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Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Michele doesn’t like Twitter it seems:

It’s probably the biggest waste of time I’ve come across in years.

Does anyone really give a damn what other people are doing all the time.

Michele says:

While we may all do interesting things a lot of what we do is incredibly boring. This is why I own a DVD player, a TV, books etc.,

(Keep in mind Michele blogs about special-edition soundtracks that he buys from Amazon.)

Someone telling the world that they are sitting on a bus isn’t going to improve my life. If I wanted to know where someone was I could ring them, email them, IM them .. you get the idea..

If I want to know what you are planning to do I can check your calendar / diary (if you have a public one)

The best bit:

If it was “hip� to jump of cliffs would you all do it?

I do believe that at one stage or another, all of these arguments were used to knock blogging too. Simple way of not getting worked up about Twitter is don’t fucking subscribe, then you won’t have to read about what people are doing on the bus, what people are eating now or what boring fucking soundtrack they just bought. The same goes for blogging. Don’t subscribe if you don’t want to read about whatever. It isn’t forced on you. Don’t want to read about what people are doing with blogs, don’t read. If you don’t like that people are blogging about Twitter, then unsubscribe. RSS empowers you, you control what you read and who you read. Nothing is forced on you.

There was a lot of hype and relentless chatter when GMail started a few years ago and that was just bloody email with a little bit of AJAX and a lot of space. Twitter is no different in the revolution game and is not something special. People seem to think that just because the volume of people talking about Twitter is great, that it automatically means they think it’ll change the world. Quite a silly assumption to make.

Twitter is Gomi, it is shite, it’s called Twitter for a good reason. So what if it is a fad, nobody is saying it’s the next big thing, nobody is making you use it. The usual tech snobbery is again happening here. “Oh gawd, you use a PC”, “Oh gawd, you use Windows and not ubuntu”, “Oh gawd my shit don’t stink, yours does”

As a social experiment, I find Twitter interesting but what I like more is that people are getting creative and having fun and coming up with useful and useless things to do with it. What you can do is quite restrictive yet many people are working with these scarce resources and having a laugh. I’ve seen more focus and creativity from the Irish tech bloggers over this than most stuff in the past few years. Twitter is tech play-doh but I guess some would rather us keep quiet about us making messes.

Twitter patter of little Tweet – New Twits on the block – March 14th

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Conor Power of Blog Awards Second Life video operator and getting mistaken for a journalist fame.

Tom Murphy. This Tom Murphy. His Twitter profile was new to me!

I see Bernie is getting lots of his students to play around using Twitter. Too.

Here’s the Educast Twitter.

Bill Burke‘s Twitter.

Stephanie O’Shea’s Twitter.

Imelda Morton’s Twitter.

dlaoc’s Twitter.

Waider’s Twitter.

Fluffy Links – March 14th 2007

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Well done Conn. He’s finishing up with the day job to work full-time on his passion.

Daniel K. Sullivan gets name-checked by Harry McGee. Nice one Dan. Really really liking Harry’s stuff since he started a while back. It’s quite an education.

Via Josh Spear, it seems William Gibson’s coolhunting novel “Pattern Recognition” will be made into a film by the director of the Truman Show. Nice.

Via Worldchanging is FarmSubsidy.org a site from the FaxYourMP people allowing you to see who is actually gettting those massive EU farm subsidies.

You can still download “Deleted” YouTube videos. Viacom might sue for even more now.

More later…

A little bit of Twit, a little bit of that – New Twits on the Block – March 13th

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Gareth Stack. (New to me but been around a while.)

Red Mum.

Damien Blake. First Irish politician to waste time Twittering!

John Breslin.

Ina O’Murchú.

Karen Walsh.

And of course I’m here.

This will only become really big when Blogorrah start using it to send gossip. 🙂

Fluffy Links – March 13th

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Charity Trad gig on March 14th in Cork.

PR via Ning

Via Joseph Johnson, Cute Baby Polar Bear:

Herman Dune ‘I Wish That I Could See You Soon’

Getting your Twits out for the lads – Mark II

Monday, March 12th, 2007

More Twitter users:

Neil Dorgan

Justin Macarthy

John M. Ryan

Fluffy Links March 12th 2007

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Hopefully things will get back to normal now with the Blog Awards out of the way though I am away all today and tomorrow on training courses. Automated blog posts are on.

Via Coolhunting is FatFingers.com which allows you to monitor auction sites like eBay for misspelled auction terms. Handy for picking up some bargains.

A gummi bear Chandelier. Nice.

The new Battlestar Galactica really gives a damn about their fans and treats them really well. A great marketing idea, they do weekly podcasts talking about the behind-the-scenes stuff on the show and now they’ve released raw materials so fans can make their own fan short films using Battlestar footage and sound clips. Great idea.

Always been a big fan of the theatrical style fashion shows Alexander McQueen puts on. This week he had some off video show combined with models walking down a runway that had a giant pentagram painted on it.

Here’s a Kate Moss hologram from one of his shows in 2006:

The robots painting the model back in ’99

Alexander McQueen and Bjork.

The PDs are getting YouTube too

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

Freshly uploaded PD video:

I see from Paul McAuliffe’s (PD Candidate for Finglas) YouTube account there’s a good number of other videos too, all uploaded in the past week. The above video was done by a crowd called Cutting Edge Productions. I like it as it is not over-produced though I wouldn’t have had it shot with Harney talking to the audience over a desk. Still, well done for NOT having her sit at some big plush Minister’s desk.

However Rabitte’s video is just a little better because Pat seems a little more relaxed and comfortable with talking to the audience and there’s no desk. Another good start though and I’d personally watch more videos from Mary Harney, I’m not sure what it is but when I hear her talk and explain things I think she is quite genuine and she’s been doing more to fix the crock health system than many Ministers that went before her.

More blog housekeeping – Want me to add you to my link list?

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

According to my stats, I have over 500 people subscribed to this blog. I greatly appreciate that. If I am not already linking to your blog then please let me know and I’ll link to you. Naturally I wouldn’t mind a link back but no hassle if you don’t want to.

Instead of just adding a link, I’ll also do a 2 sentence review of your blog too. (I know I know, you must feel so loved) Kind of like the New Blogs on the Blog bits I do over on the Awards website. If you’re already on my link list, awww, you miss out. For now. 🙂

I should have charged more

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Got this into one of my mail accounts:

The ICT Excellence Awards sponsored by Lenovo is now a firmly established landmark in our industry’s calendar – but are you involved?

Currently in its sixth year, it is Ireland’s most prestigious and respected awards competition in the sector with over 600 attending last year’s event.

Winning an award provides a sales edge and a real competitive advantage, gives your team a boost, generates some great PR and adds weight to your sales and marketing collateral.

Sponsorship of some awards is still available which includes:
Titled award sponsorship
Branded table of ten at the Gala Dinner
Branding onscreen during the award presentation.
Branding on the framed award certificate
Branding on the table menus
Branding on the show website www.ictexcellenceawards.ie
Presentation of the award to the winner on stage
Photo opportunity with the award winner
Promotion in ComputerScope, Irish Computer & Smart Company pre and post-show.
Fee: €4,800

Tickets @200 + VAT. Seems you can book tables of 10 with the application form.

So, a cat sponsorship is €2800 since you get a table which would normally cost €2000.

The best bit:

We hope you can join us and our MC Marty Whelan

In fairness, sponsors get a lot more from the above awards than the Blog Awards but I’m proud that there is no overall sponsor, that the name is clean in all promotional material and that sponsors do not present winners with the prizes on the stage itself. I’d hope the blog awards as much as possible will stay less commercial than other awards show. People keep suggesting making it a blacktie event next year too but I’d prefer to make the dress code as liberal as possible so nobody is put under pressure to wear a monkey suit. I do hope we have more people like the three mafia lads representing Bock the Robber,

And unlike other awards, it does seem like you can nominate anyone to enter this. With Twenty winning blog awards and Netvisonaries, I think we should nominate him for this too. His IT is indeed excellent.

More here: www.ictexcellenceawards.ie