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Key to engaging in the Twitter conversation is developing a healthy-size list of followers—people who sign up to see your posts in their Twitter stream. And one of the best ways to do that is to write such ­content-rich tweets that others retweet them. Tips for writing Twitter posts that others will retweet:
Scroll down a web site one screenful at a time ... Keep emotions in check at work with DING ... Let social media help you network before a conference ... Save people time by telling them how to skip the voice-mail instructions when they call your cell phone.
Social media can be a tool to save you time and actually help your business. Here are five suggestions from OpenForum.com to get more out of it:
Facebook and other social net­working web sites are signifi­cantly changing the way people com­mu­ni­cate—and that communication isn’t always merely personal. Em­ployees sometimes post comments criticizing their jobs and employers. Tempting though it may be, think twice before punishing employees for online behavior that you think maligns your organization.
One of the simplest and largest cloud storage serv­ices, with 25GB, Microsoft’s Sky­Drive is accessible through a versatile Windows Live account.

You might be surprised by the information that exists about you online. Manage your online reputation with these tips from Riva Richmond, a technology writer who recently spoke about the topic on a New York Times podcast:

Use social media tools to capture innovative ideas directly from customers. Example: Men’s clothing company Bonobos ran a “Tweet4Trunks” campaign via Twitter. For 30 days, the company asked followers one question per day about strategy and new products ...

True or false: Employees are either creative or they’re not—creativity isn’t a skill you can teach. False. Managers can play a key role in creating an environment in which employees will want to look for new ideas. Share this article with your supervisors to help tap employee creativity.

Move over, Google. Microsoft grabs tech headlines this month by adding zippy new features to its Internet Explorer browser. Here are four cool tricks that will save time for you and your employees.

Despite their discomfort with new web tools—like YouTube, blogs and Facebook—some executives are finding value in them. Not only is it a cheap way to communicate, it’s where young people are, says James Schiro, chief executive of Zurich Financial Services.

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