Thursday, August 27, 2009
According to comScore, only 11 percent of Twitter users are aged 12 to 17. Although ages 13 to 19 actually fit the “teen” definition, this percentage does sound a bit low. However, the article states that at MySpaceMySpaceMySpace, teenagers account for 14 percent of users. On Facebook, this number is 9 percent.
So, while teenagers aren’t exactly all over Twitter, one can argue that they use it just as much as other social networks. We wrote about this phenomenon recently: if you expect teens to be a majority on Twitter, you’ll be surprised: they aren’t.
Twitter’s unparalleled explosion in popularity has been driven by a decidedly older group. That success has shattered a widely held belief that young people lead the way to popularizing innovations.
“The traditional early-adopter model would say that teenagers or college students are really important to adoption,” said Andrew Lipsman, director of industry analysis at comScore. Teenagers, after all, drove the early growth of the social networks Facebook, MySpace and Friendster.
Twitter, however, has proved that “a site can take off in a different demographic than you expect and become very popular,” he said. “Twitter is defying the traditional model.”
In fact, though teenagers fueled the early growth of social networks, today they account for 14 percent of MySpace’s users and only 9 percent of Facebook’s. As the Web grows up, so do its users, and for many analysts, Twitter’s success represents a new model for Internet success. The notion that children are essential to a new technology’s success has proved to be largely a myth.
Adults have driven the growth. And perhaps marketers.Not Brands, not the Pro Marketers from the big advertising companies, but the individual, the small web business, the guy with an idea.
Twitter is the best marketing tool out there, and its fee. And the individual entrepreneur has definitely found it.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
What Is Hummingbird?
that will help you build a large Twitter list by automating the following and unfollowing of Twitter users. Over the pass two weeks, I’ve used Hummingbird to add over 10,000 followers to my Twitter account, which stood at 32,856 at the time of this post. Why would you want so many Twitter followers? Because it makes you money!
Hummingbird has many features and advancements to make it far better than any other Twitter automation tools. It’s these professional level features that justify the software’s higher price tag.
It Follows and Unfollows The Way You Would Do It
The biggest advantage Hummingbird has over other Twitter automation tools is it doesn’t use the Twitter API to follow and unfollow users. Hummingbird follows and unfollow the way you would do it - by clicking the follow and unfollow button on the Twitter website. Hummingbird runs in its own IE styled web browser. The software is extremely easy to use. Watch the screen cast below to see Hummingbird in action.
It Remembers Who You Unfollow
Another really cool feature of Hummingbird is it remembers who you unfollow so you don’t follow them again. Other follow scripts don’t do this and that can get you into trouble. If you follow and unfollow users multiple times, they can report you for spamming and get your Twitter account banned.
Hummingbird also let you set up a VIP list for users who are not following you, but you wish to continue following them. Because Hummingbird unfollows right on the Twitter website by clicking the unfollow button (the way a real human would), it’s a lot more accurate than an unfollow script. It’s also safer as well since it does not make use of the Twitter API.
How To Use Hummingbird
Hummingbird is based on the principle that if you want people to follow you, you should follow them first. The best way to use Hummingbird to build a big follow list is by using Twitter search to find users in your niche. Once you find a user with a few thousand followers, use Hummingbird to follow all their followers. Then wait about 48 and unfollow the users who don’t follow you back. Remember once you are over 2000 you may hit Twitters new Follow/Unfollow restrictions. If so, wait the maximum 24 hours and go again.
Now $100 Off for Twitterthings Readers
Hummingbird originally sold for $197. I say it’s worth it given all the special features. Hummingbird does things that no other Twitter automation tool can. Still, $197 is a pretty high price to pay in a recession. So, Hummingbird has reduced the price to $97.00.
Download - use the free trial.
You can download and try Hummingbird free for 37 hours before buying. The trial is a full version with nothing disable. After 37 hours, you will have to purchase and enter a valid license key. By that time, you’ll see how great an automation tool Hummingbird is and will be happy to buy it.
When you are ready to buy - no code necessary - straight $97.00