Did you know there is a right and a wrong way to use social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin?
The reason I know this is because the internet is bombarded on a daily basis by posts, articles, and ebooks on the best uses of these tools. Shoot, I’ve even written a few “best practices” posts. Seems everyone has an opinion or touts some type of social media maven badge to show expert status.
If you had told me 10 years ago that I’d be using words like “twitter” and “tweet” on a regular basis…I’d would have laughed at you.
In fact, I’ll admit to you that I still get a little red-in-the-face when I try to explain to people why I believe Twitter is a valuable tool and try to describe the benefits of “tweeting.” Mostly because they start to giggle at me. It’s okay. People probably laughed at Christopher Columbus too.
Since I like to play around in the area of graphic design I’m always tweaking things. For instance, today I created a new background for my Twitter page. I wanted something simple that used the picture that I put over on the sidebar of this site.
I took a screenshot of my April Fool’s Day tweet. Don’t you think it would be cool to drive you and your family around in a Hummer Limo?!?
In the creation of my twitter background I created a .jpg that was 1920×1200 pixels. That seems to be large enough to fit on most monitors no matter their resolution setting.
There are numerous iPhone apps out there that one can use to navigate and interact with Twitter. I’ve tried almost all of the free ones that I could find and even dropped a buck or two on a few. But I’ve got one app right now that’s my favorite. It’s the only one I use.
I’ll just say that the runner-up was TweetDeck. It was my app of choice for awhile. It did most of the things that I was looking for. Sometimes it was buggy, but I liked it. Until…
…I started using Tweetie.