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The revolution will not be tweeted, says the New Yorker

John Robb quotes from the New Yorker article, then adds thoughts of his own.

Social networks are effective at increasing participation—by lessening the level of motivation that participation requires…. Facebook activism succeeds not by motivating people to make a real sacrifice but by motivating them to do the things that people do when they are not motivated enough to make a real sacrifice. Malcolm Gladwell’s recent article (Small Change) in the New Yorker (where he contrasts the +/- of weak tie networks with hierarchies).

I think the problems Gladwell cites have more to do with the death of protest movements as a means of social change than any deficiencies seen in weak tie networks.

This is a primary reason the left is so comatose lately. Protest movements have been their major way of organizing for decades. But mass protest in the street is mostly a meaningless spectacle now, full of sound and fury and accomplishing nothing. That’s one reason the left is adrift. They don’t know what to replace protest movements with. Yet. Hopefully some new ideas and strategies will emerge, and soon.

The New Yorker article is absolutely worth reading. But I suggest that while social media probably can not ignite a spark, it can certainly spread the flames fast and far.

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Use Feedburner to post RSS to Twitter

I’ve been using Twitterfeed to auto-post from here to Twitter. Unforunately it’s now doing sporadic updates and seems unreliable.

However, you can use Google Feedburner to auto-post from your RSS feed to Twitter. Choose the feed, Publicize / Socialize.

Added bonus: Configure your blog to use PubSubHubbub (WordPress has a plugin) and the Twitter update will be near-instantaneous, like within seconds. Sweet.

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Automate putting blog content onto social networking sites


How to get your blog content onto Twitter, Facebook, and Friendfeed using free services.

I had been using the excellent and free Twitterfeed to autopost to Twitter but just switched to WP to Twitter, a WordPress plugin. Here’s why. Twitterfeed reads the Polizeros RSS feed and takes about first 120 characters of new posts, adds a tiny URL, then posts it on Twitter. This often results in truncated posts that break in the middle of a sentence because everything has to fit into 140 characters. Sometimes the meaning isn’t clear, and plus it looks autoposted. With WP to Twitter, when I create the post for Polizeros, I tell it exactly what to post to Twitter. While this may take a little extra time, the result is that Twitter posts now are full sentences with no truncation and thus are much more understandable. I can also tell it not to post to Twitter, which can be handy.

Once a post is on a social networking site, you can configure other such sites to autopost from it. For example, I have Friendfeed configured to autopost from Twitter. (In fact, they both autopost from each other, and don’t duplicate content either.) One important thing. If I post to Friendfeed first, the link that the autpost to Twitter has will be the Friendfeed link, not original link to here. However, if I post to Twitter first, the Friendfeed autopost link will be Polizeros link. This is what you want. So post to Twitter first.

I also have Facebook configured so status messages (and nothing else) get posted to Friendfeed, then Twitter.

You can also use Posterous to post wherever you want via email. If I take a photo on my iPhone, then email it to facebook@posterous.com, it gets posted onto Posterous and also Facebook. It will repost to multitude of services.

TweetLater allows you to publish to Twitter in the future, say one post a day for two weeks, that sort of thing.

BTW, Google Profile is a great place to list all your sites as a reference for others. Here’s mine.

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Kids hate Twitter? That was so last week

They like it now. So all you kids-hate-Twitter fossils better get with the program.

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Search engine wars heat up

Battle lines are drawn for the war of web search dominance
Facebook buys Friendfeed. Their real target is Google, not Twitter.

Twitter vs. Facebook: Who will win in real-time search?

Comparison of their search engine features.

Because it’s all about search. Real-time search. Google doesn’t have that yet. Facebook now has 300 million users and is the 4th largest website on the planet.

My guess. Someone big, like Microsoft or Google will buy Twitter. Or attempt to.

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The Twitter and Facebook attacks were aimed at one person

Distributed Denial of Service attacks on websites are an increasing pest on the Web, but the latest bunch this week had a bizarre, and disturbing twist: They were aimed at a single user’s web presence.

Read on.

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Should I quit blogging, asks Problogger


Problogger responds to the “Is blogging dead” meme that Steve Rubel and others have been posting about.

I get the sense from a lot of bloggers that they feel that they’re being left behind – that all this new stuff that is emerging is beyond them – that it’s hopeless to keep on blogging. My message to you if you’re feeling this way is to keep at it. Even as a full time blogger/web entrepreneur I don’t have time to fully engage with all of the new technologies that are currently emerging. I too feel some of those ‘overwhelming’ feelings.

No one is saying blogging is dead, except maybe metaphorically. But social networking and lifestreams are indeed encroaching fast on the turf blogs thought was theirs alone – quick, immediate response from citizen journalists, unfiltered by mainstream media.

Whenever there is fast-breaking, important news, you can almost always get the latest, most current updates from Twitter, Friendfeed, or Facebook. Why? Because it’s being posted via cell phones from people who are there. There’s no time lag. This is absolutely blindsiding some bloggers and traditional websites.

But it doesn’t need to be ‘overwhelming.’ Any reasonably tech savvy person can figure out the basics of using, say, their blog as a home base, auto re-posting their content to social networking sites, then using those sites to build more readership by genuinely getting involved with them. That’s the key. Don’t just repost. Participate actively in the social networking sites too. It’s fun, you’ll make new friends, find new ideas, and get your thoughts out to a wider audience.

Build a Brand – the mediums are tools. They’ll come and go in time – the key is to build something that lasts beyond them.

True. But what platforms you use are important. The Internet waits for no one. Not even bloggers.

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Stocktwits. Using Twitter to create a niche community

uses Twitter to build a niche community around trading stocks. Scoble interviews founder Howard Lindzon. Here’s how it works. Post on Twitter about trading stocks and preface stock symbols with ‘$’ and use ‘stocktwits’ as a hashtag. An example tweet might be “I think $MSFT is a long-term buy because of Windows 7 and Bing. #stocktwits”

Stocktwits site reads the Twitter stream for such content, filters out spam and extraneous chatter and presents the resultant real time, relevant intelligent tweets about stocks on their website. It’s all high quality, and easily searchable too.

Any niche or subgroup can use technology like this to communicate with its participants. It doesn’t just have to be stocks, it could be political, artistic, local communities, whatever. This is yet another fascinating way Twitter is being used.

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How to spread blog content to social networking sites

Feedburner. Make your RSS feed highly useful

Use Feedburner to create a new, more powerful RSS feed for readers to use

Use Feedburner to create a new, more powerful RSS feed for readers to use

Use Google Feedburner for your main feed and comments feed. RSS is how content moves around the web. You don’t have to understand RSS to use it, as setting it up is easy.

Lots of people, including me, read much of their news in a RSS Reader rather than going to the website itself. Add your original feed to Feedburner. It will create a new feed with lots of added functionality. This new feed is the one that everyone, including those using RSS readers, should use.

Polizeros currently has 380 subscriptions on Feedburner. Not only are these people who might not read on the blog on the site, this also cuts down on server usage, as Feedburner reads the RSS feed every 30 minutes, then pumps out that content to them when they want it. This lets their servers do some of the work too.

Also, you can use Google Adsense to put ads in the Feedburner feed. Currently such revenue, modest, as it is, pays for hosting and domain name registrations for all the sites Sue and I have.

If your blog runs WordPress, get the FD Feedburner plugin. This seamlessly routes all possible RSS feeds to your Google Feedburner feeds. Just add the Feedburner feed URL and it does the rest. Again, you don’t have to understand everything here, just know that it allows many more people to read your content.

Twitterfeed. Autopost your RSS feed to Twitter

Configure Twitterfeed to repost from your Feedburner feed to Twitter

Configure Twitterfeed to repost from your Feedburner feed to Twitter

Now it gets fun. You can tell Twitterfeed to read your Feedburner feed at specified intervals and add any new posts to your Twitter account. It’ll automatically post the first 130 characters or so, with a link back to the original. It also has filtering capabilities, in case you only want to repost certain posts.

Friendfeed. Create a lifestream

Friendfeed can read and post from wherever you want, creating a llifestream

Friendfeed can read and post from wherever you want, creating a llifestream

Friendfeed will read whatever RSS feeds you give it, reposting it onto your Friendfeed account. Because it has a powerful commenting system, you can get lots of feedback (and also comment on other posts too.)

Friendfeed can automatically repost to twitter

Friendfeed can automatically repost to twitter

Not only can Friendfeed reposts status messages from Facebook, it can also repost automatically to Twitter. Thus, if I update my status on Facebook, it automatically ends up on Friendfeed and Twitter too.

The goal here is to engage people and get conversations going, not to spam them, so use such reposting capabilities carefully and intelligently.

So, that’s what I’m doing now. What are you doing with social networking?

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Is blogging dead?



Jon Buscall

So Steve Rubel has dumped blogging for lifestreaming. Charles Arthur at The Guardian also notes that participation on Twitter and Facebook is replacing blogging.

Whilst I’ve noticed some of my favourite bloggers aren’t posting as frequently as usual, my own take on this is simple: don’t abandon your blog – just yet.

The primary reasons are because blogs rank much higher in search engines than do social networking sites. Plus, you have way more control over a blog and they make a good home base.

The Lost Jacket

My question: Why is it seen as innovative when influential bloggers move to lifestreams as exclusive means of communication? What makes it different then previous methods of short form? Or is the difference non-existent?

Well, those influential bloggers aren’t moving exclusively to lifestreams. Scoble uses his blog for think pieces and longer posts, and Friendfeed for everything else. Steve Rubel now has Posterous as his lifestream, using it to repost content from there to elsewhere, with posts being any length.

So, long blog-style posts aren’t going away. But having just one site is. Being able to mash up your sites, creating a lifestream in the process, while posting varying content to them is a growing trend. Right now, it’s mainly just techies doing it. In a year or so it will be mainstream.

Why? Because Facebook is a place, Twitter is a firehose, blogs are for longer posts, and Friendfeed is, among other things, where you can send all that content to be in a lifesteam. They all serve different purposes.

How does all this work? With Posterous, you tell it where all your sites are. Then you email new content to special email addresses at Posterous and it posts the content on Posterous as part of your lifstream then reposts it wherever you specify. This can be Twitter, a blog, Youtube, Flickr, or elsewhere.

I’m using Friendfeed as my lifestream. All my content ends up there. Among its important features, Friendfeed allows long posts, you can upload pictures, it has robust commenting, groups, and more. As with Posterous, you tell it where your sites are. It then reads them on regular intervals looking for new content to post on Friendfeed. How you do all this does take some thought, though.

Currently, I use Twitterfeed to autopost from Polizeros to Twitter. Friendfeed reads from here, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and other of my sites as well, putting them on Friendfeed and reposting them onto Twitter. Thus, if I post a status message on Facebook, it will automatically appear on Friendfeed and Twitter as well. This is just one example of what you can do.

A noticeable recent trend I’m seeing is that content reposted to Facebook or Friendfeed from blogs now often gets more comments on those sites than on the blog itself. This is just one example of the increasing power of social networking and lifestreaming.

You can find all my sites listed on my Google Profile or the sidebar here.

What are you doing with social networking sites and lifestreams?

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