• http://www.ju2.com ju2ltd

    Eric – thanks for your articles have read a couple of them over the last couple of days – really useful. I also use Twitter http://www.twitter.com/ju2ltd to keep up with news, events, announcements, links and find it an incredibly powerful way of getting the thoughts of influential people – sort of gives me head start keeping up with developments. These people are very well networked (obviously) so tapping inito this network is already a powerful marketing channel in itself. If any content or services interest these people then valauble links will develop almost automatically. I guess what I am saying is that twitter can be a very valauble link building tool but not for links on twitter itself. Its a kind of second order effect. Cheers keep up the articles.

  • http://www.williamalvarez.com William Alvarez

    Eric, some people have run some experiments to find the SEO value of links in Twitter., you can read Fabio Ricotta in YOUMoz on his article “Twitter Dupe Content and Link Building Strategy” (http://www.seomoz.org/ugc/twitter-dupe-content-and-linkbuilding-strategy).

    Yes, I’m so tired of the Twitter thing everywhere. Don’t SEOs have anything else to write about anymore?

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    Hi William – I’d read the SEOMOZ article as well as the one that preceeded it, but frankly they are more about Twitter manipulation for self generated links rather than merit based links coming from other sites as a result of a tweeted URL.

    -e

  • http://www.ericward.com Eric Ward

    FYI http://www.hashtweeps.com/ can help you identify people who are tweeting with regularity about specific subjects. Example? Search bowling. Bingo.

  • http://www.2dolphins.com/ rodaniel

    I’ve found Twitter to be another means of tracking down and getting in touch with other bloggers in my geographic area. And I have seen a small uptick in traffic from Twitter. One of the nice ways you can use it is to “deep link” back to older blog posts that’re especially relevant to a conversation you’re having. It can be a slightly effective way to shed a little new light on an older, overlooked post that you feel never quite got its due share of attention.

    However, I’ve gotta say that to a large extent, Twitter is, by design, kind of a spam engine. There are lots of Tweets (and ReTweets) featuring lots of links, but how many of them are truly useful? Some, but not always very many. And there’s a pretty high degree of metaTweeting – similar to all of the annoying metablogging that was so prevalent a couple of years ago.

  • http://www.simplefuzz.com jeremy_martin

    Great info Eric. I think that a lot of people find that it’s I important to have their hundreds of followers and that is what social networking is about but only the real marketers will see the true value in twitter and you have definately changed my point of view!

  • elchenuk

    Eric, great article.
    I’ve kind of had a love hate relationship with Twitter for a while and actually only decided recently to come back to it after a 9 month lay off! I’m not sure whether the service has matured or not but I certainly have in terms of using it. Like the first poster, I use it for networking, news, advice and generally just to keep up to date with my constantly changing industry. I still get the odd ‘just had x for lunch’ tweet but in the main the people I follow tweet about useful stuff.
    Incidentally I like the way you promote a new site, but in your post, ‘…whenever I do this I set up several alerts/trackers to see where mentions/links show up…’ do you have any resources/advice sites you can point me to, to read up on how I can do this?

  • DaveAllen

    As a company, Nemo has been using Twitter for a while now but none more effectively than this week when we used Twitter to announce that we had to lay off 9 extremely skilled people. Via Twitter we got about 6 of them job interviews the next day.
    Story here – http://www.social-cache.com/2009/04/using-twitter-during-company-layoffs-a-quick-nemohq-case-study