Sponsor Spotlight: Six Questions with Alan Weinkrantz

July 9, 2009 at 5:01 am | Posted in Sponsor Spotlight, Sponsors | Leave a comment
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In addition to listing them on our Sponsors page, TweetCampSA sponsors will also be featured on our blog so we can introduce you to the companies making TweetCampSA possible. Check them out and follow them on Twitter! TweetCampSA sponsors are the cutting-edge businesses in our community who understand, appreciate and make use of microblogging as part of their overall communications strategies.

weinkrantz3Introducing TweetCampSA Sponsor Alan Weinkrantz (questions answered by Alan Weinkrantz, @alanweinkrantz).

1. How do you use microblogging?

Re-publish news and information that I think will be useful and helpful to my followers

Re-publish news about client information

Have fun and bring some sense of humor into the conversation

2. How has microblogging changed your business?

I use it for new business development. I am also using it to pitch members of the media on story ideas. And finally, as the Media Representative for @jeffpulver‘s 140 Characters Conference, it has given me the opportunity to work with leading members of the media to cover the broader and cultural aspects of how Twitter is disrupting the traditional news cycle.

3. What makes you follow some people/businesses over others?

Useful content and unique insights into principles of business and life.

4. Who would you like to see on Twitter who isn’t there already?

It’s not who is going to be on Twitter that’s important. It’s how people use it to be useful and helpful. I wish more people were focused on that.

5. Why are you sponsoring TweetCampSA?

Because it’s going to be a blast, and my kids like the T-shirts they get.

6. Give us an elevator pitch about your business.

Alan Weinkrantz is a Public Relations and Social Media Consultant with clients in the U.S. and Israel. With over 25 years of experience, Weinkrantz links business strategy to communications strategy in order to help clients achieve business goals.

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Colleen Pence is one of three organizers of TweetCampSA. A Twitter addict since summer 2007, she previously managed marketing and public relations campaigns for the San Antonio Symphony, Marmon Mok and BluePhoenix ASNA. She now owns Social Media Mentoring, a consulting company teaching businesses and individuals the benefits and nuances of using social media. She’s authored her personal blog for four years and blogs for the San Antonio Express-News.

Sponsor Spotlight: Six Questions with FunPearls.com

July 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Sponsor Spotlight, Sponsors | Leave a comment
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In addition to listing them on our Sponsors page, TweetCampSA sponsors will also be featured on our blog so we can introduce you to the companies making TweetCampSA possible. Check them out and follow them on Twitter! TweetCampSA sponsors are the cutting-edge businesses in our community who understand, appreciate and make use of microblogging as part of their overall communications strategies.

funpearlsIntroducing TweetCampSA Sponsor FunPearls.com (questions answered by Lisa Bastian, your own personal pearl merchant and principal of Bastian PR@FunPearls).

1. How does FunPearls.com use microblogging?

Presently FunPearls.com uses microblogging to announce the “Daily Pearl Jewelry Deal.” This single tweet promotes one item from our unique collection of 300+ jewelry pieces. After each “Deal” tweet, I review FunPearls.com site stats to learn what percent of the store’s Twitter followers decided to check out the featured item that day, and then how many sales were generated by that tweet as compared to non-tweet means.

While the company is five years old, our new online store is just six weeks old. When its numerous educational sections (still under construction) are complete, we’ll be sending “conversational” tweets about diverse info; e.g., how to select jewelry (by recipient and occasion), understand how pearls are made, types of pearls, etc. FunPearls.com wants to be the trusted personal pearl merchant for Pearl Girls everywhere, and Twitter is becoming an important tool to achieving that goal.

2. How has microblogging changed your business?

I’m very new at this, but already I can see that microblogging is an asset to my overall marketing strategy and will remain part of the mix. Unlike google ads, I can directly go to my customers and potential customers and have a conversation (although brief) with them, offer them “specials”, etc.– that’s exciting “real-time” messaging! My Daily Tweets also help me gauge what types and categories of pearl jewelry are more popular with customers. As this info is analyzed, I’ll use it to adjust the positioning and type of items in the store. I do know there are tons more things I can and should do, but I haven’t had the time to explore them yet.

I also am principal of Bastian Public Relations. What I learn via FunPearls.com will carry over into any microblogging advice I give my clients.

3. What makes you follow some people/businesses over others?

I follow an important segment of my customer base: future brides and bridal publications reaching them. I also follow fashion influencers and fashion media too. I want to understand what’s important to them via their tweets and associated Web sites found via their profiles. Others I follow include people in the pearl and general jewelry business–peers, competitors and knowledge brokers. Additionally I follow individuals who can instruct me about how to microblog effectively and so not become an annoyance by accident!

4. Who would you like to see on Twitter who isn’t there already?

My family in Ohio.

5. Why is FunPearls.com sponsoring TweetCampSA?

Although FunPearls.com is a five-year-old business, http://www.funpearls.com now takes visitors to a newly branded store that went live in June. It needs greater exposure not only in San Antonio but throughout the nation, and in turn more customers and people to sign up for the e-newsletter. I also am now seeking “Pearl Girl Ambassadors” at various colleges/high schools to wear free pearls and promote the store to their friends.

6. Give us an elevator pitch about FunPearls.com.

FunPearl.com sells 300+ affordable and stylish pearl and coral jewelry pieces to jazz up casual, career and special occasion outfits. All earrings, bracelets and necklaces are handmade by our Asian pearl design partners. http://www.funpearls.com.

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Colleen Pence is one of three organizers of TweetCampSA. A Twitter addict since summer 2007, she previously managed marketing and public relations campaigns for the San Antonio Symphony, Marmon Mok and BluePhoenix ASNA. She now owns Social Media Mentoring, a consulting company teaching businesses and individuals the benefits and nuances of using social media. She’s authored her personal blog for four years and blogs for the San Antonio Express-News.

And the official TweetCampSA hashtag is…

July 1, 2009 at 3:51 am | Posted in Event News | Leave a comment
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…not a big surprise after all: #TweetCampSA.

OK. It’s pretty predictable. But the #TweetCampSA hashtag is more than just a way for us to follow each other’s tweets at the event. By using the official #TweetCampSA hashtag on Twitter and simply TweetcampSA (no pound sign) to tag photos, videos, blogs posts and other online cotent across multiple social media networks and channels like Flickr, YouTube, Ustream, WordPress, etc. you can help the event live on long after it’s over.

So much rich, helpful, valuable and usable information will be shared at TweetCampSA. The #TweetCampSA Twitter hashtag and TweetcampSA tag will make it easy for you to find and refer to that content if and when you need it.

Use it well. Use it often. Include it in any  TweetCampSA info and content you reference or create across your social networks.

#TweetCampSA, the official Twitter hashtag of Tweetcamp San Antonio!

TweetcampSA, everywhere else.

image credit: http://www.joselozano.com

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Colleen Pence is one of three organizers of TweetCampSA. A Twitter addict since summer 2007, she previously managed marketing and public relations campaigns for the San Antonio Symphony, Marmon Mok and BluePhoenix ASNA. She now owns Social Media Mentoring, a consulting company teaching businesses and individuals the benefits and nuances of using social media. She’s authored her personal blog for four years and blogs for the San Antonio Express-News.

We want YOU for Tweetcamp San Antonio

June 30, 2009 at 2:17 am | Posted in Event News | Leave a comment
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tweetcampsaThis is a call to volunteers!

To those of you who have already expressed interest in helping make Tweetcamp San Antonio happen, thank you! To those of you who want to get involved but didn’t know it was an option, this post is for you as too.

If you have registered for Tweetcamp San Antonio you have already done the first and most important thing to help – getting people to Tweetcamp! Make sure you keep talking it up to friends, colleagues and family and invite them to come. Spots are still open. Beginners and veterans are welcome! We’ll cover all the bases.

Here is a list of volunteer duties for the taking. If you are interested in helping out please email us at tweetcampsa@gmail.com or send a tweet to @TweetcampSA.

Thank you in advance!

  • Official Tweetcamp San Antonio live-twitterer – We need two people to cover the beginner and expert sessions
  • Sign-in table tweeps – We need two or three people to help us man the sign-in table at all times. We will probably do this in shifts so the more, the merrier
  • Official Tweetcamp San Antonio photographers – If you have a camera and can take good pictures, this job is for you. We need two photographers to cover the beginner and expert sessions
  • Official Tweetcamp San Antonio paparazzi – If you have a Flip camera, a Sony Webbie or a phone that shoots decent quality video, we would love to have you shoot short interviews with our attendees. We will feature these on our blog and make Tweetcamp San Antonio much more than a one-day event
  • Morning people – This is one is the toughest to recruit volunteers for.  If you come to help us set up, we will love you forever.
  • SPEAKERS! – You may or may not know but Tweetcamp San Antonio is an “un”conference. We determine our sessions the morning of the event. Experts can volunteer to hold a 30-minute session and attendees can request to hear a session and we will assign an expert to lead it individually or form a panel of experts to take on collaborate on a session. If you are an expert on any microblogging or Twitter matter please feel free to let us know ahead of time or on July 18. We encourage you to lead a session! If you are not an expert but can think of good stories or lessons learned, please share those with us. Case studies and Twitter stories can make for great panel discussions and Tweetcamp sessions.

All of our volunteers will be guaranteed an official Tweetcamp San Antonio T-shirt and badge and will get a big shout out on our volunteer page and a link on our blog roll. Did I mention we will love you forever?

Thank you again! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She writes a blog on the integration of social media, public relations, marketing, technology and our changing society. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Sponsor Spotlight: Six Questions with the San Antonio Express-News

May 7, 2009 at 5:00 am | Posted in San Antonio, Sponsor Spotlight, Sponsors | Leave a comment
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mysaIn addition to listing them on our Sponsors page, TweetCampSA sponsors will also be featured on our blog so we can introduce you to the companies making TweetCampSA possible. Check them out and follow them on Twitter! TweetCampSA sponsors are the cutting-edge businesses in our community who understand, appreciate and make use of microblogging as part of their overall communications strategies.

Introducing TweetCampSA Sponsor San Antonio Express-News / mySA.com (questions answered by Eric Braun, director of digital media at MySA.com – @ebraun and @mySA).

1. How does the Express-News use microblogging?

We use it in several different ways. We push breaking news stories and weather forecasts out on a regular basis, but we don’t find that that’s really a huge traffic driver for us. It does drive a few extra clicks but it’s not a game-changer unless it’s something that takes off across networks. We really use it more as a CRM tool. It’s been much more about connecting with our readers and developing relationships with them. It provides both instant feedback and helps reporters develop sources. We also use Twitter as a way to aggregate sources of information quickly. During the swine flu outbreak we used CoverItLive to aggregate feeds from official and non-official sources including our medical bloggers.

2. How has microblogging changed your business?

Twitter has been the first application that has really grabbed the imagination of the newsroom. I don’t recall any social interaction tool that has been more widely accepted in newsrooms, not just at the Express-News but across the industry. Story comments and forums have always been something reporters have hesitated jumping into, but because the dialogue on twitter is more controlled, civil and ultimately useful, our staff has engaged with it in a big way. You can see by our staff list of twitter accounts how true that is.

3. What makes you follow some people/businesses over others?

I avoid twitterfeeds and people who promise to make me rich. I generally avoid a lot of rough language because we like to break tweets out in various places on the site.

4. Who would you like to see on Twitter who isn’t there already?

The rest of our staff who isn’t using twitter yet. I’d like to see more local politicians use it beyond campaign seasons. Maybe after this election they will. I’d also like to see more restaurants and clubs talking about specials and schedules. Half of the time when I think of someone I’d like to see on twitter, I search for them and they are there.

5. Why is the Express-News sponsoring TweetCampSA?

We’re always interested in learning best practices on how to use Twitter and other social media apps. We also desire to be a part of the social media community in San Antonio because it’s good for us as a business to be connected to people who are making a difference in our city. These things are hard to make happen without funding, so we’re happy to help make it work.

6. Give us an elevator pitch about the Express-News.

The E-N and mySA.com combined have third deepest market penetration of any newspaper in the country, we have the largest newsroom in town by a large margin and day in and day out provide relevant, important content on a variety of platforms. Not only do we provide a wealth of content day in and day out but we are also interested in helping our community reach broader audiences. Users can contribute blogs, tweets, photos, videos and stories to our site to tell their stories and deliver their messages. Of course, selling advertisements is another way we help our customers reach a broad audience and we have a lot of very bright sales people who can help plan an ad campaign on our sites and help devise a search engine marketing campaign.

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Colleen Pence is one of three organizers of TweetCampSA. A Twitter addict since summer 2007, she previously managed marketing and public relations campaigns for the San Antonio Symphony, Marmon Mok and BluePhoenix ASNA. She now owns Social Media Mentoring, a consulting company teaching businesses and individuals the benefits and nuances of using social media. She’s authored her personal blog for four years and blogs for the San Antonio Express-News.

Hello mudder, hello fadder: spring and summer camps for adults!

May 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Posted in Event News, San Antonio, Tools and Tips | Leave a comment
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Our friend (and soon-to-be-announced TweetCampSA sponsor!), Alan Weinkrantz, included TweetCampSA in his San Antonio Express-News article yesterday, “Business camps are fun aids to career.” Be sure to check out Alan’s article for a list of the upcoming camps here in town and  Alan’s web site for dates and more info on all upcoming camps. Now, who’s bringing the marshmallows? Don’t worry. Lettergirl’s got us covered!

Sponsor Spotlight: 6 questions with Creative Noggin

May 3, 2009 at 5:18 am | Posted in San Antonio, Sponsor Spotlight, Sponsors | Leave a comment
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cnlogoc7In addition to listing them on our Sponsors page, TweetCampSA sponsors will also be featured on our blog so we can introduce you to the companies making TweetCampSA possible. Check them out and follow them on Twitter! TweetCampSA sponsors are the cutting-edge businesses in our community who understand, appreciate and make use of microblogging as part of their overall communications strategies.

Introducing TweetCampSA Sponsor Creative Noggin (@creativenoggin)!

1. How does Creative Noggin use microblogging?

Currently, we’re using it primarily to build our company and personal brands within the industry and community. We also teach our clients the benefits and how to utilize microblogging to build their own brands.

2. Has microblogging changed your business?

Oh, definitely. Prior to microblogging moving into the limelight, we were more of a traditional marketing and advertising agency. But since one of our big value propositions is helping our clients find ways to get better results with their marketing as well as finding ways to stretch their budgets, microblogging and social media have a much larger part of their overall marketing plans. Especially as we have learned the strong impact that inbound marketing/the internet can have on an organization’s success.

3. Who are Creative Noggin’s fave follows?

@chrisbrogan, @AmberCadabra, @alanweinkrantz, @writeontime, @colleenpence

4. What’s your criteria for RTs?

It just has to be information that is either unique, interesting, relevant or just darned funny!

5. Why is Creative Noggin sponsoring TweetCampSA?

We love helping to support something that will further educate interested folks in San Antonio about how awesome microblogging can be for business, keeping up with colleagues/friends, staying on top of what people in your industry are saying on a topic or even just staying social if you’re working from home. It’s an incredible resource. We continue to learn more and more about it every day and hope to help others do the same!

6. Give us an elevator pitch about Creative Noggin.

We’re a full service marketing agency that is 100% virtual. No offices = no overhead. That means that we can afford to hire the best and brightest talent in San Antonio for our clients and still charge less than traditional agencies. We’re a lean, mean branding machine. We use all of the tricks of the trade and more from incredible advertising, design, direct response, broadcast and PR to being masters of the internet, using a combo of SEO, awesome site design and social media tools to create phenomenal marketing plans for those we serve. And best of all, our business structure makes us extremely agile and able to move very quickly to help our clients.

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Colleen Pence is one of three organizers of TweetCampSA. A Twitter addict since summer 2007, she previously managed marketing and public relations campaigns for the San Antonio Symphony, Marmon Mok and BluePhoenix ASNA. She now owns Social Media Mentoring, a consulting company teaching businesses and individuals the benefits and nuances of using social media. She’s authored her personal blog for four years and blogs for the San Antonio Express-News.

Attendee spotlight: 10 questions with Candy Beauchamp

April 29, 2009 at 2:24 am | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, Austin | 2 Comments
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @candieb

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1. Who are you?

Candy Beauchamp in Austin, TX – @candieb on Twitter – more info about me is here

2. What do you do?

I’m a virtual bookkeeper, virtual assistant (VA) and technology & gadget geek.

3. Why social media?

Why not? For me because I work from home with my husband full time, it’s a great outlet, it is my water cooler, where I can breeze by, see what my friends are saying and respond. It’s also another way to get to know other people that I might not have had the opportunity to otherwise.

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

My main account, @candieb, is a mixture of personal and business. I’d say more than 90 percent  is personal. I do tweet about work, but let’s face it, bookkeeping isn’t all that fascinating to the average person – contrary to popular belief most of us bookkeepers don’t sit around talking about our most fabulous journal entry EVER either 😉 I also run @2minuteswithava, which is basically my little side project for virtual assistants to ask questions of a seasoned VA.

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

I keep in touch with my local friends, as well as those far away. A good deal of my book geek friends are on there as well as friends further away. It’s also a great place to vent out the latest weirdness that goes on in my house or with my kids. Again, it’s a great way to connect with others.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

While I don’t use Twitter specifically for business, I’m sure anyone can tell by looking at my stream for a day or two that I am a bookkeeper. I’ve been lucky in that people will see someone that needs a bookkeeper and either tell me or tell that person to contact me. It’s kind of a weird “twitter word of mouth” thing going on for me. It’s great, even if a little weird at first. It’s hard to sell someone on yourself in 140 characters, but so far, I’ve managed to get several clients from Twitter – without really trying too hard.

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

I live my life pretty transparently. Sometimes I have to remind myself to re-read before hitting that “post” button 🙂 There have been a few times that I’ve said something and wondered if I should take it back. But, at the end of the day… I am who I am. I do try to remember that “type, read, re-read, then send” philosophy.

8. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?

@statesman – what is there not to love about Austin’s newspaper being online? I also adore that they take time to reply and actually read their tweets and replies. They aren’t just a mindless stream like some of the news tweeters I’ve seen. Fabulous use of Twitter, in my opinion.
@VAnetworking – not only a great resource for VAs, but also one great lady. Tawnya isn’t all business all the time and I like that. I was fortunate enough to meet Tawnya at a VA Summit and we hit it off in person just as well as hit it off online.
@linuxjournal – These folks are not only a long-time client of mine, they are funny. This is the main account for them. They feed my inner geek well and make an effort to respond to their replies and build a sense of community for the Linux folks online through Twitter.

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

Auto DMs

10. Any additional words of wisdom?

I think the biggest piece of advice someone gave me, and one I try to remember everyday is that social media should be fun. If it starts to be not so fun, I turn it off for a while.

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

Attendee Spotlight: 10 questions with Charlotte-Anne Lucas

April 24, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Attendee Spotlight, San Antonio | 1 Comment
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Every Tuesday and Friday, we will feature a TweetCamp San Antonio attendee on the blog to give you an insight of the diverse group of people that have come together thanks to the micro-blogging services that are reinventing the way we do communications. Feel free to follow these people and get a head start on TweetCamp San Antonio. If you haven’t done so already, don’t forget to RSVP!

Introducing TweetCamp attendee @charlotteanne

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1. Who are you?

I’m a veteran journalist who left newspapers for the Web 10 years ago. I was in top management at two online news sites, TheStreet.com and MySanAntonio.com, when they became profitable. From 2006-2008 I taught digital journalism, Web design and publishing, multiplatform journalism, interviewing and the bedrock course, Journalism 102, at University of Nevada, Las Vegas. My students learned how to build and maintain their own blogs, built Web sites from tiny little pieces, interviewed people on the social network audio channel Utterz, use Skype video and iChat for international interviews, livestream interactive video on the social media channel, Kyte.tv, and used Twitter to complete the requirements of their final exam. Then I got laid off and came home to San Antonio.

2. What do you do?

My husband, Bill Waldrop, and I are partners in WilCharMedia.com. He’s also a journalist and he helped put the Express-News online in early 1996. We’re digital strategy consultants. We do Web publishing and design, we build social media networks. My role is Online Instigator. We’ll be starting an online news-wiki Web site later this year, but that’s another story!

3. Why social media?

Because we can. More importantly, because everyone can, and it is a two-way conversation. Thank goodness we’re no longer stuck with the one-way, top-down arrogance of old media (although not everyone in old media knows that!).

4. How do you use micro-blobbing services like Twitter for work/business?

I do an hour-long preso on Social Media for Journalists, and would be happy to roll that out during the Tweet Camp. It is longer than 140 characters and it evolves regularly 😉

5. How, if at all, do you use microbbling services for personal purposes?

The line between business and personal is a bit blurry these days, but that’s OK. My entire life is on the record.

6. Tell us a Twitter success story

One of my favorite students left school to work for Obama’s social networking squad. I taught him to Twitter, he Twittered for Obama, and look where that got us!

7. Twitter FAIL story? Lesson (s) learned?

On the first day my students were strutting their stuff and doing the first ever live-group Twitter of the Editor&Publisher EPPYconference in Vegas in May 2008, the Fail Whale weighed in for several hours. It was *very* frustrating.

8. [Cheating, three-part question] Your favorite Twitter follows? Why do you follow them? Have you ever met them?

I follow almost 1,200 people. I use TweetDeck and have several columns including one for all of the women I follow. Another column is My Faves (I have left out the locals on my list, fyi): @acarvin, @agahran, @alizasherman, @bonniegrrl, @breakingnewson, @carlmalamud, @craignewmark, @cshirky, @davewiner, @digitalsista, @dsearls, @gapingvoid, @gazamom, @garyobrien, @hrheingold, @jacklail, @jdp23, @kanter, @laughingsquid, @lisawilliams, @marshalk, @maryhodder, @mediamum, @myrnatheminx, @newmediajim, @niemanlab, @noxhanti, @olevia, @pistachio, @rachelnixon, @susanmernit, @TheWomensMuseum, @timoreilly, @tobydiva, @thirstyboots, @underoak, @vincrosbie, @westseattleblog, @womenwhotech, @yelvington
I learn so very much from them. Some make me think and some make me smile. It’s a great blend!

Of My 41 faves, I have met 11: @agahran, @craignewmark, @garyobrien, @jdp23, @rachelnixon, @tobydiva, @susanmernit, @thirstyboots, @myrnatheminx and @yelvington. I knew @kr8tr online for more than a year before I met him, and he’s in San Antonio!

9. Your Twitter pet peeve?

52% of Twitter users are women, yet so many Twitter shoutouts, lists of experts and RTs involve men. That’s part of why #women2follow is so important to me.

10. Any additional words of wisdom?

I joined Twitter right after it was introduced in 2007 at SXSW, but I didn’t fall in love with its potential and magic until later that year. I wrote a primer, Twitter 101 in March of 2008. That piece has gotten almost 2,000 views from all over the world. That’s pretty magic!

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Andi Narvaez is one of the three organizers of TweetCamp San Antonio. She is an public relations account coordinator for KGBTexas Public Relations / Advertising in San Antonio, Texas and is also one of the three founders of the San Antonio Media/PR/Business Tweetup. She recently earned her degree in Communications and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Trinity University. She is originally from Quito, Ecuador.

A list of top Twitter tools to get you started

April 22, 2009 at 6:38 am | Posted in Tools and Tips | 1 Comment

It’s a jungle out there! We know. As if it wasn’t difficult enough to explain the concept of how (and why) Twitter works to our friends, family and co-workers, there are also tons, literally TONS,  of neat, cool and trippy Twitter tools designed to enhance the already stellar power of Twitter. The list of tools gets pretty lengthy – so much so that it seems that they are out there to make life more complicated than simple – but there is no need to panic… the TweetCamp San Antonio organizers Colleen, Andi and Jennifer have put together a list of favorites. Feel free to share yours!

The list makers

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Colleen       Andi       Jennifer

colleenTweetie: I’ve tried a few Twitter clients for iPhone (and Mac) and Tweetie’s by far my favorite. Tweetie’s iPhone interface is super intuitive and easy-to-use. Once I downloaded it to my iPhone I was up and running in minutes and was able to quickly tweet, retweet, send DMs, follow others, find users and search. Now I’m using it on my Mac and loving it too.

jenniferHootSuite: A great tool to manage multiple Twitter identities. A nice compliment for Tweetie on the iPhone.

andiTweetDeck: A great tool / desktop client to manage your Twitter identities at once. You can arrange your Twittersphere into columns and add columns for things like – multiple search results, replies, direct messages, friends… and you can create groups from within your friends to turn the noise down a little. As of recently, you can also integrate with Facebook status updates as well. The one downside to TweetDeck is that the window takes up your entire screen but pop-up notifications do let you know when Tweets come in.

colleenFriend or Follow: Want to know exactly who you’re following but who isn’t following you back? Or maybe you want to catch up on your follows and find out who’s following you that you’re not following back. In seconds Friend or Follow gives you the info. Click through avatars to read Twitter profiles and follow or unfollow as appropriate.

andiJust Tweet It: A directory for all things Twitter. Find other users, tools, graphics, news, groups, bots, uses… When in doubt, a good place to start.

colleenTwellow: Twellow’s your handy, dandy yellow page directory for Twitter. Get listed and search for tweeps by category and/or location.

andiTracking Twitter: Check out who’s on Twitter – a directory for brands, media, television, celebrities and electric artists. Keeps a tab on latest tweets, number of followers and gives you recommendations on who to follow. Based on what? Meh.

andiTwitter Backgrounds: An AMAZINGLY complete collection of really, really cool Twitter backgrounds. Pick your favorite!

colleenTweetchat: Turns your hashtag conversation into a chat room. Silence other Twitter chatter so you can focus on your favorite #topics. Great for scheduled chats like #journchat or even for just following a hot topic like #AmericanIdol.

jenniferTwitterFall: Is a fun trending topic tool. Tweetdeck allows users to watch their stream, create & manage groups plus search all in one.

andiTweetStats: A very cool tool that allows you to enter your username and, once you hit that “graph my tweets!” button… it gives ou a number of cool, colorful graphs with some useful and insightful Twitter stats. There is also a tab for trends which graphs the latest and greatest on Twitter and, just for fun, you can check out your Twitter cloud and visualize your own Tweets to get a feel for your own trends.

colleenBudURL: Budurl’s provides a great way to shorten URLs and track click-throughs to them. You can also customize your URL by selecting a friendly name (custom alias) between four and 20 characters, i.e. http://budurl.com/tweetcampsa

andiTweetFeed: Great for bloggers! TweetFeed allows you to feed your blog posts to your Twitter account automatically and however often your heart desires.

So there you have it. Now go out! Explore!

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