Twitter Guide For Dummies part2

Welcome to part 2 of my “Twitter Guide for Dummies” If you missed the first one you can see it here: Twitter Guide For Dummies Part1 In this part 2 I will give you some tips on how you can improve your skills on Twitter. In this part I will go into some of the features that personally took me a little while to discover myself.

The # and @ paragraph

One thing you might notice when you begin with Twitter is that the # (Hashtag) and @ (AT) paragraphs. Those both have special power on Twitter. Whenever you use the # paragraph in front of a word in a Tweet it will be highlighted and made click and searchable. The @ paragraph is used in front of all profile names on twitter. If you want to mention someone in a tweet you start with the @ and then the profile name. e.g. “@TechWork_dk I love your #tweets..! ” This will make your tweet show up in my @Mention tab even if I am not following you. I will explain what the @Mention tab is in a minute.

Direct messages (DM)

With Direct messages you can send message directly to people on Twitter. Only the receiver can see these messages. Use the Direct message button on the receivers profile to send a DM. You can only send DM to people who follow you on Twitter. Otherwise Twitter would be a spam hell 😉

Remember to check the @Mention Tab

One thing that took me a while to figure out when I began with Twitter is how important it is to check the Mention tab from time to time. In the mention tab you can see every time your profile name has been included in a tweet. It can be ReTweet for one of your own tweets or it can be a reply or maybe a question to you. The mention tab is a great way to connect with your followers and people who are following you, but it can also be a great way to find new friends you want to follow.

Twitter Lists

One of my most supporting visitor here on TechWork.dk, Adrienne from Adriennesmith.net suggested that I should explain Twitter lists here in part2 so that I will do.
With twitter list you can create groups of users that you want to pay special attention to or simply to organize the people you are following. You can keep your list private or you can share them with the rest of the world. That is all up to you.

To create a list:

Create Twitter List

1. Find the List button on the main page

2. Select Create a list

3. Give the list a name, a description and select if it should be Public or Private

4. Add people you want on your list (You don’t need to follow a user to list her/him)

When you have created your list you can select it to see only tweets from the users you have put on your list. This can be very useful if you are following a lot of people or people you think “spam” sending big series of tweets on your timeline.

Well this was all for part 2. If you have something to add, please leave a comment and share it with us all. If you want to learn more about Twitter they actually have a great online help I don’t know if I there will be a part3 to this series, but I do have some ideas so maybe. In the other hand maybe it will be a post about: How the experts use Twitter but then I will need your help 🙂

Please leave me a comment…

 

What is Active Directory Operations Master Roles?

In this post I will tell you about the Operations Master Roles in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). If you are a System Administrator working with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) it is important that you understand the 5 Operation Master Roles in Active Directory. When you work with multiple domain controllers or maybe even a multidomain Active Directory installation it is important that you know how the 5 master roles in AD works. The 5 roles can be put into 2 categories: Forestwide, and Domainwide. The forest-wide roles only exist once in the entire AD forest, but the Domain-wide roles as the name says only valid for each domain in the Active Directory database.

Twitter Guide For Dummies part1

Welcome to my little Twitter Guide For Dummiesbush

As you properly know Twitter is a Social Network that is quiet popular all over the world. If you are new to twitter you might find this post helpful to get you started on Twitter. In this post I will try to explain how it works and how you get started.

So how does it work?

First of all you need to create an account. You do that by clicking on the sign up button and enter in your personal details. You need to select a unique username that will follow you on twitter. It might be difficult to find a good available one, but try to find one that tell who you are or what you like.

Twitter is a messages system where you can share your thoughts and links with the rest of the Twitter community. The messages on Twitter are called Tweets and are limited to 140 charters which for some people are not much. When you have written your massage in the “What’s happening” text box, you click on the Tweet button and your tweet are submitted to Twitter for everyone to read.

Following and Followers

Following: On Twitter you can follow other people to read what they are tweeting about. Other people can likewise follow you to read what you are tweeting about. Keep in mind that everybody can follow you without your approval. Don’t write that your boss is a big idiot or stuff like that. Hi or her might be reading your tweets without your knowledge 😉
The only way to protect your tweets is to protect your profile, but that don’t make much sense on Twitter in my opinion. If you don’t want to share, Twitter is not the wright place for you.


When you have found a person or a company that you want to follow, you just click on the follow button. You can always unfollow them if you regret.

Followers: Followers are the people that are following you on twitter. At first it can’t be difficult to get people to following your, but be patient and start tweeting and begin following some other people. Some of them might be following your back. An important thing in order to get followers is to create a good profile with some information about you and your interests. Also change your picture to something more personally that the default one. Nobody wants to follow an egg. If you like you can also create your own Twitter background or change the default color. All those things can help to make people find your more interesting so they want to follow you.

Timeline

On the timeline both your own tweets and the tweets of the people you follow appear. The newest appear at the top. If someone you follow Retweet a tweet the will also appear in the timeline even if you don’t follow the person the Retweet.

This is all for part 1. Let me here what you think and what was most confusing for you when you started on twitter. I would also like to hear what you think that I should cover in part 2.

My Google analytics stats for Q1 2011

Hello my dear blog readers.
The first quarter of 2011 is gone and I thought it would be nice to share some Google Analytics statistics from my blog with you guys. The following stats are from January 1 to March 31. (First quarter of 2011)

Traffic

Let me start to tell that I don’t have 1000 of visitors coming to my blog each day mainly because my blog has not been around for that long. After all I do see an increase in visitors month after month so that is just great. In this first quarter of 2011 I have read that the Bing Search engine has taken over Yahoo’s position as number 2 overall search engine on the Internet. Well in my case Yahoo is still a lot in front of Yahoo, but it may of cause change in Q2 of 2011. Here you can see some of my traffic stats for the first 3 months of 2011:

Traffic types:

Search Engines 44.44%
Referring Sites 29.10%
Direct Traffic 26.46%

Search Engines:

Search engines for Q1 2011 Google 63.45%
Yahoo 30.88%
Bing 4.78%
Others 0.89%

Top 5 Referring Sites:

Arrastheme.com
Wordpress.dk
Twitter.com
Amino.dk
Google.com

Visitors:

The numbers of visitors to my blog is steady increasing (thank good) and I hope to continue that trend in the future. In the first quarter of 2011 my blog have had visitors from 90 different countries. Hi is my top 10 of countries that visit my blogs

1. Denmark
2. United States
3. India
4. United Kingdom
5. Canada
6. China
7. Sweden
8. Australia
9. Brazil
10. Netherlands

Sometimes I am amazed about what I can read about you, my visits in my Google Analytics statistics. I love the fact that I can  see that I have had visitors from exotic countries like:

U.S. Virgin Islands
Paraguay
Guatemala
Oman
Djibouti (Africa)
Puerto Rico
and Iran

According to Google Analytics my typical visitor here at techwork.dk is: Coming from Denmark is: running Windows 7 and using Internet Explorer. The screen resolutions are 1680 x 1050 in 32 bit colors.

Well this was pretty much all from me today, but before I leave I would like to ask you 2 questions about your stats. Hope you will share a little with me too 🙂

  1. What is your top 3 Search Engines that give you the most traffic?
  2. What is your top 3 Referring Sites that give you the most traffic?

 

Change the channel on your access point or router

Wifi

WIFY

Today’s post is a tip about wireless network.

If you can see a lot of other wireless networks besides your own where you are living, you might want to switch to another channel on your router or access point. In my case I can see more than 10 wireless networks where I live. In this case this can cause some issues with connectivity and speed if too many of them are using the same channel as I am. This problem is that many of the products you buy today use the same default channel/frequency. To avoid this I have found out how to detect which channel the other network are running on and changed my channel to another one that not was used by others. To figure out what channel is optimal for your router or access point, you can use the free software named insSIDer from Metageek. With this software installed you can see what channel your neighbors use and change to a channel that not is used by anyone only be a few networks. If too many Wi-Fi router/access points are using the same channel they might interfere with each other. The channel that is best in my situation might not be the one that you should use. You will have to test what is best in your situation. With insSIDer you can get an idea of what is best for your network.

insSIDer (Click to see large image)

Each channel represents a frequency.

Here is the list of channels (frequencies associated) of the ISM bandwidth (2.4 GHz) authorized in Wi-Fi:

Channel 1: 2.412 MHz
Channel 2: 2.417 MHz
Channel 3: 2.422 MHz
Channel 4: 2.427 MHz
Channel 5: 2.432 MHz
Channel 6: 2.437 MHz
Channel 7: 2.442 MHz
Channel 8: 2.447 MHz
Channel 9: 2.452 MHz
Channel 10: 2.457 MHz
Channel 11: 2.462 MHz
Channel 12: 2.467 MHz
Channel 13: 2.472 MHz
Channel 14: 2.484 MHz

How to change the channel:

Well on my router (Zyxel) it was pretty easy, but you might need to check the manual of your Wi-Fi product if you can’t find it. Under “Wireless LAN” I had the possibility to change the channel from the factory default to the one I wanted.

You don’t need to change anything on your clients. They will automatically change to the new channel.

Change channel on wifi

 

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Video from Metageektrent’s Youtube Channel

Give it a try and drop me a comment on your experience with insSIDer or changing channel on your Wi-Fi network.