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Google Reader Gone and The Perfect Tweet

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Bunker Project Episode 131:


Show 131 Nice Tweets!

Round Table Intros:

Bonnie Sainsbury @bsainsbury  (joined us at the end of the show)

Margaret Reynolds @bc_insurancegal

Andrew McGivern  @podcasthero

Bob Garlick @bobgarlick (Made it for the end of the show)

Nozi Paul @nozipaul

James Karg @twisted_majic

The Norm Maven ( via voicemail feedback )

The Daddy Maven recorded a covert video:

Round Table Intro Question: Name, Twitter Handle and how dependent are you on Google Products?

  • Andrew said hed be screwed if he lost his Google account
  • Margaret isnt too dependent on Google products
  • Randall said if it is your business you should be using your own domain’s email
  • Sanj isnt too dependent on Google but many of his clients are. He is taking Google + more seriously now.
  • Margaret brings up how great hangouts on air are for instantly loading to Youtube.
  • Ricky, the Daddy Blogger loves Youtube and other Google products like Google + Hangouts. He has a Meetup Group YVRdads.com. 30 to 40 Dads show up to his Meetup.
  • Paul relies on Google way too much. Uses Google search engine and Youtube to learn Chinese at the moment.

eMail and Voicemail Feedback

Craig from down under emailed to let us know about Pheed and its cool features, Posterous is going bye bye and is this a sign of “the thinning of the heard”? Stitcher integration in cars and facebook check in buttons on the steering wheel?

Paul the Rock God leaves voicemail feedback on our VM Hotline at 1-877-636-1474.

He lets us know how great a time he is having down in Mexico and isnt spending too much time in the bathroom. Margaret said  Paul has to bring gifts back to the Bunker when he returns after a month in the sun.

The Perfect Tweet

Bob shared The Blueprint of the Perfect Tweet below and we analyze it on The Bunker Show.

  • Put a call to action in square brackets? [blog]. We all agree this is silly dont like this one. Is this necessary? [retweet]. The brackets waste two characters.
  • Message section shouldnt include text speech. Only abbreviations should be numbers instead of spelling the number. Margaret agrees.
  • Use Bitly URLs because they get more clicks interesting.
  • Fill in the blank tweets get a lot more engagement? Apparently, it is true.

Should use one to two hashtags to get more reach outside of followers. Most of us dont do it except at events but apparently, it works. People search or follow hashtags.

  • Use @ replies to call out authors. Margaret doesnt like @reply thank yous. If you want to thank her, retweet one of her tweets instead.
  • Auto thank yous suck we all agree.
  • Dont use all 140 characters leave space for others to add their twitter handle and comment.
  • Paul asks is there more to the perfect Tweet. This infographic is all about the structure but there is also timing and your reputation on Twitter.
  • Randall says to use your own voice in your Tweets. Paul said if you’re a rambler you wont have your voice on Twitter because you have to be concise.

150 000 Google users woke up to a nightmare All their email attachments and chat logs were gone

  • This is why Sanj has always been worried about the cloud.
  • Randall remembers that Shaw had the same problem.
  • Margaret said if this your business you need to make sure your information is backed up.
  • Gmail Backup will back up your Gmail account MAC, PC or Linux.

Google Reader is going away

  • Netvibes or Feedly are good substitutes.
  • Some say this is another sign that Google Feedburner is going to be shut down soon too.

Margaret suggests Nimble a cool app that allows you to aggregate all your contacts, calendars, and social interactions. It functions as a CRM and kicks butt according to Margaret. She was able to build a profile with only someone’s name.

Sanj was using Microsoft Dynamics and is trying out Sugar CRM.

Andrew mentions Highrise which is simple and easy to use. Andrew likes Rapportive which brings in Social Data on people within Gmail.

Bob and Marcel arrive at The Bunker came back from The Game of Thrones pre-screening.

They got to watch the show 12 days before everybody else. They got DVD and Game Of Thrones Beer! Bob says that the season opener is mainly just a reintroduction of the characters. It did a good job reintroducing the characters and why we care about them but they didnt do anything crazy.

Marcel gives his review of the premiere He isnt the biggest fan of the show. He thought that the premiere was reasonably ok.

Andrew brings the show back from Crazy TV Talk to the Bunker Project.

Bonnie arrived at the end of the show… 

Bonnie trashes the perfect Tweet. She said it is a bunch of BS. Bonnie said there is no such thing as a perfect Tweet. It is all about content, your mindset, and your message.

Bob says it is good for the beginner just starting out.

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About The Bunker Project

The underground Bunker Project is a meetup focused on Social Media, Internet Marketing, New Media, and Podcasting. Set in the Bunker at the Barklay Hotel on Robson St. in Vancouver, The Bunker Project will appeal to those looking for cutting edge social marketing and new media information and to those who just want to socialize over a beer and exchange thoughts and ideas about social media.

Members will have the opportunity to participate in the Bunker Project Podcast which is recorded live at every meetup.

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Andrew McGivern is a podcaster, blogger and mobile tech guy. Father of three awesome little ones. Interested in Social Media Marketing, New Media and Podcasting, Technology, Natural Health and Green Energy.

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