Back in the day, Twitter created LISTS and LISTS were good.
Then Formulists came along and the lists became full of auto-curated "auto-lists" and the LIST lost a lot of its magic.
Then Twitter almost demoted the list completely. Check your twitter page, can you find LISTS? And about 95% of the time I visit "Lists Subscribed To" the page is broken. And (this is a good thing) Twitter has removed the "XX-user is a member of 2,444 lists" stat, that was leading to more gaming. (Question: Would Twitter be a better place if they eliminated the Follower and Following counts from the system all together? It would probably be a lot less gamey.)
Today, I’m ready to declare that THE TWITTER LIST is BACK. Let me explain.
Now under the @Connect Tab are little mentions that look like this:
The new @Connect TAB reinstates the power of the LIST. Now, when someone adds you to a LIST, they have manually included you in a group (theoretically of like-minded people) and perhaps you would be interested in the others in your new "included" group. And sure enough, a quick view of the list above, from 100pctSolutions and violá, there is a whole new group of people I ‘might’ like to follow.
In the world of Twitter Discovery (trying to find people who are of interest to your objectives) LISTS are invaluable. Now that the auto-lists company is gone, the value of the hand-curated LIST on Twitter is a great place to start looking for others to join in conversation.
And as I say all the time, Twitter is a two-way communication protocol. If you tweet something the good thing to do is actually BE ONLINE so you can respond to any RTs or conversations that get kicked off by your tweets.
I understand the "broadcast" mentality. I understand the tendency towards "scheduling your tweets," but I am against it. Maybe if I were DellFactoryOutlet and my revenue was proportionate to the number of tweets and responses I get during the course of each 24-hour cycle, but I’m not.
I am a person. I am an individual. I am part of the marketing/advertising complex that can make or break Twitter adoption and usage. And of course, I am not the Twitter police.
I believe in the philosophy, "I am here now." So if you catch me tweeting at 4am, it’s because I woke up early, or I haven’t gone to bed yet. Some of the conversations I have online in odd hours, via Twitter or Facebook or TXT… Well, we are all wanting to "connect." That’s what makes social media work. Being social.
If I use Buffer or Hootsuite to "broadcast" a promo tweet several times during the day and night, I’m merely couponing the twitterverse. It’s okay, it’s just not the way I hope to use and encourage the use of Twitter. I have my radical ideas. Auto-scheduled tweets are not part of them.
permalink: http://uber.la/2012/03/magic-of-discovery/See The Twitter Way page for all the Twitter Ideas in one place.
Other posts about kicking ass in social media:
- Web Referrals: Know Your Metrics, Know Your Tools – Evaluating Google+
- 6 Step Twitter Growth Process: Results +753
- Let’s Talk About Your Evil Plan(tm) – Yeah, But What Else Are You Doing?
- The Quick Course in Online Marketing: Big Picture (Social Media, Search Engine, eMail, Content Marketing)
- New Web Design Standards: Flexible-Width and non-IE Browsers Abound
- 8 Steps Getting Social Media To 5 Goals & 2 Wins the [INFOGRAPHIC]
- ROI ROI ROI and Social Media; We Need to Have This Discussion Again
- Pinterest and the Power of Social Bookmarking: Tag Yourself (Web Design is Dead)
- Social Media MBA – The Reading List
See all of the Social Media Marketing Videos on the Social U. page.
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It’s not the tool it’s how you manage it. So here are a few ideas I’d like to share around managing your social media status-sphere. It really doesn’t matter if you like Twitter, Facebook or Google+. What matters is how you use it.
First up: Twitter Lists.
What are they? Why you need ‘m. And why your Tweetdeck or Hootsuite lists are different.
So what I would like to ask you, as you are starting to re-frame your social media accounts is this, "If I can’t add you to one of my Twitter lists I probably shouldn’t be following you in the first place."
There is a 500 tweep limit for Twitter lists. So beyond that you will have to create 2nd and 3rd lists to keep your "austin friends" together in your lists. You will notice I have an "austin friends" and an "austin friends 2" lists. This is not an indication of favoratism, but merely a reaching of the Twitter List 500 tweep maximum. I suspect I will be giving up my "tennis" list or my "cats and dogs" list in the future to build an "austin friends 3" list. But not today. (grin)
RULE of TWITTER ADDITION: before you click "follow" figure out what list you are going to add someone to and then do both. 1. Follow; 2. Add To List.
RULE of TWITTER SUBTRACTION: if you are following someone and you can’t put them on a list, perhaps you should consider unfollowing them. 1. Examine who you follow; 2. Add all "friends" to a list; 3. UF, unfollow everyone you cannot place on one of your lists. (Why were you following them in the first place?)
Next: Twitter Tools
Fact: You can’t manage Twitter on Twitter.com. You need tools. Aside from the Twitter Tools Matrix, here is the shortlist for Twitter clients I recomend.
Next: Twitter Stats and Analytics
While following and being followed in Twitterville is interesting, almost as interesting and potentially more valuable is the tools that allow you to see what people are tweeting about. Example: during the SuperBowl 2010 the hashtags #nfl and #superbowl and #superbowlads were quite popular with tweeters who were rating the advertisements that were paying over a million dollars per 30 sec. slot. So if your ad didn’t "trend" within these hashtags you can bet the audience mostly ignored it, or forgot about it. And there were a number of unremarkable ads.
TERM: "Trending." When something is trending on Twitter it means the Tweet volume is so large that it is showing up as one of the top twenty most frequent words being tweeted.
So what tools are my most used when looking at Twitter trends? Here are my top Twitter stats and analytics tools.
1. TwitterVenn (making Venn diagrams out of trends is fun and easy); 2. TwitterFall (a visual browser for seeing hashtags and searches) ; 3. Twitter Trends Map (see the topics that are trending worldwide);
Finally: Twitter Discovery Tools
Finding new people to follow, new trends to track and new hashtags to search for is all part of the beauty of Twitter.
Take the time to add value to your Tweets. Don’t just follow to gain followers. If you can’t put them on a Twitter List, don’t follow them. Lists will become the new marker of Twitter Authority.
No, you can’t ask me to add you to a list. I must discover you and add you manually. Yes, you can ask me, but I’m likely to… consider it first.
Keep it social and let me know if I can help socialize your business results.
Check out the Social Media for Business page and these other posts about learning social media:
- YouTube Video Marketing Results; 60 Days in the Video Content Creation Business
- How to Get Useful Business Information Out of Twitter: Hashtags for Social Media Research
- The Twitter Bubble; Don’t Let Your Followers Fool You Into Feeling Influential
- Twitter Signal to Noise Ratio: Trying to Find Meaning & Losing Friends
- YouTube Video Marketing Results: Traffic Up, One Breakout Hit (CHART)
- Social Marketing Strategy: Thinking Beyond the Page (VIDEO)
Finally an amazing image of some of the visualization tools linked off of VisualComplexity.
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When you feel good about something you want to share it. If your sharing makes another person feel good, then you get the feedback that the share was a positive experience. So what motivates us to share, like, forward, promote in social media?
I want to tell you about my latest discovery. I want to give you the good news from last night. I think if I’m the first person to hip you to a new idea then you will think i’m smart, you will find me more attractive, and you might return the favor.
Sharing something online is about being one of the cool people, for example: "I’ve just discovered this band Broken Bells, if you liked the Shins you have to check out this video…"
Sharing something online is about being an "expert" or at least an informed participant, for example: "Facebook LIKEs and FANs result in an extra 20 website visites a year. http://lnkd.in/ZJydXh"
Sharing something online can be just for the laugh, "I keep going back to Klout to see if my score changed. It hasn’t. Damn you people get on it, give me some POINTS." OR just for the self-depreciating chuckle "If I grow up, I’m gonna write TWEETS for a living…" OR for political comment "We’re trying to kill Gaddafi. No duh! To me, he looks pretty dead already. (Uh this isn’t going to start a jihad or anything is it?)". [The previous paragraph contained real tweets, generated and spread within the last 24 hours.] And my favorite nonsensical tweet: "I’m going to tweet a secret that I’ve never shared with just a few thousand people before."
But we are sharing for something. For feedback perhaps. Or something called "connection." Remember the kids in high school that got to see the RUSH concert on a school night and they wore the black t-shirts the next day? Social sharing is kind of like that. An instant tribe of like minded people and potential friends.
A fancy word for sharing these days is curating. As in, I am "curating the chaos of the internet for my followers." And products like paper.li lend credence to this self-hyped grandiosity. Mostly, I believe, we are sharing to see reflections of ourselves and our beliefs. And after sharing, we listen to hear if anybody responds and wants to join our tribe. Even for a few minutes, a few tweets, or a few random facebook updates.
Honestly, the web is a pretty cold place. You’re not gonna get a hug or a cuddle via Facebook. (the virtual kind ((hugs)) doesn’t cut it.) But you might get a rush when someone RTs your tweet. (RT = ReTweet)
And sometimes, for no reason known to business, something you post on your Facebook update "goes viral."
This thread went on for 38 comments. No business was generated from this exchange. Nothing was promoted or linked to. And for reasons unknowable, people, "friends," were contributing to a poem (limerick perhaps) on Facebook.
And I think the poetic tribal gathering was summed up nicely in the final two comments.
And that was the 37th and 38th comment. And the moment was done. And I would guess that everyone that participated got a few rushes of social serotonin. A tiny spark of joy that someone else out there, in the huge interwebz, liked or commented on something you wrote.
Tweet be with you.
Next up: Lifehacks: What Are They? How Do You Use Them? Done: Lifehacks; What’s Your Best Hack?
(Note: If I were really smart I’d wait and post this at noon, when the highest facebook response time is. But I’m not that calculated. I just wrote it and I want to see if I get any love from it. So out it goes.)
A few other opportunities to mingle in the uber.la tidal waters:
- Social Media Is More Fun Than Googling It: Why Do We Ask Questions on Social Media?
- Missing My Dad, Looking for More Dads, Connecting (LiveStrong Father’s Day 2011)
- Let’s Meet Up Somewhere Other than Facebook – alternative streams of connecting
- Music Discovery and Community – a Sub-Semantic Connective Network
Two other viral facebook posts of little or no value beyond the grin.
Jennifer’s jag went on for 19 comments.
And this was one of my favorites, the random made up word challenge.
This one got 19 comments for no reason at all.
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<see my newest Klout post: Killing Klout for an update on this continuing story.>
When a new system for social media comes out, I’m pretty slow on the uptake. Klout has been around for a bit, but I wasn’t really intrigued until the topic started showing up in conversations.
Quick tip: Know your Klout score. Love it. Influence it by being a real participant. Respect the Klout.
There is no question, managing and improving your social media reputation (sometimes called authority) is a hard piece of social media puzzle. You can post like hell. You can LIKE everything and every company in sight. You can Tweet your ass off. And still your "authority" is only as good as your current job, or publication, or speaking engagement. Some of this is about to change, IMHO, with the next generation of "influence" measurement and reporting. KLOUT.
Here is what my initial Klout dashboard looks like.
Extracting a few of my top connections from Twitter, Klout has assigned me a few key topics, social media (check), austin (check), blogging (check).
Here’s an interesting part of Klout’s scoring, the Network Influence graph:
There are some deeper analytics of your Tweeting influence deeper inside Klout. But the chart above gives some examples of things that factor in on your score. Unique mentions, Unique Retweeters, Unique Commenters, are all quite interesting to me.
And then Klout puts your influence style in a matrix along with some of your associates.
And finally, the piece that I think will bring Klout above the noise of "me too" influence apps. The browser plug-in. Once added to my Chrome browser (there’s a Firefox version too) the Tweeters Klout scores are reported next to their image.
In the process of Twitter discovery (finding new people to follow) I believe the K-score is going to be a huge help. The spammers and pornsters on Twitter won’t be able to build up a K-score at all. And those of us working within the boundaries should see our influence and the influence of our influencers increase.
Let’s hope Klout keeps the gaming opportunities to a minimum. What we do need now is another clean social media measuring stick that can guide us toward the gold and away from the chafe.
The Disciplines of Social Media:
- The 10th Discipline of Social Media; Socializing Your Content Effectively
- The 9th Discipline of Social Media: Listening. Building Your Social Media Dashboard
- The 8th Discipline of Social Media; Tagging with Delicious, ReFinding Your Links
- The 7th Discipline of Social Media; KLOUT, the New Measure of Influence
- The 6th Discipline of Social Media: Slideshare Is Great for Marketing
- The 5th Discipline of Social Media; Story, Voice, and Connective Threads
- The First 4 Disciplines of Social Media: Google Analytics, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
Check out your Klout score.
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Twitter can be overwhelming when you first check in. One of the problems is the interface, which has evolved into a complex system. I suggest you use a tool like Tweetdeck to manage your Twitter following. But there are few tasks which require the Twitter.com interface. Let’s look at the primary screen on Twitter.com.
There are a lot of things to learn about Twitter, but the main thing is learning how you will begin to use it. The value you bring to Twitter is what you will get out of it. If you merely blast self-promo messages or coupon/deals, that’s all you will find on Twitter. If, on the other hand, you find something you really want to tweet about, you just might find a following of people who are interested in the same subject. Seek them out. Converse with them, ReTweet them, engage with them.
Twitter Exploded is available as a single slide on Slideshare.net for downloading and printing as a reference.
A few additional posts about using Twitter.
- You Are What You Tweet: Twitter As a Reflecting Pool
- When Did You Stop Listening to Twitter? And Who or What Killed the Tweet?
- Admitting There’s a Problem: My Twitter Stream Has Become Unmanageable
- Uber.la’s 1-2-3 Guide To Twitter: GETTING REAL with TWITTER
All the Twitter related posts can be found on The Twitter Way tab.
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