Download Everything You’ve Ever Done on Twitter

Download Everything You’ve Ever Done on Twitter

Last month Twitter announced it was officially rolling out its Twitter archive feature to users. The feature, one Twitter users have been asking for, allows you to browse every tweet you’ve ever sent. Twitter is rolling out the archive feature slowly, with the full rollout expected to take months to reach all users across all supported … Read more

Last month Twitter announced it was officially rolling out its Twitter archive feature to users. The feature, one Twitter users have been asking for, allows you to browse every tweet you’ve ever sent. Twitter is rolling out the archive feature slowly, with the full rollout expected to take months to reach all users across all supported languages. Here’s what they said in its press release:

“It’s no secret: You make Twitter what it is. And if you tweet, you may have found yourself wanting to go back in time and explore your past Tweets. Maybe you wanted to recall your reaction to the 2008 election, reminisce on what you said to your partner on your 10th anniversary or just see your first few Tweets. We know lots of you would like to explore your Twitter past.

“Today, we’re introducing the ability to download your Twitter archive, so you’ll get all your Tweets (including Retweets) going back to the beginning. Once you have your Twitter archive, you can view your Tweets by month, or search your archive to find Tweets with certain words, phrases, hashtags or @usernames. You can even engage with your old Tweets just as you would with current ones.”

If you are peculiar on seeing when you tweeted the most, what your first tweet actually was, or are just curious as to what the archive interface is like, there are a few steps to downloading the archive. Here’s what you’ll need to do…

  • To see if your account has the archive feature enabled, log into your account and navigate to Settings. Scroll down the bottom of the page.
  • If your account is one of the lucky few, you’ll see a new “Your Twitter archive” section. Here you can then request your archive with the click of a button. An email containing a link to your archive will be sent once Twitter has your archive ready.
  • Follow the link in the email and download the ZIP file.
  • Open the ZIP file, then double-click the index.html file. Your browser will launch and you’ll have every tweet you’ve posted laid out in front of you in a month-by-month fashion.

I downloaded my archive and it was ready in minutes. My most activity seemed to be in August of 2010, right when the Brewers were getting hot, I was dabbling into WordPress blogging and I worked the Brandon Jennings basketball camp. I must have discovered how to effectively use #hashtags and tweet @users because of my high volume of tweets. I also discovered my first tweet, which was for Mark McConnell’s BA220 11 a.m. marketing class. The tweet was about an ‘unfaithful’ Tiger Woods and an energy drink label prank. Anyways, happy archiving on Twitter!

Thanks to the Twitter Blog and CNET post for content in this blog.

Presidential Elections: Is Social Media a Game Changer?

Presidential Elections: Is Social Media a Game Changer?

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According to Mashable, Facebook just surpassed 1 billion active users, and there are already 140 million monthly active users on Twitter. It is safe to say social media has become a big player in many companies’ marketing strategies and campaigns. This past week it was also the first night of Presidential Debates between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, who both use social media actively to drive followers and voter support. According to Huffington Post, the use of social media in the 2012 US presidential election is expected to reach new levels of sophistication as the political parties increasingly use digital techniques to help raise election cash as well as influence the outcome of the vote.

Obama has built on the social media lead he gained on the Republican party in 2008. Based on analysis by SBS World News Australia, Obama had 28,658,765 Facebook fans but also 19,806,314 Twitter followers. Republican candidate Mitt Romney (whose Twitter profile simply reads “Former Governor of Massachusetts”) had just 6,961,665 fans on Facebook and 1,123,637 followers on Twitter in comparison.

Obama is also eager to experiment with the latest social media techniques such as ‘hangouts.’ Over 200,000 people recently tuned in to Reddit to see Obama take part in what’s known as an “AMA” — Ask Me Anything. He personally answered over 1000 questions, no minions intervened, ranging from politics, to philosophy, to Washington’s secret beer recipe. Obama received a mountain of praise for his efforts.

But will all this social media activity keep Obama in the White House? If the Internet were to decide who will be the next U.S. President, Barack Obama would win by a landslide. However, the most recent polls paint a drastically different picture. They show that the candidates are virtually neck and neck.

Article ideas via Huffington Post.

 

5 Steps to Building a Personal Brand Online

5 Steps to Building a Personal Brand Online

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In a recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s goal is not to build a platform; it’s to be across all of them. This quote really got me thinking about the world wide web as a whole and how it seems like every time you blink your eye there is a new technology starting up. Of course Facebook has dominated recently as far as social networking goes, where 48% of 18 to 34 year olds check Facebook right when they wake up. Also there are 206.2 million internet users in the United States, meaning 71.2% of the web audience is on Facebook. This also shouldn’t let people pass up great services like Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram, all of which I like to use. As a matter of fact many people have become frustrated with Facebook because of so many changes they have already made and plan to do. It’s true though, people will click through their pains and still be addicted to the social network.

 

Along with Facebook’s success, across the world many popular platforms like Blogger, Tumblr and WordPress are heavily used. This comes to realize that there are so many services online that people can be a part of, which can easily add to your personal online image. A lot of people already have accounts in these services, but since the future is heavily technologically based, you might want to be involved in some more. I created a simple step guide to help you further improve this image online, which can be used to send to recruiters, share stories with friends and letting people get a better feel of who YOU are.

  • Utilize social media – Social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Jumo, Flickr, Foursquare and Google+ are great ways to connect online.  I personally use these services to connect with friends and share photos. It is important to remember that when you use social networks anyone can see this information (aside from some privacy settings). There are many potential job employers who may not want to be seeing you partying it up! Don’t let this allow you from not having fun, just be smart.
  • Be social – When being present on many different platforms it is important that you are still using the full potential of the service. For example, my WordPress blog I update about once every two weeks, which is not frequent but I am not leaving is dormant. On this site as well and for blogs in general, it is important to read other posts and comment on them. The more you comment on other blogs, the more traffic you generate to your site.
  • Show professionalism – This goes along with being smart when utilizing social media, but now is your time to show off! By creating a profile on LinkedIn or a resume on Vizualize.me you can have a professional e-profile at hand. Also, try to stay connected to past employers and any employees since they can help you get a job down the road. You might be able to discuss topics or find jobs on these services that you wouldn’t be able to elsewhere.
  • Register a blog – You can create blogs for personal reasons, educational and informational reasons, business and corporate reasons or a multitude of other uses and purposes depending on what suits your fancy. There are many blog services like WordPress, Posterous, Tumblr and Blogger that all work well. Blogs are just a way for you to show your work, express ideas and share things you stumble upon. If you are passionate about photography, create a photoblog for instance. This is a good way for people to find out more about what your interests are and how you like to express yourself.
  • Create a home page – Some services like Flavors.me and About.me are a way to link all of your online profiles into one site. These sites can serve as a “homepage” linked to profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. This is a way for your brand to have some ground, and direct people to who can then later explore your profiles across the board. My homepage.

These are just a few steps that I have found some success in. For example, when contacting some recruiters about an internship they said they really enjoyed reading my blog. This hopefully will help them get a better feel of who I really am, and it will serve as a marketing tool for my personal brand. I hope these tips help, and just remember that each service rubs off on you in some way. Do any of you readers have any other services you like to use or recommend?

What’s the fuss with Google Plus?

What’s the fuss with Google Plus?

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If you know me at all, you know I adore social media. If you don’t know me, well, now you know :]

I find the whole aspect of “social networking” absolutely fascinating – when used correctly of course.

I believe that each social media outlet (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) all have different pros and cons. These sites also have different groups of people who use them (in both the right and wrong ways).

Think back to the days of Myspace.com. I first made my Myspace profile when I was in middle school — way before every middle school-aged teen had a cell phone or one with a camera. This was way before the days of digital cameras in every family as well. I remember I didn’t even have a default profile picture on my Myspace page — for a while it was tennis-star Andy Roddick because, at the time, that was my favorite picture. Myspace came and went pretty fast, never really taking advantage of “networking.” It was mostly younger kids who had profiles and they just used it and abused it for keeping up with gossip and friends.

Facebook was still quiet around this point, and towards the middle/end of high school I found myself making a Facebook account. I don’t even have to go into explanation as to how quickly and successful the site became. I will say, however, that it is used to make new friends, get to know new friends better, creep on … EVERYONE and keep in touch with old friends. As you know, almost everyone and their mother (literally) has a Facebook account and everyone is sharing pretty much everything. It spread like wildfire, almost to the point where many people are beginning to hate the site because of the amount of ridicule the people on the site produce — that will happen anywhere though. Then of course there are the rumors and stories about how businesses can pay Facebook some big $$ to gain access to someone’s private accounts for hiring purposes, etc.

Then came Twitter (my personal favorite). During my freshman year of college I went to a communication seminar up at Progressive Field where public relations professionals spoke to a large group of us about the importance and positive direction of social media. They absolutely ADORED Twitter and could not stop talking it up. At the time, maybe only two of the people in the entire room had an account and they highly encouraged us all to go home and make one immediately. They stressed the importance of staying professional, showing some personality and meeting new people on this network. This all is why it has become my favorite; you don’t have to personally know somebody to follow them or even to converse through Twitter. Better yet, it is so easy to find local professionals in the field you want to pursue. It works as such a plus (and THIS is why I love social networking); you get to become acquainted with people whom you may end up meeting, working with and needing down the road.

OK, so back to the title of my post: What’s the fuss with Google Plus? (G+)

Think about Google.com … powerful, the best and most used search engine online, growing in talent and abilities, right? OK, now mix that with all of the traits of social media – status updates, picture posting, blog posting, friends and networking.

Google Plus is synced with your Google (gmail) account, which means on your homepage (think Facebook’s homepage), you can access your gmail email account, your calendar, your G+ profile, your G+ account and Google’s search features all while interacting with your friends, or as G+ calls it, your circles and seeing their status updates.

Instead of just accepting or denying every friend request sent, you can pick and choose what “circle” you want each person to go to. The strength of this concept? Hiding stuff you don’t want certain people to see. For instance, your mom gets a G+, simply put her in your “family” circle and when you post your status update about what you did last night, you don’t have to share it with that circle. There are also circles for friends, acquaintances and the option to create your own (i.e. sorority sisters, coworkers, people I hate, etc.) This way, you can pick and choose who can see what on your profile.

Some critics are saying our lives are on social media overload, while this is correct, old ones fade out (example: Myspace) and new ones perfect flaws and step in.

Right now, G+ is on a trial. It is invite-only when it comes to making a profile. Solution? Ask around, find a friend who already has a profile and ask them to send you an invite.

It will definitely be interesting to see where this goes. Google is so powerful and such a smart and capable engine that there can be many great things that come from this new line of social media.

Hope I helped somewhat illustrate this new trend!

Keep cool in this weather! :]

-samantha

The Most Innovative Company

The Most Innovative Company

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When I attended the National Sports Forum in Louisville, Kentucky, I had the pleasure of listening to a presentation given by the CEO of one of the most innovative companies. The guest speaker was Amy Martin and she founded the social media guru company – Digital Royalty. Digital Royalty is at the forefront of the social media world as they are social media consultants for elite athletes and sport organizations. When Shaquille O’Neal sat in the middle of the Harvard campus like a statue, Digital Royalty was behind it. When UFC President Dana White accidentally tweeted his phone number to millions of people, Digital Royalty capitalized on it and created the fan phone.

I was amazed how much of a business approach Digital Royalty took to social media. This company is all about helping businesses utilize the emerging market of social media. Social media has staying power and is a powerful tool that business and capitalize on to increase revenue and awareness. I got a few seconds after the presentation to approach Martin and talk a little more in depth on the topic. To me, social media is a fascinating new tool that that will have taken over the business world by the time I enter the job force. I plan on following this social media powerhouse company in order to stay tuned into the new trends, and I suggest anyone interested in social media do the same.