Books – Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets
By Paul McFedries
Year: 2009 ( 1st Edition)

I paid a visit to my local library recently,  and found this book on the shelf. After browsing through it, I found it to be a very good (beginner’s) offline guide to twitter. The book offers up tips for uses of a twitter account, how to set up an account, customize your profile  setting and even accessing Twitter via mobile devices and 3rd party applications. with screenshots, so you can easily follow along. There is a 2nd edition out (2010) that has more updated information. You may be able to find this information in a lot of different locations on the Internet but this book has the information compiled in one nice form.

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Sometimes, companies do listen

Late last year I had some Domino’s Pizza, and soon after I finished the meal I made a short post on Twitter about my feelings toward the meal.  I never would have imagined that my post would have turned into something like this…

You can read my tweet post if you  pause at the very start of the video.

It was my honest opinion at the time but I didn’t really expect it to be noticed.  So just a bit of advice to any fellow Twitter users out there. If a company is on Twitter and you talk about them or their products, there’s a good chance that they read what you have to say.

-Tony


Apps of Interest: TweetDeck

Use:  Twitter Desktop Client
Platform: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux via Adobe AIR
Version: 0.34.3
Website: http://www.tweetdeck.com/


TweetDeck Main Window MS Windows

TweetDeck Main Windows Single Column mode MS Windows

From the Wikipedia Entry for Tweetdeck

TweetDeck is an Adobe AIR desktop application for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare, and MySpace.

It was originally only usable for Twitter but the more recent versions added support for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Buzz, Foursquare and MySpace updates. However I still use it for Twitter exclusively but the support for the additional services are nice to have. I haven’t had it crash on me  and the updates come in on time.

It features update notifications via sound and/or windows that appear at the lower right hand corner of the screen.  In addition to all the features I previously touched on, there’s one very useful feature if you want to avoid spoilers for movies, tv shows, sporting events, and that would be filtering. Filter by text (keywords), name, time, and by source.

You’ll need to Install Adobe AIR prior to installing TweetDeck itself. As far as memory usage goes, it ranged from 110 to 130 MBs.  It’s a small hard drive installation at about 3 MBs. I can see why this piece of software is being used by a lot of the Twitter users I follow.

Additional info:
Twitter website
My Twitter page
Adobe AIR page

-Tony