Tag | Social Media

Twitter Adds New “Open” Functionality

Oct 18th, 2011No Comments

It looks like Twitter have added extra functionality to their twitter stream. At the moment it isn’t showing up for everyone (apparently) however as you can see from the screenshot below, it now allows you to see a conversation as a whole in the stream (rather than opening to the right hand side of the stream).

Twitter Open Function in action

New Twitter Open Function

It also appears that they are using the same visual display to show who retweeted your posts – which again was even more of a pain to monitor (you had to look to the right and scroll down to see the avatars of the people who had retweeted your story).

Retweeted tweets new layout

New layout for retweeted tweets









In my opinion, this is a really good addition to the twitter website that now allows you to grab conversations and see them in a less “clunky” manner. I particularly like the retweeted tweets layout as this makes it much easier to thank people for sharing your message.

What do you think? Good? Bad? Indifferent? What else does Twitter need to do on the website itself to improve functionality?

Please leave your comments below.

Google Joins Social Networking With Google+

Jun 28th, 20112 Comments

Google have announced today (finally!) their latest (first?) attempt at getting a foothold in the Social Networking arena, and it would appear they have Facebook firmly in their sights.

Google+ - Social Networking Platform

Google+ – Facebook Worrier?

For more information read the Original Detailed Blog From HubSpot

But in summary it would appear to offer very different functionality:

  • Firstly it contains “Circles” – (something I blogged about a while back when I was speculating on their entrance into the Social Networking Marketing) – this is the foundation of Google+, whereby it allows you to categorise your friends into different “groups” of friends. When you think about how you have your friends at the moment (e.g. on Facebook) – everyone just sits there…as a friend. No shared interests, no shared locations. At the most of facebook you might join a group, but this doesn’t really “categorise” your friends. Even on Twitter, the most you can do with people you follow is to put them into “lists” and listen. That’s it! Circles+ allows you place friends into groups – for example football mad, family, geeks etc.
  • Secondly, Google+ Sparks - create a “spark” (i.e. a subject) and Google will collect information for you on this relevant topic and pull this through to your “spark”.
  • Thirdly, A Separate Video & Photo section - allowing users to edit images, create photo effects and share this info with their friends (not sure about this to be honest, but I suppose we will wait and see!). There will also be “hangouts” which will allow people to video chat (in groups) which sounds like a good idea.

Unfortunately for us mere mortals this is still in beta – and invites would appear to be hard to come by (heck you can’t even join the waiting list the last time I clicked!!).

So what do people think – does this sound exciting or just another platform to get your head around?

Top 10 Twitter Tools According to @ZaddleMarketing

Jun 21st, 2011No Comments

Tonight I gave a presentation at the #lincstweetmeet event on the top 10 twitter tools, covering both old twitter applications and new applications. In all honesty there were probably another 20 I could have added to the list (however I only had 18 minutes!)

Other worthwhile mentions include SocialOomph, Tweetdeck, SocialMention & Sprout Social

Do you agree?

Are there other applications you use or could recommend – feel free to share you tips below.

How To Search On Twitter

Mar 31st, 2011No Comments

With the popularity of social search continuing to increase, we thought it would be a good time to help people “find” what they want on Twitter.

Most people have seen the search facility on Twitter – however this can be narrowed down further with a few simple commands (listed below the image)

  • Standard Search: Places To Visit = tweets containing “places” “to” “visit” in any order – this is the default setting for Twitter.
  • “Places To Visit” = tweets containing the exact phrase “places to visit”.
  • Manchester OR Leeds = tweets containing either “manchester” or “leeds” (or both).
  • Football -spanish = tweets containing “football” but not “spanish”.
  • #Leeds = tweets containing the hashtag “Leeds”.
  • from:AndyClaytonEC = tweets sent FROM the person “AndyClaytonEC”.
  • to:lesanto = tweets sent TO the person “lesanto”.
  • @jennysjams = tweets referencing the person “jennysjams”.
  • “places to visit” near:”Leeds” = tweets containing the exact phrase “places to visit” and sent near “Leeds”.
  • near:Lincoln within:20mi = tweets sent within 20 miles of “Lincoln”.
  • social search since:2010-02-01 = tweets containing “social search” and sent SINCE date “1st February 2010″ (always have the year-month-day format when searching).
  • social search until:2010-01-31 = tweets containing “social search” and sent UP TO the date “2010-01-31″. (although I am not sure how far back you can go with this, as I thought Twitter no longer kept your tweets for longer than a month or two).
  • football -spanish :) = tweets containing “football”, but not “spanish”, and with a positive attitude.
  • traffic :( = tweets containing “traffic” and with a negative attitude.
  • traffic ? = tweets containing “traffic” and asking a question.
  • tricks filter:links = tweets containing “tricks” and linking to URLs.
  • news source:twitterfeed = tweets containing “news” and entered via TwitterFeed

Using Twitter search more accurately as a business can help you to find people either talking about or looking for your product or service. Equally, as a venue, you can see people who are tweeting close by to where you are – this might give you the opportunity to invite them to come and look at your venue, or to drop in for a coffee.

Google Circles Or Google Me?

Mar 24th, 2011No Comments

I have been watching the recent rumours then denials by Google about its own social networking platform. Some have dubbed it the facebook killer (despite not knowing what it was – probably the same people who dubbed wolfram alpha as the Google killer! Lazy Journalism?) – however I came across this inconspicuous search result yesterday:


On clicking this link (and signing in with my Google account) I was then presented with a list of people I knew via my Google Account, and more intriguingly, a list of all the social network sites that they were part of, as well as a list of posts they had published to these sites. The sites included:

  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Their own websites
  • YouTube
  • Facebook
  • Picasa Web Albums
  • Blogger
  • De.li.cious
  • Google Reader
  • Flickr
  • Quora
  • TinyUrl

I can click on the name of the people in my “profile” and then go through to their “buzz” tag and see all the tweets (and other stuff) they had posted – which in itself isn’t the bit that got me thinking.

What did get me thinking was how Google could use all this information it is very obviously collecting to create a social media platform to rule them all!!

Instead of trying to compete with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and all the rest – why not create a “super” platform that actually feeds in all the social media information, from all your subscribed social media channels all into one place?

This would actually be a better experience for most people as they would be able to keep even more up to date with their social networks (without having to look at multiple feeds in management tools such as hootsuite).

How good would it be to have a Google platform that brought information through (similar to how twitter works) but filled with the posts from ALL the social media platforms in one place – so you would get a steady stream of updates but it would be 5 in a row from twitter, 2 from facebook, another 3 from twitter, one from flickr etc.

If you could then respond directly from one platform BACK to these it would make the management of multiple social media platforms much much easier for everyone.

Google could also then corner the “social search” market (which possibly has them concerned at the moment) – allowing you to search for (or ask for) help across multiple social media platforms at once, without the need to navigate away from Google.

So could the answer be that Google don’t end up offering a “social media” platform – but actual become THE social media platform by integrating everyone else?

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