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January 29, 2009

Financial Times Blogging From Davos, Twitter Hashtag More Interesting?

The World Economic Forum in Davos will spark a lot of blog posts and stories, as usual. Among the coverage is the Financial Times Davos Blog, which most likely will be one of the leading sources of opinion and debate from Davos. However, I wonder if the Twitter hashtag #davos won’t attract more attention? I know that will be my main source of information, at least. This is the strength of Twitter, and microblogging overall. It is so easy to push out a short opinion, a link to an interesting story, or to react on what’s happening at events like these.

So if you’ve got something to say concerning the World Economic Forum, just add #davos to your tweets.

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January 21, 2009

EMI exec: Bands shouldn’t have to Twitter unless it’s fun

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The senior vice president of digital strategy at EMI has said that he believes that bands should only use Twitter if it’s fun and is building community.

Cory Ondrejka, who looks into ways for bands to interact with their fans online, told Music Ally:

“If you’re a band, you’re using Twitter because, y’know what, it’s really kinda fun giving your fans this blow-by-blow account of getting to the stage, or your bus breaking down in a snowstorm.

“Sharing stories is what builds communities, and for some artists that is really enjoyable. But if Twittering is work for you, maybe you should have someone else doing it for you. And that’s okay.”

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January 20, 2009

FriendFeed Creates More Noise (Adds Twitter Import Friend Tool)

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For FriendFeed fanatics having a hard time separating the “noise” from value, it looks like your problem may become much worse thanks to a new tool that allows you to find out which of your Twitter friends is on FriendFeed–and subscribe to them.

(FriendFeed Blog) We’ve just added a friend importer for Twitter so you can easily find and subscribe to your Twitter friends who are already on FriendFeed.  

You may already have won! Your Twitter friends could already be using FriendFeed! Find them today!

We’re looking forward to extending this capability to more services.

While it is pretty obvious why they choose to add Twitter first (as it was one of the dominent mediums during Obama’s Presidential innaugeration), hopefully they will consider adding other blog services (like WordPress, LiveJournal, TypePad and Blogger), not to mention Facebook as well.

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Best of Twitter: Air Force One Soaring Twitter

Sure, it is really just a PR stunt for the National Geographic Channel and some show they don’t want to tell me about since I’m located in Sweden and hence redirected to the Swedish site’s mainpage, but still! It’s Air Force One, and it is on Twitter. Like a tweeting airplane. How cool, and weird, is that? That certainly beats Kevin Rose’s cold.

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iFriendFeed With BuddyFeed (And So Should You)

It looks as if Nambu and Weebfeedr have some serious competition on their hands now that CodeWalrus has launched BuddyFeed, an iPhone app for FriendFeed fanatics.

What I love about this app is its ability to combine the simplicity of FriendFeed without sacrificing on functionality (the latter which I felt the FriendFeed Web App did).

While this app is far from perfect (as you will note by the bugs reported below), it does have a few features that make BuddyFeed shine against it’s rivals. read more

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January 19, 2009

Movable Type Monday: Mobile Blogging, Plugins, System Architecture, and jQuery

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Happy Monday, folks! First off, for any of you that are trying, or thinking about trying, Motion — the social networking app built on Movable Type — a new beta was released today. I have not tried it myself, nor have I found release notes for it. If you have tried it, let us know what’s new in the comments.

This week, Chad Everett released version 4.2.0 of MT-Notifier. This version includes some bug fixes and the ability to specify a base URL for a script. read more

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The Media is Dying: An Interview With the People Behind the Twitter Account

The Medi is DyingThere’s no doubt that media is in a time of change. Magazines and newspapers are hard pressed to save money, journalists are let go, there’s restructoring, and so on. All of this isn’t because of the financial crisis, but it sure speeds things up. So where do we turn for information about these things? To the blogosphere, of course, because that’s where we can read about the people that were let go, without having to filter out everything the hidden agenda of the so called old media. They are partial, you know. Of course, so is a disgruntled journo just sacked from his newspaper, but at least we expect him to be pissed.

Enter a group of anonymous people that tweet about who’s fired, who’s in trouble, and who stays. The Media is Dying Twitter account is a phenomenom, an excellent source for anxious and curious journalists and media enthusiasts altogether. And there’s plenty of them, the account’s got over 9,000 followers. The mysterious media professionals were kind enough to participate in an interview. read more

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January 16, 2009

Buy Friends on Twitter, What a Lame Business Model (Or Is It?)

ReadWriteWeb reckons that Twitter’s business model just got unearthed. When signing up to Twitter, you’re asked if you don’t want to start following a bunch of people. Or brands, really. Here’s a screenshot taken from my registering a new Twitter account (for people who like computer and videogames, incidentally):

Twitter signup suggestions

So what does that mean, and how can Twitter make money? read more

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January 15, 2009

Jaiku Goes Open Source: The Beginning of the End?

JaikuGoogle have decided to open source the Jaiku Engine and release it under the Apache license on Google Code. The actual Jaiku service won’t close, but neither is Google supporting it. Instead, the service will live on thanks to volunteers. Or, in the words of Vic Gundotra, VP of Engineering:

As we mentioned last April, we are in the process of porting Jaiku over to Google App Engine. After the migration is complete, we will release the new open source Jaiku Engine project on Google Code under the Apache License. While Google will no longer actively develop the Jaiku codebase, the service itself will live on thanks to a dedicated and passionate volunteer team of Googlers.

Jaiku’s Jyri stresses that this isn’t necessarily the end of Jaiku, and that doom-mongerers should wait and see what’ll happen with the site. This in a comment to the announcement on the Jaikido Blog:

While the future is uncertain (it always is), it’s also worth noting that the Jaiku that exists today was developed by independent people who were brought together by an interest to create a cool tool for sharing presence and conversation.

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January 14, 2009

Twitter Says It’s Business Time

I can’t see any other reason than Twitter wanting to open the partner floodgates with this blog post, profiling the recently hired business manager Kevin Thau. Sure, a welcome post is nice and all, but doesn’t this scream “please get in touch with your brilliant monetizing ideas so that we can make a few bucks!!!” to you?

For now, Kevin is assessing all opportunities, picking up ongoing threads, and also actively working on our mobile business strategy. If you send email to our partner address or to kevin (at) twitter.com then you will be corresponding with the intrepid Mr. Thau.

Maybe I’m cynical, but I don’t think they have any solid ideas on how to monetize Twitter, other than the obvious ad solutions. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong and do something funky with the mobile carriers?

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