Time for a TweetDeck update. I recently discovered Barbara Gibson’s blog, and I’m hooked. She is the chair of the International Association of Business Communicators. This week she shares new ways to use the latest version of Tweetdeck. If you are not on Tweetdeck yet, download it now.
Robotic autoreplies on Twitter. Really? Did you know that you can send an autoreply to Twitter followers? Well, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. I didn’t know about autoreply direct messages until I followed someone last week and received a generic message of thanks. In my opinion, Twitter is not the place for impersonalized direct messages. I was thrilled to see wide (although not unanimous) agreement. Check out Kristie Wells’ post (which includes a poll) and Dave Fleet’s post.
Twestival tips for event planners. The charity: water video is the best cause-related video I’ve seen. It moves me every time I play it in class. If you haven’t seen it yet, click here and watch it. This is a cause worth rallying around. With great momentum, Twestivals around the world recently raised $250,000 for charity: water in just a month. Paull Young wrote about tips for planning a Twestival. Also see the interview on Beth’s Blog with Twestival organizer Amanda Rose.
Ghostbloggers are not wanted. I was glad to see Dave Fleet’s discussion about ghostwriting on social media. Writing blog posts and tweets as someone else is deceptive. It’s not a sustainable practice. Plus, there are plenty of alternatives available, such as a blog or Twitter account from another employee of the organization. Dave presented several alternatives, and I can’t resist weighing in on the one about disclosing that someone else wrote the post but that the executive has read the post and stands behind the words. I think it is better to not blog than to send that kind of cold, distancing message. Dave did not endorse this strategy; he just listed it as an option.
To wrap up the list, here is a great PRSSA shirt by Tim Penning’s students.