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How do you Choose to use Twitter?

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Twitter, of course, is a type of Social Networking site where you can let people know what you’re up to at any given time. You can quickly and easily tell people what you’re thinking, feeling and doing! Everyone uses Twitter in a different way, for different things. How do you Twitter?

Being away from home visiting my brother in Iowa right now, I decided to Twitter and let my local friends know that I’m in town. After seeing my Twitter message, several local friends contacted me, and we arranged a get-together. I came up with a top five uses of Twitter to share with you.

  • Putting together a “Twee-up” or get-together. This will allow you to meet people that you have a lot in common with. This will let you broaden your horizons, and you’ll meet people you never would have otherwise.
  • Crowd-sourcing questions and answers. I’ve thought about developing a service around this at some point. This is also known as the “lazy web”. You can use Twitter to quickly get answers when you don’t have time to do a lot of research.
  • Airing grievances. When I’m on Twitter and I feel frustrated with a product or service, I’ll throw it out there. You never know who is going to see your Tweet. You may just accomplish something with a company.
  • Explore new people. You come in contact with people you would have otherwise never met. You will open your mind to new ideas and ways of thinking.
  • Alleviating boredom There is always something new and entertaining on Twitter to read, and links to click. You can discover websites and things you may not have ever thought of before!

If you’re not on Twitter… what are you waiting for?

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How do you Keep up with all Your Comments?

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An old friend from Iowa recently emailed to ask me how I manage to keep up with all the comments I receive on a daily basis. I have comments on my blog, YouTube, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and so on. He wondered if I have advice for all of you to help manage your comments.

My biggest piece of advice is to limit the number of Social Networking sites that you belong to and participate in. If you have accounts everywhere… you’ll never keep up. I check my MySpace comments maybe once a week. I don’t receive many comments on Facebook, so it’s easy to keep up with them. I honestly don’t read every comment I receive on every network… that would be impossible. I do read everything on Twitter, and everything on YouTube. I receive a mass amount of blog comments, which Kat thankfully helps me to go through and moderate daily.

On Twitter, I plan to start featuring a follower of the day. I love Twitter, because I get to meet people from backgrounds that are much different from mine. When those people comment to me on Twitter, I get to see what I’m doing from a different perspective. Most commentary on Twitter is of high value, and genuine in nature. Ultimately, it’s not about where someone comments. It’s that they are commenting. You get to know each person for who they are.

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Twitter in Live Video

Jaap Stronks from The Netherlands has quite an interesting mashup, but one with a purpose: Twitter and live video!

Just wanted to share that I’ve been experimenting with live webvideo myself; I was particularly interested in integrating relevant Twitter messages realtime in a live video, something you may be interested in. At the Next Web Conference in Amsterdam, I produced an interview with Robert Scoble, which I broadcasted in Ustream with added backchannel tweets as a video overlay. If you’re interested in the result, you can watch it here (I simultaneously recorded it with Quicktime), although the web page is in Dutch, the video is of course English:

http://www.jaapstronks.nl/archief/twittercasting-met-robert-scoble/

If you’re interested in the method I used: I use Adium with the Twitter IM function (with a separate account with no friends, only tracking a certain hash code) and a message layout with big white letters and a black screen, plus Camtwist with a desktop video source (custom area) with a chroma key on black, so that only the letters remain visible. I should add a black semi-opaque rectangle to make the letters more easily readible, that’s for next time.

This was just a first video after a couple of tests, I’m thinking of producing a regular live show, perhaps interviewing people using video conference calling services. I just wanted to share this with you because I thought you might find it interesting. I’m now going to dive into your blog and see what things and ideas you’ve come up with.

I keep telling everybody that the WHOLE point of doing LIVE video is that you can interact with your audience – and vice versa.

Follow me on Twitter

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Who here has Twitter? Twitter isn’t really a Social Networking site. I never thought it would turn into what it has. Twitter is basically the place to let the World know what you’re doing, in 140 characters or less. Twitter has become my favorite social-type website, by far. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s relevant.

You simply sign up for a free account, find some people to follow, and Tweet your statuses and messages any time you have something to say. Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Bloggers can use it as a mini-blogging tool. Developers can use the API to make Twitter tools of their own. Possibilities are endless!

http://twitter.com/chrispirillo

As it turns out, your best friend is probably interested in knowing if you’re “loving the new Radiohead album.” And yes, your Mom may want to know if you’re “skipping breakfast in favor of a latte.” You might want to know if your significant other “feels like taking a roadtrip.” Find out what your friends are doing; keep each other abreast of your quotidian rituals.

Following someone simply means receiving their Twitter updates. How you receive the updates (on your phone, IM, or just on the web) is up to you. You can set your following preferences based on device, and then set notification preferences for each person you follow. Your followers are those who have elected to receive your twitters.

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Twitter Remembers Everything

Have you ever said something so stupid when you were with a friend – the friend you were with threatened to share what you said with the rest of the world when they got home? “I’m *SO* gonna Twitter this.” Only, largely, the twittering never seems to happen.

Back in the days of ISCA, we had a forum called “Quotes>” and that’s what we used against friends and lunchmates (if they said something stupid – or stupidly funny). It was a bit more depressing when someone didn’t quote something stupid you said, actually.

These digital posterity outlets are perfect for “you had to be there” moments, rendering relatively obscure comments even MORE obscure when viewed completely out of context. You’ll be able to dig up the things you said a year ago and wonder… what the hell you, or your friends, were thinking.

Maybe some memories are best left for the mind?

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Social Media Questions and Answers

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Social Media is a huge word in my community. It can be defined in a variety of ways. It’s a way for you to be yourself on the Web, using Websites that are available to upload pictures, text and more. I’ve been doing this long before there was even a Web, so I’ve looked at tools in a different way. Ultimately, I want people to know what I’m doing. If they choose to follow me, then I can in turn follow them, get to know them and be friends. I can’t possibly be on every Social Media website. I try to stick with the ones where my friends are.

I got an email recently from Amanda, who is doing a research project for school. She was doing some research on “YouTube celebrities” and came across my profile. She wanted to know if I could help her by answering a couple of questions in the form of a video message. Me? Do a video? Whatever gave you that idea?

  • How do you feel Social Media, such as YouTube, has affected your life? It’s affected my life in a very major way. It’s given me access to a gigantic audience, which amazes me to no end. If I was only publishing on my blog, I wouldn’t be reaching much of an audience. Most of the people in our live chat room wouldn’t be there if they hadn’t found me on YouTube.
  • How does it feel to be a YouTube celebrity, and know that so many people watch you from around the World? I don’t consider myself as a “celebrity”, and I never will. However, it’s very cool knowing how many people from all over the world… from all backgrounds… tune in to see what we’re doing. It’s great that we can maximize the number of connections between all of us. It’s not about “celebrity”, it’s about impacting people in a positive manner.
  • What would your life be like without Social Media sites? I’ve been doing things online for many years, way before these sites even came to be. My life would be the same, but I would unfortunately not be able to reach as many people. The really cool thing about this Social Media thing, is that others share my things. They may catch a clip of something really good when I’m not recording, and then upload it to their own site… or even send it to me to upload. Without YouTube, my life would be the same, but it wouldn’t be as much fun. I am grateful that YouTube IS there. It’s not about the site itself… it’s about the PEOPLE who are a part of it.
  • How do you feel about things like AIM, VirtualWorld… anything else Internet related? I think it’s great that we have so many options. I hate that the world of Instant Messaging is corrupt. I hate classifying my friends in terms of the IM service they use. Why can’t there just be ONE IM client, instead of having “AIM buddies” and “Yahoo buddies” or even “GoogleTalk buddies”. There should be an open, federated Instant Messaging application. Until then, we rely on things like Trillian, Gaim or Meebo.

I hope this helps, Amanda. Understand that once you put yourself out there, you’re out there forever. You don’t even necessarily own what you’ve put out there. Speaking of Social things… don’t forget to drop by our Live Chat Room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Presence Social Network – Twitter, Pownce, and Jaiku

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Social Networking sites such as Pownce, Twitter, and Jaiku are all “Presence” networks. They are a way for you to let everyone know what you’re up to, what’s on your mind, or even where you’re heading off to.

The problem is, there are so many of these services out there now, it’s becoming impossible to keep up. It’s going to get worse before it gets better. I use Twitter quite a bit, and it has served me well. For instance, if I know I said something but couldn’t remember exactly what, I can google it… and usually find it on Twitter. Either I’ve posted it myself, or someone else did. I may even find it on one of the other sites mentioned already, or Facebook or maybe even Linked In. Another way I’ve found it useful is when I need to find out information fast. The other night, I had a “Comcraptastic” experience with my Internet. I couldn’t get to Google, or to Ustream.tv. So, I sent out a Twitter and said “hey… is anyone else having issues with Comcast right now?” Lo and behold, a couple of minutes later I heard from a friend in Colorado having the exact same issue. He sent a Twitter, saying that he has Comcast, and couldn’t get to Google either. Hmm. Interesting, eh?

Kat is on Ventrilo with me tonight. She has a different mindset about these Presence networks. She likens it to having too many business cards stuffed in your wallet… you can never find the right person from the right place. She feels it’s just too overwhelming, and makes it take even longer to accomplish than what you set out to find in the first place. This can put you further behind, and cause disarray in your work flow.

Allan is here, as well. He is a Pownce fan. He loves the fact that he can set friends up into different groups. When you send a message, you can decide whether it should go to everyone, or specific groups of people. This allows him to control who finds out what information, which is something very important to me.

I have different levels of friends… contacts… whatever you’d like to call it. I have those I am closely and personally associated with. I have those like Kat and Allan, who work with me and are also friends on a personal level. I have people I’ve met in the past at various function, and have kept in touch with. I have all of you who watch the videos and swing by our chat room. There just is no way I could assign the same “level” to all of these various groups. There are things about myself or my life that I may want and need certain groups to know… but not want others to be privy to that type of information. As these social networks evolve and more are launched, I will become pickier and more carful about who I add as friends. It’s not that I don’t want all of you to be part of my life, but the videos and the work I do at live.pirillo.com is only one part of my life.

At any rate, what do you think? Do you use these Presence network sites? Do you use more than one? What do you love and hate about them? What do you think needs to happen for these to evolve into a necessary and positive thing, instead of the albatross they could become if not used properly? Let me hear from you. Leave me a follow-up comment to this video, or send an email to me at [email protected]

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Links from my Twitter Followers

I asked all of my twittersheep: “What was the coolest link you’ve found today?” Within minutes, here’s who played along. I would have missed all but one of their picks:

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Grow teeth? http://tinyurl.com/ywcpms

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@chrispirillo: Mine is www.openroadpodcast.com but I think you mention of EveryBodyPanic.com tops it. Too addicting of a game.

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@chrispirillo: I found an awesome comic creator’s blog (boltcity.com), which proved not only fun to read, but made the comics I’ve all ready

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@CP – Posed on digg – http://tinyurl.com/ysdl36?

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@chrispirillo: using a Firefox extension and Amazon S3 for image hosting:
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@chrispirillo: www.videoletters.net – old link but re-discovered it last night. Important use of video IMO.

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@chrispirllio extreme winter windsurfing http://tinyurl.com/3c424v

Kunal-kundaje Argh. Twitter ate the link. http://tinyurl.com/335kwp

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@chrispirillo: www.musicovery.com

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@chrispirillo: best link tonight is http://cruftbox.com/blog/ar… .
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Coolest Thing Today: http://imified.com finally lets me access GCal events and RTM tasks from GTalk on the BlackBerry. 🙂

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@chrispirillo: http://tinyurl.com/2zo96t

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@chrispirillo: http://tinyurl.com/35ughh

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@chrispirillo: http://tinyurl.com/28zo3y

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A Lockergnome subscriber, George Spink, must have been reading my mind – because he had emailed me with his own set of links seconds after my original request went out over Twitter:

Hi, Chris,

I doubt if I’m the only person past 60 who is a big fan of yours, Chris. So I’m passing along a few links that might interest a few of your fans who might be close to my age (66):

The first two links pertain to the United States Air Force Band. This is a superb band that follows in the tradition of Major Glenn Miller’s great Army Air Force Band of World Wart Two.

The first link will take you to a web page where you can listen to streaming audio 24/7/365 featuring the United States Air Force Band and also its big band component, the Airmen of Note.

http://www.usafband.com/bandstand/chooser.html

The second link will take you to a web page where visitors can legally download (for free) MP3s of many of the songs from many of the albums that the United States Air Force Band and the Airmen of Note have released over the past five decades.

http://www.usafband.com/recording.cfm

My fondness for these two sites stems from my love of big bands, whose records I began collecting when I was only nine years old–in 1949.

The Palomar – http://milliondreamsago.net/

My site dedicated to big band radio broadcasts from the 1930s and 1940s, with a few soundtracks and live concerts thrown in for good measure, along with some CBS newscasts during World War Two.

Tuxedo Junction – http://www.tuxjunction.net/

My site that offers plenty of big band articles and photos and about 1,000 MP3s of big band songs. not MIDI files but MP3s of original big band recordings.

Both of my sites are configured to discourage visitors from saving music to their own computers.

Or, if rhythm n’blues and classic rock n’roll from the 1950s are to your liking, visit my third web site:

Club Alibi – http://clubalibi.com

The Deal with Twitter

Okay, I got bored – and now you can learn about my boredom any time I care to tell you about my boring life! Seems silly to do, but… I’m a silly guy. Silly people know me, too (as evidenced by today’s twitterpations):

  • Kitta Not really amazed that Anna Nicole Smith is dead, she was pretty much a walking talking pharmacy and a bad soap opera all-in-one 6 minutes ago from web
  • bbrooks IMAP + RDP + backed UP PST FTW 7 minutes ago from web
  • P_Dilly back from lunch, logging into Second Life to check out an idea I had. 8 minutes ago from web
  • NickStarr @Shooby Is it fast enough to support ReadyBoost? If so, I say take it. 8 minutes ago from im
  • Bwana Forgetting how to embed quicktime movies 9 minutes ago from web
  • rael Moving offices… Yay! 14 minutes ago from im
  • fraying At dinner with the museum folks. There is much French. 19 minutes ago from mobile
  • cvp putting together a temp site for the design firm.. until our backend is done anyway 19 minutes ago from twitterrific
  • wisequark Merlin on TWiT? Wow, Dvorak might go wackadoo…er 25 minutes ago from twitterrific
  • arstechnica [Infinite Loop] MacTech to publish “VBA to AppleScript” guide for Office developers – http://tinyurl.com/22m9w5 25 minutes ago from web
  • leolaporte TWiT This Week: Dvorak, Wil Harris, Tom Merritt, and Merlin Mann 26 minutes ago from im

Have you been twitterpated? It’s the non-sequitur social center of the universe! I’ll be your random friend, sure.