the people are confirming that John Q. Twitterer or Suzy Q. Blogger aren’t iPhony’s.

There have been some very real and very legitimate online leaders that have risen out of the ranks of Twitter, Blogging and Social Media.  If people buy into what you are selling it’s only a matter of time before some degree of success and influence happens.

Traditional would-be experts are no longer the source of legitimization.  The market, the consumers, followers and the online community dictate whether or not a person is the “Real Deal.”  It doesn’t matter what I think or what you think, the only thing that matters is what the people think.  Let’s take a look at a relatively recent product that in my mind was not legitimate, The Snuggie.  Seriously a backwards robe is not a legitimate product.  The Snuggie has sold well over 4 million of their backwards robes; therefore the market and the people legitimized the product.  “Who am I and what do I know?”

Is Twitter & Blogging Creating iPhony’s?  Share your thoughts!

111 Twitter Tools

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I don’t need to do any fancy writing on this post, so let me get straight to the point.  This is a fairly comprehensive list of Twitter Tools and Apps.  These are great for both the beginning Twitter user and the Twitter aficionado.

Add to the list and share this list with others.  I will be updating and sharing a new list soon.

Twitter Analysis

  1. Twitter Grader: Learn your Twitter grade, your local Twitter Elite, and find new people to follow through Twitter Grader.
  2. Twitterholic: Check out the top Twitter users and find out your Twitter stats on Twitterholic.
  3. TweetStats: TweetStats offers a graphical analysis of your Twitter stats.
  4. Twitter Friends: Carefully measure your Twitter conversations using Twitter Friends.
  5. Twinfluence: Twinfluence will measure your Twitter influence based on reach, velocity, and social capital.
  6. Tweetwasters: Find out how much time you and other users waste on Twitter.
  7. Tweet-Rank: Learn about the quality of your tweets by finding out which ones won or lost followers.
  8. Mr. Milestone: Get a tweet when you reach various milestones using this Twitter tool.
  9. Retweetrank: Find out how many retweets you and other Twitter users have through this service.

Information Gathering

  1. Tweetbeep: With Tweetbeep, you can set up alerts that will help you keep track of keywords on Twitter.
  2. @myflightinfo: Helps you stay updated on your flight’s status.
  3. Twitterverse: Check out archived timelines and tweets through Twitterverse.
  4. Twitscoop: Twitscoop shares what’s hot on Twitter at any given moment.
  5. Twitbuzz: Twitbuzz tracks the latest conversations as well as popular Twitter links.
  6. StrawPoll: Use StrawPoll to make sharing your opinion as easy as sending an @reply.
  7. Retweetist: This service ranks the hottest links being retweeted on Twitter.
  8. Monitter: Get real time keyword monitoring on Twitter from Monitter.
  9. TweetNews: TweetNews ranks stories based on the amount of related tweets.
  10. TwitterBuzz: TwitterBuzz will tell you what’s being linked to the most on Twitter.
  11. Tweetscan: Set up Tweetscan to make sure you don’t miss any @replies, and to get alerted of your search queries.
  12. Twitturly: Track URL’s as people are talking about them.
  13. Twitter Archives: Allows you to search archived tweets from up to a year or more.

Network Building & Management

  1. Twitter Local: With this service, you can see tweets from Twitter users in a specific location.
  2. Twubble: Twubble will expand your Twitter bubble, picking out people you may like to follow.
  3. MyCleenr: Sort your friends by their last tweets, and you can get rid of the inactive and useless accounts you’re following.
  4. Digsby: It’s a combination application that supports IM, e-mail and Social media apps like Twitter.
  5. Follow Cost: This tool will tell you how much effort it takes to follow someone.
  6. Tweepler: Use Tweepler to organize your tweeps based on whether you’re following them or not.
  7. Just Tweet It: Find Tweeple, tools, Twitter bots and more through this directory.
  8. TweetWheel: TweetWheel will help you discover which of your Twitter friends know each other.
  9. SocialToo: SocialToo will help you keep track of all of the people who have followed or unfollowed you.
  10. Twitoria: Reduce your clutter on Twitter by finding your friends that haven’t tweeted in a long time.
  11. TwitDir: With TwitDir, you’ll be able to search for people, and exploring categories including top followers and updaters.
  12. Who Should I Follow?: Using this site, you can get good recommendations for Tweeps to follow.
  13. Nearbytweets: Learn about all of the Twitter users in a specific area with the help of Nearbytweets.
  14. Twellow: Find Twitter users in a specific industry using this service.
  15. Mr. Tweet: Mr. Tweet is a personal networking assistant for Twitter, helping you find relevant followers.
  16. Qwitter: Qwitter will help you manage your network by sending an alert when a person unfollows you.
  17. Tweepz: The best way to search and find people on Twitter by searching their name.

Twitter Management

  1. Twitter Search: Retrieve information on Twitter quickly to search Twitter in real time.
  2. Tweet O’Clock: Trying to reach someone? Tweet O’Clock will help you find the best time to get their attention.
  3. Just Signal: Set up a filter using Just Signal to get only the tweets that discuss the keywords you’d like to read about.
  4. TweepSearch: Put your Twitter network to good use and search your followers for specific parameters.
  5. Wefollow: A categorical user powered Twitter directory.
  6. Friend or Follow: Manage your Twitter contacts and find out who’s not following you back through Friend or Follow.
  7. TwitResponse: TwitResponse makes it easy for you to schedule the delivery of your tweets ahead of time.
  8. TwitterSnooze: Put the pause button on a particular user for a while with Twitter Snooze.
  9. Twitterless: Get notified when someone stops following you with Twitterless.
  10. Twilert: Track specific keywords to receive alerts for using Twilert.
  11. Tweetdeck: Tweetdeck has a groups function that will help you more efficiently follow the people you really want to listen to.
  12. Twalala: Put the mute button on certain people and topics for a while if you are receiving lots of updates you’re not really interested in.
  13. Untweeps: Unfollow tweeps who have not tweeted in awhile.
  14. Tweetbuddy: A Twitter follower management/pruning tool.
  15. SocialOomph:  Overall Twitter automation and productivity tool.
  16. EchoFon: This is my iPhone App of Choice.

Sharing Tools

  1. Tweetburner: Use Tweetburner to share links, and you can track their usage.
  2. Twitpic: Twitpic makes it easy to take mobile phone photos and share them using your Twitter account.
  3. TwitterHawk: Get targeted marketing on Twitter through TwitterHawk.
  4. Acamin: Acamin makes it easy to share files on Twitter with your followers.
  5. Glue: Post links to books, movies, restaurants and more on Twitter through Glue.
  6. This service will update all of your social networks at once.
  7. TweeTube: TweeTube makes it easy to share videos on Twitter.
  8. twiggit: Use this automated service to share the articles you digg on Twitter.
  9. Share what you’re listening to on Twitter through
  10. TwitVid: Quick and easy way to share videos on Twitter.

Organization & Productivity

  1. Twittercal: Link your Twitter account and Google Calendar to easily keep up with your events and appointments.
  2. Timer: Use Timer to get reminders about tasks through your Twitter account.
  3. TwitterNotes: Organize your notes using Twitter with TwitterNotes.
  4. Remember the Milk: Use Remember the Milk on Twitter to update your to do list.
  5. Tweetake: Tweetake will back up your Twitter timeline for archiving and more.
  6. Nozbe: Nozbe makes it easy to add and update your to do list on Twitter.
  7. Toodledo: This popular to do list app integrates nicely with Twitter.
  8. TrackThis: Send TrackThis your tracking number, and you’ll get Twitter messages every time there’s a change in location.
  9. Joint Contact: Get project management productivity on Twitter using Joint Contact.
  10. Tempo: This time tracking tool allows you to send in updates from Twitter.
  11. Tweet Later: Tweet Later offers a great way to set up alerts, schedule tweets, send thank you DMs, and more.
  12. OutTwit: OutTwit will make it easy for you to use Twitter inside of Outlook.
  13. Jott: Jott makes it easy for you to tweet without ever having to type, transcribing your voice message to Twitter.

Life Tools

  1. MyMileMarker: Keep track of your mileage with info sent via Twitter every time you fill up.
  2. 21Tweets: 21Tweets offers personal coaching on Twitter.
  3. TwtTRIP: Organize your travel plans and find other Twitter travelers on your way with TwtTRIP.
  4. Tweet Answers: Twitter Answers makes it easy to ask questions and get answers on Twitter.
  5. Twtvite: Twtvite is a simple event organizer that will help you create a tweetup.
  6. Vacatweet: Set up an autoresponder for your Twitter account with Vacatweet.
  7. plusplusbot: Share when someone goes out of their way to help you, or otherwise make your feelings known using plusplusbot.
  8. TrackDailyGoals: Use this site and the #dailygoals hashtag to keep track of your goals every day.
  9. ConnectTweet: Put the voices of your group or business together through ConnectTweet.
  10. Tweeteorology: Find tweets about the weather in any location through Tweeteorology.
  11. DreamTweet: Keep a reminder of your dreams and nightmares, and follow the dreams of others through DreamTweet.

Business & Finance

  1. Chipin: If you’re raising funds on Twitter, make use of Chipin to set a goal and let your supporters track the progress of the campaign.
  2. Xpenser: You can Twitter your expenses to Xpenser and they will be recorded for you.
  3. Twittertise: Schedule your tweets and track their clickthroughs with this app designed for Twitter advertising.
  4. TwtQpon: Create simple Twitter coupons for your business with TwtQpon.
  5. CheapTweet: Get all of the deals, sales, coupons and more being discussed on Twitter through CheapTweet.
  6. Tipjoy: Like Chipin, Tipjoy offers a way to create social payments for your cause, content, or people.
  7. SalesTwit: Get contact management for Twitter with the help of SalesTwit.
  8. Tweet What You Spend: Track your cash in a really effective way using Tweet What You Spend.
  9. StockTwits: StockTwits shares the investment discussions on Twitter in real time.
  10. TwitPay: Send Payments via twitter.


  1. Qwitter: Update Qwitter to shame yourself into quitting smoking.
  2. TweetPlot: Use TweetPlot to chart your food and fitness statistics.
  3. Tweetwhatyoueat: Keep a food diary to track what you’re eating every day using Tweetwhatyoueat.
  4. gtFtr: Use the gtFtr tool to record your exercise activity on Twittr.
  5. SugarStats: Track, monitor, and share your blood sugar through Twitter with SugarStats.
  6. FoodFeed: This Twitter-based food log makes it easy for you to track what you’re eating.


  1. Add to Any: Get your posts shared on Twitter by using Add to Any on your WordPress blog.
  2. TwitThis: Make use of this plugin to send Twitter messages about your blog post.
  3. MyTwitter: Use the MyTwitter plugin to display your Twitter status on WordPress.
  4. Twitpress: Twitpress will send out a Tweet every time you post a new blog entry.
  5. TwitterCounter: With this plugin, you can display the number of followers you have on Twitter.
  6. TwitterFeed: Announce your blog post on Twitter with a customized message using TwitterFeed.

Are any of these tools your favorites?  Again, please add to the list and share this list with others.

I will be updating and sharing a new list with revisions soon.

Friday 5 (Top 5 Twitter Links 1-22) #F5

5I run across some amazing re-tweets and Twitter links throughout the week.  I thought it would be a great idea to compile a simple Top 5 List.  The list will consist of  the Top 5 Twitter Links that I have ran across.  Feel free to @reply  or DM me links to be featured throughout the week, simply use hashtag #F5.

There are many amazing links out there in the Twitterworld.  This will be a place to check my Friday 5, in addition to sharing your favorite Twitter links of the week (No more than 5).

Friday 5 (Top 5 Twitter Links 1-22)

  1. Most Retweeted users of all timeA comprehensive list of the most retweeted twitter users of all time.
  2. 20 Retweetable Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes #MLK– A nice compiled list of #MLK Quotes all in 120 Characters or less.
  3. Twitter Archives– Simple tool that allows you to access your old tweets from a year ago or longer depending on how much you tweet. Great Tool!
  4. Twitter: 5 Key Business Studies–  This post takes a look at the impact and interaction of Twitter with 5 different companies.
  5. Bill Gates Surpasses 100K Twitter Followers in 8 hours– This link is self-explanatory.  New Record, Good Story!

That’s my Friday 5…  Share your thoughts on any of these links or share your own links below.  (5 or Less)

7 Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers

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Today’s post will answer the question: “How Do I Get More People To Subscribe?”  There are a number of tangible ways to increase the number of people who subscribe to your blog via e-mail or RSS.  I have identified some basic strategies that myself and others have found to be effective.

7 Ways to Get More Blog Subscribers:

  1. Quality Consistent Content- There is no better way to get people to subscribe to your blog than writing quality consistent content.  Above anything else… quality, helpful, entertaining and consistent content trumps everything.  If you had a newspaper subscription and they didn’t deliver it consistently, wouldn’t you cancel it?   A blog is no different, except for the fact that there are thousands to choose from and they’re  free; therefore making Consistent Quality Content of high importance!
  2. Continuation Posts- Write blog posts that run in a continual manner or a series.  This creates anticipation and also provides a reason to want daily material.  Many times bloggers (Including Myself) waste a good series of posts in one post.  Writing series will help you with content and entice people to subscribe.  Check Back Tomorrow, I might have 7 more reasons.
  3. Visible RSS Button- Make sure your click to subscribe button is in a highly visible place.  Don’t have your subscription button in some obscure place at the bottom.  Have an option to subscribe by e-mail and RSS, my current site does not have an e-mail subscription option, but I’m adding this to my new blog that’s being designed as we speak.
  4. Pimp Your RSS Feed-Promote your RSS Feed in any of your social media platforms.  Let people know about your feed anytime and every time you can… Get Your Pimp On!  Like this: You can subscribe to by clicking here or that button over there to the top right of your screen.
  5. Promotional Give-a-way– There are a number of promotions that work, such as giving away tickets to events within your niche, giving away iPhones, Gift Cards, Computers etc.  These promotions can increase your comments and subscribers; however if #1 on this list doesn’t happen, people will unsubscribe as quick as they subscribed.  The bottom line is that subscribers added from these type of promotions have low retention numbers.
  6. TwitterblogologyThe Science Of Leveraging Twitter For Your Blog.
  7. Write A Blog Post About How To Get More Blog Subscribers. 🙂

What are some things that you have done to increase your blog subscribers?  Share your overall thoughts!

Thanks for reading and remember you can subscribe to by clicking here.

20 Retweetable Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes #MLK

mlkJust imagine if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had Twitter or other social networking applications at his disposal; his message would have been even more world changing.  The exponential impact of his sound bites would have been extremely powerful with a tool like Twitter.

I believe we take for granted the fact that our message, story, voice, thoughts can literally be globally shared at our leisure and by the push of a button.  As we set aside January 18th. to honor the life of a Man that impacted the world in so many ways, I thought it would be great to share quotes with our social networks and use the hashtag #MLK.   Below are 20 Retweetable Martin Luther King Jr. #MLK Quotes. Retweetable meaning there is already enough characters left for others to retweet your post.  Please re-tweet this blogpost and re-tweet some #MLK quotes throughout the day.

  1. Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or darkness of destructive selfishness. #MLK
  2. A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. #MLK
  3. To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing. #MLK
  4. Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. #MLK
  5. I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. #MLK
  6. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. #MLK
  7. The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. #MLK
  8. We are not makers of history. We are made by history. #MLK
  9. We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. #MLK
  10. We must face the sad fact that Sunday morning when we stand 2 sing, we stand in the most segregated hour in America. #MLK
  11. In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. #MLK
  12. We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. #MLK
  13. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” #MLK
  14. The measure of a man isn’t whr he stands in moments of comfort, but whr he stands @ times of challenge & controversy. #MLK
  15. If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. #MLK
  16. Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  #MLK
  17. We must use time creatively — and forever realize that the time is always hope to do great things. #MLK
  18. The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.  #MLK
  19. The time is always right to do what is right. #MLK
  20. I have a dream my 4 little children will 1 day liv in a nation whr they will not B judged by the color of their skin. #MLK

There are so many more tremendous quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  These are just 20 that stood out to me.  Please share your favorites from the above list or any other #MLK quotes hat you like.  If you can share them in 120 characters or less, please do so.   This will allow them to be retweetable.

Happy #MLK Holiday!  Thanks For Reading… Please RT

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