Archive for June, 2010

16
Jun
10

Get more viewers on your youtube video

You just shot and edited a great video of your  kid brother Marty making a great goal in his peewee hockey team.  You think it’s hilarious and think the world should see this.  So you post it on to YouTube and give yourself a nice pat on the back.  Now, just wait for it to go viral.

All a matter of time, right?

Not necessarily.  There are things that you can do to increase the hits you get.

First things first, make sure that you check the box for “public” viewing.  Otherwise even if people do want to see your video, they won’t be able to without a special invite/password from you.

Then look up some good keywords.  If you just put “hockey” you’re gonna get a huge selection of videos that will come up before yours and no one will make it to page 135 to see Marty make that goal.  But maybe you can add the word “hilarious” to it.  People love hilarious.

But even then, Marty will get buried.  So try different combinations and try a search for it on Youtube and see what comes up.

Now, invite comments.  Post a question or perhaps other response videos.  This will give your vid a higher rank and boost the views.  And make sure you check back often so you respond to your comments as well.  People want to feel like they matter and if you ignore their comments, it just shows that you don’t really care.

And finally–post  your video on other social media sites.  Put up a link to the video on Facebook so your friends can watch it and hopefully spread the word to their friends.  Announce it on Twitter and let your followers ReTweet it.  And of course, if you have a website–write a little blog about it so it gives more context.

Good luck!

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04
Jun
10

Step-by-step on how to attract more followers on Twitter

Twitter.

If you are a celebrity and already have thousands of followers–you won’t need this.

But if you are a regular person trying to get your message through to as many people as possible, then read on.

Social media has taken the world by storm.  Whether you are a corporation, politician, or a not-for-profit organization–Twitter is a great tool.  Within minutes you can have people talking about what you are saying, simply by posting 140 characters or less.

But if you are like many of us lone tweeters, the only people we have following us are our parents.

So how to get more followers?

There are many ways you can improve your Twitter following, but many cost money.  If you do a search for ‘social media’, you are sure to get many sites telling you just what to do–but if you aren’t so tech-savvy, you may find yourself lost in the web.

After going through the process myself, this is what I did:

1.  If you don’t already have one, register for a Twitter account.

-Very simple, just go to twitter.com and sign up.  It’s completely free and step by step.  This is the platform where you will post your messages to the world.

2.  Set up Google Alerts.

-Go to google.com/alerts and register.  You can enter in search terms for alerts on topics that interest you, just the same way that someone will be able to get alerts on your blogs/tweets (I will explain more later).

3.  Get a Twitter Feed account.

-Same thing, go to twitterfeed.com and sign up.  This is an automated way to ensure that your messages don’t get lost in the world wide web by automatically posting messages every hour (more to come about this).

4.  One more account you will need.  Bit.ly shortens long urls into little ones so that you can maximize your 140 character tweet.

Now that you are all signed up:

5.  Go to your Google Alerts account.

-Go to ‘manage your alerts’
-Hypothetically speaking, lets say you are interested in dog toys.  Hit ‘new alert’, enter in ‘dog toys’.
-Under ‘deliver to’, change from ‘Email’ to ‘Feed’.
-It automatically changes the frequency to ‘as-it-happens’, but you can still change how many results you get up to.  Click ‘create alert’.
-Right click on the word ‘Feed’.  Copy the link.

6.  Go to your Twitter Feed account.

-Hit ‘dashboard’, then click on ‘Create New Feed’.
-Under Feed name, put ‘dog toys’, then paste the link you copied from Google Alerts below in the ‘RSS Feed URL’.
-Click ‘Advanced Settings’.  You can set how frequently you want posts to go up and how often it searches.  Typically two to four/hour is appropriate.  You can change this at any time.

-Under ‘Post Content’ include the title only.  It would be too long to include the description too, remember we are only dealing with 140 characters.
-Check the ‘Post Link’ box and shorten link with ‘Bit.ly’.  Click on ‘bit.ly settings’.  Because you have a Bit.ly account, you can put in your account info.
-Go to your Bit.ly account.  Click on your name (log in name you created for the account).
-This brings you to ‘Settings’.  Copy your API key and paste it in the ‘API Key’ box on Twitter Feed.  Hit ‘Continue to Step 2’.
-Under ‘Available Services’ on your Twitter Feed account page, click on ‘Twitter’.  Hit ‘Authenticate Twitter using OAuth’
-Then hit ‘Allow’ when it asks for access to Twitter.  This is so that Twitter Feed can publish articles, found in Google Alerts on to your Twitter, with the links shortened by Bit.ly.  Hit ‘All Done!’

You should be all set up now.  So every hour or so, Twitter Feed will look for relevant articles on Google Alerts and post it on your Twitter.  This should generate followers as you will be posting up articles that people who are interested in ‘dog toys’ will want to read.  Also, you can post your own comments about the articles so that you aren’t just pointing your followers to others, but actually expressing your own ideas on ‘dog toys’.

If you have a blog of your own, you can post shortened links to your site.  Simply copy and paste your long link into the ‘Shorten Link’ box on your Bit.ly page.  Then copy and paste the shortened link onto your Twitter message with a short headline about what the article is about.

Once you get the hang of this, you can also look into Social Oomph, which is another social media site that sends out automated welcome messages to new followers.

Good luck!

01
Jun
10

Mermaids that make a real-life splash!

Hannah Fraser

“I’m a mermaid.”

That’s what Hannah Fraser answers when you ask her what she is.

The Australian native can dive up to 50 feet into the ocean on one single breath–allowing her to engage with underwater wild-life most of us will never know.

“I have found a way to integrate with their environment and swim with them, and have a level of comfortability that most people will never experience in their life”  Fraser tells  Abc’s “20/20”.

No mask, no oxygen.  Fraser swims with the grace of a dolphin by using a man-made tail.

“The tail gives me so much more propulsion and streamline ability,” said Fraser. “I can swim much faster with the tail on than other people can without it. So really fast, strong swimmers can’t keep up with me when I’m wearing it. It’s like it imbues me with some kind of superhuman powers of confidence and longevity to be in the ocean.”

As amazing as Hannah Fraser is–she is not alone.

Linden Wolbert was captivated by life in the sea at a very young age.

“The first time I went underwater and I was out with the fish, looking at the light shining through the kelp, I started to cry,” said Wolbert. “It was real. And I dreamed of it my whole life. It was amazing. It was life-changing.”

Like Fraser, Wolbert swims with a tail.  Only her’s was created by Allan Holt–a Hollywood special effects artist.

“It’s roughly 35 pounds of silicone.”  Fraser loving patting the appendage.  “The propulsion I get from this tail is immense. Everything is coming from my core, just like a dolphin.”

Wolbert’s call to fame is her great ability to hold her breath.  She can dive underwater for up to five minutes without coming up for air.  She attributes this amazing skill to being able to “tolerate the discomfort” your diaphragm feels when your body needs to breathe.

At the Vertical Blue free-diving championships, Wolbert set her personal best by diving an astounding 91 feet deep and back up on one single breath.

But it’s not just fun and games for Wolbert.  She wanted to give back, so she is dedicating her time to an organization called Swim to Empower.  Her focus is on Bahamian children.

“More than half the people in the Bahamas don’t know how to swim, and 100 percent of them are surrounded by water,” said Wolbert.

The goal of the organization is to have every single Bahamian who wants to swim be able to.

“Being a mermaid, I wanted to get the kids involved in this program.”




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