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I'm sure most of the top authors here at RantRave already do this to some degree, but I thought I would give it a try just for fun.

I've been on Facebook for a couple years now and it evolved for me from "whatever" to being my daily news feed on my friends and things that I like and want to keep up with. I've posted a few of my RantRave posts as a Status Update before and even posted links on Comments of various pages I follow. It was fun and I got a few extra views on my posts.

Recently I joined Twitter. I never knew what to make of Twitter, I figured my Facebook Status Update was just as good as any Tweet I could make, I was wrong. So I started Tweeting and replying to various Tweets and now I'm starting to see the difference between Facebook and Twitter.

So I thought I do a little experiment. I had a Rant I posted a month ago called HR Managers Are The Unemployed's Roadblock. Originally it got 138 Views, which is about average for a post of mine that I did not promote. So over the last couple weeks or so I started Tweeting the link just to have some fun. I did not keep track of it, but I checked and I did about 18 Tweets and a couple Facebook Comments and now it is at 466 Views. More than triple what I had before.

I Tweeted using the @Name of various people I follow and a few I don't follow. I often replied to Tweets that were about jobs and related to what my Rant was about. Maybe next time I should come up with a Hash Tag for the Tweets, but I don't completely understand how that's used exactly. Since I did not keep track of Views after each Tweet, I decided to do it again with another of my Rants, The Perfect Crime which has climbed from 175 to 236 in just a day and a half. I'll be Tweeting three times a day for seven days and see where it goes.

Now, I think this Rave should turn into a "How To" for other RantRave authors. What tips do you have to share? I think in order to grow RantRave we need to promote it and I'm curious what others are doing to promote either themselves or RantRave on Social Media and what you think works best.
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The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Twitter Spam. You might want to read the Twitter TOS. Your already out of compliance.
32 months ago: Well Twitter is only 140 characters so if I link back to a post that is on the same topic I don't consider it Spam. How else can you get an in depth message across on Twitter? You have to post a link to another page in order to get your point out there.

Most of my Tweets are replies or ReTweets and have no link or Hash Tag, so unlike others who solely use Twitter to Spam, I'm using it the same way as other media sites who Tweet and include a link back to their story. How am I as an author on RantRave any different than a blogger on The Huffington Post?

For that matter how am I different than some news reporters who have a Twitter account that clearly says the opinions they post on it are their own and not the network for which they work?

The whole purpose of Social Media is to connect people, ideas and opinion, I don't see that I'm violating any TOS. I don't use any SEO software, I don't use any software to Tweet and ReTweet. I only will Tweet posts I think are worthwhile, especially if they relate to a story I'm responding too. Three Tweets a day is Spam? I don't think so.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Dude, I was being sarcastic. Don't think so? @thecypressgang
You might want to try TweetDeck. You can schedule your tweets.
32 months ago: Sorry, Cypress. Sometimes sarcasm does not come out well in print. I'm basically doing this for my own amusement, just to play around and see how things work. I have no idea how much I will do it, probably not much.

I just thought it would be a good way to bring more traffic to RantRave since we are not on Google News anymore. There have been only 4 posts in the last 20 hours since I posted this and only 5 posts the day before and 4 the day before that. It just seemed like the RantRave authors could do more to promote the site is all I was thinking about.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Not a problem. I think I start using the #rantrave #rant #rave hashtag on all my site tweets. You and truthbrary could do the same.
32 months ago: I see you did use it on this Rave. Cool, I'll try it too.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: What is cool is you can search for the tag and get all tweets that contain it. You don't have to follow someone that you dislike. Let's watch the trend on #rantrave

http://hashtags.org/rantrave

If you use tweetdeck you can setup a search column that will display all tweets with the hashtag #rantrave
TheLegendTomWing
TheLegendTomWing
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Philadelphia, PA
32 months ago: I retweet all the interesting stuff Cypress posts, @tomwing
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: You want to really have some fun? Add #teaparty and #tcot to all political tweets.
Major following on both of those tags. Funny thing about #teaparty , gobs and gobs of liberals follow it.
32 months ago: Sounds fun, so I Teeted this.

What if the Tea Party were to grow up and learn how things really work, they just might be taken more seriously. http://rantrave.com/Rant/The-Tea-Party-F... #teaparty #tcot

There were only 338 Views when I started, let's see where it goes.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Hey Tom? Is there now a minimun 1150 characters for a post? You don't think that might be a tad bit extreme?
TheLegendTomWing
TheLegendTomWing
 Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
32 months ago: Yep, I noticed that too. Not sure what that's about. I'm assuming it's to get you to be more in-depth, and less "Damn all you _______ for ______, and go to this link to read someone else's opinion."
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Fine. I guess I'll shut down my almost 1000 tweets promoting the site because they don't meet the 1150 character requirement.

I'm out.
TheLegendTomWing
TheLegendTomWing
 Administrator
Philadelphia, PA
32 months ago: Really? maybe just shoot Alex an email?
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: I don't think so. I'm still waiting on an answer to an email I sent to Alex over 2 weeks ago. This place is burning down right before our eyes. I called the Google madness well before it happened. I called the spamming well before it took its toll. I'm getting tired. Nothing was taken seriously then and I have no reason to think it will be taken seriously now.
32 months ago: It's not burning down, it ground to a halt with only 4 or 5 new posts a day.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: So Cully? How are those tips working out? If you weren't so dang liberal I'd help out more.
32 months ago: I don't know if I'm getting any more hits using the Hashtag #rantrave, but here is what has happened so far.

"The Perfect Crime" went from 175 to 341 views on 14 Tweets since August 13.
11.85 Views per Tweet. This was a straight up Tweet without being a reply to anybody. I also changed the Tweet a little each time.

"HR Managers Are The Unemployed's Roadblock" went from 138 to 466 views and is now at 485 views with no additional Tweets to the original 18. I Tweeted the link as a reply to the "@Name" Tweet's stories about jobs. So I guess people are reading older Tweets and it climbed a little more after I stopped promoting it.
18.22 Views per Tweet

"The Tea Party: Facts and Fantasies" went from 338 views to 398 with only one Tweet with no "@Name" only using the #teaparty #tcot Hashtags.
60 Views per Tweet

I have only 31 followers on Twitter, so it's the people looking at the Mentions of the "@Name" that are creating the new views. I'm not sure if my Tweets appear on all of their follower's pages or not. I don't know that much about Twitter, I was just playing with a new toy so to speak.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
32 months ago: Sorry to bust your bubble Cully...But what is 14 times 13? Subtract that number to see what the real number of people are. That is why I do not over tweet a post. Those numbers are bogus because there are 13 spiders that will visit a post on each tweet.

Like I said...Sorry. Now if you want to see an actual view count that was produced by a single tweet. Ask Colorado. I made a single tweet of his last post with a view of 12 and it increased to 48. discount the 13 spiders and the People view is 23.
32 months ago: I did not bother to take the Spiders into consideration, but here are the updated numbers including new views since my last post.
"The Perfect Crime"
174 Views minus Spiders 160 Views = 11.42 Views per Tweet

"HR Managers Are The Unemployed's Roadblock"
349 Views minus Spiders 331 Views = 18.38 Views per Tweet

"The Tea Party: Facts and Fantasies"
64 Views minus Spiders 63 Views = 63 Views per Tweet

Conclusion: You should be able to get at least 10 to 20 more views per Tweet using the "@Name" in your Tweet as people who follow them might see the Tweet.

You should get quite a lot, 50 or more views if you use a popular or trending Hashtag only.

It was a fun little experiment. I'm sure I'll continue to Tweet links back to my RantRave posts, but maybe just not as much as I did this week.
32 months ago: Huh?

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