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Tweeting from LinkedIn

If you already have plenty of LinkedIn connections, but don’t have too many Twitter followers yet, you may want to “tweet” from LinkedIn rather than from Twitter. You can set it up so that your LinkedIn status updates carry through as tweets in your Twitter account. Continue Reading »

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How to Become a Web Developer

When I started in web development training in 1998, the job prospects for people who knew HTML and some CSS or JavaScript were pretty good. Everybody needed a website and relatively few people knew how to create one. The beauty of it from a career perspective was that HTML and CSS are relatively easy to learn for someone who is comfortable with computers. And basic JavaScript isn’t that tough either, but as it’s a scripting language, it requires the developer to have some basic logic skills. In those days, you could earn a living with just the basics, and web development shops appeared all over the place.

In 1999, I interned for Zefer, a big web development shop. It called itself an internet consulting firm, but it was basically a web development company with a bunch of salespeople /consultants. Zefer landed a whopping $100 million dollars in venture capital in May 1999 Continue Reading »

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Word to WordPress

Codex, the built-in editor to WordPress isn’t a bad editor as far as WYSIWYG HTML editors go, but for people not used to the quirks of such editors, it can be difficult to use. So, I was pleased to find out that you can publish to WordPress using Word 2007. Depending on the design elements in your article, it may need some cleanup in Codex, but does a decent job getting you started. In the video below, I show how to use Word 2007 to publish a blog post to WordPress.

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Total Twitter Follower Value: A Formula for Calculating the Value of your Twitter Followers

As of this morning, Guy Kawasaki (@guykawasaki) has 223,631 followers (including me). With that many followers, wouldn’t it be great if you could get Guy to follow you? On the face of it, it seems like it would lend a lot of credibility to your account and if you could get his attention, he might retweet one of your tweets to all of his followers!  Now wouldn’t that be awesome! Continue Reading »

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5 Quick Twitter Tips for Newbies

  1. Create your profile with an image.  Nobody follows people who look like one of these:
    Default Twavatar
  2. Create a Twitter background.
  3. Provide links.  For example, don’t just tweet “Adobe CS5 will be release soon!  Yay!”  Add a URL where people can get more info.
  4. Because URLs are long, you need a URL Shortener.
    1. If you use Firefox, get this URLShortener plugin.
    2. If you use TweetDeck, you can have it automatically shorten your URLs.
    3. Otherwise, you can shorten your URLs at http://bit.ly.
  5. When replying to a tweet, start with the twitterer’s handle (e.g, @natdunn,…) and provide some context about the original tweet, especially if your reply isn’t immediate.