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The Shorty Interview
with Amanda Hill
What's your best tweet?
My best tweet was the title of a Blog which had hundreds of hits virtually straight away "Fancy a Shag" was not what it seemed...
What are six things you could never do without?
6 things I couldn't live without... computer, broadband, car, family, cats and chocolate
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
I teach social media, help clients get a handle on strategy and am evangelical in wanting to recruit & train people to use it well
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Hootsuite is my favourite workhorse, sneakytweet is a tad naughty..
Twitter or Facebook?
Both... integrated... facebook to add instant pics and video and twitter to reach wider audience... but new twitter is pretty hot now
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
Goodness many trends are just so random... none I can think of made me laugh out loud though
What feature should Twitter add?
A connect box for chat or video calls could be cool as a new feature for twitter.. spell check would be useful too..
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
oooh Marilyn Monroe would have been fun? Edward Smith the Titanic Captain could have done with it.. Leonardo da Vinci...?
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
oooh I don't worry too much and just change the words to fit the space I want to use.. the english language is an amazing tool!
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Hmm I used to think @Lord_sugar but not sure now.. definitely @richardbranson (if he does his own)
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
Yes, not telling.. but usually because they have said something I do not wish to be associated with or something really nasty...
Why should we vote for you?
I am real, too honest for my own good and love learning and sharing... oh and I smile far too much which may be contagious!
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
Terms I would like to see trending on twitter are #help, #tsmc, #love, #2012
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
oooh loads... and many seem like friends from forever ago when we finally get to meet like @marketingwizdom
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
I use hashtags all the time but not usually some of the odd ones which are really a sentence #canIhelp? would be a great one
How do you make your tweets unique?
I am sure my tweets are not unique but I usually share things in a tongue in cheek manner... or try to help wherever possible
What inspires you to tweet?
You need inspiration? I thought it was an auto response... like eating chocolate... the world is funny, sad, amusing and amazing...
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Nope... well maybe... but not to my face or on-line... Those that matter do not care and those that care do not matter (Thanks Kimberley)!
140 characters of advice for a new user?
sign up - show who you are in your pic & bio - follow people in areas that interest - listen - offer help - say something - & enjoy it!
How long can you go without a tweet?
oer... haven't tried to go cold turkey... even on my blackberry... do I have to try?
What question are we not asking here that we should?
How can on-line platforms be used to help people...? Charities? Businesses?
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
More people, more features, more fun... accessed mainly by third party apps to integrate with other things and being used by everything
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
I think Jason Bradbury uses twitter well and is fun but Sarah Brown is an inspiration with the charities she helps
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
Biggest misconception- there are too few characters to say anything meaningful and it is full of people describing food and drink intakes
Why should people follow you?
People should follow me because they want to.. they like what they see in my tweets and feel I fit in with their ethos and on-line world
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
There are many awesome people on twitter & I have met lots of people I follow @johnsblinds & @fsbessex offer help naturally...
How do you decide what to tweet?
If it tickles me, outrages me, makes me cry or is begging to be shared it's likely to be tweeted...
Why'd you start tweeting?
I started tweeting because it looked fun.. but a bit like chocolate and pringles once you start it is hard to stop...
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Yep! It amazes me daily who is on there and how many barriers have been broken down to access people and information
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
I would like to see more people say thank you on Twitter... we are quick to condemn and it would be nice to see people being thanked
How will the world change in the next year?
The world changes daily becoming more cloud and pc reliant... I expect more people to work from home in 2nd jobs & prices to skyrocket
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
ahem tweeting whilst drinking is not perfect and have seen a few dms hit the timeline that were not intended to be there...
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
All wearing glasses from being on-line with dark bags under eyes.. no really probably much more cloud reliant using pads for everything