Microsharing and Twitter

October 26, 2008

Twitter is an internet tool that is increasingly used for ‘Microsharing’.

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Microsharing according to Social Media Agency ‘Pistachio’:

What is microsharing?

Let’s start with the best-known microsharing application, Twitter. Twitter is a collection of remarks. It’s what a group of people–a very dynamic group of people who are connected and becoming more closely connected everyday–find remarkable. The connections between people, the ambient intimacy.

Microsharing reduces the emotional and intellectual distance between people and helps them become more engaged, connected, effective and collaborative.

Microsharing is hard to understand at first, and frequently seems trivial and foolish, but it generates tremendous value and opportunity for participants who really get it and who push to discover its hidden potential.’

For me, the key benefit of this tool is indeed the ‘reduction of emotional and intellectual distance’ on internet platforms. It is very easy to:

  • find people with whom you want to exchange ideas, and
  • actually start conversations online.

It seems to be more easy starting an online conversation compared to e.g.:

  • commenting on a blog post from someone else, or
  • by commenting on a forum.

Therefore, the trend I am seeing in 2008 is to increasingly incorporate Twitter-like functionality in forum and blogging software platforms (e.g. WordPress.com)

Business benefits

Twitter is a great example of a platform that facilitates ‘organizing without organizations’ (Clay Shirky: ‘Here comes everybody’).

With the emergence of Social Media tools such as Twitter, the costs for people to organize themselves in (ad-hoc) groups is greatly reduced. Therefore, business problems that until now were not addressed can now be tackled.

This also means that Twitter (or Twitter-like tools) will enable cross-unit information sharing within large organizations in a very cost-effective manner. Within large organizations. special attention must be placed to issues such as information security, reliability, compliance, integration with other enterprise communication platforms (e.g. Microsoft Exchange, back office tools etc).

For the enterprise, several Twitter-like tools are emerging that take these specific requirements into account: www.yammer.com, ESME and others.

Enhancing my own blog ‘Web 2.0 and Management’

Using both my blog and Twitter, starting online conversations about specific topics is more easy:

  • post on my blog (or comment on a blog from another user); and
  • ‘tweet’  links to my blog post or comments on Twitter.

I have also added the twitter stream to my blog (right lower side of the blog)

Good post: ‘9 Benefits of Twitter for Bloggers

How to start with Twitter

Here is how I have started using Twitter:

  • Create an account at twitter.com
  • Use twitter search for some interesting topics and people to ‘follow’
  • The best way to start with Twitter is to also have a blog (e.g. on WordPress.com). This is your ‘home base’ on which you post topics of you special interests.
  • Post references to your blog posts on Twitter (‘tweet’ it) to elicit conversations about the blog post.
  • Start ‘following’  people that have a blog with a shared interest. Increasingly, blog authors indicate their Twitter name on their blog.

Some people on the internet from which I have learned a lot about Twitter are:

  • Chris Brogan: one of the real ‘gurus’ on Social Media. He really known how to combine tools such as blogs and twitter to grow his ‘audience’, and deliver real value to them!
  • Darren Rowse (‘Problogger’): very experienced blogger, has lots of advice on how to start a blog
  • Davied van Berlo (Dutch): ‘evangelist’ on Web 2.0 for Dutch government agencies

Some blog posts on ‘How to start with Twitter: Guide to Twitter for Business

Useful Twitter tools

Twitter is not only an internet tool, but a platform. A whole ‘cottage industry’ has grown around the Twitter platform, providing additional functionality. Some of these Twitter applications that I find very helpful are:

Statistics:

  • twinfluence : ‘twInfluence is a simple tool using the Twitter API to to measure the combined influence of twitterers and their followers’
  • tweetstats : ‘Graph your Twitter Stats including, Tweets per hour, Tweets per month, Tweet timeline, Reply statistics’

Search:

  • Twitter search : Fulltext search on all public tweets (e.g. search on @jeroendemiranda to find tweets addressed to me by other twitterers)

Adobe AIR applications:

These tools are alternative user interfaces for Twitter (i.e. instead of using you browser). You must install Adobe AIR software as a prerequisite:

  • Tweetdeck : ‘It aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces.’
  • Twellow : This is a directory with Twitter users.

Other sources for information

If you want to follow reactions, tune in to my twitter feed at twitter.com/jeroendemiranda

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‘5 Tools Everyone Working Online Should Have (IMHO)’ – ReadWriteWeb article

May 14, 2008

This is an excellent article on ReadWriteWeb.com, written by Marshall Kirkpatrick

Quote from the article: ‘We’ve noticed that many people don’t use some tools that would make their lives online much more effective and efficient. Here’s our list of some tools we’d suggest are essential. Several of these tools will deliver huge value to your workday and take less than 10 minutes to get set up.’

Based on this article, I started using some of them – these are indeed essential tools!

 

  1. Multi-service IM: makes IM more easy!

  2. Cross Platform Screensharing Tool: not used yet; is similar to Microsoft NetMeeting used in the corporate environment

  3. A Custom Search Engine: this is really useful; you can now search only on my blog using google

  4. Startpage: I use Netvibes, this is really great!

  5. Blog With Your Name and Contact Info: will put my gmail address on the blog

Do you know other essential tools?


How businesses are using Web 2.0: A McKinsey Global Survey

May 1, 2008
How businesses are using Web 2.0: A McKinsey Global Survey

http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/article_page.aspx?L2=16&L3=16&ar=1913&gp=0&pagenum=5

Great article from McKinsey Quarterly (free registration required).

Key topics and conclusions:

– initiatives start at grassroots level

– improves internal communication, in speed and in quality

– facilitates communication with customers

‘ (…) A key theme that emerges from the discussions is that many of these technologies start at a company’s grassroots level.

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Dosh Dosh – blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies

April 5, 2008

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‘Dosh Dosh is a blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies. Best consumed by bloggers, entrepreneurs, web publishers, marketers, freelancers and small business owners.

Heya. I’m Maki, the writer who’s responsible for all the material you read on this blog. Apart from managing Dosh Dosh, I’m also currently a Philosophy student in Toronto, Canada. ‘

Dosh Dosh is my favorite blog on the topic of Social Media and Blogging!

Here you can subscribe to his feed.


Recommended business books – using LibraryThing

March 26, 2008

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Photo from ‘bcnbits‘ under Creative Commons rights.

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I recommend some business books using the site LibraryThing.com.

It has some interesting features:

Main benefit for me is to quickly see what books in a specific field have the best rating.

Combining these recommendations with those of amazon.com gives you further ideas on what books are best to buy!


Crucial Conversations In Social Media – incredibly powerful story!

January 29, 2008

Incredibly powerful story !

‘Social Media offers a great opportunity for businesses to reconnect with people’

‘Markets are conversations

‘Why are crucial conversations so important? – we benefit from more accurate and relevant information – make better choices, and are more willing to act on whatever decision they all make’

Click here if you do not see the presentation above.

There are three Practices to start your conversations:

  1. Get to know who you are talking to
  2. Listening is more important than talking
  3. If you are going to be talking – have something important to say

At the bottom of this page all texts of the slides are displayed!
Here is more on web 2.0 and crucial conversations

Another good example of Crucial Conversations in Social Media: Satisfaction for customers!


How to write great copy: Copyblogger!

January 19, 2008

Copyblogger is a great blog where you can learn how to write great copy for your blog!

‘Why Copywriting is the Key to Successful Online Marketing’

He has received the 2007 blogging award!

More reading op copy writing for blogs:

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