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මීට අමතරව මාගේ අනෙකුත් බ්ලොග් අඩවිද පරික්ෂා කර බලන ලෙස ආරාධනා කරමි.

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Buying and Selling Twitter Accounts? April 19, 2009

Filed under: blog vs twitter,buying and selling twitter accounts — madhawa.h @ 1:45 pm

That Can’t Be Allowed Can it?

CNN has acquired “the services” of the creator of one of the most popular accounts on Twitter, which is “cnnbrk,” an account that posts CNN breaking news. Currently, the account has just under a million followers.

Jason Kincaid at TechCrunch spoke with James Cox, the account holder and has confirmation from CNN that the account is now in their possession. But it’s not like they just bought “the account”…

CNN has confirmed that it has taken control of the CNNbrk account, though the company isn’t viewing it as an “acquisition”. Rather, CNN has signed James Cox to a consultant contract agreement, which included the transfer of the account as part of its conditions. Any financial compensation due to Cox is being offered for his services, which happen to include his Twitter account along with teaching social media workshops, among other things (though I suspect he’s getting paid substantially more than the market rate for his consulting).

You see, you can’t sell Twitter accounts according to Twitter’s policy (at least in the form of squatting). But there is nothing in there about buying the people that run them.

“Name squatting and ‘user name for sale’ accounts will be permanently suspended,” Twitter says. “Attempts to sell or extort other forms of payment in exchange for user names will result in account suspension.” Twitter lists the following factors as taken into consideration to identify squatters:

– the number of accounts created

– creating accounts for the purpose of preventing others from using those account names

– creating accounts for the purpose of selling those accounts

– using feeds of third-party content to update and maintain accounts under the names of those third parties

We’re not sure that any of these factor into the Cox example. Probably not considering CNN is paying him who-knows-what for “his services.”

Twitter account “cnn” only has about 64,000 followers, and the latest tweet as if this writing is directing followers to follow “cnnbrk.”

CNN Tweet

Despite Twitter’s obvious rules against squatters, something tells me that Twitter squatting is going to become more of a problem after this, even if this wasn’t such a case.


Twuffer – Updates for the future April 10, 2009

Filed under: blog vs twitter,twitter tools,twuffer — madhawa.h @ 5:28 pm

OMG, it’s a Twitter buffer!

Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.

  • tweet hourly/daily/monthly announcements
  • appointment/milestone reminders
  • run a time-based scavenger hunt
  • notify subscribers about upcoming podcast or video episodes
  • appear to never sleep


Getting More Blog Readers and Twitter Followers April 5, 2009

Filed under: blog vs twitter — madhawa.h @ 2:37 pm

By Chris Crum – Fri, 04/03/2009 – 17:19 for WebProNews

Use Twitter and Blogs to Compliment Each Other

Of people who both blog and tweet, the majority would overwhelmingly prefer to have more blog readers than followers on Twitter. This is according to surveys conducted by Darren Rowse who runs ProBlogger and TwiTip.

Would you prefer more blog readers or Twitter followers? Tell us.
This is not entirely surprising, since generally, much more effort is put into a blog post than a 140-character or less tweet, but there is certainly a gold-rush for Twitter followers. Jason Calacanis for one is willing to pay a pretty penny for them.

Rowse polled both his ProBlogger audience (which is presumably comprised mainly of bloggers) and his Twitip audience (which is made up of Twitterers). As expected, the Twitip crowd favored Twitter followers slightly more, but there was still a very clear majority wanting more blog readers. Rowse provides the following graphs:

There are certainly arguments for the value of both categories, and Rowse covers them pretty well here. There are some pretty obvious ones for blogs:

– they require more time/effort

– they provide more info

– they are most likely not going anywhere, while Twitter may be hot right now, but who knows where it will be in the future?

– the more blog readers you have, the more times your posts are likely to be linked to on Twitter anyway
There are obvious benefits to having Twitter followers too though, particularly for marketers.

– More followers is a good indication that there is demand for what you offer as a business, and that people are interested in your product(s)

– relationships easier to form (yes blogs have comments, but typically not the real-time conversation factor, and people are at Twitter to talk…they’re not necessarily at your blog to do so)
Of course people who both blog and tweet know they don’t have to choose between one medium or the other. They compliment each other, and ideally can work to each other’s benefits. Twitter can gain you more blog readers, and a blog can gain you more Twitter followers.

It’s all in the execution. Write good content that Twitterers want to link to. This has plenty of potential for getting you more readers. Include chiclets on your posts, making it easy to share your content (this shouldn’t be limited to Twitter). Include a prominent link for people to follow you on Twitter (a Twitter logo here will help draw attention).

Link to good content from others when you Tweet. If people like what you’re pointing them to, you’ll likely gain more followers. Who would’ve guessed it all comes back to content? You could also mention your blog casually from time to time. This may increase awareness of it. Just because someone follows you on Twitter, does not mean they know about your blog. That said, you probably don’t want to ram it down their throats either.