Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Social Media: Six Dos and Six Don’ts

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I had hoped to have a follow-up post about Facebook’s Subscribe feature, but unfortunately that’s just not going to happen today – look for it early next week.

Instead, I happened upon this great little Dos and Don’ts post from Blue Avocado. There are six pairs of Dos and Don’ts but the author summarizes them nicely right up front:

Ultimately, understanding yourself and your audience is more central to a successful social media presence than mastering the minutiae of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines that can help you maintain good social media “hygiene” and avoid shiny new distractions:

via Six Dos and Six Don’ts with Social Media | Blue Avocado.

Cambridge Reporter Revisited

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

It seems that my foray into community publishing in 2008 has garnered some interest on the Twitter… There is some confusion, understandably, about who was doing what when and under what when.

I may do an in-depth post sometime on the whole experience, but for now I’ll offer a simple timeline to clear the air:

(I’m doing this from memory, so I may revise these a bit after publishing)

June 2008: I launch it’s a community-driven site where anyone can submit stories and opinion. It’s intended to be more news than opinion – similar to but on a smaller scale.

October 2008: TorStar sends me a friendly email about how they still own the Reporter name and they’d appreciate it if I could stop using it. Important to note that in Sept 2008 TorStar did not own any of the relevant URLs, but in October, suddenly appeared with syndicated content from the K-W Record. Update: did a story about this here:

Later in October 2008: becomes

Spring 2009: The Cambridge Voice becomes The Cambridge Advocate under new ownership. (I’m totally drawing a blank on the timing here, so I’ll update after a little research)

There it is – my best recollection of the events surrounding my involvement with the Cambridge Reporter.

On the Twitter, there’s already talk about trying again to create a community-driven local news & opinion website. Stay tuned.

I Cannot Imagine

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I’m not a mommy-blogger. I’m not even a daddy-blogger. I am a Daddy, though, to four fantabulous little kids. So when this news passed through my Twitter stream this evening, my stomach did a little flip.

I do not know the family, but lots of folks on Twitter seem to. has a post with some details if you need them – but suffice to say that a family lost a child tonight. Many more families lost children today, and yesterday. Many more will lose them tomorrow and the next day.

I just went upstairs to hug my kids. I cannot imagine the pain that Shellie (@military_mom) and her husband are feeling. I will pray for them and I will pray for every grieving family tonight.

A really smart guy just called me lazy. He’s right.

Monday, January 5th, 2009

During the Christmas holidays, I was largely offline. For two weeks I think I logged only a few hours actually looking at a computer screen – if you know me, you know that this is astonishing.

I wasn’t, however, disconnected from my online community. Twitter and Facebook (via SMS & mobile apps on my Blackberry) kept me in touch with what was going on in my social net. Around New Year’s, I resolved to make my resolution one that I could keep: “Twitter more, blog less.”

All would have been fine, if Sebastien Provencher hadn’t smacked me upside the head. He wrote a post a Friday that called me out (indirectly) for taking the easy way out. For being lazy.

Your blog is your home base. It should be the foundation upon which you build your online presence and your personal brand. Twitter is the devil. It tempts you to use it to share quick thoughts. It’s the easy (lazy?) way. You don’t have to sit down in front of your computer to think about your next blog post (it takes me between 30 and 60 minutes to write one), you just spew out bite-sized lines.

He was right, of course. Twitter has tremendous value for building a community – around yourself or your organization – but that doesn’t excuse you from attending to your primary communication tools.

I hereby resolve to blog more, both here and at

There I said it – now can I stick to it?

A Tweetup for Canada’s Technology Triangle

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

I’m calling a Tweetup for the Kitchener-Waterloo/Cambridge/Guelph area – otherwise known as Canada’s Technology Triangle.  If you’re on Twitter (or curious) and live in or near the Triangle please join us!

The venue is the Duke & Duchess Pub in north-east Cambridge at Hwy 401 and Townline Rd. Someone might want to bring along a proper website for the D&D!

The date has not yet been set. Please visit ScheduleOnce to let me know which dates you would be available. The date with the most people available wins.

Update: The date has been set. December 9th

See you there!

Update: Apparently Guelph is not officially part of the Technology Triangle – rest assured you are still invited. @designmeme has suggested forming Canada’s Technology Rhombus… we can discuss at the Tweetup. ;)

Welcome to – it’s not YAMS

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

This isn’t Yet Another Microblogging Service, a Twitter-like micro-blogging service, launched yesterday to much chatter in the echo-chamber. At first glance it’s the latest in a long line of Twitter clones and attempts to improve the micro-blogging experience. is different, though, and has the potential to re-arrange our online communications. is powered by software called Laconica – a distributed, or federated, service that allows an infinite number of independent servers to run the service to create the network. The major benefit here is that if one service goes down, it doesn’t take to whole network with it – a la Twitter.

Let’s imagine a network of 5000 Identica users distributed across 5 services: (2500), (1500), (500), (250), (250).

If one of those (lets say happpens to go down it only take a portion of the network with it. If my account is with one of the other providers, I may not even notice, unless a large number of my ‘friends’ are on with that provider. Wow.

Email as a model

As I pondered the implications of this, it occurred to me that this may end up looking much like the email network. There are many providers of email services. Yahoo, Google & Microsoft are the big three for free web-based email while ISPs collectively have a huge chunk of the network. Large organizations (dell, hp, ibm, Ford, etc) make up another huge portion. Then there’s folks like me that have vanity email addresses. As much as we all like to complain about email and its unreliability, it’s a pretty robust system because it’s distributed. Imagine if email worked the way Twitter does – either the whole thing works – or it doesn’t. Unthinkable.

I’m not moving yet

I’m resisting the urge to run over to and signup. Why? If we all migrate over there from Twitter, we’re just creating the same mega-node that has the potential to take down the entire system if someone trips over a cable – or something.

What I’m hoping to see next week – or at least through July – is a few dozen public Laconica providers that we can over which we can distribute the Twitter-verse. I’m planning to launch one myself once the Identica code stabilizes over the next week or so.

[I’m still trying to absorb the implications of this, and I know there lots of smart folks doing the same… and maybe we’re over-stating things. But maybe not.]

Twitter is down – and I’m OK

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Twitter appears to be completely down at the moment – and I’m ok with that.

The instanteous conversation that Twitter provides is more of a luxury than anything and a few hours (or days, for that matter) without it will not diminish my quality of life.

There are, however, certain aspects of Twitter that I rely on prefessionally. Fortunately, thoguh, if no-one else can use Twitter either, I’m not missing anything.

Twitter is really no more than a tool that allows me to communicate with others – and there a hundred other ways I can do that – ncluding picking up the phone.

So I for one am going to enjoy this Twitter outage and use it to communicate in other ways – like writing this blog post.

Conference Twitterati Unite!

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Okay, the title’s a little over the top, but the idea is this: We need a place to keep track of where all of our Twitterati are conferencing. Many of us will be at MESH this week, though others will be at ITEC, etc.

To solve this “who’s where” conundrum, I create ConferenceTwits at PBWiki. Inspired by Chris Brogan’s TwitterPacks project, I hope it’s helpful and reduces the need for the “Are you going to XXX” and “Will you be at YYY” tweets.

The ConferenceTwits wiki is pretty bare right now, but I’m sure the community can change that in a hurry. Check it out, add yourself (or others) and offer feedback here on the blog.

Detroit Tweetup Recap

Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Social Media Alive & Well in Metro Detroit!

There are some great things happening in social media in Metro Detroit. If there was one clear lesson from last night’s gathering of Twitterati from the Metro area, it’s that SF, Boston, Austin & Toronto are NOT the only social media hotspots.

There were some very smart and very enthusiastic people around that table last night – good things are on the way from the Motor City.

A roundup of who was there:

And a plug just for Eric:

Who am I missing?

Metro Detroit Tweetup – May 1st

Friday, April 25th, 2008

original photo by mick62 (flickr)

tweetup: (noun) derived from the words Twitter and meetup; an offline social gathering of Twitter users;

Eric Cedo (@ecedo) and I have arranged the first Metro Detroit tweetup. Any Twitterers who live in or happen to be anywhere near the metro Detroit area are welcome to join us for a few hours of drinks and conversation.

Thursday, May 1st at 5:30pm

Seldom Blues
400 Renaissance Center
Detroit, Michigan 48243

RSVP on Upcoming – or leave a comment below to let us know you’re coming – or just show up!