Group Retweeting using Twitter Favorites and Yahoo Pipes

Group retweeting to one Twitter account isn't particularly hard, there are plenty group tweeting apps around (though you have to pay for the best of them), and of course you can give everyone the password and let them swap between accounts on a free Twitter app like Tweetdeck. However, for those of you who don't want to give everyone admin permission on a Twitter account, or who are, like me, too parsimonious to pay for a decent group app, here's a little hack using Yahoo Pipes and Twitterfeed that allows a group of users to post to a combined second account from their own by simply favorit...

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The growing importance of backchannel: or why the World Cup happened on Twitter and not in South Africa

When Faris Yakob tweeted this at the beginning of the World Cup final, he articulated something I'd dimly realised a couple of weeks earlier, i.e. for significant portions of the time I was more interested in what was being said on Twitter about the World Cup than what was happening on TV (not what was being said on TV, that's a given, but the actual action). Even in pubs watching it with groups of friends, I'd have one eye on my phone to see what Twitter made of any particular incident. Of course the biggest sin in strategy/planning is to take your own behaviour as a starting point for...

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The problem with web campaigns

I spent a little time a couple of days ago catching up on the latest winners of the IAB creative showcase. The December winner was Monopoly City Streets from Tribal DBB. Which looks brilliant - it's some kind of multi-player version of the game played on Google Maps, and I would tell you more, but the only problem is that Monopoly City Streets has ended! In Understanding Media, McLuhan observes that when a new medium comes along people try to apply to it the rules that govern pre-existing media (I paraphrase). And while we've learned much about the nature of new digital media in the last ...

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Mediaquake 2009: Top 10 insights into the year’s media shakedown!

There's a clause in every blogger's contract which states that they must, at the end of each year, produce some kind of retrospective Top 10 list. Unfortunately for my part, instead of doing something useful like providing mp3s of the year's Top 50 hardhouse bangers, I've compiled a themed Top 10 list of posts about this year's mediaquake, as someone is bound to have called it. 1. The nature of the media crisis You've all read Tapscott and Shirky, but in case you needed a refresher on what's happening, then Advergirl concisely explains how and why 'big media' is struggling: The Media C...

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Twitter, content sharing, chewed postcards and the Dresden Dolls

Web metrics analyst Hitwise reports on the rise of Twitter in the UK. It's now the 38th most popular site in the UK with a 22-fold annual increase in traffic, etc, etc. None of which should come as much of a surprise to anyone with half an interest in digital media. However, what for my money is more interesting is Hitwise's analysis of Twitter's clickstream traffic, which reveals that 55.9% of clicks out from Twitter go to content sites - blogs, social networks, news sites, etc., with only 9.5% of Twitter traffic going to e-commerce sites. (Google in the UK sends 30.7% of its traffic to e...

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Tinker offers ‘homepages’ for Twitter hashtags

Techcrunch reports on Tinker, the latest offering from Glam Media. Tinker allows users to set up a 'homepage' for events discussed on Twitter, aggregating Tweets and user details. I haven't used the service yet - it's closed, private beta - however, it sounds like a significant improvement on hashtags and trends. In fact it may prove a really powerful idea, as these aggregate 'homepages' may become the first port of call for those wanting to keep up with breaking news, particularly if Tinker integrates other feeds and services.

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10 great Twitter apps

To celebrate the fact that Twitter just raised another $35 million dollars of venture money last week, here's a list of my 10 favourite Twitter apps/web apps/mashups: Power Twitter is a Firefox plug-in which enhances the Twitter Web interface, allowing users to upload pictures and search Twitter amongst other things. Mobypicture allows you to add pictures and other content from your mobile phone to Twitter and a range of other blogging and micro-blogging platforms. See also: Twitpic. Twitterfeed allows users to post any RSS feed to any Twitter account. Twittershare is a file-sharing a...

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Whither Twitter?

My first reaction to Twitter when I first came across it about a year and a half ago, was, like a lot of other people, a bemused shrug. 140 characters? Is that it? I couldn’t really see the point. In communication terms it seemed to be a retrograde step. But because a few people I know swore by it, I signed up about six months ago and though it still took a little while, I’m now hooked. And I’m not the only one. In the last year, Twitter's seen the exponential kind of user growth enjoyed by previous internet success stories like mySpace, YouTube and Facebook, with unique users often d...

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