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I wanted to take just a moment to let you know how our Twitter stream will be evolving in the next year.  Currently, many of you subscribe to get tweets about the new stories we’ve published.  We’ll keep publishing those. But we plan to add additional tweets too. News about contests (we have a new […]

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If you’re a photographer who wants to show or sell your work, connect with vendors or other photographers, or even if you want to recruit help, Twitter is a powerful tool that you really can’t afford to ignore. To join is free. There’s no excuse not to give it a try. Here are 21 tips […]

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I have NEVER claimed that I am a Twitter expert. I don’t think there is such a thing. I do know that I have a great many followers and that I get very good traction from my Twitter account. I am comfortable with sharing what’s worked for me. With that in mind, here are 10 […]

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Later today I’ll announce the winner of the camera I promised to give away three months ago, (choice of a D800 or 5d MK III) but now I have a NEW contest – some photographers have asked me to give away a camera AND lens combo. Okay – here you go. Here’s a chance to […]

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(Who You May Not Know About) I am VERY surprised to find that some of the best photographers, photo educators and outright great human beings I know don’t have more Twitter followers. So this is in Twitter-land “Follow Friday.” It’s a day when you suggest people to follow based on your own personal favorites. Normally […]

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I apologize in advance for the long post. As usual, anytime I write about anything remotely related to Copyright, the kids go crazy. And this post on Twitter’s TOS was no exception. The mob has attacked me. This is nothing new. It also won’t deter me. Pretty much every time I write about something like […]

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(Also – a chance to win two free prizes) The third week of October is shaping up to be a very exciting one for emerging professional photographers in the New York metro area. The GoingPro Bootcamp is Oct 24 in Newark, just across the river from New York City. Then on Oct 28, PDN opens […]

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Photos on Twitter are a reality and will soon be more closely tied to the service. Right now, many photographers use services like TwitPics to do that. The photo above from an iPhone 4 is representative of many of these photos. And for most of us, that’s not a problem. But what about the pros? […]

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I spoke at WPPI about using Twitter for business. For those who could (and could not) attend the class, here is a PDF version of my slide presentation. (http://www.aperturenatureworkshops.com/wppipreso.pdf) Contrary to what you hear from some of the “experts” Twitter can be used to generate business for photographers. In my presentation I made the case […]

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More Tips on how Professional Photographers can use Twitter to Improve Their Business I have already written about how photographers can use Twitter as a marketing tool. Here are some additional business uses of Twitter that professional photographers might find helpful. 1. Hiring – if you need an assistant, a receptionist, a retoucher, Twitter is […]

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I have already written about how photographers can use Twitter as a marketing tool. Here are some additional tips on Twitter’s value to emerging and professional photographers… 1. I wrote last time about Twitter as a replacement for RSS – what I didn’t have time to go into was why it’s a good idea to […]

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There are those among us who believe that all things Internet are reserved for their private enjoyment, and that nobody, no company, no institution and no individual should be allowed to use anything Internet related for marketing purposes. Clearly, I am not one of those people. Since I actually live in the real world, where […]

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I’ve written about Twitter before. But since then, I have decided that Twitter is quickly becoming one of the most important tools the working photographer can have. It’s important for three reasons… 1. It’s a great place to quickly share your work and your projects 2. It’s a great place to keep tabs on people […]

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Today I’ll answer some of the questions my Twitter audience posed to me on Friday via Twitter. I received dozens and dozens of questions and can’t answer them all, but I picked some that were asked more than once figuring I’d help more people by using those questions as the basis of this post. Let […]

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Last night, TWIPPHOTO was honored along with about 25 other folks who use Twitter at the Shorty Awards. CNN covered the event. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

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I’ve been on Twitter for about a year now. Twitter.com is a micro-blogging site. Think of it as a blogging platform that allows you to post 140 character (or less) notes about what you’re up to. It is one of the “social media” platforms that has gained great interest lately. There are other sites that you should also investigate in the social media space like Friend Feed and Facebook. But for this post, I’m going to concentrate on Twitter.

You can sign up for a free Twitter account at Twitter.com. I suggest you either use your real name or the name of your photo business. Cute names like “StarwarsGuy#123″ won’t really help you in the future if you decide to make use of Twitter as a marketing tool. The next step is to follow people.

Photographers who want to get the most out of Twitter should initially use it to follow people who they find interesting. You might want to follow the Twitter account of PDN Magazine. It’s a photo magazine that covers the New York photo scene. Their Twitter account name is “@pdnonline” minus the quotes. Simply type in the URL http://twitter.com/pdnonline and click the “Follow” button that appears under their name or icon. That’s all there is to it.

If you want to follow me, do the same thing only use the URL http://www.twitter.com/scottbourne and click FOLLOW. Then you’ll see the stuff I write about my photo career that doesn’t make the blog. I also occasionally just talk about what’s going on around me.

If you don’t like RSS and want to keep up with what comes out on this blog, just follow http://www.twitter.com/twipphoto.

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