Twitter Makes Major Changes To Your Profile

It’s hard to avoid conversations about the new Facebook Timeline, the new profile Facebook is currently rolling out (click here to watch a pair of videos 1 | 2 that we’ve done on the Facebook Timeline). As for Twitter, they made some “under the radar” changes to your profile recently. Check out Twitter’s new look in this video:

Like I mentioned in the video, I usually use TweetDeck or HootSuite, so I didn’t notice the changes on Twitter.com right away. Twitter conducted its makeover in mid-February. The makeover hasn’t fully taken hold though. When I log in to Twitter on my home computer, I get the new-look profile. When I log in to Twitter on my work computer, I get the old-look profile.

Aside from aesthetics, Twitter isn’t that much different. The “@ Connect” tab is more in-depth than before. Instead of just showing when you were mentioned, it now shows all of your “interactions,” including who recently followed you, favorited one of your tweets, etc. The “# Discover” tab is new and different. Instead of just searching for hashtags, Twitter now offers popular topics in story form. You can then “View Tweets About This…” and get in the conversation if you find the story interesting.

One of the cool features that real estate professionals can take advantage of is the “Browse Categories” section under “# Discover” (you can find the “Browse Categories” option in the top left-hand corner of your screen once you get into the “# Discover” section. You can now search “real estate” or “real estate in [whatever city you live/work in], and Twitter will find real estate professionals and/or companies that you might find of interest. Follow the cool people you find, connect with them, and start building a business relationship. It’s that simple!

I don’t have any major complaints about the changes. In fact, I kind of like them. Twitter is still easy to use, and I honestly think it’s easier to navigate than it was before (once you get used to the control panel and feed flip-flopping sides).

I would love to know what you think about Twitter’s changes. You can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and/or Google+.

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Manage Twitter, Facebook, And LinkedIn ALL With TweetDeck

The biggest complaint I hear is that it’s impossible to juggle all of your social media accounts. Since you need to be using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+ for your real estate business, I understand how overwhelming it can be. I’ve gone through the same exact struggles myself. I don’t suffer anymore though. That’s because of a social media dashboard called TweetDeck. With TweetDeck, you can manage your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts all in one place for FREE. It’s made my life much easier and it can do the same for you. Check out this video to learn how!

As you just saw in the video, TweetDeck isn’t just for Twitter (although it is the official social media dashboard for Twitter). It allows you to post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn all with one push of a button. On top of that, TweetDeck makes managing your accounts a lot easier, it allows you to scheduled your posts, and it also includes a killer search tool to help you network (plus so much more).

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: TweetDeck makes managing your social media accounts so much easier. Trust me when I say that you want TweetDeck for your real estate business. It’s absolutely free, so you have everything to gain by trying it out. You can get your hands on TweetDeck at http://tweetdeck.com/.

There is another great social media dashboard called HootSuite (as I mentioned in the video). I manage Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn on my cell phone with that application. They have a version for your computer as well. You honestly can’t go wrong with either TweetDeck or HootSuite. You can learn more about HootSuite at HootSuite.com.

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Get Rid Of Twitter Direct Message Overload

Are you tired of Twitter direct message overload? I know I am! Thanks to Twitter guru Sean Malarkey (a friend of PowerUP Social Media), there’s now a quick way to get rid of the automatic Twitter direct messages clogging your account forever. And, the great news is, you can get this done in as little as five minutes.

How To Clear Most Automatic Twitter DMs

Yes, there’s a use for Twitter direct messages, but most of them just plain stink. Most people haven’t figured out how to engage their audience with DMs, so they come across as spam. Even worse, spammers are even taking advantage of Twitter direct messages by sending virus filled links (you know what I’m talking about).

The majority of automatic Twitter direct messages come from SocialOomph.com (a very useful tool, but not in this case) and here is a step-by-step process on how you can stop them:

1) Go to http://twitter.com/optmeout and follow the account.

2) A few minutes later you will notice they are following you back.

3) Send a direct message to @optmeout  (send anything you want).

4) Go back to http://twitter.com/optmeout and unfollow the account.

5)  You’ll receive a Twitter direct message that reads like this:

“Thank you from SocialOomph.com’s opt-out service. Your opt-out has been recorded. You won’t receive further auto DMs. [link]”

Check that one off the list…

I don’t personally receive these next three Twitter direct messages very often, but you might. This is how you can get rid of them for good!

140 Games

This is home to many of the quizzes and games on the internet (including a Mafia style game). Say farewell to these annoying auto DMs:

1) Click this link –> http://lolquiz.com/optout

2) It will redirect back to Twitter and ask for you to “Allow LOL quiz access”.

3) Simply click the allow button and you’re all set.

Poll Pigeon

This is where many of Twitter’s top polls come from. It’s also another big offender of your direct message inbox. Not anymore…after you do this:

1) Click this link http://pollpigeon.com/optout/

2) Click the “Don’t send me any direct messages” button and you’ll never see another Poll Pigeon DM on your account again!

Twables / FB140

Twables has a bunch of different applications, but the most popular is an app telling your Facebook friends that you’re on Twitter.

After Sean did some serious digging and stumbling across their website, he found a way for you to remove yourself from their list. It’s a one-step process:

1) Click here –> http://www.twables.com/opt

Once you’ve taken these steps, you’re guaranteed to see less Twitter direct messages clogging your account!

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Quickly Unfollow On Twitter With ManageFlitter

Find out how to quickly unfollow on Twitter with this simple tool called ManageFlitter. We use this Twitter unfollow tool several times a week as we aim to increase Twitter followers on all of our PowerUP Social Media accounts. Check out this video for a step-by-step guide on how to unfollow people who don’t follow you back or are inactive on Twitter:

You might be asking why you need to unfollow on Twitter. There’s a very simple answer for that…

As I explained in the video, we encourage everyone to do the Twitter Shuffle. The Twitter Shuffle is basically following a bunch of people who you think will be interested in your message in hopes that they’ll follow you back. Some people will follow you, but others won’t. The folks who don’t follow you back essentially become deadweight, because they can’t see your tweets in their timeline (and that’s the whole point of having followers). Since there is a Twitter follow limit, clearing space for more followers is essential.

After three, four, or five days you need to unfollow the people who aren’t following you back. ManageFlitter is easily the best tool we use to unfollow on Twitter.  Once you’ve made room, you can follow a new chunk of people and quickly grow your Twitter presence. The more targeted followers you have (in this case you want to follow those who are interested in real estate), the more networking you can do and the more deals you can make.

NOTE: Those are just the basics behind the Twitter Shuffle. You can learn much more about the process in our PURE Training program by clicking HERE.

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Twitter User Galleries Perfect For Real Estate Professionals

Twitter unveiled a new feature this week called user galleries. A user gallery puts your pictures front and center on your Twitter.com profile (much like an album on Facebook). That’s a huge bonus for real estate professionals and I’ll tell you why!

The last 100 photos you’ve posted on Twitter will now be showcased on a single page. That means real estate professionals can finally show off properties in one place! You’re still going to have to post the pictures as individual tweets, but they’ll now all appear in a single photo gallery. That should make life much easier for you and your clients.

You might not have a user gallery yet, but it’s coming. Twitter is currently adding user galleries to profiles. You’ll soon find “Recent Pictures” with a link that says “view all” directly under your follower/following count on Twitter.com (click here for an example). All you have to do is click the “view all” link to open the user gallery.

Here are a couple of helpful pointers to keep in mind:

– You don’t have to do any extra work. Everyone is getting a user gallery attached to their account. That means the only thing you have to do is keep posting pictures (or start tweeting photos if you haven’t already).

– Your clients have to be signed into Twitter to see your user gallery. That makes it even more important to grow your audience on the social media platform.

– An image you manually retweet will be added to your user gallery, but a picture you retweeted with the Twitter retweet button will not.

– Tweets with video links will not be included in user galleries. They are currently for pictures only.

– The only way to delete a picture from your user gallery is to completely delete the tweet from your timeline (and in many cases you’ll have to delete it from a third-party service (TwitPic, yFrog, etc.) as well).

Click here for more information on user galleries.

Twitter has recently introduced other updates that aim to better showcase photos and videos on its site. Earlier this month, Twitter rolled out its image-sharing service, which allows users to upload photos from Twitter.com, then include them in their tweets as links.

All of these changes should make life easier/better for real estate professionals (and we all like the sound of that)!

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Sign Up For The “PowerUP Your Twitter Presence” Webinar

It’s our goal at PowerUP Social Media to help real estate professionals dominate the world of social media. One of the ways we’re doing that is through webinars (a.k.a online seminars). The first real estate social media webinar we’re putting together is called PowerUP Your Twitter Presence.

Here’s what you’ll learn for absolutely FREE:

  • A keyword tool you can use to create a killer Twitter profile (so people can find you through the clutter)
  • Tips on exactly what you should be tweeting to your Twitter followers
  • An advanced Twitter search tool that helps you network with potential clients and other real estate professionals
  • How to utilize the “Twitter Shuffle” to quickly grow your audience
  • Tools you can use to become more efficient with Twitter (spend less time with incredible results)

There are two opportunities to get involved in the “PowerUP Your Twitter Presence” webinar. You can sign up for Tuesday or Thursday (both begin at 6pm PT). All you have to do is click the link below! 

http://webinar.powerupsocialmedia.com

The webinar runs 45 minutes. That means you’ll learn a ton in a little bit of time! It also means you can get back to your real estate business (or family, friends, etc.) without taking a dent out of your busy schedule.

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What To Tweet | Tips For Real Estate Professionals

One of the biggest questions we get at PowerUP Social Media is, “What should I tweet?” The answer is simple: real estate professionals should tweet anything and everything that comes to mind. The more you put yourself out there; the more you’ll get in return.

Let’s be honest…it’s not rocket science…it’s Twitter. You’re limited to 140 characters, so you really can’t go wrong (unless you go on a rant about how much you hate your followers — NOT SUGGESTED).

Here are a few places to start if you’re struggling to find things to tweet:

Quotes: There’s nothing better than an inspirational or motivating quote. That’s why they always get retweeted. According to Twitter guru Sean Malarkey, it’s best to post quotes in the morning. They start people off on the right foot and they’ll likely share it with their followers (to spread the love).

Real Estate Articles: Most of your followers are likely to be interested in real estate (that’s why they follow you), so articles about the business will be very popular. Remember that you need to mix personal interests with business as well, so you should also post articles outside the realm of real estate.

Funny Things: It can be a short joke (since you have limited space on Twitter), a hilarious story that happened to you or a friend, or even a link to an entertaining video or picture. Funny tweets always get retweeted! 

RTs of Other Tweets: You retweeted someone else’s tweet because you liked it, so the chances are good that your followers will like it too. Your followers will then share it with their followers, and the trend continues. That’s how tweets spread like wildfire. If your account is somehow attached to that, then your name spreads like wildfire as well.  

The key is to engage your audience on Twitter. That means asking a lot of questions too. Everytime someone responds to your questions or they retweet your tweets, your name goes out to their followers. That means more people are likely to follow you once they see you have cool/fun things to offer. In the end, that means more potential clients when it’s time to sell!

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Beware Of The Twitter Follow Limit

For the first time in my social media life, I’ve reached the Twitter follow limit. I didn’t know I was anywhere close to breaking the rules until I started receiving an error message every time I tried to follow someone. Being the reporter that I am, I needed to get to the bottom of this. 

NOTE: We encourage the Twitter Shuffle (following and unfollowing users to increase your audience) at PowerUP Social Media, so this information is VERY important. Check out our PURE Training program if you want to learn more about the Twitter Shuffle).

This is what I found out:

Every Twitter account can follow 2,000 total users without any problems. Once you’ve followed 2,000 users, there’s a limit to the number of additional users you can follow. The number is different for every account and is based on the ratio of  your followers compared to the number of people you follow. Twitter doesn’t share what that ratio is.

In addition to the account-based limit, every Twitter account is unable to follow more than 1,000 users per day (a much larger number than I expected). According to the social media platform, this is just a technical limit to prevent abuse from spam accounts.

Just so you know, Twitter doesn’t limit the number of people who follow you (just take a look at Lady Gaga for crying out loud!). That means your reach is endless!

There are a couple of things you can do once you reach the Twitter follow limit:

1) Sit back and wait for more people to follow you (not suggested if you’re trying to explode your social media presence).

2) Use a tool like ManageFlitter to remove the dead weight (inactive users or people who don’t follow you back).

If you use step two (highly suggested), you can quickly get back to growing your audience without having to wait for others to take action. I think it’s always better to be proactive, but it’s totally up to you (nothing like a guilt trip, eh?). 

I really hope you found this information as helpful as I did. Please let me know by leaving a comment. Feel free to ask any questions that you might have as well (you can reach me at tim@powerupsocialmedia.com).

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When Is The Best Time Of Day To Tweet?

I just found this new Twitter tool that shows you the best times to post tweets to your followers!

This is important because people tend to check their social profiles at different times during the day. If you post during “high traffic” times, more people will see what you’re posting. On the flip side, if you tweet something important during “low traffic” times, then your followers might miss your message completely.

The tool is called Tweriod.com. You can go there, enter your Twitter username and password, and get a graph built specifically for you that shows the best times to post.

Here’s an example of the graph:

I really hope this helps! I would love to hear your success stories with Tweriod.com in the comment section below!

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Twitter Makes Advertising Change That Could Affect You

I hope you’re prepared to see advertisements in your Twitter feed (no joke!).

The social media platform announced on Thursday that it’s adding “Promoted Tweets” to users’ timelines — with some exception. The ads will only appear if you’re following a company that’s taking part in the advertising program.

Starbucks, Groupon, HBO, Dell, Gatorade, Microsoft Xbox, Virgin America, Dell, Best Western, and several others are among the companies in the advertising program.

The idea is going to roll out on Twitter.com first. The advertisements won’t appear on third-party Twitter clients (HootSuite, TweetDeck, etc.) or other apps for the time being.

The solution is simple: If you don’t want to see “Promoted Tweets”, then don’t follow the brands or companies involved.

That’s definitely not what the companies (or Twitter) want to hear (what did they expect though?), because they probably get more out of you following them then they get out of an advertisement (or Promoted Tweet).

I guess we’ll see how it unfolds…

In the end, this really shouldn’t affect you too much (depending on how you choose to handle the situation). Keep plugging away on Twitter like nothing has changed!

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