8 Useful Twitter Tools

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    What do you know about Twitter?
    Do you use Twitter?
    How many Twitter-related applications do you use?

Here are 2 applications you can use to manage your tweetstream:

  • tweetdeck –> TweetDeck allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard.
  • hootsuite –> similar to tweetdeck application. You can manage your blog/linkedin/facebook/twitter accounts from one place; schedule posts/tweets, create report, etc.

Here are applications which can help you to locate topics/trends/people/communities:

  • hashtags.org –> you can find here the most popular hashtags on Twitter – what’s most popular.
  • Twitscoop –> a real-time visualisation tool which enables users to “Mine the thought stream” provided by Twitter. Hot trends/words which are buzzing right now on twitter/search feature/
  • Listorious –> “Listorious has the best Twitter people search on the web so you can find anyone by topic, region or profession — powered by data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them by asking questions over Listorious”
  • twellow –> Twitter yellow pages
  • TweetMeme –> “it’s a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categories these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you’re interested in.”
  • twopular –> search popular trends on Twitter

More useful links which helps you to measure your on-line activities.

    Do you know other applications worth to share?

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How to Publish Pictures on Twitter

    Do you like to share pictures on-line? I do
    Would you like to share a pictures directly on Twitter? I would
    Now we can do that. No more Twitpic, Flickr, yFrog – now you can directly publish photos on Twitter using Twitter message box:

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    Now you can go crazy and publish your pictures directly on Twitter, but please be aware of:
  • you can upload any image that is 3MB or smaller
  • Twitter will scale the image to fit into the display pane on the right side of Twitter.com timeline
  • more “how-to” upload picture on Twitter you can find on Twitter Help Center

    3-steps how to publish picture on Twitter:

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  • 1. type text in message box + click on “camera button” and chose image you want to publish + click “tweet”
  • 2. your tweet is now in your timeline stream, so all your followers are able to see your tweet with link to your picture
  • 3. when you click on your tweet you can see the picture on the right side of your Twitter website

4 Social Media Platforms You Should Use

    How many social media applications/platform are you using?

ohhh…do you have problems to count all of them? Let me guess, some of those applications you are using on your mobile, some on your computer.

    Pick a number:

Lets think how many (really) social media applications/platforms we can use and be up-to-date:

  • Google –> google docs, google reader, gmail, google voice, google search, Picasa, google maps, etc. – covers a lot of our needs
  • Facebook –> instant communication, sharing photos, status updates, videos, etc.
  • Twitter –> another way of text messages, great for networking, etc.
  • Linkedin –> network application for professionals

Big trio and google

    That’s a great beginning, isn’t it?
    Ask yourself a question:
  • how many applications do you really need?
  • haw many applications do you have but didn’t use for last few weeks?

Facebook vs. Google+

    Did you hear about Google new platform called Google+ ?
    If not – here is the Goodle+ demo:
    Have you noticed that Google changed it’s layout? top menu bar and +1 button added to research results links googleplusproject_layout
    The feature I find the more useful so far is the Google+ Hangouts – it’s alternative for Skype, etc. Facebook should think about similar option as well. Here is the youtube video of Google+ Hangouts:
    Mario Sundar* at Quora published interesting (and very useful) feedback regarding Google+ platform:

    (Google+ Circles, but it’s still just a far easier-to-setup-and-use friend list. Facebook allows you to create different friend lists today (think “Limited Profile”) and even prompts you to bucket your friends when you connect — but how many users use that.

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    Don’t get me wrong: Google+ gets an A for effort (So, did Friendfeed as well as Google Wave). But, now they’ve their task cut of out them. And, they’re very well aware of it.

    Facebook answer to Google+ Circle is app called CircleHack:

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    PCWorld published article regarding Google+ Circle and Facebook circlehack tools.

A new site called Circle Hack uses a drag-and-drop format similar to Circles on Google+ that lets you organize your Facebook friends into lists quickly and easily

Deborah from kommein published post 10 Google+ Tips to Help You Get Off to a Good Start. You will be able to find there few interesting tips to make sure you are using Google+ right.

After testing Google+ and using Facebook I think that:

  • we will have to use few/many application to be able to organize our activities in social media environment – which might be pain in the neck. But at the other hand maybe that’s good – because we have options to choose from
  • I don’t like to maintain the same content (e.g. my friends’ list) on few social media platforms – it’s a big time-consuming disadvantage

….so now the question is: who Google+ will compete with Facebook? and Is there enough space for both? The ideal situation would be collaboration between Facebook and Google – but I guess it won’t happen too soon.

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*Mario Sundar – Chief Blogger at LinkedIn, the World’s largest online professional network.

Why Do You Use and Need Twitter?

Michael R. H. Stewart, president of Jericho Technology published interesting post regarding Twitter Twitter is Not for Twits!. After that post I asked myself a question: Why Twitter? Why do we use Twitter? What do we need? What is the purpose?

    …so why do you use Twitter?
  • to learn
  • to listen
  • to communicate
  • to say something
  • to be closer
  • to promote yourself
  • to check your competitors

What I did was to check the Twitter website and this is what I found :

12 Ways to Sync, Store and Share Files On-line

animal_three ducks2I was attending the “Share, Store and Sync” meeting provided by Joe Parla.

Have you been wondering how to store your files on-line just in case if something happen to your computer or in case if you need to have an access to your files while away from home?

    Store
  • emails –> you can store/maintain your email directly online using gmail | hotmail | yahoo | etc.
  • on-line storage –> box.net, Dropbox
  • on-line backup –> Carbonite, Mozy, iDrive, Backblaze
  • Cloud services –> Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft
    Sharing applications
  • picasa –> to share pictures, videos
  • amazon –> to share and store music, pictures, ebooks
  • apple–> iCloud
  • google docs –> share (collaborate) presentations, word files, excel files, forms
  • microsoft cloud
    Sync

Before you decide which application to use to share/sync/store your files please remember:

  • check the price –> some applications are for free or at least they are offering the basic version for free
  • check the access –> make sure what kind of access you will have to the application (via device, web-based app, etc.)
  • check the size –> make sure how much space are available. If you want to make a backup of your computer folders you need a lot of GB available
  • check the security options –> how well those applications are secure

How to Create QR Code?

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  • Would you like to create your own QR code but don’t know exactly how to do it?
  • You have seen many QR codes but don’t know what’s that.

I think people gone wild…creating QR codes and uploading them everywhere: on-line (of course), on stickers, business cards, mugs, t-shirts, posters, hats, etc.

First lets just say what’s QR code is: it’s a specific barcode. You can find it almost everywhere. On many products in a store, etc.

There are many free on-line application which help you to create QR codes here are few of them:

  • uQR.mefree application which allows you to create and share web content with others. Simple to use, you can sign in using your Facebook account. You can generate black/white QR code
  • QRstuff — really cool free on-line application. You can generate your QR code with data, e.g.: text/url/phone number/email/contact details/event info/location/wifi login/paypal buy now link/social media accounts/iTune link/youtube video. You can also chose color of your QR code. All of that is for free. Additionally you can order (and pay) t-shirts/mugs/car stickers/hats/business cards/bags/buttons with your QR code on it
  • Customqrcodes — company which will design unique QR code for you and your company. They are also offering free simple QR generator – BeQRious, which let you to create
  • zebra crossing — QR code generator. You can create code which can contain: URL/contact information/event information/phone number/location/etc. Additional feature: you can download QR codes in three sizes: small/medium/large
  • jumpscan — you can generate QR code which combines all your contact and social media information so you can share it with your friends. Free application
  • chocolate graphics — that’s something different but SWEET, you can order chocolates with QR codes on it. Person who will receive that chocolate will be able to check the QR code and information in it – and after that eat the chocolate – sweet idea
    …it’s time to enjoy and generate your own QR code!
    Here you can see really big QR code:

How to find a job using social media apps?

zoom_inAll of you how are looking for a job probably already signed up to jobing, jobankusa, monster or dozen other job-search-sites but do you really think that this is enough? How many of you didn’t find anything for last few months? Although you updated your profile all the time.

What to do???

Maybe you should think about adding other options/other places where you can ‘follow’ job offers or just use other tools to be more visible for potential employer:

  • tweetmyjobs — you can set your profile (for free), chose job channels to get instant notification of jobs (email + tweets). Big plus – you can get that job notification much faster than looking for those jobs on other job-search-sites
  • ‘follow’ companies on Twitter — if there are companies you want to work for, try to find them on Twitter and ‘follow’ them. Companies (often) post job offer on Twitter, so you are able to get the information asap
  • wopodo— reinvent your job search. Good tips how to write your resume, job offers
  • advanced Twitter search — you can search for companies/job offers/ etc. which can give you more information what’s going on (don’t forget to use @ and # while searching, e.g.: #jobs, #hiring)
  • Linkedin profile — you should concider to set a professional profile which can help you to connect to business world (other professionals, recruiters, companies). It will help you to check the job offers, connect to other professionals which can help you to find a job. Don’t forget to ‘complete in 100%’ your profile which means: uploading your photo, ask for min. 3 recommendations. Join groups and try to be active (ask questions, answer to some questions, keep communication with others).
    hint: you can use Google search box to look for job offers posted on Linkedin – in a google search box type “linkedin.com: jobs+location” and you can search directly from google
  • wordle — tool for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater view to words that appear more frequently in the source text. It good to test your resume and check what ‘word cloud’ will generate out of your resume
  • professional email — remember to have professional-looking email address
  • maybe you take under consideration to start your own blog — you are an expert in something, so maybe you would like to share that knowledge with others and at the same time you are building your own reputation as an expert. At the same time it will be even easier to find you on-line
  • Google yourself‘ — check what you and others can find on-line about you. If there is something you don’t like, you better try to change it

5 Key Tools for Effective Facebook Marketing

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