Monthly Archives: November 2012

Social Media’s Hottest Stats And Facts, 2012 Edition

Here are some of the most interesting new statistics:

  1. Twitter would be the 12th largest country
  2. Instagram has 5 million new images/day
  3.  “Facebook addiction syndrome” affects 350 million plus users suffer from
  4. 2 people sign up for LinkedIn each second
  5. Vistors average 15 minutes a day on YouTube
  6. 3 million new blogs/month
  7. 97% of Pinterest’s Facebook page fans are women
  8. Google’s +1 button is clicked 5 billion times/day
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Sources: Go-GlobePRDaily

One Amazing, Easy Trick For Writing Great Tweets

Whether you’re writing a post or linking to someone else’s, finding the most compelling point about the topic is critical.

The most compelling point is what you need to put in the tweet, and if you’re the writer, it belongs in the headline of your post.

Fortunately, there’s a phenomenon that most writers are unaware of that can lead you right to the most compelling point!

Writers—probably yourself included—naturally find the most compelling way to make their point only after they’ve warmed up.

How To Find The Most Compelling Statement

For most of us, all we need to do is start writing the best we can whatever occurs to us, then wait until around the third paragraph or so. You’ll see this phenomenon on tons of blogs. There, partway down the page, is the main point, or the most compelling statement. Which should have been the headline!

If you’re the writer, sometimes it’s as simple as throwing out whatever you wrote first and starting with the third paragraph (approximately).

The second most common place to find this statement is in the last paragraph, often in the final sentence.

If you’re reading something by a very experienced writer who has fallen into this trap, you’ll most often find the point that should be their headline in the first or second sentence. (So close!)

How To Take Advantage Of This Phenomenon

In your own writing, find out what your habit is—where you typically being to “hit your stride,” and expect it. Use it! Just start writing as best as you know how and then watch for your key point to come out.

When sharing someone else’s writing in a tweet, Facebook update or elsewhere, watch for the most compelling point to come out as the writer gets warmed up. If you don’t see it in the first few paragraphs, skip to the end and look for it there. You’ll be amazed at how many writers follow a predictable pattern of overlooking their best writing.

Then don’t use their headline in your tweet or share; use the most compelling point instead after you’ve unearthed it.

Main Point or “Most Compelling” Point?

It’s often easy to logically tell yourself what the main point of what you’re writing is. But that isn’t necessarily the most interesting and compelling point to the reader.

Sometimes it’s how you come up with a turn of phrase. Or make your point in the simplest, clearest way. There can be something magic about writing, and what comes out only after you’ve begun. Don’t rely on preconceptions. Let the creative act of writing take you places you didn’t expect. In fact, expect it! Experienced writers are very familiar with this phenomenon.

How to Outline When You’re The Writer

Writer and bloggers who have to produce a lot of content often find that outlining is their best friend. It’s the fastest route to producing lots of good content.

To get your best point into your outline, try this simple trick:

Start outlining as you would normally, and somewhere when you’re near halfway done, simply start writing. Do your best, try to make your key points compellingly and quickly. But keep writing and see if takes you somewhere. It probably will lead you to a point or way of saying something that’s a little different than you expected.

If this leads you to a more compelling way to make your point—and it often will—go back to your outline. Adjust it with what you’ve learned, then fill it in as you normally do.

This simple trick is worth it. It takes only a bit longer than than the approach of outlining then filling it, but it can bring much of your writing up to a new level that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.

What’s Your Experience?

Over some days or weeks, look for this phenomenon. Let me know what you find! You’ll see most writers follow a very predictable pattern.

Is Twitter’s Screw-Up Blocking You From Logging In?

Twitter recently claimed that technical problems caused them to reset the passwords of users who didn’t need resetting (hadn’t been hijacked).

But now many users are reporting that they can’t login to Twitter!

Here’s one way to make it work, with a few wrinkles until Twitter fixes things better. I’ll assume you’re logged out/can’t login.

The main problem is this. If you log out, your password won’t work, and you’ll have to reset it again! I suggest clicking the box to STAY LOGGED IN when you reset your password. And, unfortunately, you’ll have to do this on each computer you want to be logged into Twitter.

Essentially what you’ll need to do is use the password reset process to login to your Twitter account on each computer you want to be logged in on.

Here’s what you do:

First, make sure you’re on a computer that you can receive email on, and go to https://twitter.com/account/resend_password.

Enter your username or email there and wait for the email response from Twitter. Click the link in the email, let it take you to the web page to enter your password.

At this point it’s okay to enter your old password if you’re sure you weren’t hijacked.

Now you should be logged into Twitter ON THAT COMPUTER.

If you want to log in on a different computer, go ahead and TRY the password you just used, but if it doesn’t work—and many users are reporting that it doesn’t—you’ll have to reset your password ON THAT COMPUTER as well.

Of course, just use the same password again.

 

 

Twitter Resetting User Passwords After Massive Hijack Attack

UPDATE: Twitter admits that they reset many accounts unnecessarily on November 7. Meaning that even though many individual accounts were hijacked, Twitter otherwise broke itself. And though they don’t say so, the hijack attempts may have been primarily from China.

If you received an email that looks similar to the one below, it is probably NOT fake, and you need to reset the password on your account.

If you want to be absolutely safe, instead of clicking the links in the email, instead open your browser and type in “twitter.com” and try to login. Twitter.com will then redirect you to change your password.

These emails often go out when large numbers of Twitter accounts have been hijacked. Sometimes, just to be safe, Twitter will even send these to accounts that have NOT been hijacked, trying to make sure to catch everyone that HAS been hijacked.

How Accounts Get Hijacked

When a Twitter account is hijacked, the most common reason is that the person who owned the account accidentally logged into a fake Twitter page.

When you type your password into a page that is NOT Twitter, it gets stolen. Of course, who would do that?

The trick is that the hijackers make the page look EXACTLY like Twitter, except for the address (URL) of the webpage.

You can find yourself at one of these fake pages when you click a link and find yourself at what looks like a Twitter login page, but is actually a fake look-alike page. If you forget to check the URL at the top of the page to make sure you’re actually at Twitter, and not some fake look-alike site, they enter their username and password and the hijacker gets their password.

So the trick has two parts: (1) Getting you to click a link (2) Getting you to enter your password. As long as you don’t fall for step (2) you’re safe!

So always remember: Just because it looks like Twitter doesn’t mean it is!

Always check the URL of the page, or, better yet, type “twitter.com” into the address bar of your browser and press enter to make sure you’re actually at Twitter.com.

The next step is usually that the hijacker will start sending out DMs from your account, usually trying to hijack other accounts. These can be DMs that say things like “was this you in this pic?” or “people are saying bad things about you here:”

Twitter blocks the links in these DMs from working fairly quickly, but they do work for the little while it takes Twitter to figure out they should be blocked, and the hijackers change the URLs after they are blocked to try to keep catching new people.

Sometimes hijackers will send out a large wave of DMs from all the accounts they have compromised. When this happens, Twitter notices, and may send out a large number of password reset emails, trying to catch everyone who may have been compromised. This can happen several times a year.