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Twimbow, A New Twitter Tool – Review and Interview

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Twimbow review and interviewI’ve only been using Twimbow for a couple of days, but so far I like what I see. Twimbow is a colorful approach to viewing your Twitter stream, with a lot of nifty features thrown in. When you authorize the app, you get a window with three columns: personal buzz, home buzz and search. Search shows any of your saved searches, selected from a drop down menu – or you can enter a new search in the search bar at the top and see the results in that column. Home Buzz shows your regular Twitter stream, but you can also click on the options icon to show your lists. One thing I noticed is that only the lists I had generated were displayed. Lists I’d subscribed to were not included. In both of these, a thin yellow line divides old tweets which you might have seen from the ones that have just come in.

Personal buzz in color

The most interesting column is the rainbow colored left column – Personal Buzz –  which has a color coded legend across the top for tweets originated by you (blue), @replies (green), DMs you have sent (yellow), DMs you have received (orange), RTs by you (pink), RTs of your twwets (pale green) and favorites (red). All of these appear in this column and you can soon tell at a glance which is which. If that’s too busy for you, then just click on a color bar at the top to temporarily exclude it from your stream.

Other good features are the ability to view photos and videos inline and the pop-up profiles of each Twitter user which include follower management tools (they’re not all active yet, but I like the fact that they’ve thought about them).

Monitor your keywords

Just for the fun of it I clicked on the monitor button at the bottom of the window and found another useful feature. Using this button sends the main window to the background and allows you to type in usernames or search terms you want to monitor. These alert you when there are new tweets about the person or topic you’re monitoring, and even if the monitor window is inactive you can see a big number on a red background to let you know when there’s something to see. I think this is a great way of using screen real estate.

What happens when you hover

There’s even more useful functionality when you hover over individual tweets. For your own tweets a drop down menu invites you to share by email (Facebook and Buzz coming soon) or to delete. For tweets by others, you can reply, reply to all, send a DM, use old or new-style RTs, add as favorite or share – a nice bunch of options. There’s also a ‘show conversation’ button which does exactly what it says. I love being able to see conversations in a steady flow, so this is a winning feature for me.

The ‘new tweet’ window includes a URL shortener and allows you to color code your tweets (only visible in Twimbow). I suppose it could be useful (sort of like sorting/labeling your tweets), but do I really want to waste some of my precious 140 characters on a color hashtag? I don’t think so.

Other than that, though, Twimbow looks promising. If it had the filtering features in Twylah, then it would have everything I need.

Twimbow – The Interview

I asked Twimbow founder Luca Filigheddu a few questions about the web application:

Describe Twimbow briefly.

Twimbow is a web Twitter browser that lets you enjoy Twitter in an innovative and effective way.

What makes Twimbow different from Twitter and other Twitter tools?

Twimbow offers a unique way to highlight your most important tweets, introduces the concept of “personal buzz” for all your interactions with other users and the innovative concept of “monitor”. Unlike all the other clients available, Twimbow doesn’t use more columns to let you track keywords and users but rather a dashboard from where you can do much more and keep your user interface clean.

Why should bloggers consider using Twimbow?

Twimbow lets you do things faster. It uses the latest web technologies (HTML5 and so on) to provide users a way better interface than any web and standalone client. Currently in closed pre-alpha, Twimbow now provides only 10% of the features it will offer when in beta. As a blogger myself, there is no better way to interact with your readers and track mentions and backlinks through the monitor.

Who’s behind Twimbow and what’s their background?

Myself (@filos on Twitter), 10 years in VoIP and Web 2.0, CEO of the main company (Abbeynet) for which Twimbow is,  for now, a side project, but it could become a standalone company very soon. I’m a power Twitter user and I used all the clients out there. I think I know pretty well what users want and put together a long document of specifications (always a work in progress) that led to Twimbow. Then there is @marchitos on Twitter, leading (and only, for now) developer, expert in design, web engineering and web development. Plus all my colleagues at Abbeynet who are helping use with all the other surrounding activities (hosting etc.)

What new features are you planning?

There are lots of new features. Tagging of tweets, deep integration with RSS readers and a lot more. Again, 90% of the planned features are still missing. Stay tuned 🙂

Twimbow is in alpha – how can people try it out?

Just apply for an invite at http://www.twimbow.com. There is a long waiting list, but they should get an invite in no more than two weeks time (hopefully).

Want to move to the head of the line? The first 10 people who comment on this post will get a Twimbow invite – thanks, Luca.

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional writer and blogger. Her career has spanned more than 25 years, including stints as a journalist, academic writer and ghost writer. Connect with Sharon on her website or Google+.

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Advanced Blogging Tip: Have a Poor Link Memory

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I create oodles of content daily. One tip to being prolific is to have a poor link memory. I forget what I published content-wise and link-wise to keep publishing content frequently. Do you know how most bloggers publish one blog post, include a link to a product and/or service, and keep checking the post again and again, to see how the link performs as far as clicks and conversions and sales and profits and money? I never do that. I have no time and energy to check how my links perform because I have a terrible link memory. I am always on to the next piece of content to create and the next link to place and the next person to help because I have a poor link memory. I forget links. This works perfectly for me; makes me super duper prolific.

Most bloggers attach to and cling to particular business links. What happens if you attach to a link? You give attention and energy to checking the link again and again instead of creating more content from a generous, prolific energy. How can you appear to be all over your niche if you check links regularly throughout the day and if you are not creating helpful, new pieces of content? You cannot be super successful if you are not prolific and you cannot be super prolific unless you have a poor link memory. Be generous, abundant and detached by forgetting links you place in posts; especially links pointing to business opportunities.

I link to my blogging course quite a bit but never get attached to any one link or blog post or guest post through which I link to it. Why? I have more fish to fry. I have more content to create and more bloggers to bond with and more folks to help and more bloggers to connect with and heck, after converting 50 more of my eBooks to paperback, I will have over 200 products about on Amazon, under the Blogging From Paradise umbrella. That is a lot of products to promote! We need to have a poor link memory to forget the prior link we promoted so we can move forward and promote more links, more content and greater blogging success. Envision yourself having an abundant mindset. What happens if you do not feel like anything seems short, scarce or running out? Being prolific is what happens. Being generous is easier if you are not burdened by any link to promote, to review and to assess regularly. I am not opposed to scanning metrics if doing so feels good and relaxing but most bloggers never take the time to assess their genuine feelings when it comes to how they feel promoting links.

I do. I am ruthless in assessing, observing, embracing and moving along my energies because watching your energy is the key to blogging success. Blogging from abundance, relaxation and trust leads to success while blogging from fear, scarcity, tension and anxiety leads to failure.

Which road do you prefer to take?

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How to Get Over the Fear Nobody Will Buy Your Product

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Ship. Publish.

Promote the heck out of the product. Unearth fears. Feel fears. See fears come true. Release fears. Sell your product. More and more folks buy your product only if you face, feel and release fears aligned with the product. If you hold the fears ya ain’t selling the product. Even if you publish a blogging product – like my blogging course – and sell it for a little bit you will not generate big sales until you fail enough to finally feel fears triggered by failure. Feeling fears clears fears which clears resistance which helps you inspire more people to buy the product.

Getting over this fear is messy. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete loser? Nope. Do you enjoy feeling like a complete fraud, or huckster, or embarrassed or ashamed? Nope. You hate trying so hard and then, no freaking people buy the course you promoted 10,000 times but doing so and feeling fears triggered simply makes it easy to promote the product, because feeling and getting over the fear makes you promote the product like you breathe. Being in that space, plenty of people see the product and more folks buy the product.

I promoted my blogging course to the tune of 8,000 page views before someone bought it. 8000 page views was nothing. I had to clear fear-resistance during the 8,000 page views to show the world how fun, freeing and inspired this course was. Fear cleared, more people bought it at 10 times the initial price versus the initial cheapy price. Raising the price ten fold? Yep; another fear for me to conquer. But I did it, and far more people bought it at $350 than at $36. See how funny fear works? You fear something, refuse to feel the fear, and struggle. But feeling the fear and doing it anyway leads to increasing success. Buy the course for a fun, entertaining, inspired blogging guide. Tis the season for celebration and joy and love and fun, helpful blogging courses.

I have no tips for nudging into fear save meditating and doing yoga frequently. Following each habit expands your awareness which helps you become intimately aware of your fears, so you can feel fears and release fears. Feels rough but this is part of the blogging journey if you want to get over the fear of selling your stuff. Hey; do you want to hurt people, mislead people or lie to people with your blogging product? No? Then just sell the thing already. Ship it. Publish it. Fear is so insidious. Fear makes you do what you do not want to do, if you trust fear. Fear causes you to tune into an alternate, illusory universe, where nothing is true and everything is lies, smoke and mirrors. Do you really want to take that road? I did not think so.

All I can do is be a cheerleader. You need to be the athlete on the court, not the fan on the sidelines. Get on the court. Publish your product. Promote your product. You will eventually face, feel and release all the fears you need to release to become a successful blogger and to sell your product successfully, too. Get in the game. People will buy your product when you get clear on it.

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Pro Blogging Tip: Release Expectations

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Ouch.

Am I asking you to be a Blogging Buddha? Nope. Not really. No one save enlightened beings completely releases expectations but us mere mortals clinging some to a worldly life can largely release expectations, to become successful and to enjoy the blogging journey. 10 minutes ago, I checked my email. I received a few. I clearly make it difficult to get in touch with me through email because I want to give most attention and energy to building a passive income empire. Every second I spend in email, I could be spending creating content and building connections. Knowing this, it feels good to receive few emails because it helps me scale and move forward from an abundant energy.

Unfortunately, most bloggers have heavy expectations when it comes to receiving email. Bloggers expect a chock filled inbox, with all types of clients, Paypal payments and sponsored post deals. What happens if you get 3 emails daily, all responses to comments? Your expectations not being met levels you, depressing you, making you sad, sapping your energy. If you expect some sweet outcome and reality is not delivering you the outcome to fulfill the expectation, you eventually lose your blogging motivation and quit. Or you make the massive mistake of quitting after seeing your expectations fall short, then, you begin blogging again, quit again after expectations are unfulfilled, and you suffer through this vicious cycle until you fail and quit for good.

Release expectations. Begin blogging with an intent to live your dreams but let go the anchor of expectation because either you feel hopeless after not getting what you expected or you feel average when expectations line up or you feel super high and excited after exceeding expectations, leading to an imminent crash after your emotions settle down. Expectations are anchors, pulling you down, holding you back, preventing meteoric blogging growth. I expect little to nothing blogging-wise because my day is about having fun helping people to blog successfully. I cannot go wrong whether I sell a copy of my blogging course or not because I have no expectations; I just promote the course in a seeming billion places (coming soon) and leave things at that.

If anything, allow a little part of yourself to desire some expectation but make it tiny. Why? If the expectation does not come true quickly, you will keep blogging from an energetic, relaxed, abundant vibe, positioning yourself to succeed. Harboring wee expectations means you remain unstirred if the expectations do not manifest; no crushed, hopeless feeling. Meanwhile, most bloggers with grand, wild expectations often slam into tons of resistance because no spectacular dream comes through and manifest overnight. Living your dream life through blogging requires years and thousands upon thousands of hours of generous service.

Blog for an absolute love of blogging. Be passionate about the blogging process. Release largely on outcomes because weighing yourself down with expectations slows you down. Imagine desiring big blogging bucks only to see an empty inbox for the next 3 months? 90 plus days, zero dollars. After the 90th day, most bloggers quit blogging for good, because they came up so short on their expectations, being frustrated, disgusted, and tired of wasting their time.

Fall in love with the process – not outcomes – to fuel yourself for your blogging journey.

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