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Four Free Ways to Put Your Tweets Into Your Email Signature

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twitter logoWhy Put Twitter in Your Email Signature?

The holy grail of social media is cross pollenation of your social media efforts meaning bringing your facebook friends to your twitter presence, bringing your college buddies to your linked-in profile, bringing your church friends to your facebook, etc.  Growing your network is crucial to social networking efforts and I don’t mean gaming the system, I mean making genuine connections with people in your market.

Adding your latest twitter message update (aka “tweet”) to your email signature is not only a great conversation starter (“what is that?”) and/or is a way for people outside of your social media spheres to get to know you and possibly get them interested in joining you there!

So here are four ways to get ‘er done:

The process is the same for all of these options- you enter your twitter name (none require your password) and it generates multiple options for color choices or design and gives you the code to copying and pasting into your email signature (or on your blog if you’re so inclined to fit it there).  All four options below function the same way, so pick which one you think is pretty and run with it!  Note: if your twitter account is private like mine, this service will not work.

TwitSig

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TweetBars

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TweetSig

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Twisig
twitter image signatures

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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26 Comments

  1. tomferry

    July 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Lani! We might have to try this one out!

  2. Twitsig

    July 3, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    “Note: if your twitter account is private like mine, this service will not work”

    Twitsig can work with protected tweets, as long as we are granted access to view them. (DM us to set it up) the downside of course, once you have granted us permission, anyone with your twitter name, can then use twitsig to view your tweets.

    -Jason @ Twitsig

  3. Missy Caulk

    July 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Interesting, I can see using it for certain email signatures I use. Not all but some.

    Does it work on Mac’s for mail ?

    I’ve had a hard time getting some html codes to work on mail?

  4. Lani Rosales

    July 3, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Missy, they all should work on any mail program that allows html in the signature but I’m on a PC so I can’t guarantee it.

    My favorite email signature tool is “Blank Canvas Email Signatures” it’s a Firefox add-on and I looove it!

  5. Missy Caulk

    July 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks you never know til you try…right?

  6. Fred

    July 4, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I still don’t see the importance of using Twitter for Realtors.

  7. Lani Rosales

    July 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Fred, Twitter is just a marketing tool just like blogging, going to happy hour networking functions, print ads and having business cards. Each tool should be hand selected by the user and some tools aren’t good for some people- socially awkward people won’t thrive at a networking event and people who insist on using comic sans font won’t thrive in print advertising.

    Realtors should choose their tools wisely and only use the ones they understand.

  8. Morgan

    July 4, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    Fred,

    Here is why it is important:

    https://search.twitter.com/search?q=%22house+hunting%22

  9. Karen Rice

    July 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    I use Twitter to find new friends – new agent friends, and hopefully local tweeps as well. It’s another networking tool. Use it or don’t use it – like anything else.

    I liken it to rubbing elbows at the deli, at the local diner, or at a convention – only it can be done whenever you want, wherever you have an internet connection. I have made friends with several realtors online – whom I would be happy to refer clients to and receive referrals from.

    A few years ago, a lot of agents didn’t see the necessity of using the Internet much, or having their own website, either.

  10. Fred

    July 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    @Morgan – I still don’t see it… It make no sense to throw out one liners.

    When I try read stuff on Twitter, it seems very hard to follow any conversation. Just jibberish… Does anyone else find it hard to follow?

    It make more sense to blog on your Facebook page because its much easier to follow.

  11. Karen Rice

    July 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Riding a bicycle is hard too, until you learn how.

  12. Morgan

    July 4, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    @Fred,

    It’s not about throwing out one-liners. The difference between blogging on Facebook and Twitter is that you can’t find people sticking their hands up asking for help on Facebook. They work together. I like to think of Twitter as a big cocktail party. If I’m in real estate and someone is talking about real estate I’m going to be interested in that conversation. Am I going to go – hey I’m a Realtor and you should work with me? Not unless I want a drink poured on my head. Am I going to try to be helpful, offer some information and try to connect with the person to a point where they might say “And what do you do?” and let the conversation go from there? Absolutely.

    I think it’s all about looking for opportunities to connect with people in a lightweight sort of way, just as you would at a neighborhood BBQ, and you can’t get that on Facebook or a blog or anywhere else really.

    Whether or not it works for you is of course up to you; but it definitely works for Realtors that have found a way to work it into their work flow.

    Regarding the difficulty following conversations a desktop client like Tweetdeck or Seesmic desktop (my fave) can help a ton.

    Happy 4th! Now time to go BBQ myself! 🙂

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*New* TikTok Insights launch: Content creators finally get audience analytics

(SOCIAL MEDIA) The popular short-form app, TikTok, finally launches the anticipated Insights feature, where content creators can view target audience data.

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Marketers searching for the zeitgeist which means TikTok scrollers pause to watch their content and then click through to buy a product have a new tool to help make that happen.

  • TikTok Insights offers marketers bite-size bits of user demographic information that will help build content that leads to sales.
  • With TikTok Insights you can learn more about your audience’s behavior, their interests, and their general sentiment toward brands.
  • TikTok Insights is free to use. Marketers can find TikTok user demographics by using filters to determine what they’re looking for.

The demographic info can be age-focused, focused on specific types of marketing, or even as specific as holiday or event marketing.

This is a step in the direction marketers have been asking for as they create content for the TikTok platform; however, creators looking for detailed analytics like they get from meta need to wait. Insights doesn’t offer that for now.

Like TikTok says in its own analytic information,

“While analytics are helpful in understanding the performance of your videos, you don’t need to create future videos based primarily around them. It’s best to consider the bigger picture, lean lightly on analytics, and use them as a source for insight rather than strategy.”

Marketers trying to key into reaching TikTok’s billion users worldwide are left, right now, searching for the magic that leads to consumers making the jump from the platform to using their purchasing power.

For marketers that means keeping things creative and collaborative, two key factors in TikTok’s success. And that success is huge. Users spend an average of 52 minutes on the platform when they log in and a staggering 90% of users say they log on every day.

TikTok Insights will help marketers find ways to connect, but the content TikTok is looking for is authentic.

And while entrepreneurs can bid for advertising like other social media platforms, they need to remember when planning that spend, that most TikTok marketing success stories are more accidental than planned. Have fun with that knowledge. Instead of pressure to create the perfect plan, TikTok Insights allows marketers to keep it creative and to find a way to tie it into what they enjoy about the platform.

Like all other social media marketing, focus on creating content that stops the consumer from their continual scroll. Make it a challenge and keep it real.

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Grindr got busted for selling users’ data locations to advertisers

(SOCIAL MEDIA) User data has been a hot topic in the tech world. It’s often shared haphazardly or not protected, and the app Grindr, follows suit.

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If you’re like me, you probably get spam calls a lot. Information is no longer private in this day and age; companies will buy and sell whatever information they can get their hands on for a quick buck. Which is annoying, but not necessarily outright dangerous, right?

Wrong.

Grindr has admitted to selling their user’s data, however, they are specifically selling the location of their users without regard for liability concerns. Grindr, a gay hook-up app, is an app where a marginalized community is revealing their location to find a person to connect to. Sure, Grindr claims they have been doing this less and less since 2020, but the issue still remains: they have been selling the location of people who are in a marginalized community – a community that has faced a huge amount of oppression in the past and is still facing it to this day.

Who in their right mind thought this was okay? Grindr initially did so to create “real-time ad exchanges” for their users, to find places super close to their location. Which makes sense, sort of. The root of the issue is that the LGBTQAI+ community is a community at risk. How does Grindr know if all of their users are out? Do they know exactly who they’re selling this information to? How do they know that those who bought the information are going to use it properly?

They don’t have any way of knowing this and they put all of their users at risk by selling their location data. And the data is still commercially available! Historical data could still be obtained and the information was able to be purchased in 2017. Even if somebody stopped using Grindr in, say, 2019, the fact they used Grindr is still out there. And yeah, the data that’s been released has anonymized, Grindr claims, but it’s really easy to reverse that and pin a specific person to a specific location and time.

This is such a huge violation of privacy and it puts people in real, actual danger. It would be so easy for bigots to get that information and use it for something other than ads. It would be so easy for people to out others who aren’t ready to come out. It’s ridiculous and, yeah, Grindr claims they’re doing it less, but the knowledge of what they have done is still out there. There’s still that question of “what if they do it again” and, with how the world is right now, it’s really messed up and problematic.

If somebody is attacked because of the data that Grindr sold, is Grindr complicit in that hate crime, legally or otherwise?

So, moral of the story?

Yeah, selling data can get you a quick buck, but don’t do it.

You have no idea who you’re putting at risk by selling that data and, if people find out you’ve done it, chances are your customers (and employees) will lose trust in you and could potentially leave you to find something else. Don’t risk it!

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BeReal: Youngsters are flocking in droves to this Instagram competitor app

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As Instagram loses steam due to its standards of “perfection posting,” users are drawn to a similar app with a different approach, BeReal.

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BeReal is one of several “Real” apps exploding in growth with young users who crave real connections with people they know in real life.

According to data.ai, BeReal ranks 4th by downloads in the US, the UK, and France for Q1 2022 to date, behind only Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

BeReal flies in the face of what social media has become. Instead of curated looks that focus on the beautiful parts of life, BeReal users showcase what they’re doing at the moment and share those real photos with their friends. Their real friends.

It’s real. And real is different for a generation of social media users who have been raised on influencers and filters.

As the app says when you go to its page:

Be Real.

Your Friends

for Real.

Every day at a different time, BeReal users are notified simultaneously to capture and share a Photo in 2 Minutes.

A new and unique way to discover who your friends really are in their daily life.

BeReal app

The app has seen monthly users increase by more than 315% according to Apptopia, which tracks and analyzes app performance.

“Push notifications are sent around the world simultaneously at different times each day,” the company said in a statement. “It’s a secret on how the time is chosen every day, it’s not random.”

The app allows no edits and no filters. They want users to show a “slice of their lives.”

Today’s social media users have seen their lives online inundated with ultra-curated social media. The pandemic led to more time spent online than ever. Social media became a way to escape. Reality was ugly. Social media was funny, pretty, and exciting.

And fake.

Enter BeReal where users are asked to share two moments of real life on a surprise schedule. New apps are fun often because they’re new. However, the huge growth in the use of BeReal by college-aged users points to something more than the new factor.

For the past several years, experts have warned that social media was dangerous to our mental health. The dopamine hits of likes and shares are based on photos and videos filled with second and third takes, lens changes, lighting improvements, and filters. Constant comparisons are the norm. And even though we know the world we present on our social pages isn’t exactly an honest portrayal of life, we can’t help but experience FOMO when we see our friends and followers and those we follow having the times of their lives, buying their new it thing, trying the new perfect product, playing in their Pinterest-worthy decorated spaces we wish we could have.

None of what we see is actually real on our apps. We delete our media that isn’t what we want to portray and try again from a different angle and shoot second and third and forth takes that make us look just a little better.

We spend hours flipping through videos on our For You walls and Instagram stories picked by algorithms that know us better than we know ourselves.

BeReal is the opposite of that. It’s simple, fast, and real. It’s community and fun, but it’s a moment instead of turning into the time-sink of our usual social media that, while fun, is also meant to ultimately sell stuff, including all our data.

It will be interesting to watch BeReal and see if it continues down its promised path and whether the growth continues. People are looking for something. Maybe reality is that answer.

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