10,000 Tweets and Counting

Smart College Visit's 10,000th Twitter TweetOn Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 5:08 p.m., I logged my 10,000th Tweet. I'm not a compulsive-tell-you-my-every-move kind of Twitterer. I'm an entrepreneur who tweets to promote my company, services, and my clients. I also tweet to share information I feel is relevant, important, and sometimes amusing, but mostly, I'm all about "the biz." Fortunately, Smart College Visit is about connecting people and resources and Twitter is one of the ways I make this happen. 

My intense period of high activity comes on Wednesdays when I host #CampusChat, a weekly Twitter chat on topics related to college-bound teens, college admissions and college life. During this week's chat, in just one hour, 36 active participants contributed 448 tweets to our conversation on first generation college students

Smart College Visit on TwitterThe day before my 10,000th tweet, Twitter, with its 140 million users, turned 6 and, according to an article on Forbes, Twitter users post more than 250 million tweets a day. 

With the 140-character limit, 10,000 tweets equates to a maximum of 1,400,000 characters.  A 40,000 word novel would have 180,000 characters with an average of 4.5 characters per word. 10,000 tweets, then, would equate to about 8 novels. I could have written 8 novels in the 2.5 years I've been tweeting as @collegevisit? Kind of mind-blowing – for now, I'll stick with tweeting, connecting, and growing my business. 

Images credit:  Special thanks to Jane Kudlow (@CvlKulow ), author of the Dr. StrangeCollege blog, for capturing my milestone tweet and sending it to me. Care to guess where I met Jane? 🙂

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Z. Kelly Queijo is founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit and to read more about Smart College Visit on Handshake 2.0.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated, the parent company of Handshake 2.0.

A Marketing Mashup on Twitter via #CampusChat

What do you get when you take 10 or more people passionate about their work with college-bound and college-going students and ask them all to show up for one hour on Twitter to tweet their best back-to-school advice? You get Back-to-School SUPER #CampusChat

Campus Chat Mashup! I've been hosting a weekly chat on Twitter (#CampusChat) every Wednesday night at 9:00 PM for the past 15 months. Topics have included planning campus visits, college test prep, admissions, college life, academic planning, internships, careers…you name it and we've likely covered it.

Tonight, instead of one expert guest, I've invited ALL of my 2011 previous co-hosts and other long-time supporters of #CampusChat to come prepared to share their "back-to-school" tips, promos, and guides. The response from past guests has been fantastic and many of them have offered give-aways as prize drawings for participants. There are at least 10 prizes to give away – that's a lot for a chat that only lasts an hour! Talk about crowdsourcing an event – what was I thinking?! 

And, we're not talking about pencils and erasers as prizes. The list of give-aways includes resources and services to help throughout the life of a college student. Here are just a few of the prizes we'll give away:

  • Get into college: 10 copies of Getting In: The Zinch Guide to College Admissions and Financial Aid in the Digital Age
  • Stay fit while in college: a FitKitDORM and a free one year membership to the FitKitCLUB – $50 value from www.FitKit.com.
  • Plan your career while in college: A one-hour mentor call for students interested in finding the right internship with Mark Babbitt, founder of YouTern, a college internship matching and counseling service. The call can be used to discuss career goals, mentorship, entrepreneurial aspirations – whatever the student would like to focus on. 

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

Prizes are cool, but it's really the opportunity to meet and chat with industry experts, experienced parents and college students that makes #CampusChat an awesome hour. Multiply that "awesomeness" by 10 or 15 and you can see why I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed by how much information there will be to manage, push out and later curate. Is this mashup on Twitter a really great marketing innovation in the making or is it more like trying to squeeze 60 college kids into a VW-Bug?

To register for tonight's #Campuschat – Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 9:00 PM ET – and to be entered into the prize drawing, please RSVP by posting your Twitter ID in the Comment section of this post on SmartCollegeVisit: There Will Be Prizes: Back to School Super #CampusChat

Smart College Visit’s CampusChat Turns 50

Today is Wednesday, the mid-point of the traditional work week, and for me, this particular Wednesday, April 20, 2011, is special. It marks the 50th time Smart College Visit has hosted CampusChat.

Smart College Visit hosts its 50th #CampusChat CampusChat is a Twitter chat covering topics related to all things college: campus visits, college admissions, college life and careers. Participants have included college-bound teens, parents, authors, consultants, college admissions professionals, and vendors who serve college-related markets. Adding the hashtag "#campuschat" is all that's required to participate in the chat.

In a word, CampusChat has been FUN! It's also been educational, informative, enlightening, friendly, engaging, and helpful.

What is it like to participate in a Twitter chat?
It's like instant messaging on steroids. A Twitter chat is the flashmob of text-based sharing. A regular group of followers shows up each week for CampusChat to share their insights, ideas, and especially their humor in ways that not only entertain but also provoke thought.

Expert guests are invited to share their knowledge and lead discussions. I've been very fortunate to be able to connect with authors and experts via Twitter and blogs to include some of the best and most popular celebs in higher-ed. I've got to admit it's pretty exciting to have guests on CampusChat such as Harlan Cohen, Eric Yaverbaum, and Amie Hoff who have also been seen on the Today Show, CBS Morning, Good Morning America or Fox.

And then there are those guests who may or may not have made it to network televsion but are well-respected in higher education, parenting, or college admissions as "go-to" experts in their specific areas such as Akil Bello, Suzanne Shaffer, Jeannie Borin, and Eric Stoller. It can be quite heady to know that something you've created turns out to be something people want and like.

My guest tonight is an expert-in training: Debbie Stier. Debbie is a mom who is taking the concept of helping her children prepare for college to a new level. Just like her kids, she is preparing to take the SAT. And, she's set an auspicious goal for herself: to score 2400, a perfect score on the SAT.  Learn more about the Perfect Score Project tonight on #CampusChat.

Would you take the SAT again?

From test prep tips to study habits to study guide materials, Debbie will share some of the insights she's gleaned while on this journey. Moms, Dads, teens, word and math geeks – all are invited to join us tonight for CampusChat No.50, at 9PM Eastern.

Z. Kelly Queijo is founder of Smart College Visit, Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia-based higher-ed marketing company focused on mobile app and mobile web development with a special interest in creating travel and location-based tools and services. SmartCollegeVisit.com, a college search and college visit planning portal, has been listed in the Top 100 education advice blogs and as one of the top 5 college visit sites. You are invited to follow her on Twitter @collegevisit.

Smart College Visit, Inc. is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated.

CampusChat: Keeping Time with Keepstream

CampusChat has made me a creature of habit. On May 5, 2010, I began hosting this Twitter chat - which addresses topics ranging from the college-bound to the college grad – every Wednesday evening at 9 p.m., Eastern. Then, on each Thursday morning following, I compose a summary of “Takeaway Tweets” - what I deem the best of the best messages posted during the chat so that readers don't have to dig through the entire transcript to get to the good stuff.

This routine used to be a time-consuming and cumbersome effort, then I began using the social media curation tool Keepstream. It used to take a lot of time to search through the hundreds of Twitter posts, copy and paste the selected tweets, and then edit to get the appearance I wanted for the blog post on SmartCollegeVisit. Now, the time I spend creating the CampusChat Takeaway Tweets has been cut in half and the presentation is – in my opinion – gorgeous.

I learned of Keepstream from Tim Gasper, one of the three co-founders, when he asked me to be part of the beta test group. I obliged and while I liked the product during the testing phase, I did not fully appreciate its true power until I gave it the CampusChat test.

Keepstream allows me to tap into a Twitter stream and capture tweets simply by clicking on the ones I want to move into a collection. This feature is handy, but it gets better. I can name my collection and then choose to keep it private or make it public. Publicizing the collection makes it available on Keepstream and – best of all – I can embed the HTML code for the collection into my blog post or web page. My Takeaway Tweets and this feature by Keepstream? Beautiful.

What am I doing with all the time I've saved by using Keepstream? I'm creating more collections that make it easier for me follow up with contacts made via Twitter and Facebook, tracking topics, chats and people I want to keep up with, and working smarter to benefit SmartCollegeVisit readers, customers, and followers.

You are invited to follow Keepstream on Twitter (@Keepstream) or explore their web site at www.keepstream.com.

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Z. Kelly Queijo is the founder of SmartCollegeVisit and a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0. You're invited to follow SmartCollegeVisit on Twitter, @collegevisit where she hosts #CampusChat on Wednesdays at 9 PM Eastern.

SmartCollegeVisit on the Kindle

SmartCollegeVisit, a college visit planning site, is available on the Kindle Handshake 2.0 just received a Kindle from Amazon. 

Our first three purchases were a subscription to The Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Franzen's new novel Freedom, and SmartCollegeVisit on the Kindle

We were fascinated by Testing the Waters of the Amazon Kindle Revenue Stream by Smart College Visit's founder, Z. Kelly Queijo.

Z. Kelly Queijo is the founder of SmartCollegeVisit, a college visit planning resource, and a frequent contributor to Handshake 2.0.

You're invited to see multiple views of SmartCollegeVisit on the Kindle on Facebook (even the cat of Handshake 2.0 is a fan of SmartCollegeVisit!)

SmartCollegeVisit hosts #CampusChat on Twitter.  The chat topics are related to all things college: campus visits and college tours, college admissions and college life.  

SmartCollegeVisit's next guest on #CampusChat will be DJ Waldow, Director of Community at Blue Sky Factory

You're invited to follow SmartCollegeVisit on Twitter, @collegevisit, and DJ Waldow on Twitter, @djwaldow, to learn the latest on admissions email marketing and social media on the next #CampusChat on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 9 PM Eastern.

SmartCollegeVisit is a client of Handshake Media, Incorporated.