Why I use Twitter’s Favorite Button and Twitpic

Most recently, Forbes’ Haydn Shaughnessy added me to his list of 2013′s Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers as well as his list The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers, 2013.  Again, congratulations to all!

When the articles first came out, Twitter’s favorite button came in really handy the first week or two.  I favorited the congratulation Tweets when I saw them on my reply page—mainly because I couldn’t keep up with sending thank-you Tweets.

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But when I did have a chance, the favorite feature allowed me to find the person’s Twitter page so I could view their Tweets.  That way I could share something from their account as a way to acknowledge gratitude or say hello.  It’s a great way to find someone new to re-tweet each day and introduce them to your Twitter world.

I also use the favorite button as a bookmark to keep great links for either a future or a second read.  It makes it very easy to use these favorited Tweets as a reference for future questions or projects.

Another trick I use as a bookmark when my readers share my posts is the auto re-Tweet button.  That said, I wouldn’t recommend using it too often.  If you want to know why, I already wrote a post about it:  The Re-Tweet: Don’t Take The Easy Road.

Why do I recommend TwitPic.com for Twitter?  Because people will dig through your media grid and share photos with their followers that were posted a month ago—or more.  I use it to gauge which tweets are popular, and will re-share since I already know that the post will get traction.

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Infographic by Steven Sefton { @seftonmedia }

As you can see, a good infographic always makes for a popular post, and if you want to get more views and shares, hit that auto re-tweet button.  In this case, it works! ツ

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Butterflies are self propelled flowers. ~ R.H. Heinlein

Or post a photo that pops with vibrant hues along with a quote that will illustrate the picture beautifully.

Another great feature of Twitpic is the date stamp—use it and you get to walk down memory lane.  Using Twitpic makes it easy to find a picture in your media grid in seconds.  Just enter a few key words and “Twitpic” into Google and your photo will pop right up in the search results.  I also like  the picture count feature because it shows the number of views.

What are your favorite Twitter tools? Are there features you use all the time, and others you ignore? Tell me why!

 

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