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Twitter changes explained

Since the return of founder Jack Dorsey as CEO in 2015, Twitter has reclaimed its engineering roots.

Not surprisingly, platform change has been afoot.

Over the past couple of months, Twitter has:

  • added the feature ‘poll your community’ – a nifty little tool enabling you to write a research poll (from the comfort of your twitter app) and send it out into the Twitterverse for feedback – something this user has done on several occasions with variant degrees of success.
  • Introduced .GIF search courtesy of partners at GIPHY and Riffsy
  • integrated Periscope into tweets so that you can enjoy live broadcasts.

In the coming months, more changes are rolling out all thanks to the fact, Twitter have redefined the 140 characters limit.

A little history here might be helpful…

The 140 character limit of tweets exists, because in 2006 when Biz, Jack & Co. were building the platform, SMS messages were limited to 140 characters.

It was a known standard.

Throughout the last decade the 140 standard has been exactly that – an acceptable and much loved limit to engaging on Twitter.

As an avid user of the platform for the past six years, both personally and professionally, I’ve always found Twitter as a great way to #connect, #Engage and #Participate with community members.

Professionally, I’ve been an avid user of Twitter to mentor both my undergrad and postgrad students.

It was a great way to maintain a dialogue with keen students throughout the semester while avoiding the essay-esque emails of panic around assessment and exam time.

It was a great way of teaching media and communications students how to edit and sub-edit without losing impact and intent.

It was a great research tool, news gathering tool – it was a great tool for educating communications student how to, research, engage and communicate with community.

Here’s what will and will not be considered a character in a tweet:

  • @ – twitterhandles will not be counted as characters. This is great news if your twitter handle is loooooong, now people might start tweeting you:)
  • Media attachments (URLs, photos, GIFs, polls) will not take up valuable character spacing, so you now have more room to say what you want to say.
  • the .@ convention has gone – THANK GOODNESS! This convention was just plain ugly! Instead, the power of the Retweet returns for both you and your community members. If you start a tweet with a @username then your tweet will be broadcast to all your followers.
  • RT – and if you want to broadcast a tweet more broadly, then you now are able to retweet your own tweets.

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Sampling Jelly

Each week I test something new.

For the last month or so, I’ve been playing around with Jelly.

Not the ‘crystals and hot water time to freeze’ type, but Biz Stone’s 2016 version of search.

As with all new platforms and apps, I started off with the basics:

Who is Biz Stone?

Who is Tiffanny Junee?

Not that I put myself in Biz’s global communications lead, but I was interested to see if the big boys were searched the same way as the little guys:)

To my surprise, they were.

The reply, inboxed to me when ready, was an information map – try Wikipedia.

I found this initially jarring. Then I danced a little jig.

Finally, a content and information search solution for this century.

Something to cut through and make sense of the tyrannasaurous-sized bytes.

I’m really excited to see how Jelly evolves

Given that it is in closed Beta, I’ll start asking the important questions, as soon as I work out what they are…

 

How2 Social Sports

How2 Social’s vision is to empower athletes, coaches and administrators through education about how to create knowledge and value on new social and digital media.

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The How2Social Sports program empowers professional athletes, teams and organisations to harness the power of the internet communications technologies to build brand value.

The program is born out of ongoing social media in sports studies that began at the University of Sydney in 2010 in the form of my Master’s thesis, To Tweet or Not To Tweet: Social Media as Strategic Communicatios in Australian Rugby Union.

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Professional athletes, coaches (and to a lesser extent administrators)  have a limited time to maximise the earn from their sporting efforts.

The ability to build capital (social and economic) should be a financial imperative, sought by forward-thinking player managers and community leaders.

In Australia, social leadership is light on the ground, with few sporting organisations moving towards the future standard of being social businesses.

So what’s stopping us?

  • A true understanding of how new social media enables business and creates time and capital for the business, the leader and the employee, is lacking.
  • Social Media is fluid and requires a rethink of all ingrained communications practices across EVERY touchpoint of the business.
  • Change is hard and noone likes change.
  • Social Media has its on language, practices and protocols and business simply doesn’t understand it as well as what they do traditional media. So knowing where to start is really hard.
  • Professional sporting organisations and governing bodies are conservative organisations and their rigid structures don’t have the requisite flexibility, skill sets and intention to remould ingrained practice without significant key stakeholder buy-in and as with any change management program – change takes time.
  • In order for forward thinking leaders to learn How2 Social (aka the art of being public), but due to the voracity of the tribe and constant media attention, they need to do so privately (and continuously) – their jobs (rightly or wrongly) depend on it!

The How2 Social Sports Program

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Designed for professional athletes, coaches and administrators, the How2Social Sports program is a multi-platform social learning solution that scaffolds (supports) and mentors the individual (athlete, coach,administrator) along their social media journey.

For more information: 

http://www.how2social.com

email: sports@how2social.com 

tel: +61 (0)2 8347 1530      

 

 

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Let your effort speak louder than your mouth

NFL star DeAngelo Williams has over 9 million views and 150,000 shares of a video he posted on his official Facebook page this week.

The video explains why he returned his daughters participation ribbon at her recent sports carnival.
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Participation is fun in the moment, but the rewards are limited to the effort required to achieve.

Who wants their child to strive towards participation, when they can win?

Admittedly there is a real chance they’ll fail – but it’s a fundamental life lesson that develops the person – not an entitled product of parental management.

What kind of child do you have?

A participant or a kid that strives to do their best…?

I know which one I’ll be encouraging my kids to be.

 

 

The Future of Social Media in Government

When business and personal demands allow, I attend key conferences as either a chair, keynote speaker or delegate.

What spins my wheels is not only the occassional flash of research porn presented by the REALLY clever kids doing the REALLY cool things, but also the sharing and exchange of information and on trend practice.

Some government departments are well ahead of the pack when it comes to the integration of new social technologies into their communications mix.

The Australian Government Department of Human Services springs to mind. They have been evolving their social selves since 2009 and their considered approach is a winner.

Conversely, there is also a number of departments and government organisations who simply lack the intent and/ or technacy to push their operations forward towards social.

In the evolving sphere of social and digital communications sharing is key.

Both for evolving best practice and to welcome the late comers to social media and reassuring these organisations that it’s not too late.

Their social and digital media journey will simply be fast-tracked for them, although the challenges around buy-in from both within and outside the organisation will unfortunately remain.

#Gov3Conf

I have spent the last two days in the nation’s capital chairing the International Business Review’s 5th Annual Government Social Media Future 2016 Congress.

With a varied and really engaged line up of speakers and delegates it has been a great 48 hours dialoging about ‘what’s next’ in social.

Day 1 investigated local government case studies on the changing face of social media landscape, social engagement and approaches to engaging communities. Disruption and Digital transformation were not surprisingling key themes.

Day 2 saw some great case studies presented by Amanda Dennett of the Australian Government Department of Human Services, Lisa Portolan of the Australian Sports Commission, Dale Roberts of Head Space and Craig Mack of Diabetes NSW.

Not surprisingly, the resounding points of discussion amongst delegates were about the actionable:

  • how can I get started on social?
  • we don’t have huge budgets, can someone recommend How2…?
  • can you help me how to get senior management on board for social?

It is precisely from observations and discussions such as these, that How2Social.com was born.

I believe EVERYONE should have access to knowledge and practical information for How2 use the platforms and / or the steps to managing successful social media campaigns and teams.

If you would like access to knowledge about How2Social with confidence for your organisation, head over to http://www.how2social.com and reinvigorate your social journey with an affordable, personalised program and digital mentor when and where you’re in need.

 

 

 

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Introducing my digital baby

As many of you know, last year I earned the privilege of parenthood after giving birth to my first child.

What you may not have been aware of… I also birthed my digital baby: How2 Social – a social education and mentoring platform.

My intent: Give everyone, no matter what their current skill set online, the opportunity to social with confidence.

In the year since, I have been splitting parenting duties between my now toddler and evolving the How2Social business concept while also setting myself the task of getting down and dirty in the back end of the build.

Admittedly, it has taken me a lot longer to get to this point than I originally thought it would, but that in itself has been an invaluable learning for me as well!

Which is why I am so thrilled to be able to introduce you to How2Social.com

Think of it as a concierge for social.

Built for the express purpose of enabling people of all ages and ability in and around social and digital media technology.

In the original stage we are launching with four distinct programs. They are:

  1. The Art of Social Parenting – the parents and guardian’s toolkit for managing their digital families.
  2. Social Business – for small and large organisations developing / refining their social communications.
  3. Social Me – for individuals developing your personal brand online.
  4. Social Sports – the pro athletes and coaches toolkit for building value through social communications.

Each of them are umbrella programs for an array of content specific, social media enabling, practical How2guides with the added and personalised benefit of a dedicated mentor to help you build your skill and confidence while building your brand for personal and/ or professional use.

It was important to me to develop a quality and individualised solution for people to learn and evolve their skill set in a ‘safe place’.

That’s why at How2Social we don’t mass produce solutions.

Each program is specifically tailored to the individual and very specific needs of members wherever they find themselves on the journey that is social.

Membership is free and the programs are intentionally affordable.

When you have a moment, please visit www.how2social.com and if I can assist you in anyway, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Additionally, if you know anyone who would benefit from How2Social education products and mentoring services, then please forward them my details and ask them to contact me directly.

e: tiff@how2social.com      t: @TiffannyJunee    li: tiffannyjunee

Thank you so much for taking the time to be here with me and celebrate the latest stage of my social technology journey. I am very grateful for your continued support.

xo Tiff xo