Forget About Twitter –

Flutter, It’s The Next Big Thing…

Social Bookmarking

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 17 minutes.

Additional time to complete today’s action steps: If you have never created any social bookmarking accounts – or want to create new ones, this could take 1-2 hours. Most of that time would be in account creation. Bookmarking your posts, once you’re all set-up with Social Marker usually takes 15-20 minutes…

Thirty Day Challenge Transcripts and Training are available below each video.


Day 08 Introduction Video – 30DC



Bookmarking Your Blog With SocialMarker


Learn effective ways to use Social Marker and get to know some of the social bookmarking sites.
Then submit your blog post to various bookmarking sites like, Twitter and StumbleUpon. There are many others – but it’s a good idea to make sure that the content you want to bookmark fits some of the other sites.

For instance, Digg is really geared toward news and technology posts. A post about crochet, may not go over very well there. 🙂

Social Marker – Click here to start using Social Marker.

Go ahead and add the Social Marker button to your toolbar in Flock/Firefox. It will speed up the process by importing some of the web page details for you.

You may notice the handy little buttons below – they are there to make it easy for you to socially bookmark THESE posts. It’s something that you should get used to doing, not just to your own content – but also to other content and posts that you find helpful and/or interesting. Go ahead – give it a try when you’re ready. At some point, I’ll do a quick post to explain how I added those to this wordpress blog…

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A Magnificent Symphony

Time to watch today’s videos: Approximately 31 minutes

Additional time to complete today’s action steps:

Depends on where you are with ideas. Assuming you’re all caught up as you begin this day, you could spend thirty minutes on ideas…or 2-3 hours exploring…

Thirty Day Challenge PDF Transcripts are also available below each video.

Day 01 Introduction Video | Thirty Day Challenge

And so it begins…



A Magnificent Symphony In Four Parts…


The Key Concepts:

1) Market/Keyword Research

2) Traffic

3) Conversion

4) Product

If you follow these steps, in this order – the market will tell you what they want to buy. You’ll be in a position to offer them a product they are already prepared to buy. And that’s a good place to be…


Tools Of The Trade…


Make sure you’ve installed the Thirty Day Challenge Toolbar.

It’s a good idea to go through and catch up on any Preseason training you may have missed – you can do that from the Preseason Catch Up Page.

Things to get and/or get familiar with:


Twitter and Twhirl

Google Reader



Google Subscribed Links


The Video Tips

and The 30DC Forums


The Getting Of Ideas…


A great place for getting niche ideas is Amazon’s Magazines and Newspapers area.

Try to come up with 5-10 different niche ideas. You don’t have to be an expert, just curious…

One way to begin keeping track of information relevant to your niches is to search through Google News and use Google Alerts to create feeds for your Google Reader.

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You’ll never guess what happened. Even if you did guess – you might not care. And if you’re a jaded internet marketing veteran – you might think to yourself, so what – Steve? It’s no big deal…

But it’s a big deal to me. And it would be a big deal for anyone whose never done it before. I think we’ll see a bit of this kind of excitement during this year’s thirty day challenge – and I’m all for being excited for someone whose accomplished something big.

So what am I talking about?

Well, while I was sleeping ( you know, between 2:30AM and 7AM) the 500th visitor came to this site. For me, that’s pretty exciting. Take a look at this:

Blog Traffic Graph

Blog Traffic Graph

You can see some of the high points – and what was happening behind the scenes to draw visitors here. I think this is another important thing to look at – the stats:

Blog Stats

Blog Stats

If you’re really paying attention, you’ll notice that the graph shows 46 visitors today – and the stats show 48. That means a couple more people visited while I was taking screen shots – cool, huh?

I started this site a little over a month ago, not for traffic or glory – mostly because I knew that the “best way to learn is to teach.”

And my goal is to teach this process to my 10 year old son Stephen – so that he never has to work 50+ hours a week to build somebody else’s business – so that he never has to worry about where the next house payment is coming from.

I also thought this would be a good way to shift from “learning mode” to “take action” mode. For about a year, I’ve been learning and experimenting here and there – dabbling with internet marketing. I’ve had a few things work out – and like Edison – I’ve learned a lot of ways to “not” do something.

By committing to go through the videos, make notes and write summaries – I’m disciplining myself to take action. I could get lost in Friendfeed, Twitter, Facebook – and never actually “DO” anything. I know. I’ve done it. But not anymore.

Did I post this to brag – heck no. Mostly, I hope this gives you hope. The things you’ll be learning throughout the challenge will make it possible for you to research a niche, create a blog or website, drive traffic, and hopefully make sales.

In my case, this site isn’t about making money or sales. Heck, I’m not even trying to get your name and email address for list-building purposes. This is about me learning the process, teaching it to my son – and letting you come along for the ride.

I’ll have the latest “Video Tips” notes up later tonight….

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Today’s training is all about Friendfeed, a service that will be a pretty crucial element for us in this year’s Thirty Day Challenge. Let’s take a look at Ed’s video below…

Using Friendfeed for the Thirty Day Challenge


Before I start in with my notes, let’s take off our internet marketing caps for a second. I know it may not be easy – but shift gears with me here…

Internet marketing, making money online, affiliate marketing – call it whatever you want to. At the end of the day, money is moved whenever a sale is made. If nothing is sold – there’s no money to be made. So – to successfully make money online, you end up having to talk about a sale of some kind. Let’s talk about sales…

There are a few ways to approach sales – without turning this into a sales seminar…Let’s say there are approaches that could be described as “adversarial” and on the other end of the spectrum – there are approaches that could be described as “advisory.”

I don’t want to knock on any specific person or job – but one of the most prevalent stereotypes involving salespeople is the “used-car salesman.” The image brought to mind is the guy sitting across the table – being pushy, trying to close the deal – overcoming the objections – and creating urgency by limiting the time the price is valid.

I’ve met car salesmen who truly seemed to have my interests in mind. I’ve also come across a few who were out to sell me a particular car. They sized me up and decided what they wanted to sell me before I even had a chance to tell them what I wanted or what I could afford. In those instances, it felt adversarial – their intent was to line their pocket, not serve their (potential) customer.

An emergent sales approach in the last decade or two involves taking on the role of consultant or advisor. It means asking a lot of open ended questions, finding out what a customer is looking for, what they need. An advisor wouldn’t try to push any certain product or agenda – rather, through conversation – they would begin to work out a solution that is the ideal fit for the customer’s problem.

In one sense, it takes more work – more of an investment on the salesperson’s part to make sales this way. But if done well, if the salesperson has used conversation to connect with their client – to assess the problem and come up with a solution – the end result is a customer who trusts you, who is ready to make their purchase and will remain a satisfied customer.

It’s this idea of conversation Ed is talking about here. The conversation can now happen online. And that is the power of services like Twitter and Friendfeed. You get to have those conversations with potential customers. You get to create those relationships, and become known as a problem solver. Solve enough problems for enough people – the money will follow.

I know, I know – I’ve digressed from the lesson. I’ll get back to it in a few sentences. Just think about this – a conversation probably brought you here. Maybe a blog post or an interesting article or a search – whatever it was, you’re still reading this. So, something has held your interest. You’re seeing the process in action, you’re part of this conversation – and you’re going to learn how to put this process into action for yourself in your own niche….I’ll get off my soapbox now, let’s get back to Friendfeed…


Friendfeed is a great way to communicate with a group of people. It will be an important tool for communication. We’ll take it kind of slow, because if you get into Friendfeed too far, too fast – it could be like trying to take a drink out of a fire hose. (I’ve heard that can really hurt.)

One of the key concepts to keep in mind – it’s not about the volume of content Friendfeed sends out – it’s about the ability to create conversations around bits of content. This is where Friendfeed excels as a conversational platform.

By the way, the use of the word “conversation” here implies a two-way communication.

People try to do this with Twitter, but Twitter isn’t designed as a conversation platform – like Instant Messaging or Skype. It’s a micro-blogging platform – designed around the idea of short, 140 character posts. People try to use it as a two-way conversational tool – and it can sort of work that way. But at the core, that’s not what micro-blogging is meant to accomplish.

Friendfeed takes any piece of content and provides a mechanism to filter and stream that content – allowing people to vote and/or comment on it. It doesn’t “generate” the content per se – it gives you a place to gather or aggregate this content from several sources, turning it into a feed – and then turning it into a conversation.

If you follow Ed on Friendfeed, you’ll see just about everything Ed is doing online. It could be a new picture on Flickr, a new video on YouTube, a new blog post, his latest “Stumble” – etc. It’s been referred to as a “Life-streaming” application.

When it’s all said and done – the more times you are able to communicate to your market in a non-threatening way – without getting in their face with a “hard-sell” – the more successful you will be. The more times you’re able to make contacts, build rapport and get your offer in front of them – and they can respond to you – the more likely you will be to make sales and the more successful you will be.

In this regard, Twitter and Friendfeed are two of the most powerful tools currently available for opening up the conversation and allowing online business people to interact with their potential customers.

As you read on, we’ll see how to create a Friendfeed account and sign in. We’ll also take a look at Ed’s feed, so you can get familiar with using Friendfeed. There are a lot of tools and options that we will be able to explore later on. But let’s take it slowly, to keep from getting overwhelmed and/or distracted…

So let’s get started – click the picture below – and let’s go sign in to Friendfeed:

Friendfeed - Sign In or Create Account

Friendfeed - Sign In or Create Account

In my case, I’m going to have to create an account. So – step one: create account

Friendfeed - Create Account

Friendfeed - Create Account

Step 2 – Find your friends – here, we can find Facebook friends and/or import our address book.

Friendfeed - Find Your Friends

Friendfeed - Find Your Friends

Friendfeed is a great way to keep your Facebook news feed up to date. It’s a bit advanced for today, but it’s something we’ll want to look at later. We could also add people from our e-mail address books. Again, we can come back to this step later.

Friendfeed - Popular Friendfeeders

Friendfeed - Popular FriendFeeders

We could also add popular Friendfeed users – but we’ll skip it for now to avoid getting overwhelmed. Beware the fire hose…

Next Step – Share something – here we can add things like our Google reader or blog or YouTube, Twitter, and many other services (Seesmic, Flickr, etc.)

Friendfeed - Share Something

Friendfeed - Share Something

Look at that list! I mean seriously, that’s a huge list!

I’m going to go ahead and share a few as I’m writing up this post. I’ve been dying to do this. Watch how easy this is…

First, Google Reader – I click on the link that says Google Reader and this pops up:

Friendfeed - Share Google Reader

Friendfeed - Share Google Reader

Uh-oh – so far I haven’t paid attention to my “shared items” page. Where do I find that?

Just log in to your Google Reader account – in the upper left corner, you should see something like this:

Friendfeed - Google Reader

Friendfeed - Google Reader

Notice the link under “Your stuff” – it says “Shared items” – go ahead and click that. Here’s what I got:

Friendfeed - Google Reader Shared Items

Friendfeed - Google Reader Shared Items

Nothing like Google letting me know I’ve been a slacker…

Okay, so I can do this two ways. I can select the link text above and copy it – or I could click the link. That would take me to the actual page and I could copy the link right out of my address bar. I chose to copy it from here – and paste it like this:

Friendfeed - Google Reader Added

Friendfeed - Google Reader Added

Click on the “Import Google Reader button and that’s it. Let’s do another one…StumbleUpon:

Just click on the “Share Something” link to StumbleUpon and here’s what pops up:

Friendfeed - Share StumbleUpon

Friendfeed - Share StumbleUpon

I just add my username and click the “Import StumbleUpon” button. That was easy. How about another?

Let’s try Twitter – I click on the Twitter link in the “Share Something menu and here’s what I get:

Friendfeed - Share Twitter

Friendfeed - Share Twitter

So far, so good. What about something trickier – maybe something like, oh – I don’t know – this Blog perhaps? Glad you asked…I click on the “Blog” link in the “Share Something menu and get:

Friendfeed - Share My thirty Day Challenge Blog

Friendfeed - Share My Thirty Day Challenge Blog

Seriously, that’s it – now whenever I update anything on any of those services – it will show up on my Friendfeed.

So now, I’ve shared the following services:

Friendfeed - My Shared Sites

Friendfeed - My Shared Sites

I could keep going – but I think you get the idea. You can always come back and add services as you start using them.

Now, just for giggles – I made a special Twitter post – just for you…

Friendfeed - Twitter Post Just For You

Friendfeed - Twitter Post Just For You

Now let’s see what happened in my Friendfeed:

Friendfeed - Message From Twitter

Friendfeed - Message From Twitter

So – I do something in Twitter, and it gets picked up by Friendfeed….

Now, let’s take a look at what Friendfeed pulled in from my shared items:

Friendfeed - My Friendfeed Page

Friendfeed - My Friendfeed Page

It actually went a brought items in from as far back as July 12th – let’s see, today is the 21st – so it went back a little over a week. That’s pretty cool – it keeps me from looking like a slacker, well – at least a little bit. just don’t compare me to Ed 🙂

Speaking of Ed – Let’s go look at Ed’s personal Friendfeed page:

Friendfeed - Ed Dales Friendfeed Page

Friendfeed - Ed Dale's Friendfeed Page

(You can click on the image above to go to Ed’s current Friendfeed page…)

So in looking at Ed’s page, you can see he follows several people and a lot of people comment on his items.

You know, sometimes I look in on stuff like this and feel like the nerdy little freshman who wandered into the cool upper-classmen party in high school. Oh well – at least I didn’t wake up on stage singing – and realize I was naked 🙂

The thing to notice here is the conversation that is taking place. Granted, the niche here is “thirty day challengers.” Well, that – and there are some people who are members of the Immediate Edge. But the key is the conversation. Ed posts something that should be of interest , something that adds value – someone else comes along and adds a comment – or adds a link to a related item. Friendfeed keeps the flow of the conversation going in a way that is “seamless.” Yes, I DID just use that word – if you watched the video, you know what I’m talking about…

Let’s take a look at the “rooms” functionality – using the “Thirty Day Challenge” room.

Friendfeed - Thirty Day Challenge Room

Friendfeed - Thirty Day Challenge Room

You can click the image above to go to the Thirty Day Challenge Room.

You can join the room – go ahead, join the room…the link is over on the right hand side.

Friendfeed - 30DC Room Share Something

Friendfeed - 30DC Room Share Something

You can take this little link (pictured above) and use it to share items to the thirty day challenge room. Everyone gets an opportunity to contribute and jump into the conversation.

Here’s the important thing – everything in Friendfeed is…..drumroll please…. an RSS feed. So you can add feeds from Friendfeed into your Google reader.

Remember how you can “share” from within Google Reader – that means you can interact with a feed from Friendfeed from within Google Reader. Talk about cutting out interruptions to your workflow…

We’ll be learning even more killer ways to use Friendfeed for our internet marketing endeavors throughout the thirty day challenge.

Ed encourages every team to create their own room – all the members of your team can interact and share. It’ll become a one-stop-shop for everyone to keep track of each other, their activities, and the sites they’re looking at. And with the commenting capabilities, the feed capabilities and the privacy options – it’s very powerful. It’ll be something to get used to, but it will be absolutely worth it.

Remember, once you create your team room – you can subscribe to your feed and interact with your teammates directly from Google Reader. Nice!

So if you haven’t done it yet – go get signed up for Friendfeed and start getting used to it. Share a few things like your Twitter, maybe your Google Reader – join the Thirty Day Challenge room and subscribe to Ed’s Friendfeed page.

The next lesson will take us deeper into Friendfeed….

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In today’s lesson we’ll cover the rest of the cool things that you can do with Twhirl.

Using Twhirl Pt. 2 | Thirty Day Challenge

We’ve already covered a bit about the “direct message icon (shown below.)

Twhirl - Direct Message Button

Let’s compare and contrast some of the key differences and uses for direct messages vs. “@” replies.  Keep in mind, in using Twhirl and Twitter, you are putting content out on the web for others to view – so you have to keep the reader in mind.  In fact, you’ll want to be mindful of your potential future readers.  In doing so, there’ll need to be some deliberate thought behind your usage of “@” replies vs. direct messages.

In the video, Ed gets a message about where the periods go in the term “” – now Ed could choose to use an “@” reply, which would show up in his public twitter feed.  Anyone who is “following” Ed would be able to read it.  But without any context, that reply wouldn’t make much sense and may not be of much interest to his Twitter followers.  So in this case, a direct message makes more sense.

Twhirl - Tweeting A Direct Message

One caveat, you aren’t able to send a direct message to someone who is not following you.  So, you couldn’t send a direct message to Ed_Dale unless he was following you.  But you COULD send him an “@” reply.  In that case, you would want to remember to provide some context AND get to the point in 140 characters or less.

Direct messages would be very handy for communication within teams.  We will also learn about another Twitter-based service that will allow us to send private messages within the Twitter frame-work.  More on that later…

Below is the “archive” folder button – it allows you to view the Twitter archive of all your posts.

Twhirl - Archive Button

Next up is the “favorites” button – which Ed doesn’t use much.  It can be used to help remind you to come back and look at something later.

Twhirl - Favorites Button

This is the friends and followers button.  You can use this to help you maintain the list of people you are following and the people who are following you.

Twhirl - Friends And Followers Button

By way of example, you could go through your friends and followers list and send them a reply, a direct message – or you could “unfollow” them.

Twhirl - Unfollow User

On to the “Lookup” button.  This is a particularly handy Twhirl function to help you find people on Twitter.

Twhirl - The Lookup Button

In this example, Ed looks up DanRaine on Twitter.  It shows all of Dan’s posts, his website information and his Twitter stats.  From here, you could send him an “@” reply or a direct message.  You could also “unfollow” him or block him if he’s being a pill.  🙂

Twhirl - Block User Button

As you get better and better as a Twitter user, you may find yourself checking the “API” button.  There’s a limit to how many times you can access Twitter each hour.  They do this to throttle down the flow of traffic – they may increase that limit in the future, but for now – you can hover over this icon to show your current API usage and the overall health of Twitter at the moment.

Twhirl - Twitter API Stats

If you do happen to exceed your API limit, it will reset within an hour – and you’ll be back up and running.


The “toggle filter” button allows you to search through your tweets for a certain person or post.

Twhirl - Toggle Filter Button

The “mark all as seen” button does just what it says.  This can help keep your message window current.  You may notice that “tweets” you haven’t read yet have a star by them…

Twhirl - Mark All As Seen Button

Below is the “refresh” button, which will poll Twitter for any new tweets.  This will count against your API limit for the hour, so use it sparingly if at all.

Twhirl - Refresh Button

Wrapping up this post – The way Ed uses it, Twhirl just sits on his desktop.  Rather than let it be a constant distraction, he just checks it when he has a few minutes to review and respond to his tweets.

I’m a big fan of clustering tasks – meaning, I work on e-mails for a while, then I’ll shift gears and work on phone calls, after that – maybe I’ll work on a blog post.  In between, maybe I’ll check on my twhirl feed and see if anything needs a response.  In addition, if I’m working on something that would make sense to “tweet” about – I’ll post it to twhirl and then get right back to the task at hand.  But I try to make sure I’m using Twhirl in a way that enhances my productivity and extends my reach on the web – not as a distraction that allows me to procrastinate…It just takes a bit of self-discipline.

If you use Twhirl and Twitter in that way, you’ll find it to be a fantastic and simple way to inject your voice into the “conversation.”  When we get to some additional elements that we’ll be learning about shortly, you’ll begin to see how to use these tools to market more effectively.  So get used to using Twitter and Twhirl, remember the “TwitterBar” we learned about a few days ago – and we’ll learn more in the next lesson from Ed.

Important/Related Links

Click here to download Twhirl.

Follow Ed on Twitter
Click here to follow Ed on Twitter.

Follow Dan on Twitter
Click here to follow Dan on Twitter.

Follow Rob on Twitter
Click here to follow Rob on Twitter.

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In this lesson – we’re going to learn more about how to use Twitter.   We learned previously how to get a Twitter account and received a basic overview of how the Twitter website looks and works.  But there are better ways to make use of Twitter.

It’s about your work flow.  And this lesson introduces a service that allows you to use Twitter and minimize the interruptions to your work flow.  Here’s Ed Dale’s video:

The Best Twitter Client Is Twhirl

The Flock Browser already has a built-in Twitter client.  You can open your “people” sidebar and see the latest “tweets” from people you’re following. (Like Ed, Dan and Bob – you know – from that last post…you did follow them like you were supposed to, right?)

Aside from getting news quickly from the people you’re following, you can also send your own tweet and update your Twitter page right from Flock’s built-in Twitter client.   One other function built-in is the “post a link” option.  Ed doesn’t use it – it can be a pretty big workflow interruption, and he shows how in the video.

To post links, we’ll use one of the add-ons we loaded in this earlier post:

Preseason 03c – Extensions To Install In Flock

Let’s get going with TwitterBar – assuming you’ve already installed TwitterBar, you’ll need to do some set-up.  For whatever reason, Flock doesn’t seem to think TwitterBar is compatible with Flock.  But it does seem to work, at least for Ed (and me.)

In the video, Ed shows how to do this on a MAC.  I have a PC, so I’ll show you the steps to set up your TwitterBar.

On a PC click on the <Tools> menu – then <Add-ons>.  From there, find “TwitterBar” in your Add-ons menu.  Click on the <Options> button.

On a MAC click on the <Tools> menu – then <Add-ons>.  From there find “TwitterBar” in your Add-ons menu.  Click on the <Preferences> button.

Up pops a dialog box.

TwitterBar Dialog Box

1) Ed leaves his in “secure mode” – so did I…

2) Fill in your Twitter username and password.

3) You can type in your own message in the “Before URL” field – the default is “Currently Browsing:”

At this point, there’s no compelling reason to change this.

4) “Open Twitter in a new tab” – leaving this unchecked helps keep you IN your work flow, that is the point, right?

5) Last option – “Hide addressbar button” – but we want that displayed.  Having that button up in our address bar also helps us minimize work flow interruptions.

And that’s it – you should now be able to post to Twitter directly from your browser address bar.

In the video, Ed shows us how to post a link that points to the Twhirl website – it’s really a simple, quick and effective way to let your Twitter followers know about a page or URL that you’re looking at.

One additional item worth mentioning, Twitter posts (Tweets) are limited to 140 characters, like a text or SMS message.

To re-cap, you can view Twitter and post to Twitter from the “people” sidebar built-in to Flock and you can post interesting links to your Twitter account right from your browser address bar.  Two ways to use Twitter without going to the Twitter website.

If you’d like to practice, go up to your address bar and post the link for this page to Twitter – right from your address bar. 🙂


Onward to Twhirl…

Twhirl - A Twitter Client

Twhirl is an exceptional Twitter client application.  It’s built on the Adobe Air platform, which means it is compatible with MAC, PC and Linux systems.

Adobe Air

So – let’s download and install Twhirl…

Download Twhirl

Once it finishes downloading, just follow the prompts to finish the Twhirl installation.

Twhirl - Installation Dialog

Once installed, your Twhirl application will open up.

In the video, Ed touches on another application called “FriendFeed” I’m sure he’ll be covering that in a later lesson.

Ed also mentions “The Trouble With Twitter” – yes, they’re experiencing some growing pains.  Over the last few months the Twitter user base has expanded on a pretty massive level. There’s been some questionable press about it – but Ed makes a valid point about other internet technologies like e-mail and early ICQ and instant messaging apps.

They went through growing pains too.  I suppose if there were a mass exodus, maybe the technology would fade out – but it’s very unlikely that will happen.  Micro-blogging and Twitter-type applications will just get more popular over time, just like e-mail and text messaging.

You will have to do some set-up to integrate Twhirl with your Twitter account.  Here’s how:

1) Go to the “Settings” menu – it’s the little button in the upper right that looks like a wrench.

2) Enter your Twitter username (and password when prompted)

That’s should do it – you’re set up with Twhirl.

Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to capture screen shots of the Twhirl application – it fades out when I try to do a screen capture – sorry.  Thankfully, there’s still the video for reference…

Ed mentions the possibility of multiple Twitter/Twhirl accounts for personal, private and/or “marketing persona” purposes.  But for now, unless you’re an experienced veteran – let’s keep it simple.

To re-cap on Twhirl:

1) Download and Install Twhirl

2) Enter your Twitter username and password into the Twhirl settings menu.

3) Make sure you’re following Ed, Dan and Bob

4) Since you have Twirl open – type in a quick post, maybe something nice about the thirty day challenge – or this blog – or just answer the question; What are you doing?

Bonus points if you tweet about hugging your kids… 🙂


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Twitter has been a growing internet phenomenon over the past year or so – and it will be a critical tool we utilize in this years Thirty Day Challenge.

This video shows you some of the basics on getting the most out of Twitter…

Signing Up To Twitter Is Easy

We’ll take a break from Flock for a bit and get into Twitter.  Over the last twelve months, Twitter has become huge and a very important communication tool.  We’ll learn how to sign up and log on to Twitter, how to follow Ed and some other tips.

First things first – here’s the Twitter URL and the home page:

Twitter Home Page

Before we get on with signing up, there’s a quick little video you can watch.  It’s only a couple of minutes long, but it explains Twitter pretty well.

Watch The Video On Twitter

Did you watch it yet?  Seriously, what are you waiting for – go watch it…..

Okay, well – either you did or you didn’t, (but you know you should just watch the thing.)  Regardless, let’s get to signing up – they make it pretty easy…

Sign Up For Twitter

It’s hard to miss that big green button.  (I think that may be deliberate. 🙂 )

From there you’ll see this screen, where you actually create your Twitter account:

Twitter Account Creation

Easy enough – but what if something comes up?  Like what?  Well, what if the Username is already taken?  Then the screen will look like this:

Twitter - Name Taken

Bummer…so now what?  You could try other variations like:

  1. Put an underscore (the _ symbol) between the words
  2. Put a hyphen (the – symbol) between the words
  3. Add a modifier to the beginning or end (a short word, a letter, a number, etc.)

It’s a lot like creating a new e-mail account – the interface is pretty good at letting you know if a name is already taken.

Ed does mention the possibility of using a pen name, or a niche persona – but for now, it’s probably best to keep it simple.  You can always create an alternate Twitter account later on…

Fill in the password and e-mail fields, fill in the “Captcha” form (if you can) – decide if you want their e-mail updates and click the “Create my account” button.

BOOM! – okay, maybe that’s a little bit too dramatic, but now you do have your own Twitter page.  It will be pretty empty until you either post a “tweet” or follow a few people.  To start, try following Ed Dale and Dan Raine – here’s how.

To get to Dan Raine’s Twitter page, click here: – it’ll look something like this:

Dan Raine on Twitter

Just click on the follow button and his updates will start showing up on your Twitter page.

Now you can do the same with Ed Dale – his Twitter page is located here:

His page will look something like this…

Ed Dale on Twitter

I’m already following him – but between the video and these notes, you probably get the idea by now.

One other user you should follow is “gurubob”Twitter was experiencing a little hiccup when I went for that screenshot, so I will have to remember to come back and edit it in later. In the meantime, follow Ed, Dan and Bob – you’ll be off to a great start on Twitter and you’ll easily stay on top of any late-breaking Thirty Day Challenge news.

As you follow Twitter users, you can also set up options for your mobile phone and other instant messaging platforms.  But unless you get into this gradually, you could easily find yourself overwhelmed with noise.  So for now, keep it simple – you can always change those settings later.

Twitter allows you to have quick notifications of Thirty Day Challenge updates from Ed and Dan – it’s a great way to spread news quickly around the web.  And because each page of Twitter is also an RSS feed, you can syndicate that information in a variety of ways.  Don’t worry, Ed will explain how that works in future videos.

Go get signed up for Twitter – and then, give somebody a hug 🙂


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