Monthly Archives: November 2010

Ranking of the Best Twitter Books

Books rated in the following categories:

Best Twitter Books of 2010:

Best for BusinessReviews by readersThe latest trends in how businesses and marketers can integrate Twitter, build a loyal following, expand awareness of their business, and handle negative publicity.

Best IntroductionReviews by readers

Maximize your fun and boost your productivity with this easy-reading, updated, full-color guide of tips and tricks.

Best OverallReviews by readersThe nuts and bolts of using Twitter, how to make good connections, and how it can benefit your life and your business. From absolute basics to advanced techniques, a fully updated guide to the how and why of using Twitter.

All books newly updated in 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2010

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Best Humor

Best Writer

By @badbanana

“In a medium that rewards wit, Tim Siedell is the most rewarding.” –Scott Simon, Host, NPR Weekend Edition

“A barrage of funny.” –Maxim

@BadBanana’s Fav Tweets

Most Popular
Reviews by readers“A fun gift book that is bound to crack up anyone who flips through it.” –LA Times

“Shoot-beer-out-your-nose funny.” –Maxim

“Read this unless you’re allergic to laughing.” –Kristen Bell

Best Collection
This collection of Twitter’s funniest tweets include contributions from Shaquille O′Neal, Jimmy Fallon, Penn Jillette, John Cleese, and Steven Fry to regular people with previously unappreciated sharp tongues. A must read for avid Twitterers.


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Best Business Books Incorporating Twitter:

Best Motivational
Reviews by readers

Social media has irreversibly changed the way we live our lives and do business. Learn how to build a career around what you are passionate about.

Best on Networking
Reviews by readers

Learn from one of the leading experts in viral and social marketing how to market your business effectively to today’s customers.

Best “Big Picture”
Reviews by readers

Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust to build your influence, reputation, and profits.

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Best General Social Media Resources:

Best Reference
Reviews by readers

A comprehensive resource for transforming the way corporate, small business, and non-profit companies use social media to reach their desired audiences.

Best Introduction
Reviews by readers

For small businesses and start-ups looking for low-cost online marketing strategies, as well as  larger companies who want to be more involved with social media.

Best Roadmap
Reviews by readersHarness the Power of Social Media to Attract Customers, Motivate Employees, and Grow Your Business as an employee, customer or partner.

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Show me the money! More on Twitter Marketing

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From TwitPitching to app-building, trend-spotting to affiliate selling, each chapter explains where to start and how to do it with case-studies and examples.


Reviews by readersCovers Twitter basics & creating a Twitter marketing strategy blending new and old media, building your network, using Twitter tools, and measuring your success.

Reviews by readersHow to craft and implement a Twitter marketing strategy step by step, from setting an account to setting actionable business goals for Twitter processes and strategies.


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More Great Twitter Books

Best Complete Guide, 2009
Reviews by readersPractical, well-organized examples & clear explanations. Everything you need to know to quickly become a Twitter power user, including ways to boost your business. Now slightly outdated.
Best Job Guide
Reviews by readersGuide from three leading career experts on how to use Twitter to energize your job search and advance your career in just 15 minutes a day.

Twitter Books on Kindle

Most of the best books are now available for download on Amazon’s Kindle!Don’t have a Kindle? Get one here!


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Best newcomer, 2011: The Tao of Twitter

(Watch the video review below or read this great review.)

The TweetSmarter 2010 Twitter Gift Guide

Be sure to add your Twitter Wish List in the comments…and tell your friends to check it out:)

Hear are our favorite Twitter gift categories:

  1. Bargain Twitter Gifts and Stocking Stuffers (most under $15, many under $4!)
  2. Twitter T-Shirts (and Twitter ties!)
  3. Best Twitter Books of 2010
  4. Twitter Mousepads
  5. Twitter Hats
  6. Twitter Greeting Cards
  7. Twitter Magnets
  8. Twitter Keychains

Here is a variety of the most popular and interesting Twitter gifts this season (click any image to learn more):

The famous “Twitter Stalkings”

Auto-tweet your weigh-ins with this WiFi scale

The cutest, cuddliest Twitter bear

The classic Twitter t-shirt

Everyone’s favorite cartoon on a t-shirt

Custom sneaker (Facebook style available too)
Top Twitter books of 2010

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Bargain Twitter Gifts & Stocking Stuffers

I always like to get a few inexpensive and fun gifts for people every holiday season. And with dozens of Twitter gifts for under $4, how can you go wrong? Here are some of the bargain categories:

  1. Twitter Mousepads
  2. Twitter Mugs
  3. Twitter Hats
  4. Twitter Greeting Cards
  5. Twitter Magnets
  6. Twitter Keychains
  7. Twitter T-Shirts (and Twitter ties!)

For a wider variety of Twitter gifts, see our 2010 Twitter Gift guide. Here are a few of our favorite Twitter bargains:

Twitter T-Shirts…and ties!

Get a Twitter shirt for your favorite addict…or yourself. Click on any image below to see all the shirt styles available (note the two ties at bottom). Most have guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Also see:

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Kids reenact Kanye West Tweets

Rapper @KanyeWest says some ridiculous things on Twitter…which is part of what makes him popular. A few examples:

  • Dating models I had to learn to like small dogs and cigarettes
  • My favorite unit of measurement is ‘a shit load’
  • Fur pillows are actually hard to sleep on
  • Up early in the morning taking meetings in Silicone Valley
  • Lol I spelled Silicon wrong ( I guess I was still thinking about the other type of silicone ITS A PROCESS!! : )

Here are some other crazy tweets from Kanye, as reenacted by kids:

Before Kanye joined Twitter

Of course, Kanye didn’t always love Twitter. Here’s what he had to say about Twitter in May of 2009:


And of course, “you-know-who” had something to say when he joined: @taylorswift13: Oh my god. Look who’s on twitter @kanyewest =/

Please come back to Twitter!

UPDATE: We have just learned from her daughter that “Mom had tears in her eyes watching the video and watched it several times.” I wrote her back “Now *I’ve* got tears in my eyes! It’s all about love, isn’t it? I’m so glad we were able to help!! :)))”

Earlier this year, a new Twitter user spending her first busy day on Twitter saw a definition from the Urban Dictionary that we tweeted. Too new to be completely sure how Twitter works, she wasn’t sure it was a general tweet and thought it was probably a message to her specifically (even though it just said “Definition of _____” with a link to the definition entry).

As anyone who has read the Urban Dictionary knows, a lot of their definitions are fairly vulgar. So it was a very, very sad day for us earlier this week when we heard from the daughter of that Twitter user—many months after the fact by that point—telling us her that mother was convinced we had been saying something vulgar about her.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s unfortunate Twitter is so hard to learn. We feel particularly bad since our whole purpose on Twitter is to help people have a good experience here.

So, to the mother of our Twitter friend: Please accept our sincere apologies for the confusion, and we hope you’ll please come back to Twitter!

Is learning Twitter really that hard? Yes, yes it is

How hard is Twitter?

The CEO thinks you have to crash and burn and struggle before you can even learn how to use it!

“When you sign up for Twitter, you fly into this cliff and you catch fire and you, if you’re a brave soul, you can climb back up the cliff and look over on to the vistas beyond, and then you might be able to find out how to use it.”
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter

And I agree. I see people all the time who don’t grasp even the basics of using Twitter.

► Brilliant journalist doesn’t realize her tweets aren’t viewable

I know an MA, PhD journalist on Twitter with over 6,500 tweets as of this writing, who still doesn’t know how to make her tweets available publicly! She tweets them TO people when she means to be posting them as public retweets. And since she rarely engages with people she doesn’t know who send her @ msgs, she hasn’t listened to anyone telling her what she’s doing wrong. So instead of tweeting something like:

RT @TweetSmarter Twitter Plus TV Creates “Social Viewing”:

She tweets:

@TweetSmarter Twitter Plus TV Creates “Social Viewing”:

…and the only person who sees that tweet is me! She doesn’t realize she’s just sending the tweets she means to share with the world back to the people who tweeted them in the first place.

► They’re not robots—you just don’t know how to see their REAL conversations

Another example: The people you are following are having conversations that you will NOT see on your main timeline. I hear regularly that “So-and-so must be a bot (automated account) because they never do anything but post links.” But they do much, MUCH more than just post links—these people just don’t know how to view it. A couple times a month I will reply to someone and they will reply back “Always thought you were a bot!”

You have to understand how tweets with “@” in them really work to use Twitter. If you want to see ALL tweets from someone you are following, you have to check their user page (located at, for example: This is one reason you should check several screens of a person’s tweets if you are “checking them out” for the first time. It’s also a fun thing to do for users that interest you—see all the conversations they are having.

► A great, simple benefit of Twitter that almost everyone overlooks

Because few people know how tweets with “@” in them really work, and even fewer have thought it through, almost no one takes advantage of one of the greatest interactive uses of Twitter—turning private “thank you’s” into public praise. Many of the most useful articles about Twitter explain how great it is at building community and cultivating sources and connections, yet most people have no idea how to connect, much less how easy it is to use Twitter to get influential people to help you.

► Twitter doesn’t provide some of even the most basic functionality

How do you add a comment to a retweet? How do you shorten a URL? How do you talk with other people chatting about a topic using #hashtags? None of these things are available or explained on the Twitter web interface. Nor does Twitter provide tutorial links to things you might want to know—you have to navigate their ever-changing help interface.

What’s YOUR story?

What one or two things would you tell someone new to Twitter? What tip helped the most when you first heard of it? What was the biggest surprise you got learning Twitter? I’m going to be updating this post with more helpful links and examples based on your stories. So please, add your comment below! Thanks :)

► The most important tip of all this: help others! Help people learn to use Twitter. Post links to articles about how to use Twitter. But don’t lecture them. Remember Twitter Rule #1.

I joined Twitter in September 2007 (from my account now called @Oppora) and…made a bunch of mistakes. And I noticed almost no one posting “how to” links about using Twitter. So I started @TweetSmarter a few months later (in August 2008). I think social sites are one of life’s biggest opportunities. (Our account was originally called @Twitter_Tips—you can read the saga of our name change here.)

The number one change I would have Twitter make: promote a variety of tutorial links on the main interface for the most important topics—and for critical support messages. One at a time in a “tip of the day”-style location would be all that is needed. But until they start making it easier to learn, it’s up to us to help one another :) So I’d love to hear from you! What do you think would make Twitter easier to learn?

Help! My Tweets Are Missing!

Do NOT leave a comment here that your tweet count is wrong—you need to visit the Twitter page for your issue. Leave a comment only if you have already visited the Twitter page for your issue (see below for links).

UPDATE: Twitter has put out updated statuses from time to time: · November 27 status · December 10 status · May 25 Status


Click the link below that best describes your problem:

TIP: Sometimes switching to will show your missing tweets.

  1. My Tweets and Hashtags are not showing up in search.
  2. My Tweet count is incorrect.
  3. I’m missing mentions and/or @replies.
  4. I have a different Twitter problem—my problem isn’t listed here.
  5. Tweets that should appear in a search don’t

TIP:Clearing your browser cache often fixes some missing tweet problems.

My Tweets And Hashtags Don’t Show Up In Search!

There are several reasons this could be happening. Very old or protected tweets won’t show up, of course. And Tweets from new accounts (or newly changed usernames) can take a few days to show up.
But if those issues are not your problem, do this: log out and log back in at If you see a big red warning saying your email address is having delivery issues, you need to fix it before Twitter will show your tweets in search (links are provided for what to do).

While it’s true that Twitter technical problems can block tweets from showing up in search, you should first check to make sure YOU haven’t broken any of Twitter’s rules or best practices.

Have you broken any Twitter rules?

Twitter will NOT show the tweets of anyone who fails to follow these Twitter rules or these Twitter best practices.

The good news

You can request that Twitter show your tweets in search, but you’ll have to agree to follow the rules and best practices before they will reverse the decision not to show your tweets. File a ticket at and explain that your tweets are missing and you’d like to know what you need to do to have them come back.

Missing Mentions and @Replies

The symptom here is that you’re missing older tweets or seeing an incomplete number of tweets when viewing your @username mentions in the the replies tab on If you cannot page back to see older @username mentions this is your issue. Go here and let Twitter know this affects you.

If you’re just not receiving all my @ replies, know that Twitter is working on a long-term fix for the missing @ replies problem. You need to let them know you’re affected by filing a ticket at

My Tweet Count is Incorrect

This issue is still affecting many people. You can read the latest from Twitter here.

Win Friends And Influence People On Twitter In Just 5 Seconds A Day

In just the first two paragraphs of this post, you’ll have learned:

  1. The most misunderstood secret of @ messages.
  2. How to strengthen your connections with Twitter friends.
  3. How to become an influencer to your network.

Yes, Really: It Only Takes Five Seconds

Here’s what you do: Whenever you send a complimentary @ message to someone on Twitter, put a period “.” in front of their username. So you would change this tweet to look like the one below it:


See how fast and easy that was? You’ve changed a (semi) private “thank you” tweet into a public testimonial that all your followers can see. Why? Because if you start a tweet with an @name, only that person and everyone following both of you will see it (read this to learn how that works). You DON’T need the “.” if you start your tweet with words though. See “Add Clarity” below

How to properly thank someone with a tweet

This is the best way to thank people that have helped you! It has tons of benefits for you and them instead of just tweeting “@helpfulone Thanks!” You should try to thank two or more people each day this way. Read on to find out why:

The Benefits of “Giving First:”

This is known as a “give first” social transaction, and often results in reciprocity from the person being praised. For example, they might take a few moments to read your timeline or blog, often resulting in retweets or positive networking for you.

Being social

You also gain recognition as an engaged Twitter user—think about it: most people wouldn’t know about your conversation otherwise. So by showing them off, you’re also demonstrating your social skills. Plus, you’re helping everyone engage socially.

But first and foremost, you are helping your followers! How? By pointing them to users or resources they might find helpful. And always remember: “Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.” –Jess Lair

► Other Five Second Alternatives

✔ Add clarity

However, especially if the tweet might be unclear to people not included on your original conversation, you might want to re-write the tweet slightly to help “clue in” your followers to exactly what you are saying, so

@TweetSmarter BTW Once again you’re the only one that has answered my question

might become

Once again, @TweetSmarter had the answer I was looking for when no one else did #Helpful

✔ Pump Up The Praise

The simplest way to do this is to rewrite your tweet in a more “testimonial” style. But a fun technique unique to Twitter is to add on a #HashPhrase such as #AlwaysThereWhenINeedThem or #HottestThingSinceSunburn … you get the idea—the more creative and/or humorous, the better.

► Advanced Methods

✔ Spread Out Your Tweets

Once you start experiencing the benefits, this is an addictive way to tweet. Which leads to an unexpected drawback: too many tweets. To solve this, use any Twitter app that lets you schedule tweets, and space out your tweets whenever you plan to be offline (if you want more followers, retweets and clicks as well, I suggest using BufferApp). For example, whenever you end a tweet session, why not schedule a tweet for halfway between now and whenever you expect to be back online again? And if you really do a LOT of tweets like this, you might try even spacing out a few overnight to “tweet while you sleep.”

✔ Double-Duty Retweets

When you find something you really like, before retweeting it, find the author’s Twitter handle and add some praise to them. It can be as simple as tweeting:

20 Things You Must Know About Twitter [link] RT @user ►Great post by @PraiseWorthy !

(To quickly grab symbols like the “►” use this tool.)

✔ Quit #FollowFriday…ing

Instead of bulk-tweeting recommendations for who to follow one day a week without really helping people understand why they should follow someone, why not do it all week long? #FollowFriday tweets annoy a lot of people anyway by making it hard to find regular tweets in the deluge on Fridays. Plus, this gives you a chance to make a real connection, and provide a specific testimonial/recommendation for each person.

Common confusions and errors

Don’t do it all the time

You don’t need to start everything with a “.” Think of it this way—There are three kinds of tweets:

  1. Those that start with @ (Example: “@user How are you?”)
  2. Those that start with .@ (Example “.@user and I are going to the game tonight!”)
  3. Everything else

So you do NOT need to start ALL tweets with the “.” in order for people to see them. Don’t start tweets with a “.” UNLESS you need to do a tweet like #2 above

How a special kind of retweet confuses things.

These are called “native retweets”—and they are confusing until you get used to identifying them. Twitter explains it like this: “If you see a message from a stranger in your timeline, look for the retweet icon – the retweeter should be someone you follow.” Here’s what that looks like:

For more information, see “Recognizing Retweets in Timelines and Profiles.”

Your Tips and Examples?

There are tons of ways to do this well, and almost no way to do it wrong. So leave your tips and examples in the comments!