Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

How Social Media Has Enhanced our Social Lives


A friend asked my to help her with a paper of social media and it’s effect on our social lives. I said how I believed social media has come to improve, not degrade our personal relationships. Today everything is becoming more social, thus many things we used to do as individuals, can now be done together. After all, Facebook and twitter are now linked to everything from blogs, to websites, to game apps, to dining room table seating!

Here are some examples:

1) This past week I was studying the personality types of some famous celerities (namely Abraham Lincoln and Bill Gates). I came across a blog written by David Keirsey, the son of the famed psychologist by the same name, and left a comment on my confusion with regard to types. (If you care, I was wondering what made Lincoln an extravert). I also clicked on the feature to notify me if a follow up comment was left. Within 48 hours I received an email notifying me that Keirsey had responded to my comment. (Turns out, Lincoln was far more expressive than he was attentive).

2) We have all heard of Twitter, but few of us truly understand the profundit of this explosion into the world of social interaction, of the highest order. Once upon a time, kings and nobles sat in royal chambers light years from the simplest layman. When one sociologist confirmed a study where he proved a mere 6 degrees of separation between any random person to another, it was received with fanfare. Today though that study is insignificant. Chat up any famous celebrity or personality and if you’re interesting enough you might just get a response! (Me and President Obama by the way: 2 degrees of separation).

The other day I attended a TEDx event here in Orlando and I was talking to a coordinator who does game design. The conversation turned to Twitter and he was saying how he wasn’t too familiar with mini-blogging but decided to post a question/problem he was having. After a few days he had found the answer and updated his status, in brief 140 character form. This continued a few times before suddenly he started getting followers. Not just randoms, but avid game designers who were intrigued by his knowwledge and acumen. He has since become an “online expert” in the field of game design.

3) There was recently an app developed that allowed people to reserve seats in restaraunts through a social media platform. One can choose where they would like to sit, near who, or not near who. This was soon advanced to gala dinner arrangements (as we all know how picky honorees can be). And I have heard that a rabbi, who familiar with the app, tweaked it so that members of his community can pre-arrange their seats for Shabbat dinner. So the virtual becomes actual.

4) I have a group of close friends, and we have developed an online mastermind group. Essentially whenever we feel motivated, or the need to be motivated, we share our inspiration, frustration or encouragement with the group. Of course, we can each view these updates and comment in our own time, so it avoids the issue of having to coordinate an exact time of when we can all talk. We are truly moving into a world of “asynergy” where we no longer have to all be present at the same time to engage with others.

I can probably go on and on, but the point is that the telephone didn’t make us less social (as TV did), and as the greatest technological advancement since the radio, the internet has found ways to bring us together, to find common ground where we’d otherwise either fail to notice or lack the means to follow up. An interesting conversation used to end with “You’re interesting, give me your number so I can never call you”. Today it ends with, “Wow! You’re fascinating, I’ll hit u up on Facebook and even if I don’t message too often, we’ll be able to stay in touch”. Today an innocent comment pertaining to dissatisfaction with a product or service on a Facebook discussion Board can send ripples through a company’s quality control rooms.

Some say we are becoming less social. Some say we are learning to breach the barrier and communicate with people in ways we never thought possible. I say, it’s all what we make of it.

Twitter: What It Takes To Get ReTweets


A Friend Recently Asked Me

I’m wondering if busy people are really busy, how do they find time to tweet, and so then it must be they’re not soooo busy, but in that case why is it that when you RT @ them they don’t RT back? Are they busy or not? I just hate when I RT them and they don’t RT or reply back, any ideas as to how that works? Do I also have to be as important as them in order to get RT’d?

My Thoughts

Very busy people are busy with the things they do best. They choose how to be most effective and stick to those tasks. Tweeting falls in such a category, since each Tweet may go out to 1000s, or even 100,000+ followers. Conversely, when you RT or @ someone, it’s a one-person one-time response, only worth their busy time when you’re interesting enough to pass onto their followers. (Note: Many “major” Tweeters rarely even check responses).

From a marketing perspective, the proof to how interesting you are is directly proportionate to how fast you rack up new followers – and keep old ones. It’s tough grabbing attention, but at least when you do increase your followership, by say 10% in a single week, you KNOW you’re doing something right, and you should endeavor to repeat whatever you did to inspire that.

Sometimes you will experience a random spurt of followers, only to be disappointed a few days later when they all leave you. Welcome to Twitter! People WILL leave you. The objective though is to be gaining followers much faster than you lose them.

Twitter accounts that have something to the effect of 5 million followers are rarely due to the value they provide, but rather the name that the account boasts. It’s like why we buy brand names, just because, they’re brand names!

Additionally, just because people do not ReTweet you or respond to you, does not mean that they don’t appreciate your thoughts. I guess it’s social etiquette, or lack thereof. (Some people don’t respond to email either. It annoys me, but that’s life).

So what does it take to rack up a fan club?

The Objective

a) Be interesting! Everyone knows just by glancing at your Twitter page whether you’re interesting enough to follow. There are millions of people on Twitter and everyone is looking for something different. The best leading Tweeters are the ones who provide value and insights to their followers.

b) Interact with your audience. Get to know them and respond to their questions. Develop a relationship with them and provide them with additional value. Respond when YOU think THEY were interesting. Not everyone will reciprocate the favor, but many will. It’s simple etiquette: If they say something nice, say something nice back!

c) Be yourself! Although it’s important to provide value to your followers, you should never get lost trying to be like everyone else. Just tell them what you found interesting, in a most interesting way. As the saying goes: “Tweet like nobody’s following!”

Happy Tweeting!

Recent Tweets #4


Here are some of my recent Tweets. My personal favorites are in bold.

  • People think they must show up and perform early. I say No. Take as much time you need to make your impression. Its ok to start life at 30.
  • Look at each stock you own and ask if you’d rather see it rise in price so you can sell (sell now)… or fall so you can buy more (buy now)
  • The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  • Success is NOT doing ANYTHING you fear (jumping off a building). It’s doing the things you MUST do, but fear most (usually a phone call).
  • Here’s something to think about: Would a self-conscious person know that they’re self-conscious?
  • I’ve come to the sad realization that many people only respond to the one part of your email that they found most interesting.
  • Attention Grabbing: Warren Buffett is the world’s greatest investor. Who’s that guy on the ukulele? That’s an attention grabber.
  • Don’t you just love people with PULSE! People who are Positive, Understanding, Lively, Spontaneous and Expressive.
  • Phy-rum’s Law: When everything that can go right does goes right. (Note that this is often followed by an event following Murphy’s Law).
  • On Systems: A system is only effective if it has a conscience; when you’re people know WHY it’s there, not just how it works.
  • Company founders often do a better job running and guiding the company. There’s more passion, more vision and better leadership.
  • “If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” Jim Rohn
  • “Talent is God-given; be humble. Fame is man-given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful” – John Wooden
  • “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men — the other 999 follow women” Groucho Marx
  • “String-Goaling”: Setting up a number of intended goals each successive to the prior one. As soon as you complete one the next is set.
  • Call this number if you want a good laugh: 1-401-285-0701
  • Avg American reads <1 book a year. 58% don’t read ANY non-fiction after college! Reading 3 books on any topic makes you expert by default!
  • Expecting the world to treat u fairly cuz u r a good person is like expecting a lion not to attack u cuz u r a vegetarian
  • How successful people (investors, entrepreneurs, Marketers, Speakers, Singers, PUAs, Politicians) become great: They Flip the Status Quo!
  • Magic Words: “Look. I saw things differently but I could be wrong and I often am. I’d like for things to be right. Let us examine the facts”
  • Better to be liked than respected.
  • 150 people is about the largest group of people who can relate intimately with one another. That’s why small business works better than big.
  • Startups give so much attention to plan, but so little to strategic endurance. They give credence to growing, but not much to maintaining it
  • Do you produce more than you consume?
  • Always remember to probe the cemetery of silent evidence. What isn’t can teach us what is. What do your failures teach you about success?
  • The next 10 years of industry will be dominated by most creative value-minded entrepreneurs who know how to turn ideas into great businesses
  • RT @sreardon: If you can watch this 7min motivational video and it doesn’t get you choked up – check yer pulse
  • “People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” #PursuitOfHappyness
  • Our deepest fear is not that we’re inadequate. But that we are powerful beyond measure. It’s our light, not our darkness that frightens us.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize is there to reward the process of giving out Nobel Peace Prizes.
  • Its all in the marketing. Who’s really providing value to who? How can you get people to pay YOU for doing the things you love?
  • Success is about perseverance. You can only fail so many times before you get lucky!
  • Customer service is providing excellent product at acceptable price and solving legitimate problems in fastest manner possible – Tim Ferriss
  • The 10 Stimuli of the Mind: Sex. Love. Importance. Music. Friendship. Alliance. Suffering. Auto-suggestion. Fear. Narcotics/Alcohol.
  • This tactic will do you wonders!: For criticism always use “I”. For praise always use “You”. For anything Motivational Use “We”. Try it!
  • Wealth is knowing what’s possible. If someone took everything you had away from you’d be able to get back only what you’ve have until now.
  • Why are wise men good but wise guys bad? If ppl from Poland are called Poles, why aren’t ppl from Holland called Holes? I’m going to sleep!’
  • If the Nasdaq bucks its trend and sells off on increased volume, get out of the way!
  • The Oh So Obvious Way to Eliminate Debt: 1) Stop going into more debt 2) Spend less than you make 3) Pay off debt with the difference
  • Att BlackBerry users: Go to the Sound Profile function on your phone and set it to “Phone Only”. This will do wonders for your productivity!

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Recent Tweets

  • Finally have all my unimportant emails going directly into labeled folders. My primary inbox has been empty for over 3 days. Kinda Freaky!
  • RT @LeadershipNow Change the world: Begin as band of madmen welcoming other crazy ppl who want 2 be part of something bigger than themselves
  • Keys to Productivity: What’s required of me that no one else can do? What offers me the greatest return? What’s most rewarding for me?
  • You cannot underestimate the unimportance of practically everything. Know what to overlook.
  • Enjoy this hilarious video
  • RT @guykawasaki 10 Common Mistakes That Startup/Small Companies Make | Whatever it Takes | Fast Company
  • Master Your MasterMind (@ebenpagan)
  • “Success is something you attract by the person you become” Jim Rohn
  • Tom Hopkins: The Customer’s Biggest Fear
  • Comedian and Impersonator, Frank Caliendo
  • “The’re 3 reasons why we survived: No money, No tech, No plan. Every $ we used very carefully” Jack Ma, Founder (read it again)
  • When U think, think Big Picture, how it effects everything in your life. When U do something, live in moment, focused, with consciousness.
  • RT @MichaelEGerber If you care to, you will dare to. And nothing else will be required of you, other than the will.
  • Think about yourself: Do you desire achievement and accomplishment or do you desire to be appreciated?
  • Next time you dread sitting thru long red-lights to make a left turn, Make a right turn instead, then an immediate U-turn. Its often faster!
  • Listening to “Dale Carnegie’s Leadership Mastery”. Highly recommended for enhancing your #leadership skills on any level.
  • “For the next week, smile at the first 5 people you see in the morning… a genuine smile” Dale Carnegie

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This Week’s Tweets


(just in case you missed them…)

  • Picture of a molecule! (1 million times smaller than grain of sand)
  • Success = Focus. To do what you do 100% and constantly strive to increase your skill, knowledge and expertise in your particular field.
  • All of life – success and failure, ease and challenge, logic or emotion – all boils down to one simple question: Are you happy?
  • “Very hard work gets in the way of thinking” ~ Jeremy Grantham.
  • Some kids are just talented! 8 year old jamming –
  • If you want to make a short-term killing: Invest in stocks right now and raise your trailing stop. (The blow-off is always the greatest).
  • All leaders: I came across a great blog today. Let me know if you enjoy it!
  • “Evolution of a Dance Party”. This is how marketing (and dancing) is supposed to work. One word: Contagion.
  • My final consensus on the economy: The casino isn’t closing but your chips aren’t going to be worth as much.
  • Is it possible to be focused and conscious at the same time?
  • “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~ Mark Twain
  • The Keys to Life are… Running and Reading! (Will Smith).
  • How to Backup your life –
  • 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking: Craig Valentine-

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