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Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts Service in US

September 26th, 2013 by Christen

Yesterday, Twitter launched Twitter Alerts, a new feature that gives users important and accurate information from credible organizations during emergencies, natural disasters, or moments when other communications services aren’t accessible. Currently only organizations in the US, Japan, and Korea can send Alerts, but Twitter says it we will expand the service to include more public institutions and NGOs around the world.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Here’s how it works. First, you have to sign up to receive Twitter Alerts from a given account (so that you only receive relevant information). Once you do, you will receive a notification directly to your phone whenever that account marks a tweet as an alert.

To sign up, you can go directly to an account’s setup page, which you’ll find at[username]/alerts. On Twitter for Web, you can see if an organization is part of the program when you visit its profile.

Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts

Notifications are delivered via SMS, and also appear differently on your home timeline from regular Tweets (they are indicated with an orange bell). If you use Twitter for iPhone or Twitter for Android, you’ll also receive a push notification; you need to be using at least Twitter version 5.10 for iOS or Twitter 4.1.6 for Android.  Many already use the social network during emergencies, so building on that use case can only help the service grow in the future.


Twitter Launches Emergency Alerts



Social Media How To: How To Choose (Create) a Hashtag (#)

August 27th, 2013 by Analie

Believe it or not I still have many friends that don’t know how to use twitter, so they stay off the social network. They are missing out on great things such as quick updates, twitter chats and communicating with awesome people you’d never meet otherwise. How do you get such great connections? As some of you twitter addicts know, it’s through the use of hashtags. Hashtags categorize your tweets. It helps people, companies, brands with the same interest find your tweets. Hashtags became so popular that Facebook has recently implemented them.
This is what Twitter says about hashtags and their use:

What is a Hashtag (#)?

The hashtag (#) has become one of the most valuable assets in any modern marketing campaign. The brands that create the most effective ones and employ them well reap the benefits on Twitter. Those who haven’t invested the time and thought carefully about their hashtag(s) and how they are going to be used get predictable results.

Twitter has come up with an infographic that will help you in choosing a hashtag. It’s a bit illegible, but if you zoom in and take a look, it breaks it down pretty well.

So What are the Basic Steps in Creating and Using a Hashtag:

– They should be memorable and representative to your brand. This helps your audience easily remember them.
– DO NOT USE spaces or punctuation in the hashtag. #Divas and Dorks (only “Divas” will be hashtagged)
– Do capitalize the first letter in each word to help ease the reading of your hashtag: #DivasAndDorks is easier to read than #divasanddorks
– They should be reusable. It makes the conversation last longer and redirect similar conversations back to you and your audience
– Try not to include more than two hashtags in a single tweet.
– Hashtags (#) are no longer for twitter use only. You can use them on other social networks such as Instagram, Vine, Google+, and Facebook

Check out the infographic and let us know what you think. For fun once in a while or to branch out, click on or search for a hashtag you’ve used just to see what others are up to.

Twitter Teaches You How To choose Hashtag Infographic

Top Ten Reasons You May Be A Tweetaholic…

May 29th, 2013 by Christen

There’s a growing phenomena of social media addictions vastly taking over the planet.  More than likely you know someone who has an overshare addiction and if you don’t know someone, you could actually be THAT person yourself. In the entertaining world of social networking, the need to be online constantly, or to check updates frequently, can creep up on you unawares. An addiction is a term used when a person is “compulsively or physiologically dependent” on something. In the case of an addiction to Twitter, it can mean that you don’t feel able to go a day without writing tweets and following others’ tweets, and you feel deprived, unhappy, and perhaps even out of the loop of what’s happening when you’re away from Twitter.

If you’re not exactly sure if you’re prone to a Twitter addiction, we’ve compiled a list of top ten reasons you may be a tweetaholic.  Because admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery…





10.  Insignificance takes on monumental proportions. The crowd on your tweet-stream deserves to know that you… got up this morning. #GoodMorning #RiseAndGrind

9.  Your real life relationships are deteriorating because of all the time you are spending on Twitter. #FAIL

8.  Your work is piling up. You have a lot of unfinished projects and you still feel compelled to tweet. #Ihatemyjob

7.  Tweeting is more than fun. It’s akin to breathing. Without tweeting, you don’t feel you are… anything.

6.  The Fail Whale looms large. After realizing you can’t post a tweet informing everyone that Twitter is down, you curse, air-punch, and grind your teeth. You refresh the screen again and again and again until the Twitter conversations return. Only to tell everyone how down you were when Twitter was down.

5.  You have been told by your parents, coworkers, or supervisors to stop tweeting, and you find yourself unable to stop.

4.  Twitter is your day. The rest of what could have been your day is arranged around it; the job is slotted in, the kids are given glazed nods, and dinner’s out of the store freezer for the fifteenth month in a row.

3.  People without Twitter accounts are Luddites. Period. They’ve been removed from your address book. You’d remove them from following your Twitter account if only they had one.

2.  You just cannot seem to be able to go a day without tweeting. It makes you uneasy and you feel better once you log back onto Twitter.

1.  Giving Twitter updates as you leap from the crashing plane, give CPR to a nearly-drowned pal, or witness a horror smash is considered perfectly normal. So is reaching for the Twitter account before the epi-pen.

If any of these scenarios fit you, then you have a tweeting problem & could be a Tweetaholic.  Don’t worry, with every addiction, there’s a road to recovery.  You just have to take it one step at a time.  Are you a Tweetaholic?  Do you know someone that could be a Tweetaholic?  Check out for ways to beat your Twitter addiction soon.

Haute or Not: Nichole Scherzinger’s Swarovski Crystal Twitter Dress…

November 2nd, 2012 by Fashion Staff

Nicole Scherzinger, formerly of Pussycat Dolls & X-Factor fame, stepped out last night in London wearing a Twitter Dress, an electronic-powered frock that displayed real tweets in real time. Containing 2,000 LED lights and 3,000 Swarovski crystals, the dress was created by fashion technology company CuteCircuit, whose clothes are embedded with lights and rechargeable via USB. (They’re the women who were also responsible for the  Katy Perry’s Met Gala dress from 2010.)

The Twitter Dress was commissioned by EE, the U.K.’s first 4G mobile network, for its big launch party, so the tweets scrolling across Nicole’s dress were those tweeted by or at the handle @EE and the hashtag #tweetthedress.  Talk about social media’s take on fashion… Would you rock this look?






Live Nation Wants To Send You To The Hottest Concerts This Summer! #MillionTweets

June 21st, 2012 by Tech Staff


Do you like concerts? Do you Tweet?  @LiveNationShows announces the launch of #MillionTweets of Summer where over 200 exclusive prizes and experiences will be unlocked on the way to the 1 millionth tweet. Prizes and experiences include artist meet & greets, concert tickets, Concert Cash®, year-long Ultimate Access Passes, fly-away trips with tickets to great shows and more.

To enter, visit the #MillionTweets of Summer website at and tweet the concert message. Tweeting the concert message will automatically enter you to win a prize. You can tweet every day, up to three times a day, to increase your chance to win.  Multiple tweets increase your chances of winning. Everyone who tweets the concert message is entered in the overall pool of prizes that are unlocked at various points on the way to the 1 millionth tweet.

“We have a 24/7 active live music tweeting community and wanted to find a fun way to give them a chance to win exclusive concert related prizes for something they already do – talk with their friends about shows on Twitter,” said Gretchen Fox, VP of Social Media for Live Nation, North America.

#MillionTweets of Summer concert messages will include some of the summer’s biggest tours:  LMFAO, Nickelback, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller, Aerosmith, Rascal Flatts, Identity Festival, Brad Paisley, Dave Matthews Band, Kelly Clarkson & The Fray, Big Time Rush, KISS and Motley Crue, Toby Keith, Jason Mraz and Rush.

#MillionTweets of Summer prizes include Concert Cash, Rock Flight™ (meet & greet with concert ticket fly away packages), 2013 Ultimate Access Passes (year long pass for 2 to a Live Nation venue), Fan Twitter Takeovers, merchandise bundles and more. The 1 millionth tweet will unlock the grand prize opportunity for one lucky participant to win a fly-away trip to ANY Live Nation Concert ANYWHERE in the world.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. U.S residents, 18+. Void where prohibited. Ends 12PM PT 10/15/2012. For more information on #MillionTweets of Summer and official rules, visit: For up-to-the-minute updates, great ticket deals, presale codes, show alerts and other special offers, follow Live Nation on Facebook and LiveNationShows on Twitter, download the Live Nation Concert Calendar Facebook App and download the Live Nation iPhone App.

#Blogalicious11 – 3 Things learned, 2 Different days, 1 Weekend Only

October 26th, 2011 by Christen

Blogalicious  – 3 Things learned, 2 Different days – 1 Weekend Only           

One of the most anticipated weekends in Washington DC – October 21st – October 23rd was the destination for thousands of Howard University alumni, friends, bloggers and entrepreneurs for Howard University’s Homecoming Weekend and Blogalicous Weekend (the largest social media conference for women.).  The weekend was one of the most intense weekend’s I’ve had in a long time, from travel issues,  family issues, stress battling my desire to enjoy my weekend, make connections and learn from the experience as a whole.


Lesson One:  Women LOVE Smartphones & Stilettos

The weekend began with’s inaugural “Smartphones & Stilettos” Tweetup sponsored by Clever Girls Collective, Amazon & Cricket Wireless.  The #Cleverlicious Tweet Up took place Friday night at the Gaylord National Convention in the beautiful Belevedere lobby bar & lounge.  It was an evening of filled with tweets, prizes and anticipation of my arrival :/  Due to an unforeseen travel emergency – I didn’t even make it to my own party (P. Diddy style…smh).  Luckily, the team was able to fill in (special thanks to Dorthy & Tonia *wink*)  In spite of my untimely absence, the #Cleverlicous tweets during the Smartphones & Stilettos twitter party spoke volumes on how much women truly love smartphones & stilettos.  I also learned volumes on what blogging sisterhood & support is truly all about.  Special Thanks to Cricket Wireless with Muve Music for sponsoring the event. Check out some of the fabulous peeps & tweets from the party!




Lesson Two:  Working With Brands 101:  Learning a level of Marketing Smarts

Upon my untimely arrival to the Gayloard National Resort for the Blogalicous conference, my highly anticipated session to attend was Getting Down To Business: Working With Brands 101 lead by Clever Girls Collective’s own Cat Lincoln & Edita Gassmann.  Two major gems of the conference that I’ll be sure to include in my daily activities are:

1.     Building a relationship with brands by establishing a report.  Including emailing a link whenever I post an interesting story about them.

2.     Marketing your blog to brands that set you apart from other blogs is the name of the game.  Since is a unique site dedicated to the women that love fashion, technology and everything in between we have a niche that’s easily definable – BUT you can always learn ways to market your business & website better (and this panel definitely opened my eyes to additional ways to do so.)




Lesson Three:  Step out your comfort zone & meet someone FABULOUS!

Saturday night during the Aunt Jemima “Breakfast for Dinner” event, exhausted & hungry I (antisocially) sat at an empty table that was within moments bombarded by the most fabulous Latina bloggers from across the country.  From Divina of @DancingHotdogs and Julie of @GigCoin my table was filled with women who blog about everything from motherhood, technology and everything in between.  With true hospitality they introduced themselves one by one and made me feel like “una de las chicas” (one of the girls.)



Blogalicious Weekend was a remarkable experience of networking, learning and partying with friends.  I can’t wait to attend next year and if you’re an entrepreneur, blogger, media specialist or just interested in networking with great women from across the country I highly suggest you consider attending next year too!


Special Thanks to Clever Girls Collective for sponsoring me for the Blogalicious Conference.  If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Clever Girls Collective click here (and tell em D&D sent you:)

BREAKING NEWS: Social Media Kills Broadcast Media

May 2nd, 2011 by Christen

It’s official! This past weekend has been the busiest “Breaking News” moments the world has seen in a while.  From the Royal Wedding (yeah, that just happend on Friday – REMEMBER?) To last night’s breaking news by President of the United States, Barack Obama announcing that world reknown terrorist Osama Bin Laden had been killed.  This is where the interesting part comes in…if you’re like the millions of people from around the world that has interest in the latest world affairs you probably didn’t have to wait to hear the news via your broadcast news medium of choice, you simply logged onto your favorite social media platform at recieved the news immediately BEFORE THE REST OF THE WORLD!

For example, my story is this….on the day of Royal Wedding my timeline was filled with audio, video, photos and comments painting a play-by-play picture of the ceremony from gown to song (after song, after song, after song).  Literally 15mins before the official Bin Laden announcement was made via President Obama, my Facebook feed was buzzing with the news that Osama was indeed captured and dead.

Is it possible that the Osama is DEAD Facebook page had something to do with the news traveling so fast?  The page was actually created years before his death actually occurred.  I don’t believe this conspiricy-theory driven page had anything to do with it, but with almost 350,000 LIKES this page is serving as an online memorial board where visitors are sharing their stories and feelings about his Bin Laden’s death.

Now, you want to know who had the news before Facebook, CNN and Twitter?  This guy…

That’s right, he tweeted LIVE just feet from the actual mele that brought Bin Laden down.  This is the exact reason why Broadcast media won’t be able to compete with social media.  The live updates of billions via social media platforms will always out-perform the traditional means of relying on broadcast media for breaking news and reports.

(Twitter has just confirmed that nearly 4,000 tweets PER SECOND were sent out during last night’s speech by President Obama. – via CNNTech)



Still don’t believe that social media is outperforming traditional broadcast media when it comes to news delivery?

Check out this poll listed on


So far, over 35% of all polled heard the news not via CNN or local news programming but via TWITTER!

The everyday journalist, Twitter-user and Facebook-correspondent are the ones making news happen and reporting it IN REAL TIME!  After this weekend, I know that I’ll be the one checking for news more often online and awaiting for broadcast media to confirm it later, how about you?



In case you were wondering about the Royal Wedding and social media buzz, you can catch the details HERE.



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