Twitter Search

December 8, 2009

As I go on Twitter more and more, and I’m on it a lot these days, I’m constantly discovering new features. One that I’ve found to be one of the most useful so far is called Twitter Search. Here’s my guide to how it works. Also be sure to check out this video, made by Common Craft.

  • Everyone is on Twitter, and since it makes up a large percentage of the population, if you look at all of their tweets together, you can see people, news, and trends

People love finding out about other people. You may be skeptical at first, but it is the truth that there are people on Twitter who genuinely hear what you want to say. However, on Twitter, you don’t talk normally, but 140 characters at a time. This uniqueness makes people get straight to the point, which is a rare practice among bloggers. People feel empowered by knowing that other people want to hear what they have to say, and they love documenting their life. Another great benefit is that not only do people read your tweets, but you read other peoples. Since so many people are on Twitter, it has become a great way to find people, news, and trends. The reason for this is that, first, for people, that is, all that we have tweeting. (Well, actually we have programmed computers, too, now!) If you want to find anything out about anyone on Twitter, just follow their tweets. Also, all tweets are technically news. Of course, I’m using the term ‘news,’ loosely, but what someone may find boring another might find interesting and exciting news! If you put all the tweets together, you will be able to see the news of the world. And finally, maybe it should be number one, trends. Trends are what everyone wants these days. People want the newest and coolest stuff/news/etc. With Twitter, the most commonly used tweets go on a sidebar on your Twitter page, so that you can know what people are tweeting about.

  • Twitter search captures all of the tweets together and categorize them. It lets you search for tweets that are relevant to your search term

One of the great things about Twitter is that it let’s us capture this important information in real-time. It is done with a program called Twitter Search, and whenever you enter in a search term, it takes you to most relevant and updates to date tweets involving that term. For example, let’s a customer wants to buy a mouth piece from a store called Marilyn’s Mouth Piece’s. By entering in the search term, the newest results would come up. It would let her see what people think of the mouth pieces, their news, and the trends that seem to go on in her store. You can also save the search to track results over time.

This new technology makes it easy for you to find the hottest things, the latest news, and what individual people are saying about a certain topic. Twitter search is certainly a great tool which you can use to your advantage, and keep up to date. So, see you on Twitter, and bye!


Should You Social Network? Part Two

December 2, 2009

This is a continuation of this post yesterday:

2. Do you want to?

I know this seems like an easy question, but really look at your life: What do you want to with it?

I know that people find social networking fun, but sometimes people have things that they would rather be doing than networking. Now, I am not saying that you shouldn’t social networking, but there are often things that are more fun than being on your computer.

I have met many a people who constantly complain about their life, their family, their job, etc. and they are on sites like Facebook. If you are going to complain about your life, then you should be spending time doing things that would make your life better. Social networking may be fun while it lasts, but things that will make your whole life better are actually more fun, and if you have things that you can do, then that is what you should be doing.

This isn’t easy, and for tips on personal development, go to (insert link here), and soon I’ll have up a personal development blog up.

3. Do you do it for your blog/website/etc.?

Many people are on websites like these only because they want to increase traffic/sales/etc., or at least that’s what people think they’re doing there.

In the midst of trying to make a better business, many people get distracted. It is a lot easier than we think to trick our brians. For example, aren’t you always surprised when you really hear your voice? I was extremely surprised. The reason that there is a different is because we change our voices internally. We trick our earbuds, and change our voice to what we want.

It is true with other things.

We think that we are doing things for one reason, when we really do things for another.

In social networking, this is very true. Sure, people may really want to better there business, but then they start to do things and try build relationships. They may reconsile with themselves that if people like you, they will search wherever you want them to.

While this may be true, as Darren Rowse has said, once you have a good blog, it is only a matter of time before people start liking it. While it is good to spend time on these sites, it while only giv e you a few views/subscriptions if you really think about it. Therefore, it is smart to limit the time that you spend on these sites if you are doing it for your business.

It is far better to use your time to better what you are trying to get views/sales/etc. or to do something you like better (2.), unless your really enjoy it.

Tomorrow, I will finish the “Should You Social Network?” series with some final thoughts.


Should You Social Network? Part One

November 30, 2009

It is basically a given today to social network. Almost everyone these days is on Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Social Networking certainly has it’s advantages: It’s easy to do, it’s free, you can connect with your friends, you can make new friends, you can keep up with the lives of your favorite stars, and, most importantly for bloggers, slyly market their blog(s)/website(s).

However, it has always been a big question for me whether or not to be on these sites.

I run this blog for one reason: To teach you about electronics. If I wanted to gain something from this, then I would charge you for it. In fact, 3% of my subscribers will get my book on building a better blog for free. I really care about you, and I’m not sure whether I’m going to add adds or not, but if I do, they certainly don’t hurt you.

Being on these sites is different. Unless you are trying to market something, it is basically a fun thing to do, but in the grand scheme of the world, a waste.

Now, I am not saying that is a bad thing; if you enjoy it, then by all means, do it. However, just be sure to follow these guidelines.

Note: Marketers should be on those sites, and I will be soon, but you should try to keep it related to your blog. Sure, I make tweets about when I’m leaving, my personal life, etc. But I think that a good rule of thumb for you to use is to spend about as much time being personal on these sites as it would take you to make a post, or write an article, etc. Of course, if you’re also on there for fun and you meet my guidelines, then there’s nothing wrong with spending more time then you need to on them.

However, for those of you who aren’t looking to market, social networking has the purpose of people having fun. I know you love to have fun; we all do, but here’s my guide to know whether or not to be on social networking sites, which is broken down into a number of posts:

  1. Do you have enough time?

I know that many people say that there’s always time for fun, but you have to remember that you didn’t have this before. If you find that you are having trouble finding time or getting things done, then it might be a smart idea to cut out some time or eliminate it completely. If you don’t have any other fun in your life, then maybe you should continue with the same time.

If you are always struggling to find time, then find out where your time really goes (insert link to Henrik Edberg’s post). If you find that if you simply cut out some time networking, you would have more than enough time, then it might be a smart idea to do it. However, if you play video games, then cut out that instead; cut out the least important things until you have enough time.

Remember, having fun is one thing; getting your work done is another.

Part two of series in two days.