January 14, 2008

Visual Twitter

The Twitter API has evolved into yet another way to communicate what you are doing, except this time it's not about telling others what you are doing but showing others what you are doing..........

"A global community of users answering the question......What are you doing? Answer by sending a picture from your camera phone."

This technology operates with your current Twitter account, all you have to do is enter in your mobile phone number and be logged in to your account for your pictures to show up. I'm not sure what they are doing to monitor any x-rated photos but you can bet Doug March will think of something that captures all the naughty pictures that come in. A Visual Twittertale perhaps? How 'bout it Doug?

January 08, 2008

Politweets: A Political Twittertale

Okay, so I am beginning to sound a bit obsessed with Twittertale. I can't help it. Doug and his team at Character140 keep coming up with such innovative ideas that greatly affect social media that I simply must share it!

His newest project: A site much like Twittertale, in that it tracks words on the public time line, however this time it is political. The site is called Politweets and it combs Twitter for citizen journalists talking about the primary and presidential campaign season and catalogues their comments.......

"We saw a great need for one site where users could find more information about the presidential race," said chief strategist behind, Doug March. "We tracked candidates on the local level and found many Twitter users asking, 'Does Hillary Clinton have a twitter account?' As social networking plays an increasingly important role in online campaigning, we wanted to offer Twitter users and voters a political forum to help inform their Election Day decisions."

Already, there is quite the chatter going on, with the center column on Politweets showing the most popular candidates on Twitter. This list will reshuffle the candidates in real-time if one candidate is talked about more than another. Prominent Twitter users include presidential candidates, John Edwards and Barack Obama with more than 6,000 Twitter followers.

Evidently, as more candidates join in the conversation, more and more features will be added to the site and Doug assures me, that just because the political season is upon us, they are not turning their backs on Twittertale. In fact, quite the contrary, Doug and his team are going to continue creating new sites using this micro-blogging technology to bring us all kinds of interesting topics to Twitter about.......

"Ultimately, the technology on which Twittertale and Politweets was built could be used in a variety of ways. We want to take this technology to public relations and marketing companies so they can track the success of their clients' campaigns, create online visibility and benchmarks, and access real-time market penetration statistics."

What do you think the next Tweet topic should be for the brains over at Character140?  Let's see....we've got swear words and politics, it seems only fitting that religion should come next.

January 03, 2008


No, I'm not going to tell you a tale about Twitter. However, if you ever use swear words on Twitter someone could tell on you!

Evidently, if you're an avid Twitter user and have a pottymouth to boot, Twittertale will be notified every time you use a bad word. Kristen Nicole, over at Mashable, gave it a deliberate try and she says, "they are fast"........

"I updated my own Twitter account and admittedly used a naughty word (it was only 3 letters!). You can imagine my surprise when I saw it nearly in real time on Twittertale. Yes, I totally just told on myself. Thanks, Twittertale."

Even if you're not into using swear words to update your Tweets, you can still check out all the choice words your fellow Twitterers have used.............

"Down the center of the page, you’ll see the recent curse words various Twitter users have employed. Along the right side of the page, you’ll see the words that are most often used, as well as the most frequent offenders."

Twittertale gives a list of the top 5 naughty words as well as the top 5 habitual offenders. Although, this could ignite some privacy issues in the future, for now, I am hoping Twittertale will actually set up a Twitter account so I can follow all the bad-word posts that come in. I agree with Kristen, that would be hilarious. After all,  sometimes a descriptive four letter word is just what an update needs to express the emotion of "what we are doing right now"!

December 05, 2007


I recently joined Twitter. I am intrigued and would like to really utilize this form of social media but I am a bit intimidated by it. Maybe I just don't think anyone would be interested in what I'm doing, which essentially, is what Twitter is all about.

Twitter seems to be somewhat of an extended version of Facebook, in that you can do all kinds of elaborate things. They even have a blog. Adam Lisagor, from the kottke blog, appreciates Twitter because it fulfills a primal urge, in him, to be a kid again acting out in class........

"In Twitter, there is a sense of ordered play. There is no judgment. You can talk to your neighbors, stand up and give a report on what you're doing, pass notes, make fart noises if that's your schtick (the highest form of comedy), or sit in the back, observing."

From a social media standpoint, Twitter is a great way to get new ideas and increase your vocabulary, while at the same time experiencing the joy of "peer approval". Peer approval for the longest mouthfart? Now, that's right up my alley.