Approximately 24 hours ago, internet marketing firm HubSpot released its first State of the Twittersphere report for the fourth quarter of 2008, analyzing assorted growth rates, following/follower ratios, and geographic data.
Among the results, we now know about 7,500 people join the Twitter ranks every day; 35% of Twitter users have 10 or less followers; and nine percent follow nobody at all.
Twitter is hot.
While the world collaborates with Shel Israel and Laura Fitton writing books called Twitterville and Twitter for Dummies, respectively, and as various books about Twitter are currently available through your bookstore, here are some e-books, white papers, and special reports you can view today to help you tweet more productively.
- One of the best is the 48-page PDF e-book, A Geek’s Guide to Promoting Yourself and Your Online Business in 140 Characters or Less, written by the folks at GeekPreneur. It is free for the taking. Click the link and download the book. I did earlier this fall.
- John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing offers a shorter 9-page PDF book with the short title, Twitter for Business. It’s to the point, includes a number of screen shots, and is worth the download time for an overview.
- In exchange for your email address, John Haydon of CorporateDollar.org provides you a link to download Twitter Jump Start: The Twitter Guide for Small Nonprofits. I haven’t downloaded this yet, but the testimonials include some of my tweeps, such as Michael Martine and Rebecca Leamon.
- Kristine Wirth has allegedly written The Twitter Book, which you can edit and re-distribute, but it’s not there.
- Not a book per se, but TwitterBook.com displays a quick video by Roy Montero, showing you the basics of what some Twitter user pages look like, how to find common users in directories like Twellow, and more.
- How about the Twitter Handbook?
- Not to be outdone, Walter Prorok and Chris Vendilli joined forces to create The Twitter Report: Get Free Targeted Traffic from Twitter and Other Social Networks. I tried downloading it, but you have to bypass two multi-level marketing pages to follow more directions to receive it. I quit after the second page.
- I also question this $27 Twitter for Musicians guide.
- Finally, if none of the above options fit your needs, visit here or here for many links to Twitter e-books from PDF search engines.
There’s always Lolo and her Twitter Book Club.
What is missing here?