I started "getting" Twitter back in November 2008. I'm sure some of you beat me to the punch, but most of you probably strolled in after that date or still don't get it. At the time, I wrote about Twitter as an RSS alternative. If you're following a publisher who
I follow 227 people on Twitter. That number fluctuates as I experiment with finding the ideal balance. Some people I follow because I know them in the real world, some people I follow because they're subject matter experts in subjects I care about, some people I follow because they're like-minded
I didn't realize how Twitter had weaved its way into my daily routine until it went down. I haven't been able to tweet and read my timeline all day and I miss it terribly. The Twitter Status page has the following message posted under the title "Site availability issues". We
Next month, I'll be attending the Search Engines Strategies 2010 Conference and Expo here in Toronto June 9-11. One of the sessions, entitled Twitter Nation, includes Paul Madden on the panel. Paul is the owner of Crea8 New Media and he was nice enough to answer a few Twitter questions
Most of you aren't on Twitter. I happen to like Twitter. My favourite times to tweet are during hockey games I'm watching. There's an entire community of hockey fans communicating in real-time and it definitely adds a valuable element to the experience. It makes a great thing even better. I
I can cross another item off my bucket list. I'm going to be in the Library of Congress! The U.S. Library of Congress announced this morning that it will be acquiring the entire archive of Twitter messages back through March 2006. Top o the world, ma!
Twitter can be a tough place. It's certainly not for the thin skinned. Some guy in Vancouver bashed me on Twitter so often, I created a filter in my email that deleted messages that contained the keywords "did you know * is trashing you on Twitter?". Yesterday there was a great
Yes, there's an actual website that promises to tell you the sleeping schedule of your Twitter friends. You can try it now at http://www.sleepingtime.org/. Their algorithm "will determine the approximate sleeping schedule based on the time when he or she stays least active on Twitter". Naturally, I
As you can imagine, I try to keep my good eye on the Toronto blogosphere. That's why I raised a Spockian eyebrow when I saw @TOblogwatch pop up on Twitter. Toronto Blog Watch promises "Observations and commentary about the Toronto blogosphere." Sounds good to me! It looks like whoever is
Back in November 2008, I created a Twitter account to test Twitter as an alternative to RSS. Would the masses use Twitter as a real-time push to blog entries over my RSS feed? Here are the total number of subscribers right now: 1519 Twitter followers 272 RSS subscribersI swear by
While I enjoyed this afternoon's semi-final matchup between Canada and Switzerland at the World Junior Hockey Championship, I kept my laptop at bay to take a real-time pulse of the nation. That's why I love Twitter, you're connected to hockey fans throughout the country and can engage and interact as
Chris Bosh is a fantastic Toronto Raptor, and for a while he was fun to follow on Twitter as well. He used to give us an interesting insider perspective, a glance behind the curtain of NBA stardom. He was one of the few celebrities worthy of being followed. Lately, Chris
I have 1198 followers on Twitter. Earlier today, I sent a direct message to each and every one of them. To clarify, I didn't intentionally send a DM to each of my followers, but a DM was sent to each from me claiming I had made $424.23 online today
There's big news from Google that they've reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in Google's search results. We believe that our search results and user experience will greatly benefit from the inclusion of this up-to-the-minute data, and we look forward to having a product that showcases how
I've been out of the house most of the day, so I completely missed the big news. Miley Cyrus, hero to young females everywhere thanks to her Hannah Montana persona, has deleted her Twitter account. She had over two million followers, but decided she didn't need the PR tool. Of
It's a jungle out there. You need thick skin to tweet in the ever-vicious Twittersphere, especially when representing the T.Dot. Yesterday evening, as I checked the news in my RSS feeds, I learnt Ho-Lee-Chow had gone out of business. I deemed the subject matter blog-worthy, so I blogged about
I attempted to come up with my own list of the 200 best songs of the 90s. This was in response to a similar list published by Edge 102 / CFNY a few weekends ago. Admittedly, it was a lot harder than I suspected and I was bound to miss a
At some point this weekend, I cleared 1000 followers on Twitter. No, I don't actually think that means anything of significance. I'm not even sure how many of the 1000 are real followers and how many are from the "I'll follow anyone in the hopes that they'll follow me" set.
It seems whenever I write about Twitter I'm inundated with negative comments. Clearly, most of you don't share my enthusiasm for Twitter, and that's cool. But, as promised in this comment, I will share my 15 favourite people to follow on Twitter so if you want to give Twitter a
When you've got your mobile smart phone and you want to share a picture via Twitter, there's always been a few options. You can use Twitpic or TweetPhoto or Twitgoo, but if you're like me, you want to use the photo sharing service you're already using. For me, that's Flickr.
Now that I have a semblance of closure with regards to Martin Streek's suicide, I want to briefly revisit one of the details surrounding his death that has irrecoverably changed social media in my eyes. Just before taking his own life, Martin left a suicide note for family, friends and
A few years ago, I built Humble Howard a blog at www.humblehoward.com and taught him how to use it. As the years went by, his posts were less and less frequent and you could tell he was starting to mail it in. Humble's a fine radio personality and
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the 2009 Iranian presidential election with 62.63% of the popular vote. At least, that's what the "official" results show. Mir-Hossein Mousavi will tell you he had 62.63% of the popular vote. Thousands gathered in protest, and the Iranian government responded by restricting all journalists working
I got to 500 followers on Twitter fairly honestly. Some follow everyone under the sun in the hopes they'll reciprocate. In fact, there are even lists of people on Twitter who automatically follow back everyone, so if you follow 500 of those guys you'll hit 500 followers pretty quick. I