Twitter

a great presentation about using twitter

By on Jan 30, 2009 in blogging techniques |

Thanks to Monty.de, I stumbled across this simple, well though out presentation about Twitter by @minxuan: How Twitter Changed My Life View more Minxuan Lee. (tags: live...

twitter: more than just a fount of free drinks

By on Jan 23, 2009 in blogging techniques, headshift, journalism, social software |

Over the years I reckon I've tried hundreds of social networking sites, blogging and micro-blogging tools, online participatory spaces, and content sharing services. In most instances I register, set up a profile, have a look around, and abandon all in the space of about a week. So how do I gauge whether I'm going to stick with a service or tool for longer? Well, more than a few times I've jokingly said that I know a social media service is useful as soon as I get a free coffee or beer out of it. And, actually, that's about right. If I start using a site or service and can quickly find my friends and contacts there I tend to stick around because it's my network, not the tool or service itself, which is useful and valuable to me. Recently, Twitter has been the service that's got me more free drinks than all the others combined… –> Read the rest of this post over on the Headshift...

massive increase in twitter use good for news websites

By on Jan 22, 2009 in BBC, blogging techniques, journalism, newspapers, social software | 1 comment

UK internet measurement agency Hitwise recently announced that Twitter's traffic has increased a staggering 1000% over the past year and now exceeds that to Digg. The Hitwise report reveals something far more interesting, in my mind at least – the way that twitter is driving traffic to other sites, in particularly those of mainstream media. From the PC Advisor article about the report: "Twitter is becoming an important source of Internet traffic for many sites, and the amount of traffic it sends to other websites has increased 30-fold over the past 12 months. Almost 10 percent of Twitter's downstream traffic goes to News and Media websites, and BBC News is currently the seventh most popular site visited after www.twitter.com. A further 17.6 percent of traffic goes to entertainment websites, while 14.6 percent goes to social networks, 6.6 percent to blogs and 4.5 percent to online retailers. "As a source of traffic Twitter is still in its infancy, but it is becoming more important every day," commented Goad. "A number of news sites, blogs, and video and picture websites already rely on Twitter for a significant amount of their traffic." The most popular website visited after Twitter is Facebook. Britain's most popular social network continues to pick up users and is now the second most visited website in the UK after Google UK. Yeh, you read that right – 10% of twitter's downstream traffic, that is the site that people go to after visiting twitter, is to BBC News. The article, unfortunately, is not clear whether this is a global or UK specific statistic but either way it's interesting because it demonstrates that, far from just chit-chatting the day away, people are discussing news and current affairs on twitter as...

using twitter as a human filtered content feed

By on Jan 16, 2009 in blogging techniques, journalism, social software | 5 comments

Much has been made of twitter as a tool for finding eyewitness accounts and tracking discussion of breaking news and yesterday's airplane crash in the Hudson River was just one of a growing number of instances – along with earthquakes, terrorist attacks, celebrity deaths, mass redundencies and Steve Jobs stepping down -  where many people heard about it first on Twitter. I've been thinking a lot recently about how twitter has changed not just the way I hear about breaking news, but also how it's completely changed my entire internet content consumption pattern. Six months ago, I started my day online with a visit to my RSS reader, during which I usually saved a few bookmarks on delicious. I'd then check facebook and twitter for messages from friends, colleagues and contacts. Now that's all changed. I realised yesterday that I haven't looked at my RSS reader since Christmas or earlier, and that my number of delicious links has gone from maybe 10 a day to just a trickle. That's because I'm using twitter as a sort of human filtered RSS reader: most of the people I used to subscribe to I now follow and the people I follow tend to tweet about the best things they post or read. This means that, through twitter, I've probably increased the amount of discovery I do online – that is, stumbling across new sources of content rather than simply reading the same people saying the same things all the time. And instead of bookmarking to delicious, I've noticed that I'm now favouriting 5 – 10 tweets each day so that I can return to them later. I found myself wondering if others are finding that they use twitter in the same way. The replies were split, with people following massive numbers on twitter (eg. 300+) tending to say yes, twitter is becoming just as important as RSS and delicious, or even supplanting them. But others disagree, generally saying that they do find good content via twitter, but this remains their secondary method of doing so. Here's the responses: AnneBB @Cybersoc @playnice_nz @AnneBB still attached to my delicious may be couse new to twitter ;0) about 13 hours ago from twhirl in reply to Cybersoc      mollybob @Cybersoc it's made my del.icio.us and aggregator use stronger because it's given me more resources. certainly no drifting here. about 13 hours ago from web in reply to Cybersoc      AnneBB @Cybersoc nope! I'm using Delicious as much as ever and totally dependent upon RSS to pull & push – particularly with grps/CoPs about 13 hours ago from twhirl in reply to Cybersoc      christoph @Cybersoc hell no, still using netnewswire diigo, delicious about 13 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to Cybersoc      craigmcginty @Cybersoc I feed own Twitter RSS feed, and keyword searches in Twitter, into GReader and then search this as a Tweet database about 14 hours ago from TwitKit in reply to Cybersoc      bounder @Cybersoc not one little bit. Don't find twitter useful for storing at all. In fact I'm more likely to direct twitter bits to rss to save. about 14 hours ago from Twittelator in reply to Cybersoc      giseleh @Cybersoc not me. But I don't blog as much as I used to because of Twitter. It's faster and easier. And I feel guilty about it! about 14 hours ago from web in reply to Cybersoc      LesleySmith @Cybersoc Very much so, Twitter is much more simple to use! about 14 hours ago from web in reply to Cybersoc      robertbrook @cybersoc yes. about 14 hours ago from mobile web in reply to Cybersoc      egrommet @Cybersoc I use the favourites but then never end up looking at them. Tend to use Mento more than anything about 20 hours ago from twhirl in reply to Cybersoc      westpier @Cybersoc Twitter favourites first, RSS feeds in NetNewsWire second and then all bunged into Things for Mac and iPod touch. Info overload! about 20 hours ago from TweetDeck in reply to Cybersoc      kevglobal @Cybersoc yes, Twitter does fill in for some social bookmarking, but I still use Delicious. Twitter is a good filter esp with Tweetdeck about 20 hours ago from twibble in reply to Cybersoc      skolgen @Cybersoc I still have a strong feeling to trust a broad range of sources more than rely upon a small network of chosen ones about 20 hours ago from twitterrific in reply to Cybersoc      How do you use twitter? Is it as important as your RSS reader? Do you favourite tweets like you used to save bookmarks? Does following more people make you more likely to use twitter as a main source of links to new content? What's your...

Video Interview from Dubai

By on Jan 13, 2009 in conferences/events, headshift, journalism |

At last month’s New Media Event in Dubai I was interviewed by NewzMakerz, which describes itself as “an online broadcast platform with a focus on enhancing business and economic ties between the Middle East and the rest of the...