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Should Probloggers Backup Their Social Data?

In an age where everyone and their grandmother is tweeting or Facebooking, many bloggers take for granted that both of these social networks will “always be there” in the future (despite the infrequent fail whales).

However if Facebook or Twitter went off line or (worse) decided to kick you off of their respective networks, you will probably find it very difficult to access your data (such as images, text. etc.), let alone secure it.

While it’s always good to backup your blog (even if you choose service hosting over self hosting), you might also want to consider backing up your social data as well (just in case you need to make a speedy exit).

For those of you seeking ways to back up your data on Facebook and Twitter, here are a few resources that will help you sleep easier at night just in case you encounter the eternal fail whale. Read More

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Blogging Pitfalls: Why You Can’t Stop Promoting

There’s a story told to those in school for advertising about William Wrigley Jr., the owner and founder of Wrigley gum.

According to the story, Wrigley was on a train when another passenger asked him why he continued to spend millions of dollars when everyone knew his product and he had a virtual lock on the market.

Rather than answering the question, Wrigley responded by asking how fast the train was going. When the other passenger said, “About 70 miles per hour,” he shot back with the now-famous quip:

“Well, that’s fast enough, why don’t they unhook the engine?”

Wrigley understood that advertising and promotion was a key to growing his company and it is also key to growing your blog. However, most bloggers only focus on promotion during the earlier days and months of a blog, let it coast to hopeful success later. This can cause growth to slow to a crawl and, in extreme cases, even stop.

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Twitter May Kill Off TweetMeme This Week

Despite the abundance of tweet buttons from various companies across the blogosphere, Twitter is possibly launching an official button this week, which could spell the end for companies like TweetMeme (a service the Blog Herald uses) in the not so distant future.

Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained. The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday.

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Avoiding Fail Whale: 5 Steps To Preserve Your Tweet Stream On WordPress

If you woke up one day and discovered that Twitter no longer existed, what would you do?

Would you be more concerned at the loss of your data, or the fact that you could no longer connect with friends and frenemies in the Twitterverse?

Regardless of whether you tweet for personal or business reasons, your tweet data (which would include texts, links, etc.) is probably just as valuable as your blog content.

For those of you desiring to preserve your tweet stream just in case the fail whale reigns supreme, here are 5 simple steps WordPress lovers should follow in order to safe guard their twitterverse. Read More

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Twitter Statistics: Twitter vs. Facebook – Awareness, Popularity and Demographics

The colleagues over at the Blog Herald sat down and gathered some interesting data about Twitter usage and demographics, putting these against Facebook statistics. The result is an amazing infographic with lots of interesting data.

Here at The Blog Herald we wondered How did Twitter grow that much? and Where do those Tweets come from?

The results are rather surprising and we learned that the top three tweeting cities in the US (Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco) averagely tweet less in one minute than when basketball fans and football/soccer fans go crazy and start updating the world in 140 characters maximum.

To see the complete infographic, you’ll have to head over to The Blog Herald: The Meteoric Rise of Twitter. Here’s a teaser already.

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Why I’m Not a Fan of Auto Tweeting Blog Posts

Auto tweeting blog posts has become a widespread habit.  It’s the easiest way bloggers can get their goods in front of Twitter followers.  A one-time set up that takes mere seconds promises to save you valuable time each day.  As soon as you hit publish, a third-party service (i.e. – Feedburner) will shrink your link (damn that sounds dirty), pull your headline (dirtier yet!) and automagically post to Twitter.

This is the easy way out, and as you already know, anything that is free and/or easy comes along with a price.

I’ve experimented with auto tweets.  The results left me unimpressed.  I’ve also toyed with taking a minute out of each day (sometimes even two minutes!) to put a bit more thought into what I’m promoting. It’s this approach that has proven more effective when it comes to click-throughs.  In fact, during my auto-tweet test, I saw a 70% drop off in traffic from Twitter.  Of course the content is not exactly the same since I’m always posting new blogs, but many are within the same “zone.”  I’m convinced the sharp decline is because people identify auto tweets and are less likely to engage. Read More

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Asking For WordPress Help on Twitter. A Suggestion.

In the last couple of months I see a high increased number of people starting to use Twitter as their WordPress forum. Something not restricted to the topic of WordPress I must say. More and more people seem to use the hash tag #wordpress to post their questions about WordPress, but as WordPress continues to grow – as does twitter – it’s time to revisit that hash tag.

Now I am fully aware that it’s very hard to regulate anything on Twitter unless it’s in Twitter’s API, but in my opinion the hash tag #wordpress is being used too much for just about anything related to WordPress. Varying from Theme releases, Plugin update notifications, opionions, general statements and of course the questions.. and this of course in any language spoken out there. Read More

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3 Reasons Why Bloggers Need A Premium Twitter Account

With Twitter about to unveil premium accounts to the paying masses, some bloggers may wonder whether buying a Twitter account is worth the investment, especially if they choose to host their own blog (instead of using an inexpensive blog platform like WordPress or Blogger).

Unless you’re blogging for the fun of it, serious blogging pro’s need to purchase a premium account as refusing to do so (in order to save some money) could lead to the inevitable death of your blog (at least in the twittersphere).

So before you attempt to draw silly arguments why free loading off of Twitter is a smart business move, here are three reasons why you will purchase a premium account, regardless of the price (within reason of course). Read More

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2 Reasons Why PuSH (or PubSubHubbub) Could Threaten Twitter

Ever since Google introduced PubSubHubbub (aka PuSH) to the world, blog platforms (both large and small) could finally provide “real time RSS” to feed services like Google Reader, Bloglines and of course the ghost town known as Friendfeed.

Blogger was (not surprisingly) one of the first to adopt this technology, followed quickly by Typepad, Tumblr, MovableType, Posterous and last but not least WordPress.com (who finally joined the PuSH club a few days ago and was kind enough to create an official plugin for WP.org fans too).

With PuSH quickly becoming a standard feature for blog platforms and services, one has to wonder whether or not Twitter’s days of fame are numbered. Read More

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Movable Type Monday: Twitter, Google Buzz, Unpublishing, and More

Happy Monday, folks! I want to start by mentioning a couple of items I missed last week. First, Rob Kenny announced a new version of his HashTag plugin. HashTag posts an update to Twitter when you publish a new entry. In the latest version it works with scheduled entries and pages.

Also last week, Mike released a Google Buzz Action Stream plugin. If you haven’t used Google Buzz, it’s, well, a lot like Action Stream, really: It creates a feed of your activity on multiple social sites. Additionally, you can follow other people’s feeds and comment on items. Read More

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