Friday, June 27, 2008

I'd like to see my replies, but I did learn something

In the never ending quest for performance stabilization, twitter is staying up, but we have lost the capability to see replies via the web or any of the desktop clients like Twhirl. How annoying! 

Clicking on the replies tab in twitter will return a pop-up,


"Twitter is stressing out a bit, so this feature is temporarily disabled".
































One benefit has been the use of summize which provides a much richer experience. All you need to do is type your twitter name into the summize searchbox with the @sign in front. If you don't put the @sign in front, then you will see your own tweets.   This is equivalent to the archive tab on twitter, which does work.  Not only does summize work, but I think it works better than twitter.  It finds your name, even when it is placed in a series of names which twitter has trouble with.  Also, I realized that many times your name is misspelled in a reply and you can find these situations very easily with summize which you couldn't find in twitter.  For example, I found the following misspellings of my simple twitter name, warrenss: 


  1. warrens

  2. warenss

  3. warremss

  4. warens


Have you ever tried that?--you may be surprised.  Hopefully the replies tab will be working soon, but in the interim, take advantage of the summize features.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Twitter Survey: The one thing






















Mark Carter has developed a successful Twitter fan page on Facebook called Twitter Strategies and Connections. Today he sent out a provocative survey, "The One Thing Everyone Should Know about Twitter is..." I said that the power of the community is enormous. What would you say?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Podcamp Seattle

Saturday I presented an introduction to Twitter at Podcamp Seattle. Podcamp was a great event with speakers covering all areas of social media including: podcasting, video, blogging, community and of course, Twitter. Some of my favorite presentations were: Eric Weaver gave a provocative presentation entitled, Your Customers Have Left the Station; Paolo Tosolini talking about Enterprise Podcasting, and Marc Schwartz who demonstrated the linkage between Social Media and Direct Response.

Sponsors, Eric Weaver and Kathy Gill put on a fantastic event at the University of Washington and the 150 lucky attendees had a fun, educational, stimulating day. You can see my presentation here.



Saturday, June 21, 2008

Tweet of the month!

Isn't this the coolest tweet you ever read? From the Mars Phoenix spacecraft which made the Twittermaven a few weeks ago. This Wired article fills in the details.


Thursday, June 19, 2008

Tuned in to Twitter

Earlier this week I discovered @amazonmp3, a twitter account that offers 2 daily deals--album downloads on sale each day. For example, today Coldplay’s Parachutes is on sale for $1.99. We all love music, so wouldn’t the twitter platform be a great way for artists to engage in conversation with their fans. It turns out that there are quite a few musicians of almost every genre that have a presence on twitter.

Assuming there are no identity issues, you can find:

simonlittle, cage9, ylove , rogermcguinn, dallaswtaylor , mchammer, snoopdogg,
jimmyeatworld

Also, a couple of industry notables, Ethan Kaplan, VP of technology at Warner Brothers Records and Bill Palmer, Publisher of iProng Magazine.

In addition to the artists, some of the online music services are active on twitter. Pandora has an active twitter account with over 1300 followers run by Lucia, their community manager. Last.fm does not have a twitter account, but they do have a twitter group on their community site with over 450 members. And finally, Songza enables you to share a link on twitter to the song you are listening to.

Some big milestones


This past week, a few of my Boston-based Twitter friends had some significant milestones. No, I’m not talking about the Celtics 17th, although that was a great victory and Twitter was rockin’ with the Celts on Tuesday night. Seriously, Gradon Tripp and Aaron Strout, each passed 5000 tweets. Aaron was very conscious of this milestone and as a result was pretty cautious about what he would say on his 5000th tweet. However, a prolific tweeter like Aaron could not stop the twitter flow. To prepare for his milestone, he started sending out direct tweets and which don’t count in the tweet stats and went on a “Twitter fast”. But the vow of silence only lasted about 18 hours and now Aaron is well on his way to 10,000! Gradon was a lot more circumspect about the milestone. He writes about it on his new blog. Gradon lists his 10 things that he learned on his way to 5000 tweets- great advice that we all can emulate regardless of how prolific a tweeter we are.

But there were two bigger, more significant career milestones this week. John Cass joined Forrester as Community Manager. John will be working to develop further the company's existing social media strategies for community building, dialogue and customer feedback. With analysts like Jeremiah Owyang, Josh Bernoff, Peter Kim and Charlene Li, I think they are well on their way, but I am sure that John will make a strong contribution.

Social Media Maven, Scott Monty, announced that he was leaving Crayon to become Head of Social Media for Ford. Many of us who know Scott have been fans of his writing, insights and music choices for awhile. As testament to that, Scott received over 70 comments to his blog announcement and numerous tweets of congratulation.

What’s your milestone? And how will you approach it?

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Join me on Saturday

This post may be a little OT, but I promise a twitter connection. On Saturday, June 21st, PodCamp Seattle 2008 will be held at the University of Washington Communications building.

PodCamp is a free, informal "unconference" event where people come together to connect, learn and share about online social tools, such as blogging, podcasting, videoblogging, Twitter, wikis, virtual worlds, etc. Our Seattle event is aimed at new media enthusiasts, marketers, PR and ad people, and technologists. PodCamp is a free, informal type of event where you get to meet a bunch of cool people and hopefully come home with a few new tricks. The planned presentations are split by topic: tech, marketing, social good, and intro/101.

This event is co-sponsored by Seattle Ad Club, Puget Sound AMA, the University of Washington, Edelman Digital and the Seattle Podcasting Network.

I plan to speak on Twitter (see, there’s the connection). On the agenda, my topic is positioned as Twitter for beginners, but depending on the audience, I hope to expand the conversation to talk about some of the cool ways businesses have been using twitter as well as some great tools.

It runs from 9am to 3:30 in the afternoon, but you won’t have to listen to me for six hours! There are 18 great sessions. You’ll also get to hear from Eric Weaver, from Edelman (who is organizing the event) has the provocative topic, Your Customers Have Left the Station, Kathy Gill, a super energetic communications professor at the University of Washington will discuss Beginning Podcasting, Jason Preston of Parnassus Group will be presenting some basics of video editing and distribution, Patrick Byers of Outsource Marketing, will talk about Using Social Media to Create Social Good, and Leigh Fatzinger of On Message Ventures will talk about Social Media and PR.

If you’re planning to attend, you should register on the eventbrite page - and you can learn more from the Facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6284941092. See you Saturday!

Introducing, The Twebinar

Innovative CMO, David Alston of Social Media Monitoring company, Radian 6, has created a partnership with Twitterati Chris Brogan to present a series of social media webinars this summer that integrate the webinar format with Twitter. What is a Twebinar? According to Alston on the twebinar site,

A twebinar is a webinar and Twitter mash-up where conversations take place in real-time before, during and after the webinar, on Twitter.

How Does a Twebinar Work?

It’s easy. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Sign-up for a webinar on a topic that interests you.
  2. On the day of the webinar, watch the presentation from your computer and receive information visually and verbally from the presenter(s).
  3. During the webinar, a parallel conversation takes place as participants comment, ask questions, and/or discuss the webinar series on Twitter. Follow the webinar participants on Twitter and join the conversation.
  4. Gather ideas and/or resources from a community of people with interests that are similar to yours.
  5. The result? A twebinar.

During the series, over 30 top social media experts and authors, Twitterati like Personality Not Included Author Rohit Bhargava, Forrester Community Manager and author of Strategies and Tools for Corporate Blogging, John Cass, PR Guru and creator of the Social Media Press Release, Todd Defren and The New Influencers author Paul Gillin will be interviewed by Chris Brogan to get their best thoughts on how tools like blogs, social networks, wikis, and podcasts are changing the way companies do business.

To me, it looks like the first effort to integrate the Twitter backchannel where we use hashtags and Twemes.com, directly with a live webinar format. FANTASTIC IDEA! The first twebinar is June 26th. I hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

From the late show last night

Last night Deb Micek and Warren Whitlock of Twitter Handbook held a webinar on the Blog Talk Radio Show:

Topic: Twitter Applications (AKA: “Twitter Apps”)
What’s YOUR Favoriate App?

Blog Talk Radio Show on Twitter

It was a very informative show for new twitter users who learned a lot about some of the nuances of twitter such as the use of the @, direct messages, and hashtags. In fact, a hashtag was set up for the call, #th3, where you can see the twitter transcription. Notable contributors to the webinar were Corvida of ReadWriteWeb and noted twitter power user, Wayne Sutton.

Attendees learned about some of the more useful twitter tools that we take for granted like the aforementioned Twemes. Summize which was mentioned on Twittermaven last week was also discussed in some detail as well as several of the desktop and mobile twitter clients. My favorite, Twhirl, was described quite a bit.

It was a great webinar for beginning twitter users to learn more about how to get much more out of the tool and community. Unfortunately, the start time (8 PM Pacific) and duration probably limited the number of east coasters who could attend.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Enjoy the conference

A lot of great conferences took place this week: WWDC, TechEd, MarketingProfs B2B, Enterprise 2.0 and a lot of twittering to help enhance the conference experience. Some key essentials for me are to append the conference recommended hashtag to the end of your tweets and to take notes in your own voice. By using the hashtag, the tweets are all trackable chronologically on tools like hashtag and my favorite, twemes. Remember, if you choose to tweet conference notes, it is primarily for your own use. You are not a reporter, so write about your own thoughts and what you think of the speaker’s words.

Notable bloggers (and twitterers) Rachel Happe, Rohit Bhargava, and David Armano have written great advice on how to maximize your conference experience with twitter. In his blog post, Twitter like a Rock Star, Armano lists 5 tips for better conference twittering:

1. Filter the signal from the noiseCut the fat from the steak and just tweet about the stuff that is impactful.

2. Color your commentaryAs I mentioned above, express your point of view.

3. Talk to your audienceAs you take notes, you will get responses to your tweets. Respond, answer questions, or ask the speaker the question.

4. Paint the sceneDescribe what’s going on, so people can feel like they are there.

5. Do it for yourselfUse twitter as a notebook. If you are not getting anything out of it, then don’t feel tethered to your device and stop.

Happe presents 7 reasons how twitter transforms conferences:

· Prior to the event, twitter dialog creates demand for the event

· Share events with a broader audience

· Spontaneous planning of side activities at the conference

· Makes it easier to find people via location based tweets

· Audience participation

· Cementing the relationship bonds by meeting face to face

In How to speak at a conference without getting skewered on twitter, Bhargava gives advice to speakers:

1. Get a twitter account (of course, if you are here, you probably have one already)

2. Prep by checking out the event conversation

3. Focus on the audience reaction

4. Monitor mentions about you.

5. Respond to tweets

6. Learn for next time.

Great advice that if applied, not only will make you a twitter rock star, but will enable you to get a lot more out of the conference.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Seattle Breakfast with Jeff Pulver

Tweetups can take incredibly different forms from intimate 1:1’s for coffee to big parties like in Boston on Monday night after MarketingProfs B2B event as chronicled by Amanda Gravel and at all different hours. Seattle’s Twitterati had a Social Media Breakfast with Jeff Pulver this morning. Jeff Pulver’s social media breakfasts are not the usual business networking affairs. He seeks to apply Facebook concepts of tagging, the wall, and pokes to the face to face world using labels, and post it notes. Interesting concept and great icebreakers. For example, Amanda Wolfman’s status tag line was “Even my yarn belongs to a social network.” Carter Rabasa’s Flickr photos demonstrate the art of low-tech walls and tagging. Jeff Pulver’s breakfast are well known for the networking, and a unique approach.










Also in attendance were Michael Markman, , Ken Camp , Eric Weaver , Tara Brown , Leigh Fatzinger, Teresa Valdez Klein, Robert Scoble, Eric Bento, Lacy Kemp and Brian Eisenberg .

Seattle’s social media community has a couple of other upcoming events, Bar Camp Seattle organized by Tara Brown and the Podcamp Seattle on June 21st organized by Eric Weaver. I hope to see everyone there.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Will they be ready?

From the Twitter Blog: Twitter Apple!. Twitter is expecting up to 10X normal daily traffic tomorrow due to Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference. According to Biz, they have taken numerous precautions and prepared for multiple contingencies. So what do you think will happen?
Will they be ready? Will twitter crash? What will you do? Will you plurk.

Added: A few more links regarding Twitter and WDC.

ReadWriteWeb

TechCrunch

TUAW
thanks to Beau

Fun at twitter's expense

Twitter’s recent problems have angered many users, but have also inspired many to add a little humor to the situation. Personally, I’ve gotten some mileage out of the Fudgie the Whale discussions. Eric Weaver posted an article that explained twitter’s outages due to the change in power from clusters of little birds to powerful but unreliable whales.

The inimitable Hugh MacLeod has published some great twitter drawings on Gapingvoid. My favorites are adventures in twitterville and twitter’s down again

Rodney Rumford has some great images here guaranteed to make you smile.

I think the Twitter Whore on YouTube is lame, but some like it.


There are four pages of twitter comics on Bitstrips, but this one by 5thHorseman is my favorite.

And of course, who doesn’t smile at Diesel Sweeties.




see more hipster robot webcomics and pixel t-shirts

Saturday, June 7, 2008

How do you search twitter?

One of the keys to successful twitter use is tracking conversations and keyword search. Since twitter’s search feature is basically non-existent, we have to go outside of twitter to the rich ecosystem of twitter tools.

The first search tool dedicated to twitter is tweetscan. Although Tweetscan is reasonably effective, it is extremely limited in terms of its user interface and capability. Tweetscan does offer a nice feature of daily emails of your search results as shown in a search for word of mouth (wom).

Tweet Scan for warrrenss on 2008-06-06

Your scan: wom

dbinkowski : @vaspersthegrate as an online WOM guy, i can tell you that the major of WOM still happens offline. those are all con jobs too? <<

LeaderABW : Never minding what kind of person types an URL into an SE, it shows that either my branding worked or it's an actual WOM sale! Way cool! <<

bcarlson33 : @andrew_walsh I dreamt a WoM guest fell through and I was the standby. I worked out what I should say, then woke up while being introduced. <<

You received this email because you activated Tweet Scan for this email address. To adjust your searches, change when you get this email, or turn it off altogether, please visit: http://tweetscan.com/main.php


The next generation search tools are much more effective, with stronger functionality. Summize is an excellent tool that provides fast search. Additional features enable you to post the search to twitter or subscribe to RSS feeds for the topic that you are searching for. The search can be narrowed down by zip code which is great functionality. Lifehacker’s Gina Trapani is a fan.

Twist is the newest tool in the search arsenal. Not only will it show you the tweets that you are searching for, but it will graph your terms, so you can see the activity by date. You can compare up to 10 trends.

So what search tool do you use?

Friday, June 6, 2008

Who really cares about uptime.

We've all experienced twitter's spotty performance, but lately it seems contagious. Nick O'Neill wrote today about newcomer Plurk and its performance problems. Perhaps as O'Neill says reliability and uptime is not that important for a free and useful service. I think we've proven with twitter that a useful service, strong community and rich ecosystem of applications will keep people coming back again and again.

According to Pingdom's uptime overview, twitter's uptime peaked in March at 99.59% and has declined each month since. June to date performance is just 94.7%! Yet twitter is on a significant growth spike, approaching 2M users, according to Compete, up 14.7% in May. So maybe uptime doesn't matter, but it just gives us something to complain/kvetch about.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Would you pay $2 per tweet

Would you rent your Twitter avatar? Ian Schafer is selling a one month sponsorship of his twitter avatar and background image on ebay. I noticed Mark Hopkins’ Mashable article this morning that Schafer has decided to see if he can monetize his Twitter page.

Nick O’Neill also wrote about this topic of monetizing Twitter on his Social Times blog.


According to the ebay ad, This is an auction for a one-month sponsorship of my Twitter feed and page that lives at http://www.twitter.com/ischafer. I've got hundreds followers, many of whom are amongst the interactive advertising industry elite, including numerous journalists.

This one-month sponsorship includes replacing of the existing background image with the image(s) of your choice, as well as replacement of my handsome photo with another image of your choice (ie. brand logo).

I average about 8-10 outbound 'tweets' a day, and your brand would be represented in each.
I'll be blogging this experience at http://www.ianschafer.com.
Lets experiment together.”

Ian’s motive is not profiteering, but to help twitter identify and test out monetization opportunities. In fact, he is donating the proceeds to the The David Wright Foundation. As a Met fan, I suppose I shouldn’t complain about that. Still, I doubt that Twitter asked Ian to help them identify and test out monetization opportunities. In fact, Evan Williams response on the Mashable blog, includes, “As a side note, and for the record, while we don't mind the community brainstorming, we're not in desperate search for a business model. We have some ideas we'll try out when the time is right, but Twitter isn't going to go away for lack of one any time soon (nor will reliability issues be solved with one).” So what’s the real motivation?

Let’s dissect the offer a bit. The current bid is $580. Since Schafer is planning to tweet an average of 8-10 times/day, that would be approximately 300 tweets in a month or $2/tweet. Is sponsorship of an avatar worth $2/tweet. Perhaps depending on the audience and how compelling the messages are, but it seems like a lot to pay for a small image. You can decide yourself from looking at Schafer's Tweet cloud according to tweetstats.

Another interesting Tweetstats fact is there is only one month, April in which Schafer tweeted more than 300 times. Yes, this is marketing and advertising, caveat emptor, but still let’s be realistic. The offer also states that “many of the followers are amongst the interactive advertising industry elite, including numerous journalists.” Schafer’s followers (as ranked by most@ replies- Tweetstats) include Brian Morrissey Digital Editor of Adweek, David Armano of Critical Mass, and Creative Strategist Alan Wolk. Thought leaders for sure, but why pay for the milk when you can get it for free.

This illustrates the lack of understanding and appreciation that mainstream advertisers and media have for twitter. Living in the fishbowl of twitter, we all know how easy it is to follow someone and ultimately, build our network and community. Yet there are those who think they have to pay for that access and impressions.

The situation sounds familiar to the April twitter account auction by Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron who also offered a two day “guest spot” of his account on Craig’s List. Both offer’s were ultimately pulled after the publicity tempest. Do you think Baron gave Schafer the idea? Well, two months later, the prices are better.

We were doing so well, too.

8:00 PST June 5.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tuesday night, Twitter was the winner

Tuesday was a very exciting evening with the final primary results and all of the candidate speeches. But what made it so dramatic for me was the conversation in the twitter community. These national events demonstrate the value of twitter and strength of its community. There were over 1500 Obama oriented tweets according to Summize (over 100 pages). Forrester’s Jeremiah Owyang wrote a tremendous piece in his Web Strategy blog today that includes several interesting charts and graphs of twitter activity all using a diverse set of free twitter tools (a subject for another day). Clearly, twitter land is Obama country. . But regardless of your candidate, it was a fun night. The banter, the insight, the blog links was fantastic. At the end of the night, most people tweeted that their hands hurt from too much typing. We’ve experienced this fun before during the Super Bowl, the Academy Awards, and even Super Tuesday. Each time, I’ve walked away, thinking wow, that was a blast. Twittering during a big national event, is like watching the event with your family, in your living room and as Jeff Pulver says, in your social media living room.

And even with the increased volume, twitter never hiccupped, Fudgie the whale never arrived. As described earlier, it was a great night--twitter was the big winner!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Reading is fundamental

I remember growing up those public service announcements called Reading is Fundamental that encouraged parents to get their children to read. I'm not sure if the program had an impact on my parents, but I certainly am an avid reader. Hey, this is a blog about twitter. Are we going OT already? Of course not! One of the joys of twitter for me is the fact that so many authors are active in the community. And it's not just technology or even business. This morning I learned that one of my favorite cookbook authors, David Lebovitz, has been on twitter. Of course, I started following him and sent him a note. And as a true member of the community, he answered. You can learn more about David on his blog or check out his latest book, The Perfect Scoop.

A few of my other favorite authors on twitter that I have conversations with:
Of course, there are many other popular and prolific authors on Twitter, but these are my favorites. Who's yours?

Monday, June 2, 2008

It all started with a messenger bag

In case you didn't see it on the Twitter blog, here is a very interesting video from Jack describing twitter, the motivation for developing it, and some interesting stories of how it is used. According to Jack, the inspiration for twitter came from his Mom. His Mom's search for the perfect suitcase, resulted in Jack's fascination with bike messenger culture and ultimately, their dispatching. So dispatching and SMS, begat twitter.

Some interesting uses of twitter that Jack describes include:
  • Japanese tamagotchi cats.
  • Sensor that signals you to water the plants.
  • LAFD fire alerts.
  • Massively shared experiences like earthquakes.
Dorsey describes twitter as connecting people through realtime updates which spark conversations and expose trends. What do you think about his description?


Jack Dorsey Presents Twitter from biz stone on Vimeo.

Going, going, gone

The twitter community is full of very creative people. Jennifer Leggio is one such person. Jennifer or @Mediaphyter as we know her, is very focused on helping out a great cause, Team in Training, the fundraising arm of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which funds medical research for blood cancer cures and provides patient and family support programs. Rather than a bake sale or car wash, she came up with the great idea to auction off some of the top names in social media (and twitter). As Jennifer describes it, you can buy yourself a social media guru. Five top social media consultants will offer their time to the highest bidder on ebay. So who are these charitable leaders?
The auctions expire on June 6th, so you still have time to put in a bid. Hopefully, we will deviate from standard ebay bidding behavior and not wait until the last minute to submit our bid. Remember, it is for a charity. The twitter and social media community has come out strongly in verbal support with many tweets, diggs, and blog posts. Perhaps all of the dialog is occurring in the social media fishbowl. Let's find a way to reach out to those outside of it, and make some big bids. It's for a worthy cause.

Where's Fudgie??


I can't believe I'm saying this, but Fudgie has not been around for over 24 hours. Although he was cute and sweet, I don't think anyone will miss him. So what happened? Twitter seems fast and stable today. Is the SMS coming back soon? Enhanced API support? I only know enough to ask dangerous questions. But a guy who does know enough and who I have a great deal of respect for, Michael Krigsman, has written a tremendous post, Rescuing Twitter's train wreck on his blog. A man after my own heart, he even includes a Forrester graphic. Michael Krigsman is CEO of Asuret, Inc., a software and consulting company dedicated to reducing software implementation failures. I think this guy knows what he's talking about and can tell Ev and Biz a thing or two. I hope you guys are listening.

Tweetup

One of the unique things relevant to the Twitter community is the tweetup, a physical meeting of twitterers. Although the Twitter community is quite strong online, many people have felt that the bonds become even stronger when you meet someone face to face. Tweetups occur all the time, in fact there is a section on the Twitterpack PBwiki devoted to tweetups and there are a few tweetup specific accounts on twitter like TweetupNYC, Ottawa_tweetup.

Tweetups occur all the time, as you can imagine. Last week, there were two tweetups of significance. Erin Kotecki traveled to Kansas City from her Southern California home to visit family. Erin is a prolific tweeter with just under 3000 friends and followers, respectively. She has written over 14,000 tweets. Her KC fans and friends celebrated her visit with a prodigious tweetup. Zena Weist, another prolific tweeter, organized the event and captured it on her blog. Approximately 30 tweeters attended KC’s maiden tweetup.

The success of the event can be summarized by Zena’s tweet below.



Another special tweetup occurred in Boston. A tweetup celebration was held for Doug Haslam who was changing jobs. Doug is another prolific tweeter with well in excess of 3000 friends and followers. The party held at a local karaoke bar was quite festive as many of the revelers reported on twitter, utterz, and facebook.

The Boston Twitterati including Chris Brogan were all there.












Adam Zand does Borderline.





Rules to abide by

Michael Brito is a Social Media Evangelist at Intel. It sounds like a fabulous job, by the way. He has written a great Twitter manifesto that lays out appropriate rules for Twitter etiquette and behavior that he abides by. Some great tips include:
  • Don’t expect the people you are following to follow you.
  • Participate.
  • Reply.
  • Minimize self promotion.
I think we can all benefit by following @Britopian, both on Twitter and in behavior. I certainly agree with these principles. Congratulations @britopian on a job well done!

A few other rules have been written by noted Twitterers, David Berkowitz, Reflections on a Milestone and Robert Scoble who wrote 10 Rules not to follow. All great rules to tweet by.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Twitter's out of this world


Great article in Saturday's NY Times on the Mars lander and its use of Twitter. There are currently 15,078 Twitter followers of MarsPhoenix. Unfortunately, the Phoenix isn't following anyone. I guess it doesn't need any conversation up in space. The MarsPhoenix account is managed by Veronica McGregor of Jet Propulsion Labs. Veronica has been answering all questions addressed to @MarsPhoenix. The trip to Mars took a mere 9 months! I'm sure many of us are interested in the expedition. And probably just as many are excited about the novelty of being "tweeted" from Mars. The Mars lander touched Martian soil for the first time yesterday. More information about the mission can be found on Nasa's Phoenix site. Biz and the gang seem pretty proud that Nasa is tweeting from Mars.

Update: Marta Strickland of Organic's Three Minds blog has also blogged about her new friend, the Mars lander.

Twitter on other Social nets



Most twitterers belong to other Social Networking platforms. A recent Forrester study showed that there was a fair amount of overlap between Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. No surprise there as I think many Twitterers would fall out as Creators or Critics on Forrester's Social Technographics ladder. Looking deeper into Facebook and LinkedIn, there are some interesting statistics. Facebook's Twitter fan page has over 7000 members with over 333 wall posts. There are 3118 people using the Twitter application, many of whom use the application to update their Facebook status directly from Twitter. There are another 30 applications that integrate some aspect of Facebook with Twitter.


On LinkedIn, over 500 people have included their Twitter username in their profile. Some like Dayna Marcum include it right in their own name. LinkedIn also has a robust group of Twitter members called Tweeple which has several thousand members. One of the most useful aspects of LinkedIn is LinkedIn Answers. Here members can ask questions that are answered by each other. There have been over 225 questions asked related to Twitter. A current question, about using Twitter for business, is below. Notice not everyone is drinking the Twitter Kool-aid as the first answer says it's useless! Of course, more experienced, useful answers have been provided to help the user.


Red Sox nation

I am a big sports fan, that's why my twitter background is a baseball glove chair. I've even been known to blog a bit about it. Twitter has been great at connecting sports fans into a big happy family. Living on the west coast, I don't have many opportunities to watch the Red Sox on TV, but Twitter brings the action to me. Each game, RedSoxcast broadcasts the play by play. And using hashtags, Red Sox nation keeps up using Twemes. Many of Boston's biggest fans like Aaron Strout, Doug Haslam, Bryan Person, Jim Storer, Adam Cohen and Kyle Flaherty chat away as if they were at the Cask and Flagon. Of course, a final wrap up from the Boston Globe completes the coverage.

Of course, there are other fans that are active on twitter like the Mets and Red Wings. Wouldn't you expect that from a strong community? What team do you follow on twitter?

Fudgie the whale


I've been getting frustrated seeing the Twitter whale as I am sure others have. Any time I see "fudgie", I feel like tossing my laptop or punching the screen. As far as I'm concerned the only cute whale that I want to see is Tom Carvel's "Fudgie."






Ok, only people who grew up in the Northeast will recognize him, so for everyone else, here is a happy whale.













Here is what others are saying:























Scobleizer interview with Ev and Biz

Yesterday, Scobleizer wrote about a recent visit to Twitter where he sat down with Ev, Biz and Jesse Stay to talk about recent problems, and clear the air as their was a rumor that that power users like Scobleizer were the cause of the recent problems as reported by Om Malik.

A video of the full interview is here. It's long (about a half hour), but I highly recommend it.

How's Twitter doing?

As most of us have noticed, there have been significant performance problems on Twitter over the last few weeks. Whether it's outages, service limitations (no SMS or page history), or API restrictions (that really killed my Twhirl usage), we've all been affected. Alot has been written, for good measure. Most recently, TechCrunch has written a scathing critique of Twitter from a technology perspective. I don't profess to be even close to an expert, but Arrington's analysis seems spot on and many agree (175 comments as of 12:30 on 6/1). Jack and Biz have responded on the Twitter blog with authentic, transparent point by point answers to the operational and engineering issues.

Personally, I appreciate how Twitter is opening up and sharing their problems and attempts at resolution with the community. After, this is what social media is all about, isn't it.