5 Simple Steps to Going Viral on Twitter

Going Viral!

Successful viral marketing on Twitter is not as simple as many assume, however, with the right guidelines and steps, it can be done and bring about a rewarding outcome!

Therefore, for today’s post, I will be sharing you 5 simple steps to going viral on Twitter:

1. Call on Action:

Don’t take retweeting, or lack of it, lightly. An RT is a way to show your Twitter friends and followers that you care about them and about the content they share with you. If retweeting is the action you wish your readers to take, the best way to persuade people to do it is to motivate them to by asking or offering incentives. When tweeps retweets your content, they’re very likely to also repost your call to action, lending it their credibility and influence.

2. Timing is King:

There is a window of time during which sharing on Twitter occurs more often so you should keep an eye on the following:

  • The first few days of the business week.
  • Monday through Wednesday (weekends are usually slower).

3. Links Rule:

Almost 70% of all retweets contain a link. Therefore, if you want to spread your off-Twitter content, you should make sure that you do utilize links in your tweets. However, make sure you do mix it up with other types of tweets now and then and do not spam your followers with ads! Continue reading »

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Twitter vs. Facebook vs. Google+

Google+ has caused a lot of commotion on the web – as it well should – and now that internet users are becoming more and more aware of how to use it, it is essential that we have a clear comparison of it with Facebook and Twitter, at least so we can better decide how to use each and know where to concentrate our efforts when using them.

Therefore, for today’s post, we will be comparing the three in terms of usability, reach, relationship focus, sharing and so on.

Facebook vs. Google+ vs. Twitter

Facebook vs. Google+ vs. Twitter

Other points to consider:

1. Growth Rate and Popularity of Google Plus vs. Twitter:

So far, it seems that the acceptance rate of Google Plus is much more when compared to Twitter. While Twitter was able to gain 10 million customers within 780 days, Google Plus gained the same number of customers within 16 days. This is the remarkable success of Google plus making it one of the most credible and popular websites. Continue reading »

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4 Real-Time Search Engines Which Go Beyond Twitter

The real time search engine market has been firing-up and there are many services trying to gain some market share in this area. We followed a simple criteria to pick services and build our list: The service must be (1) Real-time and (2) NOT limited to Twitter search results. Here we go:

1. Twingly’s Microblog Search: It covers Twitter, Identica, Bleeper, and a few other services. It’s dedicated to microblogging and offers a RSS subscription option for your searches. While being dominated by Twitter results, it gives you the option of filtering it out by un-checking a box on the side of the page. This makes Twingly one of the most customizable real-time search services covered in this article.

Twingly

Twingly

2. Social Mention: Social Mention covers 80+ social media services including all of the major players (Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, etc). While it has one of the neatest and most clean interfaces among the services we covered, it seems to be the slowest one – showing a list of flashing stars for up to 1 minutes sometimes! We like the various options it provides: the tab options, alerts, RSS subscriptions, the ranking/trending system, and the option of exporting your search results into CSV/Excel file, but slow speed is a deal-breaker! On the other hand, for social alerts and comprehensiveness, it’s one of the best.

3. FriendFeed Search: It shows results from Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious and tens of other social media services. It allows a user to connect and collect all his social Web activities into one place. If you are looking for your friends’ opinions regarding a certain topic, FF is great, if you want to perform a comprehensive search, most probably FF won’t cut it as it only indexes the users registered with their service.

Friendfeed Search

Friendfeed Search

4. LifeStream.fm Search: It’s a similar service to FriendFeed and supports 40+ services including the major social media websites (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Stumble upon, Pownce, and Digg). Unfortunately it only searches events of the users subscribed to their services. This puts it at the same disadvantage as FriendFeed.

While there are a lot of similarities in the services provided by the above real-time search engines, there are also some unique differences that make each one of them unique in a way or another.

Which one is your favorite? Do you think real-time search is valuable or maybe over-rated? Please use the comments section below to let us know your thoughts.

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16 Top Free Twitter Content Sharing Services

If you are a Twitter user, you do know that sharing valuable information on Twitter is highly recommended. Whether you would like to share a picture, a video, a link or even a piece of news, there are many ways to do so using different services.

Today, we will be introducing to you 18 top free content sharing services divided into 6 different content sharing categories:

1. Photo Sharing:

http://plixi.com/

Photo Sharing

  • Twitpic: One of the top content sharing tools allowing users to easily post pictures to the Twitter microblogging and other character-restricted social media service. (This is also one of the most popular service for Twitter in general).
  • Flickr: A Flickr2Twitter integration enabling Twitter users to share posted content on their Twitter accounts using a simple web-based sharing button or via email/mobile using a unique “2Twitter” email address.
  • Plixi.com: Plixi allows users to instantly share their photos to popular social networks through mobile devices and on the web. Moreover, it specializes in providing an innovative open API, and mobile SDKs, to the developer community of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and more to come.
  • Twitsnaps: Twitsnaps gives you detailed stats for your tweeted photographs. You can learn about the latest visitors of your photograph, number of views of uploaded photographs, and photographs with maximum views. Continue reading »
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