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worldwide water twestival – Dr Faye interview

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More discussion with Dr DD Faye about the twestival.com on Feb 12 in Austin and around the world. One in six people worldwide lack adequate drinking water – 1.1 billion people – and twestival.com and Dr Faye are both part of the solution to providing clean drinking water to the world’s population.


Water Shortage Worldwide – twestival.com and Dr Faye from Paul Walhus on Vimeo.

my favorite twitterware apps

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Twhirl – Twhirl is a popular desktop client based on Adobe AIR so it requires the AIR download. You’ll find AIR useful for other apps also. Twhirl has a lot of cool features including multiple Twitter accounts, connect to Friendfeed, post image to Twitpic, post to Pownce and Jaiku simultaneously, and search using Tweetscan. I use it on my Windows Vista sidebar along with . . .

AlertThingy! provides a connection to twitter, friendfeed, flickr, tinyurl and allows cross commenting. It’s better than it sounds and is used as a twitter replacement by many who want to make more sense out of twitter and narrow down their focus on specific people and topics.

TwitterCal – This service allows you to post events from your Google calendar to your Twitter accounts.

Twitter Digest – This tool allows you to subscribe to a message stream from a Twitter user of a group of users on the web or through an atom feed.

Summize A Twitter search engine, contender for the top app in this category.

Flaptor Twitter Search A simple Twitter search engine which generates an rss feed. Also provides trends, comparisons.

del.icio.us twitter tags – what people are bookmarking about twitter lately

TopTweet – This site provides you updates from the top Twitter personalities.

Twitter100 – Allocates a box to each of the people you follow on a single page and displays their latest tweets.

Quotably – Shows Twitter user’s conversations in a threaded conversational style making it easier to follow.

Tweetburner – Tweetburner lets you track what happens with the links you share on Twitter.

TwitterLocal – This shows you all the tweets on a google map from your local area and generates an RSS Feed of tweets.

TweetCloud – Let’s you make a tagcloud from a twitter user, also indexes del.icio.us

Tweetpeek – You can create a group Twitter feed with Tweetpeek.

Twitku – Mashup of Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce public timelines. You can also post from its interface.

TwitterNotes – You can create notes on TwitterNotes using Twitter and tagging your notes.

let the good comments roll with diskus!

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I have to admit to being a comment poor blog.  And I’m remiss in not putting akismet and disqus on here sooner.  Tonight akisment gave 32,000 plus spam comments a beating.  They’re gone.  Room now for your comments and disqus should make things a lot more interesting.

I got turned on to the disqus comment system by Shey Smith on his most excellent blog, http://sheysmith.com and got really motivated to install it when I heard Leo Laporte and Amber Macarthur rolling in the aisles over this on their net@nite podcast broadcast live today.  It helped push me more that Dave Winer, grandaddy of rss and blogs, is using this as well.

Disqus brings video comments, along with a community of commenters, better comment formatting, and much more.  And the wordpress plugin install was as easy as could be.

sxsw del.icio.us network starting, join up!

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Were you at SXSW and want to keep the experience going and stay in touch with others you met there? Here’s how! I put out a tweet to request that anyone in our “network” who has a del.icio.us account and is willing to share their del.icio.us “name,” to please send it my way and I will compile the list. This way, we can add each other to our del.icio.us networks. One of the drawbacks of all these social networking sites, is the separate interfaces, usernames and such. We are all hoping for the ultimate Mashup of social networking one day.

I’m very excited to get this ball rolling and even more excited to explore all the great bookmarks that our friends who are hot on sxsw are sharing. If you would like to be included, just post a comment here with your del.icio.us “name” and I will add you to our network or send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit . Then, just follow these easy steps:

  1. Go to del.icio.us (sign up for an account if you don’t have one already)
  2. Click on Your Network (top left)
  3. On the right-hand side, in the text box, type in sxswtwit
  4. Click ADD
  5. Now sxswtwit will appear in your network beneath in blue
  6. Click on sxswtwit
  7. You are now in sxswtwit’s bookmarks, but there are none… BUT WAIT
  8. In the gray box at the top, it reads:

    All sxswtwit’s items (0)
    sxswtwit is in your network, view sxswtwit’s network

  9. Click on VIEW sxswtwit’s network

That’s where the magic happens. There you see all the bookmarks shared by everyone in the network, which can be a little messy OR you can look over at the right. There you can click on each member’s name and look at his/her individual bookmarks. You can even add each member to your own del.icio.us network. As more members join this sxswtwit del.icio.us network, you’ll see them added.

Right now, the only member is http://del.icio.us/springnet (me) but that will hopefully change soon. Join now!

Great idea you say? Well, all the credit goes to GeekyMomma who thought it up for her edtech network and the above is practically word for word from her blog post.

Add your name to the comments below and you’ll be good to go or just send a direct message to http://twitter.com/sxswtwit

Leo Laporte hits two home runs, twitter and wordpress

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I was a bit puzzled a while back when Leo Laporte left twitter for Jaiku.  It didn’t make sense.  Sure he said there was confusion with the name twit (“this week in tech, his trademark) and the twitter mark.  I thought at the time he left that he could advance his cause better by staying on twitter and riding the wave at http://twitter.com/leolaporte … within hours of announced the switch he has 1200 twitter followers, compare that to the 2,600 twitter followers I have after about six months.  I won’t look over my shoulder because if I did I would see Leo sprinting after me heading for Scoble’s pole position on twitter. 

The second ball that Leo has hit out of the park is the adoption of WordPress over SixApart’s VoxWordPress is a much better, imho, blog platform.  it’s what I use here as webmaster of this blog. 

I listened to Leo and Amber’s net@nite podcast and gleaned that Leo doesn’t feel the trademark issue is relevant any more and, besides, twitter is where all the action is and has been for a while.

Here are Leo’s top ten Top 10 Reasons Why he’s Twittering Again

bird.gif10. I’m not hip enough for Pownce.

9. I’ve finally trained myself to write Twitter instead of TWiTter.

8. Alex King’s Twitter Tools for WordPress mean my Tweets become part of my blog and no longer evaporate.

7. I miss my San Francisco digerati A-list friends.

6. Jaiku is now Gooku and invite only.

5. How else am I going to find out what Merlin is up to?

4. It’s not about functionality, it’s about family.

3. iJustine said she would follow me.

2. All the cool kids are doing it.

and the number 1 reason why I’m Twittering again…

Scoble must be stopped!

 

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