All a Twitter: A Personal and Professional Guide to Social Networking with Twitter [NOOK Book]

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Make Twitter work for you–right now!

Twitter! Everyone’s talking about it. Its membership grew over 700% in just one year! Now, learn how to make the most of Twitter–in your personal life, your business, everywhere!

All a Twitter delivers quick, smart answers to the questions everyone’s asking about Twitter: What’s it about? What’s it good for? Is it worth your time? How do you get started? Where can you find ...

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Overview

Make Twitter work for you–right now!

Twitter! Everyone’s talking about it. Its membership grew over 700% in just one year! Now, learn how to make the most of Twitter–in your personal life, your business, everywhere!

All a Twitter delivers quick, smart answers to the questions everyone’s asking about Twitter: What’s it about? What’s it good for? Is it worth your time? How do you get started? Where can you find great Twitter feeds to follow? How can you build a worldwide audience for your own Tweets?

You name it, Tee Morris answers it–and shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step, in plain English. No experience? Looking for something new to do with your Tweets? No problem: this is the Twitter book for everyone!

Covers all this, and more…

• Setting up your Twitter account and getting started in minutes

• Creating great Tweets: making the most of the 140 characters
Twitter gives you

• Using Twitter to make connections, exchange great ideas, and
uncover hard-to-find resources

• Building a Twitter audience–and using it to build your business

• Tweeting to recruit, promote, and coordinate volunteer organizations

• Mastering Twitter etiquette and avoiding beginner mistakes

• Swapping Tweets on your browser, on your desktop, and on your phone!

• Finding tools that make Twitter even more efficient

• And much more…

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780768694147
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 7/13/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Tee Morris has been an active member of the Twitter community since 2007 and part of the Web 2.0 movement even longer.

He established himself as a pioneer of podcasting by being the first to podcast a novel in its entirety. His fantasy epic, MOREVI, went on to be a finalist for the 2006 Parsec Award for Best Podcast Novel. That production also led to the founding of Podiobooks.com, the writing of Podcasting for Dummies (with Chuck Tomasi and Evo Terra), and the writing of Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies (with Evo Terra and Ryan Williams). Tee continues to explore the application of blogging, podcasting, and Twitter at Imagine That! Studios (online at imaginethatstudios.com), and has spoken across the country and around the world on Social Media for Book Expo America, NOAA, Te Papa Tongarewa: The Museum of New Zealand, and LIANZA.

Along with being a Social Media specialist, Tee is a columnist and critic for AppleiPhoneApps.com and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy found in print at Dragon Moon Press and in audio at TeeMorris.com. His fantasydetective novel, The Case of The Singing Sword: A Billibub Baddings Mystery, received an Honorable Mention for ForeWord Magazine’s 2004 Book of the Year award, Finalist for the 2005 Independent Publisher’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Best Audio Drama: Long Form at the 2008 Parsec Awards. Find out more about Tee Morris at imaginethatstudios.com and teemorris.com on the Internet.

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Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Welcome to All a Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

This Book Is Written by a User . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .1

This Book Focuses on Building a Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

This Book Is for Users of All Levels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

This Book Follows a Logical Progression with Twitter . . . . . . . . .3

This Book Is Written in More Than 140 Characters . . . . . . . . . . .4

What to Expect from Here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

Going Beyond the Book . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

We’ll Always Have Twitter… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

Imagine That! Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Bird House Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

1 What Is Twitter (and What It Is Not) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

A Brief History of Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . .9

First Forums,Which Begat Blogging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Proceeding with Podcasting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

The Rise of Social Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

What Is Twitter? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

Twitter’s Role in Social Media . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16

What It Does . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

What You Should Do to Make It Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

What Twitter Isn’t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Twitter Is Not a Chat Application . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19

Twitter Is Not a Blog . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20

Twitter Is Not Like Facebook,MySpace, or Other Social Networks .. . . . . . . . . . .22

2 Setting Up Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . 25

Registering on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

Setting Up your Twitter Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29

What’s in a Name? (Quite a Bit, Actually!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30

The Importance of a Good Avatar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32

Protecting Updates: The Good and the Bad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41

Making Twitter Your Own . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42

Changing Your Password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Receiving Tweets on Your Mobile Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43

Staying in the Loop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Giving Your Twitter Home a Redesign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44

Building the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46

Following Someone at Random on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

Following Someone You Know on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47

Following Someone That’s Following You on Twitter . . . .48

3 Talking on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Writing a “Tweet” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

Editing Your Tweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50

Posting Your Tweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51

Following Followers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53

Following @Mentions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54

Replying to a Tweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55

Replying to a Direct Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57

Your Twitter Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

Your Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59

4 Working Beyond the Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

Twitterific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

Installation and Setup of Twitterific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64

What I Like About Twitterific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

What I Don’t Like About Twitterific . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

DestroyTwitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69

Installation and Setup of DestroyTwitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70

What I Like About DestroyTwitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74

What I Don’t Like About DestroyTwitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74

Twhirl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

Installation and Setup of Twhirl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .77

What I Like About Twhirl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .80

What I Don’t Like About Twhirl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .82

TweetDeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83

Installation and Initial Setup of TweetDeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84

Setting Up Groups in TweetDeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85

What I Like About TweetDeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .88

What I Don’t Like About TweetDeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90

5 Terrific Twitter Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

Mr.Tweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93

Starting with Mr.Tweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94

Shorten URL Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

Is.gd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .98

SnipURL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100

Twitter Tools for WordPress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102

Installing Twitter Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .102

Configuring Twitter Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .103

TwitPic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .107

Uploading Pictures on TwitPic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

Using TwitPic with Twitter Clients . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .108

6 Tracking Twitter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111

Twitter Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .112

Bit.ly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .115

TweetStats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116

Twitalyzer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .120

Hashtags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123

7 Twitter to Go. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

Twitter for the BlackBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128

Blackbird . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .129

Twibble . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130

Tiny Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .132

TwitterBerry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .136

Twitter for the G1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .140

Twidroid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .141

TwitterRide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .145

8 iPhone, Therefore iTweet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

Tweetie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .151

What I Like About Tweetie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .153

What I Don’t Like About Tweetie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154

Twittelator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .155

What I Like About Twittelator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .160

What I Don’t Like About Twittelator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161

TwitterFon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163

What I Like About TwitterFon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .165

What I Don’t Like About TwitterFon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166

9 The Trouble with Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

The Double-Edged Sword of Success . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170

The Fail Whale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .170

Lost Tweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .172

Followers Dropped Without Consent or Knowledge . . .173

Twitter Abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174

When Twitter Is Used as an IM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .174

When Things Get Too Personal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .176

Hi…My Name is Tee and I Have a Twitter Addiction . . .177

Remedying the Noise in Your Signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179

The Outsider’s Perspective . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182

10 Getting Personal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Staying in Touch with Friends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .185

Call Me When You Get Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .186

What Are You Doing This Weekend? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187

Sharing with the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188

TwitFic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188

Tweet-by-Tweet Commentary and TwitReviews

(No Spoilers Please!) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .191

Trademark Tweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .194

Solidarity (J.C. Hutchins) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .195

11:11–Make a Wish (Heather Welliver) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .196

News from New Zealand (Philippa Ballantine) . . . . . . . . . .196

Follow Friday (All of Twitter) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .197

Rick Rolling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198

Becoming Part of the Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .199

11 Taking Care of Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

Identity Crisis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .202

Using Twitter to Market Your Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

Build Your Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205

Observe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .208

Engage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209

Twitter for Nonprofits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .212

Using Twitter to Market Yourself . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .217

Using Twitter Tools to Promote Your Blog or Podcast . .217

Using Twitter to Market a Product or Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . .218

Becoming Part of the Community: Revisited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .225

12 ANTI-Social Media: The Dark Side of Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227

To Follow, or Not to Follow? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .227

Why Would I Want to Block Someone? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230

Guaranteed Drops and Blocks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232

Spammers and Twitterbots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232

Tweeting in L33t . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .232

Automated Direct Messaging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233

Incomplete Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234

Few To No Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234

Selling Your Twitter Self . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234

Automated Twittering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .236

A Broad Definition of Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237

Retweeting Isn’t Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .237

Tweeting Famous Quotes Isn’t Participation . . . . . . . . . . . . .238

Circulating Links (Especially if the Only One You’re Circulating Is Your Own) Isn’t Participation . .. .239

Concerning Weblebrities, Celebrities, and Gurus . . . . . . . . . . . .240

Weblebrities: Life on the A-Listserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .241

Celebrities: A Peek at the Life of a Hollywood Star . . . . .243

Fast Times at Twitter High: How CNN, Ashton Kutcher, and Oprah Completely Missed the Point . . . . . . .246

Gurus: Snake Oil Salesmen 2.0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .248

13 Why I Am on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 253

Professional and Personal Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .253

A Deeper Appreciation for the Real World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .254

I Believe in Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .256

A Tools for Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 259

Adding Media to Your Tweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .260

Adding Organization to Your Tweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261

Tracking Your Tweets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .261

Network Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .262

Simply for the Fun of It . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .263

B Twitterspeak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 265

Twitterspeak That’s Just Plain Fun… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266

Twitterspeak That’s Just Plain Annoying… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .266

Twitterspeak That I Hope Never to Hear Uttered Again… 267

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . 269

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