This Week in Twitter for 10/30/2009 — Twick or Tweet Edition

Via RealEstateZebra on Flickr
Via realestatezebra on Flickr

Is that long line on Halloween leading to house that gives out full-size candy bars? Nope, it’s the crowd clamoring for Twitter lists, the hottest topic this week in our Twitter recap. As these lists move out of beta into the mainstweam, everyone’s finding it’s a great way to organize your friends and to find new folks to follow. Services like Listorious.com offer a handy list of lists organized by topic.

As you get into the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve with a gallery of Twitter pumpkins, here are some things to do on Twitter when you’re dead. Speaking of dead things, is privacy’s demise the fault of Twitter or because kids took over Twitter?

COSTUME IDEAS

HOW MUCH DID YOU GET?

COULD YOU TELL IT WAS ME?

ROVING BANDS OF CONFERENCE ATTENDEES

TRICKS

BLAME TWITTER

Twitter costs UK economy billions of dollars…but it also offers companies good ideas.

WORD

And let’s wrap up with this: Do you ever wonder if jack-o’lantern one word? What about trick-or-treaters? How about Twitter in one word, asked Social Media Today. What was the word on Twitter this week for you?

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This Week in Twitter for 10/23/2009 – 150 Miles from Minneapolis Airport Edition

Via PH7labs.com
via ph7labs.com

Were you asleep at the controls or arguing about work policy and missed some Twitter news this week? Read on for Twitter headlines for the week of October 23, 2009.

The biggest news this week was answering the question, Who’s going to pilot our search for the latest Twitter topics? Bing declared itself the captain, but Google quickly responded with its own me-too (without a specific date, but it didn’t seem to matter).

If those absent minded Northwest pilots are looking for new jobs, Twitter can help although changing their avatar might not be a good idea (hat tip @TweetforBiz). Or was the in-flight movie that good? (Sure beats in-stream advertising, which might make you reach for the airsick bag.)

If those pilots try to go underground, take note that the CIA bought a stake in Twittering-monitoring service. But aren’t those protected tweets in fact exposed by Google asked the LA Times? Turns out the answer is no.

Maybe the pilots were location-challenged and should filter tweets by location. Or does that only work with politics? Maybe they should have spent more time at church or with the Bible.

In other Twitter developments…

Twitter Services and Apps

Twitter News

Twitter Tips

What was the biggest Twitter item that flew onto your radar this week?

This Week in Twitter for 10/16/2009 – Balloon Boy Edition

via GraphicLeftovers.com
via GraphicLeftovers.com

While everyone asks if the Balloon Boy flight was a hoax or not, there’s no doubt that spammers are for real and this week Twitter made it easier to nail problem accounts.

The flying tinfoil chef’s hat created a media feeding frenzy, which shouldn’t be confused with a Twitter feeding frenzy. While it might not get you a reality TV show, using pictures with Tweets can engage people and attract followers (hat tip @zaibatsu).

Balloon Boy wasn’t the only one soaring as we learned that Facebook soars while Twitter slows and Gourmet magazine sank, but don’t blame Twitter. The truth also came out this week as we jolly well asked if there’s such a thing as a secret anymore with Twitter all around us. There has to be better ways to get through, especially since email no longer rules.

But if you’re into tinkering with crazy devices in your online backyard, try out your own jQuery Twitter ticker, implement a Twitter reactions badge with Juitter and jQuery (if you dare), keep plugged in with WordPress and Powerpoint or draw your own conversations. And before you go soaring, make sure you have a good soundtrack, such as starting with these rock bands on Twitter.

Yet when you really think about it, what kind of person would actually get into an unproven contraption? A dummy? And does their social class determine their online social network? Or would seeing the right doctor make a difference? Perhaps it’s time they learned some etiquette, such as from their teachers or from top colleges.

After all the balloon boy hype, if it turns out that nothing really happened, would that be like a Seinfeld episode? Not that there’s anything wrong with that. In fact, you might ask yourself, Are you Tweet worthy? Quick, check with the Seinfeld cast.

How Do You Search Someone’s Twitter Stream?

Ever wanted to search through the tweets from one specific person? Looks like I’m not the only one. Read on for your options.

Twitter Conversation About Searching an Individuals Tweets
Twitter Conversation About Searching an Individual's Tweets
  1. If the tweets are from within the past 10 days or so, you can use Twitter’s search engine with the syntax from:username [keywords]. Here’s the link if you wanted to search for recent tweets from Danny Sullivan that included the word “Google”.
    from:danny sullivan google
  2. But what if you want to go back further than 10 days? Twitter tends to drop results after 10 days, but Google doesn’t. Perform a site-specific Google search of the Twitter user’s account using the syntax site:twitter.com/username [keywords]. Here’s what it looks like if you wanted to search all tweets from St. Charles Church’s Twitter account that include the word “Mass”:
    site:twitter.com mass
    (I’ve added the following parameters to the URL: &pws=0 to turn off personalization, &filter=0 to include supplemental results and &num=100 to get 100 results on a page instead of just 10 blue links.
  3. Another options is Searchtastic.com, which will perform a similar search as Google (albeit slowly). Here’s the previous query repeated on Searchtastic. The strength of this new tool is the ability to search through a user’s tweets along with the people that user follows. Very helpful for tracking down conversations, especially when some tweets out a request for a recommendation and doesn’t bother to share the results. (If you turn to your followers for an answer then don’t you think they might be interested in the answer as well?)

Those are the options I use, but I’m sure there are others. How do you search an individual’s Twitter stream?

Update – October 22, 2009: Bing is getting in on the searching Twitter action, which is generating a lot of attention. Not to be outdone, Google announced a similar plan albeit without a specific date. Nevertheless, Google succeeded in diluting the perceived exclusiveness of Bing’s announcement by inserting itself into the same news cycle.

This Week in Twitter for 10/09/2009 – Nobel Prize Edition

In a week where President Obama won the Nobel Prize (noted on Twitter http://www.socialmediatoday.com/SMC/129752) after being nominated less than a fortnight into his term, will one of your aspirational tweets lead to a Pulitzer Prize? Let’s give out some more prizes this week.
Big Deal says UK’s High Court
KANYE WEST AWARD
Speakers: Learn from Twitter Hecklers
How Speakers Should Integrate Social Into Their Presentation
PEOPLE’s CHOICE AWARD
6 Great Twitter Quiz and Polling Apps
ACADEMY AWARD – BEST PICTURE
@copyblogger
What if you could only speak in 140 character snippets in real life? Hilarious video
or more literally, was this the best picture
Twitter vs Facebook vs MySpace
Visualising conversations on Twitter and Flickr
RED CARPET
Who Rules The Social Web?
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
A Majority of Companies Prohibit Social Networking on the Job, CIO Survey Reveals
Companies Say No to Friending or Tweeting
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
100 Twitter Feeds To Make You a Better Teacher
SLASHDOT EFFECT
The Software Developer’s Ultimate Guide to Twitter Tools
Twitter Pries Data Out of the Stream (data mining)
Twitter Talking Separately to Microsoft and Google About Big Data-Mining Deals
Uncovering Connections on Twitter Could Become Big Business
Social Media: The Next Great Gateway for Content Discovery?
Revealing the People Defining Social Networks
Brian Solis
The Speed of Share
Clive Thompson on How the Real-Time Web Is Leaving Google Behind
Mile High Club Inductee
THE GOLDEN NUGGET
Golden Twitter Nuggets & Takeaways From SMX East
WWWTWITTER.com: Best Website Ever
EYES ON THE PRIZE
TweetMeme Analytics Show You How Retweets Spread on Twitter
Hey, you know how journalists count? 1… 2… Trend!
via @r
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TWEET
How to Demo Twitter
So Your Client Says They Want to Get on Twitter
Show them this:
It’s all about the coffee…
How Twitter is all about the coffee….
Using Twitter to form communities of practice.
What Can Twitter Do for My Library and Community?
Twitter Decision Flowchart
CMS on Twitter Poll Results
What should you tweet about? Why don’t you ask instead of guessing?
Tweeting More Ubiquitous Than Other Electronic Socializing
Popular on mobile devices such as tweeting from cars and the toilet.
Publicize: Twitter
Crowdeye Twitter Search
Your Headlines on Twitter
Find shareable lists of people on Twitter
Ident Engine
A javascript library that retrieves and aggregates profiles from across the web
CRACKER JACK PRIZE — IT’s FREE
FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools
Ten Things You Need to Stop Tweeting About
Are long Twitter lists on that list?
Twenty-One Top Twitter Tips
Another long list
30 Twitter Tools for Business

Via GraphicLeftovers.comIn a week where President Obama won the Nobel Prize (ooh, prizes announced on Twitter; big whoop says UK’s High Court) after being nominated less than a fortnight into his term, will one of your aspirational tweets lead to a Pulitzer Prize? Let’s look at more prize developments in the Twitterverse this week.

KANYE WEST AWARD

Make your acceptance speech better with Speakers: Learn from Twitter Hecklers from DontGetCaught.biz and How Speakers Should Integrate Social Into Their Presentation from Web-Strategist.com.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

6 Great Twitter Quiz and Polling Apps from ReadWriteWeb.com.

ACADEMY AWARD FOR BEST PICTURE

@copyblogger says “What if you could only speak in 140 character snippets in real life? Hilarious video” [warning: crude]. Or more literally, was the best picture this image of Twitter vs Facebook vs MySpace from the Chicago Tribune? Or perhaps Visualizing conversations on Twitter and Flickr from Flink Labs?

And while we’re out on the red carpet, let’s take a look at Who Rules The Social Web? from InformationIsBeautiful.net.

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Workers of the world–unite. But not online. A Majority of Companies Prohibit Social Networking on the Job, CIO Survey Reveals says Robert Haft, Companies Say No to Friending or Tweeting according to Law.com, which leads to Oh the Irony from StopBlocking.org.

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

100 Twitter Feeds To Make You a Better Teacher from OnlineCourses.org

HANDYMAN OF THE YEAR

Whoever gets this prize might use The Software Developer’s Ultimate Guide to Twitter Tools from PDFConverter.com or Ident Engine’s javascript library that retrieves and aggregates profiles from across the web.

TWITTER PRIES DATA OUT OF THE STREAM

Twitter Talking Separately to Microsoft and Google About Big Data-Mining Deals according to All Things D, Uncovering Connections on Twitter Could Become Big Business says ReadWriteWeb.com and is Social Media: The Next Great Gateway for Content Discovery? asks Nielsen. Brian Solis was Revealing the People Defining Social Networks as The Speed of Share (TechCrunch) made Clive Thompson wonder How the Real-Time Web Is Leaving Google Behind.

MILE HIGH INDUCTEE

Lufthansa will tweet your altitude, location and departure/arrival times for you. Adobe Air not required.

THE GOLDEN NUGGET

Golden Twitter Nuggets & Takeaways From SMX East from Search Engine Land.

WWWTWITTER.com: BEST WEBSITE EVER?

EYES ON THE PRIZE

TweetMeme Analytics Show You How Retweets Spread on Twitter (Mashable), Tweetmeme and TechCrunch.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN TWEET

So Your Client Says They Want to Get on Twitter (CSS-Tricks.com) then here’s How to Demo Twitter (AllTop) and then tell them about Using Twitter to Form Communities of Practice (eLearningStuff) and What Can Twitter Do for My Library and Community. If they’re still not sure, hand them the Twitter Decision Flowchart, but make sure they know about the Ten Things You Need to Stop Tweeting About (The Oatmeal.com).

But what should they tweet about? WordPress users can now automatically tweet new posts if you want to go with the quasi-robot approach. CMS on Twitter Poll Results shows a more personal touch by asking your audience instead of assuming you know. One thing you may not want to know is exactly where your audience is tweeting, such as from the bathroom as Tweeting More Ubiquitous Than Other Electronic Socializing (Media Post).

LONGEST ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES

Long lists still rule.

CRACKER JACK PRIZE — IT’S FREE

FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools from SapWeb 2.0.

And if we had a Twitter comedian handing out these prizes, they might say “Hey, you know how journalists count? 1… 2… Trend!” (from @sdkstl via  @r).

Who else deserves a Twitter prize this week? We could try Crowdeye Twitter Search and Your Headlines on Twitter from TwittLink and Find shareable lists of people on Twitter from TwilList for ideas, but I’d rather hear who you’d nominate this week. Share them below.

This Week in Twitter for 10/02/2009

Get schooled in this week’s highlights from Twitter.

Math

Reporter + Opinion +Twitter =  (-job)
TechCrunch and Paid Content have the details about the Washington Post reporter who’s out of a job for giving up the appearance on objectivity on Twitter. Ready to add a social media policy to the equation for your church staff and volunteers?

WebDesignerDepot.com Twitter Chalkboard
Via WebDesignerDepot.com

Twitter + Flickr = Portwiture.com
Here’s a God’s eye view of Flickr thumbnails based on the topics of your tweets. Want more art? Try Mashable’s look at Twitter art. Or art and statistics?  Try Visualizing Twitter Statistics x100.


Retailers Say Facebook > Twitter

eMarketer and AllFacebook.com take a look at the differences between the two services.

I > U
News flash: people would rather talk about themselves than the junk you’re selling according to Mashable’s coverage of a Rutgers study.

140
Twitter apps by user rating.
Source: @dannysullivan

650+
That’s the number of Twitter icons and graphics available from GraphicAlerts.com

Cosine? No, CoTweet

TwiTip covers how to use this service when you have multiple accounts (your own and your main church account) or multiple users (such as volunteers and staff)

Gym

Try Patrick Moberg’s workout plan.

Geography

Street (Stweet?) Named After Twitter Account
Take a left @ the next corner.

Health

H1N1 fears aside, designing for contagiousness is important for Twitter and beyond according to Mr. ReTweet Dan Zarrella.

But don’t give yourself a bad reputation. Three Top Ways to Damage Your Brand With Social Media – remember your church’s Twitter account.
Source: @KrisColvin

Economics

How To Measure Social Media Payoff
Source:  @JDEbberly

Blogs and Tweets – The million dollar pipe dream

Science Lab

A Closer Look at Twitter’s Explosive Growth

Current Events

Top news from top tweets with TweetPortal.com.

Shop Class

Helpful Twitter Tools from SmashingApps.com

Penmanship

Twitter Marketing: It’s More Like Email Than You Think
…and that’s why it can be valuable if it were to include segmenting, A/B testing and such.

Why Are The Popular Kids So Fake?

Most Awesome Fake Twitter Accounts to Follow
Lunch.com pushes their Twitter list service (before Twitter’s version goes live) while offering some amusing fake ‘n’ funny Twitter accounts to follow, such as Kim Jong-Il, Chuck Norris and Darth Vader. But if you include those tough guys, what about @ChuckObama? And pithy fakers such as R2D2 and @TheMime? Who are your favorite fakers?


How did Twitter make news for you this week?

This Week in Twitter for 9/25/2009

twitter-leafIn a week where we wondered whether Twitter was worth a billion dollars and 37Signals was ready to play along, here’s some Twitter news for free — no deposit into the Whuffie bank necessary.

Tweet, Tweet, Ka-Ching: Twitter is Changing the Way Nonprofits Make the Ask
Can your church learn from these nonprofits on Twitter?

  • @donorschoose 2,242 followers; see whose followers are the most generous
  • @12for12K 2,729 followers; #GG24 – Go Global September 24-30 – one-hour ad sponsorships
  • @livestrong 38,339 followers; awareness rather than direct fundraising
  • @Twestival 11,824 followers; promote offline, fun meet-ups to raise money
  • @NWF 17,151 followers; #nwf to report wildlife findings, encourage conversations

Effective Twitter Backgrounds
Highly customized backgrounds can look cool, but present challenges:

  • Layouts don’t always work well with all screen resolutions. Don’t let your Twitter page have a visible panty line of a background graphic that has to tile because it isn’t wide enough.
  • Easy does it with the fire hose of contact information in graphical running down the left-hand column. Remember, we can’t click on that stuff so keep it short and memorable.

If you’re up for making your own, try out Free PSD Twitter background template from Fuel Your Creativity.

9 Scientifically Proven Ways to Get Retweeted on Twitter
Dan Zarrella is Mr. ReTweet and also the guy who has a DIY redirect on Twitter if you leave out the second ‘r’ in his name. See Dan’s presentation (or the e-book if you subscribe to his blog) and the FastCompany write up. Highlights of what it takes to get a ReTweet based on his analysis of boatloads (twoatloads?)  of tweets:

1. Use links, but not TinyURL
2. Please and retweet work.
3. Avoid boring words like going, watching and well.
4. Higher reading comprehension is ok.
5. Punctuation is fine except for semi-colons.
6. Original content, rare/unusual words, breaking news.
7. Proper nouns and headline format.
8. Avoid negative emotions, swearing and self reference.
9. Late afternoon, especially on Friday

How To Measure The Value Of A Fan Or Follower In Social Media

  • CPM – Use tracking URLs to see what kind of clickthru rate you get from your number of followers, or number of referrers from Twitter (although some traffic from Twitter clients will show up as direct traffic)
  • Goals and funnels – measure completed actions
  • Direct feedback – responses to questions, input on features

10 Code Snippets to Interact with Twitter
Add some Twitter goodness to your church site in PHP, Ruby or PASCAL. Maybe not PASCAL, but it sounds so French and the author, Jean-Baptiste Jung, is from the French speaking part of Belgium.

OK, your turn. Who else had some Twitter mojo this week?