Good use of social media (Charter)

March 26, 2010

Okay, I am neither endorsing or denouncing Charter Cable (I’ll leave that to you!), but I do use it (have to have the high speed, you know). A few days ago I posted (tweeted) about how bad my network/reception was in my area. I had considered calling, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it — end of the day & too tired. I wasn’t expecting anything — it was just a vent.

Within a day(!) , I received this tweet back from
Umatter2Chtr2
:@georgiawebgurl (yep, that’s me @twitter and also google buzz) What’s been going on with your net connection? If you DM your Name/Phone# we can take a look at it for you.

He even followed up the next day (although my connection was fine by then). Now, I don’t know about you, but I think that is kind of a cool use of technology and it seems much better than the 1-800 service!

You can follow @ http://twitter.com/Umatter2Chtr2

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Question of the Day: How to search your own tweets at twitter

February 24, 2010

So, this was MY question today: as in, I wanted to re-post a tweet about moonshine arts & literary magazine. I couldn’t quite remember what I wrote and I didn’t use a #hashtag. So what to do? How do you search your own twitter feed? There are lots of cool trending tools out there, but those are very limited in terms of timeframe. I personally like trendtastic.

Per my usual M.O. I tweeted, buzzed, & facebook’d my request –even before I google’d, now what does that tell ya? I tell you what it tells me — I trust my networks of techies, artists, photographers, librarians, metadata mavens, programmers, hackers, writers, proj managers DIVAS — the creme de cool , more than google for quick answers.

Here is what I tried BEFORE I tweeted my plea for help:

None of these achieved any results. Strange, no? Not even the advanced search feature was successful. I know that I can scroll back chronologically through my posts but that is a LOT of work.

Doesn’t this seem like a huge failure on twitter’s part? Surely there are times when people what to see something from a previous week or month…and how will that fit into the semantic web? If the semantic web is all about the data and finding relevant info, whoa… huge hole.

One answer
My friend and webgurl, Amy, tweeted back almost instantly:

set up an RSS feed for own tweets & search in Thunderbird.

Looking at it from the RSS angle, I pulled my twitter feed into google reader, but that pretty pretty much starts with today, so didn’t help me find my moonshine arts tweet. I did find it using advanced search using friendfeed (yeah, I have an account there, too!), so big kudos to them. Good luck if you ever want to find anything in twitter or facebook. It’s nearly impossible — perhaps, this is where google buzz will score its biggest hit.
…and if I’m wrong and there is an easier way to do this, by ALL means, please let me know — because I’m not the only one who wants to see what they have tweeted.


How many people on the ‘net doing what?

December 3, 2009

I’m always leery of statistics as I have a hard time believing they are ever accurate… but whoa is this kind of cool:

You can read more about it here, including where the numbers come from.


twitter vs. google wave — at conferences

November 12, 2009

I’m sure you have noticed people twittering during conferences that you have attended. This is an interesting article comparing google wave to twitter, in terms of how can be used to record and participate in a conference.


Bookmark in del.icio.us, send to twitter and, post to facebook

October 19, 2009

There are probably multiple ways to do this (friendfeed, google reader, etc.) but I’m already posting from twitter to facebook. So, throwing in another tool that I use (and love — but really only as a personal bookmark service) del.icio.us, I discovered that I can now bookmark in del.icio.us and then send to twitter. Using the post from twitter, I can then send it right on over to facebook (using one of the twitter to facebook apps). If you need to setup a twitter to facebook app, may I suggest selective twitter, as explained here ?

If you only want to post bookmarks in twitter from delicious, you of course, can just ignore all of the facebook references. 😉

Once you have you twitter feeding into facebook, the next step is whoa, easy!

Login to delicious. Tag/Bookmark.
You’ll see a new field labelled SEND. This field actually allows you to email it, too.

Click on the Send field to link your del.icio.us and twitter accounts together.

Note, you can tweet ALL nonprivate bookmarks automatically; however to use selective tweet to facebook, you will need to add the #fb to send it onward. So, auto-send to twitter works, but unless you tweet everything from twitter to fb, it wouldn’t automatically push over to facebook. Does that make sense?

It is hard to see in these screencaptures (thanks blogger), but the important thing is to add @twitter in the Send field. Once you do that and hit enter, the message box will drop down. In the message box, write your tweet blurb. If you use selective twitter for facebook, add #fb to the end of your blurb. Do not include the link URL in the message; Del.icio.us will automatically truncate the URL and post it to twitter.


backup for twitter

October 15, 2009

Interesting idea — an online backup service (mostly pay-to-play) but twitter backup is free.
http://backupify.com/


How to disconnect twitter from facebook (and how to selectively tweet)

September 3, 2009

This post will cover 2 things: how to disconnect your facebook status from twitter and how to set up selective tweeting to facebook.

Selective tweeting
In facebook, there is a great application called selective twitter status, which gives you control over which of your tweets go to facebook. Once you add selective twitter to your facebook account and link your twitter and facebook accounts together, all you do is tweet (post) to twitter but add #fb at the end. Selective twitter will then ONLY send those tweets with #fb to facebook.

It works great, but… if you’ve been using Twitter application in Facebook (or any of the other twitter applications in Facebook that post to your status), you will need to remove those first.

To disconnect the Twitter application in Facebook (this is for the official Twitter application, but should work similarly for other twitter/fb apps)

  • In Facebook, Under Settings (top menu) > Application settings
  • On the Twitter application link, click the X to remove twitter.
  • Do you want to remove ? Click Yes.
  • You will get a popup box telling you Twitter has been removed.
  • All done!

If you just wanted to disconnect Twitter from Facebook, you are finished. If you want to set up Selective Twitter, you need to install the Selective Twitter app.

Setup selective tweeting to Facebook

  • Search in Facebook for Selective Twitter Status
  • Click on View Application (or the link for Selective Twitter Status)
  • Click on Go to Application
  • Enter your twitter user name, In the box with the Header, the one and only step
  • Click on Save
  • Click on Allow (so that facebook and twitter can make the connection)
  • Click on Allow publishing (so that twitter can post to facebook)
  • Go to twitter and tweet (post) away, adding #fb to the end of the posts you want to send to facebook as status updates