I’m in your Twitterz, terrorizing your timeline
I probably tweet too much. It’s been another year of me being on Twitter, terrorizing teh internetz, and this is what I have to show for it.
Round-up: Accessibility References for Non-Tech People
Just because someone has a disability of some kind doesn’t mean they aren’t using the web, and just because someone’s using the web doesn’t mean they don’t have some kind of need that would benefit from even basic accessibility practices. The following is a short list of references collected via Twitter in response to @drinkerthinker’s request for non-tech-savvy resources.
Why “Social Media Gurus” Are Ridiculous
This morning, the Twitter account of one Mark Davidson started getting lots of attention. Supposedly, Mr. Davidson employs several ghostwriters to manage his social media presence (rather than doing it himself), and then fired one of them. The apparently newly unemployed individual then proceed to post several “drunk and angry” tweets explaining how the good Mr. Davidson can “barely type social media much less know what it is.”
Twitter isn’t about what you had for lunch.
Today I tweeted about goats, biking, Netflix, Words with Friends, God, Wall Street, and floppy disks. Not one mention of what I had for lunch. And yet people outside of Twitter think that’s all we talk about.
You don’t need a “social media consultant”
That there are people in this world whose job title is “social media consultant” makes me a sad panda. It’s the job of these people to tell other people how to use social media. You don’t need a consultant. You just need to be social.
Rules of Engagement: Will I follow you back?
Jim Raffel has a great post today about his rules of thumb on whether or not he chooses to follow someone on a social media network like Twitter or Facebook. I completely agree with his sentiment, and felt it was worth posting my own general rules of engagement.
Losing the Signal to the Noise
In the world of social media, you feel a need to be posting often. *Really* often. Depending on who you’re following and when you check in, your activity stream can move very quickly. You toss something of your own in, and it’s already been washed downstream in the blink of an eye. But you’re so damn clever/inspiring/knowledgeable/informed! People want to read your every joke/quote/link! However can I make sure they don’t miss out? Obviously the solution is to just post more often. Fight the flood with a flood of your own, right? Wrong.
Analyzing Twelve Months of Twitter Usage
As far as I can tell, my first post to Twitter under my @tomhenrich account was one year ago today – April 22nd, 2010. From what I can tell from various online tools, I created the account in early-ish 2008 but didn’t post much of anything. I’m also not sure that my first actual tweet was on April 22nd, since I’d modified the name from “thenrich” to “tomhenrich” at some point and Twitter’s search fails to discover anything past that point. So thus was born my @tomhenrich account. On this, the apparent one-year anniversary of that account, I thought it’d be interesting to look at how the year’s gone by.
A tweet of mine got some serious attention yesterday. It was posted totally on a whim; I expected maybe a handful of people to star or retweet it. Instead it took off and got massive visibility. As of the time of this writing it had been retweeted 1231 times using Twitter’s native retweet function and – according to a quick search via the Twitter API – over 600 times by people copying and pasting it, retweeting others who had commented, etc.
It’s Not You, It’s Us
I find Twitter to be far better for actual knowledge gathering than just a Google search can be, simply because of the human element.
Own Your Data
A partial reconstruction of a Twitter discussion on the merits of self-hosting social content rather than aggregating locally from external sources.
jusky: I’ll tell you what happened to me this year that I never would have believed could happen: I have internet friends. Like, really. I’m not a Star Trek fan and I don’t live in my mom’s basement. I have real life friends. But a funny thing happened to me this year. Hear, hear. (Be [...] Read more
Stop Being the Noise, Start Being the Signal
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of one’s signal-to-noise ratio. For those who may not be familiar with the term, Wikipedia gives a pretty decent explanation: Signal-to-noise ratio compares the level of a desired signal (such as music) to the level of background noise. The higher the ratio, the less obtrusive the [...] Read more
Why Protect Twitter Accounts?
Twitter offers the ability to “protect” your Twitter stream — that is, to make it so that you have to expressly approve anyone who wants to follow your tweets, rather than exposing it to the public for anyone to follow. My question is, why would one do this? It seems like it would make it [...] Read more
Not Good with Computers
Computers have gotten simpler and more intuitive every year for the last couple decades, to the point that most of us carry in our pockets a tiny little computer that can make phone calls. Why is “I’m not a computer-type person” still being used as an excuse?
Clarification on that Bio Generator
Yesterday’s link to Josh’s Twitter Bio Generator started getting some love, but from what I’ve seen it needs a clarification. The bio it generates is random. It’s not tied to your Twitter account, and the first thing it generates isn’t “your” bio. It’s a bio. You can hit the “regenerate” link as often as you [...] Read more
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The best way to use Twitter
Link: The best way to use Twitter There are several common complaints: 1) It’s inane. People just tweet about what they had for lunch; 2) It’s just celebrities and narcissists full of self-importance; 3) It’s a waste of my time; 4) It makes people I thought were interesting and exciting seem mundane and ordinary. And [...] Read more
How Do Marketing Professionals Use Twitter?
With the rise of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube and the myriad other social media platforms we know and love today, companies are finally starting to realize they can use these channels to market their brand. I’m seeing more job openings for “social media experts” and “social marketers” than ever before. These people are ostensibly [...] Read more
Details: Twitter’s New @Anywhere Platform
Link: Details: Twitter’s New @Anywhere Platform Twitter CEO Evan Williams just announced at SXSW that his company is taking another step to integrate with the rest of the web with a new platform called @anywhere. Operators of third-party websites will be able to plug in @anywhere to integrate some basic Twitter functionality without requiring [...] Read more