with Ashraf Laidi
What's your best tweet?
some trades in currencies & the infamous warning on the mkt peaking (bottoming VIX)
What are six things you could never do without?
1 water 2 food 3 sleep 4 friends/family 5 market 6 blackberry(twitter ?)
How do you use Twitter in your professional life?
inform educate share w/ clients & followers on the way diffnt markets respond to 1 another
What's your favorite Twitter app?
Twitter or Facebook?
Facebook is the 18-wheeler & twitter is Ultrasound train
What was the funniest trend you've seen?
it's hard to live w/out twitter & blackberry
What feature should Twitter add?
scrolling news but please no instant messaging. DMessaging is great enough
Who do you wish had a Twitter feed but doesn't?
What are some words or phrases you refuse to shorten for brevity?
intermarket hedge buy sell
Is there someone you want to follow you who doesn't already? If so, who?
Not my shadow
Have you ever unfollowed someone? Who and why?
they ended up being inactive and/or too many irrelevant tweets
Why should we vote for you?
followers find incisive updates on evolving relationships in equity, currency, bond & commodity mkts; trading ideas, charts & news.
Terms you wish would start trending on Twitter right now?
more consistency from the good stuff
What's the most interesting connection you've made through Twitter?
too many to fit in 140 characters
Hashtag you created that you wish everyone used?
How do you make your tweets unique?
combine info w/ analysis & sometimes humour, but always aiming to enlighten and add value
What inspires you to tweet?
share & grow
Ever get called out for tweeting too much?
Yes, sometimes but there are abt 3x as many who keep asking for more
140 characters of advice for a new user?
Decide what you want to get out of it then follow the experts in these fields, use approp tags & key works to draw relevant content & network
How long can you go without a tweet?
What question are we not asking here that we should?
"How to better penetrate the non-Anglosaxon world?"
How do you imagine Twitter changing?
It will be taken over by Lobbying & PR firms & become official mouthpiece of the White House
Who do you admire most for his or her use of Twitter?
Fari Hamzei of @HamzeiAnalytics is the Ace
Who is the funniest person on Twitter that you follow?
Those rare people who "get" my wit are ... the funniest ..
What is one of the biggest misconceptions of Twitter?
It's for gossiping, "it's like facebook", "another chat software"
Why should people follow you?
Give market insights in str8forward, concise & unique style. I do interviews in Arabic French Spanish Italian & English. Wide audience reach
Can you name some one-of-a-kind Twitter accounts that you follow?
@zerohedge @HamzeiAnalytics @pkedrosky
How do you decide what to tweet?
what matters most in financial markets & to which I can add unique & invaluable insights that people find useful/profitable
Why'd you start tweeting?
to communicate faster with clients in terms of education & pointing out new trades
Has Twitter changed your life? If yes, how?
Twitter has been outstanding in bringing me links & updates to tons of invaluable data & info in the most timely manner.
What do you wish people would do more of on Twitter?
polls & competitions
How will the world change in the next year?
more acronyms and less synonyms
What are some big Twitter faux pas?
What will the world be like 10 years from now?
State of the Union Address will be delivered from the President's bedroom