A Blog Near You

November 17, 2009

During the Automattic company meetup, Team 21* holed up in a cottage outside Québec to create a new set of features for a blog near you (literally!). Have you ever wondered where in the world a blog post was written? Where a commenter was located? If there were other WordPress.com bloggers near you? If so, hold on to your hat, because you’re going to love the geotagging and geolocation features we’re introducing.

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Using Twitter More Effectively

November 26, 2008

Some bloggers use Twitter to promote their blogs, or use it separately in order to gain more followers.  However, majority of them don’t effectively use the service for what it was intended, so here are a few tips on how to effectively manage using Twitter.

  1. Ask your readers to follow your tweets either via your email newsletter, or an invitation text & link on your blog.
  2. Use WordPress plugins like TwitterTools to update your tweets on your blog.
  3. Participate in the communities within your niche which will naturally draw followers to you. Define your target niche, and eliminate the rest. Follow less but targeted people.
  4. Don’t be too noisy. Keep the noise down. Do not follow noisy people, just purge those people.
  5. Star your favorite tweets. This will help you to save them for future use.
  6. Watch Tao of Twitter by Ed Dale.
  7. Prefer easy to use twittering tools like Twshot or TwitterFox
  8. Your Twitter feed is also available as an RSS feed. Check the bottom of your Twitter homepage, and you will notice your Twitter RSS feed. Get your Twitter RSS feed, and send it to RSS directories.
  9. Customize your Twitter background image. Look at mine: Mert Erkal. It is not so difficult. Believe me it is worth spending your time. Do not forget to publish your blog’s logo and URL for branding.
  10. Integrate your Twitter updates with Facebook using TwitterSync. This little application will publish your latest tweet as your Facebook status.
  11. If you have time, I suggest you to take a look at Caroline Middlebrook’s Twitter Guide.

How do you use Twitter? Please share your best practices with me.