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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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How to Better Handle Blogging Obstacles

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Take a breath.

Now, take a deep breath.

This, too, shall pass.

Every blogging obstacle dissolves into opportunity the moment you breathe, slow down and calm down. Nothing good happens fighting obstacles because your fighting gives attention to the obstacle, making the obstacle grow into something big and scary. But breathing deeply, feeling the fear fueling the obstacle, and letting go the fear-obstacle alerts you the transitory nature of the block, and how it passes into solution.

Better handle blogging obstacles by following a few tips.

1: Take a Deep Breath

Breathe. Take 1-5 deep, slow breaths. Breathing slows down your mind, thoughts and feelings. Slowing down everything allows you to be in the moment, to feel the fear fueling obstacles. Simple process but few bloggers take this step so obstacles appear to run wild.

Take a deep breath, now. Be aware of your thoughts and feelings. Breathing deeply and relaxing expands your awareness. Do you feel nervous now or anxious? Do you fear some obstacle related to time, and losing it? Breathing deeply allows you to be here and now, to feel fears fueling obstacles.

2: Feel the Fear

Fear fuels obstacles. What is a blogging obstacle but fear you cannot get past something? Imagine seeing the white screen of death on your blog. How would it feel? Scary? Why? You fear you cannot get past your blog being a white screen. Other fears cascade into mind; fear of losing readers, fear of losing money, fear of losing reputation, fear of being criticized.

Be with these fears. Feel the fears. You cannot solve obstacles being burdened by fear for you only see what appears to stop you, not solutions, being shackled by fear. Feel fear, release and proceed.

3: See the Opportunity

Opportunities plant themselves in obstacles. Imagine facing some pressing backoffice issue, tech-wise, blogging-wise. You received an opportunity to:

  • learn more about tech, to solve the problem
  • hire a web developer to solve the problem, outsourcing
  • ask your readers and Facebook friends how to solve the problem, humbling yourself

Every blogging obstacle dissolves the moment you breathe deep, feel fears and relax, because opportunities arise in response to following these steps.  Everything is abundance. Everything is opportunity. Fear is illusion so obstacles cannot be real.

4: Invest in a Resource

Do you always seem to be getting tripped up by blogging obstacles?

Buy my eBook:

10 Powerful Strategies for Knifing through Blogging Obstacles

Resources offer you complete guides to reference when times get tough. Minds race. Feelings fluctuate wildly. But breathing, feeling fear, seeing opportunities, and having a resource in your blogging library levels you out, calms you and helps you find solutions quickly.

Obstacles Are Not that Scary

Blogging obstacles are not that scary if you know to solve these mental blocks. Few bloggers put a strategy into place for handling blogging crisis so they panic, struggle and fight foolishly through resistance. Following a few steps alerts you: blogging is not so hard and facing obstacles need not be some endless nightmare creating hours, days or weeks of panic. You are a human, not a tree. Use your awareness, follow these steps and knife gracefully thru obstacles toward greater blogging success

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3 Tips for Bonding with Blogging Influencers

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Forget traditional influencer marketing. We want to go deeper.

Bloggers teach influencer marketing from a less genuine space sometimes. Imagine learning how to try to get someone to do something for you. Manipulation marketing. Fear-based marketing. Problems arise; spam folders become your landing spot. I observe a decent percentage of influencer marketing emails in my spam folder because fear-pitches get labeled as spam and become spam, 100% of the time.

What is the solution? Learn how to bond with blogging influencers.

I remember people who befriend me. I admire people who endorse me or promote me. I appreciate people who buy my course or eBooks. I love people who generously help me for months. Guess what? Bonding with established bloggers influences the influencers. I do stuff for dear blogging friends I do not do for anybody else. If a friend sends me a guest post and their writing is tight, I place it. Even if said post spans 1000 words or more – my minimum count is 600 – I place it without hesitating. Friends found my heart. Friends influenced me through kindness and generosity. I am largely putty in their blogging hands.

Instead of trying to manipulate a successful stranger, bond with a friend. Change your approach to influencer marketing. Make friends. Help without asking. In time, blogging bonds form organically. If you practice writing, the world becomes your oyster because influencers take you to new levels of success, without you even asking.

Follow these tips to bond with influencers.

1: Buy a Resource

The best way to bond with an influencer is to get inside their heads.

Influential bloggers had to influence influential bloggers on the way up to become influential. Invest in a resource like my influential blogger eBook to learn how influencers do it. Speak their language. Connect. Take their viewpoint. Learn how to be influential yourself.

When you discover how to be influential through my resource you in essence, learn how to influence, influencers, by bonding with these pros.

2: Spend a Few Months Giving Not Asking

Bloggers I remember, then befriend, spend at least a few months giving and not asking. Someone buys my course, publishes 10 comments on my blog, and retweets my posts 10 or 20 times during a 3 month period. These people pop up on my radar screen because they gave and asked for nothing. Bonds form. Friendships develop.

Retweet fellow bloggers. Help them. Feature fellow bloggers. Open your blog to guest posting. Guest post on other blogs. Comment genuinely on blogs. Buy products.

Ask for nothing, for at least 3-4 months. Allow friendships to form organically. Blogging friends help each other because blogging friends trust each other. Influential bloggers fall into this helping lot too, as you generously serve them, ask for nothing and polish your writing skills. I gained more endorsements from pros by being generous than through any other method. Help influential bloggers. Ask for nothing. Influential bloggers help you without you asking for a darn thing.

3: Never Rush the Process

Some blogger friend requested me on Facebook a few moments ago. I scanned my messages to see his business pitch in the “other” folder. He simply rushed the process of pitching an established blogger. I appreciate the friend request but pitching your business before generously helping me ensures I ignore all future messages. He rushed the process so I let him go.

Perhaps he smartens up and begins helping me generously without asking for anything. After a few months of helping me and asking for nothing, we bond. We become friends. From there, the opportunities are limitless. Even if I do not use his service, if he has skills and a reputable business model I can share his services with my readers.

Good things take some time. Never rush the bonding process.

Allow bonds to form organically to do influencer marketing right.

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How Do Blogging and Fitness Relate?

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I spend 3 hours daily honing my mental and physical fitness.

In truth, you can and will succeed online following simple fundamentals from a generous, detached energy. No need to be fit to go full time blogging. But if you feel bad because your body feels bad and your mind fears losing it all, have you succeeded? I do not believe so.

I wrote an eBook sharing my daily regimen to explain what many of you readers want to know: how do I do it all? I am no blogging god. I am just human. But I write and connect quite a bit. People wish to know how I wrote 100 plus eBooks in addition to all the other stuff I do while circling the globe. Well, blogging and fitness are 2 peas in a pod for me. Both play a big role if you desiring leveling up and feeling good predominantly as you enjoy the ride.

Blogging and Fitness

Let’s say you wake up on a Monday morning as a full time employee who blogs part time. Feeling terrible and dreading work, why write and publish a post? Too busy. Do it later. Put off the post until tonight. But you feel too tired that night. Repeat this cycle for 3 months. 90 days passed. Still no blog post. Why? You filled your mind with fear and pain. Manifesting as blogging loss, backburnering the post for 3 months indicates fear in mind. Why fear? 100% of the time, fear dominates minds of people who spend zero time on mental fitness, never meditating or doing deep yin yoga or observing their thoughts and feelings. Most of the time, these same folks dominated by their own fears never commit seriously to being physically fit through exercising.

Feel good by caring for your mind and body. Vibe higher than fears crippling most bloggers. Imagine the above scenario with one difference: you devote 1-2 hours daily exercising and raising your energy via mindset training. Devote 30 minutes to power walking and 30 minutes to deep yin yoga. On waking that Monday morning, either a blog post idea finds you and you write the post, or after a few uncomfortable moments and feelings, the idea flows to you and you write the post.

I cannot explain this process logically because it flows 100% emotionally, feelings-wise. Visualize yourself in moments you feel really good. All seems possible. Ideas flow to you. Opportunities flow to you. Why? Feeling good magnetizes you to freeing, success-promoting ideas. Being fit mentally and physically is the easiest way to feel good most of the time. Plus in those moments you feel bad mentally and physically, you face, feel and release the bad feelings, quickly, because you feel mentally and physically fit, predominantly.

Gratitude

Being fit naturally alerts you to the success-promoting idea of gratitude. Gratitude builds blogging success because seeing every penny of income, every blog comment and all interest in your blogging courses feels awesome to you. Feeling awesome inspires you to blog for years generously. Blogging generously for years makes you successful.

Corey at the Good Oil Marketing retweeted my blogging course recently. I feel grateful he spread the word for me considering he is a successful, high level marketer. I feel these feelings and build on my success because I feel grateful. I feel grateful because I trained my mind and body to feel good, through being fit daily, in order to tune into appreciation easily.

Get fit.

Don’t quit.

Be a successful blogger by being mentally and physically fit.

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