Thursday, October 30, 2008

Helping Bloggers get some exposure!

There is a great initiative going on to garner some attention for blogs with good content and low readership: How You Can Help End the Problem of Blogs With Great Content and No Readers

I have decided to take part in the initiative.

Disclaimer: I am adding this blog to the list of potential blogs that will merit the attention of this new community based on the fact that I have all of about 3 readers, one of which is my sister (hi sis!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Twitter Poetry: one account - many voices

Ok I admit it. I read and occasionally even write poetry.

Browsing the Web the other day, I happened upon a Haiku, a short form of poem from Japan. I immediately thought of Twitter and how it would be perfect for this type of short, very image laced poetry.

I went on Google to see if anyone had had the same idea. Of course they had! I found a few blogs where people had posted poetry they had created, and twittered.

So, the question became, how could all of the Twitter poetry lovers effectively share their creations? We could create a hash tag. Something like #poet3. But some people really, and I mean really hate hash tags. Then I remembered this post from Geek Thoughts Twitter Groups Done Right! (aka: I hate Hash Tags).

Taking their advice to heart, I created a Twitter account (Poet3) for the sole purpose of allowing all of the Twitter poets to share their poem posts. Everyone can now post to it by starting a tweet with an @Poet3 which will leave the post in your normal posting stream as well for your followers, or send a direct message which will only be accessible to those that want to follow the topic.

I mentioned the Haiku above but feel free to freeform your poetry if that's what you're into. I blogged a while back (See Twitter Stories no. 1) about the need for the community to come up with new uses for the medium and this is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about. So hop on over to and start posting. Don’t forget to follow the Poet3 account if you want to see others posts.

Look forward to reading you on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Use Twitter to update your Facebook Status

Did you know you could use Facebook to update your Facebook status automatically?

It’s easy as one, two, three…four, five… Oh, just follow the bullet list below!

  • Log in to your Facebook account (If you don’t have one, why are you reading this?)

  • On the right, you should have the Applications tab, click “edit”

  • If Twitter isn’t in the list of applications, click on the “Browse more applications” button on the top right

  • Now, you can either click through endless pages looking for it or you can type “twitter” in the applications search box on the top right.

  • Twitter should be the first in the list (if not, check your spelling). Click on it.

  • Click on the “Go to application” button

  • Click on the “Allow” button

  • Enter your Twitter Username and Twitter Password in the appropriate text boxes and hit “Log In”

  • On the top right, you should have a long button that reads: Allow Twitter to Update Your Facebook Status. Well, what are you waiting for? Click on it!

  • Read the little text (or not) and click on the “Allow Status Updates” button

  • Just for the heck of it, go to twitter and post a message, then rush back to Facebook. You status message should be the same as your recent post. If it isn’t, go back to the top of this list and try to see where you screwed up.

If you liked this post, have a look at these other Twitter related articles from this blog:

Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Twitter Story No. 1: Time well wasted!

It has been argued that Twitter is no more than a fun way to waste some time during the day - entertaining for sure, but with no real-life applications, and no business value.

The Ad Contrarian, in Twitters Never Win. Winners Never Twit stated in no uncertain terms that Twitter was a monumental waste of time (I won’t repeat the exact terms here because my nieces and nephews occasionally reads my posts and I don’t want them picking up this sort of language, at least not from me). He also states that his critique is based on the fact that he “tried” Twitter (for a total of 6 days).

I understand that Mr. Contrarian (if that is your real name!) generates most of his traffic by being overly obnoxious and in-your-face so as to goad people into linking to his blog, so I have purposely avoided doing so (you can easily find his blog if you really want to).

Thus was born Twitter Stories, a series of posts based on micro case studies of the use of Twitter in real-life and business situations. This post is the first in a series that I hope will show practical applications of Twitter by the folk who really and honestly use it.

Micro case study number 1: Mitch Joel vs the Airline

October 14, 2008,
Mitch Joel is waiting for a flight to Winnipeg where he is set to speak Personal Branding at a Power Within event.

At 6:53, he posts the following tweet:

need help: anyone know anyone who talks on the subject of Web 2.0 and Social Media and is based n Winnipeg? DM me details please :)

He does not get the tweetback he is looking for, so at 7:23 he posts a follow-up tweet:

really need your help. my flight is delayed. do you know anyone who can talk about online marketing in Winnipeg? Please DM me. It's urgent.

October 15, Mitch posts the following on Twitter:

Twitter & Facebook win! Was able to find Joel Parent who kept the crowd engaged while my flight was delayed. Managed to squeak in 40 mins.

Outcome: Twitter is a business contact and emergency services tool

This is the new business reality that Twitter and other Social Media offers to those who are willing to invest in it. And by invest, I mean take the time to develop ties to a broader community. It goes far beyond networking in the traditional sense. It not just a matter of collecting business cards and doing the occasional follow-up phone call. Here, two professionals who didn’t know each other beyond their social networks were able to come together and collaborate on a specific project. Mitch was able to reach out to someone, and to verify his qualifications to get the job done, primarily through Twitter and by extension, through Facebook.

Twitter, like other social media, is a tool and is only as good as the ties you have made and nourished and to the brand and the reputation you have built up. But for those who can use them properly, these new tool offer incredible new opportunities never seen before, many of which have yet to be discovered.

To know more about the story, read Mitch’s post Twitter For Business Works

If you have any such experiences you would like to share, please comment on this blog or email me at

Of course, you can also contact me via Twitter under: Alain_Lemay69