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Mary C. Long

Mary is co-editor for All Twitter and a contributing writer for Social Times. Find her on Twitter @MaryCLong

Twitter Wants to Import Your Contacts (And Increase Your Activity)

We told you the folks at Twitter were clever, didn’t we? In case you missed it – they are.

In what we’re expecting is another example of Twitter’s “innovation through experimentation,” Twitter has come up with another way to increase your activity: importing your contacts.

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Ashton Kutcher Doesn’t Like How People Are Using Twitter; No You Shouldn’t Care

Ashton Kutcher does NOT like how Twitter is being used these days. He’s mostly blaming (everyone’s scapegoat) the media, but he’s not pleased with YOU either.

It used to be fun, but now, according to Kutcher “it’s just a bunch of companies and people constantly pitching crap.”

But we smell another reason for this star’s dissatisfaction.

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Having Trouble Concentrating As You Tweet And Such? Try Coffitivity

It’s the start of a long weekend here in the U.S., and you’re like us, you may be having a tough time concentrating as you go about your day tweeting and such.

Or you may be one of those easily distracted types who has trouble focusing regardless of the day.

If either case applies – and particularly if you work from home – we think we’ve found the answer to your problems. Well, someone else did, but we’re sharing it here.

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The Chat Diary Alerts You To Twitter Chats

You’ve heard of Twitter chats and you even know how to participate in them (maybe. If not, read this post where we explain it ALL), but where can you find Twitter chats?

Lucky for you, there’s a place that keeps track of Twitter chats, so  you’ll never miss another chance to connect.

And all you have to do is follow its Twitter and pay attention!

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Kim DotCom Claims Twitter Infringed On Patent, But Will Accept ‘Blue Tick’ As Payment

Twitter rolled out two-step verification yesterday to the delight of those worried about being hacked – and to the annoyance of one of the lords of the Internet, Kim Dotcom.

You see, sir Dotcom claims to have patented this process many years ago – and it seems he has proof.

But don’t worry Twitter (and Google and anyone else authenticating logons this way), all the man wants is a little help with his legal fees and to have his account verified by Twitter!

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Jose Canseco Tests Privacy Limits; Tweets Alleged Rape Victim’s Name And Photo

There are few rules one must follow to stay in Twitter’s good graces and they mostly revolve around spam (don’t do it). Beyond that, anything goes really. You can tweet whatever you want – it’s a freedom of speech wasteland – just DON’T share someone’s personal information without their permission.

Unless you’re Jose Canseco, that is. He can share the name and photo of his alleged rape victim with impunity.

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Tennis Balls Being Shot At Player By Tweet-Powered Robot

Love tennis? Like to feel like you’re a part of something bigger happening online? Then you’ll probably wish we had told you about this in time for you to participate!

But you can still watch someone swing a racket at tennis balls shot at him by a tweet-powered robot! That’s something, right?!

Yes, we explain what the hell this means below.

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This Memorial Day, Put Your Military Hero In The Spotlight With Hashtags4Heroes

Celebrities and other Twitterati can reign supreme every other day, but if you have a loved one who has served (or is serving now) in the military, Hashtags4Heroes wants to help your special someone take center stage this Memorial Day.

How?

All you have to do is tweet a photo of your military hero, past or present, along with the #HT4H hashtag and you’ll see his/her photo and story spotlighted on the Hashtags4Heroes wall.

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How Does YOUR Garden Grow? This One Won Gold And Is Powered By Twitter [VIDEO]

Wouldn’t it be great to have a garden that was visible (or not) based on the whim of folks tweeting about it? Possibly not, as Twitter trolls might kill it with ‘unkindness.’

But one optimistic group of folks, with an apparently less-jaded view of Twitter, have put their garden out there and have stunned IRL viewers with the results, bringing home the gold from the Chelsea Flower Show.

Its covering responded to live Twitter activity, changing how the garden appeared at any one time.

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Organize Twitter Contacts (And So Much More) In Nimble’s Social CRM

How do you manage your online interactions right now? If you’re like me, the answer is probably “not very well.” I create tags in emails and reminders and lists and all that – or I favorite tweets and sometimes email tweets to myself so folks don’t get lost in the chaos that is Twitter.

But along the way, you’ll likely realize (to your horror) that you’ve let various opportunities slip by – and all because “social” isn’t easily organized. Till now.

We’re excited to tell you about a service, a social client relationship management (CRM) that will organize all of your Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare and Google+ contacts in ways you’ve only imagined. This social CRM also integrates with your favorite apps like Hootsuite and Evernote (to name my two favs).

And better still? It just released new features – insights, signals and reminders – that will make this site the hub of your digital marketing efforts.

AND, they have a special offer for AllTwitter readers (only the fastest will snag it though, so read this quick!).

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