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Twitter Tips, Tricks, and Tweets

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi Foreword xii Introduction xxii Chapter 1: How Do I Get Started with Twitter? 2 Setting Up Your Very Own Twitter Account 4 Signing In to Your Twitter Account 6 Viewing Twitter's Current Status 7 Changing Your Twitter Password 10 Resetting Your Twitter Password 11 Deleting Your Twitter Account 12 Chapter 2: What Can I Do to Customize My Twitter Profile? 14 Filling In Your Profile Details 16 Setting Your Twitter Picture 18 Applying a Theme to Your Profile 19 Selecting a Background Image 20 Using a solid-color background 21 Selecting a custom background image 22 Background photo challenges 23 Using a background image to tell people more about yourself 27 Overcoming background problems with tiling images 29 Choosing Your Profile's Colors 29 Stopping Twitter from Sending New Follower Messages 31 Chapter 3: How Do I Send Tweets? 32 Sending a Tweet 34 Sending a tweet using the Twitter site 35 Tips for managing the 140-character limit 36 Typing nonstandard characters in Twitter 37 Notes on tweet etiquette 38 Adding hashtags to create a tweet topic 39 Working with Your Tweets 40 Deleting a tweet 40 Adding a tweet to your favorites 42 Making your tweets private 43 Downloading All Your Tweets 44 Working with Mentions and Direct Messages Sent to You 47 Viewing tweets that mention you 47 Viewing direct messages sent to you 48 Getting an e-mail when you receive a direct message 49 Chapter 4: How Do I Follow Other Twitter Users? 50 Finding People 52 Finding people with Twitter accounts 52 Finding someone on another network 52 Inviting someone to join Twitter 54 Tracking FollowFriday recommendations 55 Following People 56 Following someone on Twitter 56 Following Twitter's suggested users 57 Understanding verified accounts 58 Following a person's updates via RSS 59 Following people who follow you 60 Following someone who is following you 60 Automatically following someone who follows you 61 Downloading your friends' tweets 62 Stop following someone on Twitter 63 Replying, Retweeting, and Direct Messaging 63 Replying to a tweet 64 Sending a reply to all your followers 65 Retweeting an update 66 Viewing your retweets 69 Sending a direct message to someone 70 Configuring direct message e-mails 71 Working with the People You Follow 72 Checking out a person's updates 72 Preventing a person's retweets from appearing in your timeline 72 Viewing your friends' retweets 73 Viewing your tweets that have been retweeted 75 Blocking a tweeter 75 Taking Advantage of Twitter Lists 76 Following a list 77 Creating a list 78 Working with Twitter Bots 80 Receiving a reminder message 80 Querying the Internet Movie Database 81 Getting a map 82 Translating text into another language 82 Getting a weather forecast 83 Returning Amazon data 83 Keeping up with the bots 84 Chapter 5: Can I Use Twitter on My Mobile Phone? 86 Understanding Twitter's Mobile Phone Feature 88 Considering text message fees 88 Non-SMS Twitter alternatives 89 Twitter's phone numbers 90 Activating Your Mobile Phone 91 Sending an Update from Your Mobile Phone 92 Sending an update from your mobile phone as text 93 Sending an update using Twitter's mobile Web site 94 Sending an update from your mobile phone as e-mail 95 Sending a reply from your mobile phone 98 Sending a direct message from your mobile phone 99 Protecting your updates with a PIN number 100 Following Twitterers on Your Mobile Phone 101 Following a person from your mobile phone 101 Receiving a person's tweets on your mobile phone 102 Marking an update as a favorite from your mobile phone 103 Retrieving a profile on your mobile phone 104 Stopping a person's updates on your mobile phone 105 Receiving only direct messages on your mobile phone 105 Stopping all updates on your mobile phone 106 Sending a Twitter invitation from your mobile phone 107 Getting your Twitter stats on your mobile phone 108 A Summary of Twitter's Text Commands 108 Tools for Managing Twitter from Your Mobile Phone 109 Mobile phone applications for Twitter 110 Twitter for iPhone 110 TweetDeck 110 Twitter for Blackberry 112 TinyTwitter 113 More mobile 115 Mobile phone Web sites for Twitter 116 Dabr 116 Hahlo 117 More mobile phone sites for Twitter 118 Chapter 6: How Do I Find Stuff in Twitter? 120 Running a Basic Search 122 Real-time search results 123 Performing Advanced Searches 124 Performing an advanced word search 125 Searching for tweets that include a phrase 126 Searching for tweets that include multiple words 127 Searching for tweets that include one word or another 127 Searching for tweets that exclude a word 128 Running an advanced people search 129 Searching for tweets from a person 129 Searching for replies to a person 130 Searching for tweets that mention a person 131 Filtering tweets by hashtag 132 Searching for tweets by location 133 Finding tweets by date 134 Locating tweets that contain links 136 Adding Twitter Search to Your Web Browser 137 Adding Twitter Search to Internet Explorer 137 Adding Twitter Search to Firefox 139 Working with Search Results 140 Using a feed to monitor search results 141 Sending your search results as a tweet 142 Twitter Search Engines and Tools 142 Bing 143 Google 144 Tweet Scan 147 Twitterfall 148 TweetGrid 148 Monitter 150 TweetBeep 150 Twemes 151 AskTwitR 152 BackTweets 154 TweetVolume 154 Chapter 7: Where Can I Display My Twitter Feed? 156 Adding Twitter Bling to Your Web Site 158 Adding a Twitter link to your Web site 158 Creating a text link 158 Creating a Twitter badge link 158 Displaying a badge that shows your total followers 160 Adding a "Tweet This" link to your Web site 162 Adding the Twitter Application to Your Facebook Profile 165 Inserting the Twitter Flash Widget on Your MySpace Page 168 Displaying Your Twitter Updates on Your Blogger Site 172 Including Your Tweets on Your TypePad Blog 175 Adding the Twitter widget automatically 175 Adding the Twitter widget by hand 177 Adding a Twitter Widget to Your Site 178 Adding Twitter's Flash widget to your site 179 Adding Twitter's HTML widget to your site 180 Adding Twitter's Profile, Search, Faves, or List widget to your site 182 Chapter 8: How Can I Take Twitter to the Next Level? 184 Twittering on the Desktop: Twitter Clients 186 Raising your Twitter game with TweetDeck 186 Getting started with TweetDeck 187 Configuring the TweetDeck window 190 Filtering tweets 192 Monitoring a search 193 Controlling Twitter with Seesmic Desktop 194 Giving Seesmic Desktop a whirl 195 Setting up your Twitter accounts 195 Working with tweets 196 Posting a tweet 197 Navigating Seesmic Desktop 198 Twittering on the Web: Twitter Web Sites 199 Seesmic Web 199 Brizzly 200 iTweet 201 Tweetree 203 Tweetvisor 205 Working with Twitter Gadgets and Widgets 206 Adding a Twitter gadget to your Windows Sidebar or Desktop 206 Adding a Twitter widget to your Mac Dashboard 208 Adding a Twitter gadget to your iGoogle page 209 Displaying tweets in Firefox 210 Chapter 9: What Tools Can I Use to Extend Twitter? 214 Shortening URLs 216 Sharing Photos, Videos, and Music 219 Sharing photos 220 Using TwitPic 220 Other photo-sharing services 222 Sharing videos 223 Sharing music 224 Posting to Multiple Social Networks 226 Getting started with Ping.fm 227 Getting your Ping.fm application key 228 Configuring twhirl to use Ping.fm 229 Posting with Ping.fm 229 You Are There: Geotagging Your Tweets 230 Enabling geotagging in your Twitter profile 231 Playing with some geotagging tools 232 Deleting your location data 235 Connecting to Third-Party Twitter Applications 235 Connecting using OAuth 236 Revoking access 237 More Twitter Tools to Play With 238 Scheduling tweets 238 Following Twitter trends 240 Tracking tweets by location 241 Getting your Twitter account ranking 242 Displaying your latest tweet on a photo 243 Tweeting events to your Google calendar 244 Integrating your Twitter account with LinkedIn 245 Using LinkedIn to track tweets about your company 245 Adding a link to your Twitter account on your LinkedIn profile 245 Send your blog feed to Twitter 246 Glossary 248 Index 253

About the Author

paul-mcfedries (@paulmcf) is a technical writer and programmer. He has written more than 70 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide.


'...a complete guide to the tweets, apps and tricks involved in belonging to one of the world's fastest-growing communities.' (Management Today, July 2010).

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