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Google Buzz – Why Does it Matter?

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Google BuzzYou may have heard about Google Buzz by now.  The new Gmail add-in has created a stir in the media, with Google being accused of violating privacy among other issues – but the service itself is creating a stir as well among the “Social Media” types base solely on its merits.

In order to use Google Buzz you must have a Gmail email address. Our family has been using Gmail almost exclusively as our home email addresses for several years now. We are happy that Google has made email easy to use, easy to organize – and especially easy to archive and search. I can search my archived email for all kinds of items – attached photos and documents, etc. – my wife and I find this extremely valuable!

So, if you’ve just been sold on Gmail – or you already use it, getting back to Google Buzz – you may want to give it a try. If you haven’t been using the Social Media networks like Facebook and Twitter, Google Buzz is an easy to use service that will get you on to the Social Media train while it is still in the station!

I won’t go into how to use the service – it is easy enough to figure out – sign up for Gmail – and the Google Buzz icon will show up right below your email inbox. Start using it, and you will see why it matters. Follow your friends, and let them follow you – get social! It’s a great learning experience, and over time Google will improve this service based on your feedback.

Google Buzz matters because so many of you that have avoided social media will now have a quick entry ramp onto the new way that info is being exchanged on the Internet. Jump in with both feet – you won’t be sorry!

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2 Twitter Clients, Which is Right for You?

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment
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I’ve recently written about Twitter…here.

The elegance and beauty of an application like Twitter can be directly tracked to its API . Application Programming Interface, or API, are a set of rules for OTHER programs or applications to use Twitter (or any other application with an API) in unique and different ways.

Some developers use Twitters API as a way of displaying all the info coming from Twitter (tweets, hashtags, trending info) in different ways. Other developers use the API to use Twitter info in new ways – such as an application that will show Twitter users who you are following that are not following you back.

With this open API, developers have released Twitter “clients” of all sorts and flavors – enabling easy reading and organization of all the “tweets” that come your way. The people, bloggers and brands that you follow on Twitter can be displayed in a very orderly way if you use a desktop client, and you’ll be able to see a lot of info in one place.

There are Twitter clients for your desktop, native clients for Windows/Mac (programs written specifically for your operating system), clients for your phones and mobile devices, and the list goes on.

Let’s take a look at  two Twitter clients, TweetDeck and Seesmic Look, that I’d like to compare for you – mainly due to their striking differences! Each of these Twitter clients are remarkably good at what they do.

Let’s start with TweetDeck!


TweetDeck is an organizers dream. You’ll find it remarkably compact – everything in one place.

Create columns for each of your Twitter accounts, or you can create columns for DM’s (direct messages), mentions and your own tweets – customize it to your liking! You can tweet directly from Tweetdeck, as well as update your other social media statuses – very convenient for the user that would like everything in one place. Get everything you need all at once, including updates to Facebook and LinkedIn. If you closely at the image, you’ll see that I keep track of both my Twitter accounts, @joninc and @ineptiDude – all in the same desktop app.

TweetDeck uses Adobe Air to run, so you’ll be asked to download it to run the TweetDeck application. This may be the only drawback to using TweetDeck that I can find, and it’s not Adobe Air per se, but the amount of system memory you’ll give up to run the program. Simply put – this is NOT a reason to pass TweetDeck by, I still highly recommend you give it a try – see if it suits your style.

Some of the features that TweetDeck sports are:

  • Updates to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn accounts
  • Old and new style retweets
  • Manage multiple Twitter accounts
  • Add, creat and manage Twitter Lists
  • And many, many more!

Moving on to Seesmic Look

Seesmic Look is the ideal Twitter Client for the beginner, as well as the more advanced Twitter user. “Look” gives a gorgeous rendition of what is going on in Twitter in real time, and you can also customize it to a certain extent.

As you can see from the image above, Seesmic Look has a beautiful interface, and it is ultimately easy to use and understand how Twitter works, and why so many people use it!

Once you start to use Seesmic Look you will completely understand what the term “real time” means. I could go on, but highly recommend that you download the Seesmic Look client and try it. I recently used Seesmic Look while following a back-channel during an online conference I was attending. “Look” made it so easy to follow the comments of the other attendees, and to respond and comment while the webinar went on. It is just so easy to follow!   (Back-channel is a term used for an ongoing conversation while a presentation is being given.  Twitter is the perfect “back-channel” tool, you don’t have to speak, can include links, and can find new people to follow!)

Which Twitter Client is for You?

When you download and use a Twitter client, you will find Twitter so much easer to organize and use.  The client that you choose to use is purely a personal decision – all Twitter clients have features that vary from app to app.  Once you find a client that you like, use it – update your status, Retweet your favorites, and don’t forget to leave some mentions and messages to your followers!

Leave a comment below if you use a Twitter client – tell about your favorite!

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OK, I’m on Facebook, but what is Twitter?

January 17, 2010 1 comment
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Twitter is a micro-blog.

You have 140 characters (total) to tell your story.  Most avid users of Twitter (follow me on Twitter at my personal account @joninc or blog account @IneptiDude) will post multiple times per day.

This can be a fantastic resource to those of you who want to learn more about social media, or anything else for that matter.

Although many folks that are NOT on Twitter think that users post things like: “I’m heading into the shower,” or “Going to sleep now,” – this is simply not the case any longer.  Yes, some new users (and perhaps your friends) use Twitter in this way – but there is so much more to it than that.

Sign up for an account at http://www.twitter.com, look for the search box on the right side of the screen once you’re on your new home page – and search for terms that matter to you, things like “baseball”, “politics”, even “religion” – yes all of that is discussed on Twitter.  If you want to learn more about “social media”, or “Facebook” – plug those terms in and see what you get.  You’ll find people, marketers, businesses – all sharing what they think is important!

You will have to “follow” people to get their “tweets” – I know, this is a whole new language – but once you get it, you get it!!  A “tweet” is a single, personal post to the Twitter “feed”.  The “feed” is the total accumulation of all posted “tweets”.  Once you “follow” a Twitter account/user, their “tweets” will show up on YOUR homepage.

I’ll be posting more on Twitter in the very near future.  In the meanwhile, check out some of the resources and related articles below.  And – please ask any questions in the comments section below.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, please leave a comment below!!!

Twitter Resources:

Mashable’s Twitter Guide Book – this is my #1 learning resource, and all you’ll need to learn about Twitter!

Twitter’s Getting Started Forum – another great resource for beginners…

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