Twitter Basics: Ban Yourself From Negative Tweets



The power of remaining positive, whatever the situation, can never be underestimated. We are all here for a limited period of time, is it worth it to spend any of that time in a dismal mood? Being negative?

Here is a list of things that you might want to tweet about. My advice - find a more useful way to use your 140 characters or less.
  1. Bad Weather
  2. Bad Traffic
  3. Bad Customer Service
  4. Bad Food
  5. Bad Politics
  6. Bad Economy
  7. Your ex-boss
  8. Your ex-company
  9. Your ex-favorite store
  10. Your ex
Whether you are positive or negative, the situation does not change. So, we mind as well be positive.

  1. Tweet about this list constantly, and listen to the sound of numbers of people clicking the "unfollow" button in unison.
  2. Tweet about them often, and people will respond with negative tweets about you. Negativity is contagious; not only does it affect the individual, but it spreads to anyone they interact with.
  3. Tweet about these things occasionally, and people will laugh it off. As with any habit, the habit of remaining positive in all situations takes practice and a commitment to yourself to take control. People can understand your humanity.
  4. Tweet about positive things, Keep going at it, and you will gradually become a positive energy source for the others around you! Wouldn’t that be empowering?
 Phil 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about, [Tweet about] such things.

Twitter Basics: How to AutoTweet Your Blog Posts



Do you ever wonder how people link their blog posts to twitter? Yes, I suppose it is as simple as copying and pasting, but the link always comes out really long, and it is tough to fit it all into 140 characters. Here is what I use: a powerful little site called

Twitterfeed is free to use and very easy to set up. Just create an account and paste your blog's feed URL into the text box provided to set up a new feed. You can also configure advanced settings such as a snippet of text to appear before the automated tweet (such as "New blog post"), frequency of updates, what tool you want to use to shorten URLs, if you want to tweet the title of your posts and snippets or just titles, text to appear at the end of tweets, and more. You can also view simple statistics to learn what links are generating clicks on your Twitter profile.
Twitterfeed does what it claims, and it does it well. If you want more advanced features, then Twitterfeed might not offer everything you need, but to simply automate the process of updating your Twitter stream with links to your blog posts, Twitterfeed is a great option.

Twitter Basics: Using SMS Instead of the Twitter App


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Here are the directions on how to run twitter from your texting plan, if you don't have the ability or the desire to use a twitter app on your smartphone.

1. Send a text to your Twitter code with the word START
2. We'll reply and ask you to sign up if you're new or reply with your username if you already have an account.
3. Send your username (do not send any additional characters in the message, or we won't be able to read it correctly)
4. When Twitter asks for your password, carefully send your password to us (remember: passwords are case sensitive!
5. Twitter will ask you to say OK if you want to use Twitter on your phone. Send OK, and you're all set! Now you can send messages to your Twitter code, and they will post as Tweets on your Twitter profile for all your friends to read.
6. To get others' updates delivered to your phone now, you'll need to turn on mobile updates for those whose Tweets you wish to see on your phone. Until you do this, you will not receive any Tweets to your mobile phone. Check out these other phone commands for more tips and tricks!

I personally use both the twitter app for the iPhone as well as the SMS messaging.

Why? Because part of the beauty of twitter community is the community. Finding followers and becoming a following others, is half of the fun of twitter. However, I don't want to sift through hundreds of tweets from people I only know at a distant level. I want to focus in on a much smaller group of tweeters. So, the people that I really want to keep up with I have notifications sent to me via SMS. The others I just glance at briefly when I open the twitter app once or twice a week. This keeps me from wasting a bunch of time sifting through tweets I don't care about.

Twitter Basics: A Picture's Worth 140 Characters



Great pictures are an awesome part of every great story. Also, they are an easy way to tell an entire story in the 140 characters or less that twitter keep us all to. The newest iPhone iOS 5 tweets pictures with the twitter app, but otherwise, you may need to use one of the following 3rd party apps.

Twitpic: Twitpic is the largest and most popular image sharing service on Twitter, in part due to all the attention it got in January when the first pictures of the Hudson River plane crash were shared on the site. It also has some popular celebrity users, like Grant Imahara from Mythbusters.
TweetPhoto: Competing with Twitpic will definitely be a steep, uphill battle for any other Twitter photo sharing service, but TweetPhoto offers a numbers of compelling features, such as stats, geo-tagging, favoriting, and Facebook integration, that make it a worthy competitor.
Pikchur: A multi-platform app, Pikchur lets users share images automatically in multiple places, including Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, Tumblr, and Flickr. Sign up is optional, meaning you can get started very quickly.
Twitgoo: Borrowing the look and feel of Twitter, Twitgoo asks its users, “What are you lookin’ at?” It is integrated into a number of third party apps, including favorites like Tweetie for Mac and TwitterBerry.
yfrog: Since yfrog comes from the guys behind ImageShack, you can bet it is going to be extremely simple, with a singular purpose in mind. Upload, log in, share — that’s it, but that’s all you need, right?

Twitter Basics: Just Sit Back and Listen for a While



If you are getting into twitter for the first time, much of the lingo, techniques, and characteristics of a good twitter account are hard to keep up with at first. Take it easy. Don't lose any sleep over this. Just open up a new account and follow along with some tweets you might be interested. You might not send out your first tweet for a month or more. That's ok! Plenty of people are twitter followers alone and never tweet at all. I bet they still find it valuable nonetheless...

Twitter Basics: 5 Reasons a Pastor Should Tweet



1. You can allow your people to get to know your personality. What a person's interests are tell a lot about them. This will help them respond to you during the Sunday's sermon.
2. You can restate the main sermon point of the week a few times throughout the week. Remind people how to apply God's Word to their daily lives.
3. You can highlight major events in the life of your church. If they are importaint to the pastor, they will be important to the flock.
4. You can network and share ideas with other Pastors. These leaders may be from your local area, or from another church across the country. Large or small, connectivity works. Relationships matter.
5. You can fulfill the Great Commission: When Jesus said: Go into all the world and preach the Gospel… “All the world” applies to the Internet-world, as well as the Twitter-world.  A pastor can go into all the world physically and digitally one tweet at a time.

Twitter Basics: Why would I want a Twitter Account?



Many people are beginning to get used to the concept of Twitter, and the usefulness of this new social media platform. However, there are millions of people who really don't see the point of Tweeting about ones-self, or reading someone else's Tweets that do the same. Here are 5 good reasons.

1. Twitter is very simple. It is only 140 characters. This is similar to the news headlines on all major TV networks, or newspapers. Short and to the point CAN get a message across.
2. Twitter allows you to get to know about people. This might be friends and coworkers, or it might be news anchors and national celebrities. Either way, the platform is the same.
3. Twitter will improve your ability to be brief. The greatest writers, and the greatest public speakers are not those who can go on and on for hours, but those who can capture an audience in just a few moments.
4. Twitter will allow you to be current. Up to date news flashes or trending topics about pop culture are all using Twitter as a rapid form of communication. Know your local area's concerns and the global political climate. Use it as a way to be aware of the world you live in.
5. Twitter will help your branding. Just like websites do, a twitter account can set you apart from the "competition." It can allow you to be uniquely you...

Twitter rule #1: Make your own rules.

(c) Jennifer Berman, Humerus Cartoons

If someone tells you you’re doing Twitter wrong, feel free to ignore them.

Mac App: PandoraJam Review



Ok, so all of us know that has the market on streaming music. It really does a fantastic job of giving you a mix of music you will love based on the artist you suggest.
It does it all for free, and does it with minimal ads. So, someone along the way decided that the only thing that could make it better is being able to listen to this music through iTunes. So this is where comes in. Check out the great review in the video below. Then enjoy!

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Surprise! I rarely ever get on the actual facebook site (part 2)


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I know most of the people just getting started with facebook think that it is totally ridiculous for their friends to "swing by" the site once an hour to see if the mafia has visited their homestead in farmville.

I agree.

Do you utilize your facebook notifications by sms texting? You should. I do, and I rarely ever get on the actual facebook site anymore. Most "comments" can be commented, and "likes" liked and "pokes" poked via sms texting.

Using Mobile Texts (taken directly from facebook help)

Visit the Mobile Texts page to learn about the different functions available through Mobile texts, such as posting on someone’s wall or updating your status. You can use the demo to type in different commands and see what action will be taken on Facebook.
You can select what actions cause Facebook Mobile Texts to send you SMS notifications by going to the Notifications tab of your Account Settings page. Be sure to click the "Save Changes" button after you have edited your settings.
Once you activate your mobile texts, you can set a daily limit by visiting the Mobile tab of your Account Settings page.
Facebook will send you a text when you have reached your daily limit. Reply to this text with "reset" to reset your limit for that day.
Once you activate your mobile texts, you can select when Facebook Mobile Texts sends you text notifications by visiting the Mobile tab of your Account Settings page.

Please note that these settings will apply to all applications that send you texts through the Facebook Mobile Texts feature. (Note: All actions will always appear on the website.)
To like a page via mobile text, just text like and the Page's username to your country code. For example, if you text:

like cnn

to your Facebook code, then you will like the CNN Page.
To read the rest of your message, just reply to the text message you received with the letter "n" (without quotes). You should also make sure that your phone does not include a signature at the end of your text messages.
First, make sure that you have already activated Mobile Texts. If you are receiving texts but are having trouble sending them, please read the following guidelines to troubleshoot your problem:
  • Check that you are sending your texts to the correct number. You can find this number on the Mobile Texts page.
  • Make sure that your phone does not include a signature at the end of your texts. This can interfere with Facebook Mobile correspondence.
  • Be sure that outgoing texts are still included in your service plan.
  • If you are receiving error messages when you try to send your text, it may be due to problems with your mobile service provider. Please try contacting your service provider for help.

If none of the above information resolves your issue, click here to submit a report about your issue.

In order to subscribe to your friends’ status updates, you must first make sure you have activated Facebook Mobile Texts on your mobile device. To activate Mobile Texts, go to the Mobile tab on the Account Settings page, click "Register for Facebook Text Messages," and complete the steps that follow. If your carrier is not listed in the drop-down menu it means that it is currently not supported for Facebook Mobile Text. We encourage you to talk to your mobile operator to let them know that you are interested in this service.

After you’ve activated Facebook texts, you can subscribe to a friend’s status updates by going to his or her profile and clicking the "Subscribe to SMS updates" link beneath the profile picture. You can also manage your subscriptions from the SMS Subscriptions tab of your Edit Friends page.
There are three different ways to unsubscribe from your friends’ status updates:
  • When you receive a status update text, simply respond with the word "Unsubscribe." You will then receive a confirmation text notifying you that you have successfully unsubscribed to that friend’s status updates.
  • Alternatively, you can navigate to your friend’s profile on the site and click the "Unsubscribe from SMS updates" link below his or her profile picture.
  • You can also manage your subscriptions from the SMS Subscriptions tab of your Edit Friends page. Click the drop-down menu to the right of your friend’s name and un-check them from the "SMS subscriptions" list.

To stop Facebook notifications from being sent to your phone, you can simply text "Off" (without quotation marks) to the number that you send your status updates to. You will receive a text message back confirming that Facebook texts are now off. Alternatively, you can go to the Mobile tab of your Account Settings page and change your settings to "Off." Note that you can still send text messages to the same number to update your status or take actions Facebook.

You can also choose to completely remove a number from your account on this page by clicking "remove" next to the phone number that you wish to remove.
Turning your Facebook texts on/off refers only to the text notifications that you receive when someone pokes, messages, writes on your Wall, or adds you as a friend. Even if you turn off your text notifications, you can always send texts to the Facebook Mobile Texts number to update your status, message a friend, or write on a friend's Wall. You can also always send a text to this number to look up information or perform an action.

Note that you also have the option to completely remove your number from your account. If you choose to remove your number from your account, you will have to reactivate Facebook Mobile Texts first before you can update your status and take other actions on Facebook through texts.

Surprise! I rarely ever get on the actual facebook site (part 1)



I know most of the people just getting started with facebook think that it is totally ridiculous for their friends to "swing by" the site once an hour to see if their cousin uploaded any more pictures of her cats.

I agree.

Do you utilize your facebook notifications by email? You should. I do, and I rarely ever get on the actual facebook site anymore. Most "comments" can be commented, and "likes" liked and "pokes" poked via email. Then, if you are using gmail, you can filter all of these incoming messages into a folder, and deal with them as you wish.

Email Notifications (pulled directly from facebook help)
To control what email notifications Facebook sends to you, simply go to the Notifications tab of the Account Settings page.

If the notification is from an application, you can block any application on Facebook. To block an application, navigate to the application’s about page. At the top right of the page will be a "Block Application" option.
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You can setup a contact email address from the Settings tab of the Account page. Follow the simple steps to activate the new email address, and then the address can be used to login. It will also be the address we use to send Facebook notifications.

To change your notification settings for a group, go to the group and click "Edit Settings" at the top right of the page. You have the option to be notified whenever a member posts, when a member posts or comments, when a friend posts. If you do not want to receive automatic notifications for the group, you can choose to receive them only about posts to which you are subscribed.

To respond to a comment someone has made on a post directly from the email notification, simply reply with your comment in the body of the email. Your comment will then be posted after that person’s comment.
Please make sure that you received this request at an email address that is listed on your account. If the request was sent to a different email address then it will not show in your account. Feel free to send the other person a friend request from your account. Alternatively, you could ask them to request you as a friend again at the appropriate email address.

In addition, if someone deactivates his or her account, you will not see the friend request on your Home page.
Please make sure you have not adjusted your email notification settings from the Notifications tab of the Account page.

In addition, please check your spam/junk email filter to ensure that emails coming from Facebook have not been incorrectly placed in this folder. Be sure to add the "" email domain to your email account's safe senders list.

If you are still not receiving emails from Facebook, please contact your ISP (Internet Service Provider) to ensure that they are not blocking email traffic coming from Facebook.

If the issue continues to persist, please submit a report here.
It is possible that this person removed the content from your profile before you were able to view it. Unfortunately, there is no way for you to view content after it has been deleted.
To stop receiving email notifications about new messages, go to the Notifications tab of your Account Settings page.

To stop receiving email notifications about new messages from your group conversations, simply leave that conversation.
To control what email notifications Facebook sends to you, simply go to the Notifications tab of the Account Settings page.

If the notification is from an application, you can block any application on Facebook. To block an application, navigate to the application’s about page. At the top right of the page will be a "Block Application" option.
Do not respond to the email, as Facebook will never request your password, and we advise against providing your login information to anyone under any circumstances.
Click here for more information about email notifications bugs.

How often should you tweet? And how it relates to food.



For those of you just wading into the shallow end of the twitter swimming pool, learning how to tweet is sometimes a difficult job.

Here are 5 parallels to food on the subject (all 140 characters or less)

1. Like meals, find a way to tweet 3 times a day. Don't leave your followers hungry.
2. Late night tweets are like a midnight snack. Only the overindulge-rs will be with you.
3. Eating pancakes every meal gets old. So do multiple tweets on the exact same topic.
4. Chew your own food. Tweet your own thoughts. The alternative is nauseating.
5. It's ok to tweet about food... if done in moderation.

How important is it to have a good website name?



Choosing a name for your blog, church, company, or girl scout troop is incredibly important. You want to use a name that communicates what your organization is functionally doing now, while communicating where it is going in the future, and understanding where you came from as well. Or, you just want to be unique.

A friend of mine, Dave Yearick developed the game  I was very curious to watch him in the developmental stages of the thing, as were all of his friends. Dave went through hundreds of names to describe his game until he arrived on djubi, which you can look up if you want, but it is a name for a flying squirrel.

He spent hours studying the internet, looking to see if the name was being used on twitter, facebook, youtube, or linkedin. He did this 5 years ago, when these companies were not nearly as well known as they are today.

What about you? How strong is your name. Is it easily recognizable? Does it show up near the top of a Google search? Are you competing with 5 other companies with the same name? Are you in a position where you can reconsider?

What is Proper Twitter Etiquette?



I found the video below earlier today, and I think it does a great job of discussing some of the basic things to keep in mind when getting involved with twitter for the first time. If you watch this video, and don't get the humor, it is probably because you haven't spent a great deal of time using your twitter account yet. As you get used to the feel of the controls, you will be tempted with obsession over the thing. Don't it just isn't worth it. What other type of questions do you have about twitter that this video doesn't help with?