NASA HQ officially twitters

December 17, 2008

twitter_logo_sNASA HQ is trying a soft roll out of an official twitter feed:  @NASA

Today … a day to be remembered … the 105th anniversary of the first sucessful powered flight. Happy Wright Stuff!

Kathy B.

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2 Responses to “NASA HQ officially twitters”

  1. mpfinneran Says:

    Here are Twitter tips that seem to make sense, from blogger David Risley (http://www.davidrisley.com/2008/12/10/10-tips-for-getting-new-twitter-followers/). Thanks to Sheri Beam for passing these along.

    10 Tips For Getting New Twitter Followers
    December 10, 2008

    On Monday, I gave you my opinion on why who you follow is more important than who follows you on Twitter. That said, we all want people to follow us on Twitter.

    So, why is it that some people attract a lot of followers and others struggle? Below are 10 quick tips to get new followers on Twitter:

    1. Leverage Your Network. If you already have a blog or a large network on a site like Facebook, leverage that resource to get your existing audience to follow you on Twitter.
    2. Be Active. Nothing sucks worse than a dead Twitter profile. So, be consistent and try to tweet a few times per day.
    3. Be a Person. It’s fine to use Twitterfeed to pipe your new blog posts into Twitter, but you need to be a regular person, too. A Twitter stream is supposed to be more than another RSS feed.
    4. Tweet value. Put stuff out there that is actually worth reading. This doesn’t mean you can’t post random things you’re doing throughout the day (you want to be human), but people will value you more if what you say is actually interesting.
    5. Follow others. If you follow other people, chances are they’ll follow you back. Don’t be random about. Find people who are actually worth following for your particular interests.
    6. Strike a conversation. Just following a person and sitting back accomplishes little if your goal is for them to follow you back. Strike a conversation with them! Talk back! Send a reply. That’s a sure-fire way to stand out to people who follow a lot of people.
    7. Retweet. If somebody you follow sends out a really useful or interesting tweet, retweet it to your own followers. Not only do you provide value to your own followers, but it shows up as a reply to the person who originally sent the message. Good on both fronts.
    8. Be Interesting. It helps, not only to be a real person, but to actually be interesting. Funny tweets are one example. Careful, though, don’t be fake!
    9. Be Interested. Take an interest in your followers. This goes hand-in-hand with several of the above tips, but at the end of the day, when you show interest in your network and the actual people who follow you, they’ll WANT to follow you. Acknowledge your followers publicly when they post something interesting, for example.
    10. Don’t Forget Photos. People like photos, so if you use TwitPic sometimes to tweet photos, people will watch and take a gander.

  2. kbarnstorff Says:

    Some more Twitter tips from Mark Drapeau at Mashable: http://mashable.com/2008/12/19/how-to-win-twitter-friends/

    HOW TO: Win Friends and Twinfluence People
    December 19, 2008 – 9:30 am PDT – by Mark Drapeau
    Mark Drapeau is a regular contributor to Mashable.

    In the last year or so, microsharing service Twitter has grown by leaps and bounds, in terms of both popularity and usefulness. Regardless of the precise companies or services that become the most popular in the future, forming and utilizing decentralized social networks through microsharing is most likely here to stay, because it is fun and useful.

    But the lack of structure, bounty of third party applications, and global sources of expert advice can also be daunting to newbies. So, for those who are new to Twitter, here are 10 things I’ve learned about winning friends and twinfluencing people:

    Win Friends
    1. Be unique, but be yourself
    Just like in everyday life, if you want people to notice you, somehow you’ve got to stand out in the crowd. Twitter is a complicated and growing mess of feeds and it’s difficult for people to find each other. However, always stay true to who you really are – don’t “peacock” just for the sake of attracting people to bizarre behavior. Marina Orlova uses her brains, beauty, and natural charm to teach people about history and linguistics in a really fun way. Broaden your horizons, but don’t fake it.
    2. Participate in conversation
    Twitter is inherently a conversation. By using search tools, reading blogs, etc., find people who are talking about things you’re interested in, and join the conversation in a respectful and hopefully unique way. Tireless blogger and new media business consultant Chris Brogan is a great example of this. Find something good to add to the conversation – or stay quiet; don’t just be a nag, a yes-man, or a me-too person.
    3. Provide value to a community
    People get on my radar when they selflessly and repeatedly add value to a community of readers. Some people are funny, some provide free services, some give out advice. Music enthusiast and online guitar instructor Walt Ribeiro provides awesome value to his online community, and has turned his talents into a tiny empire of popularity. People like this slowly turn into rock stars.
    4. Attract loyal followers
    There are all kinds of ways to ‘game the system’ and attract followers, like you-follow-me-I-follow-you and following bots that auto-follow and then unfollowing them. But what does having 8,000 followers mean when they don’t know you or care about you? By making solid connections over the years, Peter Shankman has built a loyal following of “hacks and flacks” who can be mobilized at anytime through his “Help a Reporter Out” (HARO) network. By participating in conversations and adding value you will accumulate followers that will help you when you need it.
    5. Mix microsharing with other outlets
    You can’t just Twitter; it’s too one-dimensional. Mix it up with whatever you like doing, whether that’s blogging about tech, short videos of you pimping your hot rod, taking nature photography, or attending black-tie galas and appearing in magazines.
    Through running a family business, producing online video shows, and headlining social media conferences, wine expert Gary Vaynerchuk “brings thunder” to everything he does. Doing and cross-referencing different activities online creates feedback loops that increase viewers and can get people talking about you and your activities when you’re not there to participate yourself.
    Twinfluence People
    6. Find the influencers:
    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. It’s easy to find out who the popular and influential people are on Twitter – they’re giving keynotes at events, they’re at the top of the TwitterGrader and Twitterholic and other lists, and mainly, people talk about them. Self-styled geek blogger Robert Scoble is an influencer – the “Scoble Effect” can literally crash new startup websites with a rush of traffic. Learn who influencers are, what they do, and why people revere them. Imitate some of their behaviors when relevant, while still being yourself.
    7. Become an authority
    It’s nice to be good at something. It’s better to make yourself invaluable. If your tweets disappeared, would anyone notice? If you make yourself an authority on some topic being discussed in the Twitterverse, people will seek you out to be in the conversation – and that is evidence of influence. I can’t name many information technology or social software analysts, but I know Jeremiah Owyang – through his listening, writing, and conversation – he has made himself an invaluable part of the Twitter community. Find your niche and own it.
    8. Be creative
    Invent a contest. Conduct a poll. Document an exciting trip. Wear funny scarves on a YouTube channel. The innovative Sarah Evans founded both the popular Top 50 Tweeples contest and the frequent #journchat discussions that have bridged the gap between traditional media, bloggers, and public relations professionals. Surprise people with new ideas – anything novel that builds community, increases participation, and allows people to have fun is a winner. Don’t be boring.
    9. Reward with shout-outs
    When you see someone doing something awesome, give them a high-quality shoutout. But be stingy and make it count. Here’s a shout-out that I gave to Army public affairs guru Lindy Kyzer for the great tweets she was sending from a conference she was attending. Everyone loves hearing that they’re doing something awesome – and they also remember who thought that in the first place. Put a virtual smile on someone’s face.
    10. Always have fun
    People use social media for many reasons, some more serious than others. But no one is immune from enjoying themselves. If all you do is post links to your latest influential blog, or link to current news stories you’re reading, you may be adding value, but you may also be boring everyone who follows you. Toss in an unexpected joke, complain about your dog, announce your engagement. Colleen Graffy, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy, has a serious job – but that doesn’t stop her from showing her funny side. If you are enjoying yourself it will rub off on others.
    The Bottom Line
    There aren’t any secrets. You get out what you put in. Work hard, add value, and don’t rest on your laurels. Note what’s happening in the news, and in life. Always evolve; adapt to your environment. Embrace trial-and-error and a spirit of lethal generosity. Take risks. Be surprising. Be awesome.


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