H1N1? You infected my battleship!

H1N1? You infected my battleship!

(one scientist to another) Technically, it's swine flu. But we're calling it H1N1 because the hashtag's shorter.

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@SFUWoodwards, here's your camera

Winner in our Twitter contest gets her Flip HD


Turns out it really is better to give than receive! We just handed Julie Ovenell-Carter, a.k.a. @sfuwoodwards, her brand new Flip MinoHD video camera, her prize in Social Signal's first Twitter contest.

No peeing on the floor, and no outranking me on Technorati

No peeing on the floor, and no outranking me on Technorati

(woman to a dog in her lap) Fine, you can have an account. But if you wind up with more followers than I have, I'm deleting your furry ass.

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How Twitter groups can make your twittering more a meaningful, conversational and connected

Twitter thoughtfully

Friend and SoSi advisor Leda Dederich asked for my thoughts on Virginia Heffernan's New York Times Magazine article last week, Let them eat Tweets. Heffernan riffs on Bruce Sterling's recent SXSW keynote, and writes:

I have only lately begun to wonder whether I’d use Twitter if I were fully at liberty to do what I liked. In other words, I’m not sure I’d use Twitter if I were rich. Swampy, boggy, inescapable connectivity: it seems my middle-class existence has stuck me here.

Heffernan is just about my favourite writer on tech culture, and while I can't concur with her subjective experience -- my fantasies of wealth involve having more time to spend online, not less -- her article prompted me to think about how much of my Twitter use is compulsive, rather than fulfilling.

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When bad things happen to good networks

Vendetta of the week: Twitter ponzi schemes for building followers

Vendetta of the week

Tonight i stumbled across a website that promises to get you more than 20,000 followers. How? The same way that letter you got in grade 2 promised to make you $500 dollars.

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Three weeks to Twitter credibility, part 3

Twitter quickstart: 10 ways to make time to Twitter


Whether you're an ambivalent Twitter newbie or a chronic tweeter in the throes of a growing addiction, your tweeting is going to take time that you're currently using for something else. Even if you're following our guide to effective tweeting in 5 minutes a week, those five minutes have to come from somewhere. So here are my suggestions for activities you can pare back on -- or give up entirely -- to make room for tweeting.

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Three weeks to Twitter credibility, part 2

Twitter quickstart: Effective twittering in 5 minutes a week


If you're new to Twitter, you want to quickly eliminate the five sure signs you're a Twitter newbie:

  1. An empty user account with no tweets (see part 1 of our quickstart guide for 21 tweets that can help you avoid that fate!)
  2. Following fewer than 20 people (Oprah, please take note!)
  3. Having fewer than 30 people following you (Oprah, your 472,000 followers have got you covered on that one.)
  4. Updating less than twice a week
  5. Letting your feed peter out after an initial flurry of posts

Here are some quick ways you can follow people, attract followers, and keep your feed regularly updated -- all in less than five minutes a week. You read that right: five minutes!

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Three weeks to Twitter credibility, part 1

Twitter quickstart: Your first 21 tweets

N00b on Twitter

Gillian Shaw pointed out a "Twitter squatter" to me last night -- Mel Lehan, the NDP candidate in our riding, who'd nabbed his name on Twitter but not actually posted anything. It's smarter than not squatting -- the last thing you'd want as a candidate is to see someone else posting in your name! -- but there is a better way.

If you need to stake a claim to your Twitter identity, but you don't know what to tweet about, here's an easy way to get your Tweeting underway. You don't need to look like the world's most longstanding Twitterer (after all, Oprah just started tweeting last week!), but an empty Twitter feed is just, well, a little forlorn.

So I've taken the liberty of writing your first 21 tweets for you. That's enough for you to post something once a day for the next three which time you should have the hang of Twitter and know what kinds of things you want to say. If not, at least you'll look like you gave it a decent try.

@awsamuel Could you pass the salt?

@awsamuel Could you pass the salt?

Couple on a sofa. One, looking at a computer, says to the other, 'I can't talk right now. I'm catching up on your tweets.'

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Two words that can rock your next presentation

Speakers: how to use Twitter to magnify your speech's online impact

Twitter listens to a speech

Not to sound like a telemarketer, but can I have half a minute of your time?

How about if it does wonders to increase your profile?

Here's how I want you to spend those 30 seconds. Open up your presentation file and click on your title slide - the one with your contact info.

Add two words at the bottom - like this:

Twitter: robcottingham

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