Could we be getting some big news from Twitter?

We could be in for some  big news from Twitter…. rumour has it that images and links will no longer be included in the 140 character limit.

Good news for those of us wanting to get a message out on Twitter – condensing everything to within 140 characters, including spaces and links, is a real art form!

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for an official statement & let you know.


For now here’s a link to some more information


Twitter quick tip….

Following a question from a colleague today I thought I’d address the issue of characters when composing a tweet


Twitter allows 140 characters.

That’s not many!

It includes spaces and it includes any links or images (which generate a link) that you add to your tweet.

You can get smart by using abbreviations such as “Pls” instead of “please” “&” instead of “and”….you get the picture!

You can also shrink links using tools such as and

These nifty sites change a long URL such as to something far more Twitter friendly….like this

That’s all for today! I hope this tip was useful. Claire x

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Twitter jargon buster….a beginners guide

When we run our bespoke social media training sessions we always cover the topic of Twitter jargon.

Twitter definitely has a language of it’s own and for beginners it can seem a bit daunting. So here is our beginners guide to ensure you know your RT from your FF and what on earth does # mean anyway?

RT or “retweet”

To retweet means to post someone else’s tweet, crediting them with the original content. It’s polite to leave the original tweet as unedited as possible, though it’s acceptable to edit the tweet for length or clarity.

DM or “direct message”

These are private tweets that can only be seen by the recipient. You can only send direct messages to people who are following you, so you can’t use DMs for spamming.

# hashtags

People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorise those Tweets and help them show more easily in Twitter Search. It’s a great way to search for people to follow too. Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets marked with that keyword. Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet – at the beginning, middle, or end. Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Try not to misuse hashtags….#hashtaggingjustbecauseican is very irritating!


Trends are determined by an algorithm and are tailored for you based on who you follow and your location. This algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help you discover the hottest emerging topics of discussion on Twitter that matter most to you.

#FF stands for “Follow Friday

Twitter users often suggest who others should follow on Fridays by tweeting with the hashtag #FF. This is a nice touch to thank followers who have RT’d you or perhaps new followers.

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If you’re fans of Hootsuite (and if you’re not…get yourself over to for a look around!) you may have heard the news that Pinterest and Gmail are now available on your Hootsuite dashboard.

The official word from Hootsuite is this:

Gmail app:“Monitor and manage email alongside your social communications with the Gmail app for HootSuite! Monitor multiple Gmail accounts, preview messages, publish, and more all from the HootSuite dashboard. Achieving inbox zero just got a lot easier.” 

The Gmail app is currently £1.49 per month and a 2-day free trial is on offer.

Viraltag for Pinterest app:“Pinterest management for brands and publishers are now available in the HootSuite dashboard! Pin, schedule and analyze Pinterest content with the ViralTag app for HootSuite. Easily distribute social content to Pinterest from the ViralTag stream, view key metrics including Clicks, Likes and Repins, search for pins and more.:

The Viraltag app is currently £3.49 per month and a 2-day free trial is on offer.
So what do these changes mean to you? Well we say, they can’t be a bad thing. Having that Hootsuite screen as your main communications dashboard works wonders for many of our clients. Our advice would be, give the free 2-day trials a go and make a decision based on how much value these apps will add to your day to day management and think about the time you’ll save not switching screens and logging on.
We love the functionality of Hootsuite  – for FREE you can have your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Foursquare and Mixi profiles all in one place – We’re sure you’ll be experts in no time…and if you need help you know where we are!

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