Facebook Interview Chat, Productivity Challenge and Podcasts!

You know, I am one of those guys who want to make it happen.

I mean, when I get a new idea.

So, yes.

Facebook Interview Chat was one such idea.

You want to know how I got that? (It’s an interesting story!).

Well, maybe not interesting, but it isn’t boring 😉

As you may already know, I have been spending some time participating in #Blogengage twitter chat and #B2Ctweet chat (which began today, the 8th).

And, I was having an idea to start my own twitter chat (I had tried that in the past, but failed miserably).

But, I was thinking.

These are twitter chats.

They are too common.

I want to do something unique.

So, I decided to do it with Facebook.

First it was Facebook Chat.

Then, Facebook Interview Chat.

So, I did.

I contacted Ileane and asked her if she would be the first guest.

She agreed.

And so, I launched.

On 8th August, 5 pm, we started our first FB interview chat.

It went well.

Very well – because, I had some blogging friends dropping in and participating.

Only thing bad about it?

We had to reload the page everytime to see a new comment (Totally unexpected). I thought it was real time chat, that’s why I chose Facebook.

Ah, but the chat still went well.

It’s still live.

If you have any questions for Ileane, you are more than welcome to drop by and ask (till Friday).

Productivity Challenge?

Ah, Yes.

The Challenge right?

It’s went really well.

From Tuesday (the first day of challenge) to Last Friday (last day), I only spent 8 and a half hours of blogging instead of 20-30 hours.

It was great. I saved lots of time, did the same things (and more, in some days) and achieved good results.
And I plan to continue it (not as a challenge, but as a habit).

And, yes I added a new tool to the collection: Zen writer. Awesome writing tool. Thanks to Rahul for the recommendation!

Another Contest?

Have you heard it? I am participating in another guest posting contest!

Yes, this time the post is on increasing perceived value of blog posts that we write. Be sure to drop by and leave a comment 😉

Podcast?

Finally!

I was going to do a podcast this week (Well, I had planned it). But, something happened:

Lack of Idea (ah, I don’t want it to call it “Podcaster’s Block” 😀 )

Yeah, I searched and searched, but couldn’t many ideas, and out of ideas I found, I didn’t have anything fit for podcasting.

So, I ask you:

What do you want to “hear” and learn from me?

I know each of you have your own personal opinion, but your opinions are worth a lot to me. One opinion is more than enough to give me hundred ideas. So, tell me!

Have you ever done a Facebook chat on blogging (I mean, public chat)?

Any recommendations, tips or suggestions for having a better chat with Facebook? Should we switch over to twitter next time?

What writing tool do you use? Have you tried Zen writer?

What do you think I should podcast on, for the next episode?

4 Techniques to Get Talking in Twitter: Twitter Networking!

Twitter is a great medium to network with your friends and clients (Yes, we all agree on that, right?). There are only a few ways to network via Twitter (like messaging and retweeting). So, it is very very important to use specific strategies to get the most out of Twitter networking. Networking via Twitter allows you to gain friends, clients, traffic and brand recognition. As I mentioned before, there is not many ways to network in Twitter. The success of twitter networking lies in your efforts and techniques. In this article, we will take a look at three ways through which you can gain traffic, friends and/or clients while building your brand.

#1: Answer Questions

Well, that seems obvious. This is one of the best ways to find new people and network with them. You could use it in two different ways. The first method is to use Twitter. Just search for the specific keyword (that belongs to your niche). Find people who have different problems and help them solve the issue. The second method involves using Hoot Suite (Thanks to Brankica from Bloglikeastar.com for her tip!).

Be sure to keep in touch with the person whom you helped (Consistency is the key). Answering questions is a great way to build traffic and reputation for your site (Especially if the person you helped solve the issue is interested in your niche – or if the issue is related to your niche).

#2: Reply to Retweets and Shares

Another method is to reply to Retweets and shares that you get. I am not telling you to tweet a standard old boring reply that reads Thank you for the RT. Instead, make it unique. Try something like: Hey, Thanks for the thumbs up. By the way, How are you? How is your blog/project/work going? Try to be more interesting with your replies. Write replies that can motivate others to reply. It would be easier for you to write better replies if you know more about the person you are replying to (Check out their Twitter stream, blog and other places to see what’s going on). Now, another important thing to mention here is that you need to be active in reading blogs and sharing others’ content, to use this technique. Like many other networking techniques, consistency and uniqueness are the key elements that help this technique to work effectively.

#3: Start a Casual Conversation

Another way to network is just to start a casual conversation. It is easier for you a start a casual conversation if you know a lot about the person. For instance: If you know that the person is working on a new blog, you could check it out, see what’s going on and ask him/her about the progress they have made so far. Casual conversations are easy to start, if you are in touch with the person (consistency).

Tip: Direct Messages

Well, you don’t always have to use Twitter mention feature to network with someone. You could use the direct messaging feature, instead. Another tip: Here is how I would look onto it. I would use the mentions feature to answer questions and other stuff. And I would use the direct messaging feature to have casual conversations. This is a great way to keep casual conversations apart from other replies and mentions.

#4: Twitter Hashtag Chat

The Hash tag chat is a great way to network with a group of people (while discussing over some topic that is related to your niche). Hash tag chat is easy to start (the only problem is that you have to be consistent with it). If I were to start one, I would probably set a schedule, inform my readers, conduct the first chat (to make sure everything is alright) and then keep on doing it (conducting the chat according to the schedule). It would be also wise to inform my readers about each week’s topic (If I were to run a weekly chat) before the actual chat. The Twitter hash tag chat is a great way to network not only with you friends, but also with your readers 🙂

Conclusion

All of the techniques mentioned above are not that new. Most of the bloggers today know about it. The only problem is that either they don’t have the time (consistency) or they just don’t care. The key to Twitter networking success, as I have already mentioned, is Consistency. Be consistent. Be Unique. Be Yourself. Simply put, Just Network.