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twitter real estateWhile some social media gurus will tell you to jump into social media, get a feel for it and adapt, we encourage seeking out and implementing tools that track your use because we’re not here to play, we’re here to do business. Instead of talking about how to use Twitter to farm your local market (hint: follow locals, not 20,000 agents), we want to talk about using a new Twitter tool for business because you can’t measure ROI if you don’t know what in the world your “I” is. Links you share on Twitter should be backed by analytics as importantly as your Twitter usage should be documented and backed up separate from Twitter.com.

Enter Twistory, whose tagline is “twitter + history and that’s really it.” Without even logging into Twitter, add your Twitter activity (not including direct messages) to most web calendars like Google Calendar and iCal. I will note, however, that it took quite some time for it to begin loading to my calendar and it only updates one or two times per day as I can tell, so be patient.

Why you should document

There are endless reasons you should document Twitter history, but here are a few:

  • Depending on the laws in your state, you are required to keep record of all of your communications with clients from the very moment you make contact. In today’s world, if that contact occurs on Twitter, you should have record of said event. Some states require you to keep communications regarding a real estate transaction for five years, some up to ten. This is the most critical use of Twistory for your business.
  • Some brokerages or agents have their administrators managing some or all of their online presence. If my admin is tweeting as the brokerage, you’re darn tootin’ I want to easily see what all is going on at the front desk. I prefer to see at a glance in a documentable way what anyone on staff is doing with company resources, you?
  • Making your twitter history searchable is como se dice, awesome. Well, it’s useful. Perhaps you don’t recall something you said publicly or you need to compile a list of all of the times you mentioned a subdivision in comparison with your hyperlocal subdivision blog’s traffic. There are endless reasons you may want to refer to your history, but it is a function that is critical for business (to be able to reference your communications).
  • Because you don’t have to sign in to a Twitter account, you can subscribe to multiple feeds and color code them on your web calendar. So, if you want to track and document your history as a broker, alongside your agents, you can do so. If you want to log your competitors so you can study their use of Twitter. Think about it- without having to sit on Twitter all day and watch, you can have a searchable log of any Twitter user. Talk about trend watching!

Twistory is great for remaining in compliance, tracking use and adding a search function to your (and others’) Twitter history. There are many more ways this tool can be used in a real estate business, let us know in comments how you could use Twistory!

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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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  1. Karen Goodman

    December 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I’m a little afraid to see how much time I’m spending on twitter! Of course, 3 of my current listings and 1 of my buyer prospects came from twitter. So I guess it’s time well spent.

    • Lani Rosales

      December 11, 2009 at 12:48 am

      Oh silly, it’s not about time, it’s about quality. I think you provide great quality!

  2. Kevin Tomlinson

    December 11, 2009 at 12:37 am

    I keep trying to add this and I get a notifcation saying I don’t have permission to add this???

    eeh?

    • Lani Rosales

      December 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

      weird, i had no problems. it’s a little wonky, so you might try it a few times and see… let me know if it works for ya, i hope it does! 🙂

  3. Scottsdale Real Estate

    December 11, 2009 at 1:16 am

    Twitter is emerging as a leading social website in promoting business.

  4. walidmrealtor

    December 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Great tool Lani! I’ve just come up with some ideas on how I can use this… 😉

    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Paula Henry

    December 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Lani – Great tool and great advice about the uses. Many communications are not documented and after time, memory may not serve us well – at least my memory may not.

    • Lani Rosales

      December 11, 2009 at 10:06 pm

      Paula, in the era of mass communication, it’s easy to forget some of the thousands of information points every moment of every day.

  6. Dave Woodson

    December 11, 2009 at 3:13 pm

    Super tool, I would love to track my messages over the past few weeks and it has given us an idea for a new way to use it. We will share once we launch it

    • Lani Rosales

      December 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      I’m soo curious and I’m dying to know your thoughts- be sure to come back and tell us what you come up with!!!! 🙂

  7. Jeremy Hart

    December 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Dave, interested to hear how you guys are implementing this. Is it ready for public consumption yet?

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Social media is being used for hiring, and no, we’re not talking just LinkedIn

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media has evolved from being only community-oriented to career-oriented. See how users are getting jobs by being creative.

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Gen Z and Millennials are no doubt the heaviest users of social media, and perhaps the internet in general. But it’s no longer just about catching up with friends and family, posting memes, and hailing yourself as hashtag king – they are using it to get jobs in creative ways.

Kahlil Greene was a student at Yale University hell-bent on educating others about African American social movements and culture. Known as “The Gen Z Historian” on Instagram, TikTok, and LinkedIn, he got to posting about the lesser-known facts and stories of history, amounting to 1.3 million views very quickly, catching the attention of employers. Now with over 500,000 followers across all major platforms, Greene is heading to work in consulting focusing on public education.

“I think that’s the thing that people don’t realize that social media is everywhere, and it’s congruent with every lifestyle you want,” says Greene.

Another TikToker, Emily Zugay, has over 2 million followers on the platform from hilariously redesigning brand logos. Her personality of shooting down brand choices with such a dry delivery is sure to make you giggle. She’s appeared on Ellen, and many brands changed their logos to her suggestions, including McDonald’s, the NFL, Tinder, Doritos, and Nascar. Just announced, Panera Bread is realizing limited holiday cups by Emily Zugay, taking a stab at Starbucks who typically creates the mad rush for holiday cups. Though she hasn’t publicly spoken about taking on a new role due to her wacky design endeavors, she has been approached for many partnership collaborations and markets herself as a content creator on the platform in order to rack in the dough.

Having the perfect one-page resume and perhaps, an inkling of personalization in the cover letter (which no one enjoys writing and barely anyone reads), is no longer the secret to landing jobs. 92% of companies use social media to hire.

“Creating a personal brand doesn’t have to be scary, hard, or time-consuming. You just have to be yourself. Consistent posts, a few follows and some direct messaging can go a long way to open doors.”

TikTok launched a pilot program of applying to the short-form video powerhouse by well, making a TikTok on the platform. Within 48 hours, 800 videos were submitted with #TikTokResumes in their captions. Expanding from internal hiring to external hiring, the program allowed job seekers to apply with their videos to Chipotle, Target, Shopify, and more.

Want to get in on the action but don’t know where to start? Unfortunately, the TikTok submissions have now closed, but you can always follow these tips to start getting creative for your next career move: Embrace the tools on the platform, do your research about the company you’re applying to, make connections on the platform and within the company, show off achievements as you would in a typical resume, and be yourself!

For more cool resume ideas, check out this article on the most creative techie resumes.

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Reactions to Twitter Blue from real subscribers, p.s. its not worth it

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Twitter’s paid subscription service, Twitter Blue, gives more control over tweets and custom UI, but subscriber reception has been lukewarm.

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Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service that gives users increased control over their tweets and the appearance of their interfaces, launched this summer. Subscriber reception has been lukewarm, foreshadowing some resistance to shifts away from advertising-based revenue models for social media platforms.

The allure of Twitter Blue isn’t immediately apparent; beyond a relatively low price tag and increased exclusivity on a platform that emphasizes individuality, the service doesn’t offer much to alter the Twitter experience. Twitter Blue’s main selling point – the ability to preview and alter tweets before sending them – may not be enough to convince users to shell out the requisite three dollars per month.

Other features include the option to change the theme color and icon appearances. Twitter Blue subscribers can also read some ad-supported news articles without having to view ads courtesy of Twitter’s acquisition of Scroll, a company that provides ad-free news browsing.

But even with this variety of small customization options and the promise of more to come, users are skeptical. Android Central’s Shruti Shekar is one such user, beginning her review with, “Right off the bat, this feature isn’t worth the money you’d be spending on it every month.”

Shekar posits that the majority of the features are wasted on long-term users. “I think a lot of my opinions come from a place of using Twitter for so long in a certain way that I’ve gotten used to it, and now I find it challenging to adapt to something that would theoretically make my life easier,” she explains.

One of those adaptations centers on Twitter Blue’s “Undo Tweet” feature – something that belies the notion of proofreading and using common sense before sending thoughts into the nether.

“For me, 95% of the time, I really do pay attention to my tweets before I send them out,” says Shekar.

Twitter Blue checking Tweets before sending.

Shekar does praise Twitter Blue’s “Reader Mode” feature that allows users to view threads as uninterrupted columns but argues that the feature would probably end up being underutilized despite being a cool concept.

The aforementioned color and theme customization was of little interest to Shekar. “I actually found it a bit challenging to get used to the other colors, not because they’re ugly, but again because I am just so used to the classic blue,” she says.

One problem here is that the options to change link and theme colors and put threads in reader mode seem more like accessibility features than premium content. Twitter might do well to make these available to all users, if for no other reason than to avoid criticism about locking quality of life updates behind a subscription paywall.

Shekar’s criticism hits on a crucial point for any social media company looking to emulate Twitter Blue’s subscription model: Even if the subscription price is low, companies have to be prepared to make actual meaningful changes to the user experience if they want satisfied subscribers. That includes building in options that don’t fundamentally alter the basic aspects (or appearance) of the platform.

For more on Twitter Blue, check out their blog post on it here.

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Instagram flaunts new features, including a decked out desktop experience  

(SOCIAL MEDIA) It’s been a time of exciting product and feature announcements for Instagram with additions of Collabs, fundraisers, and desktop posts on deck

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It’s been a time of exciting product and feature announcements for Instagram on both mobile and desktop.

Collabs Feature

“Collabs” allows up to 2 accounts to co-author a post or Reel, both sharing joint ownership of what is ultimately published. The post or Reel will show up equally on both users’ feeds with the same amount of engagement numbers, but combined, including comments, view numbers, and like counts. This is initiated through the tagging screen and the invited account will have to accept the offer before the collab can be complete.

Examples of adding a co-author in Instagram Collabs feature

Fundraiser & Reel Features

Instagram was quick to jump on the short-form content trends taking the social media world by storm. With the rise of TikTok, the Insta platform that was originally focused on static photos added Reels, along the same wavelength of short 15, 30, or 60-second videos, though the competitor has now expanded with the option of 3 minutes. Even so, Instagram is taking the time to improve music-related features within the Reels section of the app, adding “Superbeat” and “Dynamic.” The first adds effects to the video matching the beat of the chosen song, while the latter offers unique and interesting ways to display the song’s lyrics on screen. In addition, they are beginning to test the option to run fundraisers on a post by clicking the + button in the top right corner of the interface.

Examples of Dynamic for Reels feature

 Desktop Feature

FINALLY! Instagram is now realizing just how many users truly enjoy the desktop experience. If one were to compare the platform on the mobile app vs. desktop, they would see the slew of differences between the two with the desktop interface looking like the 1st year Instagram was even introduced. Functionality is no comparison; they only just added the ability to DM on desktop last year. As one can see, there is an extremely limited experience on desktop, but Instagram is now rolling out the ability for users to post from their browsers. Catch us enjoying posts on the big screen!

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