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January 13, 2009

iPhone: mJaiku For Google’s Jaiku (But Is It Any Good?)

It looks as if Jaiku, a microblogging tool purchased by Google last year now has a serious iPhone App thanks to the efforts of mJaiku (a third party company).

While FriendFeed and Twitter fans have two or more options available to them on the iPhone, Jaiku junkies seem to be stuck with mJaiku, whose app will set one back a cup of coffee at McDonalds (or 99 pennies in USD).

Since government bailouts are few and far between for most bloggers, here is a “brief” review of this mJaiku, revealing the good, the bad, and the buggy. read more

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January 6, 2009

Nambu: The iPhone App For Friendfeed Fanatics

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Nambu, a company based out in San Fransico has developed an iPhone app that connects users to a host of services, including FriendFeed.

While I was not too impressed with their Twitter feature (as Twittelator and Tweetie have spoiled me), I was excited by the ability to post upon FriendFeed (as FriendFeed’s web app was less than inspiring). read more

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January 3, 2009

Make way for “Mom 3.0″: Blogging, vlogging, twittering parents tune into tech

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Two-thirds of moms use five or more forms of technology every day to stay in touch with their families, consume and compose content, and manage their lives.

That’s according to recent research from BSM Media, published in “Mom 3.0: Marketing with Today’s Mothers by Leveraging New Media & Technology”.

The report predicts that video blogs (vlogs), podcasts, social networking and microblogging will increase in popularity over the coming year. read more

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December 22, 2008

Movable Type Monday: Motion, Facebook Connect, Premium Themes, and More

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Happy Monday, folks! Lots of buzz this week over Six Apart announcing Motion, a new microblogging application built on Movable Type. We had a first look at Motion here, and while it’s still in beta and has some bugs, it has potential to be a very useful social networking application.

Besides Motion, a few other things were released for MT this week: read more

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TwitWall, What Is It Good For? – An Interview With Michael E. Carluen

TwitWall I stirred up quite a bit of noise with my post on the Twitblogs launch last week. Some commenters, as well as Twitblogs founders, were pissed off. I don’t mind, discussions are always interesting, and while some people seemed to mistake a news post for a review (which was not the case), it prompted me to dig deeper.

Among the funny things in the whole mess was TwitWall’s founder Michael E. Carluen’s comment on TechCrunch regarding Twitblogs. After having verified that it was indeed Michael who posted the comment, he agreed to do an interview with me to sort out things, as well as talk about TwitWall. read more

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Plane Crash Liveblogged on Twitter

The immediate access to microblogging service like Twitter means that you can get eyewitness, or even victim, reports live. Like Twitter user 2drinksbehind, who blogged about a plane crash in Denver. Silicon Alley Insider screenshotted the whole thing, but do dig into the 2drinksbehind timeline if you want the real deal.

Fortunately, no one was killed in the accident.

In other news, if you want to be prepared to share your story using a mobile phone, Mashable provides a massive list of tools.

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December 16, 2008

Six Apart Announces Motion: Roll Your Own Social Network with Movable Type

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Screenshot of a Motion social network

Screenshot of a Motion social network

A few hours ago, Six Apart announced a new social networking application: Motion. Built on top of Movable Type, Motion is billed as a DIY social network, as well as an aggregator for content from around the web. Motion allows you to create your own microblogging community with a simple posting interface for quickly blogging images, video, links, and more. It uses the Action Streams plugin to aggregate your users’ content from other social networks onto their profile page. And it supports Google Friend Connect, Facebook Connect and OpenID for signing in to comment.

I had an opportunity to try out a private beta of Motion. I have not installed the public beta that was released yesterday, so I can’t say what, if anything, has changed from what I tried. It was definitely a beta, so I wouldn’t advise putting it into production. I would suggest playing with it, though — this product has a lot of potential. read more

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December 15, 2008

Twitblogs Lets You Publish Longer Tweets, Looks Dubious

TwitblogsI’ve seen some of these services before, but it wasn’t until I read Michael Arringtons harsh treatment of Sam Sethi’s new venture, called Twitblogs. You might remember the Arrington-Sethi debacle back in 2007, the latter having been the editor of TechCrunch UK, and then crashed Blognation without paying its writers and employees. There’s a lot of bad blood there, and I’m not surprised to see the way Arrington handled Sethi’s latest offering.

That being said, I visited the site, and also checked in on its competitors. Or rather, the ones that Sethi ripped off, if TwitWall founder Michael E. Carluen (if it really is he) is to be believed. TwitWall is one of the competitors to Twitblogs, another one mentioned is Twitlonger, and I think I’ve seen even more of these. read more

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December 10, 2008

Biz Stone Prefers Be-A-Magpie to Twittad

TwitterLos Angeles Times runs a piece on Twitter, focusing on how to make money on the service. They’ve got co-founder Biz Stone to mention some of the models considered, like the corporate accounts approach, as well as identity verification. I like that last one, it is funny since it point to a flaw in social media rather than actually adds something that shouldn’t already be there:

“Like, users who want to know: is that the real Shaquille O’Neal or not?” Stone said. “Maybe we could help users by saying, Yup, definitely the real Shaquille O’Neal. That’s a real account. We checked with them.”

That being said, the article is more focused on the ad services already running on Twitter, especially since Stone himself doesn’t consider ads at this time. Twittad is mentioned, obviously a more successful service that I could’ve guessed. read more

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December 3, 2008

John Chow Blogging From the Hospital

As the hardcore blogger he is, John Chow is blogging from the hospital, where he is to possibly have surgery for his gallbladder stones. While John’s setup is a pretty expensive one, featuring a MacBook Air and an iPhone 3G as a modem, this is a good reminder as to how easy it is to reach out to the world today. You can publish blog posts from a mobile phone, or settle for sending tweets.

My best wishes to John Chow, by the way. It really sucks to be in the hospital, it’s a scary place…

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