How to Write a Tweet!

Sounds simple enough right? Jot down 140 characters (max) and hit send, that’s it! Well, indeed that is what most people do, however, it really isn’t that simple, particularly if you expect some engagement. Thanks to the crew at Hootsuite, they’ve reminded us of several important elements that you must consider when crafting a tweet – some good reminders here.

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Tip – Optimal Dimensions for Images Shared on Social Networks

Yes indeed, we love social media just as much as the other guy and you can find us on most of the popular “must have” social channels. Images are a huge part of our social strategy, particularly as it is well known that a good image can really drive engagement. So how to optimize images (or maps) for a good social media strategy? Thanks to the good people at HootSuite, here’s a pretty handy list of the optimal dimensions for an image shared on  top social networks:

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10 Reasons Why You Should Love Twitter!

I gotta admit, I’m really tired of hearing from people that they think Twitter is simply a waste of time, or a stupid social network for boasting about your cat or where you eat or for sharing a selfie etc… Seriously, if you think that’s what Twitter is all about then you are missing out. And if you happen to be a “technology professional” and have that mind-set, I’d seriously also have to question your technology skills and the lack of an open mind that you bring to your work and your personal life. In short… crawl out from under that rock!

10 reasons to love twitter even if you hate it!

There’s many ways to use Twitter. There’s no right or wrong way to use it and the possibilities are seemingly endless. To say that using Twitter is silly and/or a waste of time is very short sighted. Read on for 10 Things you can easily do with Twitter that will make you love it, even if you hate it!

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Social Tip – Mastering your Twitter Analytics

You Tweet But Are You Aware of your Twitter Analytics? Here’s How — Ok you tweet, but do you have any idea how well your tweeting is doing? Indeed using twitter is subjective and it really is tough to say to anyone that they are doing it right or wrong. However, there are analytics and tools at your disposal that can qualify your tweeting and show you quite clearly what’s working and what isn’t. 

How to Run your Own Twitter Analytics

Using Twitter’s analytics capabilities you can easily connect your account and deep dive into pretty detailed analytics and reports. Brows your twitter activity by date range and quickly view tweets along with data showing impressions and engagement activity including: likes, replies, retweets, favorites, and link clicks.

Learn more about how to analyze your tweets in this feature

Blogging, microblogging, media, social media or… Which for your business?

You may be wondering, which would be better for me or my business.. blogging, social bookmarking, a social media focus, or ?? A darned good question, particularly as all have a purpose, a time, a place, advantages and disadvantages. So, which one is best? There’s no simple answer here, however, keep in mind that any option you select will require time {lots of it} , patience, and a commitment.

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Things People Do On Social Media that Annoy Everyone Else and how to attract unfollowers

Using Social media, like any other business tool, requires a strategy. You’ve posted thousands of updates, tweets, photos and videos in order to build your personal brand and also grow your social network so why jeopardize your “friendships” and alienate your followers? There’s no doubt that almost everyone has posted a tweet, photo, or facebook update that they’ve then taken back, deleted, or removed, however, you do need to keep in mind that once sent your update is out there and in many ways can never be completely taken back. So, what can you do to reduce the number of folks that unfollow you or, even worse, reduce alienating people and flat out annoying them? The following are some of the practices on Twitter and facebook that have been proven to “tick people off” that you may want to avoid doing:

  • Direct Message people for following you – Sure it’s very nice that you appreciate the fact that have elected to follow you on Twitter, however, there’s no need to auto-DM me with a personal greeting, in fact, if you do I will definitely promptly unfollow you!
  • Event live tweeting -updates from a conference, meetup, concert or other event are cool and interesting so keep them up, however, if you take it upon yourself to try and convey everything that is taking place and posting 5-10 tweets per minute for several hours you’ll simply annoy everyone and definitely scare aware loads of followers
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Twitter Rolls Out Twitter SMS Alerts for Emergency Notification

Something new and of interest from Twitter this week as the company has now rolled out the Twitter Alert notification service. Twitter Alerts are an opt-in service where users can elect to receive “breaking” news and announcements from emergency notification services and accounts like FEMA, the USGS and other government agencies – I’m looking forward to local police force and city government accounts in my region providing these!

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Need GeoGeeks to Follow on Twitter? Here’s a Top 100 List to Consider

Yaya, I know… top lists are subjective and all that stuff, however, you can’t argue with the fact that people really do dig lists and they can be pretty handy to get started with your research. Now I may be a little biased since I’m on the list (;0) but even still, this recently published list from OpenGeo (@Opengeo)  is pretty good and offers up suggestions to 100 GeoGeeks that you might wish to consider following on twitter or perhaps listing for yourself.

The OpenGeo crew used a nifty tool called LittleBird to generate a list of 100 “geo influencers” on Twitter. While you may or may not agree with the list, that’s not really the point here, rather, it is a good starting point and perhaps you could also use LittleBird for other purposes as well. Note, the list does include popular “magazines” and news zines which for the most part are broadcasting news and PR (GISuser, GISLounge, Drections etc…)  and while these streams are largely RSS feeds and not what we’d likely consider “influencial folks” they do get grouped in here mainly due to their following and re-tweets I suspect.

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