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NYT: Many Tweets, One Loud Voice

A New York Times article mentions me.

One of the best-loved twitterers, Paul Terry Walhus, a gray-haired blogger from Austin, Tex., has 9,177 friends and 1,851 followers, according to the tracking site Twitterholic.  (my name was mispelled in the article)

The article goes on to say:

At least one politician has tuned into the service. John Edwards, who has 2,001 followers and 2,082 friends, recently twittered that his presidential campaign would be “carbon neutral.”

After Robert Scoble, who writes a popular technology blog called Scobleizer and who himself has 2,985 followers and 3,045 friends, challenged this ambitious vow on Twitter, Mr. Edwards twittered back that he would, as president, offset his campaign’s carbon emissions by financing alternative energy research.

And they quote Bruce Sterling’s characteristically biting comment:

Bruce Sterling, the science fiction writer and journalist, who used Twitter at South by Southwest, wrote to me, “Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite ‘The Iliad.’ ”

The articles author Jason Pontin is the editor in chief and publisher of Technology Review, a magazine and Web site owned by M.I.T. E-mail: pontin@nytimes.com

 

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Justin does web 2.0 expo

Web 2.0 Expo: Justin(e).tv Is On the Air

Justinetv

New media connoisseur Justine Ezarik has strapped on Justin’s camera rig at the Web 2.0 Expo.

Justine’s twitter page is http://twitter/ijustine and her blog is at http://www.tastyblogsnack.com/ 

If you can’t make it to the web 2.0 expo this is the next best thing.  Or maybe it’s the best thing.

from webpronews.com:

web 2.0 EXPO: The Social Media Revolution | mad dog in the fog – Yesterday, Robert Scoble, Chris Pirillo, Jeremiah Owyang  participated in a panel on The Social Media Revolution at O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo.

Jeremiah has a great write up on the talk over here.

The talk was an interesting one about where social media is headed and especially the ways that small businesses can use social media to their advantage. Twitter, Flickr, Zooomr, MySpace, Facebook, blogging, videoblogging, podcasting, UStream.tv, Digg, etc., are all tools that all businesses ought to be aware of at a minimum and using to follow the conversations that are taking place about their company and products.

Mike Doeff caught some of the talk on video and you can see that here.

UStream.tv featured prominently in the talk and there were three separate UStream.tv feeds running live while the talk was going on in addition to a back channel IRC and interaction through things like Twitter.

With the popularity of Justin.tv, UStream.tv especailly seems to be of interest these days. UStream.tv allows anyone to stream their life or real time video via cams and is potentially bringing a new realtime nature to social media. Jeremiah and Scoble spent much of the Web 2.0 conference broadcasting in real time through UStream.tv.

“most popular person on twitter” – Slate

Holy cow!  I just got this “direct [twitter] message”: jeffb @springnet: You get a shout-out in this Slate story: http://www.slate.com/id/2163861?nav=tap3  Austin, TX

“According to tracking site Twitterholic, the top 10 twitterers have thousands of people following them—a literal cult of personality. Paul Terry Walhus, a gray-haired Austin coffee-shop blogger who has 8,789 friends and 1,722 followers, is currently the most popular person on the site. His latest tweet: “5:33 am cst L:78704 starting work week … full plate today … toast, mango yogurt and coffee w half and half.”

I’m floored!  Thanks for the shout out Slate!  What can I say?  I guess I’m going to have to dig deep and come up with some incredible blog entries now.

 

BonelessMonkey.org » The Point of Twitter

thanks to my twitter friend http://twitter.com/bonelessmonkey for this inspiring blog entry and the back pat.

I started bugging my friends and family to join. No takers. “Why am I doing this? What’s the point? *DING* What’s this on my twitter page? A follower? What the Halle Berry!? Who is following me? And Why? Ooooohhhh, this is how it works. People add you. Oh, I’m getting it.” So I checked out my new followers page. Interesting guy. Added him as a friend. “Oh look. He has websites. Let’s check this out.” Blingo. This is where I started realizing the point and beauty of twitter. I checked out my new friend springnet’s site Searchslides.com and lost yet ANOTHER few hours! I really enjoy this site. It’s a “Tag Based interactive slideshow”.
Basically you enter a search term in the google toolbar and it presents the results in a column on the left but displays the site you choose on the right. It’s not a screenshot either. It’s the site encapsulated in the slide. The beauty is you can see the site and use the site and just click on the next result that interests you. So instead of just seeing a few lines of text that may or may not describe the latest content on the site, or if the site actually has anywhere near what you’re looking for, you can just view the site. It’s much more brilliant than my lame description. Check out the screenshot or just go use it. You’ll be hooked I think. Now, it’s not perfect yet. Occasionally it hangs on a search and returns “sorry no results”. ‘What? Google has nothing on PHP?’ But, I just hit enter again and it comes up.

So, this I think is the beauty of twitter. Actually twitter/twittervision. It’s not really about making friends, there’s that side and it’s nice, but the real value is finding people with valuable information to you and having instant access to that info through their twitters. It is very cool and the potential is tremendous.

BonelessMonkey.org » The Point of Twitter.

Out of the closet – twitter

picture above from the Statesman article referenced below.

I’m out.  Of the closet.  OK.  I’m a twitter user.

Omar Gallaga, Statesman blogger/writer and Rodolfo Gonzalez, photographer, caught up with me on South Congress last week and outed me as a twitter user in a story on twitter.  Here I am posing for a picture above at Jo’s Coffee.  He calls me “amiable”.  Nice.  He says my hair is “unruly under the hat”.  I should have pushed harder for that haircut from Dorothy last week, darn.

Gallaga mentions Robert Scoble’s use of twitter at SXSW and it was Scoble on twitter that got me an invite to the Salt Lick for a super barbecue beerfest at SXSW.  It was actually Coté that turned me on to twitter about 2 weeks ago.

Gallaga really hits it on the mark when he talks about how twitter is a “springboard to new creations”.  Today twittervision, which is a mashup of google maps and twitter, introduced “personal twittervision” which lets you post comments while viewing every comment posted on twitter worldwide.

 

 

TwitThis for your blog

What is TwitThis?



TwitThis

Click “TwitThis” to try it out and tell your friends about us on Twitter!

TwitThis is an easy way for people to send Twitter messages about your blog post or website. When visitors to your website click on the TwitThis button or link, it takes the URL of the webpage and creates a shorter URL using TinyURL. Then visitors can send this shortened URL and a description of the web page to all of their friends on Twitter.



 

 

 

So I think I’ll install this on this blog and my other blogs:

austincast.com/blog

spring.net/blog

touroftexas.com/blog

and

searchslides.com/blog

I’ll let you know how hard or easy this was.  I run on WordPress.

Given the powerful reach of the internet should political campaigns be required to disclose youtube negative ads?  – Pat Buchanon

“let it rest” – Eleanor Clift

“the internet is being transformed into a toilet” – McLaughlin

SXSW Baby!

Yahoo! BarTab: Monday, March 12, 6:30–9:30 pm at Light Bar. The big ‘hoo! and what seems like every little company they ever acquired are throwing a bash at the fresh newish club at Congress and Fourth, featuring an open bar, munchies and music by The Little Ones. “After we reach capacity,” they say, “admittance will be determined by Feats of Strength.” We’re pretty sure that’s the name of Andy Baio’s band. Why you’ll wanna go: Ask anyone who was at last year’s Yahoo! party that busted the seams of Iron Cactus. This’ll be the talk of Tuesday. Also, if you’ve written something that uses tags, you might leave with a check.

from SXSW Baby!.

Twitter Support

Twitter

Twitter, says the official website is a “ Whole World in Your Hands”

What is twitter?

“Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while far away. Curious people can make friends. Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own.”

Ok… so how does it work?

“You can send updates in three ways: send a text message from your mobile phone, type a message from the Twitter site, or instant message from Jabber or Gmail chat. (support for AIM and other chat services coming soon!) Start by texting the word help to 40404 if you’re in the United States. For international folks, we have different numbers. Write us and we’ll give you yours.”

I heard about twitter from Cote on his drunkandretired podcast.

You can see the twitter plugin on the lower right column of the austincast blog.

Twitter Support.

Web 2.0 Toolbar

Here’s a plugin for both IE and Firefox that I recommend highly – ptw

From the faq at http://web20toolbar.com

What is the Web 2.0 Toolbar?

It’s a small plugin for your browser that contains all of the most popular content from the web 2.0 sphere in one spot…your browser. The best Social Bookmarking, Pictures, Videos and News all one click away.

Does it Work With IE, FireFox & Flock?

Yes – for FireFox & IE…It does not work with Flock (working on it…love Flock) and I have not tried it on other browsers. Check back ofter to see the updates.

How do I “SUBMIT IT” to My Digg, Del.Icio.us or other social linking site?

When you are on a page you like, just click the “SUBMIT IT” button on the toolbar and select the link site you have an account for…you need your own account on each site to use this. I have also inlcuded the “Onlywire” link that will allow you to post to multiple sites at one time.

Where do I get it?

Right here, Right now (Baby). The Web 2.0 toolbar is a small app that resides in your browser – simply install it and go.

Web2.0Slides | Web2.0 Slideshow

What is it?  It’s the second generation of our slides project.

Web2.0Slides is a self-running slide show of over 1,400 of the best Web2.0 sites. It’s categorized by tags and sorted alphabetically.

What’s cool about it? You can click on any site in the left-hand column to pause the slide show and surf around. When you’re done, simply click PLAY, and it will begin right where you left off. Perfect for Web 2.0 couch ‘taters. But if you’re antsy and want to click around on sites, go right ahead—it won’t stop the show.

Web2.0Slides | Web2.0 Slideshow.