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Twitter Explained

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, "What are you doing?" by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called "tweets", to your friends, or "followers."

The short format of the tweet is a defining characteristic of the service, allowing informal collaboration and quick information sharing that provides relief from rising email and IM fatigue. Twittering is also a less gated method of communication: you can share information with people that you wouldn't normally exchange email or IM messages with, opening up your circle of contacts to an ever-growing community of like-minded people.

You can send your messages using the Twitter website directly, as a single SMS alert, or via a third-party application such as Twirl, Snitter, or the Twitterfox add-on for Firefox. (See below for links to Twitter tools and applications.)

Your tweets are displayed on your profile page, on the home page of each of your followers, and in the Twitter public timeline (unless you disable this in your account settings.)

You can receive tweets by visiting the Twitter website, IM, SMS, RSS, email or via a third-party application.

For more information about what Twitter is all about, see:

Why Twitter is Useful

Twitter has many uses for both personal and business use. It's a great way to keep in touch with your friends and quickly broadcast information about where you are and what you're up to. For example, "I'm downtown and aching for some sushi. Anyone like to join me?"

For business, Twitter can be used to broadcast your company's latest news and blog posts, interact with your customers, or to enable easy internal collaboration and group communication.

To learn more about how you can make use of Twitter, see:

How to Use Twitter

Getting Started

Visit the Twitter website and click "Join for free" to create your account. Consider using your real name as your user name to help your friends find you more easily.

Once your account is created, login and click "Settings." From here, you can setup your account details, manage your password, register your mobile phone and IM account, configure how you receive Notices, upload your photo and customize your account's design.

Your Twitter page is located at twitter.com/your-username

Sending Messages

You can "tweet" from your Twitter page, your mobile phone, IM account, or via a third-party Twitter client.

  • From your Twitter page: S imply enter a message in the text field at the top of the page and click "Update."
  • From your mobile phone: Send an SMS message to 40404.
  • From your IM account: Send a message to either twitter@twitter.com (Jabber/GTalk) or TwitterIM (AOL).

Your tweet will be displayed to your followers, either on their Twitter page, mobile phone, or any other way they are setup to receive Twitter updates.

Following Other Twitter Users

Finding and adding friends to your "Twitterverse" is easy.

  • From the Twitter website: Login to your account, visit your friends' Twitter pages and click "Follow" underneath their photo. If your friend's account is public, you will immediately start seeing their tweets on your page, otherwise your friend will need to approve you before you can see their updates.
  • From your mobile phone or IM account: Send the command follow username.

See the Twitter website for a complete reference of Twitter Commands.

@Replies and Direct Messages

When you send a message with @username at the beginning, it's understood that your message is intended for that specific user, but all your followers can still see the tweet. Note that for the intended recipient to see your message on their home page, they must be following you, otherwise they will only see your message on the Replies tab.

To send a friend a private tweet, use the Direct command: d username message.

Learn more about using Twitter:

How to Network with Twitter

The following blog posts are aimed at bloggers and other professionals who would like to use Twitter for business.

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Twitter for Seniors: An Easy Guide

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Twitter can be an overwhelming place for anyone, but more so for a senior. There’s a lot of noise from a lot of people talking all at once. Yet if you take the time to learn how to use it, Twitter can be a great social media platform to be a part of. Here’s how to get started with Twitter and make the most of its features.

Creating an Account

The first step is to create a Twitter account. You can do this by going to twitter.com and clicking on the “Sign Up” button.

Enter your full name, email address, and chosen password. Your password needs to be strong. This means that even if you choose to use the name of your assisted living facility because you’ll remember it, add some numbers and punctuation marks for good measure.

You’ll also need to choose a username, which is what people will use to mention or reply to you. Keep it simple and easy to remember.

Once you’ve entered all the necessary information, click “Sign up.” Twitter will send a confirmation email to the address you provided. Click on the link in that email to confirm your account and start using Twitter.

Navigating the Interface

The next step is to familiarize yourself with Twitter’s interface. The main way you’ll interact with Twitter is through your timeline, which is where you’ll see all the tweets from the people you follow. 

You can also compose new tweets by clicking on the “Tweet” button. This will open up a new box where you can enter your tweet. Once you’re happy with your tweet, click “Tweet.” Your tweet will now appear in your timeline and be visible to your followers.

If you want to see what other people are tweeting about, click on the “Explore” tab. Here, you’ll find trending topics and hashtags that you can follow. Hashtags are a way of categorizing tweets and make it easy to find tweets about specific topics. 

The “Notifications” tab is where you’ll see any mentions or replies to your tweets. Mentions are when someone includes your username in a tweet. Replies are when someone responds directly to one of your tweets. 

The “Messages” tab is where you can send direct messages to other Twitter users. Direct messages are private and can only be seen by the sender and recipient. To start a new direct message, click on the “New Message” button and enter the username of the person you want to message.

Finding People to Follow

One of the great things about Twitter is that you can follow anyone you want. To find people to follow, click on the “Search” button in the top navigation bar.

From here, you can search for specific people by their name or username. When you find someone you want to follow, click on the “Follow” button beneath their profile picture.

Now that you know the basics of how to use Twitter, you’re ready to start tweeting! Now you can connect with friends and family, stay up-to-date on current events, and even follow your favorite celebrities.

Creating A Marketing Plan For Your Security Business

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Most people would prefer to avoid having to deal with crime. Even the most skilled theft defense lawyer in Boulder, or anywhere else, would enjoy some time not having to deal with the law, so if you’ve got a budding security business, you should have no shortage of potential clients for your services. The question is, how can you get your brand in front of their eyes? 

How do you make them aware of your business and start bringing in those sales? How do you keep them coming back for repeat business? It all starts with a clever marketing plan, and for a security company, there are definitely some particulars you’ll need to be aware of.

First, let’s talk about branding. Every business needs a look—their logo, their emblems, a visual aesthetic that you display to the public and potential clients. For a security company, your visuals should project strength, all while remaining distinctive, memorable, and clear.

Start by having a designer craft your logo and associated elements, and when you’ve reached something suitable, you can start updating your marketing materials and social profiles to match that aesthetic. This is just the tip of the iceberg, though, because now you’re going to have to start coordinating your marketing collateral across all of your digital channels.

At minimum, your business should have a good website and few strong social media profiles. Much of what you do, in marketing, is getting people to check out the former so that they can see what you’re about and start buying your goods and services. They won’t want to stick around if your website is substandard, however, so make sure yours has at least the following:

  • About Us—This is where you talk about the history of your business, your ethos, your goals, and everything else that makes your company a relatable entity.
  • Services and Resources—Use this as the opportunity to show what it is that you offer and how your offerings differ from those of your competitors.
  • Testimonials and Referrals—Hopefully, you’ve left a trail of happy customers in your wake. Use this section of your website to feature their tales, and provide some “social proof” that you are a credible, competent, and trustworthy business.
  • Blog—A critical part of your content marketing strategy, your blog should establish you as an expert in your field while simultaneously serving as a draw for potential clients to visit your site. You can even use it to send out company info, news, etc.
  • Contact Us—Of course, all of your efforts would be for naught if your clients couldn’t reach out to you. Be sure to include contact details so you can start making deals.

As for your social media profiles, you should stick to a few best practices on those as well. Use social media to connect with prospective customers in real-time, while also helping your company stand out and driving as many as possible to your website. It won’t all come together overnight, but with consistent effort, you can execute on a marketing plan that truly works.

3 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe While Using Social Media

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In today’s society, you almost can’t keep your kids and teens from wanting to be a part of social media. But while this is a part of life now, this is also a part of life that could be very harmful to your young children if you’re both not careful with how it’s used. Luckily, there are things you can do and teach to your children to help keep them safe as they learn how to use social media and integrate it into their young lives.

To help you see how this can be done, here are three tips for keeping your kids safe while using social media

Share Your Concerns With Your Kids

While you are likely thinking about all the potential negatives that could come into your children’s lives by using social media, your child is likely thinking about all the positive possibilities they could now have with a social media profile. The trick here is to give your kids a bit of a reality check before you allow them to use these platforms.

To do this, talk with your kids about exactly what you’re nervous about with having them on social media. Share with them what they need to be careful with, what they need to be on the lookout for, and what some of the threats to them could potentially be. Hopefully with this knowledge, your child or teen will be more careful when they spend time on social media and will come to you when something appears amiss. 

Set Up Accounts Properly

Once you feel like your child should be allowed to spend time on social media, you should help them in setting up their profile so that all of the applicable safety settings are applied. 

For most social media platforms, you can set settings that make it so only the people they are friends with can speak with them or see their content. You can also help them with creating a strong password. Teach them the importance of a strong password and that they should only share the password with you so as to keep their account safe. 

Keep Time On Social Media Limited

While some kids will be mature enough to safely use social media, most kids, and even most adults, can easily get sucked into what they’re doing on social media and spend too much time on these platforms.

To keep this from happening to your kids, try your best to keep their time on social media, and screens, in general, limited. You can help to teach them this by setting a good example yourself. One good rule of thumb to follow could be not allowing them to use social media in their bedrooms as night before they go to sleep. 

If your kids or teens are wanting to get onto social media, consider using the tips mentioned above to help them stay safe on these platforms.

Marketing Tips Your Small Business Will Need

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It’s really difficult to run a successful business operation without the assistance and perks offered by a great marketing effort.  You need help getting the word out about your awesomeness, and marketing is the way to do it. 

While traditional marketing methods are still very useful today, digital marketing is where the exposure truly takes place.  The internet grants your business a shot at millions of consumers, and a solid digital marketing plan will bring growth to your operation. 

Understand the basics of SEO

Search engine optimization should be a part of every business owner’s vocabulary.  The term serves as a simple way to refer to a collection of design elements that make an impact on where your web pages fall in the results listing when users search relevant terms and phrases.  

SEO is about understanding the search engine algorithms that sort information when people use the service.  Good SEO integration will give your business content a better chance at being seen by the right people online.  

Refine your business website 

Focus on making your business website the best it can be.  A great business website is never truly finished, because regularly updating your content is a big part of remaining relevant to users online.  

It pays to invest in website development.  Make sure users can easily find information, connect with, and purchase from your business from the safety of your well-built website.  

Branch out on social media 

Social media can boost your digital visibility in the blink of an eye if you get the equation right.  Learning what it takes to draw the attention of users on social media can be a pivotal tool to the growth of your business as a whole.  

Claim your stake on all of the most frequented social media sites, and start working to build a larger following as soon as possible.  Choose social media sites that are a good fit for your niche of business to find a little easier path to popularity online. 

Consider a business blog 

Adding a business blog to your digital appeal will give users more content to explore.  If you do it right, you’ll have a group of loyal readers that will return time after time to see what’s new.  

Your business blog should have posts that tell people about your business or teach them something new about the industry at hand.  Relevance to your operation is the key to drawing readers who could benefit from what your business has to offer. 

Don’t eliminate traditional methods

There are still plenty of ways to reap the benefits of traditional marketing in today’s world.  If you have a brick and mortar business, signage is everything.  Handing out business cards is still effective.  Find ways to network in your local community to give your business a boost.

Top 6 Most Memorable Car Advertisements Of All Time

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When it comes to advertising cars, manufacturers have a lot on their plates. They’ve got to show off how cool it would be to drive one of their automobiles, showcase the practical features and benefits, all while reassuring potential customers that they won’t have to find the best lemon lawyers in California to represent them because they bought a faulty ride.

 

That’s why car advertisements are often some of the most inventive and incredible. In fact, you’ve probably got a few favorites kicking around inside your skull right now—that’s how memorable car ads typically are. Only a few have earned the distinction of “most memorable,” however, and today we’re going to showcase six picks that fit the bill.

 

Citroën

 

What do you do when you have a so-so automobile but you’ve still got to make it sound amazing? You make like the folks at Citroën and put a humorous spin on its mundane quality. Their 1984 ad boasted that this aging, outdated economy car was “faster than a Ferrari” (that was going at a fixed, low speed), had “as many wheels as a Rolls Royce,” and other such basics that really spoke to how “down-to-earth” this vehicle was.

 

Porsche

 

Sometimes a little bit of humble-bragging can go a long way. That must have been Porsche’s reasoning behind their “Nobody’s Perfect” advert, which showed top finishers for the 1983 Le Mans results. Porsche, of course, secured 9 out of 10 of those top spots (Sauber/BMW got ninth place). Hence the ad—nobody’s perfect (but Porsche is as close as it gets).

 

Audi

 

It pays to take the occasional risk in your advertisements, and Audi is no stranger to pushing the boundaries. In their “Can’t Stop Driving” print ads, they didn’t even need any words to get the point across, just a photo of two bank robbers waiting on their ride. That ride would be an Audi, of course, with the implication being that if they trust it to get them away from the cops, it should serve you well no matter what situation you find yourself in.

 

Volvo

 

What happens when you combine a sensible car brand like Volvo and over-the-top 90s action star Jean Claude van Damme? You get an amazing advert with said action star doing his trademark splits between two reversing Volvo trucks. What this tells us about Volvo as a brand and about their trucks specifically? That’s open for interpretation. What’s not, however, is the fact that the ad was well-received and really generated a lot of publicity for the company.

 

Daihatsu

 

Quantity over quality? That may well have been the idea behind Daihatsu’s old 1996 print advert for their Hijet van. It’s not a good-looking vehicle, they’d readily concede, but as the ad reads, it “picks up five times more women than a Lamborghini,” in the literal sense, of course. Your “mileage” probably varied once you had it out on the streets and in front of the eyes of any potential midnight rendezvous.

 

Mini

 

Once again, humor and honesty combine to make a great piece of advertising. “You don’t need a big one to be happy,” Mini exclaimed in some of their older advertisements. That’s a technically true statement, and it applies to their cars as well!