All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation… Part 3

Posted on 26 April 2016 | 8 responses

On April 26, 2013, I published a blog post titled “All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation…”, with a link to a 16-page list of resources that I’d compiled.

Exactly two years later, on April 26, 2015, I published “All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation… Part 2”, with a link to a 20-page list of more resources that I’d compiled.

Since then, thanks mainly to my travels on Twitter and Facebook, I’ve found lots more good stuff. I’ve read several books and hundreds of articles, watched lots of videos, and selected what I think are the most relevant, useful, interesting and thought-provoking ones. (I don’t necessarily agree with all the opinions expressed in the articles, videos and books – I’m simply sharing the resources to inspire conversation and learning.)

In this installment, I’ve included a section about the sometimes-contentious topic of failure, which has prompted a lively discussion among members of the Applied Improvisation Network in recent months.

So here’s my gift to you: my third installment in the series (23 pages long), absolutely free.

I’ve sorted the resources into four categories:
Part A: Specifically about Improv and Applied Improvisation
Part B: More generally about Creativity, Play, Innovation…
Part C: Should We “Celebrate Failure”?
Part D: Books

Within each category, the items are listed in alphabetical order, by the author’s surname or the name of the source organisation.

If you click on one of the links in the PDF and find that it doesn’t work, copy and paste the link into your browser – it might work that way.

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Me in the playground at the Blueberry Lake Resort near Montreal, Canada,
during the conference of the Applied Improvisation Network, September 2015.
At the conference, I led my “Life is a Playground of Possibilities:
Improvising More Resourceful, Joyful Ways of Being” workshop
outdoors next to that playground.

I’d love to hear from you. Is my list useful to you? Do you have any questions? And would you like to suggest other resources that I can include in the next installment in the series? Please post a comment, send me an email or tweet me nice at @kayross.

And if you love improv and applied improvisation, please feel free to share this blog post and the list with anyone you know who might benefit.

 

Creativity and Improvisation

Posted on 29 December 2015 | No responses

I recently read the book “Creativity, Inc. – Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration” by Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation (Random House, 2014).

This is a brilliant, must-read book for anyone who manages people and companies in creative industries (or anyone who wants to nurture creativity in their organisation, regardless of the industry).

Creativity Inc.
The author mentions the word “improvise” only once in the book, yet it seems to me that much of what he writes about creativity and the Pixar culture is actually about approaching things with an improvisational mindset.

Here are some examples:

  • “A competitive approach measures other ideas against your own, turning the discussion into a debate to be won or lost. An additive approach, on the other hand, starts with the understanding that each participant contributes something (even if it’s only an idea that fuels the discussion – and ultimately doesn’t work).” (P101 in the hard-back edition)
  • “…when someone hatches an original idea, it may be ungainly and poorly defined, but it is also the opposite of established and entrenched – and that is precisely what is so exciting about it. If, while in this vulnerable state, it is exposed to naysayers who fail to see its potential or lack the patience to let it evolve, it could be destroyed.” (P132)
  • “…we must be open to having our goals change as we learn new information and are surprised by things we thought we knew but didn’t.” (P140)
  • “It’s folly to think you can avoid change, no matter how much you might want to. But also, to my mind, you shouldn’t want to. There is no growth or success without change.” (P146)
  • “To my mind, randomness is not just inevitable; it is part of the beauty of life. Acknowledging it and appreciating it helps us respond constructively when we are surprised. Fear makes people reach for certainty and stability, neither of which guarantee the safety they imply. I take a different approach. Rather than fear randomness, I believe we can make choices to see it for what it is and to let it work for us. The unpredictable is the ground upon which creativity occurs.” (P147)
  • Quoting Pete Docter, director of the film Up: “If I start on a film and right away know the structure – where it’s going, the plot – I don’t trust it. [...] I feel like the only reason we’re able to find some of these unique ideas, characters, and story twists is through discovery. And, by definition, ‘discovery’ means you don’t know the answer when you begin.” (P151)
  • Also quoting Pete Docter: “Some of the best ideas come out of joking around, which only comes when you (or the boss) give yourself permission to do it. […] I’ve heard some people describe creativity as ‘unexpected connections between unrelated concepts or ideas.’ If that’s at all true, you have to be in a certain mindset to make those connections.” (P152)
  • “In creative endeavors, we must face the unknown. But if we do so with blinders on – if we shut out reality in the interest of keeping things simple – we will not excel. The mechanisms that keep up safe from unknown threats have been hardwired into us since our ancestors were fighting off saber-toothed tigers with sticks. But when it comes to creativity, the unknown is not our enemy. If we make room for it instead of shunning it, the unknown can bring inspiration and originality.” (P157-8)
  • “People who act without an approved plan should not be punished for “going rogue.” A culture that allows everyone, no matter their position, to stop the assembly line, both literally and figuratively, maximizes the creative engagement of people who want to help. In other words, we must meet unexpected problems with unexpected responses.” (P163)
  • “If we can agree that it’s hard, if not impossible, to get a complete picture of what is going on at any given time in any given company, it becomes even harder when you are successful. That’s because success convinces you that you are doing things the right way. There is nothing quite as effective, when it comes to shutting down alternative viewpoints, as being convinced you are right. [...] The better approach, I believe, is to accept that we can’t understand every facet of a company and to focus, instead, on techniques to deal with combining different viewpoints. If we start with the attitude that different viewpoints are additive rather than competitive, we become more effective because our ideas or decisions are honed and tempered by that discourse. In a healthy, creative culture, the people in the trenches feel free to speak up and bring to light differing views that can help give us clarity.” (P173)
  • “While the allure of safety and predictability is strong, achieving true balance means engaging in activities whose outcome and payoffs are not yet apparent. The most creative people are willing to work in the shadow of uncertainty.” (P183)
  • “Creativity involves missteps and imperfections. I wanted our people to get comfortable with that idea – that both the organization and its members should be willing, at times, to operate on the edge.” (P220)
  • “Paying attention to the present moment without letting your thoughts and ideas about the past and the future get in the way is essential. Why? Because it makes room for the views of others. It allows us to begin to trust them – and, more important, to hear them. It makes us willing to experiment, and it makes us willing to try something that may fail.” (P222)
  • “…uncertainty can make us uncomfortable. We humans like to know where we are headed, but creativity demands that we travel paths that lead who-knows-where.” (P224)
  • “Lindsey Collins, a producer who has worked […] on several films, imagines herself as a chameleon who can change her colors depending on which consistency she is working with. The goal is not to be fake or curry favor but to be whatever person is needed in the moment. “In my job, sometimes I’m a leader, sometimes I’m a follower…”, she says.” (P232)
  • “Instead of setting forth a “perfect” route to achieving future goals (and sticking to it unwaveringly), I wanted Ann to be open to readjusting along the way, to remaining flexible, to accepting that we would be making it up as we go.” (P257)
  • About some challenges Pixar faced as it got bigger, and as the pressure grew to produce successful films consistently: “How, we all wondered, could we maintain Pixar’s sense of intensity and playfulness, beating back the creeping conservatism that often accompanies success while also getting leaner and more nimble?” (P280)

Catmull also says a LOT about mistakes, risk, failure, and letting go of the fear of failure (much-debated topics in the applied improvisation community around the world):

  • “We can accept that any given idea may not work and yet minimize our fear of failure because we believe we will get there in the end.” (P81)
  • “Mistakes aren’t a necessary evil. They aren’t evil at all. They are an inevitable consequence of doing something new (and as such, should be seen as valuable; without them, we’d have no originality).” (P108)
  • “…failure is a manifestation of learning and exploration. If you aren’t experiencing failure, then you are making a far worse mistake: You are being driven by the desire to avoid it. And, for leaders, especially, this strategy – trying to avoid failure by out-thinking it – dooms you to fail.” (P109)
  • “In a fear-based, failure-averse culture, people will consciously or unconsciously avoid risk. They will seek instead to repeat something safe that’s been good enough in the past. Their work will be derivative, not innovative.” (P111)
  • “If you create a fearless culture (or as fearless as human nature will allow), people will be much less hesitant to explore new areas, identifying uncharted pathways and then charging down them. They will also see the upside of decisiveness: The time they’ve saved on not gnashing their teeth about whether they’re on the right course comes in handy when they’ve hit a dead end and need to reboot.” (P111)
  • “It isn’t enough to pick a path – you must go down it. By doing so, you see things you couldn’t possibly see when you started out; you may not like what you see, some of it may be confusing, but at least you will have, as we like to say, “explored the neighborhood.” The key point here is that even if you decide you’re in the wrong place, there’s still time to head toward the right place. And all the thinking you’ve done that led you down that alley was not wasted.” (Pp111-2)
  • “When experimentation is seen as necessary and productive, not as a frustrating waste of time, people will enjoy their work – even when it is confounding them.” (P113)
  • “There is an alternative approach to being wrong as fast as you can. It is the notion that if you carefully think everything through and consider all possible outcomes, you are more likely to create a lasting product. But I should caution that if you seek to plot out all your moves before you make them – if you put your faith in slow, deliberative planning in the hopes it will spare you failure down the line – well, you are deluding yourself. […] For one thing, it’s easier to plan derivative work – things that copy or repeat something already out there. So if your primary goal is to have a fully worked out, set-in-stone plan, you are only upping your chances of being unoriginal. While planning is very important, and we do a lot of it, there is only so much you can control in a creative environment.” (P114)
  • “There are arenas, of course, in which a zero failure rate is essential. […] But just because “failure free” is crucial in some industries does not mean it should be a goal in all of them. When it comes to creative endeavors, the concept of zero failures is worse than useless. It is counter-productive.” (P115)
  • “While experimentation is scary to many, I would argue that we should be far more terrified of the opposite approach. Being too risk-averse causes many companies to stop innovating and to reject new ideas, which is the first step on the path to irrelevance. Probably more companies hit the skids for this reason than because they dared to push boundaries and take risks – and, yes, to fail. To be a truly creative company, you must start things that might fail.” (P118)
  • “One of the biggest barriers is fear, and while failure comes with the territory, fear shouldn’t have to. The goal, then, is to uncouple fear and failure – to create an environment in which making mistakes doesn’t strike terror into your employees’ hearts. How, exactly, do you do that? [...] The antidote to fear is trust, and we all have a desire to find something to trust in an uncertain world. Fear and trust are powerful forces, and while they are not opposites, exactly, trust is the best tool for driving out fear. There will always be plenty to be afraid of, especially when you are doing something new. Trusting others doesn’t mean they won’t make mistakes. It means that if they do (or if you do), you trust they will act to help solve it.” (Pp123-5)
  • “Rather than trying to prevent all errors, we should assume, as is almost always the case, that our people’s intentions are good and that they want to solve problems. Give them responsibility, let the mistakes happen, and let people fix them. If there is fear, there is a reason – our job is to find the reason and to remedy it. Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the ability to recover.” (P128)
  • “If we allow people to solve problems without permission, and if we tolerate (and don’t vilify) their mistakes, then we enable a much larger set of problems to be addressed. When a random problem pops up in this scenario, it causes no panic, because the threat of failure has been de-fanged. The individual or the organization responds with its best thinking, because the organization is not frozen, fearful, waiting for approval. Mistakes will still be made, but in my experience, they are fewer and farther between and are caught at an earlier stage.” (P164)
  • “Unleashing creativity requires that we loosen the controls, accept risk, trust our colleagues, work to clear the path for them, and pay attention to anything that creates fear.” (P295)
  • “Change and uncertainty are part of life. Our job is not to resist them but to build the capability to recover when unexpected events occur. […] Similarly, it is not the manager’s job to prevent risks. It is the manager’s job to make it safe to take them.” (P317)

What do YOU think? Do you find Catmull’s tips helpful? How do you apply the principles and mindset of improvisation in your work? Please leave a comment.

Oh, and as well as being a marketing consultant, editor and copywriter, I’m also an improv performer and an applied improvisation trainer. So contact me if you’d like help with nurturing creativity, teamwork, communication and nimble responsiveness to change in your organisation.

 

Twitter Tips and Resources – Part 88

Posted on 8 December 2015 | No responses

This is Part 88 of an ever-growing blog series, with each post featuring links to 10 useful, funny and/or provocative articles I’ve come across about how to use Twitter more effectively, especially for business (and how NOT to use it).

Here are the latest 10:

  1. “The 9 Biggest Mistakes Too Many Authors Make on Twitter” by Diana Urban (@DianaUrban on Twitter)
  2. “How to Retweet the Right Way (With a Comment) on Twitter” by Laura Fitton (@pistachio)
  3. “What to Do When Execs Avoid Social Media: Answer Their Top 6 Excuses” by Charlene Li (@charleneli)
  4. “7 Examples of Small Business Tweets That Create Demand” by Aseem Badshah (@aseemb)
  5. “A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them” by Kevan Lee (@kevanlee)
  6. “What, When and How to Share on Social Media?” by Courtney Seiter (@courtneyseiter)
  7. “50 Companies That Get Twitter – and 50 That Don’t” by Belinda Parmar (@belindaparmar and @ladygeek)
  8. “How To Use Twitter To Increase Your Expert Status” by Catriona Pollard (@CatrionaPollard)
  9. “10 Habits That Make Everyone Hate You On Social Media” by Laura Vanderkam (@lvanderkam)
  10. “How To Get The Most Out of Twitter #Hashtags” by Garin Kilpatrick (@Garin)

For a list of links to Parts 1-87 in this series (which was born on May 19, 2009), see the Twitter category on this blog.

Would you like to recommend any other good Twitter resources? I certainly don’t list EVERY article about Twitter that I see – I might recommend an article that I disagree with, if I think it contributes something useful to the debate, but I won’t recommend an article that I think is badly written.

Happy tweeting!
Kay Ross
http://twitter.com/kayross

Twitter Tips and Resources – Part 87

Posted on 4 June 2015 | No responses

This is Part 87 of an ever-growing blog series, with each post featuring links to 10 useful, funny and/or provocative articles I’ve come across about how to use twitter more effectively, especially for business (and how NOT to use it).

Here are the latest 10:

  1. “Twitter officially lets you retweet with comments now” by JP Mangalindan (@JPManga on Twitter)
  2. “Why Marketers Should Not Ignore This New Twitter Feature” by Nicole Brown via Social Media Week (@socialmediaweek)
    The new feature: “The social network now allows anyone to send you a Direct Message (DM), even if you don’t follow them… but there’s a caveat: it’s an opt-in feature.”
  3. “The Big List of Twitter Tools: 59 Free Twitter Tools and Apps to Fit Any Need” by Kevan Lee (@kevanlee)
  4. “7 Basic Twitter Marketing Rules We Tend to Always Forget” by Vinness Bilon (@thewebassistant)
  5. “8 Compelling Ways To Tell 140 Character Stories On Twitter” by Kimberly Grimms (@kimberlygrimms)
  6. “7 Ways to Use Twitter Lists to Prevent Information Overload” by Lauren Dugan (@lauren_dugan)
  7. “How to Retweet the Right Way (With a Comment) on Twitter” by Laura Fitton (@pistachio)
  8. “3 Reasons Fake Fans Cause Real Problems for Businesses” by Peter Gasca (@petergasca)
  9. “Twitter Expands Direct Messaging” by Vindu Goel (@vindugoel)
  10. “33 Twitter Tips, In 140 Characters Or Less” by Leslie Belknap (@ethos3_leslie)

For a list of links to Parts 1-86 in this series (which was born on May 19, 2009), see the Twitter category on this blog.

Would you like to recommend any other good twitter resources? I certainly don’t list EVERY article about twitter that I see – I might recommend an article that I disagree with, if I think it contributes something useful to the debate, but I won’t recommend an article that I think is badly written.

Happy tweeting!
Kay Ross
http://twitter.com/kayross

All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation… Part 2

Posted on 26 April 2015 | No responses

On April 26, 2013, I published a blog post titled “All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation…”, which included a link to a 16-page list of resources that I’d compiled.

In my travels since then, I’ve come across lots more excellent resources. I’ve read several books and hundreds of articles, watched lots of videos, and cherry-picked what I think are the most relevant, useful and interesting ones.

So here’s my gift to you: my 20-page list, “All About Improv, Applied Improv, Creativity, Play, Innovation… Part 2”, completely free.

All About Improv Part 2

In that document, I’ve sorted the resources into three categories:
Part A: Specifically about Improv and Applied Improvisation
Part B: More generally about Creativity, Play, Innovation…
Part C: Books

Within each category, the items are listed in alphabetical order, by the author’s surname.

If you click on one of the links in the document and find that it doesn’t work, copy and paste the link into your browser – it might work that way.

Participants in the Hong Kong International Improv Festival,  March 2015

Participants in the Hong Kong
International Improv Festival,
March 2015

I’d love to hear from you. Is my list useful to you? And would you like to recommend other resources that I can include in the next edition of the list? Please post a comment, send me an email or tweet me nice at @kayross.

And if you love improv and applied improvisation, please feel free to share the list with anyone you know who might benefit.

 

Twitter Tips and Resources – Part 86

Posted on 20 April 2015 | No responses

This is Part 86 of an ever-growing blog series, with each post featuring links to 10 useful, funny and/or provocative articles I’ve come across about how to use twitter more effectively (and how NOT to use it).

Here are the latest 10:

  1. “50 Tweetable Twitter Tips, Tricks and Facts” by Andy Vale (@AndyVale on twitter)
  2. “Dick Costolo Thinks It’s O.K. to Never Tweet” by Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo)
  3. “Twitter for Business: What Smart Marketers Are Doing With Twitter” by Michael Stelzner (@smexaminer)
  4. “Is Social Media Actually Helping Your Company’s Bottom Line?” by Frank Cespedes (@fvcespedes)
  5. “Enlist Twitter for Crowdfunding Success” by Kendall Almerico (@kendallalmerico)
  6. “The Top 10 Ways to Improve Your Tweets” by Julia McCoy (@JuliaEMcCoy)
  7. “Why You Should Never Cross-Post on Social Media” by Ben Donkor (@FR314)
  8. “Why Twitter is (still) a business’ best friend” by Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee)
  9. “14 Ways to Make Your Twitter Updates More Creative” by Aaron Lee (@AskAaronLee)
  10. “The Do’s and Don’ts of How to Use Hashtags” by Evan LePage (@evanlepage)

For a list of links to Parts 1-85 in this series (which was born on May 19, 2009), see the Twitter category on this blog.

Would you like to recommend any other good twitter resources? I certainly don’t list EVERY article about twitter that I see – I might recommend an article that I disagree with, if I think it contributes something useful to the debate, but I won’t recommend an article that I think is badly written.

Happy tweeting!
Kay Ross
http://twitter.com/kayross

Twitter Tips and Resources – Part 85

Posted on 24 March 2015 | No responses

This is Part 85 of an ever-growing blog series, with each post featuring links to 10 useful, funny and/or provocative articles/lists/blog posts/videos/sites I’ve come across about how to use twitter more effectively (and how NOT to use it).

Here are the latest 10:

  1. ““We Doubled our Twitter Followers” is Not a Measure of Social Media Success” by Matt Rhodes (@mattrhodes on twitter)
  2. “What Is The Tao Of Twitter? Author Mark Schaefer On Twitter’s ROI.” with a video interview (9m 34s) by Steve Farnsworth (@Steveology)
  3. “20 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & Pinterest Features You Didn’t Know Existed (But Totally Should)” by Lindsay Kolowich (@lkolo25)
  4. “Don’t try too hard to please Twitter — and other lessons from The New York Times’ social media desk” by Michael Roston of “The New York Times” (@nytimes)
  5. “10 Twitter Tips For Creating Better Social Media Content” by Peg Fitzpatrick (@PegFitzpatrick)
  6. “Guy Kawasaki: Social Media Sins to Avoid” interview by Tanya Benedicto Klich of “Entrepreneur” (@Entrepreneur) – video, 2m 54s
  7. “How to Get Your First 1,000 Followers on Every Major Social Network” by Kevan Lee (@kevanlee)
  8. “8 Social Media Mistakes That Are Killing Your Brand” by Jayson Demers (@jaysondemers)
  9. “The Unbearable Lightness of Tweeting” by Derek Thompson (@dkthomp)
  10. “Do Follower Counts Really Matter?” by Andrew Hutchinson (@adhutchinson)

For a list of links to Parts 1-84 in this series (which was born on May 19, 2009), see the Twitter category on this blog.

Would you like to recommend any other good twitter resources? I certainly don’t list EVERY article about twitter that I see – I might recommend an article that I disagree with, if I think it contributes something useful to the debate, but I won’t recommend an article that I think is badly written.

Happy tweeting!
Kay Ross
http://twitter.com/kayross

Please Do Not Treat Your Customers Like This

Posted on 27 February 2015 | No responses

Sigh! In the past two days I’ve had three experiences, as a customer, of being treated as a nameless, commoditised piece of data.

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Example 1

On twitter, I followed someone in the USA who is a manager in a company that helps other companies to attract, convert and retain customers.

She immediately sent me an impersonal, automated DM (direct message), saying: “Our case studies show $5000/mo in advertising value for $349/mo – [link to the company's website] You might be interested :)

I replied: “Oh no! Please don’t send a pushy ad about your company as an impersonal automated DM as soon as someone follows you. Not cool. Kay”
[By the way, here's why I hate auto-DMs on twitter.]

And she replied: “Blame marketing and advertising lol.”

Fail!

Example 2

I watched the livestreamed video of an interesting event in San Francisco, and wanted to participate in the online chat as part of the event. When I tried to post a question on the livestream page, I found that I had to login, and when I clicked the button to do that, all the instructions were in Chinese. I guess the system could see that I’m in Hong Kong, and therefore automatically assumed that I read/write Chinese. I don’t.

Fail!

Example 3

I received a phone call from the company that provides my mobile phone service. I answered the call, expecting to have a conversation with a real-live human being, and instead heard an obviously automated, recorded message that started: “Dear customer…”.

Fail!

Please don’t treat YOUR customers like that.

Your Customers Are Smarter Than You

Posted on 27 February 2015 | No responses

Have you heard of Sugru? It’s the name of a product, and of the company that makes it. I’m a customer and a fan (and they’re not paying me to say that!). I especially like that the name Sugru is inspired by the Gaelic word for “play”.

Sugru is mouldable, silicone-based glue, kind of like playdough, that turns into rubber after it’s exposed to the air. People use it in all sorts of ingenious ways to fix, adapt and improve their stuff rather than throw it away – on Sugru’s About page, watch the video (only 1m 29s), and scroll down to see examples.

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I used Sugru to make a badly designed knife more comfortable to use

So why am I telling you this?

The folks at Sugru are very smart, yet they concede that they get their best ideas from their customers. Users around the world send emails, photos and videos, and post tweets and Facebook updates, about how they’ve used the product, and how they want it to be improved. They even get to vote on which colours of Sugru should be developed next.

All those stories guide the company’s R&D efforts, and also become compelling, educational and entertaining source material for its content marketing efforts.

The inventor of Sugru and the company’s founder and CEO, Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, said: “Our customers… do stuff with it that we couldn’t have dreamt of.”

Author Kevin Kelly had a similar message in his book, “New Rules for the New Economy – 10 ways the network economy is changing everything”:
“Expertise now resides in fanatical customers. The world’s best experts on your product or service don’t work for your company. They are your customers, or hobby tribe.”
(Thanks to my friend Stephen Barnes of the Hong Kong Visa Centre for recommending the book.)

So are your customers using your products or services in ways you didn’t expect and couldn’t have dreamt of? Asking for and paying attention to their stories might inspire you to develop some popular new products or services, lead to some profitable new revenue streams for you, and give you some terrific content to share.

Because as I always say, marketing isn’t just about advertising; it’s about understanding your customers’ behaviour, perceptions, motivations, expectations…

And because you’re smarter than me…

I’m asking for your help, so that I can better understand what you (and people like you) really want from someone like me.

Could you please take a couple of minutes to answer four short questions in my survey? No need to give your name or email address.

Thanks!

Twitter Tips and Resources – Part 84

Posted on 21 January 2015 | No responses

This is Part 84 of an ever-growing blog series, with each post featuring links to 10 useful, funny and/or provocative articles/lists/blog posts/videos/sites I’ve come across about how to use twitter more effectively (and how NOT to use it).

Here are the latest 10:

  1. “5 Tweets to Stop Sending Today” by Frances Caballo (@CaballoFrances on twitter), with good tips especially for authors
  2. “Getting Started on Twitter: How to Stand Out From the Crowd” by Lauren Dugan on the SocialTimes blog (@SocialTimes)
  3. “Study: How the top 100 brands use Twitter” by Jeff Bullas (@jeffbullas)
  4. “75 Powerful Ways to Get More Twitter Followers” by Garin Kilpatrick (@Garin) – I vehemently disagree with tip 21
  5. “The Top 50 Content Marketers to Follow on Twitter” by Adrienne Sheares (@SocialMediaDC)
  6. “14 Recent Changes to Twitter, Facebook and More That Social Media Marketers Need to Know” by Courtney Seiter (@courtneyseiter)
  7. “How to Market Your Business on Twitter Like a Pro” by Shawn Hessinger (@Shawn_Hessinger)
  8. “How To Get More Twitter Followers Without Breaking a Sweat” by Andrew Pressault (@AndrewPressault)
  9. “Seriously, Tweeting Doesn’t Have to be Complicated” by Jennifer G. Hanford (@JennGHanford)
  10. “The 2014 Twitter Marketing Strategies We Will Not Be Using in 2015” by Kevin Strasser (@kjstrasser)

For a list of links to Parts 1-83 in this series (which was born on May 19, 2009), see the Twitter category on this blog.

Would you like to recommend any other good twitter resources? I certainly don’t list EVERY article about twitter that I see – I might recommend an article that I disagree with, if I think it contributes something useful to the debate, but I won’t recommend an article that I think is badly written.

Happy tweeting!
Kay Ross
http://twitter.com/kayross

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