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- MIT Media Lab - New Media Medicine Health & Wellness Innovation
- Lewis Howes - Bringing sexy back to LinkedIn
- Twitter for Beginners
- How do I create a Twitter account?
May 19 |
The future of interaction design and user experience
MIT's Health and Wellness Innovation is a two week hackathon that brings together 80+ students, health professionals, and innovators from industry to build technology that empowers patients to take control of their health. As Design and Strategy mentor I was charged with overseeing information architecture, content organization, brand vision, business model options, user experience design, and video script consulting for all of the six teams.
Check out some of the UI designs we were able to come up with using John Moore's open source platform, Collaborhythm as a base.
Lewis Howes - LinkedIn Guru
I've been on LinkedIn for a while, but never bothered to finish filling out my profile and didn't often recommend it to my clients to use. Big mistake. After attending the Social Media Summit presentation on LinkedIn by Lewis Howes, my eyes have been open to the power that LinkedIn offers businesses who want to market to an affluent and educated pool of decision makers.
The video above is a nice visual explanation of why people use twitter (for personal reasons) and how it works.
To learn more about what Twitter is continue reading.
Create a Twitter account
- To create your twitter account, go to the Twitter's website and click the big yellow "Sign Up" button.
- Fill in your info and click "Create my account".
- Once your account is created, login and click "Settings." From here, you can setup your account details, manage your password, register your mobile phone and IM account, configure how you receive Notices, upload your photo and customize your account's design.
- Your Twitter page is located at twitter.com/yourusername (note: 'yourusername' is what you entered as your username during the sign up process.)
Now that you've set up your account, continue reading to learn about sending messages and following other people.
Last night was the first session of Social Media Success Summit 2010. Guy Kawasaki was the keynote speaker and gave a great presentation with some of his best tips for using twitter as a power marketing tool. Guy is a columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine Open Forum of American Express, and author of nine books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, and Selling the Dream. If you ever get a chance to see or hear Guy speak, I highly recommend it. I definitely have a little crush after last nights presentation. Smart, helpful, and cheeky. My kind of Guy.
My cat rolled over
Guy's first reaction to twitter a few years back was, "What is this crap?". Like for many of us when Guy first signed up for a twitter account, it made no sense. It looked like a bunch of inane comments from boring people. 'My cat just rolled over', 'my bike was stolen', 'I just ate a tuna fish sandwich'...Why would any business owner want to spend their precious time on such...well, crap?
But wait...you don't hear old ladies in the supermarket using twitter as a verb for no reason. It must do something other than tell you that my cat rolled over. Dig a little deeper and you find the true beauty behind twitter. Once you see a few examples of how other businesses are using twitter, the lightbulb goes off and you start to see how you can use it for your business.
Here's another question first: Which would you rather have - 1500 followers that don't pay attention to what you write OR 150 followers who are true fans and refer you to potential clients or networking opportunities. You want the true fans. Just like in life, it's quality over quantity.
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It's true. If you want to get more followers to your blog, you have to write good, relevant, helpful content. Teach me something I don't know or put a new spin on something I aminterested in, and I will follow you.
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