I’m At SITS Talking How To Get Started On Twitter

I LOVE Twitter. I’m not sure if I love Twitter or Pinterest more, but if I could only play on those two social media channels  forever, I’d be a happy girl. But when you’re a newbie, trying to figure out how to get started on Twitter can be confusing.

I woke up this morning to see some traffic heading to my post Tips To Get Started On Twitter. Interested to find out why, I checked my traffic stats to see that it was featured over at SITS!

So if you are looking for Tips To Help You Get Started on Twitter, head over and read my tips about how to join the party (no really, I think of Twitter like a party!)

Everything you need to know about how to get started on Twitter. This is a great guide for people who recently started using Twitter, or aren't really sure what they are doing over there.



For more tips on how to get started on Twitter, read my post How To Gain (& Lose!) Twitter followers.

What tips can you share about how to get started on Twitter?

20 Strangers Kissing, And I’m Feeling Duped

On Monday, Facebook was flooded with a viral video about 20 strangers kissing. These strangers were paired up and asked to kiss each other for the first time. I didn’t watch it on Monday, but finally broke down and watched it yesterday and immediately loved it. I even shared it because it made me so happy.

The viral video about 20 strangers kissing isn't just a short film, it's also an ad. Why finding this out left one blogger feeling duped (even though she keeps watching it.)

Have you seen the video yet? You can watch it here. I’ll wait before I continue…

Sweetest thing ever right?! 20 strangers kissing! It was awkward and funny and sweet and passionate. I thought it was and thought about it throughout the day. The strangers were all rather good looking and put together, but I figured they got a little makeup session and styling or something before the shoot.

Then, yesterday afternoon, we all found this out – Wren studio, a womens wear brand out of Los Angeles, announced on Twitter that the video was shot as part of an ad campaign for their Fall 2014 collection:

Well, I didn’t find out via Twitter, I found out when someone posted this article via Slate.com on Facebook (it’s a great article, read it.) And like the article says: “I’m betting that if Pilieva had filmed the video with a more diverse cast of all the people in the world who constitute “strangers,” the result would have been more unsettlingly comedic than searchingly romantic.”

Call me naive, but now I’m feeling kinda duped. Although it was fun to watch I am bummed to find out that the 20 “strangers” kissing  also happened to be paid models. And I’m bummed that it wasn’t originally shared as an ad.

Does it change the way I feel about it? Yes. I thought I was catching innocent, beautiful moments but these models knew what they were doing. So they made it passionate, sweet, more for show than feeling.

Did you watch the video? How do you feel about it being an ad?

Twitter Followers: How To Gain (Or Lose) Followers On Twitter

From a blogging standpoint, those who know me know that I LOVE Twitter. Facebook? Not so much. Pinterest of course! But the love of my social media life is Twitter. I occasionally have bloggers that are just starting out how to do certain things. How to get a sponsored post to write. How to build a blog community (loyal readership). Blog tips for those just starting out. Recently I’ve been asked: How do you get Twitter followers and How do you decide which Twitter followers to unfollow?

So I decided to create a list of what makes me follow or unfollow Twitter followers. Some of these suggestions are mine, while some of them came from tweeps (the lovely people of Twitter) when I asked how they decide to follow and unfollow people on Twitter. I can’t tell you how to buy Twitter followers because I don’t know how, and would never, EVER consider doing it. But I can tell you what has worked for me since I started tweeting. All of my followers were gained organically.

twitter_followersHow To Decide Who To Follow On Twitter (And What You Can Do To Get More Twitter Followers)

Follow People Who…

Spread the Love  If you tweet links to posts that you enjoyed reading or retweet a link, chances are most tweeps will follow you.

Other ways to spread the love include responding to a question asked by including your answer with a retweet. Tell your followers about tweeps that you like and that they should follow. If you see that I’m trying to promote something (maybe a Twitter party or a guest post) and you retweet it, that makes my heart happy.

But this isn’t one-sided; is should be reciprocal. Not every single time, but regularly try to help spread the love.

Have a Sense of Humor Most tweeps that I asked responded that they follow people who make them laugh. You don’t have to be a comedienne; if something funny happens send out a quick tweet so that others can enjoy it too.

Have Common Interests If you are a mom of young children and twins like I am, you might want to find other tweeps who are in your same boat. I also follow lots of food bloggers because I love finding and trying new recipes and sharing foodie tips. If you have a hobby or interest, do a search using hashtags related to it to find people with similar interests.

How To Decide Who To UnFollow On Twitter (And What NOT To Do So You Don’t Lose Twitter Followers)

Unfollow People Who…

Auto Direct Message (DM) Send out a generic “Thanks for the follow now go follow me on Facebook (or go visit my website)” direct message, and I will automatically unfollow you no matter what. Send out a “Hi Natalie! Thanks for following and I look forward to your tweets” direct message I may or may not unfollow after I check to see if you interact a lot with others.

Another automatic no-follow is if you tweet and ask others to follow you. If I look at your history and see you’ve also already tweeted 100 other people the same request, no way I’m following you. You are probably spam.

twitter_eggHave a Profile Picture of the Twitter Egg If you are an egg, no follow. I understand that some people don’t want to have their photo out there for the world to see, but there’s no reason to be an egg. To me, and other tweeps, an egg represents that you are a spam account. And ain’t nobody got time to be following spam accounts.

If you don’t want to use your personal photo, find a common interest and use that. For example, I could use my blog button or a picture of a recipe or something. Anything but the Twitter egg!

Don’t Have a Profile Description It takes a full two seconds to complete a short profile description letting others know what you are all about. If you don’t have one, you are probably spam.

Never Respond To Anybody If you tweet out a question and then don’t even bother responding back to me when I respond, that tells me you really didn’t want to interact. Also? It’s rude.

Don’t get me wrong, I know I don’t respond to every, single tweet I get…but I bet I do respond to 95% of them or more. Even if it’s just saying thank you.

So over a period of time, people who never, ever respond back to you really aren’t worth following. Unless it’s Justin Timberlake. Celebrities and huge brands I don’t expect to tweet back. But when they do, it makes my day!

Have a Gazillion Followers and Only Tweet Links (Or Only Tweet Out Links No Matter How Many Followers!) No interaction? No follow. If someone just spews out links all day, what’s the purpose of following?

TYPE IN ALL CAPS These tweeps have no online manners or know how…and 99% of the time, they probably are the same people tweeting out links all day.

Tweeps also mentioned they unfollowed people who tweeted judgmental, racist, and sexist tweets. They also unfollow people who tweet bad grammar and poor spelling. Tweeps like people who tweet regularly, but not constantly. One tweep said ” I don’t think anyone is so interesting that they need to take up 80% of my feed.” I agree. Nudity, vulgarity, and too much political talk will also get you unfollowed by the tweeps that responded to my question.

How do you decide who to keep as your Twitter followers and who you unfollow?

Have any questions about Twitter? I’m writing a follow up post so if you have a question, be sure to leave it in the comment section!

Friday Funny: A New Version Of Lil Jon’s “Get Low”

We all have memories of good times with friends. One of the things I love about attending blogging events is finally getting to meet my friends in person – so when I was lucky enough to meet Natalie from My Crazy Busy Life at Blissdom this year, I was super excited. I really, REALLY loved Blissdom, but one of my very favorite memories is dancing at one of the parties with Natalie.

After a few drinks, I got up the courage to get up and dance. As soon as Natalie and I heard the song Get Low by Lil’ Jon, we both freaked because we both love the song. Now if you don’t know the song, I’ll just say it’s a rap song with raunchy language…VERY raunchy.

Here is the hook of the song:

3, 6, 9 – damn she fine
Hoping she can sock it to me one more time
Get low, get low, get low get low!
To the window, to the wall!
Til the sweat drop down my balls
Til all these bitches crawl
Til all skeet skeet motherf*ckers, all skeet skeet got down!
Til all skeet skeet motherf*ckers, all skeet skeet got down!

Look, I didn’t write the lyrics I just like the song okay? If you are offended or put off by this kind of language, you can stop reading now because you won’t think that the rest of this is funny! Just sayin’.

We both had so much fun dancing to the song at Blissdom that we still talk about it. We’ve tweeted lyrics back and forth to each other and Natalie even sent me this which of course I immediately re-pinned:

The point is, we both love, love, love the song. So when Natalie sent me this You Tube video yesterday, she made my day…let me introduce you to Dan Henig, a musician who decided to cover Lil’ Jon’s Get Low at a coffee shop. Yes, you read that right, a coffee shop. Just watch this…it’s the best thing EVER.

I gotta tell you, I think I like his cover better than Lil’ Jon’s original! Other than the actual song, the thing that makes me laugh every time I watch it is that guy sitting behind him who keeps laughing. The only negative? I don’t think Natalie and I could dance to this version…but I bet we’d both be willing to give it a shot.

If you like Dan’s cover as much as we both did, make sure to follow Dan Henig on Facebook and on Twitter. If you love his voice, style, and music, check out his album on iTunes. I plan to buy his album just as soon as I can get the iPad out of Ethan’s hands.

So tell me….did you like the cover? 

Disclaimer: Dan Henig did not ask me to post this and probably thinks I’m some sort of looney stalker chick. I assure you I am not. I was not compensated in any way to share this – I just think that he’s got an amazing voice and think that some of you might, too. If you agree, help me by stumbling, pinning, liking, and tweeting if you agree!

Klout: What Is +K and How Does It Work?

It is no secret to anybody that I have a huge crush on Klout. I tweet about it, I understand the basics of it, and I help promote it. I don’t know why, but I was drawn to it and have so much fun with it that I want everybody else to like it too!

I have already told you about what Klout is and how you can find out your score. I also told you all about Klout Perks and how you can get free stuff (I’ve gotten wine and gift cards!) simply by spending waaaayyy too much time on Twitter (my first love).

And then it started happening: people started looking at me for answers to their Klout questions! And people started telling other people to ask me about their Klout questions! I was ecstatic and so excited to be able to help people understand Klout!

Until Klout introduced “+K“. Because guess what? I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand what it was all about, why it would be important, if it affected my Klout score, or what the big deal about it was.

description of klout +k

Now here’s the lowdown on Klout’s +K that you probably see tweeted throughout the day. You might see a tweet saying “I just gave @xxxx a +K about (whatever) on @klout” and then a link to the +K. It would look like this:

(From @AKludgyMom): I just gave @mommyofamonster +K about klout on @klout http://t.co/uZPBXUN

Super cool, but what does it mean is exactly?

Another thing that so many of us don’t understand is how Klout decides what we are influential about. I was influential about “Minnesota Twins” and “Disease”, though I never blog or tweet about either thing! I wasn’t even sure that the Minnesota Twins were a baseball team!

So I went to the source. So many of you had questions that I couldn’t answer with 100% certainty. I reached out to @meganberry (Klout’s Marketing Manager), who had read and promoted my post about Klout Perks. I asked if she would be willing to answer some questions for me, and she said yes!

So here are your questions, and Megan’s answers.

@angiekinghorn: Would love 2 know the point of K+, and how that relates to Klout Perks.

Megan’s answer:
It allows users to vouch for their peers’ influence in topics. For example, if my friend gave me great marketing advice I might want to give them +K on marketing.

Klout Perks often do rely on topical expertise so as we move forward +K will be one of the factors we use to judge topical expertise.

@shellthings: Does it change our Klout score?

Megan’s answer:
It currently does not change your Klout score, but our team of scientists are looking at the data we get from it to determine if we should add it in (and how) in the future.

@mommyneedsvaca: I just signed up for Klout. When will I get topics that I’m influential about so others can give me +K? How is what you are influential about it calculated?

Megan’s answer:
It depends on your level of activity. We look at tweets that receive engagement for topics (i.e. get RTs or @messages) so some will get topics sooner than others.

@Mrs4444: How is what you are influential about calculated? Is it by certain words, hashtags, etc.?

Megan’s answer:
We perform semantic analysis on the tweets that get you the most engagement and then assign the tweet back to a higher-level topic. If you see a topic that doesn’t seem right you can remove it and our topical analysis will get smarter.

So there you go! I probably became influential about “Minnesota Twins” because I blog about “twins”!

Now another question I’ve been getting a lot on Twitter is “How do I give somebody a +K?”

It’s really easy!

1. Go to Klout.com and log in (or create an account and then log in).

2. Type in the Twitter name of the person you would like to give a +K to (example: If you wanted to give Megan Berry one, you would type her Twitter name “MeganBerry” into the “Enter a Twitter User Name” field at the top right of the screen.

3. Once you see the person’s profile that you want to give a +K to, you will see a section towards the top right that says “Influential About”…click “see all” and you will see all of the topics that Klout says that they have some influence about.

4. Once there, you will see to the left of each topic a “Give +K” button. Click on that and you just gave your favorite tweeter a +K! You can also tweet or share on Facebook that you think they have influence about  particular topic in the box that pops up after you give the +K.

*You can give up to 5 +K’s a day, and you can give them all to one person on various topics or spread the love around and give them to 5 different people. You DO NOT have to give +K’s away everyday, and whether you do or do not give them out, it will not affect your own Klout score.

Thank you again Megan (and Klout!) for your awesomeness and for taking the time to answer these questions…it really helps the entire subject of +K make WAY more sense!

For more information, visit Klout’s introduction to +K page, or if you have any questions about Klout or how it works, feel free to leave them in the comments section and I will get you an answer!

Also…who is on your Free Pass list?My Free Pass List post was such a hit that people wanted a linky for it! Write about your Free Pass List and come link up this week!