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Blogathon 2009 – Top 7 Solutions for New Twitter Users

July 25th, 2009 @ 4:30pm (PT) by Guest Author

Post #22 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following is a guest post, contributed by Brian Wong of Followformation.

The boomerang effect of Twitter is the phenomena of new users signing up for Twitter, getting completely lost in the service, leaving it, only to come back a few short months later. But what’s causing these new Twitter users (we call them “chirpers”) to leave? Here are the top problems and solutions that we hope will help break the boomerang trend.

1) I don’t know who to follow.

A clever solution to this problem comes in the form of a couple “network” discovery tools. The first is Followformation. Followformation allows you to quickly follow the top people on Twitter by interest or category. You choose people from different categories, like news, sports and gossip, and you automatically follow everyone in just a few clicks.

Another more advanced tool is called Mr. Tweet. If you’re a more savvy tweeter, Mr. Tweet takes some time to analyze your following lists, what you tweet about, and makes recommendations personalized to you based on who you should follow. It’s a great way to build your network’s relevancy through discovery.

2) My friends aren’t on Twitter

They will be, and may be already. In Twitter, check through your email addresses to see who in your network is already tweeting.

3) Twitter is just too much of everything, and I can’t make sense of it all

That’s called ‘clutter’. Break through this by finding the most important or relevant topics being talked about in real-time, try Tweetmeme, which tracks the popularity of stories by retweeting (or reposting a link), or Twitscoop, which literally allows you to see “the buzz” in real-time.

4) I like Facebook better

A lot of people use them for different reasons, but there’s a Facebook app that allows you to post your tweets to your Facebook status, or vice versa. Also, integration tools like Tweetdeck.com and Ping.fm allow you to manage both accounts without losing your sanity.

5) I’m following too many people and I don’t want to miss all their tweets

If you’re a busy person, just pay attention to the important people! Tweetdeck.com allows you to create groups to track certain individuals (as well as the upcoming Hootsuite 2.0), but if you want a more simple solution, try Twitter for Busy People. This tool is literally named for you; it shows a one page summary of who’s been tweeting in past predetermined time periods, and allows you to skim through to find out what they’ve been up to.

6) People don’t follow me back

Friendorfollow allows you to figure out whether or not someone has “betrayed” you, by not following you back. You can’t force someone to follow you back, but you sure can stop following someone who is refusing to follow you back. Friendorfollow is a great way to prowl through your network to find these people.

7) Celebrities and important people don’t talk to me

Usually it’s because they’re busy, so don’t take it personally. Although celebs say that Twitter has allowed them to connect with their fans directly, so if you’re fixed on talking to Shaq or Ashton Kutcher, give them a reason to reply. Send something they’d be interested in. Stick out from the masses and a response may surprise you.

About Brian: Brian is the Co-Founder of Aer Marketing Inc., a fringe marketing agency.

Post #22 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – BC SPCA

July 25th, 2009 @ 4:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #21 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The BC SPCA was kind enough to stop by Workspace today to give us all a bit of encouragement by way of snacks and promotional gifts. Ashley brought along two friends, one of which was a nine month old shelter dog named Bob.

The SPCA stops by for a visit The SPCA stops by for a visit

The SPCA is currently ramping up for their Paws for a Cause fundraiser which will take place Sunday September 13, 2009.

Blogathon 2009 – Finn Slough

July 25th, 2009 @ 3:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #20 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following is a guest post, contributed by Chris of Left Coast by Design.

One of my favourite routes to take when traveling east and west through Richmond is along the south arm of the Fraser. You can drive from Steveston through to Woodwards Landing with little traffic along the serene and picturesque maritime highway. It’s quite beautiful and it’s also quite historic. Whether it be a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery, the Britannia Heritage Shipyard or London Farm, you can catch a glimpse of the beginnings of the Richmond we now know.

But I’ll bet you’ve never taken a moments notice of historic Finn Slough.


Photo credit: kimli on Flickr

In the 1890s, a number of families of Finnish descent came to Richmond in search of land to settle. They originally settled on land with the intention of building homes and farms, but quickly became drawn with to lure of the mighty Fraser River fishing industry and began to “develop” the land closer to the river itself. After another Richmond pioneer, Thomas Kidd, blocked off both ends of the Woodward Slough to help regulate the flood plain of his farmland nearby, the Finnish families needed to relocate to allow their desire to fish to continue. They negotiated the purchase of some nearby land and built a settlement next to the Tiffin Slough – what we know today as Finn Slough.


Photo credit: sadoway on Flickr

As the community grew (with many more families arriving from Finland after news of the settlement spread), the necessity to work around the tidal floodplain resulted in a number of floating homes to be built. New arrivals would sleep in whatever accommodation that was available, whether it be converted net sheds, or derelict fishing boats. However, the community peaked in size by the Second World War and once the 1950s and industrialization arrived, the population of Finn Slough began to shrink. Today, there are approximately 30 residents left in this eclectic shantytown.

With the efforts of many of the remaining residents, a partial rejuvenation of Finn Slough can been seen. The old Dinner Plate Island School has been refurbished and the boardwalk around the community is kept in good repair. Although you can drive by this quaint community, the limited parking and narrow roads do not provide an opportunity to readily pull over. Instead, I would highly recommend parking at the southern end of No. 3 Rd. and either walking or riding a bike along the dyke until you reach Finn Slough. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch one of the few fishing boats that still operate out of the Slough steaming out to test their luck, or back with a recent catch. Or you might see any number of artists capturing the natural beauty of the area through paint or photo.

So the next time you find your way to South Richmond and are enjoying a leisurely trip along the river, remember that quaint community and stop by to say hello!

About Chris: Chris blogs over at Left Coast by Design and you can follow his updates on Twitter @lyteforce.

Post #20 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – We (Heart) West End

July 25th, 2009 @ 3:00pm (PT) by Guest Author

Post #19 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

The following is a guest post, contributed by Terra of Mommy is Moody.

If you were to ask me, the only way I’d move from our home in the West End would be if an amazing opportunity to live in Southern California or Europe came along.

True be told, we make sacrifices to live where we do: my daughter and I share a very small 400 square-foot apartment, a queen-sized bed that barely fits in the bedroom and a tiny closet. We pay the least expensive rent possible and refuse to move to a less expensive neighbourhood for a simple reason: The West End has everything we need, and every lesson I’d want her to learn is right outside our door.

Blogathon 2009 – JenTekk

July 25th, 2009 @ 2:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #18 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

For this year’s campaign, I offered to write a blog post for companies that placed a donation to my campaign. Immediately after hearing about this offer, Jeanette Duguay pledged her support. As a result, here’s a bit more about her work:

Jeanette has been designing/developing websites since 2001, specializing in open source customized content management solutions. Currently they use Joomla, WordPress, BuddyPress, phpBB, and soon will be offering Anahita Social Engineâ„¢. She has also had opportunity to birth 2 online Social Communities:

Tazzu – Co-Founder 2007, Director of Communications

Cafe Yogi – Owner/Founder 2009

Thanks to individuals and companies like Jeanette and JenTekk, I’m that much closer to achieving my goal for Blogathon this year.

Post #18 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – SeaBus

July 25th, 2009 @ 2:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #17 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

All morning I’ve been watching the SeaBus come and go from the harbour right in front of me so I thought it warranted its own Blogathon post.

Canada Line Preview Tour Dave's Creation in the Works

Many think that the SeaBus began operation in 1985-86 when our faithful Skytrain lines opened up. However, the passenger-only ferry crossing from downtown to the North Shore has been wave-hopping since 1977.

As my friend Dave says, it’s the “$3.75 Harbour Cruise”. The quick trip isn’t the most luxurious but the scenery is just gorgeous (and it sure beats sitting in traffic for hours to cross one of the bridges).

Post #17 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Blogathon 2009 – Dairy Queen Lunch Arrives

July 25th, 2009 @ 1:30pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #16 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

Lunchtime here at Blogathon Vancouver. Dairy Queen was kind enough to bring some burgers, wraps, salads, onion rings, fries, sundaes and Blizzards. Most of these items are a part of DQ’s Sweet Deals menu.

Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon

Dairy Queen sponsored lunch at Blogathon

It’s a ton of food but the group here has certainly worked up an appetite as we near the half way point for Blogathon.

Blogathon 2009 – John Biehler Donates Prize

July 25th, 2009 @ 1:00pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Post #15 of #49 – Over the next 24 hours I will be raising funds for the Union Gospel Mission during Blogathon 2009 by writing a blog post every 30 minutes. Please consider donating to my cause to keep my going until 6am PT July 26th.

We’ve had a few visitors stop by Workspace already and one of them was John Biehler. He’s kindly donated a $25 gift certificate for the Kingston Taphouse & Grille. To enter, simply donate any amount you like to my campaign and I’ll draw a winner once Blogathon wraps up.