Posts Tagged ‘Tweets’

Listen To Tweets On

February 3, 2010

An interesting new Twitter driven service called has launched.

The service converts Tweets for any Twitter related topic into a voice transcript “spoken” by a computer.

While’s text to voice translation service is far from perfect, it sounds comparable to other text to voice translation services I have heard. Alpha Geek

Tweet Radio Alpha Geek

Text to voice transcription quality from services like will continue to progress in lockstep with Moore’s law as computing power and services continue their migration to the cloud.


Bill Gates Still Using Instead of

January 31, 2010

Bill Gates recently launched a Twitter account and began tweeting his thoughts to the masses.

Like the majority of Twitter account holders, Gates uses the URL shortener to Tweet web pages addresses too long for inclusion along with his Tweets.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Mr. Gates apparently still isn’t aware of his old company Microsoft’s recently launched URL shortener –

You’d think if we was aware of it, he would be using it to bring to the attention of his Twitter followers.

Duplicating Twitter Accounts To Drive Page Views?

December 24, 2009

I noticed a bunch of funky Retweets yesterday in my Twitter account.

However, they weren’t true Retweets because each were constructed with RT @ -timcohn which effectively deletes an original Retweeter from appearing in the Retweet stream.

Duplicate Twitter Accounts

Duplicate Twitter Accounts

Each account had a woman’s name along with an attractive picture.

Each account also had the exact same number of Tweets (1952).

Although I have an idea why Retweeters may be stripped from a Retweet  Stream, I have no idea why someone would take the time to duplicate a bunch of Twitter accounts and then send traffic to a wide variety of non related non montizeable sites.

Any ideas?

WordPress: When Will My WordPress Blogs Have Tweetmeme Built In?

October 24, 2009

Recently WordPress added a “Publicize” button to their blogs so publishers could Tweet their posts directly to their Twitter accounts.

Isn’t it now time for WordPress to add a “Socialize” button to their bloggers dashboards?

Self hosted WordPress publishers can add plugins like those from Tweetmeme to let their visitors Tweet blog links to the Twitter audience.

Tweetmeme WordPress Plugin

Tweetmeme WordPress Plugin

However, WordPress hosted blogs lack any type of plugin tools for bloggers who want to enable their visitors to share their discoveries via Tweets beyond the WordPress walls.

Adding a Tweetmeme feature to WordPress bloggers dashboards and in turn their blogs would surely have a network doubling effect on the audience.

Wordpress Plugin

Wordpress Plugin

#w2s 2009: Top 50 Web 2.0 Summit Tweets

October 23, 2009

The fifth year of the Web 2.0 Summit was held in San Francisco over the last several days.

This year the Web 2.0 conference theme was Web Squared.

About the 2009 Web 2.0 Summit:

We believe that nothing is going to get better if the world collectively hides under its desk. It’s time for the Web to step up and step into its role as a platform for positive change—be it in our economy, our culture, or our society.

Last year we focused on where the Web met the world. This year, the Web is the world. And we’ve got a lot of work to do.

Entire industries are in the process of painful rebirth—finance and energy, to be sure, but also information technology, media and communications, healthcare, retail—nearly every major sector, in every major region of the world. And while these changes have been ongoing for more than a decade, the global financial crisis has accelerated and clarified this shift. It’s the end of one era, and the beginning of another.

At the center of both the destruction and creation is the World Wide Web. For this year, we are focusing on demonstrating proofs: showing how the founding principles of Web 2.0 have been put into practice to address the world’s most pressing problems.

Although I wasn’t able to attend in person this year, I have captured all of the Tweets that came out of the conference and posted the Top 50 Twitter Tweets (in no particular order) I found most insightful below.

RT typos – can’t edit multiple Tweets?

RT@Ross I have to say that Sean Parker’s preso was at first too basic and then made leaps beyond reason #w2s

RT@kajbouic Well, they sure do own the behaviour RT @fzanni RT Sean Parker: “Google doesn’t own Networks, they own Info Services.” #w2s

RT@marcedavis Teen Panel at #w2s love Facebook cuz?”that’s where their friends are.”

RT@lwaldal Why pay if I can get it somewhere else for free? (teens on panel) #w2s

RT@alparker To teen panel at #w2s Q: “If Bing paid you to search, would you use it?” A: “Oh, yeah!!!” But would advertisers continue to?

RT@ptoboley Hurrah for Twitter! RT @RodCrawford: Teens don’t use Twitter #w2s #web2 – …because it requires thinking.

RT@mtanne: teens: “if Facebook charged $0.99 a month I would go back to MySpace” #w2s

@benphoster Teen Panel at Web 2.0: Not a single kid could name the company behind Bing #w2s Maybe that’s good for MSFT.

RT@LorenDavie Kids: would rather text than talk. Maybe you should drop the phone part, manufacturers. #w2s

RT@samj putting high school kids on the stage at #w2s is either incredibly insightful or idiotic. which is it? SF kids not stat sample

@sradick: “when you search on Google, do you see any ads on Google?” – Teens answer “Nope” #w2s

@sradick “The iPhone can’t do picture messaging – like, isn’t this supposed to be sophisicated?” – teen at #w2s

@sradick: Teens pay for CDs & music, but only for artists they “want to support” #w2s | All about Trust & Engagement – !ndeed

Have the television viewing habits of teens decoupled from regular televised programming?

RT@kristathomas Social networks as still more walled gardens. -TBL @ #w2s

RT @mtanne: Sergey Brin says we can use Chrome for Mac by going to pre-beta. #Chrome #w2s

RT @moyalynne: Berners-Lee – “Semantic Web is not about adding meaning – it’s about where you’ve already got meaning” #w2s

RT@ginablaber Berners-Lee: it’s most important to just get data out there. put yr data out there, & let people link to it. linked data #w2s

RT@jhagel @fzanni: Tim Berners-Lee: the original idea back in 1990 was creating together. That was lost for some time #w2s

RT@moyalynne The idea that links can break is key to scalability of the Web. “404 the most important invention on the Web” #w2s

RT@dberlind Sir Tim Berners-Lee @ #w2s: One of the gating factors for the whole world of Web apps to take of is trust.

RT @hetavs@davemcclure: Sean Parker: “Friendster lost due to infrastructure probs, but MySpace lost to Facebook due to CAMPUS WARFARE.” #w2s

Web 2.0 Summit 2009 3 hours ago from

RT@jwoolson what is most exciting to you on web right now – Berners-Lee: HTML5, GeoLocation, move from web pages to mobile and apps. #w2s

RT@mworrell @mager “A set of connected social networks will defeat a lone, unconnected one.” Sir Tim Berners-Lee @ #w2s (via @dberlind)

RT@rlavigne42 @stumm :17 cents of every dollar in health care spent on billing. –Aneesh Chopra #w2s A simply astonishing number.

RT@yago1 “Only 20-25% of humanity actually uses the Web at all.” Tim Berners-Lee #w2s (via RT @rww)

RT @the_standard VentureBeat has a #w2s photo gallery.

Pretty cool free video chat and video messaging 3 hours ago from

KoolAid Alert! “We’re moving from information economy to social economy.” – Sheryl Sandberg #w2s

RT @katiemoffat @thenextwomen: Cool! via @LATimesNystrom “The very 1st website can be found here” re #w2s @timoreilly

RT @onlythoughtwork @web2summit: “HTML5 is a computing platform” – @timberners_lee #w2s !mportant Web 2.0

What problem couldn’t you solve if spent 8 hours a day of concentrated effort focused on solving it?

RT @onlythoughtwork Location is THE input to rule them all. Location has the potential to change all outputs #mobile #life #quotes

Great idea from #w2s: What associations does an audience have with your brand?…

Advice To Marketers: Advertising Accountability: 4 hours ago from

RT@BertVanKets @makerbot @doucet: $750 DIY 3D printer @makerbot explained and demonstrated (video) #w2s

RT@psael HP @Web2Summit: 2.3 billion magazines are shipped to newstands & never read; HP answers with print-on-demand service @MagCloud #w2s

RT @andrescatalan What Do Teens Want? Their Moms Off #Facebook #w2s (via @alexiatsotsis)

@timberners_lee is on Twitter.

RT @moyalynne Tim Armstrong / AOL drops teaser about significant shift in their tech emerging next few months around content creation #w2s

RT @simeons Brin: excited by hardware (Moore’s Law persisting). #Google is about figuring out what we can do with what the HW can do. #w2s

RT @web2summit Google founder sergey brinn @ #w2s: “Please forgive Chrome for Mac if it crashes, it is not even in the beta stage yet.”

RT @shawncunningham #w2s I just asked Sergei Brin “where is chrome for mac?” – apparently u can download a dev alpha version, he’s not happy

RT @dberlind Goog Sergey Brin #w2s: “They [the AP, Murdoch] are conflating Google with change [in their complaints that Google is stealing]”

Making Twitter Updates Searchable

July 21, 2009

I have posted over 16,000 words 140 characters at a time to Twitter since I began Tweeting in May of 2008.

Recently I became concerned about the Twitter cloud’s ability to archive my Tweets for a prolonged period of time.

I don’t have the same concern about WordPress’ ability to archive my blog posts so I thought I would mash the two together to create a searchable archive of my Twitter updates both here in my WordPress blog and ultimately in Google’s search engine results pages via the Googlebot crawl.

To create a searchable archive of your Twitter updates, Go to your Twitter Updates link to scroll, scrape and copy all of your Twitter Updates into a Word document or Text editor.

Then create a new blog post in your WordPress blog and paste all of your Tweets into a post with or without each Tweets hashtag (#).

Once you have published your Tweet post in WordPress, visit your blog and search for any of your Tweets by date or keyword in your WordPress search box.

Your Twitter updates are now archived within WordPress.

Provided your blog is already in the Google index, your Twitter updates will then soon be locatable within Google search engine results pages too.

I have posted an example of searchable Twitter Updates on my personal blog

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads Via Twitter

July 11, 2009

The Trending Topics feature on still has considerable room for improvement.

Users have gamed Twitter’s search “ranking” system to promote their businesses in Twitter Trending Topics as well as inundate searchers with all sorts of spam from porn to “Get Rich Tweeting” scams.

Now comes illegal movie downloads.

With the recent release of Bruno and the upcoming release of the latest Harry Potter installment, content pirates have taken to setting up Twitter accounts and pushing their pirated movie copies via Trending Topics tweets.

Twitter Trending Topics

Twitter Trending Topics

A Twitter search for Bruno produces the following search results:

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads via Twitter

Pirates Pushing Illegal Movie Downloads via Twitter

Spam alone may be the prevailing reason why real time search hasn’t yet become ready for prime time.

Who Owns Your Tweets? You or Twitter?

May 28, 2009

There have been several posts in the last day or two about who owns a Twitter account – the employee or the employer.

I believe the Seo Writer blog answered the question the best in the following Q&A format:

Q: Who owns the Twitter account?
A: Twitter.

At which point I have commented: Yeah – and because Twitter owns all Twitter accounts don’t they also “own” all the content you have posted on it?

While Seo Writer’s answer appears to be the correct one, I think it also begs the question “Who Owns Your Tweets? You or Twitter?

Maybe someone over at Twitter could help answer this question if they haven’t already.

State and Local Governments on Twitter

January 27, 2009

The Sunlight Foundation has established and interesting model for any government that may be considering a transparency initiative called Capitol Tweets.

Government Tweets

Government Tweets

What government couldn’t better serve or be served with a Twitter based real time communications and service model? See Tweets on Google Maps

January 23, 2009

Today I noticed referrals to my WordPress blog from

Its an interesting concept: mashing Twitter Tweets up with Google Maps.

I am not sure how often it grabs Tweets or how regularly specific areas within Google Maps  are refreshed but TwitterVision does provide a new view into the world of Twitter.

I tested Twittervision’s ability to place and map Tweets originating from the San Francisco area.

After several minutes Twittervision reported a Tweet from one of Twitter’s most prolific Tweeters – Robert Scoble @ Half Moon Bay, CA.