Monday, May 4, 2009

Twitter For Fiance Geeks

If you are into following the daily activity of the stock market and the financial world here is a list of great pages to check out:

The Wall St Journal -

Portfolio magazine -

Kiplinger's Personal Finance -

Seeking Alpha -

Reuters -

AP Business -

Stocktwits -

Become a follower on these pages and you will receive tweets keeping you abreast of all the up to date business stories as well as market news.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Twitter Tools You Should Use

Check out these cool new tools offered on Twitter:

1. Twitt(url)y - Twitt(url)y does a great job of providing a Techmeme style representation of up and coming URLs that are mentioned in individual Tweets. You can filter out Tweets by language. that is neat because the links are kept accurate whether Tweets use a URL shortening service or not by actually visiting each link. Twitt(url)y is a useful site for updates on news and trends.

2. Summize - Summize is a fast tool that shows trending topics plus different language searches. It is more constant that older tools that have been around for some time. There are also some neat search operators like the one that helps you look for Tweets where people say “cool” but only Tweets that include links. There is an RSS feed for any search results page as well.

3.Twerpscan- Now that you have a big list of people to follow, do you know who you don't want following you? there are krafty marketers following everyone under the sun in the hopes of people will just automatically follow them back. This tool might help identify those whom you may want to block. The thing about this tool is that you have to login, so you may want to change your password to something temporary before running the tool and then change it back when you’re done. Twerpscan checks the number of followers of everyone on your contact list, the number of people they are following, and the ratio between them offering each follower’s name, bio, last tweet, a reputation thumbs up or down, followers, following and a link to block the follower if the ratio is over the threshold you set.

4. Who Should I Follow? - If you are new on Twitter or have been twittering for some time, there are likely people you should be following, but might not be. So, you ask, “Who should I follow?”. That’s where the tool, comes in. This tool looks at who’s following you that you’re not currently following and has sliders for filtering by popularity and physical location. The one thing you could do here is find out really popular Twitterers that your competition is not following and follow them. This may provide an opportunity to connect with their inner circle while they’re not looking.

5. Tweetwheel - You might have a 100 or more followers. Who among followers know each other? The Tweet Wheel helps you find out visually. If you have many followers, this will take some time. The Tweet Wheel limits the display of follower to about 100. There is only so much room on the screen for these followers to be displayed.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Twitter Now

Twitter is a free social networking and micro blogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length which are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them (known as followers). Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow anybody to access them. Users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website threw short SMS messages. The service is free to use over the Internet, but using SMS may incur phone service provider fees.

Since its creation in 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Twitter has gained extensive notability and popularity worldwide. It is often described as the "SMS of Internet," in that the site provides the functionality for other desktop and web-based applications to send and receive short text messages, often obscuring the Twitter service itself.

Estimates of the number of daily users vary as the company does not release the number of active accounts. In November 2008, Jeremiah Owyang estimated that Twitter had 4-5 million users. Twitter as the third most used social network. Facebook is the largest followed by Myspace.

Some NASA projects such as Space Shuttle missions and the International Space Station provide updates via Twitter. During the 2008 Presidential campaign, The Democratic Nominee Barack Obama used Twitter as publicity mechanism. The Nader–Gonzalez campaign updated its ballot access teams in real-time with Twitter and Google Maps.

There are many services and applications that work with or enhance Twitter. Many are designed to allow easy access to Twitter from specific devices, such as the iPhone or BlackBerry whilst others are designed to make it easier for users to access and update their Twitter account.