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28th Jan 2011

Twitter Basics III: Lists, Follow Back or Not, Favorites & Tips (for Jerry Saltz)

Dear Jerry,

This third and final blog on Twitter basics covers lists, follow back or not, Twitter Favorites, and some extra Twitter tips. Although specifically written for you as an email, I post it as the information can help others also. Sharing (and to an extent eavesdropping, is a big part of what Social Media is about.

There are several ways to see other people’s tweets, or have your tweets seen.

1. Our Tweets appear in the Timeline of everyone who follows us, and vice versa.

2. Anyone’s tweets can be seen in Search IF they contain the term being searched. This is how we converge to discuss #workofart in real time when it shows. However if you type in any term, even without a # all the tweets that include the term will show up, newest on top.

3 We can follow Twitter Lists of people that we create or that we subscribe to that are created by others.

Twitter Lists

Every Twitter List has a name, which hopefully helps describe it. For example, I have an Art list and you are on it. So are most major museums, galleries, art news sources and some artists. Anyone can follow it, and once they do they can click on any of their followed lists at anytime to check out what the people on that list are saying.

We can place people on our lists, plus read the tweets of Twitter members on others’ lists without needing to follow them.

We can create a list of our favorite Tweeter members, or one of family and friends or important informational sources, so that on hectic days when catching up with our whole Timeline is difficult, we can simply check out the people and sources that are important to us.

Following the lists of others who we enjoy following also serves to introduce us to new members who they place on special lists.

When someone places you or me on a list it increases our reach of influence as now we have more potential to reach people who do not follow us because they follow that list.

Follow Back or Not?

I am known for following back people who follow me, unless they spam me—especially my DMs, or if their Tweets are porno, racist, sexist, or intolerant, etc. [By the way such tweets need to be reported to Twitter, and there are Contact links at the bottom of every Twitter page. For spam simply follow @spam, which is Twitter’s spam cop that will follow you back so you can conveniently send them A DM about any spammer. Spammers are people who incessantly tweet the same message with a link to some product, or send many such links to our DMs.]

One of the reasons I follow back is that it allows me to reach more people to introduce and gain interest for Contemporary Art, and art in general, plus of course introduce Post Conceptual Art, including the branch of UnGraven Image.

Jerry, you are well known and respected as an art critic and now also Reality TV celebrity, so people will follow you who are already your fans and interested in what you have to say. But what if you want to widen your reach and influence?

I enjoyed it on Facebook when you went off-topic and messaged about your new coffee machine. If you had done that on Twitter anyone who searched for “coffee” might have found you, recognized you shared a common interest and followed you. Certainly there are people who are also baseball fans and opera lovers who you can find and follow and be followed by on Twitter who you can introduce to Contemporary Art.

Many Twitter members prefer to ReTweet (RT) the messages of the people who follow them, since a RT is a kind of endorsement. Why would anyone freely endorse someone who did not want to even be in a simple follow back relationship? Especially on Fridays, I actually search out free, family or especially interesting events being held by museums that follow me , and some galleries and RT them as a service to my followers. I have issued an ongoing invitation to museums who follow me to DM me such events that I will RT.

New Media, which means Social Media, is interactive and about relationships. It is a two way model as opposed to the Old Media model of broadcast and print that sends news and information out, without including input, response or debate in the process. This is the new paradigm.

Jerry, on Facebook you have been an example how a critic (or news source) can be influential and engaging via Social Media. I wrote these blogs about Twitter Basics for you in hope that you will bring the same kind of dialogue to Twitter. This is selfish of me as I enjoy the Facebook dialogue with you and your friends, but more importantly one of my goals is to expand the interest Contemporary Art to include more people. Elsewhere I have written and commented that for me, Bravo’s Work of Art is success as it is achieving that (and thanks to you for participating as a judge).

When I first ventured onto Social Media I asked myself what certain specific artists who I admire would do with this outreach and relationship opportunity if they had had it in their day. I consciously continue to consider what Andy Warhol, Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn, Leonardo Da Vinci, plus others, would do.

One of the insights this gave me was to utterly be myself and although I am an artist, I have other interests than art, as did the aforementioned artists. Jerry, how might the great art critic in the past have used Social Media?

I naturally seek to follow an eclectic mix of people on Social Media, because I am an information and news junkie. I spend more time reading links I find to information, which certainly includes a art news and information, but ranges into science and technology, business, psychology, the other arts, history and current events, which includes information about Social Media itself. I am forever curious and fascinated by other people and the world, so I spend more time lurking and following information than adding my own messages. Like Warhol, I’m watching quietly from my corner of the room.

When I first became active on Twitter I busily followed so many people, over 1,000 in a little over an hour. I followed the people who the most interesting people I could find, in many fields, including art, were following. Then I sat back and watched my Timeline for three days, which felt a lot like eavesdropping. When one of the people I followed was in a conversation, I followed the people in the conversation. This is a good way to find new and interesting people to follow.

Some of the people who I was following followed me back, which surprised me, especially since I was not tweeting, just avidly watching.

When I finally entered into a conversation, and began to tweet, including links to my blogs and images of my art, some of the people who followed me clicked on the links. Many of these people were not interested in art and were not following me because we shared an interest in art, but because we had a different interest in common they were some of the first people to discover Post Conceptual Art and the branch of UnGraven Image.

Twitter imposes limits on the number of people we can follow, which they do not actually publish. Basically the skivvy is that until we have about 1,914 or so followers we cannot follow more than 2000 people. After we cross that limit we can follow 10% more people than the number of people who follow us, plus about 1, 914. For example is 80,000 follow you can follow 8,000 people who do not follow you back. Since many more people now follow you than you follow this may not seem to concern you, but it absolutely does concern anyone who seeks to expand their influence and reach.

Most Twitter members never break that 1, 914 limit. Having explained the limits and helped people who follow me before, I have learned that people dislike unfollowing other Twitter members, especially if they tweet interesting information, but that they quickly learn they have to pick and chose their sources of information wisely due to the twitter limits. Members who follow back are “free” since they do not effect one’s limits.

Other than limiting the percentage of the people who we can follow back based on our number of followers, and also the number we can follow daily (based on the previous allotment, but no more than 1000), there is no limit to the number of people who we can follow or that can follow us. This means we can potentially reach and interact with as many people as Twitter has members.

There is no reason to ever unfollow anyone who follows us back unless they tweet messages that we find reprehensible or annoying. Lists can be used to sort members who tweet on specific subjects, and those we want to watch closely. My life has been enriched by many of the people I follow back, some of whom I never would have known had I not followed them.

The Talmud asks: “Who is wise?” And, answers: “The person who can learn from anyone.” Plus, it is difficult for me to imagine, Vincent van Gogh unfollowing anyone who followed him and was not offensive to his sensibilities. That last sentence totally settles the matter for me.


Twitter gives us a Favorites tab, wherein they suggest we can store our all time favorite tweets. But, we do not have to use it for that.

I use mine as bookmarking tab, where I store tweets I wash to check out in depth at a later time, tweets I am considering RTing and as a place to remind me of people, both followers and non, who I also intend to check out further. For me, this makes it very handy. Nothing in my Favorites tab is actually a favorite of mine.

More Tips

Two experts on Social Media that I cannot recommend everyone follow, who I learned this and other Social Media and other tips from are @ChrisBrogan and @GuyKawasaki . Both will follow you back.

It seems that no more that 10% of our followers are on Twitter to see our tweets at any given moment. Guy Kawasaki says he generally tweets a link three times during the day to the stories in Alltop, his online magazine that aggregates so much great information on almost any subject, including art. Of course, the best way to tweet a link or information again is to ReTweet someone who ReTweeted it!

Twitter now makes suggestions of people who we might wish to follow. I find that some of these suggestions have merit for me but many do not. It is easy to find out about any Twitter member from their profile page. It is impossible to make a mistake as it is very easy to unfollow anyone.

Final Notes

Twitter is a micro-blogging platform that offers almost unlimited opportunity to interact with all of its members, and include them in the conversation via the use of hashtaged phrases, such as #workofart, lists, retweets, plus allowing an unlimited number of followers, which differs to Facebook friends that are limited to 5,000. This not only gives others greater exposure to us, but allows us greater opportunity to discover new people and sources of information about anything.

Unlike Facebook’s Fan Pages, Twitter accounts do not need to basically remain within their brand to attract followers, but can add additional interests, interests such as baseball, opera and what brand of cashews is the best, and thus widen one’s connections.

Using a hashtag phrase in a search allows to you easily find members who share your interests, or find information, including breaking news via Twitter. Any event, such as a TV show or game or breaking news can be immediately discussed in real time with anyone and everyone else using that #. This week #sotu (State of The Union ) became a TT (Trending Topic) as Twitter members watched and commented on President Obama’s address in real time.

For convenience here are links to the two prior blogs of Twitter Basics:

Twitter Basics I covers: I.D. name and avatar, basics of account set up, how to tweet, including links, retweets, expanding influence, hashtags, and more.

Twitter Basics II covers: How to follow and unfollow, and just about everything about Direct Messages (DM).

Jerry, your use of Facebook to encourage discussions about art has been one of highlights of my experiences on Social Media. These blogs to you are a sort of thank you, with the hope that you will also bring the discussions to Twitter, too. For a while I had considered blogging much of this information as it seems to me than many of the museums, artists, informational art resources, galleries, etc., on Twiier could benefit from it. So, also thanks for your questions about Twitter, because encouraging you to Tweet motivated me, which I hope is for the common good.

I especially hope you will comment through the next broadcasting of episodes of Bravo’s Work of Art, which some of the contestants did last season. The show introduces and brings Contemporary Art and ideas to many people, which is something I support.

If, you or anyone has more questions, concerns, tips or remarks about Twitter please ask them in the comments below so everyone can see the answers.

[Note: Jerry Saltz is the Art Critic for New York Magazine and also one of the three art judges on Bravo’s popular reality show, Work of Art. Here is a link to an archive of his articles at New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/nymag/jerry-saltz/
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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21st Jan 2011

Twitter Basics II: Following, UnFollowing and DMs (For Jerry Saltz)

Dear Jerry,

This continues my answers and letter to you about Twitter. It covers Following and Unfollowing and Direct Messages (DMs). I post it publicly as I believe it can help others also, plus it is always fun to eavesdrop, which explains some of Twitter’s popularity.

This blog covers and hopefully answers how to follow people and direct messages, which can only be sent by the people you follow.

Unless you are only going to follow people on Twitter who you absolutely know and trust – and below you will discover why this may not be a good idea—before you follow almost anyone else you need to take a step to ensure you do not become swamped with real email from people who follow you.

Go to your Twitter Account. If you use Old Twitter, at the top of your profile page click on “Settings”. This takes you to the “Settings” page. If you use New Twitter click on “Edit your profile à ” , which is found directly under your avatar on your profile page.

Next, click on the “Notices” tab. UnCheck: “New Follower Emails” or you will be emailed every time someone new follows you. Receiving such email is unnecessary. You can see all of the new followers who have followed you directly by clicking your follower list on your profile page. They appear in an order that begins with the most recent follower and ends with the last. If you wish to follow anyone back, this is where you are going to accomplish it, so the email notification is somewhat superfluous.

Also at the “Notices” page UnCheck: “Email when I receive a direct message.” It is faster and simpler to simply check and delete your DM while on Twitter, plus they can only be deleted while on Twitter.

How to Follow People

We can follow people from their Profile page or when their Twitter ID and avatar appear on “Followers” or “Follows” list.

1. Generally we follow people from their Profile page. When logged into Twitter, to navigate to a person’s profile page simply click on their Avatar or @ ID, such as yours, @jerrysaltz . In both new and old Twitter you will see a button that says: “Follow”. If you click on the button, you will immediately start following this ID and their Tweets will show up in your Timeline, which is the stream of public Tweets you see.

For example, Walter Robinson at @Artnet.com Tweets a message with a link to one of your articles there. You and you decide to follow them back. Simply click on either their avatar or name, then at the profile page click “follow” and you are following their art news stream.

2. We find identities who we wish to follow but to not know their Twitter @ ID name by using “Find People”, which can be found near the “Settings” tab we used previously on Old Twitter and you arrive at a Search box.. If you use New Twitter, in the far right hand column click on the words “Who to follow”, which is also a link. . Now in the left column at the very top is a Search box.

Type the name of the Identity into the Search box. Twitter provides you with a list that resembles Tweets in layout of Twitter members who may be who you are looking for. For example, you might type in “ Museum of Modern Art ” Then a list would appear with possible candidates that fit your criteria. The top one will be @MuseumModernArt , which we otherwise know as MoMA.

To follow you just need to click “follow” on New Twitter, which is hard to miss. On Old Twitter click on the head and shoulders, or pawn like symbol’s button found to the left of the name.

3. We can also follow the @ ID’s who follow other people, or who our friends follow from those lists.

For example, let’s say that you decide that since everyone who MoMA follows is probably interested in Art, you would like to follow them to see what they Tweet. [More about why maybe this is a really good way to expand your influence and understanding in Part 3 of these blogs for you.]

Go to the Profile page of @MuseumModernArt. At the top of the left hand column in both versions of Twitter you will find the words “Following” and “Followers”. Click on “Following.”

This takes you to a page that is very similar to the list you saw thanks to your search, for either Old or New Twitter. You can select from the list of people who @MuseumModernArt , (headed up by Victor Samra) has selected to follow by using the same kinds of buttons found in the search.

4. If you know what a person’s Twitter ID is? For example, as you know @nytimesarts Tweets links to your wife, Roberta Smith’s articles. Simply type the Twitter URL into your browser followed by a forward slash and the twitter ID without the @ sign. In our example the URL is this: http://twitter.com/ @nytimesarts

5. Some people have chosen to Lock their Twitter account. This means that they are selective as to who can see their tweets. Often these are people who basically want to communicate with the people they are already close to, such as family and friends, but may follow others, such as you and me, because we Tweet information of interest. To follow or follow back such a person means a request is sent to them to allow (or not) you to follow them. I have followed back all such people who follow me and find that their tweets and our relationship can be quite rewarding as they tend to be very genuine.

How to UnFollow Anyone

Unfollowing is as easy as following and much the same, except for the tab or button you select.

For both Old and New Twitter you need to navigate to the person’s Profile page or unfollow the Twitter @ ID from your Following list.

1. From their Profile page in Old Twitter click on the little button that resembles a gear or circle with spokes. That opens to a box that gives you four items to select from, one is unfollow. Click that. If you not only wish to block this person but prevent them from seeing your Tweets too or ever refollowing you, then also use Block. Use Block sparingly for people who are really repeatedly spammers or foul, and never just because the person does not interest you.

On New Twitter there is a big green tab that says “Following” that absolutely cannot be missed by anyone who can read a regular tweet. Hover over it and it turns Red and says: “Unfollow”. Also, to the left of that you will find the little gears tab described above with the same choices.

2. To Unfollow from your “Following” list just use the now familiar gears button found to the right of each @ ID on your list. Simple.

Direct Messages

Whenever we follow someone this gives them permission to send us Direct Messages. You can send a Direct Message (DM) to anyone who follows you.

Direct messages allow us to send a private aside, a kind of personal whisper. This can be especially rewarding when you are in the middle of a Twitter public conversation, for example when we all watch #Workofart and Tweet about it, but you wish to say something personal to one follower about the conversation.

I can go for many days, even weeks without sending a DM. This is because a tweet that thanks someone for something really special, or includes a link to an appropriate blog or image can usually be shared with everyone for the good of all. Social Media is about being social so the more people who can be included in the conversation the better. Of course, some things are really private.

Never open a DM from anyone that is sent in a DM, and most especially never open a shortened link. Phishers can and have used them previously. Unless someone tells me that they are sending a link, or more likely an email address via the Twitter timeline, an email, I never open one sent in a DM. or a phone conversation, etc. It may not be safe and again, what is private about a link that it needs to hide in a DM?

Both Facebook and Twitter have experienced phishing attacks. Phishers are wily people who use links – especially shortened links to infect PCs and devices and steal passwords in an attempt to gain access to people’s Social Media identities and also financial information. Good people, our friends can fall prey to phishers who create phony websites that look like sites we know and trust, including apps, which ask for passwords. Once phishers get someone’s password to a Social Media site they log on as that individual and send email with links to their phishing site to the people who follow that Twitter or Facebook identity. Social Media sites are not responsible for their members online safety, although both Twitter and Facebook do a good job policing their sites, #%& happens.

So, I urge you to do what I do and never open links, especially any shortened ones, even from artists who ask you to look at their art, if they are sent in DMs. Not even one from me, unless I tell you beforehand and not in a DM that I will be sending you one (but don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen as there are better ways to reach any well known person than through a DM).

Spammers use DMs to send links with messages about the stuff they are hawking, which is often some affiliate product that they hope will gain them a commission. Basically this group has promoted and even convinced some sweet and polite people that it is Twitterquette to send a thank you to everyone who follows you. Nonsense. I never do.

None of the people who I respect and learned from about Social Media send a thank you when we follow them. Twitter is like a party and a follow is a simple “Hello”, like when we meet someone at a party.

I never respond in any way to a DMed message thanking me for a follow or follow back that includes a link. Everyone who has a web site should include it on their Twitter profile so sending such a link smacks of the over eager salesperson at a non-business social gathering. I just delete these DMs. Most of the thanks you’s are sent by bot (short for robots, meaning automated), and are some standard message, which I also simply delete. Ever now and then an authentic thank you is sent by someone who is familiar with my art and mentions something specific. Generally, I reply kindly to that if it lacks a self promoting link.

Next we will deal with the pro’s and cons of following people back, plus Lists. If you have more questions, please either add them as comments at the bottom of this blog or send me an email or post them on my Facebook profile or send a message @judyrey message to me on Twitter.

OK. Now I’m going to apply a coat of clear glaze to the bottom watercolor pencil layer of a study for a Genesis: Sunset/Sunrise painting.  I’m trying to create a Post Conceptual Art sunset over water that is inspired the feelings Rothko evokes for me.


[Note: Jerry Saltz is the Art Critic for New York Magazine and also one of the three art judges on Bravo’s popular reality show, Work of Art. Here is a link to an archive of his articles at New York Magazine: http://nymag.com/nymag/jerry-saltz/
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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09th Jan 2011

Twitter Basics I – (For Jerry Saltz)


Here is basic information about Twitter, especially for you, which answers most of your questions thus far.

Social media is all about sharing and being friendly, plus making new connections. So I am blogging this information, which is really a kind of letter to you, so it can also be useful for other artists like me, and also other art critics,  art bloggers, curators, galleries and museums.  Plus, people who have nothing to do with art at all (a shame) can also benefit.

A blog can be understood as a long form Tweet or Facebook update, I guess.

I.D. Name and Avatar

You already have a Twitter ID @jerrysaltz and an avatar.

Your avatar is OK, but you would be better served by a close up of your smiling face. The photo of you and President Clinton is great for Facebook, but your faces end up being very small and I suspect hard for many people to distinguish on a large screen (I am using such) and possibly impossible on a hand held device. The best Twitter avatar is a smiling face (photo or portrait or a recognizable logo (Dove, Ford, Starbucks) or artwork (i.e., van Gogh could use his sunflowers and Picasso’s Don Quixote’s abound as avatars (even though this breaks Twitter’s rules).

Today on Twitter you asked about using a pseudonym. Some entertainment celebrities, especially actors and musicians do this, especially those who have been Twitter members for a while. My rule of thumb is that if a person is so popular outside of social media that a million raving stand-out-in-the-rain for tickets fans will hunt them down whatever their name and follow them, then use a pseudonym. Otherwise use a name that means you , like @jerrysaltz. The exception would be if a person had a really long name, and that is best abbreviated, or use an unusual first name, like mine.

Social Media is, well, social. How social is it when a person hides behind a pseudonym? The art magazines, bloggers and artists here tend not to do that. I see no benefit for you as you are on Twitter, as on Facebook to make your ideas known and promote a dialogue.

However, it is important that you Verify your ID! You can easily do this for free at valebrity.com as you are a celebrity as an author and critic. Do this for the sake of your fans and friends who want to follow the real Jerry Saltz as you already have several imposters or Fakes. Report the imposters to Twitter, but the best action is simply to verify your account. I have had several imposters. Now that I am about to announce another good artist who is working according to the tenets of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch of UnGraven Image, it is real I am starting a movement. Meeting other artists and encouraging others join in Post Conceptual art making is one of the reasons I ventured onto Social Media, so this is an achievement for me. I am going to have to get my account verified, too. Jerry, you are already well known and respected. Please get your account verified.

A Tweet by Any Other Name Would Still Only Have 140 Characters

Every message we tweet is limited to no more than 140 characters. However, if you hope that you’re Tweet will be ReTweeted (RT) keep it to 120 characters or less. (More on RTs below).

On Twitter is is usually imperative to shorten links so the Tweet can remain under 140 characters—and again, better yet under 120.

For example, h ere is a message you posted on Facebook about your wife’s article: “A 2200-word article on the State of MoMA by Roberta Smith in Sunday’s January 2, 2011 ‘Arts & Leisure.’ – “Hold That Obit; MoMA’s Not Dead.” (Perhaps I will try to get Roberta to come on here in a few days to answer any questions, queries, contradictions, or disagreements.) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/02/arts/design/02moma.html

Here is a Twitterfied version: “Hold That Obit; MoMA’s Not Dead.” By Roberta Smith NYT : SEE : http://is.gd/krUEC

Here are some links to link shorteners. All are free.

http://is.gd – the absolute shortest links




Reaching Eyes Minds and Hearts – Expanding Your Influence

Jerry, I recognize that one of your goals is to introduce more people to art, including Contemporary Art. We share that goal in life and on Social Media. Therefore, I want to help you expand your influence.

Here are the ways your tweets can reach people on Twitter:


Potentially everyone who follows you sees your Tweets in their Twitter Timeline (stream). However, it is believed that at most only 10% of our followers are online at any given time. This can vary due to days of the week and times of the day. Yet, like Facebook we can scroll down (means back) to see any Tweets that we missed.


The surefire way to reach someone is to specifically send them a Tweet. You can do this to anyone, including people who do not follow you. For instance if I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed your Tweet and link to Roberta Smith’s article, I would Tweet: @jerrysaltz TY for that link to the NYT article on MoMA by Roberta Smith. Great read!”

Everyone who follows me would potentially see my tweet to you, plus anyone who follows any list that I am on (more on lists below).


If I was being really a pal – plus I believed that the people who follow me would benefit from reading Roberta Smith’s article, I would RT it like this, “RT @jerrysaltz Hold That Obit; MoMA’s Not Dead.” By Roberta Smith NYT : SEE : http://is.gd/krUEC

You might also see this RT of mine in your timeline. You can always see what tweets of yours were RTed and by whom by checking the “ReTweets” link, which can be found in the sidebar of Old Twitter and at the top, under “What’s Happening” in New Twitter.

By RTing your Tweet I both give you the best exposure and promote your link. A ReTweet is a kind of testimonial. As I write this my Twitter stat is that I have 221,963 followers. So, at 10% your Twitter ID presence and link would be shared with 22, 196 people. Certainly, not all are as fascinated with art and MoMA as we are, but the exposure is broadened.

I RT often.  A Twitter stream (or Facebook stream) is like having one’s own broadcast channel or magazine. A RT gives the channel programming or articles for free. Plus, doing this is considered friendly by those we RT!

RT when someone says something that you wish to share with your followers. An RT can be understood as a kind of introduction, also. However, you will find that some people will ask for RTs to promote themselves, or their stuff. Other people will RT a comment of yours just to get your attention and in hope that you will RT them back. When you RT someone back you say “thanks” is a meaningful way, plus you get more exposure for your own original Tweet and link.

Here is what a RT back from you would look like: “RT @judyrey RT @jerrysaltz Hold That Obit; MoMA’s Not Dead.” By Roberta Smith NYT  SEE : http://is.gd/krUEC ” Such a RT from you would be a kind of friendly testimonial for my Twitter presence from you, which generally encourages others to RT again.

Also, one of my followers could also like the article (or hope for a RT from me or you) and RT my RT. That might also get a RT from me or someone else. Here is what it would look like if @ MuseumModernArt saw my Tweet and RTed it and then I RTed them (which I certainly would do!) : “RT @ MuseumModernArt RT @judyrey RT @jerrysaltz Hold That Obit; MoMA’s Not Dead.” By Roberta Smith NYT : SEE : http://is.gd/krUEC ” Notice that since the original Tweet was short, this is doable as the tweet is still 9 characters under the 140 limit.


This # is a hashtag symbol. I did not know this before Twitter. We use #’s to create a discussion that can include anyone, whether or not we follow each other. A recent and somewhat continuing Twitter art # is #rank. Ed Winkelman ( @WinklemanNYC ) fostered a great discussion under one called #class.

Hashtags allow us to carry on a discussion much the way we can on Facebook—only via Twitter the discussion can reach more people. In Twitter’s Search simply type in the #, such as #workofart to see all the previous tweets using the tag.

When the first season of Bravo’s Work of Art aired, we had a Tweetup during each episode under #workofart. The #workofart continues to be used, but this is possibly because many Twitterers do not understand how to use hashtags. There will also always be spammers who see a # is popular and use it to spam their stuff.

I fully hope and expect that his next season we will again gather on Twitter to discuss #workofart as it is broadcast.

By the way, Twitter ID’s cannot have #’s in them. No one is @#workofart.

The potential for reaching people using an agreed upon # is limited only by the number of Twitter members, but in reality comes down to the number of people who know about the specific # and are interested. However, this does grow as whenever anyone tweets using a # their followers do see the tweet and thus the #, and can become interested. During #workofart, my own tweets that included the # inspired comments from my followers who then followed the tag, plus we had some interesting conversations without the tag about art.

More to Come

We have some more basics that will help you increase your influence on Twitter, plus make Twitter fun. Still to come this week, in Part 2 we will cover how to use lists, whether to follow back, favorites, Direct messages, and also how to optimize the set up of your profile page and preferences . Plus, more about tweeting itself, some basic do’s and don’ts that are similar but not fully the same as on Facebook.

I hope that this helps you and others. I am very much looking forward to your active Twitter presence!

But now, I need to go work on some art…

Judy Rey Wasserman

After reading this post Jerry Saltz Tweeted the following, “@Judy Rey Wasserman: I <3 you. How do I “follow?” Get “followers?” Retweet? What is an avatar? valebrity.com; “verify yr account; timeline?”

Thanks Jerry for the compliment.  I didn’t spend much time on Twitter today, so tonight while I worked on some original digital Post Conceptual  art (the new $10 bill) I took breaks catching up on missed tweets in various timelines  including yours.  Timeline means any line or stream of Tweets.

The Twitter timeline  for the next five minutes would be all of the tweets from everyone who is tweeting during that time period.  Your timeline for that period would be all the tweets from the people who you follow during that time span.  However, when someone tells you that they looked at your timeline, they mean they read through your prior tweets, but probably only the recent ones.

I did not see your tweet to me because every tweet had to me sent to the exact Twitter ID. Mine is @judyrey  Although you are correct that Rey is my middle name, on Twitter I do not separate them.  By the way, my friends call me Judy Rey or Rey, never Judy.

An avatar is your profile picture. So actually your avatar is currently you and Bill Clinton.

I am assuming you are attempting to validate your account with validity.com I just sent them a DM in addition to the email I sent them yesterday about you.  Their instructions indicate that you can also have your agent or management team simply email them with your Twitter (and if you wish Facebook) account information.

We are really going to get into the subject of How to Follow in the next installment. Briefly, you can click on anyone’s Twitter name  (their version of @JerrySaltz ) or avatar, which will take you to their profile page.  Using Old Twitter, right under their Avatar photo (which appears larger than it does in the timeline) you will see a button that allows you to follow them.  Using new Twitter, once you reach their profile page there is a big green button that says “follow”.  I strongly caution you not to follow anyone, except people you already know and trust until the next installment of this blog covers more information for you.

The next installment will also cover how to get followers. However, I suggest that you message all your Facebook accounts, and fan page to announce that you are now on Twitter. Cut and paste this link in that message to make it easy for people to follow you:  @jerrysaltz

To simply ReTweet someone’s message move your avatar over the right lower corner of the tweet. Two words appear: “Reply” and “Retweet”.   To Retweet simply click the Retweet button.  To reply specifically to that person click the reply button, but understand that  everyone who follows you or just finds and looks at your timeline can see this tweet, and it can even appear on Google searches. There is no privacy ever in a regular tweet.

Actually, I think you are doing well for a newbie on Twitter.  You are interacting and being yourself.

OK, I’m going back to making money as art. Of course, money is always art. So, I guess everyone is a kind of art collector, and all of us carry a kind of traveling art show with us in our pockets, wallets, or purses almost everywhere we go.


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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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09th Jan 2011

Alexander Hamilton Essence Portrait

My first completed work of 2011 is a basic Essence Portrait of Alexander Hamilton that is created with strokes that are all the original letters (and words) of Leviticus 19 .

Alexander Hamilton by Judy Rey Wasserman

2011, Strokes: Original letters of Leviticus 19

I am filled with ideas of how to use this Essence Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, which will include a new ten dollar bill that is close to being complete. More than any other person who appears on bills or coins from the USA, Hamilton focus was on money and banking for the country. As the recession drags on it could be a good time to review his ideas. Under President Washington he became Secretary of the Treasury. He also founded the bank of New York and helped guide the financial policies of the new, free republic.

As a Founding Father, Hamilton was also the only New Yorker to sign the Constitution.. As a New Yorker by birth, and again residence, this has meaning for me.

Close up of a section of Alexander Hamilton by Judy Rey Wasserman- See the Bible’s Torah font letters?

Yesterday, the new 2011 new session of the House of Representatives began with a reading of the Constitution. The majority of the Federalist Papers, which are still used today to help interpret the Constitution, were written by Hamilton . They remain the single most important interpretation of the Constitution.

For more on Alexander Hamilton see the excellent article on Wikipedia
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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