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Jonstieglitz

Welcome to Blatant Follower Promotion! In this episode, @jonstieglitz talks about:

  • His jobs: keeping us free from radition, and creating web sites;
  • His use of and views on social media and online privacy;
  • Becoming a Christian;
  • And more!

Jon online

Tweet of the week

This week’s tweet of the week is from @danlank:

Christian fundamentals: 1) Love God 2) Love your neighbour. What happened in Norway has nothing to do with Christian fundamentals.

What happened in Norway this week was awful. It should not have happened. The suggestion that the man who commited those crimes was doing so becuase of Christian beliefs is worrysome too. Jesus is the centre of the faith, and there is nothing in the way he lived his life that could lead to the idea that bombing and shooting people was a good thing to do.

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What would you reveal online?A couple of weeks ago I started asking on Twitter to fill in a form telling me what their greatest need is. The form doesn’t say how I’ll use the results, or if they will be made public. I got 22 results (though 2 were gibberish). Interesting to me though, are the stats for the visitors. I managed to get a screen shot at 100 visitors, which makes working out percentages easy:
What do you reveal online without thinking about how the results will be used? Do you mind what service providers are doing with the extra information you might be handing to them at the same time?
What assuances do you seek from service providers before you hand over your information?
Please let me know in the comments section.

What would you reveal online?

A couple of weeks ago I started asking on Twitter to fill in a form telling me what their greatest need is. The form doesn’t say how I’ll use the results, or if they will be made public. I got 22 results (though 2 were gibberish). Interesting to me though, are the stats for the visitors. I managed to get a screen shot at 100 visitors, which makes working out percentages easy:

What do you reveal online without thinking about how the results will be used? Do you mind what service providers are doing with the extra information you might be handing to them at the same time?

What assuances do you seek from service providers before you hand over your information?

Please let me know in the comments section.

The podcasts I currently listen to

Here is a rundown of the podcasts I currently listen to:

A web log of social media and web articles

Here are a selection of articles I’ve found recently that you might find interesting too:
How do you build local engagement on Twitter?- some good tips here and links to interesting services such as Nearby Tweets to see people tweeting near you (or anywhere else). Say you’d just started a job where you needed to talk to people in your local area on Twitter, that would be a good site to start at.

Take Meeting Minutes From Your Tablet or Laptop With Minutes.io- talks aboutminutes.ioa site you can use to take minutes for a meeting. Could be quite useful with a bit of refining. Not bad for a free tool though. I wonder if they could make custom versions for specific organisations. Maybe having some sort of Twitter integration too?
Find Out What 100+ Corporate Strategists Have Planned for Social Media in 2011- leads to a 33 page PDF report on social media uses in Corporate environment (once you have entered your email address and other details). I’m currently reading other resources, so this will have to be added to the queue!

Call-to-Action Wording Best Practices- some interesting insights in to helping people follow the calls to action on your web site.
Sorry to the people I found these from - I forgot to add that to my notes. I know some were from @tweetsmarter but I can’t remember the rest. Thanks to a new feature on the site, you can now read tweets from the people I follow- the links would have come from them somewhere!

Do you have any articles on social media or web design you’d like to share? Please post them in the comments.
Apr 9

Posterous

Welcome to Blatant Follower Promotion, the @Posterous episode! It was great to have this chance to talk to @richiepear from Posterous, the blogging system I use to bring you Blatant Follower Promotion. I could have asked more questions for hours, but in this half hour interview, we discuss:

  • What is Posterous
  • Posting anything from anywhere
  • Technology troubles and triumphs
  • Posterous Mobile apps
  • The future of Posterous
  • and more!

Posterous online

Twitter users of the week

This week’s user of the week is: @xboxsupport who are the Guinness World Record Holder for Most Responsive Brand on Twitter and it shows. Many times I’ve seen people I follow mention their Xbox situations, and @xboxsupport always replies really quickly. Well done to them for leading the way when it comes to Twitter communications from a brand.

I see they use a tool called TweetRiver to coordinate their efforts, but apps such as TweetDeck with their instant updates and custom searches could also be useful if you wanted to track what people are saying about your brand. What Twitter tools do you use and what for? Please let me know in the comments.

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Music on the show: “I dunno” by grapes (licensed under CC Attribution (3.0))

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Apr 2

Shirleyar

Welcome to Blatant Follower Promotion, the @shirleyar episode. In the interview, Shirley talks about:

  • Her use of social media
  • Leading Girl Guides
  • Hull
  • The role of faith in her life
  • Women in technology (no, not this album)
  • And more

Shirley online

April Fools!

Did you have any fun April Fools jokes to share? Add them in the comments please.

Here are a couple I picked up on this week:

Gmail Motion

IKEA HUNDSTOL Dog Highchair

More from Google and more from elsewhere

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March for the Alternative

Yesterday my wife and I (along with around half a million other people) attended the March for the Alternative, organised on Twitter via the @march26march account.

It was a great day and we didn’t see any of the violence that unfortunately broke out after the main peaceful march had concluded.

As you can see from my photos, people from many different services and sections of society came together to make their voices heard.

It is just a shame A) violent people turned up to spoil the party and B) the government has said it will ignore this march and what it stood for.

Have you ever gone on a protest march? What for, and did it make any difference?

Max_cross

Welcome to Blatant Follower Promotion, the @max_cross episode. In this week’s interview, we discuss:

Max Online

Twitter user of the Week

The Twitter user of the week this week is: @codebutler:

  1. He created Firesheep, discussed in detail on Security Now 272
  2. I think this spurred Twitter in to action to fix the problem on their site
  3. Though while adding the fix, Twitter went down which we discussed in the interview
  4. Follow Twitter’s guide to enable the new feature now

 

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Design for Dead Simple Distinction


Design for Dead Simple Distinction, originally uploaded by edross.

Imagine it is 6am, and you’ve wondered downstairs to make you and your wife
a cup of tea each. She likes goat’s milk, but you have cow’s milk. As it is
so early, the parts of your body that are required for reading are not quite
fully functional yet, but your taste buds are, and you don’t want to end up
drinking tea that tastes of a Greek salad. How are you supposed to pour the
right milk in the right cup?

In the case of Tesco, they have come up with quite a simple, but effective
way to differentiate between the two types of milk: the bottle of one has
the handle in the middle, and the other has the handle on the edge.

Even at your most blurry eyed moment, you should be able to feel around for
the edge and the middle of the bottle and tell which is which! And so there you have it: one small way in which the design of an every-day
object has helped increase its usability. Can you think of any other
examples? If so, please let me know in the comments section below.

Ricky Moorhouse

Welcome to Blatant Follower Promotion, the @rickymoorhouse episode. In this interview, we discuss:

 

Ricky online

Question of the week: Is Twitter biting the hand that feeds it?

This week Twitter announced: We don’t want you making Twitter apps that just let you read and write to Twitter any more.

What do you think about that? Is it fair for them to let third party developers help make Twitter the giant it is today, only to turn their back on them later down the line? Maybe Twitter is just doing what it has to in order to help the users know what Twitter is? What do you think. Please let me know in the comments section of this post.

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Music on the show: “I dunno” by grapes (licensed under CC Attribution (3.0))