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Twitter Lingo & Tips For New Twitter & Facebook Users

Twitter, the social network which asks its members to answer the famous question “What are you doing?” in 140 characters or less, has a language all its own. New users may find themselves wondering what the #tags and RT’s are all about. Facebook users who do not use Twitter may wonder the same thing, since the new update has left them seeing more Twitter messages as Facebook status updates thanks to services such as Ping.fm, Selective Twitter Status, or other applications that turn Twitter updates into Facebook statuses. Here is a rundown of all the common Twitter lingo and updates you will encounter.

Twitter Lingo


Here are some of the things you may see in Twitter updates, or tweets.

@username
This is an update sent to a specific Twitter user, also called Replies (or Mentions). These updates can be sent to followers and non-followers alike. Replies to you can be viewed on your homepage in the right sidebar by clicking the @yourusername under Home.

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8 Reasons to Use Delicious for Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking is a way for internet users to save, or bookmark, a website, article, image, or video to an online service. When you Google “social bookmarking”, the second result, after the Wikipedia definition of social bookmarking, is Delicious, the leading online bookmark service. This is by far my favorite service to use in terms of organizing online bookmarks, and the one that this article will be based upon. So if you do not already have an account with Delicious, take a few moments to register, and then let’s begin.

The Basics: How to Add a Bookmark to Delicious


Delicious Tag ButtonThe quickest way to add a bookmark to your Delicious account is to install the Delicious Toolbar for Firefox (always my recommended browser) or Internet Explorer (if you insist). Once installed, all you have to do to save a page that you are currently viewing to Delicious is to click on the “tag” button. Or, in Firefox, simply right-click and use the Bookmark in Delicious option.

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9 Ways to Use Social Networking for Blog Promotion

In one of my most popular posts, The Blogging Process, I compiled a list of things I do to keep kikolani.com running, including prep work for posts, social media promotion, bookmarking, interacting with readers, and other technical updates. This article focuses specifically on using social networking for blog promotion. Unless your blog is purely personal in nature and only meant to be shared with family and close friends, chances are you want to bring in more readers. Because what is the point of putting your thoughts online if you have no audience? And if your motives for blogging are fiscally driven to create a secondary source of income, or at least to cover the costs domain renewals and hosting services, then it is going to take a lot of traffic to bring in the revenue.


Read more to find out the 9 ways I use social networking to promote my blog, in order of the networks that bring in the most amount of traffic for this site.

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Twitter Photo Mosaic

I saw this at Potpolitics.com and couldn’t resist making one of my own. Read more to see my Twitter mosaic and find out where to create one of your own to show some love for your Twitter followers.

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My Flickr Meme – Creating A Mosaic

While perusing through my RSS subscriptions, I found a post by Cupcakes and Mace about creating a Flickr Meme. So here is the one that I created…
The Meme

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Explaining Web 2.0 Features

One thing I have noticed in my first few months of blogging is that I receive a lot of feedback, in terms of commenting, bookmarking, and subscribing, from people who also blog. But not so much from people I know in real life who do not. The more information provided to visitors about the features of your website, the better response you will receive from them.

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Social Media Marketing Best Practice

Social media marketing is the new way to get the word out about your business, website, blog, etc. I was tagged by Kim @ (Anti)Social Development to join in this writing project about choosing one practice that I feel best helps in social media marketing. My contribution: be unique.