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It was 8pm on a Sunday night. It could have been any old Sunday night. Nothing was new or out of the ordinary. As usual, I was scrolling through Facebook on my iPhone. For some reason, it struck me that I spend an excessive amount of time on Facebook, but I couldn’t actually explain what I got out of it.
Most companies, especially SMEs, recognise the importance of customer service. We can’t afford to lose business, especially with the economic climate the way it is at the moment. Every user is important, and companies need to be pro-active in not only their customer acquisition but also in their retention.
Something big is following me. A swirling mass casts a shadow on the periphery of my vision. It has tens – no – hundreds of thousands of people caught in its irresistible gravity. It’s growing constantly, swallowing more, and more, and more, snowballing, ballooning, until it is bloated and stretched, warped and distorted from its original form. The rules no longer apply to it.
As many countries in the western world have been affected by the financial crisis and subsequent budget and job cuts, more and more people have found themselves out of work – in the UK alone 2.62 million people are unemployed.
With such unprecedented levels, many of whom are young people, the Internet has become a source of information to find and search for jobs, albeit a competitive one. As such, you may be tearing your hair out desperately trying to figure out where your next break will come, whilst knowing that thousands of other people will be doing the same thing. There is help though, especially in the form of social media.
Twitter is a big deal for any public figure, none more so than our politicians. While many of them are fully utilising Twitter, many others are failing miserably.
I recently got involved in a bit of back and forth on Twitter with a local politician. While his response was quick, he ultimately refused to answer my question in public.
Twitter is one of those platforms you either love or hate. Some people swear by it, others just go as far to create a profile and tend to leave it there. There are even some who use it as a platform to create multiple personas for the alleged website benefits. I imagine most of these people have their own reasons for using Twitter and have their own thoughts on what benefit they feel it brings. Read more
Twitter is a fantastic platform from which to project yourself or business, allowing you to connect with a growing network of nearly 200 million users. Read more
This time last week, who can honestly say that they had any more than a passing knowledge of oil distributor Trafigura or reputation lawyer firm Carter-Ruck? Whilst there may be a few out there, I’m reasonably confident that those numbers have swollen significantly over the last seven days.
How about Jan Moir? As a former Outstanding Woman Journalist of the Year, respected food critic with The Telegraph and more recently a columnist with The Daily Mail, you’re more likely to have read her work or heard the name discussed somewhere. Although, that said, she was still far from a household name.
Twitter has become part of everyday life with over 360 million accounts signed up and live. However for a majority of users see Twitter just as a platform used to share random thoughts within 140 characters a couple of times a day.
Beyond that they don’t get much more out of it. After using it for a while they lose interest and their accounts lay dormant. Twitter is so much more than a board for random thoughts. It can be used in so many ways, providing you with so much information. Here are some ways you can use Twitter for more than just telling the world what you had for breakfast.
It appears that real-time search could finally become a reality. Following our post earlier in the month, Twitter negotiating real-time search deal with Microsoft and Google, it looks like the ink is now drying on an agreement that will see the aforementioned search engines gain complete access to the social media site’s network.
This is a brave new world for search engines and could well change the way we view and use SERPs in the future. Bing and Google are now free to start developing ways to incorporate Twitter feeds into their searches, opening up unique opportunities for the respective engines and their users.
Real-time search has taken a giant leap towards becoming a reality with the advent of BingTweets. Federated Media, the company behind ExecTweets, have teamed up with Microsoft to create a fully integrated search system that utilises both Bing and Twitter.
By searching both instantaneously, you get the very latest real time stories as well as the classic search format offered by Bing. The SERP is made up of four primary components: 1) Twitter trending topics 2) Share this result (creating a bit.ly URL of the page to distribute on Twitter) 3) Tweets of your search phrase, and finally 4) Search Results.