Time to Learn Code

Its time for you to get off your couch and start learning code ( probably by sitting back down in your couch ). It’s not that hard and I am doing it. Its called Code Year and it’s from Code Academy. The plain and simple of it is a newsletter that links you to that weeks lesson. It starts of very basic for those of you that have no idea what code even looks like. And it its harder and you complete the basic “missions”. If you don’t want to sign up and just want to see what the most basic mission is like head over to Code Academy‘s website and check out there little interactive box.

Get your First Twitter Followers

When getting started on Twitter one of the main questions that users ask is how do I get more twitter followers? When you first start using Twitter you’ll find that you don’t know anyone and no one follows you. You start to follow famous people, an artist, a journalist, a writer, even a politician etc… but you realize that they don’t follow you back. You start to get into conversations and follow people related to you and suddenly you have 10, then 20, then 30, 40 maybe even 50! and with a little luck and hard work and patience and you have 100! But basically you have the desire to have more followers.

Perhaps some would say to me, “I prefer quality over quantity” and that’s fine, but if you really want to see that your words, your thoughts, and your tweets go as far as possible, you need to have a good audience to take you as far as possible. It is a matter of strategy to position your username. If you just want to find and read, Ok! you do not need many fans. You just need to follow your sources of information but if you want to go there, I have this for you.
The steps to get your first 2,000 twitter followers.

1. Define your areas of interest.

2. Try to find users who are influential in your area of interest and look if they are on Twitter whether a writer, consultant, marketer, a technology expert, an architect, designer, community manager or a blogger like me… you know well who they are.

3. Now we come to the next step. Users who follow you should have powerful statistics, experience and a bit of good human behavior. I would like to share the fact that between 25% -30% users will be reciprocal and follow you back. The interesting thing is that you’re connecting with people who are related to your preferences and not just fans who’ll be random but they are more selective and segmented. Twitter does not limit the number of followers you can have. However, they monitor how aggressively users follow other users. They try to make sure that none of their limits restrain reasonable usage and will not affect most Twitter users.

4. In addition, every user can follow 2,000 people total. Once you’ve followed 2,000 users, there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow: this limit is different for every user and is based on your ratio of Twitter followers to your following. When you hit this limit, they’ll tell you by showing an error message in your browser. You’ll need to wait until you have more Twitter followers in order to follow more users—basically, you can’t follow 10,000 people if only 100 people follow you.

I recommend you follow 200-300 per day (all depends on your time available)
You should vary and follow different selected influencers, not all of them
You can also use http://twitter.com/ #! / search-advanced to search for users who are talking about your issues and preferences to connect with.

5. Once you have followed 2,000 users, lets say few days a week.

During this week you will find how you and your community gradually begins to grow. Some will welcome you with either a tweet or direct message (DM), return the message since this gives you the opportunity to exercise your first connection with these new Twitter followers.
Start talking to people you are following (It’s really helps), give a kind reply to their comments and retweet their publications. This will be integrated into the dynamics of Twitter.
Begin to share content that you liked and you consider useful to your followers (articles, video, photos, etc.)
You can start building your own blog and create content. I agree that a blog + your Twitter Profile = powerful magical combination.

6. After a week you will probably have about 500 followers but once you’ve followed 2000 users there are limits to the number of additional users you can follow. Now how do I keep it longer if no one is following me back? Well it is relatively easy. Here I will show you the most basic way to do it without any tools.

Sign in to http://www.twitter.com to your account.
Go to ”Following” or “Followers”.
Enter one of the users you follow, if you see the image of Direct Message (DM) that means the user is already Following you, if it has not been reciprocated.
Unfollow users who are not Following you back on Twitter
Do not do it aggressively because to Twitter this can be considered spam. You can review the rules and best practices for Twitter https://support.twitter.com/articles/100161 -following-on-twitter-limits-and-best-practices

I’ve passed the 2,000 Twitter followers mark. Now what?

Well if you’ve arrived at the 2,000 fans, the story changes and you realize that you have developed a good community. Your community will begin to heat up and when you talk to them they recognize you and gradually they will read your Tweets, and other news that you publish on a regular basis. You’re building a personal brand and people recognize you for your words for your ideas, you are doing your part to make a name for yourself on the network. Now the task of managing your Twitter followers has become more complicated and you might want to use some Twitter management tools.

I hope this article will be useful and hopefully I can comment on how it went after applying this.

I love to have your comments and your opinion on your first 2,000 twitter followers.

Chrome Users: Try the WordPress.com Extension

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

Want to receive WordPress.com notifications instantly, even when you’re not on WordPress.com?

Add the new WordPress.com extension for Chrome and as soon as you get a new follower or a new like on one of your posts, a notification will appear in your browser:

Simply click the icon to view your latest WordPress.com notifications:

Start following new blogs without visiting WordPress.com

The Chrome extension also makes it easy to follow sites from your WordPress.com account by displaying a Follow button whenever you’re browsing a site that has an RSS feed.

Clicking the Follow button will add new posts from the website to your reader, and send you an email each time an update is published. (You can change your default email settings if you like.)

When you visit a WordPress.com site, you’ll notice that the extension icon will turn blue, but keep in mind that you can follow blogs…

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I have no Internet ( I am writing this with my iPhone’s 3G ) I will post more soon.

Reblogging is Back!

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

As we mentioned last week, you can like and reblog posts directly from your reader, which displays a stream of all the updates published on all the blogs you follow from your WordPress.com account.

We’ve also brought the reblog button back to the toolbar that appears at the top of the screen when you’re logged into WordPress.com. Note that you’ll only see the like and reblog options while you’re looking at individual posts.

For example, you’ll see this on the left side of your toolbar while viewing http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/read-blogs:

And your toolbar will look like this while you’re browsing the home page of en.blog.wordpress.com:

How does reblogging work?

Reblogging is a quick way to share posts published by other WordPress.com users on your own blog. People have been reblogging others’ posts since blogging started, but our new reblogging system enables authors to retain greater control over their content.


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