Use Twitter like a pro with these keyboard shortcuts

If you are a newbie or pro at using Twitter, I will assume that not many of you must be aware that there are some keyboard shortcuts which are helpful & also saves time in navigating Twitter.

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Twitter keyboard shortcuts will save your time

So to make things easier, I am listing these keyboard shortcuts:

  • N – Compose a new tweet
  • J – Move to the next tweet
  • K – Move to the previous tweet
  • F – Favorite a tweet (Like a tweet)
  • T – Retweet a tweet
  • R – Reply to a tweet
  • M – Send a direct message
  • U – Mute a user
  • B – Block a user
  • Enter – Open tweet in detail
  • / – Go to search field
  • Cntrl + Enter – To send a tweet
  • Space – To scroll down the page
  • . – To load new tweets & take you to the top of the page
  • G & then H – Go directly to the home screen from anywhere
  • G & then N – Check notifications 
  • G & then R – Check mentions
  • G & then P – Go to your profile
  • G & then L – Go to your Likes tab
  • G & I – Go to your lists
  • G & then M – Go to your direct messages tab
  • G & S – Go to settings
  • G & U – Opens a tab so you can go to any person’s profile

I know these shortcuts are slight tough to remember but you can consider these as a general knowledge or if you tend to use it in your daily Twitter usage like me then am sure it will be helpful for you too. Which of these you think are easy to remember?

These 3 IFTTT recipes will help you manage your Twitter lists seamlessly

Are you aware of IFTTT service? If not, then here’s something you should know about it. IFTTT stands for “IF THIS THAN THAT”. It is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes” which helps in automating web-application tasks.

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Manage your Twitter lists with IFTTT recipes for Twitter

If you are on Twitter then probably you must be aware of Twitter lists. If you are following many people on Twitter & don’t wan’t to miss your favorite people’s conversations then Twitter list is the best option. I follow a lot of people on Twitter & personally use Twitter lists to keep in touch with my favorite people so I don’t miss reading their tweets. But to manage Twitter lists on a regular basis becomes tedious. Hence with the help of these IFTTT recipes I manage my Twitter lists seamlessly:

Tip: Make sure you keep these twitter lists to private in order to avoid sending notifications to them about they being added to your list as these notifications go on repeat mode every time the action takes place & this might irritate them.

I hope these IFTTT recipes will make a difference in your Twitter activities specially when it comes to managing Twitter lists. If you happen to try any of these recipes, feel free to share your reviews with me.

Buffer Review: Why I love this social media tool

I stumbled upon Buffer in 2013 while I was searching something related to social media on Google. I started to explore Buffer for my personal usage. Being a blogger, publishing my content all across my social networks at various time zones was turning out to be a tedious task. Buffer made content scheduling so easy for me that I was actually able to save time & be more productive. The transparency & user-friendly interface made it worth to keep exploring it further.

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Buffer makes social media content scheduling easy

What is Buffer?
Buffer is a service which allows users to schedule posts sent through the application to the user’s social media accounts.

Social networks they support
Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest & Instagram

Pricing
Since I started to use Buffer specially to post my blog content all across my social media profiles, the free plan was sufficient for me to begin with. Though they have various plans to cater every requirement.

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Buffer’s pricing module: There is a plan for everyone

But gradually as I saw my requirement increased in terms of handling more social networks (myself & for professional purpose) & number of posts, their Awesome plan turned out to be the best choice as it allows max 100 posts per profile/per day & also RSS feeds feature comes along. Most importantly, it also shows the analytics of every post. Be it in any plan, the posts which were posted in the past can be re-buffered again.

Optimal Timing Tool is a boon
Buffer’s optimal timing tool helps in discovering best times to post on social media. This tool takes a look at the past 5,000 interactions on the profile, as well as similar profiles in the same timezone, and provides a graph and suggests a schedule for the times with the most engagement. You can then update your Buffer schedule with those times or use them as a guide to come up with a new schedule yourself.

And if you are someone who is keen on getting your content in front of as many people at different time zones like me, then Buffer’s Chrome extension must not to be missed.

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Buffer’s Power Scheduler works seamlessly

The Power Scheduler feature which comes along with the Chrome extension allows you to keep certain intervals between the same posts if you are planing to schedule for more than once.

They also have launched their beta version of Content Library feature which allows users to save the posted content into the library for further re-posting.

Here are the positives & negatives about Buffer:

Positives:

  • Affordable pricing
  • User-friendly interface
  • Analytics
  • Ability to re-buffer old buffered posts
  • Seamless RSS feeds integration
  • Timezone edit is available
  • Supports bit.ly & j.mp link shortening tools
  • Chrome extension is available
  • iOS & Android apps are available to download
  • It can easily be integrated with third party apps & extensions
  • If keen on to designing your own images for your social media postings, they have free Pablo tool (I will be reviewing this tool separately in another blog post)
  • Extremely active customer support on Twitter

Negatives:

  • How I wish they gave me an opportunity to find negative aspects but no luck. They are good in what they do 🙂

Posting content on every social networks really takes our valuable time. If you are keen to save that time & put that time in some effective tasks, try Buffer. The free plan will be the best to start with.

Twitter announces an application process for verified accounts

Yes! You heard it right. On July 19, 2016 Twitter rolled out an application process for verified accounts. That means, now anybody can apply for the verified profile status. For those who are not aware of what verified profile means, its a blue tick mark on the Twitter profile besides the name. Earlier Twitter was concentrating on providing this liberty to only celebrities, well known faces, public figures, organisations, key experts. Basically a verified profile symbolizes authenticity.

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Now everyone can send requests to get their Twitter profiles verified

Also earlier there was a process to apply for verified status but it was not open for all. Now that Twitter has opened the gates, this is what their blog post says:

Today we announced that we’ve created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status. Verified accounts on Twitter allow people to identify key individuals and organizations on Twitter as authentic, and are denoted by a blue badge icon.

An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. Typically this includes accounts maintained by public figures and organizations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience.

But the catch still remains because though everybody can now apply for a verified profile status, it will be Twitter’s decision whether to approve or not & also there is no guarantee that whoever applies will get their profile verified. Only time will be able to put some light on the what criteria & procedure is followed by Twitter in order to approve the requests.

Its not only personal accounts but also brands/companies can apply. There has to be certain things in place before you apply for the verification. To be able to complete the form, your account must have the following:

  • Verified phone number
  • Confirmed email address
  • Complete bio
  • Profile photo
  • Header photo
  • Birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)
  • Website
  • Tweets set as public in tweet privacy settings

Apart from these, Twitter also asks why your account should be verified. So be ready to justify in 500 chars max. They also request for a scanned copy of Govt. issued ID such as passport, driving license. As per Twitter they will notify you about the application via a linked email address and in case your request is denied, you can submit another request for the same account 30 days after receiving the email. Checkout the whole process here.

If you have not submitted your application for a verified Twitter profile, then you can do it so by filling out this form.

All the best & lets keep our fingers crossed.

How to drive traffic to your blog using Twitter

When it comes to Twitter its one of the best source to drive traffic to your blog. Despite having character limitations you can still be able to drive decent amount of traffic. Its not a rocket science! Its achievable. In this post I am sharing few tips on how you can drive traffic to your blog using Twitter.

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Driving traffic to your blog using Twitter is not tough

  • Grow your network
    Twitter is all about followers & building a loyal readership base. So be the first one to follow people, engage with them by interacting, retweeting & liking their tweets so that people will start noticing you & some of them will follow you back.
  • Be active
    Make it a habit to be active in interacting with people on Twitter & posting tweets regularly. Don’t just abandon your profile.
  • Be creative in composing tweets
    Your followers are reading tweets on a fast paced timeline & mind it, they are following many others too & not just you. So to gain their attention you will need to come up with direct-to-the-point/ interesting/ catchy tweets along with the blog post link.
  • Use images
    Content with relevant images gets more engagement in terms of clicks, retweets & likes. So be innovative & be brave to include images in your tweets which will be relevant to your blog post. If you want to create images on your own, then try websites like Canva & Pablo.
  • Use hashtags
    If you want your tweets to get noticed by people who aren’t following you then using hashtags will be the best option as it will help you in getting your tweets noticed by the target audience. Use relevant hashtags related to your blog post but don’t use it in excess.

  • Tag relevant people
    Do you know that you can tag 10 people in a tweet which contain images? Yes, so tag relevant people in your tweets. They can be your friends, influencers, people from the industry.
  • Tweet more than once
    If you are someone who publishes the blog post & share it on your Twitter only once, then imagine how many people would read it. Because not all of your followers will be online at that very moment. If you want your tweets to reach out to as many people, try to post more than once & at different times so as the tweets will get noticed by people in different time zones.
    Tip: Use different context & different images in every tweet to gain attention. Make the use of Buffer’s Power Scheduler feature which comes with the Chrome extension.
  • Discover the best times to share content
    To find out what is the best time to post on Twitter, use Buffer’s Optimal Timing Tool which helps in discovering the best times to share content on social media.

I hope these tips will help you in driving traffic to your blog. If you still have any doubts, feel free to get in touch & yes, don’t forget to keep an eye on your Google Analytics after you start using these tips.

Are you aware of these Twitter limits?

We all know by now what Twitter is capable of & how good it is when it comes to connecting with people around, getting news even before its picked up by any news channel, marketing your services & increasing traffic to blog/website. However every good thing comes with certain limitations & Twitter is no exception to that. And in a way limitations are good because it controls the usability for better & refined experience.

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Know your Twitter limits

Most of the limitations set by Twitter won’t affect you because you may not reach near to that phenomenon. But still, its best to be aware of these limitations in order to avoid getting into Twitter jail. That means you wont be able to tweet for certain amount of hours. So here are the Twitter limits you should be aware of:

  • Tweets (daily)
    You can post 2,400 tweets per day. The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Retweets are counted as tweets.
  • Direct messages (daily)
    The limit is 1,000 messages sent per day.
  • Changes to account email
    Four per hour.
  • Following (daily)
    The technical follow limit is 1,000 per day. But its certainly not recommended that you follow till the limit. I would probably say 50-75 a day would be a good number & if you are a newbie then 10-15 would be a decent number.

  • Following (account-based)
    Once an account is following 5,000 other users, additional follow attempts are limited by account-specific ratios. Once you’ve followed 5000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow: this limit is different for every user and is based on your ratio of followers to following.
  • Twitter lists
    You can create up to 1,000 lists and each list can include up to 5,000 accounts (members).

I hope now that you are aware of these limitations, you would try to stay in your limits to avoid getting into Twitter jail 😀

Tweak your Linkedin profile to be found in Linkedin searches

Linkedin is still considered to be the world’s largest professional network. I believe that its the best networking option we have when it comes to networking with professionals, building contacts, search jobs, find right candidates for the job & growing our visibility in the professional sphere. More & more people are getting towards Linkedin to grow their network but still many of us don’t really make the most of it when it comes to building their Linkedin profile. Also many fail to understand that a well optimized Linkedin profile can help you in getting found on Linkedin searches.

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Tweak your Linkedin profile & get noticed

We create profile on Linkedin so that we can stay in touch with our professional contacts, build more connections or to find a better opportunity. But do you know that while you are searching for better connections, opportunities on Linkedin, others are doing the same too? Here I am listing some tips on how you can tweak your Linkedin profile & get noticed.

  • Add your photo 
    The first thing people notice about your profile is your photo. So to avoid getting questions raised about your identity its best to add your own photo which is decent & not a graphic or someone’s else’s photo & then proceed with the tweaking of your Linkedin profile.

Now lets get on to the tweaking task! Certain fields such as professional headline, summary, position title-description under experience & interests under additional info on our Linkedin profile are search friendly.

  • Write a professional headline that will speak for yourselves
    If you see the space underneath your name on your Linkedin profile, that’s the professional headline. Make sure you mention about your profession & not your title & the company name. Be creative because keywords mentioned in the professional headline tends to appear in Linkedin searches. List the keywords which you want others to find you & add those in your professional headline.
  • Be generous while adding the summary
    Let the summary speak about you, who you are & what value you can bring to your network, company in professional way. Include keywords that are relevant to your profession & also which will help you in getting noticed. Don’t just add keywords just for sake of adding. Include keywords in appropriate sentences.
  • List all your positions 
    Its best to list all the companies you have worked with along with the title & description because the keywords will help your profile to appear in searches. Colleagues & recruiters are always on constant lookout to connect with co-workers & candidates respectively so not listing the companies you have worked with can limit your purpose of getting noticed.

  • Don’t leave your interests field untouched
    Just like professional headline, summary & work experience fields, interests field is also search friendly. So add keywords related to your interest but avoid spamming by adding too many.
  • Grow your network
    If you search keywords related to any profession on Linkedin you will notice that Linkedin shows people from your network first (1st tier connections & then 2nd tier connections). So the more connections you have the more search results you will appear in under 1st tier connections in that respective search. So jumpstart your connecting activity.

I hope these tips can help you in growing your network & also help you in getting noticed.

Awesome IFTTT recipes for Twitter you can’t miss

You might be aware of IFTTT by now. If not, then here’s something you should know about it. IFTTT stands for “IF THIS THAN THAT”. It is a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes” which helps in automating web-application tasks.

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Make the most out of IFTTT recipes for Twitter

IFTTT is like a magic wand. It does things like a magic. There are some useful IFTTT recipes for Twitter which will be helpful to you in your daily Twitter activities. The recipes are as follows:

  • RSS to Twitter
    New entries to an RSS feed will be automatically tweeted.

I hope these IFTTT recipes will make a difference in your Twitter activities. If you happen to try any of these recipes, feel free to share your reviews with me. If I come across any new recipe related to Twitter on IFTTT, will update. Till then, happy cooking!

How to increase your Klout score

Heard about Klout? Klout is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rank its users according to online social influence via “Klout Score”, which is a numerical value between 1 and 100. More your score, the more influential you are. In determining the user score, Klout measures the size of a user’s social media network and correlates the content created to measure how other users interact with that content. It uses social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Blogger, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+, Last.fm, Pinterest, Tumblr, WordPress.com, Yammer & YouTube data to measure the influence score.

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There are simple ways which can help you increase your Klout score

If you are a blogger or active on any social media platforms specially Twitter & Facebook, then you would have noticed many at times people do ask “What’s your Klout score?” In simple ways, it means “How influential are you? or What is your influence score?”. Here’s my Klout score. I have linked my Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & Linkedin profiles. If you have not registered on Klout or are keen to know your score, do register to find out.

If you are already on Klout then you would be keeping an eye on your score. Right? There are simple ways which can help you increase your Klout score. Here are some of the ways:

  • Post content which is worth sharing. 
  • Share content as per your niche/ profession too. 
  • Don’t just post text. Post images, GIFs, videos too.
  • Be active on social networks which you can relate to or the ones which your profession demands.
  • Whenever & wherever possible, make sure you share other people’s content, like, retweet, comment on their updates. 
  • Keep interacting with people.
  • Don’t hesitate to engage with them by starting a topic to interact with them.
  • Ask & answer questions.
  • Participate in chats.
  • Don’t forget to interact with influencers.

More the people you will interact with on a daily basis, it will help a lot in building a rapport with other people on that respective social network. Klout score won’t increase drastically. It improves slowly & steadily so keep a track on its progress.

I have seen a decent amount of progress in my Klout socre & am happy the way it is sometimes steady. Have you checked your Klout score?

How to gain followers on Instagram

Let’s face the truth that Instagram is catching up. More and more people are getting on Instagram. And brands are also actively using Instagram to reach out to their audience. But what is the point of posting great photos if you don’t have followers to engage with your posts on Instagram?

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Effective ways on how you can gain followers on Instagram

Its time to be practical & hence here are some of the effective ways on how you can gain followers on Instagram:

  • Don’t underestimate hashtags
    Hashtags help a lot when it comes to getting your posts noticed on Instagram. Checkout this tool “Websta“. Its one of the tools which gives an idea about top 100 hashtags & top 100 profiles on Instagram. Include hashtags that are relevant to your post. And most importantly don’t abuse the freedom of using hashtags by adding way too many hashtags. Include a short description & add max 5-6 hashtags to go with the post. That will be good enough to get your photos noticed among the crowd.
  • Follow people you know first
    Its best to begin with following people you know because they are the ones who are likely to follow you back. Be it your friends, colleagues, family members, don’t hesitate to follow them first.

  • Connect your Instagram to your Facebook & Twitter accounts
    By connecting your Instagram to Twitter & Facebook will allow Instagram to cross share your posts at the same time. Seeing your Instagram posts on Twitter & Facebook, people will start following you.
  • Make the most of the “Search” tab
    The second tab from the left in the Instagram app is “Search” tab. You will see posts on the basis of people you follow. Start liking/commenting on the photos that appear in that tab & don’t forget to follow them after engaging with their post. Unless you take that first step of engaging with other people, they are not going to notice you. So leave the ego aside & take that first step.
  • Start following “Suggested Users”
    If you go on someone’s profile, you will see a green tab with an arrow on the right. Tap that arrow & you will see suggested users. Start engaging with those profiles by liking, commenting on their posts & don’t forget to follow them. Avoid spamming. Make a habit of liking & commenting on 2-3 photos. Don’t overdo it. Be cautious, as following many profiles at one go can get you on Instagram’s radar. So keep it low. Try to engage with 2-3 photos per 5-10 profiles daily.
  • Keep engaging with your followers 
    Its very important to keep interacting with the people who are following you. This will help in sustaining the followers & build a rapport. If you avoid interacting with them, you might be losing followers.
  • Promote your Instagram profile on other networks
    Its your profile & you can do whatever you want. No one is going to pull a trigger on you for promoting your own profile. So ask others to follow you on Instagram.
  • Be active in posting
    We get busy with our schedule but make a habit of posting 2-3 images a week to begin with. Just don’t abandon your profile. Your followers might unfollow you seeing no activity on your Instagram profile.

There are lot of services these days which are offering followers for a certain fee. But its best to stay away from such. It will give you good number of followers but wont give engagement because they will be bots, fake profiles following you. So, that will be a total waste of money. Invest some time by following these tips & you will start seeing positive results.

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And yes, if you aren’t following me on Instagram, its the right time to do so. If any doubts, feel free to message me.