As I wrote yesterday, I’m a huge fan of the beautiful simplicity afforded by Occam’s razor: it posits that, when given several alternative explanations to explain an hypothesis, the simplest solution is often the right one.
And this isn’t just a thing that sounds good to say (well, it does feel good, but that’s not the point). It’s actually almost always true, too; we’ve trusted its elegance countless times for our startup, and it’s never let us down.
It’s time Twitter heeded the same wisdom.
As one of the co-founders of Twibble, an RSS-to-Twitter platform specifically to help companies drive traffic and grow their business, I think I’m fairly qualified to answer this.
Short answer: I don’t know. It depends. We continue to be blown away by our customers’ innovative solutions.
We were genuinely sorry to hear the news that our friendly competitor Twitterfeed would be shutting down on Halloween; in fact, we even wrote them a nice little piece called Requiem for Twitterfeed: why a startup competitor’s loss is a time for grief, and not celebration. Give it a read, we think you’ll like it.
We know that the ability to easily manage and schedule RSS content from blogs — yours as well as others’ — is an incredibly important function in your daily lives and careers, and that it’s a tremendous amount of work to set up. So we can imagine the frustration this transition period must be for you, and we want to make it as painless as possible.
So what follows is a simple 3-step walk-through of getting started with Twibble and adding your first feed. If you want a more detailed 10-step primer with an accompanying video, please click here.
But first, a few quick highlights about Twibble:
Twitter is a peculiar thing. With some 300 million active users around the globe, there seems to be not a single media company, news program, or celebrity on the planet without a Twitter account. And yet news of the company’s demise, imminent (failed) acquisition(s), and utter uselessness seem to permeate the internet, ironically, mostly throughout the Twitterverse. Go figure.
But Twitter isn’t going anywhere. Or at least, it better not. Indeed, I’ve been a vocal proponent of just how useful Twitter is; how it really hasn’t any viable substitute; and how for millions of people around the world, it isn’t just a nice thing to have, it’s a legitimate necessity just to stay alive. To wit, Twitter matters more today than when it first hatched 10 years ago, and it must not be allowed to fail. It’s simply too important.
PSA: Use the following OpenDNS IP to access (a broken) Twitter, Quora, Reddit, etc: 188.8.131.52
For weeks — years? — people, the media, news outlets, trolls everywhere — have heralded the death of Twitter, or at least, the beginning of its end, never mind its indisputable value and even necessity to millions of people around the world.
Well folks, today, those of you who think Twitter doesn’t matter, good luck getting your to-the-second updates on the latest state of this morning’s epic DDoS attacks with a simple Twitter query for #ddos or #ddos #dyn or whatever.
Because Twitter is down for the count.
We launched Twibble the 24th of April, 2014. As many of you know, Twibble was an accident, born from the crumbling ashes of our previous startup, Venturocket, for which we’d raised $700K. So we know a thing or two about failure. Like, for instance, that it hurts. Painfully. It’s a tear-wrenchingly, nose-bleedingly, agonizing experience that I’d wish on no one.
Not even a direct competitor.
Twitter is dead. Twitter is useless. Twitter is just for celebrities / trolls / prOn. (And walruses too, apparently.) Its signal-to-noise ratio is only slightly better than a nuclear explosion. Its growth has plateaued; nobody knows how to use it; it’s going to be acquired (and shut down); and in any event, it just plain doesn’t matter.
Except that it isn’t useless — not even slightly — and it does matter. It matters a lot. Arguably even more today, in the twilight of 2016, than when it first hatched, an incredible 10 years ago. Because nothing — no medium; no website; no blog; and no, not even Facebook — can rival it for the astonishing speed with which news and information propagates through the ether of the Twitterverse; the dependence of millions for its ability to quickly and easily communicate en masse; and the reliance by news and media agencies around the world to disseminate information to their legions of faithful followers.
Here are just three powerful examples of how Twitter has not only improved the world in which we live, but is in fact a very real and necessary thing in our digital and ever-connected world; a thing upon which we are now more or less dependent — at least for certain things — whether we realize it or not.
Twibble is designed to do three things very well, and very easily:
- Ensure your twitter account is always tweeting interesting, relevant content
- Increase engagement with your followers
- Gain you more followers
Last time, we talked about how you can use Twitter with Twibble, and ended up explaining the logic behind what it means to “get the most” out of Twitter.
Today we’ll go full circle and explain exactly how Twibble works, how to use it, and how Twibble was designed to achieve that aforementioned goal of “getting the most” out of Twitter.
It’s a valid question: how to use Twitter, and more specifically, how to use Twitter with Twibble? But to answer this question requires one to step back and look at the Twitterverse in its entirety, and to understand who uses Twitter; why they use it; and ultimately, how you use Twitter. So let’s start there, shall we?
This is a guest post by Mike Glover
It’s no secret, if you become a big enough deal on Twitter, you can write your own ticket! But how does one do that? How does an ordinary person boost their twitter engagement and following and become one of those influential people on Twitter? Sure, you could get lucky one day and end up on TV or get a book deal, but the odds of either of those happening are getting smaller and smaller every day. So if you want to become a Twitter Influencer, you have got to put in the work and build your community through sharing quality content and engagement! Here are a few tips that might help along the way.