Twitter Change @’s And Oh The Irony..

So today Twitter have changed the way they handle @replies. From now on (until they undo the latest PR trick) you will not see any @replies tweeted by people you follow if the person they are tweeting to is not on your follow list. Make sense? So if I send @ev a message and you don’t follow @ev, you’ll not see the tweet. That means, no more #followfriday UPDATE: It means followfriday becomes more important as you’ll still as RT’s etc. (Thanks @stef)

Read more on the official Twitter blog.
Of course everyone on Twitter is hashtagging their thoughts with #fixreplies – but take a look below, this is from their jobs page, “If that sounds good to you, let’s talk 500 Internal Server Error” – time to fix it guys.

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What Is Twitter – How To Use Twitter

Twitter – What Is It & How To Get Started – Part 1

This was first published on Your Blogs on Sky.com

Twitter is rapidly becoming one of the buzz words of 2009, with more and more mentions in newspapers, news websites and on TV and Radio, I thought it timely to actually go back a step and try to explain what it is and why millions of people use the service each day.

Many celebrities are using twitter to document their movements, some mundane, some interesting behind the scenes glimpses of the World of celebrity. Using add-on sites such as Twitpic, celebrities are giving a backstage pass to sights not normally available to the general public. Jonathan Ross has used it to ask questions such as what bizarre word to add to his BAFTA speech, Will Carling has given live commentary on some of the 6 Nations games. Stephen Fry, perhaps the first UK Twitter celebrity, actually “tweeted” whilst stuck in a lift, even taking this photo and sending it to Twitpic:-

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Lily Allen, Chris Moyles and even Philip Schofield are avid twitterers. We’ll be producing a list of who to follow in later articles, you need to get started first!

Many companies are using Twitter to track online conversations about their brand, and even Red Coat favourites Butlins have an account. Why do companies join? Most companies join to track conversations happening that are mentioning their name or brands, offering instant human support is not only good for customer relations but can actually drive sales. Dell recently told that they had made $1m extra revenue in the past year and half by offering their impressive 228,000 followers on twitter special discounts. There are many journalists and PR companies on Twitter and thousands of large and small businesses signing up daily.

But more importantly than the celeb’s and companies are the public. The millions and millions of users that are making these famous people and big brands such as Starbucks join.

Most people join Twitter because someone said they should. Joining Twitter is easy. Using it and understanding it as an individual, whether it be because you are interested in celeb spotting or simply want to keep in touch with friends, family and work mates is not actually so simple. This week, I have seen some friends join Twitter add me as a friend and that is it. Like every form of social media, the stage after joining is the key to progression.

So, this week I am going to show you how to join and advise a few celebrities and a handful of interesting people to follow, next week, it will be all about conversation, adding people, do’s and don’ts and the many memes and sometimes strange behaviours you are going to witness, plus some of the tools you’ll need to survive once you have hundreds of followers. Remember, not everyone is real – some companies and celeb’s are fake. We’ll cover that too.

Stage 1 – Joining Twitter (You must be over 13 years old)

Ok so you are still reading, firstly, click to go to the Twitter homepage. You’ll see this very simple page.

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Now, click on the green “Get Started – Join” button (or click here). This will bring up the following screen:-

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Complete the information as required,(do enter your real name if you are serious about this) then click on Create my account. You will be instantly accepted and directed to the next screen.

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At the bottom, you can see the words Skip this step, click that ( we can find out who you know later). You’ll be sent to the next and controversial page, this is Twitters recommended followers, as we are going to follow people who we want to follow, click in the box select all to remove the pre-selected friends.

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Assuming you have no friends selected, click Finish in the green box. Now we are good to set up that profile. You are going to be directed to the following screen, click on the word settings in the top white bar set on the blue background.

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When you reach the settings page, fill in your details plus make your one line bio really explain who you are – this will be important later.

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Now click on the word Notices on the bar just above your name (note this is a test account, you can follow my real one later). Notices is an important page as it dictates how many emails and just what you are going to see.

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So leave Auto Nudge un-ticked. You don’t need that. And basically copy the set up I have here. Make sure you have all @replies as highlighted above. @replies refers to people talking to you and is the fundamental part of twitter, conversation. I will explain @replies next week. Next click on Picture, next to Notices

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Click the Browse button, add your avatar (picture that will represent you). If you want to change the design of the page, click Design – many people use this to market themselves; again, we’ll cover this in the future. But for now, I am done. Click on Home and let’s make that first tweet!

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A “Tweet” is a 140 character message, statement, question or answer. You can add links to interesting things and when you want to talk to someone you know add @ followed by their username ie @kevindixie How are you today? I read your Sky blog, thanks for the help! This will appear in my homepage. Again, more on this next time. Try it by adding the real me @kevindixie and sending me the message I will reply back and follow you.

If you want to follow some UK celebrities, simply make sure you are logged on and click on the following names to get you started:-

@stephenfry

@wossy

@schofe

@chrisdjmoyles

@lilyroseallen

@willcarling

@andy_murray

Add a few non-celeb’s like me @kevindixie :-

@thedailydust – Cheer yourself up, a UK good news only newspaper

@mazi – Social Media guy at Sky

@mikebutcher –a leading technology writer in the UK

@sylvied – gives away free products to bloggers for review.

So that’s all this week, follow my steps and next week, i’ll answer any questions and we’ll move on to conversations, tools and twitter etiquette tips.

Social Networking World Forum

Just back from the Social Networking World Forum – was a great event, “smaller than expected” was a phrase I heard quite a bit but in reality, it was a first attempt at this conference from the team and next year looks set to be even bigger.  What it lacked in exhibition stands it made up for in conversation.  I can’t remember going to an event where so many key decision makers were wandering around and discussing the web.

Of course, everyone talked about Twitter.

I met some really smart people and can happily say that some amazing things are planned for the next few months.

So a quick run-down on some highlights – I met the team behind Blinko, who just launched a social mobile network where the key is having  just 20 real friends, my fear with this site is that you could actually lose real friends..but the team are fired up and have a big company behind them.

Then I met Dan and Neal from A Tiger in Africa – they are launching a site soon that could be massive, it may need some tweaking but I think I discovered a great revenue model for them..jammy gits!

I briefly met the guys from Punch Communications, they seriously get Social Media.

I spent a lot of time talking to Sara-Jane from Butlins, we had some great brainstorming, watch this space for more as we are going to be talking a lot about these guys shortly – and a bloody good reason to join fuelmyblog coming soon.

Finally putting a face to the names of Paul Fabretti and James Whatley was a pleasure, two nice blokes.

And last but not least Maz from Sky, we had a good chat and as with Butlins, watch this space..lots more coming if you are on fuelmyblog.

Thanks to the team at SixDegs, good job, see you in Cali.

Now back to my crisps

Why Twitter Is Good For Celeb’s

I know I keep rambling on here about twitter but it is just becoming the number one source for news on celebrity.  Every UK newspaper is sraping things from Twitter.  But one thing the papers need to realise is that the celebrities can now bite back – (and blogs can break news faster than the papers).

I refer you to this conversation (I posted this first on The DailyDust and I bet this will be in at least one Mainstream newspaper by the end of today) :-

Perez Hilton@lilyroseallen Is casting the music video for her next single, which she’s shooting in LA. Tell her U think she should have Perez in it! Ha!

Lily Allen:  @perezhilton oh , I’m sorry , we’ve already cast the jealous and bitter lonely old queen role. Next time eh ?

PH: @lilyroseallen Jealous of who? David Beckham, maybe. And if I wanted to be a fucked up Brit, I’d rather be Amy Winehouse – whose got talent.

LA: @perezhilton god, you’re like so obsessed with me its embarassing.

PH: @lilyroseallen Congrats on your album doing well in America, though. It’s REALLY HARD to sell copies when u discount it to $3.99. Desperate!

LA: @perezhilton its also number one everywhere else in the world douchebag. Go away you little parasite.

PH: @lilyroseallen Aw, u can see I’ve lost weight! I am a littler Perez. But I’m still a big fat c**t – just like U! That’s why I lova ya. xoxo

PH (AGAIN): @lilyroseallen P.S. Thanks for advertising on my website. I’ll take your money (or the label’s) anytime!

LA: @perezhilton  I know you will, and that’s what makes you a cheap ass whore. Now leave me alone, stop following me, I’m working. Bye x x

PH: @lilyroseallen I can still read what you write, twat!

Celebs and journo’s can really fight in public these days, and I love it.