Mashup: Gmail and Twitter

I have to say that I still have mixed feelings about Twitter. On the one hand, I see it as a powerful tool harnessing the ideas of crowdsourcing. As a way to add email one-to-many and many-to-one functionality. On the other hand, I find it yet another fire hose of information coming at me at a time when I am not thoughtfully considering my other fire hoses. If it can become an asynchronous tool (not IM) to reach/leverage many people/thought leaders that is integrated into my personalized main knowledge tool of the time (Gmail), I am in! LINK

I see a few specific benefits of using Gmail as my Twitter client:

1) One tool for multiple modes of communication (email, IM, Tweets, voice-mail?, etc)
2) The ability to “thread” the tweets I follow (inherent to Gmail)
3) The ability to archive and search threaded tweets (some clients probably do this all ready???)

Can someone (Google? Other?) Make this happen, please.

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Twitter!?

I am not sure yet about Twitter….

Twitter is a very popular micro-blogging tool that had its coming out party last year at the SXSW conference/festival. Wikipedia defines Twitter as:

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send “updates” (or “tweets”; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (e.g. on a cell phone), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook.”

I started using Twitter about 9 months ago when it first came thru my aggregator. I started using it at first to simply explore the micro-blogging medium but I soon dropped it because it was proving to be largely distracting and little value as far as new information/ideas were concerned.

It looks as if I am following the typical “Twitter Life Cycle“. I would say I am beyond what Darcy said but I am still not quite where Vicki is.

The tools you are using certainly can be a game changer. I tried Twitterific and it was buggy and inconsistent. I am now using Snitter (an Adobe Air app) and I love it.  I think this will be a positive for Twitter as the tools mature and evolve.

The other issue seems to be around community.  I think I made a mistake when I chose to follow too many people with varying interests.  I need to pick off the thought leaders and let them do the filtering for me.  I think this will help to solve my signal-to-noise issue.  There is also the issue of adoption and K12 issues.  Twitter seems to be approaching the tipping point….I am doing my best to help!

Guide to Free Software and Web Apps

This is from Lifehacker.  I love this site.  They are doing something right.  Every other time I click on a good story in Digg it turns out to be from Lifehacker.  Enjoy!

Best of 2007 Free SOftware and Web Apps

OpenOffice.org and Google Docs….the missing link

A free extension is now available to better connect OpenOffice docs and Google Docs.  After the extension is installed, one-click will upload your current OpenOffice doc into your Google Docs account.  I need to test more the specifics such as sharing and publishing within Google Docs, but this seems to be yet another nail in the coffin of the  MS Office monopoly.

More info

Link to extension

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gOS: Interesting but not intuitive

After reading about gOS and the $200 machines it comes on now selling at Walmart, I had to try it for myself.  I downloaded the torrent, fired up Azureus, burned the DVD, and tried it on my Dell 610.

Notes:

  • gOS is a custom version of Ubuntu with close Google integration (hence the g in gOS)
  • Instead of installed apps, much of the functionality is based around one-click access to Google’s suite fo web-services
  • Frees and open source OS

First impressions:

  • Clean interface
  • Not very intuitive
  • Couldn’t remove mounted drives from desktop
  • Unusual implementation of an OS X type doc (Apps on one side minimized apps/docs on the other)

Thoughts:

  • I love the integration of web apps and installed apps in the OS.
  • I think the GUI is to different from XP, KDE, Gnome, and not enough like OS X
  • Everything feels v1.0 because it is v1.0….I will save any more time playing with this distro for v2.0

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You ask and you shall receive! – Glubble

Not even a day after I wrote my last post I read on TechCrunch about a new Web 2.0 site named Glubble.  Glubble is attempting to solve the problem parents have regarding their young would be web surfers.  Glubble is a Firefox extension that allows parents to build/manage/customize a web white list for their children.  The service will eventually include the ability for parents to access other parent created white lists and/or pool approved lists.  My one complaint is that the default white list is small and there is no option fo filtering based on category.  That being said, I think this site has a lot of potential…stay tuned!

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