Retweet February 2010

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in February 2010. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Superbowl

  • Carrie Underwood sounds awful, off key and off tune, sounds like she is yelling. What would Simon say? “Don’t quit your day job.”
  • Super Bowl Sunday is a secular holiday.
  • Colts touchdown!!!
  • Colts touchdown!!! Twitter just down!!!
  • Go Daddy #superbowelads so predictable, they are acted and written like bad pron.
  • For some today is the Super Bowl, for others the Super Bore, but for most the Brand Bowl.
  • Wow. Saints denied. The defensive levees broke.
  • Men’s manlyness is attacked in FloTV and Dodge #superbowelads.
  • Pinball Wizard? What is a pinball? Who are The Who? How about having an act that has had a hit this century?
  • Super Bowl half time show with The When, I mean, The Who… Who are you is a perfect song for them.
  • The Who. WHO DAT?
  • The Who. I would have asked The Why?
  • Saints iTouchdown!!! Now we got a game.
  • Colts score to take the lead. Great drive on the third quarter.
  • Google gag. What a lousy #superbowlad by Google. They should have made an ad addressing their search censorship and privacy issues.
  • Saints TD.
  • Saints Miracle Interception!!! Party on Buorbon St.
  • Mardi Gras in Miami. The Saints go marching on to a Super Bowl championship.

Politricks

  • The Tea Party is a Democratic National Committee ploy to divide and conquer the Republican Party.
  • It I’d said that the Greeks invented democracy, but maybe that is a Greek mythology.
  • Democracy or capitalism do not even attempt to close the divide between social classes.
  • Obama tries to make a comparison between star athletes’ pay and wall street bonuses, but he forgets we didn’t bailout the MLB or the NFL.
  • The end product of hope is disillusion.

Got Gov?

  • China exports iPods, France exports champagne, Italy exports leather goods, Israel exports Mossad Death Squads.
  • In Israel, winning hearts and mind involves ripping open your heart and blowing your mind, literally.
  • In Israel, political assassinations are part of the peace process.
  • Water boarding: baptism by simulated drowning.
  • We should be able to water board our public officials to answer our concerns.
  • It seems that University of California prefers out of state/foreign students, they should change their name of University of China.
  • The One Government wants to normalize the world’s religion into a single belief.

Econemy

  • It used to be that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, now the squeaky wheel gets replace.
  • No one ever gets rich by working hard, they get rich by having others working hard for them.
  • Fix it tickets won’t fix the economy.
  • Wall Street bonuses are not a way to retain employees, it is a pay off to keep the the wool over the public’s eyes.

Propagandon’t

  • The government website recovery.gov might as well be renamed to propaganda.gov.
  • Ma Zhaoxu, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, said “There are no dissidents in China.” I guess they must have killed them all.
  • Freedom is gained through the bang of revolution and lost through the whimper of torture, oppression, and tyranny in the name of the homeland.
  • In the future, we will have vaccines for boredom.
  • Curing people of illness and disease is not a profitable and sustainable business model for pharmaceuticals.

Randumb

  • No. 2 Pencil: Instead of learning how to think, students tend to learn how to remember factoids.
  • Multiple Choice: Instead of learning the material, students tend to learn how to guess.
  • Tiger Woods saying “Elin never hit me that night or any other night” is as true as Bill Clinton saying he didn’t have relations with that woman.
  • Tiger Woods sounded like a robot reading his prepared and rehearsed public apology, he probably does it like a robot too.
  • Tiger Woods wants to change his name to escape all the attention, he is considering Tiger Morningwood.
  • Every single scientific innovation has brought us that much closer to complete and total annihilation.
  • There is a thin line between suck and blow.
  • Forget 49ers and 76ers, I’m a 69er!
  • Sour grapes make bad wine.
  • Working on the menial, thinking of the grandeur, dreaming of the eternal.
  • When people say they are looking forward to making $$, they really mean looking forward to spending $$.
  • There are some parks that walking at night is not a walk on the park.
  • I need someone thinking on their toes rather than standing on their head.
  • Opportunities are magnetized, you should not fight their polarity.
  • Getting mad is like taking one step back.
  • Do you earn, find, or hustle success? I bend, flatten, and distribute success.
  • What you think and what you know are not the same thing.
  • The universe is flexible, so much so that it routinely bends light, time, and space.
  • Reality is relative.
  • Nature favors survivors.
  • Positivity is it’s own reward.
  • People are often reactionary, and usually to other people.
  • crazy idea + watershed moment + great effort = breakthrough
  • Time adds up to more than just a period of time.
  • Let time be your ally, don’t fight against time, .
  • Being too early is just as bad, if not worse, as being too late.
  • Marriage makes a men mediocre.
  • Your marriage vowels should not include legalese.
  • The reason you can’t buy love is because people want to haggle like they are buying a car.
  • The roar of a dandy lion is a whisper in the wind.
  • Not all questions are meant to be answered, some are meant to be reflected upon.
  • What is unobtainable is no reason to stop trying.
  • People say stupid things but what is really stupid is to accept what people day without consideration.
  • Next to smoking crack nothing kills more brain cells than going shopping.
  • For some bitching is living.
  • Feelings are not based on facts.

Overheard

  • OH: John Mayer is so bluesy for someone so pale.
  • OH: you a fake ass bitch, fake as gold plates jewelry, fake as cubic zirconium, fake as $20 rolex, fake as imitation crab meat, …
  • OH: I’m the DJ to your soundtrack.

Social Media Top Links February 2010: Google Buzz Privacy Debacle

Here are the top links, articles, and news regarding social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Buzz. The big news this month was the announcement and initial release of Google Buzz. Google Buzz generated a lot of buzz with users, mostly because of it’s thoughtless disregard for user’s privacy.

Twitter

Facebook

Google Buzz

Fuzzy Buzz February 2010: One Month with Google Buzz

After using Google Buzz for a month I have started to find my grove and how that fits with my social networking self. If you are using Google Buzz, be sure to follow me I’ll follow back. Here are some recent buzz posts from a variety of topics.

All About Buzz

  • With any new service there is always a land rush for the best vanity url, profile name, and followers?
  • The short for Google Mail is GMail. The abbreviation for Google Voice is GVoice. Will Google Buzz be shorten down to GBuzz? What about Guzz?
  • That is the plural of buzz? Buzzes?
  • I expected Microsoft to blatantly copy Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare before Google.
  • Google Buzz is a new opportunity for the race to reach 1,000,000 followers. I hope @aplusk hasn’t heard of Google Buzz yet as it would give me a head start.
  • What I like about Buzz is that it has not been taken over by marketing and SEO bot accounts, just like the early days of Twitter.
  • What is the verb of using Google Buzz? Buzzing? Like, “I can’t talk cause I am buzzing right now.”
  • Having a buzz attack.
  • I’m going to buzz my facebook to tweet my tumblr post on myspace and blog about it.
  • Remember when following someone meant stalking… Now it means, friending.
  • I don’t know how to find the Google Buzz posts that I liked. Anybody know where to find liked posts?
  • I think that Google and Facebook are in a battle for your friends. But it feels more like a Belfast brawl cage fight… Google and Apple are battling it out in in the mobile space with tit for tat guerrilla warfare… i.e. you can use the word ‘Android’ to describe you app on the Apple App Store. Now Google will suck a lot of the hot air valuation from Facebook. I think Jason Calacanis stated that Facebook lost half it’s value because of Google Buzz… and Microsoft is trying to pick a fight with Google in the search space with Bing but it is not getting much traction.
  • When commenting in the middle of the Buzz stream, people notice the comment box flicker and jump around as other posts around the one you are commenting are updated with new comments. If you don’t like the flickering, I get’s me dizzy after a while, click on the post’s time stamp in the upper right corner. The link is to the page for this one post and it does have the jumpy flickering visible when commenting in the middle of your stream.
  • I am not sure how Google will combat the additional spam I expect because of Google Buzz and Google Profiles. But I imagine, spammers and marketers are already hard at work developing spam bots that will follow everyone possible and then it is very easy to figure out peoples email address by adding at gmail.com at the end of you profile user name which is public, visible, and searchable.
  • When Twitter first came out Leo Laporte and Kevin Rose had the most followers for the longest time because the early adopters where mostly technologists. But once celebrities and mass media discovered Twitter, and after the stop laughing at the concept, they quickly gained the most followers and brought on new users. Leo Laporte currently has over 6K++ followers. Just wait until Britney Spears gets her buzz on.
  • Ansel Adams would not have had used Flickr, Shakespeare would not had has used Twitter, Ghandi would not have had used Facebook, and Columbus would not have had used Foursquare.. But I am sure they would all have had used Google Buzz.
  • How does one get verified on Google Buzz/Profile? I certify myself. Does my mom need to call Google to verify my identity? What else will Google verify? What I really need is an alibi and some receipts from a convenience store in Albuquerque, New Mexico for last night.
  • There is a lot of negative reaction regarding the privacy failures with Google Buzz. I think that the problem with Google Buzz is not that it is integrated in GMail. The problem is the defaults of Google Buzz, including auto-follow, and public profiles, and the inability to use a public profile name other than your private GMail user name, the blocking functionality does not seem to work, etc. Google pulled a Facebook move in terms of privacy… Their motto of ‘do no evil’ did not stop them from doing something so stupid.
  • There are a few things I like Buzz over Twitter. The ability to edit buzzes after they have been posted and commented on, and the ability to post more than 140 characters at a time. What I don’t like is that, unlike Facebook, is that you can’t delete comments left on you posts from trolls or stalkers or folks buzzing on their own supply. Even after you block spammers their comments are still visible in your posts.
  • Posting on Google Buzz feels like posting a medium size blog entry. First we had blogs where we can post long form articles, then came microblogs like twitter, and now we are moving back up with medium size blogs like Buzz and Posterous were we can easily post a paragraph or two.

Buzzing Enlightenment

  • For those that have not attained enlightenment it is some special to attain, for those that have achieve enlightenment it is not worth mentioning.
  • I feature I hate in my iPhone 3GS is that when listening to music, if you shake or jolt the phone it shuffles to some random song. I feel like shaking a bitch when that happens!
  • I think one problem with anything that Microsoft does is that everything they develop looks like Windows, which is based on Windows 3.1. Windows CE, Windows Tablet, Windows Mobile, it all looks like Windows. I mean, they ported Microsoft Office to their mobile platforms to look like it does on the desktop.
  • Is Comcast trying to re-brand themselves as XFINITY? Don’t they know that a rose with any other name smells as sweet, and that bad customer service with any other name sucks the same, if not worse because now they confused you as to who you are calling to complain about your cable being out?
  • Tiger Woods saying “Elin never hit me that night or any other night” is as truthful as Bill Clinton saying “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”
  • What is the must have Apple software? Apple Aperture, Microsoft Office for Mac, iWork, iLife, VMWare Fusion 3, MacSpeech Dictate, Pixelmator, Comic Life, Mobile Me, other? What other Mac software should I have?

Retweet October 2009

Here I am reblogging some retweets for the past month that broken down by subject matter. Some of these tweets also cover events that occurred in October 2009. If you like to follow along, befriend xwoop and lolprez and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Got Gov?

  • The only thing a government has to fear is the people, to bad the people are manipulated by fear.
  • Counter-terrorism is the other side to the same coin, terrorism.
  • It’s not personal, it’s political!
  • The donkey is the political symbol of the democrats, the elephant of the republicans, and the nearest fast food logo is the symbol of the American people.

Econemy

  • 2,000 kids going to the white house for trick or treat, the trick is that they will be still paying for the bailout when they have kids…
  • Some people spend all day thinking about how to spend money, other on how to earn money.
  • Recession, rescue, recovery, relapse, and repeat.
  • Free market for all or free fall.
  • If the world is flat, it is because the US is getting flatten out.
  • Worst bull is advice given in a bear market from those that got lucky in a bull market.

Nobel Obama Prize

  • Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, Michael Vick to win Humane Society Person of the Year award…
  • Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, next he is due to win the Latin Grammy’s Award for best new salsa album.
  • Prez Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, next he will win Boston Marathon even though he has not entered.
  • Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize, since when does one win a peace prize for maintaining four wars: Iraq, Afghanistan, drugs, terror?
  • Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Price, Joe Biden to win Miss America pageant.

Balloon Boy Hoax

  • This #balloonboy episode feels like a Simpsons rerun.
  • #balloonboy found at home, now #spankedboy to trend on twitter.
  • What Obama says about #balloonboy: What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass.
  • #balloonboy sightings reported in Roswell, New Mexico.
  • Has any one looked for #balloonboy in a well, I’m just saying.
  • Fall out boy to make a song commemorating #balloonboy
  • Hollywood producers are pitching a new movie: #balloonboy
  • #balloonboy will be remembered as a great aeronautical pioneer, like Amelia Earhart.
  • #balloonboy landed safely and hijacked a farmer’s tracker and is heading back home…
  • The Air Force shot down #balloonboy as a Unidentified Flying Object

WTF FTW

  • To much chow mein in the membrane.
  • Peace by proliferation.
  • Always busy: When I am not doing, I am juggling.
  • We had avian flu, now swine flu, I’ve be scare when scientist unleash lolcat flu…
  • Some people sell money, the idea of making money, the promise of a higher rate of return on that money.
  • It takes money to make money, but it is better if its someone else’s money.
  • The world does not work they way you think it ought to work, unless you are a crazy person living in your own little world.
  • I wish I had GPS tracking on all my socks, they always end up missing.
  • Songs don’t have the same lasting impression that they use to have.
  • Out with the old, in with with the retro.

Twitter Tweet Links May 2009

Here are some worthwhile articles regarding Twitter for May 2009.

Usage and Growth

API and Twapps

Performance and Scalability

Tweet Voice

There has been a lot of talk and excitement around Twitter recently, it all reach a new high when Oprah Winfrey dedicated a portion on her television program to Twitter. Some stats that followed the airing of the show indicated that as much as 1 million new users signed up to Twitter. Stats that followed after the Oprah Effect died down indicated that as much as 60 percent of new users don’t use the service after a month.
I can attest that this was true for me too! I joined Twitter before they went mainstream, before the most celebrities ever heard of it, and before it was a marketeer next marketing gimmick. What I came to realize is that when you first join a new community, at first you just lurk until you feel comfortable with the acceptable behavior in the community and the functionality of the service. This is definitely true in developing communities before the trolls and marketeers arrive.
The Twitter community has matured to shape features in the site, such as the @username reply mechanism and search friendly #hashtags. And Twitter is still evolving to meet users demands. But what will help you get the most out of Twitter has nothing to do with technology, but finding your tweet voice. Find your tweet voice, tune it, and experiment with it especially since Twitter makes it so easy. Don’t take the ‘What are you doing?’ question asked by Twitter too literal, use it as a suggestion, an ice breaker. Instead ask yourself, how am I going to change my world? What is my value add? Who am I going to connect with today? What matters to me the most?
Once you find your voice, you will need to find people to follow. The trick I like to use is I follow those that people I trust follow. For example, follow the folks that celebrities follow. All the mobile, desktop, and web clients to Twitter make it easy to always stay tune to your followers, use the favorite feature to save tweets that are interesting to you, reply and retweet to tweets add value to the conversation.
The key to twitter is to find followers and find hour voice.

The Twitter Days of the Week

If you have been using Twitter for any amount of time you will soon notice hashtags such as #followfriday. People post a list of twitter user that the recommend using the #followfriday hashtag on Friday. It is a form of shout out to and a way to recommend fellow Twitterers. But Friday is not the only day that has a hashtag dedicated to it. In fact, you can pretty much try to start your own hashtag trend for any day of the week. Here are some that I have seen.

  • #musicmonday, #mememonday, #manicmonday
  • #tweettuesday
  • #woofwednesday
  • #thanksthursday
  • #followfriday
  • #sexysaturday
  • #sleepysunday

Twitter for Newbies

With Oprah jumping on the Twitter bandwagon, the social status update service has gone mainstream. Here are a few general tips for those new to Twitter.

  • Use as short and easy to remember username as possible.
  • Add original picture and background to your profile.
  • Retweet tweet messages if you find them meaningful, insightful, or to show appreciation.
  • Always give proper credit for retweet and leave message intact as much as possible.
  • If you can’t tweet anything nice, retweet somebody else.
  • It is best to retweet the source, not a retweet of a retweet of a retweet etc.
  • Don’t tweet anything your wouldn’t say in person.
  • Use hashtags to add context, additional information to your status update.
  • On Friday list fellow twitterers that reply to you using the hashtag #followfriday.
  • Follow as many of those that follow you, but beware of SEO, marketers, bots, and spammers.
  • Celebrities won’t follow you, but follow and engage those that celebrities actually follow.
  • Follow those near you and attend tweetups.
  • Use Twitter clients such as TweetDeck, Twitteriffic, or Twhirl.
  • 140 characters force you to keep it short, be sure to keep it succinct.
  • Reply, retweet, and converse with your friends and followers.
  • Be humble, no matter how many follower you have, don’t call them your followers.
  • Mark tweets that you enjoy as your favorite.
  • If nothing else, just add value.

Books on Twitter

Currently on Amazon there are over nine books on the Twitter, and more coming soon. For those not yet using Twitter, it is a micro blogging service. Each message update sent to Twitter has a limit of 140 characters. Twitter always asks one single question, What are you doing? And from this one single question and 140 characters used to answer said question, Twitter has grown to become a cottage industry for mashup developer, marketers, and bloggers.

The question I is, do people really need Twitter for Dummies or Twitter in 21 days? I mean, Twitter is easier to use than a phone. I type a lot less buttons on my iPhone to tweet an update than to call out of my area code.

Tweet Holiday

The holidays are a stressful time for most, I included, but their is usually a payoff at the end in the form of gifts. Here is an aggregation of my holiday tweets.

  • Now I know what sleeping pills are made of, miniaturized thanksgiving turkey dinners.
  • I feel like a jive turkey, stuff with stuffing and fixins.
  • This is the first year I have had an xmas tree that was bigger than myself.
  • Have a holla holliday.
  • Wrapping up gift wrapping.
  • ‘Tis the season of liquidations.
  • Tonight is Christmas eve eve.
  • Tracking Santa on noradsanta.org, hope the Russians don’t confuse him for a US spyplane.
  • Gansta wrapping last minute gifts.
  • According to NORAD, Santa has entered US airspace.
  • Happy hip hopping eXtreme Christmas (xmas).
  • T-minus 60 minutes to operation Unwrap Holidays.
  • Watching yule log and drinking egg nog.
  • Spreading cheer like if it was butter.
  • Operation Unwrap Fury was a total success.
  • Made out like a pirate.
  • Santa not only brought gifts, he also brought the rain, I guess it is better than if he brought the pain.
  • I got PSP, DS, Wii, XBox 360, DVD, Blu Ray media, the only media I didn’t get was music CDs.
  • At Stanford mall getting a security device removed from an Xmas gift, will there another person came in for the same reason.

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