10 Must Follow Twitter Users (1)

Tweeting is a fun activity; it could also be a great way for you to meet great Twitter users who can really enhance your tweeting experience tremendously!

Therefore, today I chose to share with you 10 of my favorite Twitter users so you can follow them and learn from their tweeting habits :)

1. @Chrisvossblog

Whether you are seeking random quotes or specific tips about a variety of topics, Chris Voss is the man for you! Not only is he an active tweep, he also retweets and reciprocates follows.

Chris Voss Blog

Chris Voss Blog

2. @LoriMoreno

Smart, beautiful and positively entertaining, Lori Moreno always has something to say, and it’s always good! Follow her and get a whiff of her wide knowledge about a variety of subjects and enjoy the quotes she shares about love and life.

Lori Moreno

Lori Moreno

3. @Johnlusher

One of the first tweeps I followed when I first joined Twitter, John Lusher has to be one of my favorite tweeps! He’s into social media, marketing, relationship building and content management amongst other things. He shares interesting information and he replies to your tweets and cares about what you say. You gotta love him!

John Lusher

John Lusher

4. @bkmacdaddy

With a unique sense of creativity and a good eye for design, bkmacdaddy is a great source for web and graphic design tips. He also shares fun links related to design as well as SEO and Twitter tips.

bkmacdaddy

bkmacdaddy

5. @ruhanirabin

Not only is this guy a genius, he is also a sweet heart! If you have a useful post with valuable information, he will retweet it for you and make it popular! Moreover, he shares really good tips about several topics and some motivational quotes as well.

Ruhani Rabin

Ruhani Rabin

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4 Real-Time Search Engines Which Go Beyond Twitter

The real time search engine market has been firing-up and there are many services trying to gain some market share in this area. We followed a simple criteria to pick services and build our list: The service must be (1) Real-time and (2) NOT limited to Twitter search results. Here we go:

1. Twingly’s Microblog Search: It covers Twitter, Identica, Bleeper, and a few other services. It’s dedicated to microblogging and offers a RSS subscription option for your searches. While being dominated by Twitter results, it gives you the option of filtering it out by un-checking a box on the side of the page. This makes Twingly one of the most customizable real-time search services covered in this article.

Twingly

Twingly

2. Social Mention: Social Mention covers 80+ social media services including all of the major players (Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, etc). While it has one of the neatest and most clean interfaces among the services we covered, it seems to be the slowest one – showing a list of flashing stars for up to 1 minutes sometimes! We like the various options it provides: the tab options, alerts, RSS subscriptions, the ranking/trending system, and the option of exporting your search results into CSV/Excel file, but slow speed is a deal-breaker! On the other hand, for social alerts and comprehensiveness, it’s one of the best.

3. FriendFeed Search: It shows results from Twitter, StumbleUpon, Delicious and tens of other social media services. It allows a user to connect and collect all his social Web activities into one place. If you are looking for your friends’ opinions regarding a certain topic, FF is great, if you want to perform a comprehensive search, most probably FF won’t cut it as it only indexes the users registered with their service.

Friendfeed Search

Friendfeed Search

4. LifeStream.fm Search: It’s a similar service to FriendFeed and supports 40+ services including the major social media websites (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, Stumble upon, Pownce, and Digg). Unfortunately it only searches events of the users subscribed to their services. This puts it at the same disadvantage as FriendFeed.

While there are a lot of similarities in the services provided by the above real-time search engines, there are also some unique differences that make each one of them unique in a way or another.

Which one is your favorite? Do you think real-time search is valuable or maybe over-rated? Please use the comments section below to let us know your thoughts.

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Why Do People REALLY Tweet? The Psychology Behind Tweeting!

What are the real, closeted reasons behind the act of “tweeting”? Why would someone spend hours tweeting to complete strangers he/she has never met before and will probably never meet in person? What needs does tweeting fulfill? Do we really think of the psychology behind our tweeting habits?

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Model

Here are some of the main reasons behind the act of tweeting based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Model:

  • Meeting new people from different backgrounds and various locations around the world.
  • Establishing connections with others, grow friendships, build relationships and maybe even find love (or at least talk about it to many others who might be feeling the same!).
  • Building on self-confidence through interacting with tweeps who continuously praise your tweets, personality, knowledge and/or looks.
  • Earning respect from your Twitter peers by providing them with valuable content, tips and links.
  • Developing and spreading your creativity in an open and receptive Twitter atmosphere.
  • Learning new skills related to problem-solving, enhancing interpersonal competencies and improving overall communication habits.
  • Winning products, through sweepstakes and promotions, that have the ability to make you feel “important” and “unique” such as the Macbook Pro.
  • Feeling with others on a deeper level through spreading the news about humanitarian causes, environmental problems, economical issues or political debates, and eventually making a difference.
  • Achieving fame through proposing ideas that will become trending topics or uncovering site hacks and problems.

Now that I have listed the psychological needs behind using Twitter, which need would you say Twitter satisfies for you? And do you think there are other needs that Twitter fulfills?

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16 Top Free Twitter Content Sharing Services

If you are a Twitter user, you do know that sharing valuable information on Twitter is highly recommended. Whether you would like to share a picture, a video, a link or even a piece of news, there are many ways to do so using different services.

Today, we will be introducing to you 18 top free content sharing services divided into 6 different content sharing categories:

1. Photo Sharing:

http://plixi.com/

Photo Sharing

  • Twitpic: One of the top content sharing tools allowing users to easily post pictures to the Twitter microblogging and other character-restricted social media service. (This is also one of the most popular service for Twitter in general).
  • Flickr: A Flickr2Twitter integration enabling Twitter users to share posted content on their Twitter accounts using a simple web-based sharing button or via email/mobile using a unique “2Twitter” email address.
  • Plixi.com: Plixi allows users to instantly share their photos to popular social networks through mobile devices and on the web. Moreover, it specializes in providing an innovative open API, and mobile SDKs, to the developer community of Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare and more to come.
  • Twitsnaps: Twitsnaps gives you detailed stats for your tweeted photographs. You can learn about the latest visitors of your photograph, number of views of uploaded photographs, and photographs with maximum views. Continue reading »
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