Twitter 101 in 140 Characters or Less

During a night of idleness yesterday, I decided to post some “guidelines” for being on Twitter using the hashtag #Twitter101. Here is a recap of an evening of tweeting about how to tweet!

With every tweet you are either giving people a reason to retweet or a reason to unfollow. #Twitter101

NO ONE is going to follow you if your picture is an egg with a coloured background. #Twitter101

Careful what you tweet, it might come back and get you someday. #Twitter101

If your following > followers x 10, you are a spammer. #Twitter101

Don’t send auto DMs (Twitter Direct Messages). Just don’t. #Twitter101

On 98% of the times, I don’t care about what you had for lunch. #fact #Twitter101

If you reply to every single tweet I post, you are not being kind, you are being a stalker. #Twitter101

T.W.E.E.T = Timely, Worth-reading, Educational, Entertaining, and Tweople-connecting. #Twitter101 (via @timage)

If you happen to like someone’s tweet. RT (ReTweet), I repeat RT, DON’T COPY. #Twitter101 (via @deppys)

If ALL you tweet are promotions of your product, I’m DEFINITELY going to unfollow you, and NOT buy your product. #Twitter101 #marketing

Know the difference between engaging in conversations and sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong. #Twitter101

Numbers don’t mean anything; 100 relevant, interacting followers are worth more than 1000 random followers. #Twitter101

Last but not least, the oldest and most important advice: BE YOURSELF. #Twitter101

Hope that was useful! If you are a new Twitter user and can’t find your way around, I would be more than glad to help. Contact me! Have some other tips? Leave them in comments!

Also, if you are not already following me on Twitter, do it now! :p

Happy Easter :)


[Stats] Significant Insignificance in 2010

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,600 times in 2010. That’s about 11 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 21 posts. There were 25 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was March 5th with 92 views. The most popular post that day was Things That Not All Programmers Know #3: SQL Injection.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for lena, netbeans refactoring, my game is fair play, refactoring netbeans, and cyclic inheritance.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Things That Not All Programmers Know #3: SQL Injection March 2010


NetBeans Refactoring – Part 1 October 2009


NetBeans Refactoring – Part 2 December 2009


On the New Vodafone Egypt Ad: Why I Am Not Offended November 2010


The Truth About Lena December 2009

Cartoon – Traditional Exams Vs. FCI Exams!

Well, since I have been through a “painful” midterms season for a while, I was inspired to do a little cartoon that points out the difference between the type of questions in our (Faculty of Computers and Information) exams and everyone else’s. So, here goes. Hope you like it: