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In 2000, one person sending an online message to millions was spam. By 2010, it became an enjoyable occurrence on Twitter every day. While most of us may not have the online following that celebrities or famous Bronx snakes do, the same rules for getting reposted mostly apply to social groups of all sizes.

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460,000 new accounts are made each day on Twitter, with 140 million total Tweets sent in just as much time. It’s certainly a daunting task to be heard in such a crowded online location, yet many are often more concerned about Tweeting too much. There are many issues to consider when setting a quantity limit or goal, and all of the factors and tricks are worth knowing.

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Some things are definitely worth repeating. Especially on Twitter, where those somethings are interesting links, quotes, ideas, or memes. Repeating those somethings is where a retweet comes in.

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These days, using social media to promote your brand and business isn't an option. It's a must. And one of the most effective ways to do that is by using Twitter. Used properly, Twitter is a fantastic channel for engaging customers and for building both buzz and a wider customer base. Used badly, Twitter can be the hot stove that burns the hand of your brand.

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Think about how many hours each day you socialize with friends online, and then think about how many hours a day you socialize with friends in person. Yeah, it’s not even close. Businesses have surely noticed this growing divide and have been trying to capitalize on this digital trend for years, but the ever expanding online environment continues to keep statistics vague. Let’s take a look at current projections.

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So you think you have a lot of social clout? Social clout is a more difficult concept than most people think. The creators of Klout have created an algorithm to determine exactly how much influence someone has over their social networks. The interesting thing about a Klout score is that numbers mean nothing and true influence means everything. You cannot fake a Klout score—so far anyways.

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One of the fantastic things about social networking is that it is still evolving. But it’s not evolving because the social media sites themselves are trying to change in any way, but rather because users behavior is changing and adapting to these new systems. In the social networking landscape, it is not the networks that drive innovation; it is the users who drive the network toward change.

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What’s interesting about the growth of social media is that it has grown largely independent of search engines. That is, social networks have been fairly closed off places for the majority of their existence. That means that all the information and links shared through social networks wasn’t directly boosting your SEO. It was helping boost your brand name recognition and perhaps helping customers find ways to engage with you brand, but it wasn’t helping your Google rank.

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600 million daily searches and 10 billion tweets later Twitter has established itself as a critical element to any social media marketing strategy. Twitter’s success is not surprising though, given its unique balance of business & personal use and high-quality users.

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How Influential Are You?

If you’re in the social media marketing game, you know that more important than having a large number of followers is getting influential people to follow and share your content. As a social media brand manager this becomes even more important. If you are on Twitter, sharing links and publishing great content, you want the most influential people out there digging your stuff and sharing it with their hordes of followers as well. This will not only increase your Twitter following, but it will most likely raise the awareness of your brand and result in more profits.

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