Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Thursday, November 05, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- Lists allow each user a way to group some or all of the people they follow by assigning them to a list.
- It also helps with discovery: When you go to a user's profile, you can see which lists they have created and follow relevant people. You can also see which lists someone belongs to and follow the others on that same list.
- Carefully consider how you want to structure your lists before you start to set them up.
- You can only create 20 lists.
- Each list cannot have more than 500 people.
- If you want to edit a list's name, go to: Lists You Follow, Click on List Name and on the right hand side towards the bottom is an "edit list" link. That will allow you to change the name of a list OR change it from public to private & vice versa.
- If you want to delete a list, go to: Lists You Follow, Click on List Name and on the right hand side towards the bottom is an "delete list" link.
Friday, September 11, 2009
- Don't include a personal url when sending someone an @ reply. It's perceived as spamming. By this I mean tacking on your domain name to a tweet that has nothing to do with your business.
- Don't tweet everyone new that follows you or that you follow. It's really annoying for your existing followers and you'll likely lose people.
- If you want to greet new followers, take a minute to look at their bio and tweets to use "something" to start a conversation with. Too much effort? Then why follow people unless you intend on building some kind of relationship or network with them?
- Create goodwill - if you share something someone else has tweeted, make sure to give attribution to it by using either RT or via. :) See my last tips post for more on retweeting.
- If you will be away from Twitter from an extended period - whether it is 12 hours, a day or a week, try and make sure your last tweet or two is representative of you. I've noticed huge fluctuations in how many new followers I get based on the tweets I leave up when I am not around.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
- I make an effort to respond to every tweet,
- I tweet a lot,
- I haven't automated anything on Twitter (even followbacks I manually do now),
- and if you've had exchanges with me, you'll see I rarely am able to tweet in real time
- Although I'm typically "light" on Twitter, I do take business seriously. There are often full days where I am on overload with work which prevents me from spending any time on Twitter. Since I work on the Internet, I also like taking downtime entirely away from the computer. Both of these things mean it is easy for me to get behind in responding to tweets. I've been as much as 2 weeks behind in responses at some points!
- When I get far behind, I often have to resort to using search rather than Tweetdeck for responses. This means missing tweets from those tweeps who don't appear in search entirely.
- For productivity purposes, it makes more sense for me - on those days I am able to tweet - to spend 1 or 2 solid chunks of time responding to tweets. The issue here is that I don't want to flood the stream of followers with responses. Also, Twitter has implemented a time-out period where if you tweet too much in a given time, you are unable to tweet for an hour (and sometimes more).
- I've not been able to look as much at the streams of my friends because of time limitations.
- I love live interactions/exchanges with people but with getting behind all the time in responses, it's rare that I'm able to engage in "real-time" like I used to.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Column B contains a value relating to each data string
Column E contains if statement to compare one row against another like this:
What I need to do is in column E have a formula that returns another
STOP *if* column E contains STOP and column B is not equal to D
My brain is so dead - this should be simple and I'm just not getting it.
I realize there is deduping in Excel 2007 but the client wants the
data in this specific format.
Thanks to @mrrichardson for helping me out!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the past 20 years, I have had the chance to have a glimpse at the inner workings of literally tens of thousands of businesses – ranging from one-person shows to many of the world’s largest companies. I’ve also built several successful businesses of my own – both online and offline. I don’t have all of the answers to what makes one business succeed while another fails. However, I do believe that the insight I have goes beyond what you could find in any single book, course or even a full business school program.
In June, I’ll be rolling out a coaching program geared to small business owners and start-ups. This will be the first time I’ve done something like this. I’m not doing it for the money. I can make money more easily doing other things. The last thing I want at this stage of my life is to have more work. I am just feeling frustrated with the preponderance of misinformation when it comes to doing business online. I know there are a lot of good, decent people out there that genuinely want to create a business of substance. I feel confident I can provide the keys to unlock the magic kingdom for these people. The focus will be on becoming a true entrepreneur as opposed to being merely a self-employed technician or professional.
Before the program is launched, I’ll be sharing some general thoughts via my blog and eventually through the program’s website. This will give people who may be interested in the program a better idea of what they can expect if they choose to participate. Unlike the actual program, the content won't be provided in any particular order; i.e. you can expect me to jump around a lot. :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Each week I try and share with everyone some people on Twitter I think are worth following & getting to know better. I am doing it this way because I think that a simple 140 character recommendation isn't enough. Like many others that use Twitter, I believe in quality over quantity. I hope that some quality contacts come from this. That you personally can find one or more people from this list that you can also become friends with, network with & maybe get to know a little bit better.
HalSparks - For my first time, I'm actually including a real life celebrity - and with good reason. I've known of Hal Sparks since his stint on E!'s Talk Soup. Since then, he's been a host for a number of different entertainment shows, played one of the main characters on "Queer as Folk," been in a rock band (and is a surprisingly great singer), done stand-up comedy and is now pretty active on Twitter. I've been following Hal for a while now. I think he's setting a great example of how a "personality" can use Twitter effectively and can communicate with their fan base. He actually does interact with people, DM's with those he follows back and "gets" it.
TPR2 - Terry is a genuine sweetie. Although a serious business man (more on that in a bit), like me, he believes that the best reward we can get is by bringing a bit of sunshine to other people's days. He's taken it a step further by starting MyHugClub. Terry's a feel good person that you can't help but like. He hails from New Zealand and has homes in 3 cities. Terry owns 2 Real Estate Agencies, 2 Mortgage Broking Firms, 2 insurance agencies and 2 Financial Planning Practices. He also builds homes for people as well. Lately he's been making the transition to web geek. Terry's a doting dad to two boys who he loves to bits: Alex who is 6 months old and Bailey (featured in his avatar) is 4 years old. If you want to network with a sharp man that is compassionate, look no further.
Of course, you're more than welcome to follow me too :) I tweet a lot. I try to interact with followers to the extent I can. I spin tunes at Blip.fm. I share links I think are interesting. I'm a news junkie, voracious consumer of information - much of it useless but that which amuses me in some way.
For information on what #followfriday is, you can read here.
For information on why I do this weekly list, you can read here