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  • The Best Techniques For Building Your Tribe On Twitter The Right Way - Steffan Antonas
    who use WordPress Finding these experts and services that talk about topics and news that you are interested in is the first step Once you do find the cluster of people who follow them you can access these lists for free at the top right of any Twitter account s home page Think of them as qualified leads The more nichey the expert service or company the more targeted the audience that they ve drawn will likely be Tip avoid following services or companies you find in a follower s list these users are following only to get noticed and will not add value to your network They may reciprocate but it s a dead node that will probably never interact with you or anyone from your community 3 Use Contextual Networks Social Browsing To Find People Like You One of the web s most useful social networking tools for finding and connecting with people like you is Glue Scott Gilbertson of Wired recently called it the single most useful social networking tool he s ever encountered and it s one of Read Write Web s Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008 Glue integrates seamlessly with Twitter and allows you to network with people around objects like books movies stocks etc as you browse many popular sites on the web and you can easily post your interactions directly to your Twitter stream The guys over at AdaptiveBlue have done a terrific job with Glue and they are about to roll out some new conversational features that will make the service even better I ve written a long very detailed post about the benefits of using Glue to network with people and how it works with Twitter so I won t spend too much time on it here I ve found it to be an indespensible tool that should be in every Twitter user s toolkit If you re already on Glue you can find my profile here Below is a video that gives a brief overview of some of the main features of Glue Glue Overview from AdaptiveBlue on Vimeo How Do I Find And Connect With Authorities And Influencers In My Niche The Twitter revolution has given us more opportunity than ever before to find follow and engage influencers and authorities There are dozens of services on the web now that use Twitter s API to access rich searchable data that lets anyone sort through the clutter to find out who matters and who doesn t in the Twittersphere for any given niche My favorites are Twitter Grader This is one of my favorite find em and friend em services Not only does it give you a variety of useful statistics on your own Twitter account authority rank etc it allows you to search for other users world wide for any keyword or location and ranks them by authority Need I say more It s not always clear how twitter grader calculates power and influence but this is a great starting point to find influencers by niche and geography Twellow com The Twitter Yellow Pages Twellow s website is not quite as slick as Twitter Grader s but their search function works almost as well and allows you to search by keyword AND location simultaneously which is a powerful unique feature Like Twitter Grader it returns user results by authority score and gives you instant access to a lot of user profile info like websites and bios These guys get a hat tip because they ve done a lot of the work of finding users by topics and categories in a yahoo directory like way Need a realtor in your area Need a web designer Twellow s a good place to start Mr Tweet This guy s gotten a lot of press for good reason MrTweet s Service will analyze your network suggest good people and followers you re missing out on recommend influential users to you and update you regularly with stats on your account The service currently has close to 70 000 followers on Twitter While MrTweet s service is valuable I wouldn t suggest using it until you ve been on Twitter for a little while and accumulated a substantial following Because the data is based on your existing network the more existing connections you have the better the results will be Also the popularity of the service gives it some cons The results won t likely be instant My request sat in a queue for 4 or 5 days before I got the analysis results back It s worth being patient though You ll likely find lots of good people to follow that you wouldn t have otherwise The three services I ve mentioned above are of course not the only ones available to you There are dozens The three above are just the ones I use most Here are some other notable services that I ve come across that deserve honorable mention Web Analytics Demystified s Twitter Influence Calculator Top 100 Twitter Users By Influence and Twitter Cloud Twinfluence com Twitseeker com Twitterank com s Top 50 List Retweet Radar How Do I Determine WhoThe Most Important People In An Influencer s Network Are Now that we ve covered how to find people with the most authority and influence on Twitter let s dig deeper Building strong networks isn t just about finding authorities in your niche it s about leveraging their networks too Here are two great ways to gauge who the most important people in an influencer s network are 1 Dig For The First 20 Did you know that Twitter logs people you follow in chronological order That means that the very first person someone ever followed will be the very last person you find in their following list Use this to your advantage Even when an influencer follows thousands of other users find their first 20 Those are likely the people that the influencer cares most about and likely

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  • Infographics Archives - Steffan Antonas
    your professional network helping you to see who you are connected to and how they are connected with each other Read More Published January 26 2011 Author Steffan Antonas Category Journal Comments 1 Comment Visualizing Twitter Activity Of Football Fans During The World Cup Twitter s given us the best approximation of a true measurable pulse of the globe that we ve ever had and in the last few years we ve have seen some fantastic Twitter visualizations of world events using all sorts of approaches Read More Published June 23 2010 Author Steffan Antonas Category Technology Interactive World Map Of Social Network Dominance tweetmeme Vincenzo Cosenza has mapped the most popular social networks by country according to traffic data gathered on Alexa Google Trends June 2009 While Facebook s growing dominance over MySpace in the US and other countries comes as no surprise it is interesting to see the few smaller networks that most of us have probably never heard of that are country specific It s also important to note that that while Facebook is all the rage in the west QQ China is still by far the largest social network in the world 300 million active accounts

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  • visualization Archives - Steffan Antonas
    leisure activities more than twice as much as other Americans African Americans Blacks spend 17 minutes a day or about two hours a week on religious activities more than twice as much as other Americans Hispanics Hispanics and whites are equally likely to be dining at noon but hispanics are 1 5 times LESS likely to be eating at 6 30 p m the peak dinner time Ages 15 24 About half of this group is enrolled in school While the young spend the most time on the telephone they spend the least time on calls to family members Ages 25 to 64 About 75 percent of this group including two thirds of women is employed Ages 65 and over At 2 p m about 1 in 15 people over age 65 is asleep Older people also spend more time eating particularly breakfast High School Grads At 3 a m more than 2 percent of people with only a high school diploma or some college are working double the rate for people with bachelor s degrees People With Bachelor s Degrees College graduates spend about two hours watching television significantly less than those with less education People With Advanced Degrees Those with advanced degrees spend the most time volunteering 14 minutes a day or more than an hour and a half a week on average People With No Children Adults living with no children tend to be older their average age is 51 compared with 38 for adults living with children People With One Child At 8 30 a m more than 20 percent of the adults living with one child are asleep compared with 15 percent of those living with two or more children People with Two or More Children Compared with people living with one child those with two or more children spend an additional half hour caring for family members For the Unemployed the Day Stacks Up Differently The data across most groups is the same until you isolate the unemployed Nearly 1 in 10 members of the American work force is currently unemployed right now which is significant considering the unemployment rate hasn t been that high in 27 years The survey showed that on an average weekday the unemployed sleep an hour more than their employed peers They tidy the house do laundry and yard work for more than two hours twice as much as the employed The unemployed also spend an extra hour in the classroom and an additional 70 minutes in front of the television Personally I was a bit surprised to see that the unemployed generally only spend a half hour job hunting and replace work so heavily with household activities TV and Movies Vs Computer Usage One of the most surprising insights that the Times analysts never mention is the shockingly small amount of Computer Use people report throughout the day as a leisure activity Across the board all demographic groups seem to still spend the majority of their free time

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  • Essential Techniques For Effective Signaling On Twitter - Steffan Antonas
    hand in hand and while most people get how to use the tool effectively to broadcast and communicate they miss hundreds of opportunities to create value and social capital for themselves and to network effectively Here are some ways you can create the most value for yourself as you post to Twitter When You Share Content Don t Forget To Also Credit The Author Publicly If you re like me you read constantly and you ve got a list of favorite blogs and communities that you go to as much as daily for your information I share noteworthy articles and posts I read on Twitter daily Sharing ideas and content is the primary way I use Twitter and almost all of my my favorite writers and blogs have Twitter accounts In fact now that Twitter is mainstream almost anyone who is actively creating content on the web is on Twitter Knowing this we can create value for ourselves as well as the those whose content we enjoy All we have to do is include the author s Twitter account in the tweet when we link and share content or even say read X on techcrunch or rww if you would rather credit the blog most big blogs have Twitter accounts too Not only does the author or person running the online community s twitter account instantly see that YOU have shared the content with your community they can also see that you ve promoted them and given them credit Win Win right As Tara Hunt would say you ve just created a little bit of Whuffie Kudos to you This can have huge benefits if you do it consistently Over time going the extra mile to give credit for content that you share by simply adding by username or on blog stwittername when you link to content tells the author that you re interested in their work that you share interests and that you re a regular reader It s validating for them it helps them with their writing blogging goals they want to spread their content and you ve identified yourself as a member of their tribe and given them a reason to be interested in creating a relationship with YOU This is serendipity at work As a blogger I love when people who read my stuff let me know who they are there s no need for anonymity anymore real time public sharing and credit giving creates friendships quickly and effectively I always reach out to regular readers and I find that when I consistently credit other writers they also reach out to me I have many good now offline friendships that started this way online Now contrast this with a Twitter post that has the same link with no credit You re not directly creating a trigger point to start a relationship so the chances of the author being aware of you is much lower so the ball never starts rolling While it required the same effort

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  • How To Use Google Trends Like A Pro - Steffan Antonas
    historically most popular We can see here that a search on Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook surfaces obvious spikes in searches each one is linked to a Google news story and a date Once you have this data you can quickly go back to Google and begin searching on much more targeted keywords like Mark Zuckerberg Sheryl Sandberg March that are related to those news stories that peaked popular interest We Are What We Search Patterns Tell A Story Finding cyclical patterns in search volume data is super interesting and can give you an idea about when a particular product topic or event is on people s minds You can literally take the pulse of the internet This example shows search volume for 5 search terms and their links to significant holidays Gift spikes right before Christmas Valentines spikes right before Valentines Day egg spikes right before Easter fireworks spikes right before 4th of July and costume spikes right before Halloween Hint You can drill down to get more specific data for any search term by geography and for a specific time period get creative and be as specific with search terms as possible Asking the right questions gets you better answers Find Out What s Hot and What s Not Ever wonder how popular something is compared to something else Search volume is a great indicator If we compare Facebook Myspace and Twitter for example we can see the cultural shift over time in social networking We can even pinpoint the month where Facebook overtook Myspace Twitter s just a small growing blip on the graph because it s so new but you can see that it didn t start to get popular until the end of 2008 and many of us were on it in 2007 Here s an interesting example of a hot topic in pop culture many of us have been talking about today Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert in American Idol It was the biggest upset in Idol history in my opinion Kris shouldn t have had a prayer of winning The data tells the true story of what happened Adam was by far more popular worldwide throughout the competition but Arkansas which is historically the top voting state for Idol stayed loyal to Kris I ll leave you all to battle it out in the comments about why AR sucks In short there are many different ways you can use Google Trends to mine search data to do better research These are just a few examples to get your creative juices flowing Remember Be specific with your search terms target your words in order to ask the right questions Also Play with the variables Tweaking regional chronological and geographical variables will often get you better information Think about what questions you re really looking to answer and use the tool to put the queries in context Use The Search Bar Like A Pro Quotation Marks Minus signs and Vertical Bars Just a few more

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  • 2010 Web Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array 2010 Web 5 Unmissable TED Talks On The Future Of Technology And The Web tweetmeme 1 Tim Berners Lee On The Next Web of Open Linked Data 20 years ago Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web For his next project he s building a web for open linked data that could do for numbers what the

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  • Future Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Flickr Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Future 5 Unmissable TED Talks On The Future Of Technology And The Web tweetmeme 1 Tim Berners Lee On The Next Web of Open Linked Data 20 years ago Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web For his next project he s building a web for open linked data that could do for numbers what the

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  • Jeff Bezos Archives - Steffan Antonas
    Vimeo Pinterest Email LinkedIn Proudly powered by WordPress Theme Designer by Array Jeff Bezos 5 Unmissable TED Talks On The Future Of Technology And The Web tweetmeme 1 Tim Berners Lee On The Next Web of Open Linked Data 20 years ago Tim Berners Lee invented the World Wide Web For his next project he s building a web for open linked data that could do for numbers what the

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