Top 10 NSFW Twitter Abbreviations

My first post for Touchbase, Top 15 Twitter Acronyms, enjoyed many kindRTs on Twitter and earned terrific comments.@stevegarfield,@melissapierce,@gregverdino and@jeffcutlerbrainstormed a new one for sending a your own tweet again: RERUN or abbreviated, RR. @LEMills was even kind enough to correct my grammar: those were mostly abbreviations, not acronyms.

(There’s a mix of both below.)

The most clear and concise feedback, however, came from @rands: “No WTF FTL: ” As Laura wrote when she posted his Tweet in the comments, ‘A true point made by many… there are lotsa lotsa lotsa acronyms with F in them that we did not include.

This is the ‘Part II’ post that she suggested. As you might gather from the title, this post may well be NSFW, though only if explanations for smutty abbreviations could set off your obscenity filters.

There won’t be any pictures or videos that will get you in trouble. In fact, my hope in writing this is to SAVE you from trouble. Clicking on the wrong link in a Tweet could land you in a world of trouble if you then land on a pornography website from a work machine.

For that reason alone, knowing that NSFW = Not Safe For Work is crucial. Following are nine more NSFW abbreviations that you’ll find on Twitter, along with chat rooms, IM, email headlines and social networking forums. Many of them are on the list of chat and text messaging abbreviationsI updated last year. (I know their inclusion is one of the reasons that page has stayed popular.) They’re listed in order of frequency of use, as measured byTweetVolume.

WTF = What the F–k. As ThinkGeek wrote, ‘it’s not always possible to speak your mind on the Internet. So cyber-culture has developed a whole new way to curse and blaspheme without necessarily conjuring up the negativity associated with the whole phrases themselves.’ And as @rands pointed out,WTF should have been in the top 15 overall list. It’s a instant, concise expression of incredulity and critique.

OMFG = Oh My F___ing God. Like OMG, only stronger. The expression is nowhere near as common as WTF but expresses much the same sentiment.

LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off. Also LMFAO, for special emphasis. This comes up a fair bit, no doubt because there is plenty to laugh about on Twitter and in the wide world.

WTH = What the Hell. This expresses the same sentiment as WTF. Whether it’s stronger or not depends on how you feel about Hell or f—ing.

SOB = Son of a B–ch. At least, it used to until @lizstrauss rebranded SOBas Successful and Outstanding Blogger. As it turns out, being an SOB on Twitter might just be a good thing.

NFW = No F—ing Way. As in, ‘no way, no how, not ever’ or a stronger version of OMG. @markpinc was surprised about a a Bay Bridge closing, for instance. As they say, SH (s–t happens).

STFU = Shut The F–k Up. Also STHU, with Hell standing in. This could be used as a stronger OMG — but it can also be a precursor to someone blocking an account on Twitter.

FUBAR = F–ked Up Beyond All Repair. FUBAR originated with the US Army, where many situations ended up FUBAR’ed. According to Wikipedia, ‘electronics engineers report that SNAFU and FUBAR were used before World War II by repairmen sent out to repair phone booths. You might remember it from Saving Private Ryan.

SNAFU = Situation Normal All F–ked Up. SNAFU, referenced above, is another geeky notation of resignation to an ugly reality, industry event or other news.

Bonus: RTFM = Read The F–king Manual. This is the classic complaint of a sysadmin or help desk associate to colleagues. On the Web, it’s about reading the FAQ (RTFF) or the question (RTFQ). I wouldn’t be surprised if reading the tweet (RTFT) showed up soon, either.

There are, of course, many other NSFW abbreviations that include dirty words, including those for the 7 words you can’t say on television. If you know of another one that is often used on Twitter that everyone should know about, let us all know in the comments.

Other abbreviations are more likely found in chat rooms than on Twitter, likeTDTM (Talk Dirty To Me), RUH (Are You Horny), NIFOC (Naked in Front of Computer). Given that there are a growing list of porn stars that Twitter, that may change. And yes, that last link is NSFW!

Alexander Howard is a Cambridge-based technology editor for a B2B IT media company. Until this December, he was the associate editor for, the online IT encyclopedia.

Tweetsgiving: Raising Money out of Thin Air

Charities and Not-for-Profits should take note of Tweetsgiving.

by Jeff Pulver. This guest post combines two posts that originally ran on his blog/as Facebook notes.

A Project like Tweetsgiving is an example of how a charity can use social media platforms, in this case, twitter, for fund raising. Imagine being able to raise US$ 10,000 in a 48 hour period from hundreds of people (336 at last count) who contributed $5 and $10 dollars whose only connection with a charity was when they discovered the fund raising efforts because of one of their friends on twitter?

Imagine what can be done with more established charities. I believe micro giving promoted on social media networks can have a positive impact on fund raising in the weeks, months and years ahead. Not-for-Profits should take note of this and the work of : Beth Kanter, Rebecca Bollwitt, Stacey Monk and others who are pioneering this field as they can benefit directly as they discover and learn how to properly leverage social media and the passion people have for their respective charities.

Jeff blogged all about Tweetsgiving the previous day:

Another example of Leveraging Social Media for the Social Good: Tweetsgiving

I just became aware of

From the website:

“Tweetsgiving is a Twitter celebration of gratitude and giving created by Epic Change, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The project aims to demonstrate the power of the social web by raising $10,000 in 48 hours to build a classroom in Tanzania.

TweetsGiving will be held from Tuesday, 11.25.08 (12pm EST) to Thursday, 11.27.08 (12pm EST).

At last check, they were almost halfway to their goal.


“How do I participate?

1. TWEET THANKS: Share something you’re thankful for with all your twitter followers. Your tweets can be touching or silly, poignant or fun. Just tweet from the heart and be sure to include the #TweetsGiving tag and a link to:

2. GIVE: Make a donation in honor of whatever – or whomever – you’re grateful for.

* Every $10 buys a brick to build a classroom in Tanzania. (1,000 bricks = new classroom!) Email your TweetsGiving tweet to, and it will be painted on your brick!

* For $100 or more, you’ll be named one of our “Top Turkeys” and we’ll list your gift on our site.

* Or, with the holiday season approaching, you may buy unique gifts at: With each purchase, you’ll add one or more bricks to a new classroom at the school.

3. SPREAD THE GRATITUDE: Follow @TweetsGiving to fill your twitter stream with gratitude, then blog, retweet, or even change your avatar to the TweetsGiving Turkey.”

Their story:

Tweetsgiving is a project of Epic Change that seeks to demonstrate the power of twitter and the social web by spreading gratitude and raising $10,000 in 48 hours to build a classroom at the school in Tanzania. The project was inspired by the TrickorTweet campaign organized around Halloween by @TheGrokand @ChrisBrogan.

Epic Change is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses the power of stories to create social change. Their current project is to rebuild and expand Shepherds Junior, a primary school in Arusha, Tanzania. Mama Lucy Kamptoni, a savvy and passionate local woman, started the school near her home in 2003 with the money she raised from selling chickens. She believes that education is the key to transforming a country gripped by poverty. By participating in TweetsGiving, you’re investing in the education and future of students like Gideon, Pius, Glory, and many more who have the potential to change the world. All the funds raised will go to build a new classroom at the school.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, please take a look at this inspiring video message of gratitude from the children:


Jeff Pulver is the Chairman and Founder of His blog is well read within the IP Communications Industry and in high-tech communities around the world. He is the publisher of The Pulver Report and and creator of the industry standard Voice on the Net (VON) events. Additionally, Mr. Pulver is the founder of FWD, the VON Coalition, PrimeTimeRewind.TV, Vivox and is the co-founder of VoIP provider, Vonage.

Molson: Brewing Up Success with Social Media

Would you expect a 222 year-old company would be fully engaged in social media? Yes, if it’s Molson; this includes Twitter, blogging, vlogging, Flickr and more.  As this came to me as a surprise, I was eager to find out why a such well-established company would take an active role on the Web. Ferg Devins, VP Government and Public Affairs, Molson Canada, was gracious to speak to me this past Wednesday.
It turns out community engagement has been part of this family-run company (now in its 7th generation) since the beginning. Banking and transportation are but a few of the new technologies pushed by the Molson family since its founding. Why? Beer is a social commodity. Maintaining good relations with the community drives the business.

Several things became clear during the conversation:

  1. Molson’s social media team not only gets social media, it really fires them up. The vibe and excitement was palpable. After I got off the phone, I wanted to jump up and down and fire up my colleagues (but that’s a different story).
  2. Engagement is successful when aligned to corporate goals and culture.
  3. Social engagement isn’t about directly impacting financial returns. It’s about relationships. This ties in to my take on ROI and the applicability of strategy maps to social media.

How has Molson used social media to engage community?

  1. The launch of the new blog included a major fundraising effortthat engaged 1100 Molson employees on a cold February morning. Wake people up at 6am to sell “Toques” in Toronto forRaising the Roof: Sure, why not? It resulted in a $125K being raised for the homeless, including an amazing $90K raised by Molson.
  2. Brew 2.0. Seriously, need I say anything more?

The following are highlights from our conversation.

JK: Social media is a cost-center in most organizations. How do you report value?
Ferg: How does traditional media report value? Social media is a part of the communications mix, and as such, represents one channel to reach out to the public. Thanks to Google Analytics and other tracking measures, activity is easily quantifiable.

JK: How will you scale if social media takes off?
Ferg: Give me that problem!

JK: Who started tweeting at Molson?
Ferg: @toniahammer; she often is out shooting pictures and video for the company.
JK: How do you see brands providing value on Twitter?
Ferg: I’m still feeling out the sense of what people want to see “commercially” on the site. I get tremendous value from the learning that is shared through various links from folks.  When I look at Home Depot updates, I guess it’s useful information and thus I follow…like taking back lights last weekend. The flash updates from Globe and Mail and other news providers is of value to me.
JK: What challenges do you think companies face in using Twitter?
Ferg: The greatest challenge for me and my team will be how we want to integrate our brand communications into Twitter in a relevant and friendly way to beer drinkers.  The best way to do that might just be to start reaching out and asking them.

The Lawyers
JK: I have a lot of experience in the legal industry and was curious: have the lawyers jumped on your case?
Ferg: We’ve guided by a simple edict: use common sense. Not only are you representing yourself, you speak for the company. There are certain things, like politics, that should be avoided.

What’s the take-away from this conversation?
JK: If Twitter were to disappear, how would you engage your community?
Ferg: Evolution is key.

How is Twitter used at Molson?
Tonia Hammer of Molson’s PR Team provided great examples of their Twitter use:

  • Direct traffic to our blog and Web sites: Twitter definitely helps drive traffic to the blog. For example:  In October, twitter was the 4th highest traffic source for the blog (7% traffic).  To put into perspective, we didn’t use twitter to communicate blog posts until March, and then, less than 1% of visits were directed from twitter.  It took communicating, building relationships and generating followers to eventually see the positive outcome of ‘twittering’ with respect to our blog traffic.
  • Events: We use Twitter to live-tweet and monitor events. For our Brew 2.0 events in Toronto and Vancouver, we followed the tweets to get feedback and also to share thanks, photos and video.
  • Soliciting Feedback: We ask questions about new websites, promotions, or what people would like to hear from Molson.
  • Monitoring: The various Molson brands are monitored using tweetbeep.
  • Promotions: We’ve done tweets with offers – discount code for, taxiguy discounts for the holidays

Learn more:
For a closer look at Molson’s foray into social media, check out the following:

My thanks go out to the Molson social media team for sharing their experience and time for this post.

Jonathan Kash is Director of Web Services at a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., and writes the blog Fluent Simplicity. He also created theSocial Media Brand Index (originally the Twitter Brand Index). Interests include brand identity, online reputation and strategy.

“Twitter Means Business”: Minnesota case studies, and more

This is a guest post by Julio Ojeda-Zapata, author of the just-released book, “Twitter Means Business: How Microblogging Can Help or Hurt Your Company.” Ojeda-Zapata is a Twitter veteran who also has harnessed the service in his print-journalism work, while writing about the twitterverse and related subjects at length.

“To twit or not?”

That was the main headline on the front of the St. Paul Pioneer Press business section this Sunday. It’s also a question many a company has asked itself. Is there business value in embracing Twitter or other forms of public or private microsharing?

In a series of three articles, I lay it out. (To see these pieces in their original, full-color, printed form, grab the page PDFs).

In the main piece (alternate text here), I profile four Minnesota companies that have learned the fine art of the Twitter-based “soft sell” (versus the harder type that can be a twitterverse turnoff):

Best Buy. This mega-retailer has embraced Twitter at all levels. Its chief marketing officer is using it. So is a customer-service manager in a Tulsa, Okla., Best Buy outlet. One Web-savvy operative has even whipped up acustomized search engine dubbed Spy for tracking Twitter and other social-media sites.

Fallon. You may recognize the name of Fallon Worldwide, the public-relations and online-marketing titan that is part of the Paris-based Publicis Groupe S.A. Minneapolis-based Fallon operatives have become the Twitter-based voice of _S_A_R_A_H_, the HAL-like computer on the “Eureka” sci-fi TV series.

Nabbit. Small, nimble technology startups have also seen big success on Twitter. Nabbit, a service that lets users tag or “nabb” radio tunes they like by pressing buttons on their cell phones, has used Twitter to curry favor with e-influencers while allowing users to generate an automatic tweet with every nabb.

Teresa the Realtor. My fave case study in the piece is Teresa Boardman, a remarkably Internet-savvy real-estate agent who is a superblogger, a Flickr fanatic and, of course, a Twitter maven the likes of which I had not expected to ever see in the real-estate biz. Boardman gave me some of my best material:

As the so-called “twitterverse” has exploded in popularity since its creation in 2006, it has evolved into a casual and conversational online-messaging realm where relationships tend to have a greater value than commercial come-ons, regardless of the source.

Boardman, a longtime Twitter user, knows this. “Real estate is a relationship-based business,” she said. “Its value is in meeting people. The real estate industry still preaches the hard sell, but what I do is a soft sell,” on Twitter and off.

So the cyber-savvy real estate agent has taken it upon herself to teach her fellow Realtors how to use Twitter effectively. It is like breezing through a party, she said, and “being introduced to a friend of a friend who just might be looking for a house.”

In a secondary piece (alternate text here), I explore the new, booming market for private microblogging services now being use within companies. Such business-grade services, the focus of a recent Pistachio Consulting report, are emerging as robust corporate alternatives to public, consumer-focused services like Twitter.

My piece looks at Mix, a Best Buy internal-microblogging service that is launching this week, and the new “Pulse” capabilities built into the Web-basedOnePlace worker-collaboration environment pioneered by the Riverock Technologies firm.

The third piece (alternate text here) in my biz-microblogging package is a preview of my book, published by Happy About Books of Cupertino, Calif. Happy About offers e-book and print versions of the book, also now availableon

If you like my Pioneer Press articles, my book has many more and different business-world case studies on Twitter usage, along with a wealth of Twitter pointers for companies dipping their toes into the twitterverse.

Ode to Twitter

UPDATE: I wrote this in August 2007, so I’m really happy to see it catching on (through Twitter, natch) again recently. Please also check out Twitter is my Village, Twitter Makes us More ____ and these interviews/media.

Let me come clean about my Twitter adoption “arc:”

The wise student hears of the Twitter & practices it diligently. The average student hears of the Twitter & gives it thought now & again. The foolish student hears of the Twitter and laughs aloud. If there were no laughter, the Twitter would not be what it is. -Lao Tzu (well, sorta)

I was foolish. If you think Twitter’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever seen, I hear you.

But I evolved.

I recently tweeted what Twitter is to me:

water cooler, colleagues, sanity check, ideas, advice, good tips, friends, company, connections, inspiration. oh ya & network.

I poo-poohed Twitter in March, grudgingly tried it on May 17, and 4 days later met my first real world Twitter friends (aka, drank the Kool Aid.)

I began to see how creative/productive Twitterers can inspire. I used it to surround myself with role models. I started getting to know people, and to enjoy the company, humor, conversation and great links. Just by way of writing, reading and responding to each other’s tweets, unbelieveably valuable networking contacts have become familiar workday presences. I’ve met and hired 3 subcontractors for my business, met numerous potential collaborators and even found extraordinary new business leads. I’ve been to numerousnetworking and social events (lifesavers for a WAHM in a new city!). Interesting, creative, challenging, thoughtful and very deeply caring people have come into my life. New ones seem to appear every week. Twitter has served up answers, opinions and inspiration. It’s saved my sanity and yesterday, my dishwasher.

Hugh McLeod‘s mentioned both flippantly (April) and seriously (June) that Twitter has slowed his blogging. I’d blame summer for my recent slowdown, but maybe it’s Twitter. But as a wise ninja pointed out, Twitter also improves blogging by absorbing your off-theme tidbits, good links, quotes, questions and other scraps of ideas. It ain’t called microblogging for nothing. But it’s true my blog posts are more detailed and thought out now, the quick cool stuff goes on Twitter.

Because it’s a business and personal tool for me, I Twitter about a LOT of different things. Great finds from my feed reader, impulsive ideas, replies both sassy and heartfelt. I tweet pointers to new blog posts when they go up. Twitter’s kept me company and has let me blow off steam, comfort a friend, and get exposed to completely opposite thinking from my own. On Twitter, we share and promote each others’ ideas and media. We celebrate birthdays, promotions, graduations and anniversaries. We look out for someone traveling or near the site of a disaster. We introduce and we randomly discover each other. Some I follow are just plain entertaining. Others I look up to and hope to meet.

We also combine the power of our collective news/intellectual interests. I get the “best of” ideas that various Twitter friends read or create, any given day. This magnifies the depth and breadth of information I consume. Imagine if your “water cooler” at work were also a wire service/editorial desk? Yeah. Something like that.

Sure, Twitter contains a huge % of “what I had for breakfast.” But the elegance is this: Everyone starts out with nobody listening to them and nobody to listen to. How and who you add determines what Twitter will become for you. Nobody can tweet at you without permission. You add people. People add you. You see interesting exchanges and add new people. Read the Twitterstream of anyone who adds you to decide whether you want to hear what they have to say. Meet someone at an event and you can connect on Twitter to get to know each other’s thoughts a little, over time.

If you used your TV or radio to listen to EVERYONE on your block broadcast their every random sound or video, you’d dismiss radio and TV as useless. If you look at everyone on Twitter at once and complain about futility, you’re missing the chance to find interesting connections and dig in slowly. Before you dismiss Twitter, find some bright, engaging, thoughtful tweeters* and follow them for a little while.

So there it is. I’m an addict. I’m a poster child for Twitter, and I couldn’t be happier about it. If you don’t”get” twitter yet, that’s ok. I’ve been there too.

* I’d have to write a whole separate post to shout out my Twitter favorites and what each one brings to the table. So please, post your suggested “Twitterers to follow” in the comments.

Twitter Makes Us More

Musing. Twitter makes me more: informed, networked, amused, challenged to think, aware, enlightened, distracted, curious, connected, loved… I could probably go on all day. what about you? How would you fill in the blank: “Twitter makes me more ____________.”

you replied:

Matt Shandera @MattShandera Hmm good question: how about visable?

AnnOhio @AnnOhio *willing to spread my wings and try new things* Like meeting and connecting with soem amazing people. :o )

Jim Turner @Genuine exposed

Tom Summit @tsummit Twitter makes me more: human and gregarious

Laura P Thomas @LPT twitter keeps me more informed, connected and up-to-date.

Aneel L @aneel twitter makes me more chatty

Chris Wilson @Aithene Distracted. Cozy. Its like I’m hanging out in a room full of people I mostly like. :)

Ed Illig @Illig That’s quite a list. H’m, “…a better cook.” :) also inspires me to continue learning, appreciate/respect creativity of others.

Stowe Boyd @stoweboyd “Twitter makes me more messy, and messiness is good.”

royblumenthal @royblumenthal Twitter makes me more connecting.

Colin Walker @ColinWalker using your “Twitter makes me more…” tweet in a blog post as an illustration if you don’t mind. (@colinwalker have at it, thanks!)

Starman @istarman connected

jljohansen @jljohansen Twitter makes me feel less alone in my cube

Adele McAlear @adelemcalear Twitter makes me sharper, at the front of the curve, more concise, connected, informed…

Phillip Zannini @phillymac Distracted :D

Tiara Shafiq @divabat “…likely to procrastinate.”

squishythefish @squishythefish …informed

(LOTS more answers if you click “more”)

David Parmet @davidparmet twitter makes me more distracted and socialable.

Eden Spodek @EdenSpodek Twitter makes me feel more connected, informed and among friends who speak the same language 24/7.

Colin Walker @ColinWalker Twitter makes me more inspired to create thoughtful blog posts

Seth Brady @sethbrady Twitter keeps me more informed and closer to some contacts from a previous company than when I worked alongside him!

Liz Laneri @Lizzer Twitter makes me “speak up”

TDefren @TDefren (typo’d last time!) … Twitter makes me more concise & more creative … which feels like a contradiction!

Greg Verdino @gregverdino distracted. :-)

Susanna King @superflippy Twitter makes me distracted, aware, jealous, doodle, comment on blogs.

Rick Mahn @rickmahn Twitter/more… “socially aware”, “adept at learning”, “succinct as a writer”, “productive as a writer”, “patient as a listener”

Josh Hinds @joshhinds ‘twitter makes me more clear and to the point in what I want to communicate’ :-)

Sheila Scarborough @SheilaS Twitter allows me to express all my interests: music, history, travel, sociology, Web 2.0, drag racing, good food….

Dan York @danyork Twitter makes me practice brevity.

Vice-Queen Maria @vicequeenmaria “Twitter has made this reclusive phase of my life all the more bearable.”

chelpixie @chelpixie Twitter makes me accompanied. While working. Thank @matthewebel for that one, though I agree.

Kara Soluri @karasoluri Twitter makes me more like myself. No time to pretend in 140 characters or less. And what would be the point?

Ike Pigott @ikepigott Twitter makes me more creative with abbreviations, concatenations, and space-resource-limiting communications. (My lamentation)

Jay F.H. @jfhscribbles “Twitter makes me more colorful. Without it I’m just a two-toned productive pill. Who wants that?…not me.”

Nina Bargiel @slackmistress Twitter makes more conscious of writing in 140 characters or less!

zenaweist @zenaweist Twitter makes me more thankful for all the tweeple/PEAple I’ve met – wonderful stories, conversations, learnings, sharing

Tracy Lee @StarrGazr Twitter makes me all aquiver!

Rob La Gesse @kr8tr … “disappointed when Twitter doesn’t work”

Scott Monty @ScottMonty So many answers: connected. dizzy. confident I’ve got a future in stand-up comedy.

Kim Fenolio @KimFenolio Twitter makes me more aware of what’s happening in the rest of the world.

Christine Taylor @mousewords Twitter makes me part of a community. Also more aware, informed, entertained, gregarious. Makes me broaden my thinking.

ElisabetMcLauryLewin @podcastmama Twitter makes me more aware of little undercurrents before they become tidal waves :)

Kait Swanson @kaitswanson Twitter makes me more likely to read smart things I wouldn’t find on my own.

Cathryn Hrudicka @CreativeSage Twitter makes me more aware of how different people think, feel and live.

Katie Delahye Paine @kdpaine twitter makes me more open minded

Katie Delahye Paine @kdpaine twitter makes me a better speaker on the subject of social media because it gives me more good stories

George Bolam @tindle Twitter gives me an excuse to laugh at my own jokes..

Katie Delahye Paine @kdpaine twitter makes me aware of all the stuff that goes on outside my little kingdoms of NH and measurement

George Bolam @tindle Twitter makes me begin to like people again…

Amanda Gravel @AmandaGravel Twitter makes me more inspired

Michael Gruen @gruen Twitter makes me more. Period.

Mike Keliher @mjkeliher Twitter makes me more likely to share. Twitter makes me more likely to skip blogging. Twitter makes me smarter.

Robert Collins @RobertCollins “Twitter makes me more ____” understood

Doug Haslam @DougH Twitter makes me more productive. Twitter makes me more social. Twitter makes more smarter.

Adam Cohen @adamcohen aware, omnipotent, connected

Dave Fleet @davefleet connected; inspired; thoughtful

Kim Fenolio @KimFenolio Twitter makes me more connected. Twitter makes me more friends. Twitter makes me more likely to act.

zenaweist @zenaweist twitter makes me more connected – w/ colleagues, friends, SMEs.

AnnOhio @AnnOhio Twitter makes me more *giggly* and helps me through the really tough days that life tosses now and then.

Christopher Penn @cspenn easily followed by the FBI. Hi guys!

Corrie Bergeron @skydaddy “Twitter makes me more ____” smarter!

Timothy J. Finucane @speljamr “Twitter makes me more twittery.”

Timothy J. Finucane @speljamr “Twitter makes me more distracted.”

Kimberly Goza @Activated Twitter makes me more likely to go out and create twitterable moments; involved w/online community; aware.

Andre Blackman @mindofandre definitely more connected and enlightened

Erno Hannink @ernohannink you already mentioned many good ones Twitter makes me more happy, curious, together, informed, up-to-date, lol

maggie fox @maggiefox Twitter makes me feel hyper socialized.

Corrie Bergeron @skydaddy “smarter”

Jen Flanigan @BucketJen Damn, you already got “aware”. That was mine.

Douglas E. Welch @dewelch …aware

Anna Farmery @Engagingbrand mmmm can’t decide between creative or connected

Andrea Mercado @andreamercado Twitter makes me more concise.

tombreeves @tombreeves twitter makes me more exasperating?

David Parmet @davidparmet twitter makes me more distracted and socialable.

francine hardaway @hardaway compassionate.

Shashi Bellamkonda @shashib twitter makes know more people and that gives me more variety in point of views

Connie Crosby @conniecrosby Twitter makes me more “up” on current events!

Lucy Gray @elemenous Twitter makes more aware of others’ work in my field, educational technology.

Tom Guarriello @tomguarriello Twitter makes me more nosy!

Ben Huyck @jebelmuus Twitter makes me more likely to voice the random thoughts in my head.

Jennifer Gniadecki @jennydecki have “connected” and “accountable” “harassed” and “loved” already been taken?

Karen Sugarpants @trollbaby Twitter makes me constipated.

janapochop @janapochop Twitter makes me more aware that my craziness is not unique and i like it that way :)

stshores24 @stshores24 Twitter makes me more _talkative_.

bruinmike @bruinmike Twitter makes me more aware of how the simplest things in life are worth writing about.

Scott Schablow @sschablow Twitter makes me more astute, aware and attentive.

EdenSpodek @EdenSpodek Twitter makes me feel more connected, informed and among friends who speak the
same language 24/7.

gingerlewman @GingerTPLC…makes me more able to find engaging tools and thoughtful collaboration opportunities for my students and me.

Suvi-Tuuli M-A @tuuli1 Twitter makes me more hyperactive.

AnnOhio @AnnOhio Twitter makes me more appreciative of the world around me through the eyes of people from all over the world…

Ben Huyck @jebelmuus twitter is either really *good* for my ADD, or really *bad*. I’m going with good.

Dan Mosqueda @mosqueda Twitter makes me more empathetic, considerate, interested in stuff I didn’t think I’d really care about.

royblumenthal @royblumenthal Twitter makes me more creative; I flow when I’m using it.

Karen Sugarpants @trollbaby Twitter makes me more insane with love for my friends with each passing day.

Kevin Dugan @prblog Twitter makes me smarter, faster.” But that’s not saying a lot on some days ;-)

royblumenthal @royblumenthal Twitter makes me wanna read more Twitter every day.

royblumenthal @royblumenthal Twitter makes me wake up with my mobile phone in my hand, pressing ‘reload’ so I don’t miss anything.

Vice-Queen Maria @vicequeenmaria is it safe to say Twitter brings out the best in people?

Elizabeth Albrycht @ealbrycht “Twitter makes me feel more connected to the world.” Esp. as an expat in France who works from home most of the time.

ChazFrench @ChazFrench crossing various body parts for you.

Debra @debroby is this a “why do you love twitter” question? Twitter is all my office friends, plus my coffee shop friends rolled together.

Suki Fuller @Suki_MHC05 Twitter makes me more appreciative of words”

Todd Jordan @Tojosan Twitter brings us together

Todd Jordan @Tojosan twitter enables connections

annie boccio @banannie7 got room for 1 more? Twitter has showm me how similar we are, despite our differences. None of us are alone when we have twitter!

Monty @akaMonty twitter doesn’t make us ALL better. It makes some people more cliquish, it makes some people feel ignored.

Stephan @sdohrn Twitter makes me more OPEN about 10 hours ago from twhirl in reply to Pistachio Icon_star_empty

Andrea Vascellari @vascellari I’m still thinking about what Twitter makes me more…

Andrea Vascellari @vascellari heh…for sure makes me think more! this stream of thoughts, ideas, opinions from all over the globe is simply great

jljohansen @jljohansen Another. Twitter makes me more assertive because “I think” takes 7 characters I can rarely spare.

My Twitter for Dummies Tip: Be Yourself

I just submitted my first tip to the Twitter for Dummies community that we launched this afternoon. Built on Bright Idea’s Webstorm platform, this website will serve both the book project and the gathered community as a place to exchange ideas about making better use of Twitter.

Be Yourself

(category: How to Grow Your Network. tags: authenticity  followers  human  personal  yourself )

I get asked – a LOT – how to “get followers” and I swear that a small part of me is sad every time. Because i really hope for people to have a rich experience of Twitter no matter which – or how many – followers they are connected to. Twitter isn’t *ONE* village, it’s your own personal gathering of friends, neighbors & strangers. Every Twitter Village is different. It’s the quality of the experience and the relevance to you that matter — not the quantity.

So, be yourself.

Yes, even if you have a business account, include some personality and some passion in the mix. we’ve always known that important business gets done at dinners, charity events and on the golf course. Business has always been social and based on relationships, and relationships are based on authenticity and genuinely having things in common.

Sometimes remaining silent about the real you can make you less interesting and harder to relate to. This is an extraordinarily personal medium. I hope you will make it your own.

Won’t you come join us? At the site you can:

  • submit ideas
  • vote on ideas
  • set up your profile
  • search ideas
  • read tips by category
  • invite friends
  • nominate a charity!

As I write this we already have 40 59 people in the Twitter for Dummies community and268 301 people who have followed @Dummies on Twitter. I hope you will join us too and help choose not only the best ideas for the book, but a deserving charity to receive the “community” share of any royalties.

To submit a charity for the community share of the royalties, register and log into the site, click “Post Idea” from any page and categorize your submission “NOMINATE THE CHARITY.” Community voting will determine which charity is selected, and 10% of Pistachio Consulting’s GROSS royalties.

I’d like to add a note of personal thanks to Bright Idea CEO Matt Greeley and to Michelle Fairbanks for their help getting the community site up and running.

Meaningful Action in the Cyclone Aftermath

On Twitter, Friday, I admitted: I’ve been shamefully, intentionally, avoiding news about the cyclone in *Burma/Myanmar. It’s much worse than I’d imagined.

THE best idea I heard in 2007 was from Hans Rosling:approach international strife by connecting, one-to-one, with individual people outside our own cultures. Seek to better understand complexities behind the problems.

So I asked: Has anyone been able to find bloggers or other individuals in Myanmar who are getting word out from the ground?

Please subscribe to at least one of the information sources below and share them widely. (Twitter replies, Google and comments on this draft post turned up the following:)

What can be done?
Not much. The junta government is seizing aid supplies and turning back relief workers at the borders. That government is itself extremely wealthy from Natural Gas sales to Thailand.

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The Phenomenon of Retweeting: A Deep Analysis

Being interested in the science of social and viral marketing, the phenomenon of ReTweeting represents a wealth of insight into how links and ideas spread in social media, so I began by collecting ReTweets to understand their characteristics. When I collated the numbers below, my database had just over 84,000 ReTweets in it, and it now has over 130,000. I was working towards a system to visually map and analyze ReTweet streams (tree-like pattern a meme takes through Twitter, from person to person via ReTweeting). I also just released a beta of this visual map. I wrote a post on the data on my blog, but I’ll present some of that data here as well.

I graphed the length of the ReTweets in my database against a random sampling of other Tweets and found that ReTweets tend to be longer than other tweets, a condition that is probably partially due to the structure of a ReTweet. ReTweets generally contain some variation of the word “ReTweet” or its abbreviation “RT”. They generally also contain one or more @ links indicating the user they’re ReTweeting from.


“RT” is used more commonly than the full “ReTweet” to indicate that the tweet is a ReTweet. I’ll be doing further research into other variations of the word.


The word “please” occurs in ReTweets much more often than in other tweets, indicating that many tweets contain a call to action, explicitly requesting the ReTweet. Many times users will actually ask for user to ReTweet using the phrase “please ReTweet”.


The average rate of ReTweets per hour increases during the EST business day, and peaks between 10am and 4pm, showing that this may be the sweet spot during with to publish tweets designed to get ReTweeted.


Nearly 70% of ReTweets contain a link. This may suggest that ReTweets are a preferred tactic to spread external content on Twitter.


I’ve released a beta of the system I’m developing to analyze and map ReTweets. More granular and advanced analysis will be possible once I’ve finished developing the entire mapping system. Currently there is a search feature, which links to a collapsible tree-view of ReTweet streams like in the screenshot below. There is also a Most ReTweeted page that lists the most ReTweeted users for the last hour, day and week.


Dan Zarrella is a self-proclaimed social media and viral marketing scientist, check out his viral marketing blog for more of his posts, research and tools.

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