Posts with tag "Twitter"

From the Pipeline – 5.9.08

Sure seemed to be a quiet day in the tech blogosphere with not much going on anywhere of great importance. Not to mention that we haven’t seen a bitchmeme rear its head on Techmeme yet. In the meantime though here’s a few things that caught my eye in today’s FriendFeed pipeline.

Ideas for Using Twitter :: Social Media Today – with all the yammering going on about the noise on things like Twitter and FriendFeed Connie brings us a few ideas to make using Twitter a little less noisy.

The Ultimate Twitter Revenue Model :: ReadWriteWeb – one of the most talked about topics when it comes to Twitter – next to the noise – is how is it going to make money. Aidan has a few ideas for you to mull over but I wouldn’t call them ultimate myself.

Top 10 Reasons Why Great Content Fails on Social Media :: SEO 2.0 – some pointers why that perfect post you wrote might not make the top of the pile.

Of course I live in Ontario, Canada. Why do you ask? :: mrontemp – some fun reasons as to why you might not want to include your location on things like Twitter or your posts.

The All Time Techmeme Leaderboard from The Statbot :: The Statbot – normally the Techmeme leaderboard only tracks the top 100 for a 30 day period. Well Statbot delves into the past to bring you an all time top 100 listing.

If you can’t stand the noise get off the Internet

One way to kill the noise How can you tell when bloggers are bored?

They start rehashing a bunch of crap that has already been hashed to death and today saw the discussion about how noisy things like FriendFeed and Twitter are. The whole thing started with a well written post by David Risley called The FriendFeed Orgasm And Why It Is Off The Mark. While the reaction on his blog to the post was limited to (currently) 23 comments the majority of the action happened on FriendFeed with over double the number of comments.

As the bantering went on back and forth in the various comments Corvida apparently got fed up with some of the better than thou attitudes being exhibited and posted on SheGeeks a little bit of a rant titled Self Inflicted Un-Friendly(feed). Of course no sooner than I had read it I spotted a new post from Robert Scoble who suggested that we all need to develop our own noise reduction systems.

The fact is that; as Louis Gray pointed out in the comments on FriendFeed, this is an old argument that seems to resurface every so often – usually after some big name blogger discovers a new toy and the flood begins. It doesn’t matter what any social network or aggregator does it will never be perfect. There will always be noise.

This is the Internet folks – one humongous free flowing exchange of information and as such it is going to be noisy. It’s not like picking up a phone and just talking to a single person on the other end of the line. Things like Twitter and FriendFeed are like global party lines and whether you like it or not they are going to be noisy.

Not everyone is willing to throw on a set of trunks and swim in the noise as Robert is and there is nothing wrong with that. Just as there is nothing wrong with folks who don’t find things like Twitter or FriendFeed useful. It all boils down to learning how to cope with the inevitable noise so that you can still either enjoy the services or make them productive for you.

It’s not going to get any quieter out there and bitching about it over and over isn’t going to make the noise go away – it only makes it worse.

Twitter: IRC with a new shade of lipstick

twitter_bird There is no denying that Twitter is the darling of Web 2.0 that as I pointed out yesterday is doing some heavy petting with the mainstream. Even though in a previous post where I questioned its ability to go mainstream I have come to realize that it really is sitting on the fence to major acceptance. The problem is that Twitter has an ongoing dance with instability as it is as well known as the service itself. This had lead to many discussions regarding how best to deal with this stability problem.

Whether it is Dave Winer who suggests that the data is the most important and should be decentralized or whether it is Scott Hanselman who is calling for an open Twitter like service that isn’t tied to one service. Then we have Hank Williams from the Why Does Everything Suck blog suggesting that Twitter as a company could go down the tubes if something like an open Twitter clone that uses the Twitter API gains momentum. Mathew Ingram uses Hank’s post along with the TechCrunch post on the matter as his way to question whether Twitter needs to be fixed or not.

As important as this whole idea of decentralizing Twitter seems to be to the Web 2.0 movers and shakers it only shows me that as we continue to use the service and have this conversation about decentralizing the service that is really is no different than the IRC (Internet Relay Chat) we have been using since long before the Internet. After all IRC is by its very nature is a decentralized communication service with IRC networks held together by servers around the world. Unless it is like a private IRC server such as the one I have run in the past most major IRC networks are multiple systems so that if one goes down there is another to switch to most of the time automatically (Netsplit anyone?).

Twitter & IRC - click for larger view

The fact is that when you really get down to brass tacks Twitter is nothing more than a dumbed down pretty interface than what IRC is. Where Twitter has three different types of communication channels so does IRC. If we take a look at similarities between the two we can really see that there is no difference between the two types of service other than the fact that Twitter is limited to what happens with the Twitterverse; whereas IRC is a completely open ended system.

The only thing that Twitter has done is moved the concept of IRC to an easily beautified user interface of HTML. This becomes doubly apparent with everyone talking about how Twitter needs to be decentralized. I guess this is one reason why I find it hard to become enamored with Twitter because it isn’t doing anything really new with communications. Whether or not decentralization of the service ever comes about I don’t know but whatever Twitter does; as well as the people involved with the Twitterverse that has developed around it, all they are doing is re-inventing something that has come before.

Sure sometimes re-inventing does make improvements and I guess that after a fashion Twitter has in effect made IRC something that is less arcane but I think that there is a much simpler solution for those folks who want to decentralize Twitter. All you would need is some clever developers to sit back and changed the IRC interface to one that is totally plain English rather than its current geek speak.

So what these folks like Dave Winer, Marc Canter and Michael Arrington would like to see happen to Twitter already exists it just needs some clever people to extend or add to it along with making the interface understandable and useable by regular folk. No need to re-invent the wheel once again – just improve it.

From the Pipeline – 5.4.08

Being Sunday another fun episode of the Elite Tech News podcast was put to bed – or at least in to the producer’s hands. Something about Art cleaning it up a bit and making sure there isn’t any language to offend the sensibilities of the more tender of our listeners. I tried to make his job a little easy but I’m sure you’ll hear a few beeps. In the meantime here’s a few things that caught my eye in today’s FriendFeed pipeline.

AVG Free Anti-Virus 2008 Released, Much Improved :: Lifehacker – apparently a new version of the perennial free anti-virus program AVG has been released.

Springnote: My New Virtual Three-Ring Binder :: Profy – Cyndy provides us with a bit of a review of a new note keeping program called Springnote. I wonder how it stacks of against EverNote?

Echo Chamber Break Out :: Seek – SeekGround has a fun post about dealing with the ever present echo chamber that bloggers seem to find themselves.

Twitter Said To Be Abandoning Ruby on Rails :: TechCrunch – Michael reports that contrary to whatever Twitter honcho’s assert the company is in fact trying to move away from Ruby on Rails; which is the development language to service is written in.

Twitter 101: Clarifying The Rules For Newbies :: SheGeeks – Corvida has a great post up to help newcomers to Twitter find their way around the service.