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Two Remarkable Twitter Tools to Hype Your Hubs

Updated on May 27, 2011

Are You Using Twitter to Attract More Traffic? Are You Aware of Two Powerful Twitter Tools You Can Use?

Are you tweeting on Twitter to hype your hubs? To attract tremendous new traffic to your articles? If you aren’t, you should be. You can use the powerful power of Twitter as part of your marketing plan. Why? Here are 10 excellent reasons:

Reason #1 - According to a Nielsen Report, in February 2009, Twitter had nearly 7.1 million users. In January 2010, ComputerWorld reported that the number of Twitter twitter-ers has climbed to a lofty 75 million. That's a lot of potential viewers to read your marketing message, especially when it costs you nothing.

Reasons #2 through #10 - See Reason #1 above.

Once you become a Twitter user and tweet (post) regularly within the 140 character limit, you are hooked. It's a cross between blogging and instant messaging. You add immeasurable value to your tweet by including links to your hubs and blogs and websites.

But most importantly, you gain exposure for your sites, market your products or services, ask and/or answer questions, share tips and resources, meet and connect with others – and it’s all free of charge.

If you are not already taking advantage of this free window to 75 million people, then go get your own Twitter account today. Right now! Here’s how to sign up:

1. Go to and click on the “Join the Conversation” button, middle of the page.

2. Fill out the information required: your full name, preferred user name (which might be your hub or blog name), password and email address.

3. Look for friends in your Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail or MSN accounts so you can begin following them if they are already on Twitter. Some people will be suggested by Twitter for you to follow as well. See if the names are relevant.

4. Set up your profile. Click on “settings” in the right-hand corner of your Twitter home page.

5. Fill in the information required. In the one-line bio under the Account tab, you have 160 characters to describe yourself.

6.Start searching for followers.

Skip the Twitter Turorial if you already Tweet

Because you can fill140 spaces so easily in your tweet, you may want to shorten the name of the hub you are featuring as much as possible. For example, If I want to promote my hub about being an Entrepreneur, I could simply put in the URL (address) of the hub:

But that tweet would use up 47 of the 140 spaces allotted to my tweet giving me only 93 spaces to write a promotional message. So I used the shortened URL: which used only 29 spaces. My Twitter name is “justaintso” and this is the actual tweet I used:

“Are You an Entrepreneur? Take the simple 8-question test to learn if you are an entrepreneur.”

Or I could shorten the URL even further by using an URL shortener. Here are three different URL-shortener-providers to choose from:,, or

Twitter is a terrific traffic generation tool. Placing your link to a particular hub will direct visitors to your site. Twitters can read the most recent tweets, scan for the best ones, or search to find information on specific subjects. It’s awesome. It’s powerful. It’s free!

So here is the first tool: Twitter’s own Search Engine.

Are you aware that you can locate experts in almost any field on Twitter? That’s one of Twitter’s strengths. You can find literally thousands of folks who possess information about specific subjects and are very willing to share their knowledge and experience.

You will encourage these people to follow you by following them and consequently build up a valuable network. But first you have to find them. Twitter now owns its own search engine – which it purchased from Summize, a New York-based company comprised of five engineers who focused on nothing but building a great search tool for Twitter. They certainly found their niche. Twitter search can be found at the bottom of your Twitter homepage under "Search,"

Click on the search link which is located at the bottom of the page. It says: “Twitter, see what’s happening – right now.” There is a box right below where you type in a topic and then hit the Search button. When you enter keywords you will pull up tweets with that particular phrase. Read the bios and the tweets to identify the tweeters (senders). If you want to reach a specific person put "@" immediately in front of their tweeting name. Example: @justaintso.

The second way to search when you are logged in to Twitter, simply go to

Here is the second tool: Tweet Call.

This is something fairly new. Now you can phone in your tweets to Twitter with TweetCall. No kidding. You can speak your tweets and update your Twitter messages from anywhere in the world simply by speaking (clearly) into your phone. It is absolutely free of charge and you can start using it today. Here is how it works:

a) Log in with your Twitter account information – your Twitter username and Twitter password. Before using TweetCall, you must log in to associate a PIN number with your account for security purposes.

b) Dial 1-877-TWEETCALL

c) Speak your Tweet.

d) Your voice message will be transcribed and posted to Twitter as text. Amazing!

Important! When you post your tweet, ask a question or state an interesting fact. You will find you get much more response than if you simply tweeted your link to your hub. Now go forth and tweet.

Twitter Dictionary

In case you don’t already speak twitter, here are some things you may encounter:

At Reply, or "@reply": a direct tweet sent to another Twitter user.

Hash Tag: the "#" sign. This allows Twitter users to group tweets by topic, making it easier to search particular conversations using Twitter Search.

Link: when you include a URL in your tweet.

MisTweet: a tweet you may later regret; try not to send any.

ReTweet: to re-post something that's already in the Twitter stream. It’s usually preceded by "RT" and "@(username)," to give credit to the original tweeter.

SnapTweet: a tweet that includes a photo taken with a cell phone, uploaded to Flickr and posted to Twitter via

Twadd: to add someone as a friend or follower.

Tweeter/Twitterer: someone who uses Twitter.

Twittectomy: to remove someone from the list of people you follow.

Twitterfly: twitter's version of a social butterfly, marked by the extreme use of @ signs.

Twitterlooing: twittering from the bathroom.

And my favorite because it’s so descriptive: Twitterhea -- the unstoppable urge to tweet.

If you find you need further Twitter linguistic assistance, see the online twictionary at

"Whoever said that things have to be useful?"Evan Williams, Twitter co-founder and CEO. But Twitter is, Evan, it’s a far, far better marketing tool than you ever dreamed.

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010, 2011. All rights reserved.   

B. J. Rakow, Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." A serious book about dynamic job search strategies written in a lighthearted fashion.


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    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Me, too, Kelly, I'm grateful, too.

      Signed, the 'Genius.'

    • RealHousewife profile image

      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeh I was really excited. I did familiarize myself with it more right after reading your hubs about it! I played around a little and was able to "get it" so much better! You are a genius! I'm especially gonna watch out for those MisTweets:) there are a few hubbers on my FB and we are all new at this so I'm also going to share these on FB. Everyone will be grateful:)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Ah, Kelly, you are so awesome to recognize the awesomeness of this Twitter information. It is my pleasure and you are most welcome. Tweet away to your heart's content!

    • RealHousewife profile image

      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awesome, Awesome, Awesome! It is so much to figure out - but this helps so much. Im just printing it:) Thanks again!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Mahalo to you, elayne. Thanks for the visit, the follow, and the fan mail. It's mutual.

      I had the good fortune of visiting Hawaii twice in the past 2 years and hope to return again. Remarkable, lovely islands with remarkable, lovely people.

    • elayne001 profile image


      9 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Very useful hub. I use twitter most days, but it is good to know the twitter language and tools. Thanks.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Happy I could be of service. Am off to Twitter to follow you there, Maita.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      9 years ago from US

      thank you, thank you drbj, helpful, I am prettydarkhorse there as well, Maita

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      You're absolutely right, Ellen, and Hubpages makes it easy by giving you two locations (Facebook and Twitter) to click on every time you complete a hub. What could be easier and more rewarding?

    • EllenGraeger profile image


      9 years ago from Madrid

      Thank you, drbj, Twitter is a top tool for online marketing and you can link it directly to your facebook account (or vice versa) so that your hubs will be published there as well.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Of course you should look at Twitter as a wonderful FREE marketing tool.

      A hub request? Mebbe!

    • Rebecca E. profile image

      Rebecca E. 

      9 years ago from Canada

      I suspect this now means I have to use twitter, hmm a hub request for you I think!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, wavegirl, for the kind comments and the thumbs up.

      Happy you have a few new Twitter tools. I think the medium is one of the best for marketing hubs and articles - at no cost.

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      Hi drbj - I love tweeting and this Hub just gave me a few new tools that I didnt realize! The online twictionary for sure is one I am going to use. As a matter of fact I think this Hub is so good I am just going to have to go tweet it now! Thanks for sharing this, big thumbs up!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, kea, nice to meet you. Cheers back at you.

      You're right about those twitter terms; some of them get pretty hysterical.

      Thanks for the visit and the comment.

    • kea profile image


      9 years ago

      Great info...I like the twitter terms, especially "Twittectomy" - that's pretty funny :) Cheers.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      You're most welcome, suziecat7, happy to remind you.

      Just wondering - are theire suziecats 1 through 6?

    • suziecat7 profile image


      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I've really got to do better with Twitter - thanks.

    • frogdropping profile image


      9 years ago

      lolllllll! Tickled me so you did! And you know drbj ... crayons are far more fun than pencils. You can't eat a pencil ...

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      I agree with you, froggie, tweeting can take over one's life.

      Your insightful comments made me think about potential psychological problems associated with excessive twits, I mean tweets. For example:

      schizotwittia - seeing or hearing twwets that really aren't there.

      depwession - agonizing because no one tweets you anymore.

      twitter paranoia - believing everyone is "following" you.

      twitophobia - fear of twits, real or written.

      I could go on and on but they just took away my crayon. Maybe tomorrow they'll let me use a pencil.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      All we need sometimes, Jacob, is a reminder.

      Happy I provided one for you. Tweet away.

    • frogdropping profile image


      9 years ago

      This is a great hub drbj but - I need an extra two hours or so (in any one day) in order to start tweeting (or is it twittering) as a part of my daily routine. I don't know - I just don't know that I've got the time to start making like an internet parrot. Still, I know this is here for when I wish to educate myself further.

      Or for the moment when you email me and say 'frog - I have moved mountains. Or at least the 24 hour clock. Just for you, an extra couple of hours. Go on - tweet like a twit, to your twearts content'.

      *twittectomy. lawls*

    • jacobkuttyta profile image

      Siny J 

      9 years ago from Delhi, India

      Thanks for the valuable information. I used to tweet. also getting a good number of visitors.


    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Hey, Gus, it's never too late to tweet on twitter. Specially since you mention that the Examiner is fond of it.

      Twitter is a twerrific twool that's become unbelievably popular and those who don't tweet may be in twemendous twubble.

      Sounds like Emer Fudd - remember him?

      Best of luck in your new endweavor. Oh, oh, "tw" is twaking over my speech.

    • GusTheRedneck profile image

      Gustave Kilthau 

      9 years ago from USA

      Doc - Ahhhh - birds twitter and GusTheRedneck does not. One more thing to learn for my already stuffed little brain. What to do about such difficult problems? Just now learning how to run around in this new writing deal - It is kinda fun and they like twittering, too. Guess I better memorize your hub here, Doc, and get with the program.

      Gus :-)))

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, dohn 121, for visiting and your positive comment.

      I concentrated on Twitter in this hub because like you, I know it can pull in traffic, and so often people tend to ignore the obvious like using a great FREE vehicle to help generate views.

      Your visits - and comments - are always most welcome.

    • dohn121 profile image


      9 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      It's been a while since last I was on Twitter but am planning to go back. I notice too that the more time I spend there, the more followers I get. In accordance with my traffic sources, the few "Tweets" that I did do in advertising my hubs did in fact generate a few page views. You did a very thorough job when writing this hub. Thank you.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      9 years ago from south Florida

      Sandyspider, It's my pleasure. And thanks for the comment and being first.

    • Sandyspider profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the advice.


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