Twittering Part 3

I recently signed up for a webinar on Twitter through Hubspot.  Sadly I was called by a client with an urgent matter and was unable to attend the Webinar.  I heard there were some technical difficulties however I did receive an email with the entire webinar.  I promise to watch it and post Twittering Part 4 next week some time.  In the mean time I’ll post some new Twittertools I’ve found. 

I have to give dear hubby credit for setting me on this path.  He was perusing Firefox and found some Twitter add-ons. 

  • Twitter fox – Allows you to see your friends’ statuses and update yours
  • Twitzer – Allows you to post more than 140 characters and resolves TinyURL links to actual links
  • Twitter Bar – Allows you to post to Twitter from the Firefox Address Bar
  • Twitterbin – Sidebar that allows you to communicate with Twitter.com
  • Twitkit – Sidebar with a six section interface, stat display and personal and Twitter timelines (Similar to Tweetdeck mentioned below)

I installed all 5 of these add-ons and so far I’m not terribly impressed.  Each add-on made me restart Firefox.  Not a Twitter issue but still frustrating.  After all was a said and done I could only find two of the add-ons in Twitter and only Twitbin loads automatically when you open Firefox. 

Prior to my Firefox experiment I had installed Tweetdeck.  Thank you @cletch for the heads up.   I like Tweetdeck.  It splits the screen into as many panes as you want.  You can choose which updates go into those panes.  For instance, my first pane is All Tweets.  This shows updates from everyone I’m following.  For my second pane I have Replies from direct Tweets and in my third pane I have my Real Estate Group.  This shows me updates only from people in the Real Estate Group that I created.  Nice enough but Tweetdeck doesn’t open automatically when Windows starts and I don’t always remember to open it.  Also, a few times it has closed mysteriously. 

I have found a few widget/gadget features that supposedly allow you to add your updates to your WordPress blog but I was unable to find a place on their sites that said were WordPress enabled.  I also checked on the WordPress Dashboard under widgets and Twitter is not an option.  Coming soon I’m sure.  I will continue searching for that one tool that puts Twitter out in front of other networking sites but for now try these out.

Just to give you an idea of how many people have already caught the Twitter bug, I ran a search for Real Estate and found over 129 pages with 20 people on each page.  I’ve only gotten through 15 pages.  I am currently following almost 60 people and almost 70 people are following me.  If you aren’t one of them please add me to your list @SupportMyOffice.  If you are following me already, let me know what you think! 

Twittering Part 4 coming soon.

 

Twittering Part 2

 

A quote off Twitter’s own home page, “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”  This new concept is one that is intended to keep the world connected.   As the site says, family, friends and co-workers can communicate.  I have over 40 people following me on Twitter and not one of them is a family member, friend or co-worker.  Rather they are all people who have apparently searched for me by some criteria.  Some are fellow homeschoolers, some are fellow entrepreneurs and some are just weird.  But what started as a simple way for people to keep in touch has become a great business tool.  Today I will discuss the use of Twitter for driving traffic to your blog or website.     

Every time you update your website or post a new article to your blog you want people to see it.  But how do you get those people to your site?  You could wait around and hope that it gets indexed.  But that takes time.  With Twitter you can tell all of those people who are already following you at once that you have something interesting waiting on your site or blog.  I have only recently started doing this and already noticed a slight increase in my blog traffic.  I am looking forward to another option for using Twitter and driving traffic to my site and blog.  If you are looking for new ways to increase traffic, give Twitter a try. 

Later this week, I’ll talk about using Twitter to send business proposals to potential clients.

 

 

 

Twittering Part II

A quote off Twitter’s own home page, “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”  This new concept is one that is intended to keep the world connected.   As the site says, family, friends and co-workers can communicate.  I have over 40 people following me on Twitter and not one of them is a family member, friend or co-worker.  Rather they are all people who have apparently searched for me by some criteria.  Some are fellow homeschoolers, some are fellow entrepreneurs and some are just weird.  But what started as a simple way for people to keep in touch has become a great business tool.  Today I will discuss the use of Twitter for driving traffic to your blog or website.     

Every time you update your website or post a new article to your blog you want people to see it.  But how do you get those people to your site?  You could wait around and hope that it gets indexed.  But that takes time.  With Twitter you can tell all of those people who are already following you at once that you have something interesting waiting on your site or blog.  I have only recently started doing this and already noticed a slight increase in my blog traffic.  I am looking forward to another option for using Twitter and driving traffic to my site and blog.  If you are looking for new ways to increase traffic, give Twitter a try. 

Later this week, I’ll talk about using Twitter to send business proposals to potential clients.

 

 

Twittering part 1

What is Twitter anyway and why do I need it?  I signed up for an account a month ago and I still don’t fully realize its potential but I do know this; within that month I’ve had 42 people join my list of followers.  I don’t know any of them but I do know I can now use Twitter to expose them to my business.  I know everytime I get a new follower I visit their website.  If even 1% of those followers checked out my site then its more traffic than I had without Twitter.  I am going to begin a 4 part series on the benefits and uses of Twitter. 

If you have a great Twitter experience you’d like to share please contact me.  Perhaps your story can be a part of my series. 

Part two, coming 10/13/08

Getting started…again.

I have seen so many blogs lately that I really want to get mine going again.  I will make an attempt at writing pertinent things that business people can use to make their business run more efficiently.  If you have suggestions please feel free to add them as comments.