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How to be a Powerful Tweeter and Thrive in the Twitter Ecosystem

This piece was written by Megan Garber for The Atlantic


A study based on 43,000 responses to Tweets found precisely what people like and loathe about microblog posts.


Here are some of the findings:


**Twitter, as a communications platform, has evolved beyond nascent Twitter's charmingly mundane updates ("cleaning my apartment"; "hungry") and into something more crowd-conscious and curatorial.


**Though Twitter won't necessarily replace traditional news, it increasingly functions as a real-time newswire, disseminating and amplifying information gathered from the world and the web.


**At the same time, though, being social, it functions as a source of entertainment. Which means that we have increasingly high -- and increasingly normalized -- expectations for Twitter as both a place and a platform.


**We want it to enlighten us, but we also want it to amuse us.

In that context, tweets that are informative or funny -- or, ideally, informative and funny -- evoke the best responses.


 **Tweets that contain stale information, repeat conventional wisdom, offer uselessly de-contextual news, or extoll the virtues of the awesome salad I had for lunch today don't, ultimately, do much to justify themselves.


So: Do be useful. Do be novel. Do be compelling. Do not, under any circumstances, be boring.


This is what caught my attention:


****Contribute to the story: To keep people interested, add an opinion, a pertinent fact or otherwise add to the conversation before hitting "send" on a retweet.


Takeaway:


"The Twitter ecosystem values learning about new content," the study notes -- so new info, it seems, is new info, regardless of who provides it.  


**Sharing your own work conveys excitement about that work -- which means that self-promotion, rather than being a Twitter turn-off, can actually be an added value.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering " Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


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How To Build A Tribe On Twitter

How To Build A Tribe On Twitter | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Sean Platt for his blog. It is full of great information on how to use twitter and build a community of people which can result in tremendous opportunities for you.


Intro:


Because attention is so easy to gather on Twitter, and because your follower count can climb with the speed of a soaring stock, you might find yourself falling into the too typical trap of thinking Twitter’s purpose is to gather as much attention as possible. It’s not.


**Attention is great, but it’s only the end result of getting what you’re really after – quality relationships.


Here's what caught my attention:


**The best way to get the most from your Twitter conversations is to understand the ecosystem.


**Twitter isn’t a chat, it’s a never-ending party.


**When you have a conversation with someone, one-on-one, the two of you are both engaged; two listeners sharing a single conversation.


**Take time to get to know your fans. Not just because they’ve been helping you out and you want to repay the favor, but because they can help you understand more about who your audience is and how you can serve them best.


You want to find the signal through the noise, and filtering your tweets is a great way to make that happen. 


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is

Twitter (Trust) research: It's Where the Money & Action is | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

Bob Brown of Network World has curated news of two very interesting Twitter research projects that caught my attention.


We all agree that freedom of speech is good,  and it's great that everyone can now  become a publisher. However, there's a double-edged sword: If we speak to a friend before we think something though, all will surely be forgiven and forgotten. After all, we all make mistakes. But if you click that Tweet or Share button too quickly, either succumbing to knee-jerk reactions or without first checking the facts, you may find the digital world to be less forgiving.


Content curators have to be especially vigilent about curating someone else's content to make sure the facts and information are correct.


I believe the research related to here is essential reading, as it is furtherment of an established and growing trend:


One relates to Wellesley College's Department of Computer Science where two professors have been awarded a near half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to:


****build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.


This was originally envisioned as a form of spammer identification, but


****has broadened to be able to determine the past history of a tweeter and also whether information being received is available from multiple sources. 


The other brings us news of 'Tweetographer', a huge Data Mining project by two University of Cincinatti Computer Science students, descibed as:


"a real-time events guide extracted from information coming via large numbers of tweets." 


This could be available as a web or mobile app at the end of the year and one of the co-creators, Billy Clifton (his partner is Alex Padgett)


**sees the uses expanding in the future to predict election results and compiling product reviews.


My takeaways are:


**that we all need to be very aware that what we tweet today can and may be used against us in the future


**search is still very much in its infancy when it comes to engine sophistication, stay tuned.


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Before You Hit The Retweet Button - Here Are Some Important Things To Consider

Before You Hit The Retweet Button - Here Are Some Important Things  To Consider | Curation, Social Business and Beyond | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Stanford for Pushingsocial because I thought what he had to say was important for all of us who are on Twitter. It's also a great segue for taking our tweets/curation to the next level in 2012.


We're all curating and I believe it all begins on twitter. Our careful selection of what we tweet as well as who we retweet reflects who we are and what value we're bringing to our following.


**2012 will be all about reputation and quality, what we did last year won't cut it. We have to take our work to the next level.


The author suggests that if we abolish the RT button  it would make all of us go to the actual blog and read the article, add our own comments or maybe create our own tweet based on the article.


I thank you Stanford, for being so honest about your tweeting and for giving us food for thought before we hit the retweet button.


I can't imagine tweeting or retweeting anything, no matter who posted it, without going to the site and reading the article. There have been so many times when I saw a great headline only to be disappointed because the content had no substance, and at least one or two instances where the facts were not correct. 


So be careful! Remember that you put your name behind anything you tweet.


My advice is, don't post anything if you haven't read it and if it isn't top quality, don't retweet it.


Here's one thing that caught my attention:


Do We Need A Little Tough Love?


**I’m not advocating that Twitter scrap the retweet button but this thought experiment is intriguing.


**If anything, it reminds us that curation is more than just clicking a button.


**It requires attention to detail and delivering value.


**I wonder what would happen if content marketers and curators would implement a self-imposed retweet button boycott.


**Go back to the old-school and spend time with every blog post and craft every retweet. What would change?


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


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The New, New Twitter - A Faster Way To Stay Close to Everything You Care About

This piece is by Brian Solis, who shows us all the new features on Twitter with screenshots showing us how all the changes will be beneficial for our business


Here's what caught my attention:


#Discover: This is great for content curators


**As Twitter so appropriately states, the Discover tab is where simplicity meets serendipity. I love that…it’s very true and also it is serendipity that makes the egosystem so personal, exciting and valuable at once.


In the egosystem, everything literally revolves around you.


**Your experience on Twitter is defined by who you follow, who they follow, trends based on relationships, and the interactions you have as a result.


**These interactions are unique to you and that is true for each of us.


**What you see is not what I see and that keeps things exciting.


**The new Twitter framework ensures that discovery and also serendipity remains personal.


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


Read full article and Twitter screenshots here: [http://bit.ly/s2ztnU]

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