Tweets of the week: The UK was downgraded, the sequester looms and major hacking occurs. It’s just another week in small business.

@Joe_C_London

£/$ drops nearly a cent to 1.5163 after #UKDowngrade, lowest level in nearly four years.

@Nickadoo

Gaining followers on Twitter is a great way to increase the number of people who need to express their disappointment in you.

@GovGaryJohnson

#Obama: #sequester will "eviscerate" programs. If $85B cuts out of $3+ trillion will eviscerate, maybe some eviscerating is in order. #tcot
 

@alexjmann
whenever I’m feeling depressed I just remind myself that at least I’m not one of those people with a number in their email address.

@jowyang

Predicting Apple's current success from 1990s is like someone telling you how big RIM will be in 2030.

@armano
An unsolicited pop-up on a Website is like walking up to a stranger, saying hello, slapping them in the face and then asking them for cash

@colligan
My 8 year old just said, “Netflix has a website?” 

@problogger
My generalized view: Blogging is for showing expertise (CONTENT), SM is for interaction (CONVERSATION) and Email is for CONVERSION 

@dannysullivan
And then I go into Windows 7, and it's like putting on a comfy pair of well worn but fitting shoes compared to Windows 8

@colmtobin
Facebook creating another 100 jobs in Dublin. A welcome boost for the Irish farmville sector.

@mcbennett6
Amazed that a site redesign (Yahoo) is newsworthy enough to be on the Today Show.

@ryanpbroderick
150 Social Media Consultants type the headline "What The Burger King Hack Means For Brands" at the same time all across New York City

@johnnyteater
First Burger King now @Jeep has been hacked. Glad people have so much pointless time on their hands

@PhillyD
Somebody hacked @BurgerKing making this the first time on the internet anyone has ever mentioned Burger King.

@BuzzFeedAndrew
OMG @Jeep was hacked, they are today's @BurgerKing.

@alucci
yesssss @jeep has been hacked now we have a fun twitter disaster to talk about today!

@AP
BREAKING: Obama warns "people will lose their jobs" if sequestercuts take effect next week.

@TheBigRuss77
Obama recommends that we drive less to save money since the gasprice is higher. What day of the week do we not go to work to do this

@Stexcy
The price of gas doesn't bother Twitter people. They hardly move.

‏‪@PerryBlock
First it was the Fiscal Cliff, now it's the Sequester. If we keep going this way, we'll soon run out of catchy names for financial crisis!

@jwb625

So the guys who said ‪#WeBuiltThat w/ no government help are now saying they don't want all their gov't contracts cut?

@gregorygarrick

The biggest mistake a marketer can make is... Measuring success in terms of leads & NOT revenue

‏‪@beckyquickcnbc

Natl Retail Federation says poll finds nearly half of Americans say they will spend less because of payroll tax hike.

‪@ShawnGarrett

Office Depot to buy OfficeMax for $976 million, which is about a case of printer ink.

@BSHUenrolled

I Know What You Did Last Sequester. ‪#GOPFilms

@johnsonwhitney
Transformational innovation starts by changing your lens. Current business model lens leads to only incremental change.

@Leadershipfreak
Definition of opportunity = your chance to add value before receiving benefit.

@gideonemery 
Congress takes week off as sequestration looms. Pretty sure if their own $164k/yr salaries were in jeopardy, they'd have some real solutions

@A_Khanivore
#CNN projects Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive between $200,000 and $750,000 per speaking event. If that's not winning, idk what is.

@ValaAfshar
"my goal is to make sure I can please everyone on my team," said no successful manager.

@EkaBudhiman
If u only give discount, u dont need Marketing or Sales Manager. Just put a monkey in a suit to do it.

@Hyken
A good hiring strategy is the heart of good customer service.

@SirJoeBear
I won't truly be happy until I am writing my own paychecks.

@Peter_Collins_
#socialmedia How else could you reach out to many customers and prospects around the globe with zero advertising costs?

Gene Marks owns the Marks Group PC, a ten person sales and marketing technology consulting firm outside of Philadelphia that serves more than 600 small and medium companies around the country.