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Twitter Applications

As everyone knows, twitter applications are appearing to cater to the different needs of tweeples. As everyone knows, there are:

  • TweetMeme
  • TweetDeck
  • Tweetie 2
  • HootSuite
  • Brizzly
  • Seesmic
  • Twitterfeed
  • Twitterrific

I am sure you have tried at least two or three of these applications before.

Could you share with me out of all these Twitter Applications, which do you like the most and the reason for it? Just interested to know how people feel about Twitter Applications so I know which Application would be the best for me! Please comment at the bottom. Thanks a lot.

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The wise use of Twitter coming from a not-so-wise person

Twitter

Twitter

What the reason that you started tweeting?

For networking? Because everyone is on twitter?

With the evolution of technology, social media plays an important part in your life.  No matter for work (business), entertainment or just to connect with your friends.  Social media has become essential in daily life and is a tool used to market yourself.

My reason for tweeting:

Initially, the reason was it would be graded into my course requirement. When I started out, I was clueless about what twitter was used for. I had this concept that tweetples would tweet incessantly about mundane happenings in their life.

This was my thoughts till Stephie Tan -fashion nation blogger (@stephietan), guest lecturer for one of our NCT (New Communication Technologies) lecture shared with us about her experience in social media. Why her? As she is a frequent user of Twitter, established writer of fashion nation which lead to freelance writing on various magazine and she owns her own online shop.

Stephie Tan

stephie tan (not my image-not our lecture too)

She told us “Everything that is shared on the social media can be tracked upon” so nothing is safe online.  So you need to be careful of what you post. Also she shared with us how she gets followers, “the topics that you talk about interests the followers” Therefore you must find your interest, then people would be enticed to follow your tweets.

With her sharing, I felt more inspired about the direction for my tweets and I began to understand more about twitter and the reason for tweeting.

Hence, my reasons for tweeting became:

  1. To connect with friends or family members or people with my same interest
  2. Sharing information with others

Hence the tweetples actually knows information faster than a person who reads the daily news. As information is being retweeted to their followers, it is being spread throughout twitter community.

And how should you go about tweeting? This is the simple way of what I learn:

1. Plan your tweets:

What you want to tweet about and what is your purpose for tweeting. It could be because you wanted to share the information, or you want an opinion about something.

2. Execute your tweets:

Considering what time would be the perfect time to get all your followers to read it and the way you want to phrase your tweets to make it interesting. You should also take into consideration whether you should retweet what you have tweeted (in order for better reach and frequency)

3. Learning from your tweets

It is very important to learn from your tweets in order to improve your tweets. Take notice of what interests your followers. Learn from how others write their tweets, how they manage to spark others’ interest.

4. Optimising your tweets

After learning, you have to measure whether it reaches out to your followers. Or else tweak the way you tweet about things – giving a different angle.

No matter what, you must always dare to try on the social media.

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Podcasting and Social Machine

Podcasting

A medium/tool on the social media which your voice can be heard, you cannot forget podcasting! First you need to download the software, I recommend Audacity! Furthermore, you can download it for FREE!

I had to lead the class in this topic: Podcast. I love listening to podcast, especially MrBrown’s podcasts. I find it relevant to me as it talks about current affairs. Especially “your mother’s army”, check this out! The podcast is about the parents that pamper their child so much that they do not want their child to be negatively influenced by army’s language. I would like to see that in a real battlefield, I bet that this mother’s army would be in hiding, who knows if ‘your mother’s army’ might get killed trying to play the peacemaker. ^^

podcast

podcast

What I shared with the class:

Podcasting is the method of distributing multimedia files, such as audio programs or music videos over the Internet for playback on mobile devices and personal computers.
The distribution format of a podcast uses a form of the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) format.
The term podcast, like “radio”, can mean both the content and the method of delivery.
Three main reasons/purpose of podcast: Education, Business/Commercial and Entertainment.

 

Steps to coming up with a podcast:
Step 1: Storyline (Topic)
Step 2: Come up with the script, along with the sound effects needed
Step 3: Recording with voice talents
Step 4: Editing with Audacity
Step 5: Sharing through social media
Podcasting is really fun and entertaining method to express yourself. However it takes a lot of effort to come up with a good podcast. If you heard of any good podcast, please share the link with me! Share the podcast love!

RSS (Really Simple Syndication)

It is a tool that I noticed every website has, but I have never tried it before. RSS is a button at the right hand side of your url address.

RSS feed

RSS feed

If you are a daily reader for sports, the RSS Feed informs you when there is a new update about certain sports. This is convenient as you do not need to check the whole newspaper just to find the sports section. RSS Feed also ensures that you do not miss out any news of your interest. So now that you know about this button, remember to use it wisely!

Google Reader

Google Reader

Google Reader

The best website to manage your RSS Feed is Google Reader. It is really simple to use, first you must have a Google account in order to have access. Then you have to add subscriptions from the various websites that you are interested in:

add subscription

add subscription

There. Saves lots of time finding for your news from various websites, you can see them all in one website, Google Reader. One advice: Do not add too many subcriptions! It might flood your inbox.

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Voice over Internet Protocol

For his week’s NCT tutorials we learnt to use different media tools that everyone commonly uses. Social tools that we must have basic knowledge of. Like Skype use Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP),the cost is apparently cheaper than using regular telephone calls. So this is a really good way to save money!

What’s  more, the costs of VoIP are lower because it is billed per megabyte (MB) whereas telephone calls are billed by the minute or second. I find this information interesting as it shows the difference between technologies now and in the past. Imagine the cost to calls overseas, but now you don’t have to take it into consideration as the cost is so cheap!

I can totally imagine that in the near future our phones will change to use VoIP, as the costs are SO much cheaper. However in emergencies, the phone cannot use VoIP so it will have to be merge of what the phone has now.

Singapore needs to keep wireless@sg, so people can use VoIP. But as you know it, wireless@SG is not stable, sometimes you can go on or off. Of course, the phone bills would have to go down, but there would be challenge between the three TelCos as to how low they would go!

Here is a video to tell you more about VoIP:

I love wikipedia because it is convenient to find all your needed information in one place. Here is more about VoIP. Benefits of VoIP is obviously its operational costs and its flexibility. The disadvantages about using VoIP is it is susceptible to power failure and it cannot be used in emergency calls. So handphone are useful in such situation!

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