Top 20 posts on this blog in 2013: SEO stands out!

glassesSimilar to all years, the Home Page was king on this site. However, I would like to point out a new contender among the posts – “Why do you favorite a tweet?“. This was posted earlier this year in April and has been a popular target for SEO. The title is basic, it asks a question, and many apparently ask the search engines the same question. The key for me in this space is to “get the word out”. Use social sites like LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. However as you can see from my referer post it’s all about SEO. Make sure your content and title are relevant and searchable!

Once again, thanks for reading my blog and have a happy new year!

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Why do you favorite a tweet?

twitter-favI have seen an interesting pattern while watching people favorite my tweets and others tweets. I have never really been a fan of favoriting tweets because I read them and then possibly open the associated link and it its good I re-tweet it.  I have come to the conclusion there are three reasons at play here – maybe you can think of more:

  1. They favorite a tweet to read later because they don’t have time to read it now but don’t want to lose it.
  2. They favorite a tweet to keep a list of things they like – ie. favorite it. So they can always go back to it later.
  3. Draw attention to yourself from the tweeter.

While I can see the value in 1 and 2, number 3 simply annoys me. I also think if you favorite a tweet, why wouldn’t you re-tweet it? If it truly is a favorite then at some point you should re-tweet it in my opinion, otherwise you quickly fall into number 3.

 

 

The careful re-tweeter, some tips for Twitter

retweetThere is a stigma in the social world where one regurgitates information. These are the people who re-tweet things carelessly and often not even reading the content of the Tweet. This specifically addresses Tweets with URL’s. Too often I see a great Tweet, open the URL and the content has nothing to do with the Tweet text. This is a form of phishing or spamming to get a click-through view. Here are some basic tips I try to follow:

  • Stick to your Twitter ID persona. If your account is for sports as an example then only re-tweet sports information. Forwarding tweets for other topics may lose you some followers. My own ID is somewhat general but I “usually” stick to technology related material and throw in a bit of my personality now and then.
  • Read the content! If there is a URL in the Tweet take some time to read the entire article before you re-tweet. Many people use “shock text” in tweets or article titles only to find out the actual content may be the opposite position or something entirely different that the title.
  • Be social – don’t just re-tweet, engage. If there is an article then even post a comment on the article. Don’t just re-tweet, reply to the tweet with an observation or a simply “thanks for sharing” if you found it useful.
  • Kids – be careful who you follow and what you say online. You never know what future employers or schools may dig that information up down the line.
  • Follow your company guidelines! Be on the safe side if you are employed, state in your profile Tweets are my own and be careful about re-tweeting content that puts your company in a bad light. Re-tweeting and tweeting yourself are the same thing.