Category Archives: Twitter

By far my favorite social media platform. Postings here are on tips and tricks for using twitter.

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Top 5 iPad Apps I Use For Productivity

I know, it’s been almost a month since my last posting! This posting will be different from previous ones because I’m focusing on the best apps, not just free ones. I know I’ve always focused on free apps but my favorite apps happen to be premium versions. I’ll still be on the lookout for freebies but when it comes to taking advantage of an apps full capabilities, you may want to go premium. Continue reading

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Apple & Twitter Team Up in September, Just in Time For Back to School. What Will Your Kids Be Tweeting?

This past week I have been following the WWDC which is Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference.

The conference is currently taking place, between June 6th – June 10th, and Apple uses the conference to introduce all of their upcoming products. Apple seems to have plans to take over the computing world and will be partnering with twitter to do it. I’m not yet alarmed since Apple has the most stable and safest operating system on the market and twitter is a much safer social media platform than facebook but just the same I have my eye on these two companies.

Twitter Plug: You can follow me on twitter for daily tech updates at @DVDaniels but be forewarned I also tweet during Met games. :)

Due to these two Tech Titans working together I recommend you have the “Social Media Talk” with any youngsters in your family sooner rather than later. I discussed the Social Media Talk on my previous posting.

 

Here’s Why I recommend Having the Social Media Talk, and soon

Apple is releasing IOS5 for the iPhone sometime in September while all your kids are busy going back to school. This new operating system will have twitter integrated with every “Twitter Friendly” application purchased and used on that phone. If you take a picture you can instantly tweet it. If you play a game you can instantly let your friends know on twitter what game your playing, if your shopping on mobile Safari you can tweet a web page showing the world that cool new widget you just bought.

The amount of information that Apple and Twitter will be able to gather about iPhone users just blows me away and it will all be available publicly on twitter for anyone to search through. Think marketers, identity thieves, stalkers and even your mother. ;)

And that’s where I’m worried. As a longtime iPhone and Twitter user I’ve developed my own personal policies on what to tweet and what not to tweet. The implications of tweeting incorrectly can be devastating. But not everyone is educated as to the proper way to use twitter. A great example of tweeting incorrectly is our esteemed Congressmen, Anthony Wiener. Need I say more?

Come September there will be millions of new users tweeting through their iPhones. And let’s not forget the iPod Touch will also have the same capabilities. That being said, Here are some tips to help prepare for the September Twitter explosion…

 

Go Over What Topics Are Tweetable

If your the parent of a kid who just got an iPhone it’s time to talk about how to use it when it becomes completely integrated with twitter. You may need a “No Pictures Tweeted” policy in your household. Pictures are not stored on twitter but on 3rd party sites like twitpic and many others. I use Posterous to post my twitter pictures and videos. These sites are open for all to see.

No tweeting locations! Yes, the iPhone knows where you are, using it’s built in GPS, and will tweet your location. That option may need to be turned off if possible. I actually will tweet a location once in a while but only AFTER I leave that location. Don’t tweet a location you frequent daily. Yes, if someone wants to stalk you they can if your offering up the information. Twitter location sharing makes stalking so easy to do especially if your tweeting your in the same Dunkin Donuts every morning. (I prefer Starbucks) ;)

 

Create a Tweeting Policy

Twitter is a microblog. Just like any blog you should stick to a few topics and try to stay on topic.

My personal tweeting policy is I tweet about social media, technology and the NY Mets. I limit my topics to that. They’re pretty safe. Everything else can be done over email, text or the old fashioned phone call.

No using twitter for flirting. Your romantic musings can be taken to another platform, like text messaging, that’s a little more private. Trust me, this may save some embarrassment in the future.

Make a tweeting policy and stick to it.


Learn How to use the the Direct Message function (DM)

Twitter users can use the direct message function to send private messages to each other but I would advise being careful there too. In the many years I have used twitter the DM function has been hacked many times and many a private DM has been make public. Random glitches in the system have also been known to expose private DM’s as public tweets. The DM function is there so you can send another user your email address privately. That’s really all I use it for.

 

Benefits of Having Twitter Deeply integrated with the iPhone

Yes, there are some benefits! I’m looking forward to being able to easily tweet videos I like on youtube, articles I find interesting on some of my favorite News Apps and, yes, pictures I deem twitter acceptable. I can even directly tweet the videos I take on the phone. These are huge time savers for someone like myself who lives on twitter.

So add the Social Media “Talk” to your list of things to do for Back to School. Just the same I will be sending reminders out from my twitter account @DVDaniels.

ps. this is a posting I have written for Patch.com but most anything I write may appear here first. I try to scoop myself. ;)

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What Social Media Network Should Kids Use First? Facebook or Twitter?

It’s your kids 13th birthday and they now are technically old enough to setup a facebook account but should they?

This is the debate that has been going on in my little social circle. Parents who have practically no social media experience are now being asked to police kids social media activities. Parents hear stories about how facebook and twitter give the outside world too much access to their kids but just like any activity, you need to put on the training wheels first before they ride the bike. Your kids will need Social Media training wheels too.

Social Media is huge and is not going away. Teach your kids how to manage it now or they will jump on without you knowing and create a mess. It’s kind of like having the “Talk”, you know, the birds and the bees “Talk”. If you don’t have the “Talk” with your kids one of their friends will have it with them first. So you will need to have the social media talk too.

I prefer Twitter Accounts for Kids

Yes, I prefer twitter over facebook on so many levels. Number 1 is security. On twitter either everyone has access to your child’s account or no one has access until approved. No complicated privacy settings in twitter. What you see is what you get. You can see who your child is following and who is following your child.

I Prefer Private Twitter Profiles for Kids

Private Twitter Profiles are like training wheels for kids. It allows them to use the service without being searchable which is a huge plus. I won’t go into detail about how marketers target users on twitter using SEO and get all technical on you. As a longtime user of Social Media, a twitter account is much easier to monitor than a facebook page.

Here are a few reasons twitter lists as why you would want to keep your twitter profile private:
  • People will have to request to follow you and each follow request will need approval
  • Your Profile and Tweets will only be visible to users you’ve approved, meaning that other users will not be able to retweet your Tweets
  • Protected Profiles’ Tweets will not appear in Twitter search
  • @replies sent to people who aren’t following you will not be seen
  • You cannot share permanent links to your Tweets with anyone other than your approved followers

So, Mom, Dad, follow your kids on twitter. Have their tweets sent directly to your phones. It’s, by far, the easiest way to monitor their social activities

As for Facebook…

I have never been a huge fan of facebook. It’s the one social media platform I have been on the longest but the privacy settings drive me nuts.

Facebook technically allows a child to setup an account and block Mom and Dad from viewing most anything. There could be a folder in pictures that you can’t see or certain status updates you could be blocked from. With the many.many, many levels of privacy settings in facebook you have to wonder how a parent with no social media skills could possibly monitor their kids on facebook?

A tech savvy child could give his parents the illusion they are seeing their child’s whole profile but in reality they are only showing you the part they want you to see. So I won’t be going into facebook here, maybe another day.

But that is my opinion… A twitter account should be used first before a facebook account until you feel comfortable knowing your kids know how to conduct themselves online.

This was my first posting for a new column I am working on for Patch.com. Check it out here…

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I’m Babbling Again: For Every 28 Twitter Followers, You Make a New Connection. Maybe :)

As I approach a small personal milestone on twitter, 1000 followers, I am left to ponder what is the meaning of this accomplishment?

What does it mean to have 1000 followers? Who is actually listening to you? Because you know it’s not all 1000 people.

Here is my special formula for figuring your tweet investment.

I call this the my “ROTI” or “Return On Tweet Investment“.

Make a private list of twitter followers you actually know or who you’ve gotten to know on twitter. I call it “My Peeps” list. Take your total followers number and divide it by the number of followers on your “My Peeps” list.

For example, if you have 1000 followers and you have made friends with 35 of them the formula works out as 1000/35 = 28.57. Very simple formula. You make almost 3 friends for every 100 followers. Get 10,000 followers and you’ve probably made 288 new friends along the way. I’ll let you know if the formula holds true when I hit 10,000 followers.

What Are You Babbling About?

I think what I am trying to say is persistence is key to using twitter and I am trying to put a number to this theory. You will have a core group of people that you will interact with and others that just follow you hoping for a follow back looking to boost their follower numbers. You will know these other people because they auto DM you when you follow them. I despise auto-DM’s. ;)

Should I follow everyone that follows me?

Go ahead. Follow everyone who follows you. You never know when you’ll make a new friend. Just use a tool to weed them out when they unfollow you. Yes, many twitter accounts out there will follow you and then a few weeks later will unfollow you to boost their twitter follower numbers. Cut them off quick.

Here are some tools to help you:

Qwitter.com – free tool to help you identify who unfollows you so you can unfollow them back

Twitter Karma – another free and simple tool to help you manage your followers and drop people who no longer follow you.

My Advice: Be Persistent and Consistent on twitter. You never know what connections you’ll make. :)

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