Need a little weekend reading? We’ve compiled our top ten Twitter stories of the week, which includes a veritable plethora of Twitter tips, advice on how often you should tweet, very bad practices from the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the newest members of Twitter’s one million followers club.
Here are our top 10 Twitter stories of the week:
When and how you share your content on Twitter and Facebook has always been a topic of considerable interest, particularly for marketers and brands – we’ve written about this subject many times at AllTwitter. This new infographic from KISSmetrics uses data to determine when the highest percentage of your audience is eavesdropping on your social channels, so that when you share content you’ll get maximum exposure and achieve optimum results.
When you’re new on Twitter, things can be a little confusing. The initial learning curve is pretty steep. There’s so much to learn, and because Twitter is so fast and everything zooms by in real-time, the pressure to catch up and to ‘get it’ can be overwhelming. Fear not, as help is on the way, courtesy of this nicely-designed infographic from Cheryl Lawson, which provides a convenient, one-stop list of Twitter tips, guidelines and pointers for people starting out on the network.
We cover just about everything Twitter at AllTwitter.com, but one thing we do particularly well is provide advice, guides and tips as to how newcomers, veterans, businesses and brands can most effectively utilise their resources and maximise their returns on the network. One of the most important lessons everybody needs to learn as quickly as possible on Twitter is how to manage your time most effectively. We know you’re busy. So, to help out, we’ve put together a one-page list of all the best and most popular Twitter guides we’ve ever published on AllTwitter, which should really expedite you on your way.
Short answer? No. But if you need more detail, this infographic from Problogger provides evidence for both sides of the argument, but ultimately comes to the same conclusion. Namely, Twitter isn’t a waste of time… as long as you’re not doing it wrong.
Answer: never. It’s never OK to pen a tweet that starts with “RT @username” and then make up something that that user didn’t tweet. However, this simple rule appears to be too much for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), whose Twitter account sent out a number of fake retweets yesterday “from” Harry Reid, Barack Obama and others – retweets that were never actually tweets to begin with.
We hear it all the time, from people new to Twitter and those who have been tweeting for months: “How often should I tweet?” It’s not an easy question to answer, and I wish there was a one-size-fits-all solution I could hand out to everyone. However, there are some techniques you can use to find out the tweet frequency that’s right for you.
On Twitter, you can tweet all you want, but unless your tweets are actually being seen by people, they won’t have much of an impact. And while many people think having more followers means they’ll be listened to by more people, they’re dead wrong. Instead of paying 50 cents a follower or following back everyone who follows you, why not try this simple trick that will increase your exposure organically.
Back in April 2009, Ashton Kutcher was the first user on the network to boast a million followers. Beyoncé Knowles passed that tally without writing a single tweet, and Charlie Sheen needed just 25 hours to secure his record. Fast-forward to the present. Right now, and with golf superstar Tiger Woods and British comedian Jimmy Carr as the newest recruits, there are 436 members in Twitter’s one million club, and many more who are right on the fringe.
Back in May we reported on how Lady Gaga had become the first Twitter user to reach 10 million followers, a milestone she reached around midnight ET on May 14, 2011. Now, a little over five weeks later, her follower tally has moved above 11 million. Not only has she gained almost a million users in a month, she’s actually picking up pace.
With well over 200 million accounts and growing by the day, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find the perfect username on Twitter. But there’s nothing wrong with getting a little creative! Here are three ways you can grab your ideal Twitter name, even if the one you want has been taken.
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