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5 Tips For Getting The Most Out of Twitter Chats

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Twitter chats can be a valuable tool for learning, networking and sharing ideas – but they do take some strategy. Here are five tips for getting the most out of Twitter chats.

1. Know your hashtag.

Each Twitter chat has its own hashtag. Many have the word “chat” in the hashtag, such as #blogchat and #edchat. But others do not – especially those chats that pop up infrequently or without a set schedule.

It is essential to know what hashtag your chat is using well before it kicks off. This way, you won’t be scrambling around in Twitter search while other participants are introducing themselves and starting the discussion.

It can also be a good idea to search for additional hashtags that the chat community uses often, and keep these in a list during the chat. If your tweet overlaps with another hashtag, include it as well as the chat hashtag to earn more exposure.

2. Don’t stress.

Twitter chats move quickly, and can be overwhelming for new participants.

You may find, especially during your first few chats, that the tweets you send seem a bit delayed. People have already moved onto a new topic by the time you get an idea in.

The worst thing you can do during a Twitter chat is stress about how quickly it moves. This will only throw you off even more, and it may discourage you from participating in future chats. Instead, know that everyone who was once new to Twitter chats went through the same rite of passage, and that all it takes is time to become used to the fast pace.

3. Have real conversations.

Twitter chats are a great place for you to share your knowledge with a like-minded community. But don’t forget to recognize other members’ contributions as well.

Some of the best interactions in a Twitter chat happen thanks to retweets and replies. You can not only participate in the larger group chat, but you can have side conversations with other participants as well.

4. Use a chat tool.

Tools like HootSuite and TweetChat allow you to set up a stream so that you only see the tweets sent using a chat’s hashtag. This will put blinders on to the rest of the Twitter-verse, so you can focus on the chat.

Nearly everyone who participates in a Twitter chat realizes that Twitter.com just won’t cut it, and searches out a dedicated tool. Get ahead of the game and set up your tool well before your first chat starts.

5. Be grateful.

Twitter chats are not easy to run. They take a lot of planning and thought to be successful. Your organizer might have brought a guest on board, or put together questions to keep things moving at a nice clip.

At the end of any chat, it is polite to thank the organizer for their efforts. Chats are a community event, and only work if the community supports them. A simple thank you can go a long way in validating the organizer’s hard work, and giving them the momentum for the next chat.

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10 Ways Businesses Can Earn Their First 100 Twitter Followers

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Starting a new Twitter account can be a daunting task. You have to consider branding, content, networking, campaigns, promotions, etiquette, management… not to mention building up an audience to actually see your tweets.

Here are 10 ways to grow your first 100 Twitter followers, so you’re tweets won’t fall on deaf ears.

1. Follow others. One of the quickest ways to get more Twitter followers is to actively seek out and follow others. The more accounts you follow, the more likely they will follow you back – so follow a few hundred, and 100 of them should follow you back within a few days!

2. Purchase ads. If you don’t have the time or patience to grow your first Twitter followers organically, you can purchase promoted account ads and get your account in front of thousands of targeted potential followers. This is a great option for businesses that need to grow quickly.

3. Use search. Search for your local connections, industry experts, business connections and more. If you find interesting accounts, give them a follow. Many will not follow you back, but if you do this consistently, you will start to see more and more following you back as your account grows.

4. Update your business cards. Add your Twitter handle to your business cards, and new connections will be likely to follow you. This can be a great way to increase targeted followers, since everyone you share your business card with is a potential prospect, partner or other business connection.

5. Tell everyone. Chances are, you know more than 100 people. So why not tell them that your business has a Twitter account? Leverage your existing network by asking them to follow you on Twitter. Send them an email, a text, a message on LinkedIn… however you normally converse with them, just send them a little note to let them know you’re on Twitter, and you’d like them to follow you.

6. Use hashtags. By using hashtags in your tweets, you will ensure they are seen by a wider audience than just your followers. This means that even if you have only a dozen or so followers, your tweet could be seen by hundreds if you use the right hashtags. And, while not all of those who see your tweets will follow you, a handful might each time.

7. Host a Twitter chat. By hosting a weekly or monthly chat on Twitter, you’ll quickly become a central node in your community. If you can advertise your chat to your target audience, you should see dozens or possibly hundreds of participants each week. As the host, participants will nearly always follow you at some point during the chat, and you should hit your 100 followers in no time.

8. Offer a giveaway. Want to incentivize people to follow you on Twitter? Give them something for free! A $5 gift card to your nth follower, or entering every follower’s name into a draw for a larger prize are both viable options for a Twitter follower giveaway.

9. Add a Twitter widget to your website. If you are tweeting regularly (which, of course, you are!), it is a great idea to add a Twitter widget displaying your latest tweets to the sidebar of your website. This will show visitors that you have a Twitter account and that it is active, and they can follow you with a single click.

10. Retweet others. It’s better to give than to receive. If you’re looking for more followers, reach out to others by retweeting their content. This interaction will show up in their notifications tab, and they might give you a quick follow.

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Missed Tweets? No Longer a Problem on Android

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Last month, Twitter announced a feature for iOS app users called While You Were Away, surfacing relevant tweets that were posted since the user’s last visit. Now, Twitter is rolling out this feature on Android.

Update! Now rolling out on Android: a recap of top Tweets to help you keep up w/ your world. https://t.co/SxiFDZp7UQ pic.twitter.com/mM55SHW8vP

— Twitter (@twitter) February 24, 2015

Here’s what Twitter wrote about the While You Were Away feature when it was announced in January:

A lot can happen while you’re on the go. To fill in some of those gaps, we will surface a few of the best Tweets you probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise, determined by engagement and other factors. If you check in on Twitter now and then for a quick snapshot of what’s happening, you’ll see this recap more often; if you spend a lot of time on Twitter already, you’ll see it less.

Our goal is to help you keep up – or catch up – with your world, no matter how much time you spend on Twitter. With a few improvements to the home timeline we think we can do a better job of delivering on that promise without compromising the real time nature of Twitter.

Readers: Do you like the feature or do you find it annoying?

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Hacked Newsweek Twitter Account Tweets Threats At Obama Family

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Twitter Confirms New Google Firehose Deal To ‘Distribute Traffic To Logged Out Users’

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Twitter’s New Analytics Tell Advertisers And Publishers How Many People Actually Saw Their Tweets

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Twitter Makes In-Browser Notifications Official

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Twitter today officially announced that it would start to offer in-browser notifications — as we wrote yesterday, noticing a test of the feature. “When you’re logged in on twitter.com, you will receive notifications if someone has replied, favorited or retweeted one of your Tweets. You can also receive notifications for direct messages and new followers,” Michael Ducker of… Read More

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YC-Backed Vidpresso Offers Low-Cost Tools For Adding Tweets And Ads To Broadcast TV

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Vidpresso wants to change the way that TV producers insert media into their broadcasts, with a low-cost, software-based solution that could fundamentally change their cost structure. At just $500 a month, the company is already giving producers tools to insert Tweets and Facebook messages on TV. Next up: ads. Read More

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Twitter Toys With Ways To Boost Engagement With ‘@AchievementBird’ Experiment

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Twitter has begun experimenting with an account, called @AchievementBird, that will direct message you ‘achievements’ that you earn with your tweets. The account is protected but has granted follows in the past few days.

Once you’re on the list, the account will occasionally send you messages about how one of your tweets has performed. Xero engineer Owen Williams noted the account on Twitter, as well as a couple of the messages that he had received so far:

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One of my tweets was ‘used in an article’ and AchievementBird notified me of the fact. When I clicked on the link, the relatively new ‘Related headlines’ feature showed me exactly where the tweet had been used.

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Another Twitter experimental account called @magicheadlines is likely related to this effort, as it claims to let you ‘See where tweets are embedded around the web’. Though it could have some wider applications as a digest of ‘news-worthy’ tweets.

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When asked for comment Twitter referred us to the blog post on its continuing experimentation efforts.

It appears that AchievementBird is tapping into Twitter’s analytics package to surface the results of user tweets. Though it rolled out analytics to business users and verified users first, anyone can now get access to the page using their ‘ads’ dashboard.

If you haven’t seen it, this is what it looks like:

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If you’re a frequent tweeter, you’ll have some stats stacked up about RTs, favorites, followers and more. I’ve talked before about how Twitter is experimenting with an account called @magistats, which appears to measure the popularity of tweets by velocity. In that piece I mentioned that third-party Twitter engagement tracker Favstar is one of my go-to sites on a daily basis.

One of the features that Favstar offers is accounts that hit you up when your tweets have passed fav milestones like ’50′ or ’100′. It also offers a ‘tweet of the day’ award that you can bestow on friends or follows you think gave good tweet.

Who knows what Twitter will end up doing with the AchievementBird account in the end, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see it weave it into the main product as it did with the MagicRecs account. Having full access to Twitter’s dataset means that Twitter can offer features Favstar can’t, as it has to poll the API.

I still like Favstar’s presentation better, and its integration with third-party apps, but it’s early days for AchievementBird and Twitter could always revamp its analytics to be more friendly. Either way, this appears to be rolling along the track towards integration as a push notification, not a landing page.

Sending alerts to users notifying them that people are actually reading and even using their tweets in articles seems to be a good way to encourage those users to tweet more. And converting users from lurkers to active tweeters is important for retention and growth.

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Twitter Says New Blocking Policy Which Allows Following, Tweet Interaction Is To Prevent Retaliation

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Twitter has introduced a new blocking policy that is materially different from the one that they’ve had in the past. Blocked users can now see your tweets while logged in and continue to follow you on the service, allowing potential harassers or abusers to continue to track your updates on the network, even though you’ve explicitly blocked them.

This greatly reduces the effectiveness of some aspects of the block functionality on Twitter and opens the door for those who have been harassed or stalked on social networks to have their updates monitored more easily. Blocked users can now retweet your tweets, fave them and RT them while logged into their account.

TechCrunch spoke to Twitter about the changes, and the company says that the change, which does not notify or alert the person you’ve blocked in any way, was done to prevent a scenario of retaliation. The company said that they had seen situations where users, once they discovered that they had been blocked — because they could no longer view tweets or interact with tweets — would find other ways to attack or harass the blocker or even be spurred to greater abuse.

Twitter says that another reason for the change is to better communicate to users that ‘blocked’ does not mean ‘invisible’ and that your information is still public.

This new method means that the only way to prevent someone from following you or interacting with your tweets is to make your account completely private. This will prevent anyone you block from seeing your tweets.

While we doubt Twitter had anything but good intentions here, changing blocking because a blocker might be antagonizing or inciting someone they’ve blocked just by blocking them will likely not sit well with victims of harassment.

It’s worth noting that you could previously view the public tweets of users that had blocked you while logged out of the service — and by visiting a profile page. But now they can do it while logged in and interact with them. If you’ve blocked them, you will not see these interactions, but others will, and those you have blocked will still be able to fave tweets, for instance, and see those in a list of tweets that they’ve faved.

This new blocking method is more of a mute filter that prevents you from seeing any tweets or interactions from a blocked follower. But those interactions still happen. In some ways, this new method is actually a more accurate picture of what happens with a Twitter account when you block someone. They could always see your tweets and manually RT them to their followers by copying and pasting text. Now, however, they can do so within the constructs of Twitter — you just cannot see them. Though their followers and anyone searching for your name can.

Twitter notes that those tweets may also show up in your searches.

Here is the current blocking policy:

If you block another user, you will no longer see:

  • The user in your follower list
  • Any updates from that user in your Home timeline, including any of their Tweets that were retweeted by accounts you follow
  • Their @replies or mentions in your Connect tab
  • Any interactions with that user’s Tweets or account (i.e., favorites, follows or Retweets) in your Interactions or Activity tabs

Twitter also notes the following:

If your account is public, blocking a user does not prevent that user from following you, interacting with your Tweets, or receiving your updates in their timeline. If your Tweets are protected, blocking the user will cause them to unfollow you.

And here’s the previous policy:

Blocked users cannot:

  • Add your Twitter account to their lists.
  • Have their @replies or mentions show in your mentions tab (although these Tweets may still appear in search).
  • Follow you.
  • See your profile picture on their profile page or in their timeline.

Privacy note: If your Tweets are public (i.e., not protected), they will still be visible on your public profile page to anyone, regardless of whether they have a Twitter account or not.

We do not send notification to a user when you block them, but because they will no longer be able to follow you, they may notice that they’ve been blocked.

The changes to Twitter’s policy may indeed prevent some immediate knowledge that a user has been blocked, though they didn’t get a notification before and still won’t get one now. It could cause a lag between the time that they get blocked and when they realize it — but the scenario by which this could prevent retaliation once discovered gets blurrier.

Many Twitter users who have been abused and who undergo continuous harassment on Twitter — especially women — will likely not be pleased that their tweets can now be easily favorited and re-tweeted within the confines of Twitter’s platform. Yes, their tweets were never truly private because Twitter is a public service — but a policy that makes it easier to interact with tweets and add commentary to them (even if it’s not visible to you, personally) seems like it’s missing the point.

Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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