Twitter is a social media venue that allows people to connect. I have found it to be a great place, even better than some of the forums I have participated in the past. However, as I see people comment and wonder what twitter is, or even ask me how they can do better, I just had to pool together my own list that has worked for me so far. Of course, I am no guru in Twitter, but what I have used has done well for me so far. Several things I have noticed are:
- I have more traffic to my personal site.
- I have met people who are interesting and share a common interest on some level with me.
- I have met people who I believe are good friends. Even though they are through the internet, we have been regular at
- I have learned a little bit from using Twitter.
- I have received web hosting business from followers just because of association with me and wanting to try my small time hosting.
- I have become more active with my website in producing informative blogs.
- I have been successfully able to produce blogs from paid-to-review sites that are not cheesy and are more of a consumer based review.
- I have been able to expand my site’s umbrella over topics I cover.
Of course, there are a lot of ways to connect with others out there, but this is one of the most drastic I have found. Also, there are a lot of more things I have taken from my experience so far with Twitter. Below are tools I had stumbled upon while discovering this social venue.
1. Tweetchat Simple site to allow you to see a live stream of tweets almost like a real chat room. They are designed around specific topics. For example, the group Girl’s Night Out, meets every Tuesday evening and they use the trendy topic of #gno to enter the room.
2. Twitter Grader is a place you can simply type in your Twitter ID and it will produce a grade on how good of a ‘tweep’ you are. In calculating this grade, Twitter Grader calculates your authority into a grade by how many you are following, who you are following, who is following you, and what you talk about. It is also a place you can see similar people from either location, profession, or something about them in their description at Twitter that may be relevant to you.
3. TwitterCounter Is a great place to analyze the growth of your following and also has a code that you can place on your site that will tell visitors how many followers you have acquired at Twitter.
4. Be A Magpie is a place where tweeps can make a little cash while they tweet away. The site produces advertisements that are placed within your streams, with keywords to not seem obstrusive. Those who sign up can adjust the ratio of how often ads are placed versus tweets. This is great for those wanting a few extra dollars. However, on the downside, it could be annoying for some followers if your ratio makes it obvious you would rather use them than get to know them. I recommend if you do use this service to use the 10:1 minimum ratio, no matter if you have 15 followers or over 15,000 followers.
5. Mr.Tweet is a place to help tweeps get connected with others who are relevant to them. The site calculates and based on the info you have given in your Twitter profile, try to connect you to others that you should follow or that could be a great influence.