3 Steps to Twitter Success

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If you’re having a hard time getting your content  retweeted on Twitter, then this blog post is for you. Sometimes I forget that not everyone knows how to use Twitter to its maximum potential, so I’ve outlined some very easy ways to start on the path to success with your social media content from these helpful tips I picked up from a PRSA webinar.

The first step to Twitter success – Tweet guidelines

Use the 70/20/10 method:

70% – Sharing of industry content: Make sure to leave some of your own insight or commentary.

20% – Connecting: It’s called a social network for a reason, so talk to some people!

10% – Chirping: Talk about you but make sure the message is relevant. (If you had to pay for the tweet, would you?) I love this tweet from Laura Bergells (@maniactive)

The second step to Twitter success – Getting retweeted

Share new ideas – People love interesting and entertaining stories, so share them when you find them.

Include links – Twitter is about receiving news on the fly, so including links to the news is great for sharing.

Make it “all about me” – Sharing information that helps others is usually an easy way to get retweeted, but sometimes it’s the funny cat video that makes all the difference. We all need a good laugh.

The third step to Twitter success – Use evocative language

Using verbs like “go bad”, “busted” and “exploit” are great for painting a picture with words. And as we all know, sex and violence sells (but make sure it’s appropriate for your audience a.k.a. your followers and the people you want to follow you.) This Associated Press tweet caught my eye here.

With those helpful tips, you can start on your path to Twitter success. Do you have any extra tips? Please, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Twitter Thoughts: Prometheus

Some friends and I have contemplated seeing “Prometheus” for a since its release. Some of us have seen it (Grady) and others have not (me.) The Internet has made it plain that the movie has plot holes for days, but Grady still said it was a good movie. The more people spoil it, the more I don’t want to see it. So, if you’re unsure of whether you want to see it and don’t mind some ***SPOILERS***, read on.

I saw this tweet and had to watch the linked YouTube video. Warning, it has a TON of spoilers and some cursing, but it’s pretty dang funny.

If you’ve seen “Prometheus,” do you think of it differently now that you’ve seen this video?

Twitter Thoughts: Video Game Commentary

I’ve played games that had commentary on them, but for some reason, I’ve never listened to the commentary. Have you ever listened to the commentary on a video game? If so, what did you think?

8 Must-See Places To See Fantastic E3 Coverage

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E3 2012 | June 4 – 7

The one small benefit of being newly unemployed is that I have almost all the time in the world for one thing during the next few days – E3! Every year around this time, I can barely contain my inner video game fanboy at the thought of all the new games and hardware that’s announced at E3. I’ve got my RSS queued up and YouTube channels subscribed, so if you need some recommendations of where to go find out all the E3 news, keep on reading.

First and foremost, you must keep an eye on the schedule of all the live feeds over at Gametrailers.com.

I’ll break the other content into easily digestible chunks.

Video
Destructoid – Their channel is going to be full of E3 goodness that you shouldn’t miss. Big shout out to Max Scoville and Tara Long for the rad DTOID show.
Rev3Games – This is Destructoid’s sister channel with more E3 goodness here.
IGNentertainment – IGN also has some great content that should suit your fancy as well as some cool journalists.
START – A sister channel to IGNentertainment that shouldn’t disappoint.

Podcast
Bombcast – The Giantbomb podcast is always fun to listen to during E3 because they get some of the greatest people in the video game industry back to their headquarters and grill them on their insight and opinions about the industry and more. This is a must-listen podcast during E3.

Writing
Polygon – Technically it’s still at theverge.com but it’s Polygon. This website has some great writers on staff and the layout of the site is fantastic.
Joystiq – While Polygon is more in-depth with their features, Joystiq will have a TON of coverage on E3, so if you’re looking for quantity over quality, I’d look here.

I have many more websites I could’ve named, but between all of the livestreams and pre-recorded audio & video, I think I’m good here. Did I leave out a place with exclusive coverage? Leave it in the comments!

Beginning Another Chapter

It’s hard not to start this post off with some cliché phrase like “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you’ll miss it.” But, for some reason, I can’t think of another apt way to begin, so I’m just going to roll with it. Life moved pretty fast over this last week when I got the news of my first career layoff.

I’ve had jobs end in the past, which I suppose is sort of like being laid off, but I’ve never actually been laid off. There’s a bittersweet feeling to know that although your employer can’t continue to employ you, they valued your work and your presence.

So, I’m back at the job search grind with the ever looming presence of debt hanging over my head. I knew right away that there was no time to be angry. No time to be bummed. No time to vent frustrations. I’ve had bigger disappointments and worse news in my life. The one way I knew how to react was this: Be proactive and be positive.

And that’s what I did – I was proactive and positive. The outpouring of support has been monumental. Friends and family have come to my aid and I can’t thank them enough. As I continue my journey on the career path I’ve chosen, I’ll never forget the people who have helped shape me. You all have a special place in my heart.