What Was the First Tweet of Forbes Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers?

Twitter was launched in 2006, and no one ever guessed back then that how Twitter will change the world hashtag-by-hashtag. Before Twitter, the # key was little more than something found on Imagetelephones to denote “number”.

Whether you are new to Twitter or a seasoned pro, #FirstTweet got everyone going for sure. Just like Twitter users, Twitter has also evolved enormously in the last eight years. To celebrate this journey and success with its users, it has just released, a fun tool to help you discover your first tweet.

Twitter has concreted itself as a digital soapbox, and women seem to have taken it way too easily. Recently Forbes published The Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers which intrigued me about the first tweet of these influences so here you go:

  1. Ann Tran
  2. Jessica NortheyImage
  3. Mari Smith
  4. Liz Strauss
  5. Pam Moore
  6. Renee Blodgett 


  7. Eve Mayer
  8. Kim Garst
  9. Lori Ruff
  10. Ann Handley
  11. Pam Dyer
  12. Laura Fitton – Co-author of Twitter for DummiesImage
  13. Bonnie SainsburyImage
  14. Lilach BullockImage
  15. Deborah Lee
  16. Marsha CollierImage
  17. Lori Taylor
  18. Viveka von RosenImage
  19. Sandi KrakowskiImage
  20. Susan CooperImage

Hope it was fun for you, please share with your friends and followers. Feel free to leave comments, questions or suggestions. All feedback is welcomed.


Forbes: The Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers 



From Business Leader to Thought Leader

ImageWhen you think of a thought leader as someone recognised as an authority on explicit topics, it is easy to comprehend why so many business people want to be one. Being positioned as the expert in your industry can have great values as well as responsibilities for your career and on your business’s bottom line.

Can everyone be a thought leader?
Although most business leaders could become thought leaders, however in order to be a successful one some hard work is needed. For some the required characteristics may come naturally, and for some conscious practice is needed. Here are three characteristics a potential thought leader should have:

1. Be an expert
Being an expert in your industry or profession is an essential factor to being recognised as a thought leader. You must have great knowledge and understanding of your topics of expertise. Most business leaders will be able to answer this requirement.

2. Be open to sharing your expertise
In addition to having the knowledge and understanding, a thought leader must be prepared to share this expertise openly and have original ideas, distinct points of view and new insights.

3. Be willing to stand out
Thought leaders must also be open to being seen and heard publicly in the media, social media and at events. An approachable personality will definitely benefit you.

If you feel you have the qualities and experience needed to position yourself as a thought leader, then consider the following PR strategies to help you reach the recognition you deserve.

Become the expert the media wants to hear from
The media is always on the lookout for a great story supported by expert thoughts and intelligence. You may want to spend quality time with your communication and PR team and come up with a list of topics for which you should be positioned as an expert available for comments. They may point you to the right people / interactions.  

Treat media interviews as a priority by making yourself available. Also, undertake media training so you can deliver powerful interviews that will make the journalist’s job easier and create the impression you need in order to receive future calls for commentary.

Your communication team should also use all opportunities to offer topical, objective, easy to understand and helpful articles with your byline. These articles can relate to an important issue in your industry, your unique journey as a company director, your thoughts as a leader, or helpful tips and advice related to your expertise.

Write a business blog
Business blogs are a great way to share your expert knowledge and position yourself as a thought leader in your field. The key is to pick a topic and stick to it. As with media opportunities, your PR team should help you write regular blog posts that will spark discussion and share your experiences, ideas and relevant information.

You can also be positioned as a guest blogger on other relevant websites to increase your exposure and build traffic to your own business blog.

Network on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the professional social media platform that allows leading companies to connect with experts, clients and industry colleagues around the world. LinkedIn can also help you increase your visibility and position yourself.

One way of doing so is by ensuring that regular updates related to your field of expertise are made on your profile. You should also find groups in your industry and your clients’ industries, and join relevant and engaging discussions.

Engage on Twitter
Twitter can be a great avenue to demonstrate your expertise and gain a following of people interested in hearing what you have to say. To build your followers naturally, share links to helpful or insightful articles related to your expertise (this includes your own articles and blogs, but also those from other sources), cross-promote your LinkedIn discussions, follow people in your industry and target markets and interact with them.

Most importantly, before you start engaging on social media, consult your PR team to find out more about your organisation’s communication and/or social media guidelines.

Speak at events
Public speaking is an excellent way to position yourself as an authority on a particular topic or industry, while gaining endorsement from the event’s organisers.

Your presentation should be informative and interesting, and be adapted to suit your audience. For example, avoid using technical language when your audience has no knowledge of your topic. As for media training, if you’re not a confident public speaker, get some coaching beforehand to ensure you make the most of each opportunity.

The key to becoming a thought leader is to be open to positioning your expertise in the limelight in every possible way.

2 Dozen Items not suitable to Share on Social Media

The idea was not to compile this list on such a bright sunny afternoon (It’s a rare thing in London). I entered Starbucks to enjoy my favourite hazelnut cappuccino and do some personal social gatherings online (I mean catch up with my friends and family on Facebook during my lunch time). Moment I flipped Facebook on my iPad, the unabridged mood simply got murdered. I am not sure if it’s only me or there are many victims of gems / spices / criminal cases / cows on Facebook requests.

I want my FB page to give me the glimpse of my loved one’s life and not a message that “they don’t have a life!” Seriously, miles away from home last thing I want to know is you need my help in fertilizing your grains and feeding your cows.

What prompted me to write this list sprouted when the few Farmville and other online games updates turned into a stream and then became a furious flood… On Facebook you can actually turn this stream off in the settings section which is a good thing as I have stopped counting lambs, dazzling fake diamonds (Diamond Dash updates) or helping infinite Sherlock Holmes (Intended sarcasm for Criminal Cases players) when trying to catch a break.

This is quite astonishing that The Facebook-platform game FarmVille has over 80 million players. It’s played by people of all genres and is bigger than Twitter. Please, I don’t mean to convey it’s for everyone and by the way I have blocked all such updates hence there can’t be any confusion about what I am trying to convey here.

Well there are settings on Facebook that allow your updates to be made very public or private  and Facebook’s latest privacy changes in the last few months have actually made more information and photos public in its bid to open up the previously very private walled allotment of Facebook (unless you go back to your settings and reset the privacy controls) in its bid to compete with Twitters real time open stream of information in this increasingly competitive social media world as more marketers start implementing social media marketing campaigns like Ford and General Motors.

So to protect your reputation, personal brand, your bank account and your privacy you need to be very careful what you write and post on social media channels.

2 Dozen Items not suitable to Share on Social Media


  1. What crop you are plucking or sheep you’re feeding on Farmville
  2. How many you have killed on Mafia wars / cases solved in criminal wars or where they are concealed
  3. Party photos showing wasted and pointing an objectionable finger
  4. Sharing extreme views on Religion, politics, race and about public figures (Google the Lord Mc Alpine case now and you will know what I am talking about)
  5. Photos revealing you flirting with your co-workers at annual work Christmas drinks
  6. The party announcement, you may upset uninvited friends and some may just decide to show up too
  7. That you are thinking of a having relationship or it’s complicated
  8. Complaints about your workplace / boss / co-workers – remember what goes on internet, stays for long. Google has amazing memory and reach
  9. Your ill feelings about your job and intentions of leaving / switching – (You may really have to leave your job)
  10. That are you are planning to take a sick leave from work and go for a movie
  11. Don’t share photos or an event that reveals that you were not sick that day at work
  12. Don’t make your four wall social drama public on social media
  13. Passwords (Unless you have more money than brain beans)
  14. Hints about passwords like your favourite word / favourite quote / pet’s names etc
  15. Too many Images and videos of your children
  16. Updates on Facebook after you have escaped from cops and on the run (Believe me, it happens)
  17. Don’t link personal sites to professional business sites like LinkedIn. Don’t mix business with pleasure
  18. Financial information such as how much money you do or don’t have in your bank account
  19. Personal Information
  20. The dates you are away on your holiday (Everyone is online nowadays, yes even robbers)
  21. Your daily routine (Everyone is online nowadays, yes even robbers)
  22. Showing you doing something imprudent, it’s not good for personal branding
  23. Your physical desires and detailed details (A few parts have been named private parts for a reason, understand and respect this fact)
  24. You prefer mustard instead of ketchup with your sausage

The rule is simple, anything you are not sure of / comfortable with, don’t share it. It will have no harm; rather you would do yourself a favour only.

This is an open list: Please feel free to suggest of the things you think that should not be shared on Social Media networks.