Twitter

How to stop your facebook page from posting tweets to twitter

Automated postings to social media accounts - Facebook, Twitter, etc - are a great way to build your presence, and let your audience know what you're doing. Over the years preferred services have come and gone which automate cross posting to social media accounts. Where a few years we would have instructed Facebook to autopost to twitter, we might want to do that in a different way now. For example, I'm finding the dlvr.it service to be much better and offer better control over the format of postings.

Twitter adding expanded summaries to embedded tweets

Twitter is updating the embeddable tweets feature to improve the speed, and to show more content.  Over the last few months users of the twitter.com website have been able to view pictures, post summaries, or videos, without leaving twitter.com, just by clicking on the Expand or View Photo or View Summary links in the tweet.  The update brings that ability to embedded tweets.

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Learning from this week’s crash course in citizen journalism

As newspapers and other traditional media outlets continue to lay off reporters and even shut down their printing presses, one of the big questions has been what will fill the gap that is left — where will the journalism come from?

Who owns your twitter account? Your employer?

Seems like a daft question, "who owns your twitter account", but what if your employer can assert rights of ownership over your twitter account?  There's a real serious question here to think about and be careful about what social media accounts you use to do "work" and which accounts you use for personal purposes.  It underscores the need to keep work-related social media accounts separated from personal ones.

Create embeddable tweets using a simple Node.js script - twitter-embed

Suppose you've found a really juicy important tweet?  One so important that you want to quote it on a web page?  The normal method is to do a screen capture, and embed the image, but that loses all the semantic value of the tweet.  It's better from several perspectives (SEO, meta data, information architecture, etc) for the tweet to be represented nicely as a block of semantic HTML.  Right?  But there are very few tools to help you do this.

Is "lots" of followers a good idea? Or is the idea to have valuable conversations?

We’re looking to create social good via social media networking websites. There are plenty of competing ideas on the best way to operate a social media networking account to create the most impact.

On pruning twitter followers and why it matters who follows you

I listen to a couple podcasts by Cliff Ravenscraft (Podcast Answerman and Social Media Serenity) and really value the information he gives. But something he’s said a few times recently has been bugging me but a couple brain cells just clicked and I think I get it now. One of his recommendations is to look through your followers on Twitter and remove those that you don’t like (e.g. if they’re spammers). Yes, Twitter is full of spammers but that doesn’t mean you have to play the spammer game.

Keeping the social media firehose under control, keeping balance in your life

There’s a lot of people teaching that the way of success in social media is to get as many followers as possible. It’s a numbers game where if 1% of followers click on your links and take a desired action (buy a product) then to me n$’s in sales it’s possible to calculate the required number of followers. However it’s likely that making positive social change using social media requires a different approach to this game. And in any case for myself I like to actually use my social media accounts for, you know, socializing.