Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Twitter. Show all posts

Jul 14, 2014

Why to hate twitter

Why to hate twitter Front
Most major companies are looking towards social media for gathering potential customers. But there is one exception, Apple, the iconoclast it has always been, has refused to create a twitter account

According to a mashable report as of September 2009, about 76% of Fortune 500 companies had tweeted less than 500 times. Also, half of the fortune 100 companies had followers less than 50%, which essentially means that neither you nor your company needs large twitter following to reach at the top. Though the major reason the above article was written is to show how less number of tweets led to a lesser number of following but I choose to infer something else.

I would love to cite several interviews conducted at codemakit, like Metin's Advice '[For] people coming from twitter, doesn't bring too much revenue on Adsense when compared to search visitors.’ Jacob Gube of SixRevisions (A pagerank 6 Website) says that 'Social media almost runs itself. We'll check it a couple of times a day just to see if we have any messages.'

This simply means that they do not invest much time for direct intervention on social media or trying to engage customers/Readers on their social media pages. To brainwash you one last time, I would quote an interview of Veerle Pieters from where she said 'I never actively promoted my Twitter so that people would follow me.' (I'm sure I'm not quoting her out of context, if I am, hopefully I'll receive a mail tomorrow).

Since, I've introduced a large number of professionals (all of them disagree with active twitter interaction), I shall now begin to explain, why should you hate twitter?

It is tough (I’d rather eat a pizza)

Active interaction at twitter is a painful job. I’m not talking about those potato Bloggers but about the excruciating regime of posting nice and clever posts from your fateful twitter account (and for god knows whom). Filled with the fallacy that if they post something clever or thought provoking, they are bound to engage audience and promote their brand.

The thinking is partially correct, when you post something mindful, you are engaging your audience, but ask yourselves, does it actually contribute to your company or firm? A BIG NOOO.

140 Characters? My name’s larger than that!

Secondly, I personally feel, that a 140 Character limit is just too d**n low! You cannot be expected to engage your audience and hook potential customers with a bunch of letters hurriedly put together because the message exceeded its limit.

Note. A personal Experience
My personal experience would dictate me to write about the problems faced by me while using twitter in conjunction with hootsuite. Hootsuite is a service that essentially helps you post a message to all your social networks at once, like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, But the problem I faced was, whenever I try posting a long message to all the social networks at once, The twitter 140 limit somehow crops up and prevents me from sending the message at all. This has actually led many people to distance themselves from Hootsuite. Also, when you add a procedure to forward your facebook posts to twitter, the forwarded post never comes complete and this leads to serious ambiguities.

Word of mouth, faster than the wind

Thirdly, Word of mouth often spreads awesomely fast. Once you see something at twitter and it registers, when you see it often, it fortifies. This is applicable to both positive and negative reviews. You think twitter will be the nicest place where people will comment with nice flowery posts smelling of roses but reality is just a bed of thorns. People often disagree with your services and this leads to negative/Bad reviews. When people see such reviews for sufficient number of times, they become awfully sure that your product is not worth s**t, (I meant salt :-|).

Note. On Word of mouth
I'm sure you wouldn't believe me, have a look at a case study taken up by codemakit research on the perils of starting a popular at the moment blog, where I discussed the cases of web entities which became popular instantly. The only problem occurs when instead of becoming popular, they became instantly unpopular. Take the case of Justin Bieber*, I have no bone to pick with him but when he first started, Social media pounced on him with negative reviews.

Instead of looking at his music, people started looking at his personal life and started judging him. In such cases, social media actually works against the firm/company and blocks many perspective sales. Take Emma Watson* for example, her beauty and acting skills were greatly appreciated by people at social media. Not surprisingly, many of my friends actually went to see her movie just because they had "heard on twitter, she is beautiful". In short it is just a gamble, through twitter you can either increase your sales through the roof or decrease it through your basement.

The Symbols are too @*##ing many!

Fourthly, People are often fed up with too many symbols. Each symbol means something and adds some meaning. The problem with this is, the complete post/series of posts look nothing like people talking but look like people throwing sharp things at each other (Ok here's a #hashtag thrown at your face. Out comes a reply of hot smelling @atsign and kicks you with obnoxious retweets). 

The Symbols are too @*##ing many!

People struggle to grasp the concept and the "omniscient" people at twitter pay no heed to it. Hence it looks something obscure and there goes your aim of connecting with people.

Not enough people to read

Finally, there aren't many twitter users in the world. Take a look at a study by statista Facebook had 1184 million active users, Google+ at 300 Million and Twitter at meager 232 million users followed by Tumblr at 230 million. So, if you still want to promote your company through social media, you are better off with Google+ and Facebook than with twitter.

Now, codemakit would be called as a hypocrite if I do not explain the presence of @codemakit on twitter. I shall stick with my principles that having an account at twitter isn't a blasphemy, but incessant posting of 140 character crap trying to gain visitors/ customers is.
Codemakit seldom posts anything out of the blue and just relies on post forwarding service by an RSS service known as feedburner just to make sure that the bored minds using twitter have something interesting to read.

* The Examples quoted here are my views and is not intended to provoke/hurt anyone. Visitors are requested to read at their own discretion.

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Why to hate twitter MohitChar

May 16, 2014

The Digital Face of India' s Elections

The Digital Face of India's General Elections
How was India's General Elections affected by Facebook and Twitter. Can social media be effective enough to reach the one Billion mark? Find out everything about the Digital Face of India's General Elections through this comprehensive report.

India has long poised to be a super power. Change, in a country of elephantine (over 1.3 Billion or 130 Crores) is difficult unless it is aided by external agencies. 

With the influx of social media in the general population of India, It is hardly a coincidence that Digital media played an important role in the General Elections.

Just because of Elections, Hundreds of Firms started, Thousands of “Popular at the moment” Websites (This article is one of them) were created and millions of pages on election proceedings were created to capitalize on the awareness about the politicos. Numerous social media accounts were created, from twitter to Facebook to even Pinterest, Spam flowed like Water, Search Engine Optimization specialists were hired, Some even had a personal digital/IT team. In short, the political leaders never left a stone unturned to connect with general public. It is worthy to note that surprisingly Electronic media wasn't in much use in the last General elections sans some occasional Website advertisements by websites monetizing their content.

Last Elections : The Dawn of Digitization

Until 2009 Shashi Tharoor was one of the handful of Indian Politicians who had a twitter account and could manage to garner 6,000 Followers, a number currently risen to more than 2.1 Million (21 Lakhs). 

With India's top politicos taking advantage of public's new found love for digital networking, We see people like Narendra Modi having 3.9 Million (39 Lakh) twitter followers and Arvind Kejriwal at 1.7 Million (17 Lakh). It seems the one who embraced the digital sphere most effectively, got the spoils. 

Current Elections : The Plunge into Digitization

D S Rawat of the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) had once said that political parties spend about 30% of their total budget on advertisements of which near 15% is spent at Social media. 

Google Doodle on India's Election Results Day

If you have a look at Google Trends, a facility for determining the current and historical search trends for any term, You would find that the election commission received nationwide attention (because of one reason or another). 

Twitter, 140 Characters shouted into a Microphone

Twitter actually played an important part in the elections because of its unique feature of certified identities (Similar to Website certification). If you follow @superstarrajinikant or @barackobama, you know that the twitter account in question is actually of the celebrity or politician you want. 

Some thoughts on Digitization of Elections by Narendra Modi

When you receive a tweet from their account, you feel the rush as the words were actually written by them. There is no sure shot way to find that out in Facebook. But then again not all accounts on twitter counts, a study by Twopcharts claimed that "30% of existing Twitter accounts have sent 1-10 tweets and only 13% of the accounts have written at least 100 tweets." 

Google's Labours

Google too had left no stone unturned to capitalize on the situation. Its brand new Google Election Hub received thundering response from Google users in India. With its “Know your Candidates” section, Indian Voters from across the country can find out every little detail about the leaders at their constituency. 

For example you can see all the details about Mr. Narendra Modi in the image given below as stored by Google. The election hub has obviously helped users nationwide with its “Trends Section” depicting information in ever so tasteful manner, through info-graphics and tables and finally the “Hangouts” section quenching your thirst for more detail through videos.

Google Elections Hub : Screenshots

Some things were not directly affected by Google. Some had a more subtle approach. Android games by unaffiliated developers like "Modi Run" or "Kursi Cricket" and some by Officials like the Election Commission App for voting killed two birds with an arrow. First by making voting a pleasurable experience and second by creating awareness or at least piquing curiosity about political parties.

Current Trending Searches on Google

The spike was most pronounced in this year's election as the EC was pelted with a handful of controversies. However out of the four, it was Modi who could capitalize on the elections perfectly and time its digital prowess. Modi Received a Spike during 2013 during his campaigning for a second term in Gujarat elections. He received second spike when his name came up for the post of Prime Minister during General Elections in India and the third one because of the results. 

Rahul Gandhi enjoyed a peak during 2013 but somehow failed to regain that caliber again. Arvind Kejriwal on the other hand was practically nonexistent some months before the Delhi elections but rose quite quickly.

Facebook, The Blue Giant to the rescue

Facebook too started an "I am a voter" feature on their page, where facebook users of legal age would receive reminding them that voting process has started in their constituency. Facebook with a total number of users at 1.23 billion (123 Crores) has a largest market in US with 183 million (18.3 Crore) users. India comes in hard by crossing 100 million (10 Crore) recently. Like Google, the Blue Giant also launched “Election Tracker app” which tracks political candidates and provides real time information to general public.

Top 5 Facebook User Countries

At Facebook the number of likes received by Facebook pages of major Political parties too played an important role in determining the results of the elections, For example BJP received 4.5 Million (45 Lakh) Likes until the end of this monstrous democratic exercise. AAP at 2.1 Million (21 Lakh), Congress at 3.3 million (33 Lakh) etc.

The Future : The something-something of Digitization

In both developing and developed nations, the desktop users for the social Giant is surely increasing but the growth is not as admirable as the ones through mobile network. With the advent of better, smarter and larger Phones and PDAs, the approach towards social medium like Facebook and twitter has never been so wide. Now, one can access the website through ones mobiles (Android, IOS, Firefox OS etc.), through tablets, desktops and even smart Televisions either with an app or a browser. 

With Indian Smartphone users growing from 750 Million (75 Crores) in 2013 to Four Times in 2020 the amount of Facebook/Twitter users through a Smartphone is sure to increase manifold.

The final verdict, social media is soon going to take place of word of mouth communication and slowly but surely, several nations will follow. One cannot pin high hopes for developed nations like US because of their current total population is 317 million and they cannot increase from 183 million any faster. 

However, what one can pin on is that the number of users in Digital India is sure to increase. This is not because we just reached 100 million (10 Crore) Facebook users out of a whooping 1300 Million (130 Crore), but because we have just seen the power of digital media in influencing the world's largest democratic exercise.

Related Reading

Business Standard ran an awesome article on the 6 types of Social Media Abuses in Elections,

ESocialSceiences conducted a study on the effects of Social Media on Lok Sabha Elections.

Simply 360, an India based web analytics firm released a presentation on the Elections.

We showed you
The Digital Face of India's General Elections MohitChar

Aug 30, 2013

How do you report a person on Twitter

How do you report a person on Twitter Front
Following the footsteps of facebook, pinterest and google+, Twitter too has started its new service known as report abuse. Though the feature of report abuse had already been started in the iOS app, twitter has now officially started the service on the desktop version. 

The move was made by the micro-blogging site after it witnessed a surge of users demanding the option. This came after two journalists India Knight and Laurie Penny received death threats on twitter. Tony wang, the General Manager of Twitter UK, agreed that the threat was “Simply Unacceptable”. 
When you report a person, what happens?
When a person goes on to report a user or a tweet, he/she is greeted by a large fonted message, 

“I am reporting an abusive user.”

The abuse section on the support page deals with three kinds, 
  1. If someone on twitter is posting a person’e private information
  2. If someone on twitter is being abusive
  3. If someone is sending a person violent threats.

TwitterTwitter’s own article against abusive behavior enlists some points which can help users understand the situation better.

The micro-blogging website urges users to first understand twitter and what it does. Next it wants us to consider the context and goes on to explain that the individual tweets can be confusing and it is possible the tweet you consider offensive might be a part of a long conversation. Try to understand the history of your tweets, which people stopped following you suddenly etc.

Also the support page urges users to think before they tweet and if they find someone or something offensive, They are always welcome to block the person and ignore the tweet.

But what should you do when the situation has gone too far?
Twitter recommends you to reach out to the people you trust. Talk to them about the situation and make them understand the gravity of the situation. Certain websites would help,

If you need Step by step process of reporting a person to twitter, You can look at the report by Stop cyber bullying

"This article is dedicated towards bullied innocents who now have something to smile at."

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How do you report a person on Twitter MohitChar

Jul 12, 2012

Embed your social posts, Separately

Embed your social posts, Separately Front
Social Ditto, just as the name suggests, basically copies your post hosted on a social networking site and provides you the ability top host it anywhere you like, even in a blogger post.

The application allows its user to select a post, and get an embed code for the particular post, giving them mobility.  The website also provides the developers, a preview of what would the post look like once it is embedded.

The following post has been taken from codemakit Facebook, and through the embed code, it has been embedded bellow.

For Example : 

The 92nd post on codemakit blogs.

The procedure is simple enough, You just have to copy the link from the post and then paste it in the space given on the website. Click on ditto and you'll have the embed code in your hands.

Here are the different steps required for different Social Networks.


  • See the message closely, you will find an 'expand' button on the left hand side of the post at the bottom.
  • Right click and select "Copy Link Location"


  • Select the photo, video, or status update you want to share via ditto
  • Now Right click on the time of the post, given at the upper part of post
  • Now Select "Copy Link Location"
  • Another method can be the one given by facebook developers


  • Select the photo, video, or text you want to share via ditto
  • Now Right click on the time of the post, (Please understand that the time may begiven in the form of letters, as in 'Today' also)
  • Now Select "Copy Link Location"
An example for Twitter Users

Embed your Twitter posts

 The preview looked like this, along with the embed code at the bottom of the page.

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, Embed your social posts, Separately MohitChar

Find Twitter Followers, A White hat Technique

Find Twitter Followers, A White hat Technique Front
Usually Getting Twitter users to follow you is a very tough egg to crack. The first and the foremost thing twitter users will look for, before following a website or blog or an author on twitter is the existing number of followers and the popularity of your creation.

Getting a decent number of followers may take time, but many resort to black hat techniques. The reason why these techniques are known as black hat is because search engines like Google and Yahoo flag these as a process of cheating.

As the search engines look at a twitter page and ranks according to the number of followers and the amount of activities and then finally the number and rank of people you're following.

Thus it is a challenge to find a website, which offers only organic traffic. One such website which goes through these obstacles is Twellow, a product of webpronews. The signup procedure for the website is smallest possible and then you just have to connect your twitter account to your twellow application and you're good to go.

Once you're in, the next simple step is to browse through the many galleries and find out the right people to follow. once you've created a nice circle of like minded people, twitter users will come to you. One tip, to get followers try to find out people who have their followers nearly equal to the people they are following.

The website offers analysis of developments on websites and blogs in addition to tutorials and insights for increasing traffic, design etc. The online giant also includes financial, legal and political issues on online businesses.

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Find Twitter Followers, A White hat Technique MohitChar

May 6, 2012

Find the people who stopped following you on twitter

Find the people who stopped following you on twitter Front
There were times, when one day, you were on cloud nine cause you have huge number of people following you on twitter, but suddenly you see a drop in the numbers,

Heartbroken you may try to find out those backstabbers through your follow list, but, just to ease up your work and save your energy, you can try the website, and find out those people in no time.

Friend or Follow

 Just enter your username and click on submit,
You'll asked to wait, and then you'll see the results.

The Site is just another utility provided by MongoLab, built by developers for developers their cloud hosting platform along with their management tools and API provide developers with the insight and control they need to focus on their applications, not database management.

Just as you can see, 2 users in this example have stopped following the twitter user, (rest of them are not expected to follow back)

What you can do now is go to their profiles, login and unfollow. simple.
Twitter Unfollow

 Now you can easily
Find the people who stopped following you on twitter MohitChar

Jan 7, 2012

Analyse your twitter page, effectively

Analyse your twitter page, effectively Front
How do you turn your twitter activity into an infographic showing your top followers, content, geographic impact and more? 

The answer is as simple as anything, Vizify. Vizify's TweetSheet showcases revealing details from your tweetstream, including: top followers, geographic impact, most-retweeted posts, and more.

The tweetsheet provides you a series of high quality analysis of your twitter data, better than any other. A complete graph of your tweet activity, maximum to 3200 tweets, The graph is one of the most important analysing tool, at Vizify.

 Vizify ScreenShot

In the most posts retweeted panel, Your recent tweets are shown that were most often retweeted, with the number of retweets shown in the badge.

Vizify ScreenShot

In the favorite themes panel, proper nouns, place/person names, etc. are shown that showed up often in your recent posts. The size of the presentation reflects the frequency of your use of that word/phrase.
Vizify ScreenShot

In the Best followers panel, vizify shows the followers who have been mentioning you the most in the recent past, with the number of mentions highlighted in the badge.