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February 03 2014

16:47

40 Twitter Tools, Resources & Creative Backgrounds

There are so many popular social networking websites are available in the internet and Twitter is one of them. If you are bore with your default blue twitter background or you want an exciting change in your twitter page then check out this collection where you will find outstanding tools for your Twitter background. Social networking profile should be update and trendy because it show your taste and give your impression to other. So its time to make your Twitter profile more interesting and happening.

In this assortment, we are presenting 40 superb tools and resources to spice up your twitter background. Scroll through our wonderful collection and make your Twitter page more attractive and eye-catching through this collection. We hope you will like this assortment. Please give us your feeds back about this wonderful assortment because your feeds back are very precious and important for us. You can also download these awesome tools without paying any money.

Twilk

Put your Twitter followers on your background.

Free Twitter Designer

Now you can personalize your Twitter background like never before. The tool below will help you create free Twitter backgrounds that have the same look and feel as those done by professional graphic designers. It’s easy to use, and best of all, it’s Free!

Twitter Background Checker

Check if your twitter profile looks like poo-poo in smaller or higher resolutions.

Twiback

Want to know how to change the Twitter background or profile icon automatically? It’s never been this easy — with our professionally designed, simple user interface you can change your Twitter background or profile icon automatically! Just try it!

Peekr

Are you hip to twitter? Well, peekr is kinda like a Twitter Widget (a “twidget”) because it’s a tiny little Twitter helper. Some tweeple might call it a bookmarklet, but we know it’s so much more! Is this making any sense yet? Maybe you’ll have to try it and see it in action to get a good feel for how useful peekr can be… Go ahead, click the button above that says, sneak a peek! to see what peekr does. Go on, you know you want to!

TwitBacks

In less than 2 minutes… Brand yourself on Twitter by creating your very own Twitter background and Twitter header.

Flickr My Background

Put your latest Flickr image in your Twitter background We check for new photos and sync every hour.

ChethStudios

Free Twitter Backgrounds PSD Layered files.

Twitpaper

An online community where hundreds of Twitter layouts & backgrounds can be downloaded FREE.

Twitter Gallery

We are your source for Free Twitter Backgrounds. Every day we update twitrounds with new Twitter Backgrounds for you to use on your profile. Getting a background is very easy. Simply look through all the backgrounds we have to offer, click on the background thumbnail, then use our auto-install tool to easily post the background to your Twitter profile.

Create A Twitter Background using PowerPoint

Who would’ve thought that the presentation app used to lull audiences to sleep could also be used to create an appealing Twitter background? The process is fairly simple and only limited by your imagination and Twitter’s 800Kb upload limit.

Twitlay

Upload your own pictures and customize the Layout. You can change the color and add text to the background. Select colors for your profile and preview it in real time. Save all these to your Twitter account with a single click.

Twitter Backgrounds

The themes and images on these pages are free for use as twitter backgrounds. Click on a thumbnail of the backround you would like to get and then download the file to your hard drive or use an auto install feature which will post the selected background to your twitter profile.

Twitter Background

Ever wanted to see the background image while in a Twitter page? Now it’s just matter of clicking on it and voila, everything else goes away so you can appreciate the background. Click on the page again to restore it.

Artweet

Make your twitter beautiful!

Custom Background for Twitter

Need a professionally designed custom Twitter background or Facebook landing page?

Free Twitter Backgrounds

Here’s a set of grungy Twitter backgrounds that you can customize and use for free. They’re all hi-res PNG files. Just load them into your favourite image editor, add an image and some text and you’re good to go.

Free Twitter Backgrounds

Every background is free, lightweight and optimized for mostly used 1024 resolution but we were thinking about all of you with big screens so have no fear our Twitter layouts are going to look the same on 1280px or wide screen.

TweetHawk

TweetHawk Custom Background Designs are free to use for personal use under the Creative Commons 3.0 Licence.

Twitter Backgrounds

1000′s of unique free Twitter backgrounds. Click “Get Twitter Background” beneath any image you want to put on your Twitter. The new page will show the image as a background and give step-by-step instructions on how to add it as your Twitter background.

Twitter-Backgrounds

SweetTweet

Here you will find everything for your twittering needs! We have everything from twitter backgrounds to twitter buttons and we’ll even show you how to use twitter too!

Design a Unique Twitter Background

Spreading word about your business or services via a Twitter account can be a useful addition to a marketing strategy. There are many resources with advice on what, when, and how to tweet. But since we’re creative professionals, we should also pay attention to what our Twitter pages look like

Twitter Background Design How-To and Best Practices

Let’s take a look at some of the best practices around Twitter background design and get to work creating our own.

Creative Twitter Backgrounds:

Charity Micho

Twestival_Jozi

Andysowards

Anousone

Bigjonevans

binoj Xavier

Deb Kolaras

Dickie adams

Jolly Lizard

Imagination

Go Media

KimDeanArt

Wolfgang Bartelme

Graphicidentity

Patternhead

Designerdepot

November 07 2013

15:05

Twitter IPO: le azioni aprono a 45,10 dollari

Confermate le voci dell’ultim’ora. Le azioni Twitter hanno aperto a 45,10 dollari contro i rumors che le davano a 26 dollari. Il controvalore porta Twitter a una capitalizzazione di mercato pari a 25,6 miliardi di dollari.

Voci dell’ultim’ora riportate da Reuters danno le azioni Twitter tra i 42 e i 46 dollari l’una. Fino a stamattina il prezzo si aggirava intorno ai 24 dollari. Ne saranno piazzate in tutto 70 milioni per un controvalore iniziale di circa 18 miliardi di dollari che, con gli attuali valori, si è raddoppiato. Secondo il Wall Street Journal la domanda sarebbe trenta volte superiore alla disponibilità. Nei primi nove mesi del 2013 i ricavi della società sono saliti a 422 milioni di dollari ma le perdite complessive sono state di 134 milioni.

Tags: Radar twitter

October 25 2013

10:00

September 04 2013

06:30

August 05 2013

12:34

Collection Of Excellent WordPress Twitter Plugins & Widgets

Here we are presenting a superb collection of some very useful and handy WordPress Twitter plugins for you. WordPress Twitter plugins can be crucial for social media marketing and therefore, any business either online or offline should not overlook its importance. Twitter is a powerful marketing tool and with the help of WordPress Twitter plugins, the tedious task of social media marketing can be reduced exponentially.

With this collection, we are showcasing a useful assortment of some free WordPress Twitter plugins for you so that you can download them and simplify your work process. Resources such as WordPress plugins are meant to expedite your work flow by allowing you carry out certain actions quickly thus helping you to improve your productivity as well.

Juiz Last Tweet Widget

Add a widget to your sidebar to show your latest tweet(s) with style and without JavaScript! Retweet, Favorite and Reply links are available.

Twitter Fans (Like Box for Twitter)

This plugin lets you display your twitter followers in the sidebar (or anywhere else in the theme). The display is similar to Facebook’s Like Box.

Twitter Widget

Adds a sidebar widget to display Twitter updates (uses the Javascript Twitter ‘widgets’)

Twitter Tweets Box

Twitter Tweets Box is a Widgets let you display Twitter updates on your website.

Tweetable

Twitter is big. Too big to ignore if you’re a blogger. It’s a great way to connect with your readers, and promote your blog a bit.

Twitter Mentions As Comments

Twitter Mentions as Comments scours Twitter for people talking about your site & silently inserts their Tweets alongside your existing comments.

Social

Brought to you by MailChimp, Social is a lightweight plugin that handles a lot of the heavy lifting of making your blog seamlessly integrate with social networking sites Twitter and Facebook.

NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster

This plugin automatically publishes posts from your blog to your Social Network accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+(Google Plus), Blogger, Tumblr, LiveJournal, FriendFeed, DreamWidth, Delicious, Diigo, Instapaper, Stumbleupon, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Plurk, VKontakte(VK.com), YouTube, WordPress, etc.

WordTwit

WordTwit keeps track of when you publish new posts, and automatically informs your followers by pushing out a tweet to twitter in the format you specify. All links are automatically converted to tiny URLs to save space.

Twitter Follow Me Box

Creates a floating box with a follow me twitter. Without the need to modify the template.

Twitter Embed

Easily embed tweets in your posts and pages by posting the tweet URL on a line by itself or by using a shortcode provided by the Twitter interface.

Share And Get it !

Share&Get it! automatically provides you with either Facebook fans or Twitter followers in return for downloadable files. Once you’ve installed Share&Get it ! on your WordPress website, your number of visitors will dramatically increase in no time. To obtain such great results, you only need to copy/paste the shortcodes you get when setting up the buttons.

Tweet Old Post

Plugin to tweet about your old posts to get more hits for them and keep them alive.

TwitPic

Displays your latest pictures from TwitPic in the sidebar of your blog. The plugin is widget ready and comes with many configuration options!

Rapid Twitter Widget

Display tweets from one or more Twitter accounts using a WordPress widget. Compatible with version 1.1 of the Twitter API.

Simple Twitter Plugin

Display timeline for Tweets from an individual user, a user’s favorites, Twitter lists, or any search query or hashtag as a widget in your sidebar.

WordPress IDX Plugin

WordPress IDX is the leading IDX / MLS real estate search plugin for WordPress sites. Elegant interface, great SEO and excellent lead capture.

WordPress.org Plugin/Theme Information Embed

A WordPress plugin that allows you to embed realtime information about plugins or themes from WordPress.org into posts and pages simply by pasting in the URL to the plugin into your post or page.

Tweet Blender

Better than Twitter’s own widgets – Tweet Blender is tag-aware and has support for multiple authors, lists, hashtags, and keywords all blended together. The plugin can show tweets from just one user or a list of users (as all other Twitter plugins do); however, it can also show tweets for a topic which you can define via Twitter hashtag or keyword.

Tweet And Get it !

Tweet&Get it ! is an automatic process to get Twitter followers in exchange for a downloadable file.

Latest twitter sidebar widget

This widget will display the most recent tweets for any twitter user who has their tweets set as public. Show up to 20 tweets. Include a link to your twitter profile and a twitter icon or your profile picture.

Twitter Shortcode

Shortcode for the official Twitter Widgets.

Twitter Goodies Widgets

Uses the twitter goodies widgets API to create offical twitter widgets (profiles, lists, faves and search) straight from your control panel.

TwiBadge

This is a WordPress plugin to show your Twitter badge as a widget with easy personalization.

TweetRoll

TweetRoll displays your Twitter details and the avatars of some of your friends, together with the ability to monitise your Twitter stream.

JM Twitter API Status Monitor

Monitor the Twitter API and be alerted when it is down.

Evergreen Post Tweeter

Evergreen Post Tweeter enables you to automatically tweet out links to old posts based upon a tag or tags.

TwitterLink Comments

Allow your commentators to include their Twitter username along with their comment so a follow-me link can be displayed with their details on the list.

Twitter Comments – Twitoaster

Twitter Comments system. Automatically retrieve Twitter Replies and/or Twitter Retweets to your Blog’s Posts using WP built-in comment system.

Twitter Feed Widget

Twitter Feed Widget will display your tweets using ajax and jquery. It shows one tweet at a time and loops through an specified number of tweets and time interval. IMPORTANT the twitter feed currently only works with non-private(public) twitter accounts.

WP Twitter Timeline

Add a sidebarwidget with your twitter timeline to your WordPress-Blog.

Twitter Plugin

Add a Twitter “Follow” button to your WordPress website.

Twitter Widget with Sentiment Analysis

Shows latest tweets for any keyword, hashtag or, your handle along with sentiment analysis. It also starts to show trend lines if there is enough volume.

Reliable Twitter

Adds a sidebar widget to display Twitter updates using the more-reliable Google Ajax API.

Simple Twitter Tweets

A Simple Twitter Tweets display widget, using Twitter OAth and API v1.1 and backup up so it always displays your Tweets.

WP-Twitter Retweet Button

This plugin will install the official Twitter Button provided by Twitter to your WordPress-Blog.

Twitter Embed

Easily embed tweets in your posts and pages by posting the tweet URL on a line by itself or by using a shortcode provided by the Twitter interface.

Rimons Twitter Widget

This plugin allow you to grab your tweets from twitter and show your theme’s sidebar as widget.

OAuth twitter sidebar widget

Display the latest updates for any twitter user in a widget. Automatically embeds links to @users, #hashtags and urls.

July 30 2013

10:00

Hojoki: The (no longer) Missing Link Between Your Cloud Apps


  

If you are anything like me, you will find it tedious to keep in sync with the dozen(s) of cloud apps you use on a daily basis. Some of the work is coordinated via Trello, texts and spreadsheets are written using Google Drive, creative work is stored in Dropbox, notes are captured in Evernote, short communication is done using Twitter. And this is only the beginning of my list. Would it not be great, if there were one service to rule them all? One stream to aggregate all the information scattered throughout loads of logins? Well, actually, there is…

June 07 2013

12:18

Alonsogate: ecco cosa succede a bloccare una fan su Twitter

Fernando Alonso, campione della scuderia Ferrari
IL CASO | Twitter e polemiche…
ALONSOGATE
Twitter:
Quando è meglio
starne alla larga

Fernando Alonso:«Non dobbiamo sopportare e accettare tutto»
Poveri noi. Davvero. Poveri noi. Povera stampa italiana, povero giornalismo e povera informazione. Da qualche giorno sulle pagine dei quotidiani nostrani va di moda parlare dell’Alonsogate. Il neologismo è mio. Riservatemi perciò gli onori della cronaca. Se non avete idea di quello di cui sto parlando, la storia è questa. C’è una ragazza, una tale Barbara Frigerio. Dopo il Gran Premio di Barcellona, se l’è presa con Fernando Alonso a cui ha indirizzato alcuni tweet che il campione della Ferrari non ha per niente gradito. Alonso, infastidito, ha bloccato il profilo Twitter della ragazza. Niente più tweet. Niente più mentions. Niente di niente. Adieu mon amour.

GLI INGREDIENTI PER UN ALONSOGATE
Un campione di corse automobilistiche della scuderia più famosa al mondo
Una sfegatata fan bloccata su Twitter
Il meglio del giornalismo italiano

Apriti cielo. Barbara non l’ha presa per niente bene. E la sua delusione ha trovato immediatamente una solida sponda di rimbalzo in certa parte del giornalismo casereccio che è sempre a caccia dello scoop degno del premio Pulitzer. E così giù di interviste alla malcapitata, con tanto di articoli, opinioni di specialisti del settore (ma poi come si fa a diventare specialista di social network?), discussioni imbarazzanti sulle conversazioni su Twitter, sulla netiquette in rete e sulle solite enormi, astronomiche, boiate che affollano il mondo digitale in anonimi casi come questo. Addirittura il Corriere della Sera ha riservato a Barbara pure un’intervista su Corriere TV per raccontare questa amara vicenda. Non vi metto il link per pietà nei confronti di voi affezionati lettori. Ancora oggi il Corriere ci delizia con un ulteriore articolo dove Alonso spiega le ragioni del suo sconsiderato gesto in questa vicenda davvero ridicola.

PER IL CORRIERE DELLA SERA, QUELLO DI ALONSO: «UN GESTO ESTREMO»

Ma di che stiamo parlando? Lasciando perdere ogni considerazione sul fatto che se uno no ha voglia o piacere di parlare con una persona è legittimo e sacrosanto (e questo vale sia su Twitter che nella vita reale) dico io, ma vi pare che è il caso di aizzare tutto questo casino perché Alonso ha bloccato una sua fan su Twitter?

Viviamo tutti in una specie di tunnel cognitivo digitale dove Twitter è diventato il nuovo metro sociale comunemente utilizzato per giudicare le persone. Assaporiamo il gusto di sentirci qualcuno solo perché abbiamo l’illusione di poter alzare la voce a suon di battute da 140 caratteri che finiscono nel dimenticatoio con la stessa rapidità con cui le partoriamo.

Dicevano che la televisione avesse rincoglionito le passate generazioni. Non mi pare abbiamo fatto grandi passi avanti. La stessa cosa sta succedendo con Internet e i social network. C’è una cosa che mi ha divertito. Sull’ultimo articolo che il Corriere della Sera ha dedicato all’argomento. Alonso si domanda:

«L’aspetto che capisco di meno di questa storia è lo spazio e il risalto che hanno avuto. Con tutte le notizie che ci sono da dare.»

La risposta laconica del giornalista che ha firmato il pezzo:

«Beh, diciamo che Fernando, visto il piglio sicuro delle esternazioni, si sta prenotando per un futuro: da collega dell’informazione e, magari, da direttore di una testata…»

Che uno si domanda, bhò. Ma che c’entra? Il giornalismo è morto. Viva il giornalismo!

May 09 2013

13:20

Twitter e il caso di Enrico Mentana: perché non bisogna mai cedere al branco digitale

Alla fine è andata così. Il mitraglietta è stato mitragliato. “Enrico Mentana abbandona Twitter” diventa subita notizia nazionale. Tra le più lette sui quotidiani online. Lui pare proprio l’abbia presa malissimo. Si scatena sulla sua pagina Facebook rivolgendosi al branco digitale che nei giorni scorsi lo ha assalito sul social network da 140 caratteri. Li chiama “fattoidi” di Twitter. Spiega le sue ragioni e subito scatena un inferno di reazioni.

C’è poco da discutere sul fatto che Mentana abbia fatto bene o abbia fatto male ad andarsene da Twitter. Inutile che gli spariate contro accusandolo di essere una specie di codardo se decide di scansarsi all’ultimo secondo davanti a una slavina di merda che lo sta investendo in pieno.

L’effetto moltiplicatore di Twitter può avere degli effetti devastanti. Se qualcuno iniziasse a far girare certe affermazioni per niente piacevoli su di voi, state pure certi che i paladini della giustizia digitale, sempre a caccia di misera gloria sui social network, non vedranno l’ora di cavalcare l’onda e scatenarvi l’intera cavalleria addosso. Nessuno di questi che però abbia mai un briciolo di scrupolo o d’intelligenza da chiedersi preventivamente se la cosa fosse vera oppure no.

Essere assaliti da un’orda di barbari su Twitter è un’esperienza per niente piacevole. In genere sono gli stessi soggetti che, quando leggono di quelle tragiche notizie sulla ragazzina di turno che si lancia dalla finestra perché vittima di ciberstalking, riempiono i loro profili di frasi compassionevoli e di condanna verso i carnefici. Quando c’è da fare i fighetti contro il personaggio in vista o il politico di turno però, si trasformano. E diventano tali e quali a quelli che assillano la ragazzina. Tradotto in tre parole, idioti crudi e puri.

La scelta di abbandonare Twitter, caro Mentana, serve a poco. Posso capirla. Ma tanto, come si dice a Roma, “ce stai o nun ce stai, te perculamo lo stesso”. Morale. Meglio rimanere. Bloccare questi profili, uno a uno. Senza neanche sprecarsi a rispondere o dare troppe giustificazioni. Restare è un atto di forza che serve per affermare il sacrosanto diritto di esserci nella giusta maniera. Di poter affermare quello che si pensa alle tante persone che invece hanno l’educazione di ascoltare e interagire in modo socialmente accettabile con noi. Cedere al branco significa cedere alla stupidità. E questo contribuisce nient’altro che a rendere il Web un posto meno interessante. Riservato solo a un gruppetto di invasati con poco cervello e tanta bava in bocca.

Tags: Radar twitter

April 15 2013

10:58

Twitter si prepara (forse) a rivoluzionare la musica online con #music

Di questa applicazione se ne parlava da mesi. Da quando Twitter un annetto fa aveva aquisito We Are Hunted. Il servizio in questione era una specie di motore di ricerca che scandagliava la rete per identificare la musica più hot del momento. Naturalmente, come da buona tradizione in ogni acquisizione che si rispetti, si comprano le competenze e si sotterrano i servizi. We Are Hunted non esiste più. Ma qualcosa di simile sta per essere integrato dentro Twitter col nuovo servizio #music.

«E’ fuori discussione che Twitter e la musica viaggino insieme alla grande. Gli artisti hanno scelto Twitter come canale primario per rimanere connessi coi propri fans e le persone condividono e scoprono nuove canzoni e album ogni giorno. Non vediamo l’ora di mostrarvi a cosa stiamo lavorando».

Per ora al di là dell’home del servizio raggiungibile sulla pagina music.twitter.com si conosce poco e niente, a parte il fatto che dovrebbe girare su un’app separata da quella di Twitter. Il che non sarebbe proprio il massimo perché è più semplice tenere incollati gli utenti su un app che non su due. #music dovrebbe consentire agli utenti di guardare video musicali da Vevo (esattamente come già accade su YouTube) e ascoltare musica da SoundCloud. L’obiettivo per Twitter è quello di provare a monetizzare ricalcando un modello di business simile a quello utilizzato da Spotify. L’applicazione dovrebbe arrivare sui vari App Store entro venerdì.

April 10 2013

10:23

Facebook e quell’esagerato miliardo di dollari spesi per acquisire Instagram

Quando esattamente un anno fa Facebook acquisì Instagram si parlò dell’ennesima operazione speculativa che drogava il mercato delle startup tecnologiche. Mark Zuckerberg aveva messo sul piatto di Kevin Systrom, fondatore della popolare app di fotografia, la bellezza di 1 miliardo di dollari. Dick Costolo, CEO di Twitter con cui Systrom era in trattativa, gliene aveva offerti appena 525 milioni. All’epoca secondo gli analisti Instagram non ne valeva più di 500. Trovare qualcuno disposto a sborsare più del doppio del valore reale era una specie di improbabile miracolo.

Dick Costolo, CEO di Twitter. Aveva offerto 25 milioni di dollari in più rispetto al valore dei 500 milioni stimati dagli analisti per acquisire Instagram.

Dick Costolo, CEO di Twitter. Aveva offerto 25 milioni di dollari in più rispetto al valore dei 500 milioni stimati dagli analisti per acquisire Instagram.

A distanza di un anno l’accordo però non ha prodotto risultati tangibili, almeno per Facebook. Per instagram le cose sono andate diversamente. Prima dell’acquisizione aveva 30 milioni di utenti. Oggi ne ha più di 100 milioni attivi al mese che pubblicano in tutto 40 milioni di foto al giorno. L’accesso alle risorse finanziarie di Facebook è stato provvidenziale. Ha solo un grosso problema. Non ha ricavi e nessuna strategia di monetizzazione nel breve periodo.

Zuckerberg sborsando quella cifra si è giusto assicurato le competenze tecniche e, marginalmente, la base di utenti di Instagram. “Marginalmente”, perché di quei 100 milioni di utenti attivi su Instagram, una buona fetta sono anche attivi su Facebook. E confrontati al miliardo di utenti di quest’ultimo non hanno un gran significato.

Secondo Brian Blau, Research Director in Consumer Technologies di Gartner, per Instagram:

«non c’è alcuna pressione da parte di Facebook verso i ricavi. L’approccio è più “aspettiamo e vediamo che cosa succede”. La strategia oggi è più rivolta a creare un’infrastruttura adeguata e nuove funzionalità future».

Chissà anche quanto gli investitori siano disposti ad aspettare.

April 06 2013

15:07

Twitter e il mercato dei fake followers: un business da 360 milioni di dollari

Twitter ha circa 20 milioni di utenti fake. E le compagnie che lucrano su questo mercato smuovono un business stimato tra i 40 e i 360 milioni di dollari.
La ricerca è di due italiani, Andrea Stroppa e Carlo De Micheli, ricercatori nell’ambito della sicurezza delle informazioni. Oggi sono finiti sul New York Times. Hanno stimato il valore dell’economia “sotterranea” dei fake followers su Twitter. Le cifre sono da capogiro.

Secondo quanto riportato dall’autorevole quotidiano i due avrebbero speso gli ultimi mesi a studiare il sottobosco del mercato dei fake follower e avrebbero stimato che circa il 4% dei 500 milioni di utenti attivi sulla piattaforma di microblogging sarebbero finti.

In pratica, circa 20 milioni di utenti che affollano il popolare social network sarebbero dei “bot” venduti da compagnie a chi volesse rimpolpare la propria presenza on line a suon di numeri. In genere i fake follower sono venduti a pacchetti di qualche migliaio fino a un milione. Considerando che il costo medio di 1.000 follower si aggira intorno ai $18 dollari e che, a seconda dell’offerta il ricavo unitario può variare dai 2 ai 30 dollari per fake follower, stiamo parlando di un business globale tra i 40 e i 360 milioni di dollari.

Rispetto a quanto osservato un anno fa, il fenomeno dei fake follower è dilagato. I software che generano in automatico i finti utenti sono sempre più raffinati. In molti casi, oggi, è perfino difficile riconoscere se un certo utente sia reale o un fake. Questi profili fake evoluti pubblicano costantemente dei tweet di senso compiuto, immagini e retwittano i tweet di altri utenti, specialmente dei profili più in vista.

Negli ultimi mesi Twitter ha tentato di arginare il fenomeno. Automaticamente, è quasi impossibile dicono. Secondo Jim Porsser, un portavoce di Twitter, «quello che a prima vista potrebbe sembrare un account fasullo potrebbe invece essere di qualcuno che è su Twitter semplicemente per seguire altre persone». In pratica si può esprimere solo una probabilità di “veridicità” su ogni singolo account. E riguardo al fenomeno dei fake follower conclude: «per noi è un serio problema».

March 21 2013

10:00

Social Media Image Maker: Photo-Editing One-Stop-Shop for Social Media Networkers


  
socialmediaimagemaker

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, then Pinterest, Tumblr, Xing or LinkedIn and what do I know where all you've set your flag, and are networking as networking can. All these services want you to maintain a proper profile and, if you really do think you should register practically anywhere, you should try your best to make a good impression. One main necessity to achieve this is adequate imagery. Even if you really have reasonable images for these use-cases at hand, that's still where the problems begin. I don't know of two social networks that share image resolutions or other specifications. You can't simply upload the same picture to a zillion websites and hope for an adequate presentation. Instead you have to struggle with the same zillion different requirements when it comes down to even such a simple thing as a profile header-image. To further complicate the situation, social networks have fun changing their image-related specifications frequently. A new tool by the name of Social Media Image Maker promises relief...

December 18 2012

17:19

Growing Twitter Design

First, the whole point of this post. We’re expanding the Twitter Design Studio. Whether you’ve ever thought about working at Twitter or not, think about it now. We have a few open spots that we’re looking to fill in the next couple months. One of the desks in this photo of our studio could be yours. If we run out of space, we’ll make room for you.

Critiquing by Twitter Design on 500px.com
Critiquing by Twitter Design

What we’ve been up to

We post samples of recent work on our Dribbble account. We’ve started posting photos of the studio and the team on 500px. (Some are embedded here in this post.) And, of course, we tweet too, from our team account, and all our personal accounts. Want to know more? Ask me or anyone on the team anytime. Here’s a tip: the service on which we all work makes us all easily contactable. We’re a pretty open bunch, and we’ll answer any questions as openly and honestly as we can.

A perspective on Twitter and @design

Next March, it will be four years that I’ve been working with Twitter, leading and directing the Design team. People ask me all the time if I still like it. My honest answer: I love it now more than I did when I started. Anyone I work with can confirm that.

It’s not that I don’t have fond memories of my early days at Twitter. I do — those first couple years were really good. The people I worked with then, the experiences we had together, and the challenges we faced on a regular basis as a small company were inspiring. But we have a sizable team now, and exponentially more people using the product every single day.

Design has multiple researchers who help us understand how people think about and use the product. We have prototypers and devs who help us rapidly build out and gut-check experiences. And we have a great blend of experience designers who think through and work on problems from concept through to production. We can finally get ahead of big design problems and attack them more strategically.

User Research Explained by Twitter Design on 500px.com
User Research Explained by Twitter Design

Now, more than ever, our team is really humming, and it’s finding a great groove. We’re fortunate that the team is filled with smart, funny, talented folks who care passionately about Twitter and the product experience. There’s a great, positive energy in the design studio, and it’s contagious.

We recently added Mike Davidson as our VP of Design. I’ve known and respected Mike for ten years, but I’ve never had the chance to work with him directly until now. I’m really happy he’s here to help fight for and defend great design throughout the company, and create the space for Design to push and innovate on Twitter’s experience.

Add to this the impact that Twitter has had and is having all over the world. Connecting people, some who have never met. A pulse of the news, events, and human perspective as it’s unfolding. Distributing awareness of what’s happening in the next room, the next neighborhood over, or around the other side of the world. This free exchange of information is changing the world, and I don’t state that lightly. I’m humbled that I get the opportunity to contribute to the Twitter experience on a daily basis.

We’re just getting started

Built up over the past few years, we’ve seen an incredible evolution of Twitter. It’s a service that many of us value on a daily basis. But our team’s work is not even close to being done. In many ways, we’re just getting started. While Twitter gets tons of exposure and coverage, there’s so much work to do to make it simpler, easier to understand and use right away, and a more beautiful and consistently delightful experience.

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Be one of the team members in these shots. Come help us with some of the most interesting challenges a designer can face today. And contribute to a world-changing service whose impact has only just begun. Join the flock.

August 22 2012

13:09

How to Properly Use Instagram and Pinterest For Your Company

After the first two Etiquette Guides for Facebook and Twitter, I’ve decided to also tell you something about two other services which, although popular, are quite new to the market: Instagram and Pinterest. If you find them difficult to use in such a way that your company will benefit, this article will most likely answer your questions and help you make better use of these two underdogs.

What’s Instagram

You’ve probably heard about Facebook buying Instagram for a billion dollars some months ago, news that was a hit in the stands for many weeks. With more than 15 million users signing up in the past year and more than 400 million photos uploaded, Instagram might have been able to put a dent in Facebook’s hopes of internet domination. So Zuckerberg decided to buy the small company with only 13 employees. It was not the features of the app, but the database of people Facebook bought that defends this astounding price. Instagram might have become more than just a photo sharing app with a reported number of 26 new pictures uploaded every second and with a new user signing up every second.

Apparently, Facebook bought Instagram for $300 million in cash and 23 million in shares. And with the updated stock values, Instagram is somehow short of $300 million.

Basically what Instagram does is simple: it allows you to take photos with your smartphone, apply filters and share them on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and other networks. Basically it does nothing more than you could do with other apps – so again, its power is translated by the number of registered users.

Who uses it?

Instagram is used by a number of companies, news channels, sports teams and so on. Almost everybody with an iPhone or an Android-based device uses Facebook’s app.

What companies like is that for every time you check-in on Facebook, you advertise them. Every time you write something about them on Twitter, you advertise them. And every time you take a photo of a product and share it with Instagram, you advertise them yet again. This is the way people tell stories nowadays. It is much easier to post a picture of a product than trying to describe it. And this is why Instagram is so powerful. And when you will go by a Starbucks and will see a Cafe Latte in the window, you will remember the picture posted by your friend on Instagram and might go in to try it yourself. And you know what the funny part is? You might post a picture of the same Latte again.

Other big companies use Instagram to run contests of submitted consumer images, such as General Electric. Thousands of people submitted their picture and hoped to win. And all of this just to win a trip to Wales where you had to take pictures of an aviation facility. The results of the #GEInspiredMe campaign were incredible compared to the prize.

Some other companies use Instagram to tell consumers more about their inside workings or to introduce new products. Engaging customers is probably the best bet a company has with Instagram.

What about you?

Now you could say that other companies were successful in using Instagram because they already have a huge database of followers. And I have to agree. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it yourself. Some tips for you? Sure, here they are:

  1. Decide on what you want to do. By just starting and posting random pictures of random things won’t make you successful. You need to know from the beginning what it is you want to do and ONLY do that thing. Have a plan. It can be showing the world how you design a website and the whole process behind it; it can be showing how you relax on your lunch breaks; it can be how your small company employees have fun on their breaks; it can be literally anything. But let it be something interesting, something part of a routine, something you will be able to share about in the following days.
  2. Establish a posting routine. When you own a blog, it is a good idea to get your readers used to a posting pattern. If you post daily for two weeks in row, then for the following two you post three times, this inconsistency might not please your readers. They usually expect something from you. They don’t know exactly when it’s coming, but they know it’s close. It is important to have consistency in posting, so keep this in mind when you make your plan.
  3. Get your followers involved. If you really want to engage customers, Instagram is one of the best ways of doing it. This is the way to ensure followers will participate and they will continue to follow you. Ask them to post pictures of your product and see what the results are.
  4. Follow uploads. While it can be very funny to ask customers to post images of their new sun glasses that your company makes, it can also be quite damaging if they get shipped the wrong product or a product in a bad shape. It is important to keep an eye on what people upload to assure that you protect your brand. If bad uploads are found, then always respond in a calm and helpful way and correct any misunderstanding. Do not EVER get into a war.
  5. Take quality pictures. You might not be a professional photographer, but keep in mind that picture quality is an important element of a good brand. If you are not good at taking pictures yourself, let someone else do it for you, or read some tips and tricks that can improve your skills.
  6. Connect and share. Integrating Instagram with other networks is crucial. I would immediately start with Facebook, Twitter, maybe Flickr and Foursquare. This way you can take images and share them using hashtags on other networks. Proper SEO will bring in many views.

What’s Pinterest?

The concept behind Pinterest might be a bit more complicated than Instagram’s. The basic idea is that you have a digital bulletin board and post everything you find interesting there . You basically have the option of creating and managing theme-based image collections (events, hobbies, interests and others) and you can like or re-pin other user’s content. The idea behind Pinterest is to connect everyone  through the things they are interested in using the tool.

Pinterest is, just like Instagram, one of the fastest growing social services in the world and can be considered a mix between Facebook and Twitter, which allows you to have lots of followers to whom you can share your interests. Although not as effective as Instagram, Pinterest has some advantages of its own.

  1. Spend the time.  There is no social media network where you will be popular right from signing up. You need to spend time on all of them. You need to prove your followers and readers you are an important and credible source of information. It takes months for even the biggest companies in the world to reach a high number of followers – and they will never reach all of their customers on social media for various reasons. Keep in mind that spending time to build a profile is important. On Pinterest you can get recognized as a profile that only posts valuable pins. If you own one of those profiles, it will be easier for you to move the relationship on another media and make the best out of it.
  2. Promote others. The first temptation for a new Pinterest profile owner would be to only post products he/she sells. But this is entirely wrong. Many successful Pinterest users declared that in order for a profile to become popular, you also need to pin tips, products from other companies and interesting news. If you only post your own products, Pinterest users will spot that sooner or later and might not be interested in your updates anymore.
  3. Learn from the elite. It is a good idea to follow big hitters on Pinterest and see what they are doing. If a huge company does something a specific way, there is definitely a reason behind it. Try to catch up on that and do the same if the strategy fits your target customers.
  4. Connect online with offline. Remember to always draw a connecting line between the online profile and the offline location. If you have a store, include some ads on the walls for your Pinterest profile (and other social media networks for that matter). And if you have something like it (and you should), then advertise all your Pinterest promotions there as well. Combining the offline with the online is a good recipe for success.
  5. Do you fit in? It is an important questions to ask when you sign up on Pinterest. Is your company really fit to use this particular social media tool? There are companies out there who are simply not a good fit for Pinterest because their target audience is not present on Pinterest. If you think the ones you want to do business with are there, then use Pinterest, otherwise try to avoid spending time on it and focus on something else.

Bonus: Pinstagram

So we’ve talked about Instagram and Pinterest..did you know that there’s a fairly new application called Pinstagram? Pinstagram is a service that lets you use and enjoy Instagram on the web and make it easy to share your photos on Pinterest. Since the two applications/services deal with photos, Pinstagram is a valuable tool to fully utilize Instagram and Pinterest at the same time!

Conclusion

Online success can be achieved with Facebook and Twitter – and it would be enough. But if you are good enough and interested in adding different networks, your audience can get much larger and you might get clients and contacts you’ve never dreamt of. Instagram and Pinterest are two of those underdogs who offer the goods only to people who want to spend time and learn how to use them. If you are one of these people, I hope this article inspired you to go out there and experiment a brand behaviour on two of the hottest social media networks out there.

So, let’s see, do you use Instagram or Pinterest? Is it for personal use or for a company? And how did you find these two in the first weeks when using them?

June 06 2012

20:11

April 30 2012

13:00

Why Does Google+ Bring More Business To People Than Facebook?

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Google+, sometimes abbreviated as Google Plus or G+, is a social network developed and maintained by the tech giant Google. The network was released in beta to the public 9 months ago, by the end of June 2011. The full release came in September. While the network was supposed to be a strong opponent for Facebook, it was never even close to it. The fact that many people use it today is entirely based on curiosity and mostly on Google’s name and powerful brand and not because it brings something new to the business. Or is it…?

Google estimates the social network will have around 400 million users by the end of this year, while Facebook approaches a billion. Twitter only has around 100 million users while LinkedIn with 30 million users more than the micro-blogging platform.

But while Google’s last addition to its huge portfolio doesn’t bring many new things to the table, it is a powerful tool and it is arrogant to ignore it as it incorporates great features. Actually, after closely studying and researching behaviors there, it seems Google+ can actually be an influence on your business and bring you more clients than initially expected. This might be because of the more professional look and feel G+ has in comparison with Facebook, or just because some features are better developed. While G+ will probably never reach Facebook’s success, the truth is that it doesn’t even need to – quite frankly, their niches are different.

1. Communicating with targeted potential customers

Google+ incorporates a service called ‘circles’ which allows users to define the feeds displayed on their home screen and who can see them. Privacy settings also allow users to hide the list of members in their Circles. Everything is done quick through a drag-and-drop interface. Specific content can be sent out to targeted groups or individuals instead of everybody in your network. This means that the content you deliver will only reach the people you want to.

Image by Magnet 4 Marketing dot Net.

G+ Circles mostly replaces the typical “Friends” list you have on Facebook and allows you to define your own groups. The default Circles are Friends, Family, Acquaintances and Following. A definition of the “Following” circle would be “People who don’t know you personally, but whose posts you find interesting“, according to Google. Quite like Twitter I would say.

This function makes the platform valuable because it allows everybody interested in your services, posts or updates to follow you and stay in touch.

2. Easily reaching prospects

If you have a company, then you are also in need of clients. They are the ones bringing in the profit and allowing us to continue. If something is crucial, then reaching out to them is it. Moreover, the need to communicate with prospects and potential clients is very important, as it might as well be the difference between landing a huge project or failing miserably at maintaining your company on the lifeline.

The platform allows G+ users to connect with these people and more others, including influencers and people in their respective industry. This happens first because of what described above – everybody can follow everybody’s updates without needing a friend request to be accepted. This element is quite similar to the one on Twitter, where you can follow everybody you are interested with and interact with their content. You might ask yourself why use G+ when there is Twitter. Well, firstly, G+ does much more than just allowing you to follow people. And secondly, the user’s database is to be four times bigger on G+ than on Twitter by the end of this year, according to estimates.

Image by CubaGallery.

G+ also allows you to share information with only the right people, instead of sharing it with everybody who follows you. This is something Twitter does not allow you to.

Finding people on Google+ is also really easy thanks to the powerful search function. But more about this later.

3. The professional environment

Maybe the main difference between G+ and its bitter rival Facebook is the professional and business-like environment. Although possible for them to register, 15-year-old high-school drama queens simply don’t find G+ interesting. The same with Justin Bieber male fans from all over the world. Google Plus is clearly for people interested in doing business. In this matter it is quite similar to Twitter and LinkedIn. It just attracts the right crowd.

Basically this means on G+ you will in most cases find only people whom you have something in common with, have a company, are part of the same industry or share the same interests. And this will only get better with more and more people registering and being active on their G+ accounts.

4. +1 and the search function

Google added a +1 button few months after the beta release of the service and this only improves the experience. A +1 is similar to the “Like” on Facebook. But while the “Like” doesn’t mean much more than an ego-booster, a +1 helps the user much more beyond personal fulfillment. The more +1 an update gets, the higher the chance to be found through a Google search will be. And with Google still being the most powerful search engine in the world (and will remain like that for many years to come), this is a strong feature nobody else can offer. Linking the two services was probably the smartest move of Google+.

Image by west.m.

Users can get a lot of exposure thanks to the +1 buttons, which are available in everything that can be shared on the platform, including images. And while the feature is already incredible, bear in mind that Google Plus is still in its early development phase and improvements are likely to come.

5. The showcase features

Although Facebook allows you to do this as well, the capability of turning your G+ profile into a showcase portfolio is really well developed. Google Plus not only allows you to make it a visual portfolio, but also to make it in a written format like a classic CV. Again, some similarities can be drawn with another service – LinkedIn. You can say G+ gets the better out of two worlds.

Not only the pictures can be used in order to create a visual impact, but the “About” section is much more complex than on other platforms. It contains a big range of materials, links and details about where you’ve lived and how can you be contacted.

6. Google+ Hangouts

A strong feature Facebook and the other social networking platforms lack is the video chatting capabilities. Well, just for your information, even the US President used G+ Hangouts for a press conference several months ago. This allows you to communicate with up to 10 people on your network instead of asking them to call you or contact you on Skype or other service. You have everything under the same roof and gives Google a strong advantage over its competitors.

Bottom line

Google Plus has always been an underdog to Facebook and, in the beginning, even to Twitter and LinkedIn. But it seems people found the good in it and start using their accounts much more often. And while individuals still try to get a grip of it, companies and freelancers already use it to its full potential and land clients and projects through it.

Until next time, what is your experience with G+? Why it is exactly you use Google+ instead of letting go of it like many others do? Have you ever landed a gig on Google Plus?

April 17 2012

21:00

April 11 2012

14:00

Can You Smell What “The Rock!” is Cooking on Twitter?

Close the window right now if you don’t know who is The Rock! He follows ZERO users and is being followed by over 2.5 millions users on Twitter. As a side fact, his facebook page has 6.4 million likes. His wikipedia page is full of praises for the legend and YouTube is flooded with his videos. The Rock is simply the most important reason behind WWE’s social media success just because of his engaging twitter habits. He forces his fans to “Bring It” in every aspect of their life and people go mad when they read a reply (he replied to me too) from “The Rock!” himself on twitter. A Hollywood superstar, a Twitter superstar, a Facebook superstar, a bestselling author and of course the WWE superstar – the Rock has come a long way all on his own. Today I will dig into the human side of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in order to understand how he keeps Twitter trending.

He replied to me within 2 minutes!

Yes! That isn’t a fake screenshot. I sent a tweet on Twitter before I started working on this article. I tagged Dwayne and pat came the reply. Let me just bask in glory for sometime before I move on to the rest of my article.

His quotes are simply over-the-top

My fingers are itching to write about Dwayne’s recent success in Wrestlemania 28 but sadly, this ain’t an article about Wrestlemania. Rather, this one is about how smart (actually how honest) Dwayne is on Twitter. When you go through his tweets then you will notice a pattern and a purpose. All that he wants is to spread love. The beast is all about commitment to fans and he is doing that so well.

Before we move on, let us fall in love with few more tweets from Dwayne:

He replies “Instantly”

At times celebrities give up on their Twitter accounts and let agencies control it for them. They don’t want anything messy to destroy their names and their status. What I can infer from such an act is that they are dumb enough to run away from reality. Look at this man, The Rock! He will reply to his followers all by himself. You can feel The Rock in his replies. You will fall in love with him and he will love you back instantly.

Dwayne enjoys Twitter because it gives him instant feedback and helps him stay connected with his fans on the move. The Rock also uses Twitter to encourage and motivate his followers. And, oh boy, they do get motivated. Look at me. I haven’t slept all night and it is 7:00am while I am writing this article. He is crazy and so are his fans.

He Tweets at 3 AM

The Rock! has the habit of getting up between 3 AM and 5 AM for five days a week as he loves to train while the sun is coming up. It is this time at 3 AM while the world is sleeping when The Rock! sends out tweets that go viral. See, it is the commitment of this man towards his fan and his work that makes him tick. Can’t you see that?

He has attitude!

The Rock follows no one on Twitter! Isn’t that something? And, guess what? This attitude goes well with his profession where the champ is always in the arena, fighting! His tweets and his replies are full of energy and attitude. He will throw it on your face so that you realize how important life is for you. His tweets make sure that you are up and on the move during every second of your life. He can even make you feel energetic while you are fast asleep. He is truly The Rock! And, he has attitude which rocks. Hell Yeah!

It is HIM on Twitter

As I said before, The Rock! isn’t like other celebrities who take help of their entourage in order to sent “safe” tweets. The Rock controls his Twitter account all by himself and all the tweets that land up on Twitter smell of his fingers. It is this personal touch that literally forces his followers to indulge in sessions with him. If it wasn’t for the reality of The Rock! on Twitter then I don’t think his popularity would have been whatever it is right now on Twitter.

He organizes Rock Talk!

Rock Talk is another idea of The Rock! that indulges his followers into chat sessions. The Rock! willingly sets apart time and during this Rock Talk all he does is send replies to the questions that his followers post for him. It is simple and it works. People love his answers and the amount of time he spends with them on Twitter. Why won’t they follow him and fall in love with him? I don’t see one reason.

The Take Aways

See, I agree that you might not be a celebrity and this will be one major hurdle between you and a huge followers count. But, the path to Twitter success is very simple. Really.

  • Reply to people’s tweets and tell them how cool they are.
  • Indulge in regular connections with people who matter to you.
  • Retweet their tweets and tell them that their tweets were informative.
  • Be their online friend.
  • Leave tweets that motivate people.
  • Occasional fun is always invited by everyone.
  • Be strong and committed.
  • Tweet regularly without any huge breaks as this leads to follower turn offs.
  • Give time to those who are following you.
  • Lastly, be honest! Please.

Conclusion

The Rock! is one of the very few celebs on Twitter who are themselves. He is part of the very rare breed of Twitter users who worship the basic idea behind the 144 character social networking website. He is honest and makes you on the top of the world. Basically, he is everything that a celeb on Twitter should be. And, if you aren’t following The Rock then you are really missing out on some of the very motivational tweets. To wrap up, you get to read incredibly inappropriate, but funny, dirty joke right on your Twitter timeline.

March 22 2012

01:48

How to Create a Helpful Plugin With Twitter Anywhere

Twitter Anywhere is a “one-script-include” solution from Twitter to bring the power of their communication platform to your website. We’ll be building a small jQuery script that utilizes Twitter Anywhere for your users.


Step 1: Registering Your Application

The first step in the Twitter Anywhere process is to create an application. The registration can be found here. The only field that might cause any level of confusion is the Callback URL. This is to be used when Twitter authenticates the user; it specifies where on your site you want to send the authenticated user back to. For most smaller applications, your website’s homepage will likely be sufficient, however, for larger applications, you may want to direct the user back to an area that serves appropriate content for authenticated users.

One important setting worth noting is the Application Type. Now this won’t appear in the Application creation process, but will be available by going to your apps, finding your new application, clicking the Settings tab next to Details, and changing the radio button from “Read Only” to “Read and Write” in the Application Type sections.

To be honest, it’s embarrassing for me to admit how much time went by, while debugging, before I decided to look here!


Step 2: What’s the Script Going to Do?

Using Twitter Anywhere, we’re going to concentrate today on the Tweet Box feature. The Tweet Box provides excellent transparency between your website and Twitter, allowing users to tweet directly to their account without leaving your website, and, more importantly, continuing to interact with your content.

The jQuery script we’re going to write today could easily be adapted into a jQuery or WordPress plugin. The script will detect the user highlighting a piece of text in say, your blog post, and display a “Tweet this” button. Once the user clicks this button, the script will take the highlighted text and call the Tweet Box function from Twitter Anywhere, inserting the highlighted text as the tweet body.

The user can then either leave the tweet as it is – with a link back to the page they’re on – or they can edit any part of it before tweeting.

Security is vital here; the slightest bit of misuse, and the user will revoke access in their settings – and not likely return to give your application a second chance. So, always give the user a preview of exactly what will be posted to their account; it’s generally a good practice to make them press the button before processing the tweet.

Tweeting Direct Image Links

The script will also allow for the user to click on any of your images, and achieve the same Tweet Box effect. In this particular instance, the tweet will reference the direct URL to the image.


Step 3: Setting Up the JavaScript Files

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.7.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jqueryui/1.8.18/jquery-ui.min.js"></script>
<script src="http://platform.twitter.com/anywhere.js?id=[API-KEY]&v=1"></script>
<script src="http://path-to-script/copybot/script.js"></script>

As you can see above, we need to include a few JavaScript files to make our plugin function correctly.

  • We’ll be using jQuery for its ease of use and nice selector engine.
  • We’ll use jQuery UI for basic user interaction; when the Tweet Box pops up, we can allow the user to drag it around with their mouse.
  • The next JavaScript include is the Twitter Anywhere file itself. Luckily for us, it’s fairly lightweight, coming in at just over 7KB. As you can see, you’ll need to supply your API key, which can be found in the Settings of the App page from earlier in this article.
  • The last file is our own script; this will hold all of our jQuery code and Tweet Box function calls.

Step 4: Beginning Our Code

$(document).ready(function(){

});

We’ll start in our JavaScript file by containing everything within jQuery’s document ready method. Everything in here will fire after the DOM has fully loaded, saving us from any potential errors.

function getSelectionText() {
    var text = "";

    if (window.getSelection) {
        text = window.getSelection().toString();
    } else if (document.selection && document.selection.type != "Control") {
        text = document.selection.createRange().text;
    }
    return text;
}

The above piece of code will allow you to grab the highlighted text from the user once they have selected it. This code is a fairly standard function, and can be found (and documented) all over the internet.

$('.post').mouseup(function(){
	$('#tweetThis').show();
});

We can then begin to interact with the user with a mouse up event. In this particular page of HTML, I have created a div with a class of ‘post‘. For the tutorial, we are simply targeting this div so that the code doesn’t run every time the user mouses up on the page. Once the user mouses up within this div, we will display a button to the user that allows them to tweet the highlighted text.

$("#anywhere").draggable();

This method uses jQuery UI to allow the user to drag the Tweet Box around at their leisure. We don’t pass any options to it as the default functionality will suffice for what we’re doing.

$('#tweetThis').click(function(){
		$('#tbox').empty();
		var text = getSelectionText();

		if(text != ''){
			twttr.anywhere(function (T) {
			    T("#tbox").tweetBox({
			      height: 100,
			      width: 400,
			      defaultContent: '"' + $.trim(text) + '" - ' + document.title + ' - ' + window.location.href
			    });
			});

			$('#anywhere').show();

		}

	});

Here is where the meat of our plugin’s functionality will take place. On click of the “Tweet This” button, we will begin by emptying the contents of the Tweet Box. This allows the user to highlight a different piece of text and tweet that instead.

The next line will declare a variable to hold the user’s selected text from our function call. We then do a quick check to determine if the user actually selected any text, and proceed with our Tweet Box initialization.

From the official documentation:

“The @anywhere JavaScript file establishes a single global object (twttr). To use @anywhere, call the anywhere method, and pass in a callback. The callback will receive an instance of the Twitter API Client (named “T” by convention) as its only argument. All @anywhere features are available as members of the Twitter API Client.”

This means that you can call any of these methods on the Twitter API Client (“T”): Auto-linkification of Twitter usernames, Hovercards, Follow buttons, Tweet Box, User login & signup. Your application can make multiple calls to the ‘anywhere‘ method, so don’t be afraid about limiting the functionality of your site!

As you can see, we then target “#tbox“, to be filled with Twitter’s Tweet Box feature. As you might have noticed, if you work with jQuery, it uses similar CSS selectors when querying the DOM.

If we were to call .tweetBox(); without any options, then the Tweet Box would take it properties from the defaults outlined in the Documentation. We use the defaultContent property to insert the user’s selected text into a Tweet, along with the current page title and location. We use jQuery’s $.trim function to get rid of any unwanted whitespace from the user’s selection, which would cost them characters in their Tweet.

We can then display the created Tweet Box to the user, ready for them to approve and tweet!


Step 5: Tweeting Image URLs

$('img').click(function(){
	var url = $(this).attr('src');

	twttr.anywhere(function (T) {

	    T("#tbox").tweetBox({
	      height: 100,
	      width: 400,
	      defaultContent: 'Check out this image: ' + url
	    });

	});

	$('#anywhere').show();

});

The code above provides the user with the ability to tweet a direct image URL to their account. We set up the Tweet Box exactly as before but, we use the ‘src‘ of the ‘img‘ element this time as the dynamic variable instead of highlighted text.
This could easily be adapted for HTML5 videos, if you desire to target them instead of images.

A Bit Little Housekeeping

$('#hide').click(function(){
	$('#tbox').empty();
	$('#anywhere').hide();
	$('#tweetThis').hide();
});

The above code simply allows the user to get rid of the Tweet Box after they have tweeted or if they change their mind about tweeting. We empty the div element ready for the next selected text or image URL.


Step 6: Possible Use Cases

This sort of functionality would lend itself perfectly to a blog.

Having this code adapted into a WordPress plugin would allow users to tweet quotes from your articles, increasing exposure and spreading your content across the internet.

The image URL tweeting would fit nicely on a photography or web design portfolio site where the user can tweet your pieces of work. Or, this script could be turned into a properly formed jQuery plugin for use on any website; static; CMS driven or Tumblr – the possibilities are endless.


Final Thoughts

The Twitter Anywhere platform is a fantastic way to layer Twitter functionality onto your site.

The Twitter Anywhere platform is a fantastic way to layer Twitter functionality onto your site. From personal experience, I think it is just that: a layer. I wouldn’t feel comfortable building an entire application with it. The documentation is rather slim, and the first thing you may notice when using it yourself is how much potential it has, how much functionality could be in there, and how it’s partially lacking right now.

For example, currently, you can retrieve a user’s Favorites count – just the count, no content. This extra functionality would make Twitter Anywhere stand up level with the Server Side REST API that exists already, powering very complex, vast applications.

Good luck with this platform and try to find an interesting use case for some of its easy-to-implement features! In the meantime, check out the demo Copybot. Thanks for reading!


February 16 2012

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How to Twitter and Facebook and Still Get Things Done

It almost seems like magic the way that most social media juggernauts tweet, update Facebook, upload YouTube videos and respond to comments, seemingly nonstop, all while still managing to get work done. This is an issue that I have struggled with for quite some time. Recently, however, I have been exploring techniques to help myself better manage my time during the day, get more work done, and still remain engaged in social media.

Scheduling in time for social media


Once I began scrutinizing my daily work flow, one of the first things I discovered was that, while I was keeping a steady stream of engagement, the stream of engagement was chaotic and sporadic. In the social media world this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, if you are trying to get real work done it is actually a huge distraction.

Every time I broke my train of thought to answer a tweet or respond to a Facebook comment, I was breaking down my productivity and inevitably getting less work done. So I hit Google with a few quick searches, looking for some advice. I quickly realized that the main problem was in my lack of planning and scheduling. Maybe if I devoted a fixed amount of time to social media engagement I could keep from breaking my concentration multiple times an hour.

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I decided to make a list of the most important social media interactions and execute them all within 10-15 minutes. My initial list looked something like this:

  • Browse Dribble, bucket a few great pieces, follow a few great designers, comment on any good shots.
  • Check Google Reader and add any worthwhile articles to Buffer (will talk more about this later)
  • Respond to any @ replies on Twitter
  • Respond to any interesting Tweets in my HootSuite feeds
  • Browse StumbleUpon and find something worth sharing
  • Reply to any comments on my blog

This list is in no way complete, nor is it a one size fits all. Your list might look completely different. Maybe you find the best engagement on Facebook. Maybe you’re more of a Forrst user. Maybe you’re an avid Yelper or Stack Overflow user. Your list should be tailored to your preferred networks and preferred level of engagement.

Use it


You’ve got the list, now use it. And if you can’t accomplish it in 10-20 minutes, keep working on it until you feel it can complete it within a reasonable amount of time. Now go through the list once in the morning, then put it away, focus, and get some work done.

Making the most of your time


Now that you have a simple strategy for social media engagement without wasting time, using different tools can really help you get the most out of these small windows of interaction:

Scheduling tweets


An obvious problem with the 10-20 minute strategy is that you run the risk of flooding your streams with links and content in a really short period of time. Some of your followers/friends might not care for this as it feels spammy and can be kind of annoying.

Using a tool like Buffer can minimize this by scheduling your tweets to be shared at different times of the day. I’ve never been a huge fan of scheduling tweets but I have realized that, like most social media techniques, there’s a right and a wrong way to use it. Putting link shares on a schedule is fine because there’s no time factor. No one cares whether you actually shared an article right at this moment or shared it this morning and it’s just now showing up. However, any tweet which answers the question “What’s Happening?” should not be scheduled as it can be really misleading to your followers. I’m open to other opinions here, this is just how I’ve come to see it.

Social media dashboards


Social media dashboards can help you manage your social feeds and allow you to engage more quickly, efficiently and maintain a higher level of quality within your interactions. I’ve used a few social media dashboards here and there but the one I’ve settled on is HootSuite, mainly because it works well overall and is free. I also recommend Seesmic or TweetDeck, both of which are pretty solid and well vetted. If you know of any others which are worth mentioning, please share in the comments section below.

Practice makes perfect


The first time you employ the 10-20 minute engagement strategy, you may be left feeling like you haven’t done enough. This technique isn’t common and is pretty much the opposite of the way we are used to doing things. Just stick to it and you’ll start seeing the benefit within the first day. The more you work at it the better the engagement will become.

Social media apps and integration tools


In the past, social media apps and integration tools which cause mobile alerts and desktop notifications have led me to dramatic decreases in productivity. This might not be a huge distraction to everyone but, if you’re like me, when you see a growl notification, a red number on top of a dock icon, or hear your phone vibrate on your desk, you can’t help but check it.

If this sounds like you, the main advice I can give you is to examine your social media apps and tools and ask yourself if you really need them on during the day. Are they really worth the distraction and loss in productivity? If the answer is no, uninstall and stick with the 10-20 minute strategy we discussed earlier. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself at the end of the day when work has actually been done :)

Social web browsers


A social media web browser can be a great way to stay connected to your various networks during the day. Be careful though, as they can quickly become a hefty distraction. I don’t personally recommend using a social media browser while you are working but, during down time, they can be really useful and a great way to keep up with your networks.

An obvious contender here is RockMelt. I have a couple pals who use it and rave about it. RockMelt renders like Chrome, but as I mentioned above, I don’t recommend using it for development.

I haven’t come across many other decent social web browsers (aside from the now deadpooled Flock). Do you know of any other contenders? Let me know in the comments section below!

Going Dark


The best thing you can do to minimize social media distractions is to go dark. The goal here is to cut yourself off from the networks which are distracting you and taking attention away from your work. Pretty much anything which produces alerts, notifications or messages is a potential distraction.

This concept was tough to wrap my head around at first. Once I gave it a try, though, I saw immediate results. My time in the “zone” increased and I felt more accomplished at the end of the day. This might seem scary at first, but try it for an hour, then two hours, then three and you will see a notable increase in productivity.

If you want to get extreme, I recommend shutting off your phone and logging out of your email as well. It might not be wise to ride a blackout like this for too long, but a little time in the dark side will help you appreciate the light side even more!

Conclusion


Engaging in social media is one of the best things you can do for your digital self. Creating relationships and engaging others is extremely important. It only becomes a problem when social media engagement interferes with your other projects and tasks. Hopefully I have helped you come to realize that the solution comes down to scheduling, proper time management, and of course the occasional blackout :)

Do you have any other tips for keeping up with social media without losing productivity? Let me know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!

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