Twitter for Business 2

Information supporting the use free social networking program Twitter in business is proliferating.

Paul Rasmussen has some very useful tips:

Follow industry leaders who post links to important resources and influence conversations

* Post questions for quick answers and answer others’ questions to establish your credibility and expertise
* Create links to your Web site or blog (don’t over do it!)
* Keep up on the buzz in your industry
* Network with like-minded people.

Twitter takes only a few minutes to set up and using it could prove to be one of the best business decision’s you’ve made. You can use your mobile phone to update your tweets and the immediacy of the medium means it can be used as a convenient instant contact and support facility for your customers while you are on the move.

WordPress directions at #wordcampau

#wordcampau participants were lucky to catch up with advances in the popular, versatile blogging software, WordPress with a keynote address by Matt Mullenweg, the developer of WP. WordPress 2.7 will be available in December with loads more features. Matt alerted participants to a new WordPress template, where page colours and widths alter according to the colour and size photos which are added – could be a winner for a photography site. He tantalised the audience with a reference to the WordPress 2.6 Maxtrix Easter Egg.

The impending release of collaborative plugin BuddyPress was foreshadowed, an innovation set to energise and transform WordPressMU (the multi-user version of WordPress) with social interaction.

The beauty of WordPress is the user friendliness of its CMS (Content Management System), its extensibility with a wide choice of plugins, easy to read Help section and ready availability of templates. A collaborative networking facility will be the icing on the cake.

The online presentation was nifty, demonstrating the versatility of WordPress with integration of video streaming via Stickam, photos via Flickr and the inclusion of a Twitter stream using Monitter.

Other useful hints – collaborative tool ProjectPier, SlideShare, a site for sharing online slide presentations and of significant interest to businesses, the WordPress e-Commerce Plugin highlighted by developer Dan Milward.

Twitter for your Business

Here’s a list of useful links to help businesses use the social networking tool Twitter to explore new marketing methods and enhance communication with suppliers, clients or customers.

Twitter for Business : 10 Things To Consider Before You Get Started.

How Twitter will change your business

Getting the Hang of the Twitter Culture

Social Media for Accountants Presentation

Newbie’s Guide to Twitter

Twitter your Vids with Ffwd, if you dare

Australian CEOs are using Twitter – read their feeds and discover how Twitter is implemented in their businesses.

Twitter Business | The Business of Social Media

New to Twitter Tips

Lots of Twitter Tools to augment your tweeting experience

More Twitter Tools

Follow Sibagraphics on Twitter.

Once you have set up your twitter, follow @Twitter_Tips for handy hints on improving your use of Twitter.

Social networking tools and customer complaints

Please feel free to add your Twitter related link in the comments section of this post!

Google SearchWiki

How will google deal with the assault on its SearchWiki by spammers? and will it be used in developing page rank?

According to Google:

“The changes you make only affect your own searches. But SearchWiki also is a great way to share your insights with other searchers. You can see how the community has collectively edited the search results by clicking on the “See all notes for this SearchWiki” link.”

Voting on and annotating our sites and coopting our friends, employees and co-workers to do so too may be yet another chore to add to the ever expanding list of compulsory SEO tasks.

Ninderry Manor Japanese dinner

Again, we have enjoyed the superb cooking and hospitality of the Sunshine Coast region’s premier bed and breakfast, Ninderry Manor, with hosts Miyuki and Aki Kitabatake, for a fabulous Japanese dinner in their elegant dining room. Since we have dined there several times in the past and unfailingly return, Aki determined that this time, we would experience some dishes which Japanese enjoy as part of their normal dining.

The mouthwatering and very healthy menu consisted of

(1) Crispy tempura prawns, pumpkin, capsicum and lotus roots with dipping sauce into which we stirred delicious grated radish.

(2) Teriyaki swordfish with lime and lemon pepper, set off to perfection with sesame sauce and homemade pickled ginger.

(3) Kon Nyaku – beef with vegetables, homemade yam noodles and divine shitake mushroom, with seven different spices in a broth of soy, sugar and ginger.

(4) Roasted eel in nori roll alongside a mixed sushi of rice, spring onion, sesame seed and seaweed topped with salmon roe, accompanied by wakame – a miso soup with tofu and seaweed.

(5) The dessert piece de resistance – a quartet of homemade icecreams – vanilla, green tea, black sesame seed and the delicious azuki bean.

Ninderry Manor is not to be missed – for unforgettable dinners and short relaxing holidays on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa wedding celebrants

The Noosa Wedding Ring has gained two new professional wedding celebrants to expand your choices for your perfect Noosa wedding.

Civil marriage celebrants Linda Scholes (Hari), CMC and Jacqueline Gray, CMC both offer flexible, unique ceremonies to make your wedding unforgettable.

Noosa Boathouse for wedding receptions

For a different, memorable wedding venue, the Noosa Boathouse restaurant offers exceptional packages for receptions right on the Noosa River. Take advantage of the unique wedding packages offered by the Noosa Wedding Ring to enjoy your wedding function in one of the world’s most scenic locations.

Echelon Grey – live music for Sunshine Coast weddings

Superb and stylish, Mark and Bec from wedding band Echelon Grey add class and atmosphere to Sunshine Coast weddings. With a wide, flexible repertoire, the band’s delicious vocals blend perfectly with Mark’s accomplished guitar playing. Samples of their music can be downloaded from their site.

The revamped site has already achieved first place on Google for the phrase – “Sunshine Coast wedding music”.

Firefox 3.0 upgrade

Leaving a reasonable time for addons, extensions and themes to catch up, we’ve now installed Firefox 3.0.

Immediately, an anomaly appeared on the front page of the Sibagraphics site – a bottom scroll bar. This turned out to be from the top flash animations, one of which was floated right and the other left from id css instructions within the objects themselves.

This was simply solved by removing the ids and putting them in divs around the objects!

The site validates and is similar in all browsers, even the annoying and insecure IE6 which 24% of viewers worldwide still apparently use. Many of these would be corporate users who have unique company software reliant on that dodgy old M$ version.

Rather than use the M$ Virtual PC software in order to run two versions of IE, we found the very handy free Tredisoft solution, which will install standalone versions of IE from IE3 – IE6 if desired. Works a treat and naturally is not bulky and cumbersome!