Archive for October, 2011
With more than 200 million people having a Twitter account, it is high time you made your Twitter page easily noticeable from others. There is no reason why you will go for the default collection of backgrounds only. If you want to present yourself or your business in a unique way, start looking for fresh ideas.
Determine what kind of picture you would like to present. A major factor to consider while setting the right background is the type of message you want to pass on via your Twitter page. Numerous users just choose any picture or graphic and upload it to their account with no deliberation. Spend some time to bring forth something that depicts your personality or your specific business goals.
Regardless of the number of images or expressions you have set on your background, Twitter is always going to occupy the center of the screen. Hence, you must opt for a background that renders Twitter its usual position of prominence and still gets eye-catching.
It is advisable to go for large images since it eliminates the need for tiling an image. It delivers the impression of one big background particularly created for this social networking site. An image size of 1600×1200 is what you should start with.
Keep in mind that screen resolutions differ a lot. When you have a smaller screen resolution, it reduces the possibility of your image getting repeated multiple times on the screen.
You can also add a border to your design so as to make it catchier. One more benefit of using a border is you can make space for the Twitter logo and navigation without making the background clumsy.
In the end, it is time to upload your image to your Twitter account. Check how it appears in the background. Sign in to your account. Go to ‘Settings’ tab and click ‘Design’ located under this tab. Then, click ‘Change Background Image’ to upload your image and set it in the backdrop.
Twitter is very fast and straightforward to use, so everybody is going after it. However, with more than 200 million tweets being generated every day, it is quite easy to lose your identity in the conversations. If you want to take maximum advantage of Twitter marketing for your business, following are some useful tips you can pay attention to.
You need to clearly define the goals and objectives of your business. Just set your goal, for example enhancing your business visibility so that prospective customers can find you easily and generate multiple objectives to start working towards accomplishing this goal. All your objectives must be detailed and quantifiable. Develop objectives that steer your behavior on the internet and observe how your community reacts. Your business goals and objectives are the mainstay for assessing your Twitter success.
Simply following people is not sufficient to deliver the goods. If you crave to form a Twitter community for your business, you should give users a good enough ground to follow you back and involve in talk with you. People will come after if you discuss matters that raise their excitement. Naturally, you can pass on information about your business, products, services, discounts, exclusive deals, etc. Hence, pick your topics of conversation cautiously.
Ahead of spreading out your Twitter community, devote some time to systemize your present community with Twitter Lists. These lists help you concentrate on conversation flows. In case you’re not familiar with the features of such lists, Twitter offers an outstanding overview on how to make lists and handle people on the lists. So before following a new individual, add him/her to the suitable list first.
Managing your Twitter community is a continuing activity. Reserve a little time every week to keep up your community on this social networking website. Give yourself small targets in the beginning and gradually grow the number of followers with the passing of time. Add 10, 20, or 30 new users to the list of followers every week, dependent upon your business goals and time on hand. It is advisable not to follow loads of new users at once. If somebody reports you as a spammer, Twitter might go on to suspend your account.
In the first part on top Twitter applications for small businesses, we covered apps like Twitter Toolbar, HootSuite, Twitoria, HelloTxt, TwitPic, Monitter, and Twitter Gallery. Keeping our promise to add more, here we come with our second list:
TweetDeck: It is one of the top applications and interacts with the Twitter Application Programming Interface to permit users to receive and send tweets and view profiles. Compatible with Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Chrome OS, TweetDeck makes the handling of tweets and notifications efficient. It was acquired by Twitter on May 25, 2011.
Digsby: This app bundles instant messaging, email notifications and social networking accounts into one easy to use desktop program. It alerts you of new tweets and provides you with a live Newsfeed of what your friends are occupied with.
Twitter Counter: It offers stats of Twitter usage and cuts across more than 14 million users. Use its code to get a badge showing your Twitter account and the number of users following you. Just post this code on your site to persuade clients to trace you on Twitter.
TwitterFeed: You can use this app to automatically feed the posts on your blog to Twitter using RSS. It is very easy to add your existing feeds as well as track your feeds through statistics in real time.
Bubble Tweet: Use this application to introduce yourself and/or your small business to all your profile visitors through a short video message. A welcome video will pop up in a bubble-shaped layer whenever a visitor lands on your Twitter profile.
CoTweet: With this app, you can manage one Twitter account for your business while permitting several of your employees to contribute to it.
Twitxr: This application helps you post company updates and product images on Twitter directly from your mobile phone.
Tweetburner: This is one more Twitter app used to keep an eye on your account. It chases your tweets and makes the links you post shorter in an automated manner. The app also maintains a log of the count of clicks that your tweets receive.
A text or SMS message has been the most favored and straightforward means to share information and keep abreast on your preferred Twitter accounts. This short messaging service is presently accessible in around 80 nations and 9 languages. The utilization of SMS is mounting at a great pace and approximately 4 billion text messages are sent and received on Twitter each month as stated on the Twitter Blog.
From September 21, 2011, users are able to share photos on Twitter as well. They can now integrate an image into their text message. If you’re wondering how to do, it is very easy. Simply insert the text as you generally do, append an image to the message and send it to the social networking site. This novel feature is presently accessible with a limited number of cell phone operators only.
If you stay in the United States, enjoy this facility with Verizon Wireless, AT&T and C Spire Wireless. Similarly, people in the United Kingdom can get this service via carriers like Vodafone, Orange and O2. Twitter is working with more and more carriers in order to allow their customers to share images through SMS. Following are some new text messaging tips and tricks to look at:
In the preceding year, Twitter declared that anybody in the USA can immediately receive tweets on their mobile phone, even though they do not possess a Twitter account, by sending a SMS only. This feature is now obtainable worldwide with any mobile operator that provides Twitter text messaging service.
You can send a few handy one-word commands to Twitter to receive information quickly. For instance, ‘Suggest’ allows you to receive recommendations for accounts to follow. ‘Stats’ lets you obtain your basic profile information like your bio info, total number of followers you have and total number of accounts you follow. ‘Help’ or ‘Tips’ sends you useful Twitter text message tips.