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New Profile Header Design Announced By Twitter

Today Twitter announced a design enhancement that allows you to add an enhanced header to your Twitter profile (along with a background). Instead of just a small square for your information, you can add a design was increased to make room for more graphics. While the move is important for brands that have Twitter pages, it is also important for individuals to update their header as well.  The new header will also offer a richer profile page for mobile users to see on iPad, Android, and iPhones.

 

 

Of course I was lucky to have my social media buddy TheGoToMom email me before I even saw the email from Twitter this morning. We both loaded headers and gave feedback to each other on the look. I based my background on the BreakingNews twitter id that has a solid background with a subtle design.

 

Key things to know are:

 

1. Where to find information online: To load your new Twitter header image go to: Settings> Design > scroll to bottom to see customize your own header. You will need to add a header image to your Twitter profile with an optimal image size of 1252 x 626 pixels and has to be smaller then 5MB. You do have the option to toggle the image – but be careful because what you see may be different then what people with bigger screen resolutions see. It is best to load an image that does not need to be cropped in any way or if the image needs to be cropped – do that beforehand.  The images sizes for the other features are the same: Profile Photo:  73 x 73 pixels , Background image: file size no more than 800k and your bio must be 160 characters or less.

 

Resources: Twitter blog posts: “New Twitter profile pages: A richer way to showcase your brand and engage consumers“, “Because you have more to show” and Twitter help page.

 

 

2. Timing:  The email says you have until November to customize your header – or else a default “grey” will be used. The blog post said that you can make the change to the new header today and that while all users will be switched over soon, they will be notified first.

 

3. Email from Twitter with information about new profile header: Everyone should of received an email below from Twitter. If you have a high spam filter it may have gone to spam so check your email.

 

What do you think of the enhanced header on Twitter?

 

 

PC Mag Twitter Top 100: I Get To Be Next To Barack Obama and Bill Gates!

As I ramp up my new website (in construction) after taking a blogging break to do family stuff, it is always fun to have a surprise recognize the time I did spend to keep up the “relevance”.

Yesterday one of my favorite tweeters (@SocialMoms) shared that @TechMama was on the @PCMag ‘s Twitter Top 100 list. Yes, between @BarackObama and @Bill Gates.

Click here for the PC Mag’s complete list of top 100 on Twitter (TechMama is number 13).

(screeching sound) What?

Ok, Well the list was alphabetical order but still – how often do I get to be “seated” next to Barack Obama and Bill Gates – even if it is online?

Umm, never before this time.

Best of all there was also some great women tweeters on the list that I am also honored to be in good company with. No – not Lady Gaga although I love her music. But technology reporter and mom extraordinaire @NataliMorris and @rachelsterne  (and that is just a few of the “R”s).

People have asked me if I automate any of my tweets, which I am surprised they even ask (and I promptly say “no”). I am an information obsessed person – so when I read online articles that I think are relevant to my Twitter audience, I tweet them. Yes – the good old fashioned, non- automatic sharing of something interesting. I share things with my Twitter community like I would share information with an interesting book group. I also enjoy reading my communities’ Tweets as well.

Sharing on Twitter was (and is) something that I could keep up with no matter how busy I got with family commitments.  Twitter became a solace that was my connection to the outside world while balancing taking care of boyz world. I even find out about events from my Twitter stream before I read about it in the news or online. As soon as I turned on my computer the morning of the Japan Tsunami and Earthquake, I saw the Twitter chatter and raced to the news sites to read more.

After this post goes live I will be off to carpool to pickup my boyz, wondering what it would be like to really sit next to Bill Gates and Barack Obama. As well as feeling excited that a magazine (PC Magazine) that I have been reading for years decided to visit my Twitter stream.

 

A Day of WomenTech: #140Conf SF – Women Talking Tech on the Real Time Web and Huffington Post article

Yesterday I had the honor of being on a panel for one of my favorite tech conferences: @JeffPulver’s #140Conf (San Francisco). This was my second #140conf, the first was #140confNYC. Maya Bisineer @thinkmaya invited me (@techmama) to join her #140conf NYC “Innovating for our future” along with @alicewilder and Stephanie Aaronson @SAGalluch.

Our #140conf panel San Francisco was called “Women talking Tech about the Real-Time Web” with a fab panel: @techmama (moderater -thats me), Eliane Fiolet @ElianeFiolet from @ubergizmo, Elisa Camahort page @ElisaC from @BlogHer (*BlogHer also has @BlogHerSupport @BlogHerDeals and other co-founders @lisastone and @jorydj), Kristie Wells @kristiewells from @socialmediaclub and Liza Sperling @lizasperling from @scoutlabs. Even more fun was my virtual panelist Shireen Mitchell @digitalsista that tweeted from DC while we were in San Francisco!

On our Women talking tech panel we discussed the different ways we use Twitter to share our voice and interact with our communities. After the panel I was thrilled to meet an amazing tech voice from (drumroll) Twitter! Del Harvey @delbius spoke on a #140conf panel about Twitter.

As an attempt to organize a list to follow the unique womentech voices/organizations on Twitter, I created a womentech Twitter list (I hope to add lots more to that list as I just created it for the panel). Some of the amazing voices on the list that are also local to SF area are:  @jolieodell from Mashable (and another Mashable socal tweep @jbruin), @magicsaucemedia, @susanmernit,  @leahculver, @techiediva and @sairy. Some of the organizations are @anitaborg_org, @shesgeeky, @gitweet, @women2, @DevChix, @DigitalWoman, @ForbesWoman, @BlogHer, @MomBloggersClub and @WomenWhoTech.

I already have 2 techmom (techmom and techmom2) twitter lists – and growing!

My eyes are going blurry with all of the “@” Twitter names I listed on this post, but it is so hard to contain my excitement at connecting with amazing women tech on Twitter! My next step will be curate my women tech list on Pearltrees.com.

After I got home from the #140conf SF, I was thrilled to see an email that informed me that I was included in a geek girls post on one of my favorite blogs: Huffington Post. Kelly Feller wrote a post called “Despite Appearances, Girls Are Geeky Too” that included my tweep Eliane Fiolet and other women tech voices including Deborah Conrad. Just the day before I was so honored to be included on the Forbes (@ForbesWoman) list of “20 Best-Branded Women on Twitter“. Both of these articles are so exciting because I have spent the last few years focusing on a brand built around moms, women and technology. An important part of my goals are reaching out to the community of tech women and moms through social media; and Twitter is one of my favorite social media platforms.

I have to say, other then building Lego’s with my boys – I can’t think of a better way to spend my day then with Twitter and WomenTech peeps.

If you want to follow any of the fabulous tweeps mentioned in this post, here are the direct links:

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RE: Twitter Who To Follow Feature – I would rather follow the real Walt Mossberg

I value using Twitter not only as a social media tool but as a way to interact real time with an engaged community.

So I end up spending lots of time each day on Twitter.

I read about the new “Who To Follow Feature” and was curious to try it. Suddenly it appeared on my Twitter screen – so I was excited to view the recommendations. Then I received a suggestion to follow the Walt Mossberg puppet twitter ID.  Being a tech snob, of course I already follow the “real” Walt Mossberg and leave puppets to shows that my kids watch. At the same time I realized that I was – of course – already following Walt Mossberg so maybe it is good to diversify with some puppet Twitter accounts. Hmm…

I see that The Bloggess was referred to a shrink but Virginia DeBolt posted on the BlogHer site that she did find some good recommendations via the Twitter “Who To Follow” feature.

I am on the fence, I currently find more value in searching my favorite tweeps’ Twitter Lists. I wonder what other Twitter users think of the new “Who To Follow” feature?

Or maybe the Walt Mosspuppet will be the new Walt Mossberg so the “Who To Follow” feature also helps identify future trends?

 

 

TwitterFreakout: Follower Counts Down To Zero – Then Restored

As the world is battling important issues such as the world financial crisis, oil spill and the recent Dow plunge – what may push social media types over the edge is what happened today: Twitter follower/following counts were set to 0.

Yes, I sent a tweet out, pushed enter then could not believe my EYES as I saw my follower count reset to 0.

After frantically searching on the Twitter support forum (which had no information) – I found the Twitter "support" Twitter ID that had updates:

1. "Following and follower counts are temporarily
unavailable. You should still receive updates. We're working to
resolve this." at around 10am.

2. The follower count reset was related to a bug they found which had
the effect of "forced" following. A few minutes after that the bug was
posted about in the Twitter status blog: http://status.twitter.com/post/587210796/follow-bug-discovered-remedied

I tweeted updates to my followers so they did not need to go through the shock that I experienced. Seeing the behavior of my tweeps (and myself), this made me think of the old saying ""If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it
make a sound?
".

The modern equivalent of that is "If My Twitter count falls to 0, Do I exist?". This is a subject that can reflect modern society's dependence on social networking, which leads to many who now feel a connection between their "friend" or "follower" count and their self esteem.

Not that I feel that way.. Really.. OK! I DO and will feel calmer after my Twitter follower count is restored. I hope a get a few more followers out of this. If I just tweeted that, I would use the hashtag "#sadstateofaffairs. I may need to search out a Twitter follower loss support group after this.

My value add for Twitter has been connecting with an amazing community – that I ended up making many real life business connections from. I view Twitter as a place I share "whats going on" in my niche of parenting and technology and read what my followers are up to. So while I may joke about my Twitter addiction, I have seen real value from the site.♠

Conan O'Brien also shared my emotions with his tweet: "Twitter exploded
today! I guess my dream of a world where Twitter runs our stock market,
phones, and nuclear defense is still a ways off
."

UPDATE: A short time after I posted this, Twitter restored follower counts and all is well (I do exist again – at least for now..).  Here is my Pearltree that summed up this morning's exciting Twitter events: