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‘WordPress made easy’: New blogging, hosting packages now available from BlogMe

Because I use the MarketMeSuite application for Twitter/Facebook, I got first dibs on their latest addition to their features:

BlogMe.

With my new BlogMe account, I created a new WordPress blog, using one of the many really nice premium WordPress themes, and get free hosting for one year.

So I’m using one of the “my.name” related domains I’ve been sitting on for years now, to experiment with a new online portfolio/resume site. I’ll let you know when it’s (more or less) done so you can take a look.

Anyway, today BlogMe is open to everyone. If you’re looking for a really affordable WordPress blog set up, check it out.

You can get one WordPress blog with the theme of your choice, with one year’s FREE hosting, for just $3.99.

OR you can buy a $39 package. That one time fee gives you 10 blogs and free hosting. (There are other packages available too.)


Twitter announces new Tweet Button Bookmarklet

As you know, Twitter partnered with TweetMeme earlier this month, and unveiled their own “Tweet Button”.

Thousands of sites and blogs (including this one — look down at the bottom of this post!) have now installed the button, which lets you “tweet” stories you see on the web to all your followers, with one click.

However, not all sites and blogs have installed the “Tweet Button”, or plan to do so. Today, Twitter announced a new development to address this problem: the Tweet Button Bookmarklet:

“But what if you go to a site that doesn’t have a Tweet Button? Have no fear. Today, we’re making available a Tweet Button Bookmarklet that allows you to tweet a link with your own commentary from anywhere on the web.

“You just need to drag and drop the Bookmarklet into your browser’s bookmark bar.

Guy Kawasaki agrees: Twitter is all about your number of followers

A while back, a big study claimed to show that when it came to Twitter followers, “quality” mattered more than “quantity.”

We hear that about a lot of things in life — it’s the “warm, fuzzy” thing to say.

But as I said at the time: it isn’t true, especially about Twitter.

Cite all the “studies” you like, but look at your own behavior:

Don’t you look at the number of Twitter followers someone has and get impressed? Doesn’t that high figure inspire your confidence in that person’s abilities?

And doesn’t a low number make you think to yourself: “Loser”?

Be honest.

MarketingProfs just hosted their first #TechChat, with computing, marketing and social media expert Guy Kawasaki.

Here’s part of what he told webinar participants:

“It’s all about the numbers.

TweetAdder 3 upgrade: my mini-review, screenshots + video

This morning I got a notice that an upgrade to TweetAdder was now available.

(You can read more here about why Tweet Adder needed to upgrade, due to changes to Twitter itself.)

I’ve written before about how I use TweetAdder to manage follows and unfollows on Twitter, I don’t use it to its full capacity, but that might change as I find my way around the new version, TweetAdder 3.

Installing the upgrade to the software wasn’t that easy. I ended up downloading and installing two different (new) versions of TweetAdder for some reason.

When I finally launched the (real) version, I was pleased to see that TweetAdder has given its user interface a makeover. While it still isn’t going to win any beauty contests, TweetAdder’s UI is less clunky and old fashioned than it used to be.

Digg gets Twitter-style social media makeover

The social bookmarking site Digg is one of the oldest ones around. If enough people “Dugg” your site or blog post by voting for it, you could get so much traffic your servers would crash.

The ultimate goal was to get on, and stay on, Digg’s famous “front page.”

Getting that temporary traffic boost from Digg was not only something you could brag about; it could also mean an increase in publicity and, most importantly, sales (if you had something to sell, that is.)

Digg hasn’t been without controversy. It was an open secret that opponents on both sides of the political arena “gamed” Digg by pushing stories that reflected their beliefs, while “burying” stories that didn’t.

And lately, Digg — the grandfather of social bookmarking — has faced competition from similar services. Older services like Digg and Technorati have been reinventing themselves to try to get back their old reputations and marketshare.


Get a free WordPress blog with free hosting, themes and more

As I told you a short time back, my favorite Twitter client software, MarketMeSuite, is offering fans like me a special bonus:

Starting next week, we get a FREE WordPress blog with premium themes, free hosting and more, just for being MarketMeSuite members.

That’s because they’ve started a new venture called BlogMe that will soon be open to everyone.

However, if you sign up for MarketMeSuite (it helps manage your Facebook, Twitter, Ping.fm, RSS feeds and more, all in one place), you get your BlogMe WordPress blog FREE.

(Of course, if you just want a WordPress blog, hosting, themes and that’s it, then simply visit BlogMe.com directly and find out more about the different levels and options available.)

Either way, you get to start blogging for the first time — or add a new blog to your “collection” of existing sites.


How to add RSS feeds to Twitter: try this alternative to TwitterFeed

TwitterFeed is one of the most popular online tools for Twitter. This free service lets you add RSS feeds to your Twitter updates.

Let’s say your Twitter feed is one way you promote your blog devoted to — for example — celebrity gossip.

Instead of having to add your new blog posts to Twitter one by one, you use TwitterFeed to automatically post those blog updates to Twitter, using your blog’s RSS feed, and (this is even cooler), then add other websites’ RSS feeds to your Twitter stream, too.

In minutes, you add the RSS feeds for celebrity gossip sites like TheSuperficial and PerezHilton to your Twitter updates and suddenly, your Twitter account is a “one stop shop” for all the latest breaking celebrity gossip!

How cool is that?

Using TwitterFeed this way, many smart folks have increased their popularity on Twitter and leveraged that popularity to generate site hits, ad revenue and product sales.


My favorite Twitter client just got a new name: MarketMeSuite

twitter apps clientsI’ve told you before about why I switched from TweetDeck to MarketMeTweet.

Not only is MarketMeTweet more stable, but it has features other Twitter apps and clients don’t have, like the unique ability to “brand” your Twitter updates.

Today, they announced that they are changing the name of the product to MarketMeSuite, to better reflect that fact.

After all, you can use it to manage not just all your Twitter accounts, but your Facebook page, too. Plus it integrates Ping.fm, RSS, Google Calendar and a lot more.

Soon you’ll be able to get your own custom vanity URL shortener, a WordPress blog with FREE hosting for a year, and lots more.

Read all about the name change — and other features coming soon — HERE.

Another reason I use TweetAdder: customer service

I’m old enough to remember (sigh…) when the phrase “customer service” became the punchline of a joke.

Now, for the better part of the 20th century, the credo really was “The customer is always right,” and it was taken for granted that employees would go out of their way to be courteous, prompt and efficient when trying to solve even the wackiest customer problem.

The phrase “disgruntled employee” didn’t exist until the 1970s, I don’t think. That may be why JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater got so much attention — he reminds us fogies of those “Take this job and shove it!” guys who’d make the news during the Carter administration, when the economy was so bad, they had to come up with a new term to describe it (“stagflation.”)

For much of my life, public sector employees were the worst, but private companies were terrible, too.


HootSuite Twitter client launches premium accounts. Are they worth it?

It was free to everyone for a long time. Now the popular “social media dashboard” HootSuite is offering users different levels of service and features — for a price.

These new HootSuite plans range from $5 to $100 a month, and will provide Twitter “power users” with “an ad-free UI, enhanced stats, and multiple RSS feeds, social networks and team members.”

Mashable also reports that:

“The company’s Enterprise Package (Star Trek reference intended) weighs in at around $1,500 per month or $2,000 per month if you want to use a vanity URL shortener.

“This service is as deluxe as its pricetag…”

Other new and/or improved HootSuite features will include scheduled updates, plus Facebook, RSS and Ping.fm integration.

All I can say is:

Now that HootSuite is charging users money — sometimes lots of it — I’m so glad I picked MarketMeTweet as my premium Twitter client for power users.