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« on: March 21, 2009, 17:04 »
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I've been thinking a lot about Twitter lately, and how to best use it to drive traffic to my portfolio - the right approach might prove very profitable. Here's an easy way to get started: click.

It might be good to follow this Twitter group, too.
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 17:40 by sharply_done »


vonkara

« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2009, 17:16 »
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Thanks for the tips. How many images did you sent? Only your best one... And did you send the thumbs version with the agencies logos on?

« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2009, 17:21 »
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... And did you send the thumbs version with the agencies logos on?


Sending a thumbnail or an image with a commercial (or any) watermark would be bad Twitter manners.
I sent a link to this low-res image (400x600) on Flickr, then provided a link to it on iStock.
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 17:57 by sharply_done »

WarrenPrice

« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009, 17:22 »
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Thanks for the link.  I too have been considering the "social" approach to marketing.  I wish I knew more about Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.  I hope this thread gets a lot of input ... good tips, etc.

Have you already submitted a "best picture?"

OOOOPS ... I posted while you were answering.

« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 17:25 by WarrenPrice »

« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2009, 17:49 »
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Thanks for the link sharply. Ive been trying to understand the point of TwitterI guess this could be a start.

« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2009, 17:56 »
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Thanks for the link sharply. Ive been trying to understand the point of TwitterI guess this could be a start.

After you've learnt how to make (and keyword!) commercial imagery, the biggest barrier to success is exposure - that's where sites like Flickr and Twitter come in.

vonkara

« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2009, 18:00 »
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I was worried about letting my images without watemarks so I sent the one with teletubbies as watemarks


Then this picture is unusable and I'm sure it's a winner!!!
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 18:01 by Vonkara »

« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2009, 18:04 »
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I'm getting quite a lot of value out of Twitter. I'm following quite a few people from MSG, but if there are any more, it would be cool to create a list in this thread.  Here's the MSG people I'm currently following:

http://twitter.com/microstockgroup (obviously)
http://twitter.com/yanikphoto
http://twitter.com/crestock
http://twitter.com/yuriarcurs
http://twitter.com/forgiss
http://twitter.com/sharply_done
http://twitter.com/andresrphotos (Andres Rodriguez)
http://twitter.com/lookstat
http://twitter.com/sjlocke
http://twitter.com/veerupdate
http://twitter.com/melking_
http://twitter.com/imagerevolver
http://twitter.com/bobbigmac  (PicNiche)
http://twitter.com/mattantonino  (Niltomil)
http://twitter.com/JonathanJRoss
http://twitter.com/loongirl
http://twitter.com/hospitalera

These are just the active MSG members that I've found. There's plenty of other microstock people and agencies you may wish to follow. Use the list of accounts I'm following to get you started: http://twitter.com/microstock/friends

Who else?

« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2009, 18:05 »
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I checked out your site on Flikr Sharply, but couldnt see any links to you ports??.  Do I have to sign up to see that?

« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2009, 18:34 »
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This might be of Interest to anyone wondering what is the use of Twitter
http://www.licensestream.com/LicenseStreamPortal/Blog/post/2009/03/05/Building-Relationships-Through-Twitter.aspx

I joined just this week finding my way around twitter, not tweeting much yet!
Thanks for the links.

David  ;D

« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2009, 19:21 »
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I checked out your site on Flikr Sharply, but couldnt see any links to you ports??.  Do I have to sign up to see that?



It's against the Flickr terms of Service (TOS) to provide a link on the same page as the image, but you are permitted to link on your profile page - here's mine.

Using Flickr can take a little bit work: you have to find popular and relevent groups to join, then 'send' your image to them. Flickr uses an 'Interesting' algorithm to rank images, where a comment or 'fave' is the equivalent of a DL. The biggest drawback with Flickr is it's 'tit-for-tat' atmosphere: few people will comment or fave your images if you fail to reciprocate, making your stuff fall into a bottomless hole. It's critical to spend your time there wisely. I used to spend a fair amount of time there, but have ignored it in the past year or so. I still have a few highly ranked images, though.

« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2009, 19:26 »
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I'm getting quite a lot of value out of Twitter. I'm following quite a few people from MSG, but if there are any more, it would be cool to create a list in this thread.  Here's the MSG people I'm currently following:

http://twitter.com/microstockgroup (obviously)
...


I used to follow microstockgroup, but it generates waaaay to much traffic - there's a tweet every time a post is made!
You should figure out a way to work that better, leaf - tweeting only new posts would be a good start, and a huge improvement.
Having a separate twitter profile would probably work better, too. Too bad 'leaf' is already taken.
« Last Edit: March 21, 2009, 19:32 by sharply_done »

« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2009, 20:26 »
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I only get the occasional tweet from the MicrostockGroup account. Seems to correlate pretty well with new threads, not new posts.

« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2009, 20:40 »
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I'm still experimenting, but I think twitter is overrated.  Too much nonsense chatter, not enough business.

« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2009, 20:47 »
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I only get the occasional tweet from the MicrostockGroup account. Seems to correlate pretty well with new threads, not new posts.

Oops, my bad. Leaf must've changed things since I followed it. Still, not much use in that for me - I can just as easily poke my head in here as see it on Twitter.

« Reply #15 on: March 21, 2009, 20:51 »
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You could need some boost in sales Sjlocke ;) I checked out your port and dl:s. When I hit F5 it increased with more than Ive had this year. My good :o

« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2009, 21:15 »
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I'm still experimenting, but I think twitter is overrated.  Too much nonsense chatter, not enough business.

Yep, I had the same observation, but with some people I enjoy the nonsense chatter.  I have two accounts.  @microstock which is purely business, and @leetorrens which is my nonsense chatter. I think if you choose carefully who to follow you can keep your timeline pretty free of nonsense chatter. I hear @nytimes is rather light on personality. ;)

« Reply #17 on: March 21, 2009, 21:15 »
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I'm still experimenting, but I think twitter is overrated.  Too much nonsense chatter, not enough business.

What were you expecting from a social networking site? Finding business stuff on Twitter would be akin to finding stock imagery on Flickr - it just isn't going to happ... oh wait, nevermind.

« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2009, 21:16 »
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I'm still experimenting, but I think twitter is overrated.  Too much nonsense chatter, not enough business.

Yep, I had the same observation, but with some people I enjoy the nonsense chatter.  I have two accounts.  @microstock which is purely business, and @leetorrens which is my nonsense chatter. I think if you choose carefully who to follow you can keep your timeline pretty free of nonsense chatter. I hear @nytimes is rather light on personality. ;)

That's true - if people post too often or too much nonsense, I drop them.  Hopefully, I'm careful enough to post mostly interesting business stuff with the occasional personality bit.

« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2009, 21:43 »
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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2009, 22:35 »
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That's true - if people post too often or too much nonsense, I drop them.  Hopefully, I'm careful enough to post mostly interesting business stuff with the occasional personality bit.

I dropped @Cutcaster because John had promotional auto-tweets setup to go off every few hours which bugged me. He uses discount coupons, so he can see exactly how much revenue he's generating through Twitter - quite smart. While he's using it to drive sales, I'm clearly not his target market. I use it to build relationships and hope that by providing value (linking to interesting stuff, breaking news, spreading rumors, etc) I can build authority in the microstock niche, which helps my blog. Neither my method or Johns is more holier than the other, but they do represent different value opportunities to followers.

That's the beauty of Twitter. It is what you make of it. If you want to muck about and pass time, you can. If you want to use it for pure business, you can. It's just a tool. Use it in whatever way works for you.

« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2009, 22:43 »
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http://twitter.com/jrtmedia

I used to have one follower, but I guess they became bored with me. I don't update my account that often. Mostly, I was just curious as to how Twitter worked.

« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2009, 22:55 »
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That's true - if people post too often or too much nonsense, I drop them.  Hopefully, I'm careful enough to post mostly interesting business stuff with the occasional personality bit.

I dropped @Cutcaster because John had promotional auto-tweets setup to go off every few hours which bugged me. He uses discount coupons, so he can see exactly how much revenue he's generating through Twitter - quite smart. While he's using it to drive sales, I'm clearly not his target market. I use it to build relationships and hope that by providing value (linking to interesting stuff, breaking news, spreading rumors, etc) I can build authority in the microstock niche, which helps my blog. Neither my method or Johns is more holier than the other, but they do represent different value opportunities to followers.

That's the beauty of Twitter. It is what you make of it. If you want to muck about and pass time, you can. If you want to use it for pure business, you can. It's just a tool. Use it in whatever way works for you.

Yes, I did too.  He's a nice guy, but all I got were cutcaster ads and coupons out of it.

« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2009, 08:46 »
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2009, 10:39 »
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Just to make a correction, the NiltoMil twit is going to be
http://www.twitter.com/niltomil

the MattAntonino one is for all-things-me.  You'll get sports on there sometimes, business that isn't micro, photography, micro, everything.  If you ONLY want micro stuff, follow niltomil not mattantonino 


 

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