Twittarr Pirate Social Media Coaching

Here ye be beyond the edges of the map, best have a good navigator. Only a pirate at one with the ever-changing sea of social media can hope to stay afloat.


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My latest discovery is the Print Friendly Chrome extension. It’s now easy to clean up web pages and ticket confirmations for printing. My favorite aspect, though, is the ability to save to .pdf.


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbokehinmotion

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s project draws its inspiration from a video series started by New York City Instagrammer Alice Gao (@alice_gao). The goal this weekend is to take a creative video using bokeh: the blurred part of your image that’s out of focus. Some tips to get you started:

  • To create bokeh, get up close to a nearby object first and lock your focus on it. You can usually do this by tapping the screen to set the focus and holding your finger there to lock it. After you’ve locked your focus, frame a scene that’s farther away and it should be out of focus.
  • Since your video will be out of focus, think about shapes, colors and movement as the primary elements of your video. Things that are normally very recognizable may become delightfully abstract!
  • Videos like these tend to be very bright, so consider shooting at twilight or nighttime to compensate.

For more inspiration, browse the #bokehinmotion and #bluronpurpose hashtags.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPbokehinmotion hashtag to videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own videos to the project. Any video taken then tagged over the weekend is eligible to be featured right here Monday morning!

"That’s no moon, it’s a space station." "But Apple maps said it was a moon.”

Has your experience with Apple maps improved a month after the release of iOS 6?  

The Walking Dead producer Gale Ann Hurd dishes from the set on a new pirate TV show in development and who would win a battle between pirates and zombies:

Q: We’ve heard that you’re working on a pirate TV show. Any similarities between pirates and zombies?

A: The thing about pirates is they’re a little easier to kill, but at the same time they won’t stop at anything either. They’re all out, all the time, and they’re not easily dissuaded once they’ve got their eye on the prize.

Q: But who would win a battle between the two?

A: I think it would depend on how many zombies there were and how quickly [the pirates] figure out that you have to destroy the brain or they’ll keep on coming.

Pinterest, huh?  And then several hours later, you finally emerge.

Today is the last day to vote in the Google 4 Doodle National Winner contest. For grades K-3, it wasn’t a difficult decision for Twittarr Pirate. “If I could travel in time, I’d visit Pirate Times. I would like to sail a pirate ship looking for treasure, have a colorful pet parrot and enjoy beautiful sunsets from deserted islands.” ~Dylan H., Caledonia, WI, Grade 2

Pinterest users spend 15.8 minutes on the site versus an average of 3.3 minutes for Twitter and only 12.1 for Facebook.  Tumblr users aren’t included in the infographic but I personally estimate somewhere between 5 minutes and 2 hours.

The vast majority of Pinterest pins are repins, making it the most effective sharing network.

How a viewer’s eyes look at the new Facebook timeline changes where designers need to focus their efforts.  Of vital importance will be the cover picture and making stories more visual.  For those already fond of Tumblr and Pinterest, the transition will be a welcome one.

See the full article on the Sociable Blog for professional tips on how business can use the new timeline for their benefit.

Need help in updating your Facebook page to maximize the new Timeline for Brand Pages?  Contact Gretchen Vaughn, the Twittarr Pirate, via the “What be troubling ye?” link at the bottom of this page.

It is possible that Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close garnered so few mentions because tweople would be unlikely to type the name of the movie.  Such is the problem with automated analysis.

However, having been on Twitter nearly the entire time of the Oscars telecast, I can verify as an actual human being that very few people were tweeting (maybe one mention in two timelines of 1,500) about the maudlin and emotionally overwrought film.


Visualizing Twitter’s reaction to the Oscars

A Twitter visualization tool created by TweetReach provides some insight into how Oscar watchers were tweeting and has visualized the data in its Academy Awards Twitter Explorer tool.

TweetReach tracked more than 2 million tweets during Sunday’s broadcast (up from last year’s 1.27 million tweets, as The Next Web noted). But the tool might not provide a full picture of tweets about the Academy Awards.

You can take a look at how many mentions there were of some of the top nominees during the night, and dig into find out how many mentions there were of each major nominee during each minute of the show. Unsurprisingly, the charts spike when the specific award for that category was given out, with the winner receiving the highest volume of tweets at the time they walked up the steps to collect his/her award.

(via dailydot)

Social media influence and how to get it

Social media influence cannot truly be determined by sheer number of followers, retweets and other determinations used in computer algorithms.  The art of influence is no different in social media than in other social spheres.  

What influence is, who influences us and how we can increase our social media influence, were the topics under discussion in Tools Chat on February 22, 2012.  Below is a full transcript of the official Tools Chat 10-11pm ET and follow-up discussion on Twitter.

Social Media Influence: Tools Chat Transcript February 22, 2012

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