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  • tech0x20 1:42 pm on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    All Twitter clients are worthless 

    That was my thought today as I was looking at the wonderfully developed, yet totally worthless, TweetDeck. Tweetdeck is so far my favorite, despite playing with Seesmic Desktop, and sobees bDule.

    It seems like everyone has their own Twitter client: there are Excel clients, shell script clients, Perl clients, and many online Twitter interfaces.

    What do I want?

    • If I use a new client, I better be able to import my Tweetdeck groups. I’ve never latched on to any other clients because of this barrier.
    • I don’t really want a limit on groups.
    • For every new person I follow, I should be able to have the opportunity to add them to one or more groups as a new follow.
    • I want to thread conversations and/or people’s updates.
    • I want a “show less” of this person update.
    • I would be thrilled if it would work on my mobile phone.
  • tech0x20 7:31 am on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    The democratization of the news #cnnfail #IranElection 

    Social Media, especially Twitter, is so much faster than the traditional media channels at spreading the word about hot topics. I’ve been following @BreakingNews since they used @BreakingNewsOn, and found that I heard about news 1-2 hours before the “breaking news” placeholder showed up on major news sites.

    It looks like CNN has demonstrated this point.

    ReadWriteWeb posted an article last night @ 11:46 pm: Dear CNN, Please Check Twitter for News About Iran. This morning, it’s still a “developing story” on CNN.

    At the same time, it looks like CNN is fanning the flames of the protests by posting the “football match” quote as a headline. That does ring like a member of the Iran state media.

    Bureaucracy may be good for government. A hierarchical structure may be good for large corporations. However, I would imagine the editorial chain of command prevented timely reporting. Maybe there was too much thought given to being “politically sensitive” to Iran. Either that, or CNN is just *that* unaware of what’s going on in the world.

    Social media is an enabler for the freedom of speech and of the press. It seems that by contrast, the analysis paralysis of a large news organization is a barrier.

    Also: ‘#CNNFail’: Twitterverse slams network’s Iran absence | Webware – CNET.

    Updated: CNN was outscooped by 9 1/2 hours.

    @BreakingNews tweet @ 9:44PM on Jun 12th:

    IRAN VOTES — Iranian president Ahmadinejad wins the presidential election, the official results show

    @CNNBrk (CNN Breaking News) tweet @ 7:16 AM on Jun 13th:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won country’s election with 62 percent of vote, government says.

    • Jinny Lee 3:23 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Gee…this reminds me of our (U.S) election in 2000…now doesn’t it.

    • not to mention for safety reason 5:56 pm on June 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately media is not doing a good job in covering what is happening in Iran. One reason is that Ahmadinejad’s government is blocking all types of communication. I think in this case media such as BBC should take the individual’s who is taking video of brutal behavior of Ahmadinejad’s military. You can find hundreds of these video in you tube and face book. Here are some links:

    • Josh 12:32 am on June 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      You know, this is all really insane…the election results smell real fishy…but I’m not gonna come out and say there was foul play…there has been major problems with elections all over that area of the world…so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to me to find out that elections weren’t pure

  • tech0x20 8:11 am on May 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply

    The rampant dismissing of social media 

    (This was inspired by Jason Fall’s post on the Sustainability of Social Media)

    What’s lost in the dismissing of social media as a fad is the fact that social media is simply an extension, through technology, of what has been around for ages. Determined people have always found a way to connect with others with similar challenges or interests. How long have networking groups and professional societies been around? What about Alcoholics Anonymous or other support groups? The geeks among us have been discussing things on BBS discussion boards pretty much since the modem was invented. On the web, those discussion boards made their way to hobby sites and company sites via phpBB and uBB.

    What has changed? Two things:

    Technology has drastically lower the barrier to entry for joining one of these groups. You no longer have to configure the modem with the right ATDT string, or walk as a green-faced introvert into a room of people who already know each other. “Following” someone or “friending” someone is so much easier, and less painful. (Even the pain of rejection is significantly lower.)

    Secondly, social media has pulled connection groups out of a taxonomic hierarchy and into folksonomy.


    Think Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress system for cataloguing information. Some “higher authority” decided how information should be organized–a taxonomy. By contrast, everyone’s favorite pages on their personal web pages and blogs define the keywords that feed into the page ranking algorithm on Google. Ordinary people create the classification system, and if nothing currently fits, they create another classification system–that’s more or less a “folksonomy”.

    Back to social media. What happens if no one is talking about your favorite topic? You create your own (possibly duplicate) group on Facebook, your own hashtag on Twitter, your own blog, or your own discussion board. Our associations no longer belong to the bureaucracy of “significance”. If one person is interested, it’s significant. You can now associate yourself with all fans of “Nuts the Squirrel” if you want to.

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