Tweet News

First a disclaimer.  This is not Tweet-News, your online source for R&B singer, songwriter, musician and producer, Tweet. The other provides fans with the latest news and information on Tweet, as well as an extensive biography, discography, and media section. There is also a huge picture gallery!!

Rather this is news about Tweets, whereof the BBC declared there was a Tweet smell of success over Digg.

Use of Twitter, the mobile phone-based micro-blogging service, rocketed nearly 1,000% in the UK over the past year, according to industry analysts HitWise.  For the first time, the site has seen more visits than “social bookmarking” site Digg, which allows users to share links to sites.

Now the journalists and politicians are beginning to ask To tweet, or not to tweet?  Apparently almost anything goes on Twitter.

What are socially acceptable rules for when — or when not — to use Twitter at all?

Case in point: President Obama met in a “closed door” session with House Republicans this week. The press was not invited in order to allow the president and congressmen to have a frank conversation outside the glare of media scrutiny. But Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra twittered his impressions of the president’s presentation in real time.  Was that OK?

Let’s be clear this is not a fringe activity. According to Mathew Ingram, The Reuters editor-in-chief now Twitters.

David Schlesinger, Reuters News, has a fascinating post up at his blog, Full Disclosure — a fitting title, given the topic of the post. Schlesinger writes about how he has been Twittering from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and how his Twitter messages (or “tweets,” as people insist on calling them) actually beat his own wire service, as described in a post at Silicon Alley Insider. The news? That billionaire financier George Soros believes the current economic downturn could be worse than the Great Depression, and that as much as $15-trillion might be needed to save the banking system.

If it is good enough for Reuters, then why should the rest of us stand back.  If you would like to be in touch with a friendly face, why not follow me on Twitter. Or perhaps you would like to check out some books on Twitter.

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Internet Evolution or Revolution

The Internet is certainly an example of a disruptive technology.  In other words, the old rules no longer apply. It requires a new mindset.  Evolution is normally a much more continuous process: something one gradually gets used to, I assume.

internet evolution

That clearly was not  the thinking of the creators of a new website called Internet Evolution. (Tip of the hat to Mathew Ingram).  The title of this new website is: The Macrosite for News, Analysis, and Opinion about the Future of the Internet.

Its meta description (which is far too long) reads as follows:

The next big leap forward in the history of the Internet is happening now: Internet Evolution ( is a Web 2.0 online publication dedicated to gauging the impact of the Internet on every aspect of life as we know it. A cornerstone of the site is the Thinkernet – an interactive forum where an invited assemblage of the Internet’s leading minds blog and exchange opinions, while interacting with our audience via message boards.

It certainly looks interesting and I have volunteered to be a site moderator, which should give a key vantage point to watch the revolution go by.

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One Blogger Bucks The Trend

Technorati Blogosphere 2008

The Technorati State of the Blogosphere / 2008 five part report makes fascinating reading on this explosive sector of cyberspace.

Blogging is

  • A truly global phenomenon: Technorati tracked blogs in 81 languages in June 2008, and bloggers responded to our survey from 66 countries across six continents.
  • Here to stay: Bloggers have been at it an average of three years and are collectively creating close to one million posts every day. Blogs have representation in top-10 web site lists across all key categories, and have become integral to the media ecosystem.

There are many fine bloggers and one I particularly enjoy is Mathew Ingram. As he points out, there is one high profile blogger, Jason Calacanis, who is bucking the trend.

Jason Calacanis, the diminutive entrepreneur behind Weblogs Inc. and the people-powered search engine known as Mahalo, seems to be attempting to transform himself from just a scrappy CEO into a Web 2.0 cross between Deepak Chopra and Tony Robbins. Its actually been coming for some time, but really kicked into gear when Jason stopped blogging and started sending out an email newsletter to a select group of followers. Of course, his missives routinely show up on various blogs anyway, which is a nice way to have your cake and eat it too. Which is great, because it means that none of us is denied access to Jasons words of wisdom.

Not to worry, we will not lack for fine blogs to read.

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Arrogance, The Last Of The Seven Deadly Sins

Arrogance blinds you to others’ needs

In many lists, the seven deadly sins are given as follows: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, anger, envy, and pride. The last one, pride, may not even be a sin since pride in one’s workmanship has produced many fine objects. The synonym for pride, arrogance, has no redeeming features whatsoever. .. and it can indeed be a deadly sin.

These thoughts came to mind in reading a post by Mathew Ingram, someone who is often worth reading. You might have realized he was talking about his industry, newspaper publishing, when he titled his post, “Don’t despair – okay, maybe just a little“. He is commenting on AP chief executive Tom Curley‘s closing speech at the Knight-Bagehot dinner held in Toronto this week. His main topic was on the evolution that is necessary in the newspaper industry if it is to grow and prosper.

Ingram was particularly struck by one saying from Curley. “The first thing that has to go is the attitude. Our institutional arrogance has done more to harm us than any portal.” That institutional arrogance is equally a deadly sin in many other large companies and organizations. That arrogance can blind individuals to the changes going on around them. That arrogance can blind corporations to the true needs of their customers. Well said, Mr. Curley. It’s a deadly sin that’s certainly worth avoiding.