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Twitter Tip: Twitter’s 2000 Follower Protocol

Twitter Tip: Twitter’s 2000 Follower Protocol

Twitter rightly suggests that no one can keep track of more than 2000 followers. This completely undercuts the notion of reciprocal following and building lists of tens of thousands of followers by following tens of thousands of persons.

It returns sanity to the process which looks, I know, to most people like a numbers contest.

It means you limit followers to those whose Tweets you value, those you want to read, those who provide the most return for your investment of time.

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It means you do not follow people for the sake of them following you back. You follow to create a manageable list of people you value, a community that helps you to grow. It means you get followers mainly by the nature of your contribution. If you are contributing, people will follow you, if not they won’t.

There is no pressure on anyone to get followers by the content they put up. It is enough to create a great list by following people that interest you. A 2000 limit is reasonable. Less makes sense in a specific niche where there may only be 500 you want to keep track of.

I now believe that each of us should aim to follow a max of 2000. Folk who would like to reach a wider audience should do so by the value of their contribution. I currently am reducing the list of those I follow to 2000. After that is completed I will refine the list until I have a small enough community to make following a daily pleasure and deepen contact with those I value most.

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Iran’s False Sense of Security

Iran’s False Sense of Security

I well remember the letdown we felt after the 1960s when it seemed we were entering what I then called a minor dark age. History is cyclical and I thought then that it would take until 2020 for things to swing back to a time when what we called a beloved community was possible. This was the grail of the civil rights movement.

A similar letdown is being experienced in Iran I am sure.

CLICK TO READ MORE ABOUT THE CRACKDOWN IN IRAN AND THE ESTABLISHMENT DISSING OF THE DISSIDENTS

But President Obama was utterly correct to tie Iran’s future to the arc of history which bends always to justice. It is not unlikely that the time of change in Iran will be measured in months instead of years. We do not know now whether the result in Iran will be the creation of a year-long struggle that will definitively unseat the current two headed excuse for fair governance and replace it with one that respects the rights of all and does not use repressive violence on the country’s citizens; or whether the current terror will last for generations, an anomaly in a world that one hopes will see things differently.

I shudder to think what a Bush administration reaction to Iran’s situation would have been. More Nedas, no doubt.

The Obama administration has been better than one might have hoped in sounding the chimes of freedom without turning them into saber rattling. The Obama administration has also signaled that it will not be killing civilians in Afghanistan. It is, in short, making the right moves. The turning of the arc of justice depends on forces that are closer to what we might designate as god within persons, the courageous impulses of those under the lash of repression. It seems to me that Iran is continuing to do just what people like Bull Connor did in this country to try to impede the march of justice. Bull failed and so will Iran’s two-headed excuse for a government.


SEE ALSO LIVE BLOGGING OF EVENTS IN IRAN

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Twitter Tip: Forget Using “Programs” to Get Followers

Twitter Tip: Forget Using “Programs” to Get Followers

Get followers by hand, using your head and your keyboard.

Automated mass follow programs are a poor substitute. They take time. They get repeating names. They get multiple accounts. They get promo accounts. They turn real people into numbers.

Do you have a passion to communicate, share, help? Then do Twitter with your mind, not by pushing a button.

It’s easy. Click NAMES of people to follow and hope they want to follow you. I get at least a 50 percent acceptance rate, more than double what automated programs claim. I build daily at the rate of 100 or so.

Update daily with relevant content derived from your blog or site and from news alerts that you can get via Google. You can also use rss feeds for relevant update urls.

It makes no different whose followers you get. If someone has a name, that someone is most likely a real, multi-dimensional person, whether an affiliate in an MLM or a political activist or an artist. Sort out folk you don’t appreciate AFTER they prove difficult.

To be more selective, niche follow using Twitter search.

When you are on a profile page that has lots of individual names, just follow names. If you like the profile and you are using your email program, STAR the email and revisit it.

It takes me only a few minutes to invite 100 or so. It takes time to go through follow email. When I am swamped I simply archive it and go through it later. I do not read direct messages as these are mainly automated and the reply function enables good personal contact.

Automating everything creates a false sense that you are succeeding but your results may be pretty shoddy.

Doing Twitter by hand is satisfying, quick and effective.

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Monetizing Ken Wilber

I have a passing interest in Ken Wilber. I particularly value his spectrum thinking which I think is true and relevant to a world in which transcendence is, in a word, immanent. But I am saddened to get a plug for his essay on enlightenment and find that I need to sign up to read it — get the first month free. No way Ken. I do not want to be a spoilsport but this is not the way to monetize things. If you have something to say about enligntenment — the silly cliches of those who fault enlightenment thought for today’s intellectual difficulties — then say it the way a New Yorker writer would. Somehow they are monetized without hitting readers who come in good faith and hit a sign up screen. WSJ does the same thing and Daily Beast complies by directing us to a sign up option. I guess I am being too hard on everyone.

But this particular mode of doing business is a distinct turnoff.

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Hal Turner, One Time Hannity Associate, Arrested on Hate Charges

Hal Turner, One Time Hannity Associate, Arrested on Hate Charges

CLICK FOR WHOLE NEW YORK TIMES STORY ON TURNER ARREST

Buried in the back of the first section of today’s NY Times is the story of Hal Turner’s arrest for suggesting on his internet radio program that three judges be killed. Turner has been rejected by his old colleague Sean Hannity. but they were once close as an earlier post here makes clear.

Click here to read FOX, Sean Hannity, Hal Turner: Jaws of Hell on The Right

Here’s a squib from today’s New York Times piece:

“Let me be the first to say this plainly: These judges deserve to be killed,” Mr. Turner wrote in a blog entry on June 2. “Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty. A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.”

He said the three judges, William J. Bauer, Frank H. Easterbrook and Richard A. Posner, should be made “an example” of in order to send a message to the rest of the federal judiciary: “Obey the Constitution or die.”

Mr. Turner also posted the judges’ photographs, phone numbers, work addresses and courtroom numbers.

In addition to not giving the story more play, the Times fails to mention the Hannity association. The Times led with the tabloid choice — Sanford. And relegated Iran to a single front page column. Big Sanford picture. Annals of journalistic decline.

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Google Harmed Me Today

I know page rank is not that big a deal but Google just took a point off my ranking. I work hard on the Web for nothing. Page rank would be a nice way of saying thanks.

The only way I can explain it is that page rank evaluates links among other things. I link on my blogroll to sites that have lower page rank than I have because I like them and deem them better than blogs with higher page rank. If Google wanted to stop harming me they would give me points for carefully selecting blogs that are good and that themselves deserve more notice.

We are made into things in this world and Google goes with the program when it is technically unable to discriminate with real care and consideration. I think this personal blog should have the very highest ranking but I would settle for what Google gave and then took away.

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Only One Way To “Win” in Afghanistan

Count on the Obama Administration to make right choices and get things done even when our media are occupied with such idiotic non-stories as the travels of a governor — presently knocking everything else off the screen.

Like thinking about downgrading the CIA by making future terror interrogations a joint FBI-CIA operation.

Or this:

CLICK FOR THE WHOLE AFGHANISTAN WIN SCENARIO STORY

Go read it. In essence it says that Obama in Afgnanistan will operate on the truthful premise that if we are killing civilians there we lose. I wonder if that will be clear enough to stop the dribbling mouth of John McCain and his neo-neocon ranting.

UPDATE — I wrote this before the governor disclosed the affair. The only difference between politicians and the rest of us is that no one knows or cares about our affairs, our open marriages, or whatever else we have on our account.. That is another blog and a half. Suffice to say that O’Donnell and the rest of the MSNBC vultures did not know about the affair when they gave what looked like simple aberrant behavior wall to wall coverage. A shameful day up the street at 30 Rock or wherever they may be.

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