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A Twitterific Tool

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I’m tired of writing about Twitter (and social networking sites in general) but here goes…

My last required-by-class blog topic… review a Twitter related application. My Twitter related application… Twitteriffic.

Twitteriffic is a Mac specific, Twitter spun instant messaging application. It docks on the side of your desktop and automatically refreshes as your fellow twits tweet. There is a text box to post your own tweets and there is the option to reply to other tweets.

Essentially, it allows you to keep up with your Twitter account without having a web browser open. It’s a condensed version but it helps prevent complete and utter distraction. You can tweet without getting caught up visiting other peoples profiles or searching for other twits.

The relevance of this application is just that. You can dock it on the side of the screen and go about attending to your daily tasks without getting absorbed into the Twit-o-sphere.

Anybody who has used Twitter understands what I’m talking about. You go on to check in, maybe post a tweet or two, then before you know it, an hour passes by and your scrambling to logout and go about your day. Twitterific helps eliminate that sand trap.

It’s a simple application. There’s not much to it and there’s not much to say about it. But the positive effect it has on a users productivity is nothing to sneeze at. Distraction has been a continual critique on social networking as a whole. Twitterific can help silence those critics, at least a little bit.


Written by cor24leone

December 6, 2009 at 11:49 PM

The Great Network, or The Great Distraction?

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So I had to select someone outside of class to observe and write about the people they follow on Twitter. Being new to Twitter, I found my options formed a rather short list. Then, my lady friend tells me about how her sister is on Twitter and how she is so into it that she gets updates automatically sent to her phone.

I was intrigued and interested in who these people were that she followed and found a need to be connected by the purse. From knowing her, I kinda knew what to expect. And I was spot on.

Outside of her circle of friends, the list of people she follows goes something like this:
Nick Jonas, Adam Lambert, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake, Jesse McCartney, Taylor Swift, Perez Hilton, Ashley Tisdale, Ellen DeGeneres, and a handful of other lame celebrities.

This is my gripe with Twitter. It gives a local girl next door with a handful of friends this unfathomable connection to a playground of celebutards where she stalks and watches and grasps on to every last tweet the Jonas brothers thumb from their Twitterberries.

Am I being a bit harsh? Hardly. Case in point: This same girl logs on to Perez Hilton’s blog twice a day to get the inside scoop on all the celebrity gossip of the day.

This girl is pre-med. Intelligent. Bright. Distracted.

Who am I to knock another person’s interests? I imagine not everybody gives half a shit about things I’m interested in, like boxing and music that never sees the top 40 charts. I follow a guy by the name of R.A. The Rugged Man… yeah, seriously, that’s his name… I follow him because he’s an abstract hip hop artist and a boxing enthusiast. But at the end of the day there is a difference between a legitimate interest and a celebrity infatuation.

I should have never chosen this person to write this post about being that I have a deep-rooted, underlying annoyance for tabloid gossip junkies, but then again this is my space to write within.

But I’m a nice guy sometimes. To make up for my negative rant, I would like to add in a bonus Twitterer observation by going back to Mr. Rugged Man. As I mentioned, he is an abstract hip hop artist and a boxing enthusiast. If you browse through the people he follows on Twitter, you will find a majority of boxers and up and coming artists. This is where I point to the silver lining in the the clouds.

I don’t know how many times I have pointed out the pros and cons of social networking over the course of this semester. The truth is, it is all in how you use what is offered to you. There’s the option to use them to connect with people of like interests (and career paths) and build networks virtually rather that in the actual physical world, and there’s the option to go star-crazy and let your brain turn to a mushy, gossip laden paper weight. You can be professional about it, or you can be disillusioned and distracted. The choice is ultimately up to you.

Written by cor24leone

December 4, 2009 at 8:59 AM

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Twitter for Love, Twitter for Hate

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Until my required use of Twitter in my Intro to Writing Arts class, I had never used Twitter. I saw it as a way to follow celebrities and your friends. Well, I really don’t care what celebrities are doing, and if I wanted to know what my friends were doing at every moment, I would ask them. But then this weekend, we were assigned the task of reading articles on how twitter got started, and the list that changed my mind– One of my favorite authors in the world – Neil Gaiman — is on twitter?! And OMG, he talks to my favorite singer, Amanda Palmer! Insane! Who knew? Why wasn’t I informed of this sooner!? Here I was, making fun of people for following for following Ashton Kutcher, forgetting that my type of celebrities are my favorite authors and bands! Terry Goodkind, Terry Pratchett, Brand New and The Dresden Dolls…and I can follow what they do day to day? It’s like accepted stalking, but I’m not going to complain.

I have also discovered other interesting things about Twitter. Like did you know that there are such things as Twitter Wars? Apparently what happens is that when two countries are at war with one another, the citizens like to have arguments over twitter as well. Amazing.

Written by augeregua

November 17, 2009 at 9:59 PM

What are you doing?

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I’m reluctant yet open-minded about using Twitter for a class project. I tried Twitter once upon a time to see what all the fuss was about, but I walked away disappointed and annoyed. I imagine that my previous account is inactive.

Now, thanks to Professor William Wolf, a.k.a. Bill the Enforcer, I have a new, active account. My opinion on this social medium (hey now, there’s that word again)… not much different.

Granted, I’m only on my third day of twatting, or twurping, or tweeting… whatever. I have to admit, my reluctant side is smashing my open-minded side with a 36 oz Demarini. But why? You might ask.

Well, frankly I’m disgusted by our society’s infatuation with celebrity gossip and the obsession with living vicariously through TMZ and Twitter.

To relate precisely what I’m saying to Clive Thompson’s NY Times article:
“…the ultimate expression of a generation of celebrity-addled youths who believe their every utterance is fascinating and ought to be shared with the world.”

I become annoyed by news organizations reporting on what John Meyer said about Jennifer Anniston. I don’t care to know who Paris Hilton, celebutard of the century, is dating and spreading herpes to these days. And I don’t understand why over three million people (closer to four) give a damn what Ashton Kutcher has to say every hour of the day.

Maybe I’m just being a pessimist… it wouldn’t be the first time.

I honestly think there is potential good that comes with social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. The Iranian people proved the political affect Twitter can have on organizing a movement, and the Chinese government recognizes its reach.

It is all in the means of use. If we use them to fuel our generation’s desires to cyber-stalk celebrity crushes then they genuinely serve no good to society. But if we can put that aspect aside and look outside of the box, the possibilities really are endless.

Written by cor24leone

November 14, 2009 at 11:35 PM