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July 24, 2008
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:
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:
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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July 3, 2008
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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:
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.
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 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.
So – let’s download and install Twhirl…
Once it finishes downloading, just follow the prompts to finish the Twhirl installation.
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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