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how to twitter

Is actually quite a silly question. It’s like blogging, but on a micro level (that’s why it’s called micro-blogging I guess). You basically do what you think should be done. I did brush up on my twitter etiquette lately, as I started expanding my follower count a big, and I didn’t want to piss people off. I have a tendency of only following people that post interesting enough stuff to read imho, and people that don’t over-tweet. I don’t see twitter as an IM tool, but some do, and that’s just fine, but I simply don’t like my feed being swamped with endless trivial conversation with people I don’t even follow.

During my research (read: googling, but research sounds so much fancier doesn’t it?) I did come across some interesting bits here and there. This twitter etiquette guide links to a number of good blog posts on the subject, and this Morning News article definitely has some very good points. Also interesting is Bishop Alan’s post about why twitter is all about the social aspect, and not about technology. It goes back to 1711. Talk about research! I bet he googled it.

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all you can eat twitter stats

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Twitter. It’s kinda fun. It’s also fun to see how much apps are popping up all over the place doing something with the public data from the twitter feeds.

Stuff like Twitterholic for instance, which gives you an overview of which twits have the most followers. Barack Obama is clearly at the lead there. Unless you’re fanatically being followed as well (you need over 2.559 followers at this very moment), you’re probably not in the list. You can hack the URL though by adding your own twitter name at the end like this http://www.twitterholic.com/twitter/n3wjack and see your own stats. Sweet!

More stats? Well okay, how about Tweetstats. Yet Another Twitter Stats tool, but it puts it all into a nice colorful bar charts, and bar charts rock. It seems to be rather popular since it’s queueing people to render their stats at the moment. Heh.

How about the really useful stuff? Hey, this is Twitter remember, don’t get your hopes up too much. Twittertale gives you all the pottymouths out there for instance. Always interesting to know which rude words are popular these days, so check em out.

Can’t get enough? No problem, there’s plenty more where that came from.

twitter madness


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Twitter is one of those things you don’t really see the point of until you join is it. In fact I did join it a while ago, and I’m still not seeing the point really. I’ve thought about quitting, but then I went ahead and didn’t. It’s weird so far.

It’s like this public web based IRC network. I already use IRC so why do I bother with this one? I’m not sure, but I think being a geek has something to do with it. If not everything.

The cool thing about Twitter is that even though it’s the simplest of social networks out there, it gives you a tons of way to connect to it. They’ve opened up their API’s (geeks love it when a girl, euhm, service does that) and it shows by the amount of web sites and client applications that have risen that do something with that data. Try the hypnotising Twittervision. Awesome. Besides that you can tweet using text messages from your cell phone. For cheaps! And GTalk keyword tracking is the bomb if you want to keep track of Lindsay Lohan’s nip-slips, iPhone hacks or whatever triggers your fancy.

Recently I came across something called tweetchannels, which are basically a way to build IRC-like channels using Twitter, and #hashtags, which is actually a more flexible (and better IMO) way of tagging your tweets, and thus also a way to create a topical twitter feed.

Because of the open API people are building stuff that is adding value to the network, without the Twitter lads having to move a muscle. How sweet is that? I’m curious to what kind of stuff they’ll come up with in the future. Right now there’s this whole color wars thing going down, with games and teams and pink pussy madness.

Going WTF? Well, just jump in and see how it goes. Follow me while you’re at it, and don’t forget to say hi.