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Twitter Microblogging - Complete Waste of Time Or the Future of the Internet?

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Posted 16th October 2008 at 10:03 PM by Robert Plank

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Over the last year or so, you might have noticed microblogging sites pop up, such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and Plurk. Microblogging means you can write journal entries that are only a couple of sentences long... usually about 170 characters (letters and numbers) in length. So what's the point?

The point of microblogging is that you can give your subscribers up to the minute updates. If you're taking a bike ride somewhere, working on a project, or launching a product, you can let your subscribers know instantly.

Most microblogging services allow people to get mobile text message updates sent directly to their cell phone. You can send one message from your cell phone, and it will broadcast to your hundreds or thousands of Twitter followers. This is a huge advantage compared to email marketing because some messages get filtered, simply lost in the crowd, or even delayed for 48 hours with some e-mail providers. Using twitter guarantees you bypass any email filters and get your message heard within seconds.

Twitter microblogging copies onto other social media such as Facebook status updates. There is a Facebook application available for Twitter so when you update twitter, it updates Facebook. You can get your hands on a Twitter plugin for WordPress so when you make a blog post, it copies to Twitter (which then copies to your other social networking sites). Many more sites are beginning to offer Twitter support, such as Ezine Articles, so when a new article is approved, it updates your Twitter status.

These are all fantastic reasons to jump on the Twitter bandwagon before it becomes overcrowded, like email marketing is today.

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    DougBarger's Avatar

    Twitter hitting critical mass

    Hi Robert, timely entry.

    Twitter is taking off and I have to say it's the present as actually a time saver and not a time waster.

    Versatile in its ability to simultaneously be the breakroom for workers, online country club for retirees, social messaging tool for all ages and is really unlimited due to its capacity to reach worldwide in realtime.

    Excellent entry Robert.
    Posted 17th October 2008 at 03:13 AM by DougBarger DougBarger is offline
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    Robert Plank's Avatar
    Thanks Doug!

    I actually passed up the almighty Big Jason Henderson on twitter today (who is a big time social marketer) ... I now have more followers than him. :-)

    Twitter has increase everything for me by 5 percent... 5% more traffic, 5% more sales, 5% more optins.
    Posted 21st October 2008 at 09:57 AM by Robert Plank Robert Plank is offline

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