Twitterlicious 8

I’ve been sucked into Twitter.

What’s a Twitter you ask? Twitter is a (semi)new kind of social medium called “micro blogging”  It allows you to send updates or “tweets” to a bunch of people who follow you on the platform. Each “tweet” is 140 characters and basically forces you to get to your point very quickly.

Unlike here, where you’re forced to read until I run out of letters on my keyboard.

The other day Nicole, our resident SEO specialist at Palo Alto Software, forwarded me a link to the first ever Twitter Business Plan Contest.

Russ Somers, the person behind the contest, told me he’d had around 200 people view the contest and five entrants. Anita Campbell from SmallBizTrends was one of the winners: “Monetize answering research questions for readers on a section of my website – ad supported – listing fees featured research”

I think it’s a fascinating meld of business and new social media tools and I’m looking forward to the next idea to come out of the new medium.

‘Chelle Parmele
Social Media Marketing Manager
Palo Alto Software

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  • http://eggheadmarketing.wordpress.com/ rsomers

    Thanks for the link love, ‘Chelle! Twitter is a fabulously addictive tool, but the driver for me is the Twitter community – amazingly creative people hang out there these days

  • http://bplans.typepad.com/ Chelle Parmele

    Very true, Russ. The community on Twitter is fascinating. It will certainly be a place to watch for the next year or so.

  • http://www.smallbiztrends.com Anita Campbell

    Thanks, Chelle, for pointing this out. It was fun — I had to really think hard about how to get it down to 140 characters. Especially because I am a rather wordy person in my natural state, anyway. :)

    And by the way, it’s a real business pan, not just an idea. More to come soon ….

    Anita

  • http://twitter.com/lyceum Martin Lindeskog

    Anita,

    As an internal joke: What’s a business “pan”? Could it be a “flash in the pan”? Maybe we should start cooking food together, e.g. an omelette with an colorful Easter egg(head)! ;)

    All the Best,

    Martin Lindeskog – American in Spirit.
    Gothenburg, Sweden.

  • http://twitter.com/lyceum Martin Lindeskog

    Ouch! The “typo elf” has to state an error. Martin used an extra letter before beating the egg… ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typographical_personification

  • http://www.smallbiztrends.com Anita Campbell

    Martin, my brain works faster than my fingers can type! I swear, I make a typo anywhere on the Web and you find it!!!!

    But anyway, the business “plan” was a lot of fun.

    Anita

  • http://bplans.typepad.com/ Chelle Parmele

    Anita,

    I thought you were able to really get the idea across in the small amount of space allotted. Well done! Twitter has so much potential, I really hope to see much more coming from it in the days to come!

    ‘Chelle

  • http://Martin.Lindeskog.name/cv Martin Lindeskog

    Anita,

    Yeah, your brain is working very fast, but I must say that your fingers are keeping up in a good way. You are good at getting a message across. The Twitter business plan is a good example of your typing skills. :)