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.
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.
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.
Interesting statistical analysis, although I would equate it to technical trading without knowledge of the underlying stock’s business itself.
Facebook has been suicidal lately. While one could argue that its redesigns have been for the better, the design churn has aggravated users who find it difficult to find their favorite features in the new design.
For the curmudgeons among us, there’s bad news: 25 Random Things Meme Is a Boon for Facebook – ReadWriteWeb. One commenter put it bluntly: “I love how when you put a CHAIN LETTER on Facebook it becomes a MEME.” The 25 random things meme on Facebook has also a blogging and news media meme in response.
There’s even a #25things hashtag going on twitter, and while the Facebook 25 things meme may actually be “25 things that you might be interested in knowing about me,” the Twitter version ends up being more like “25 bits of TMI from relative strangers.”
I found this script to calculate distances between two zip codes from PHP (requires MySQL). According to this Idealog post, the calculation relies on a text file of Zip code lon/lats from CFDynamics, available on the downloads page.
I have yet to try it; however, I have a specific implementation that I was needing it for. Does anyone else have a better way to align searcher’s proximity to location-based data? I’d like to classify by city, but I’m sure that is a lot more of a gray area than allowing the searcher to specify a specific radius in which to search or letting the resource specify maximum distance to travel.
I love Twitter. A few hours after posting this, I received a suggestion that I could get longitude/latitude from Google Maps.
On code.google.com, I found the following question: I need to convert addresses to latitude/longitude pairs. Can I do that with the Maps API?
Yes, this process is called “geocoding.” The Google Maps API provides two methods for performing geocoding. If you wish to geocode from within your Google Maps API application you can do so using the GClientGeocoder object. Alternatively you can send geocoding requests directly to the HTTP geocoder.
Not only that, but whenever I’m required to log-in to bookmark a page, the plug-in does not continue on to actually creating the bookmark.
This morning I was forced to log in. I believe the loss of information is coinciding with Firefox updates. Anyone else have this experience?
2008.11.15, 9:15 AM
2008.11.29, 2:29 PM
2008.12.14. 6:16 PM
2008.11.26, 10:01 AM
2008.12.11, 5:08 PM
Updated 2008.11.29: So far, no glitches. However, I still dislike the fact that the log-in prompt prevents tagging and you have to have to select the tag icon again after logging in.
Updated 2008.12.11: Looks like everything’s fine, just that I’m overly sensitive to having to login.
As I was perusing the Remember the Milk keyboard shortcuts, I noticed that at the bottom, under “Services”, Twitter was listed. So I clicked on the link, and the “Services / Remember the Milk for Twitter page” came up, where I could enter my Twitter id. I was presented with a verification code for the next step.
From there, I typed “follow rtm” and then “d rtm [verification code]”.
Now that all that is set up, I can interact with Twitter through direct msg:
“d rtm pick up the milk”
“d rtm call jimmy at 5pm tomorrow”
“d rtm !complete call jimmy”
All the instructions and some command examples are at: http://www.rememberthemilk.com/services/twitter/
Of course, I’m still learning how to even use the RTM Date Formats.
Of course, since I can txt updates to Twitter (40404), I can add tasks for today by texting
“d rtm pick up the milk today”
I don’t need a laptop or notepad to record my “action items” anymore. This is awesome.
A much simpler setup is importing a list via e-mail, which enables adding a list in bulk to a specific list (e.g., personal) by specifying the list in the subject line and list items on individual lines in the message body. A downside to this method is that signature lines and legal disclaimers get added (per line) to your to do list. I’ll need to research if there is a way around this.