Let's leave Flock alone for a while (by the way, I have completely switched to Flock due to the fact that the 3rd Firefox was constantly buggy on and off when I didn’t ask for it) and proceed to exploring another important tool - the social network Twitter . According to Ed, this service will play a very important role throughout the 2008 Marathon. Given the hype that has risen around Twitter lately, I am 100% sure that Ed is right.
(You can find video tutorials on Twitter in Ed’s original version here and here.)
But before proceeding to the description of the service and everything connected with it, I want to thank the SEO teapot for mention of my Spring Marathon on his blog. I also want to draw your attention to the post of Dmitry SMART'a - Favorites from the webmaster blogs of Runet in one place. This assembly includes the best posts of such guys as Maul, Dimok, Alexander Fedorov, IzhBomzh, Hodinar and many other well-known and not very bloggers (my works there, by the way, are also present).
Now, let's get down to learning Twitter. I am sure that you have already heard about this service more than once and some of you already have an account there. I signed up on Twitter last year, but for unknown reasons, I was banned and after that I did not return to it. Until today 🙂
So first of all you have to sign up on Twitter. The registration process is quite simple, but in order not to violate the concept of Marathons (initially all of them are sharpened under the "dummies"), I will talk about everything as detailed as possible and with pictures.
To start on the main page, press the
Fill in the fields and click the Create My Account button at the bottom of the page. As for choosing a nickname, you can use either your first name (with last name) or an alias (by the name of the blog or niche), in which you are going to work. You can also create several accounts - one for each individual niche and.
I took a nickname ProfitHunter .
In the next window, Twitter will offer you to look for service users among your contacts.
You can skip this step and go directly to your Twitter account.
Twitter has many advantages (including for SEO 🙂), but let's not get ahead of ourselves and trust in this business to Ed. I myself have never really delved into the possibilities of this service, so in this topic I am as green as you are.
The first thing you should pay attention to is the ability to track updates in the diaries of users you are interested in. I started to bookmark Ed Dale and Dan Raine (co-author of Marathon) for starters. Here are their Twitter addresses, if you're interested:
But mine, all of a sudden someone will need:
To add a photo, you can follow the link Your Profile in the upper right corner of the page.
Agree, it is unwise to go to the official Twitter website every time you want to share which Something news with friends and just readers (although, on the other hand, you can simply not close the site, but this is like someone to taste).
The ability to work with Twitter is built into Flock. Unfortunately, I cannot show it in my own example (for some reason, this tab is not displayed for me yet), so I will show it with Ed. First you need to click on the Open People Sidebar button.
In this sidebar (1) you will see all the updates that have occurred recently in the profiles of your friends (3). There you can write a new message on Twitter (2).
There is still a link publishing function, but Ed does not recommend using it, because there is a more suitable tool for this - the TwitterBar add-on. (Still, this add-on works fine in Flock and even the message that it is incompatible with the browser does not appear.)
Before you begin to publish links, you need to configure the addon. To do this, go to the TwitterBar options and enter your data and a phrase that will begin your messages with links.
After saving the settings, you can send messages with Twitter links directly from the address bar:
The addon shows how many characters can still be used, and the green button with a plus sign is the button for posting messages. By the way, the test was successful, the message with the link is already in my diary.
According to Ed, Twhirl is the best client for Twitter.To install it on your computer (OS version does not matter), visit the official website of the client and click the
button. After the installation is complete, open Twhirl, enter your Twitter nickname and click the plus sign on right.
Then press the Connect button and enter the password for this account.
One of the advantages of Twitter is that you can contact any network user directly, regardless of whether he is reading your diary or not. To do this, you only need to type in the message box a dog (@) and the nickname of this person on Twitter.
But if you need to select from the entire stream of messages in Twhirl exactly those that are sent to you personally, you just need to press the
Also, Twhirl allows you to shorten links and track clicks on them. The
button is responsible for this. From the list of short URLs, select the URL twurl. nl . It is he who allows you to view click statistics
Now you need to click on the Shorten button, and after that the shortened URL will appear in the message window. Supplement it with a short description and send it to Twitter.
Works like a clock 🙂
If you need to post some image, use the service TwitPic . Here is the button:
Click it, select an image, and click OK. A link to the image will immediately appear in the message box.
Here you can reply to the user's posts and send them private messages (you can find the same buttons in the Twhirl main menu (the volume below)). Private messages can only be sent to those users who bookmarked you ( follow ).
If you want to write something like “Cool”, “No question” or “Yes, you are one hundred percent right”, Ed recommends using the instant messaging function (the envelope at the top right), so that only the recipient can see this message. If you want everyone to see your answer, click on the dog at the top left. However, please note that in this case you need to write The answer is that the people who read you understand what they are talking about. It is unlikely that anyone will be interested in reading the dialogues about what is unclear.
But the following function, as for me, with many of you like it: you can find out at any time who and what exactly is talking about a particular product, company, person (unfortunately, Twhirl does not allow searching by Russian queries, but with English copes with a bang.) The
button is responsible for this. Ed recommends using the Summize service for searching.
I am sure that this feature can very useful during the search for ideas for new posts in a niche blog, how do you think? 😉
Here are some more functions built into Twhirl:
Twhirl also has a limit on the number of calls to the database within an hour. Therefore, if Twhirl suddenly stops working, do not worry, the reason for this may be the excess of this limit.
That's all for now. Sign up on Twitter, install Twhirl, there is still a lot of interesting things ahead of us.
Yesterday I completely forgot to say that I received the promised 6-digit ICQ number for the information sponsorship of the contest from Cheating. Here it is:
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