How to embed a FriendFeed Widget in a Blog

January 17, 2009

This is a SlideShare presentation on how you can embed a FriendFeed widget in your blog:

Here you can see the result!

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Microsharing and Twitter

October 26, 2008

Twitter is an internet tool that is increasingly used for ‘Microsharing’.

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Microsharing according to Social Media Agency ‘Pistachio’:

What is microsharing?

Let’s start with the best-known microsharing application, Twitter. Twitter is a collection of remarks. It’s what a group of people–a very dynamic group of people who are connected and becoming more closely connected everyday–find remarkable. The connections between people, the ambient intimacy.

Microsharing reduces the emotional and intellectual distance between people and helps them become more engaged, connected, effective and collaborative.

Microsharing is hard to understand at first, and frequently seems trivial and foolish, but it generates tremendous value and opportunity for participants who really get it and who push to discover its hidden potential.’

For me, the key benefit of this tool is indeed the ‘reduction of emotional and intellectual distance’ on internet platforms. It is very easy to:

  • find people with whom you want to exchange ideas, and
  • actually start conversations online.

It seems to be more easy starting an online conversation compared to e.g.:

  • commenting on a blog post from someone else, or
  • by commenting on a forum.

Therefore, the trend I am seeing in 2008 is to increasingly incorporate Twitter-like functionality in forum and blogging software platforms (e.g. WordPress.com)

Business benefits

Twitter is a great example of a platform that facilitates ‘organizing without organizations’ (Clay Shirky: ‘Here comes everybody’).

With the emergence of Social Media tools such as Twitter, the costs for people to organize themselves in (ad-hoc) groups is greatly reduced. Therefore, business problems that until now were not addressed can now be tackled.

This also means that Twitter (or Twitter-like tools) will enable cross-unit information sharing within large organizations in a very cost-effective manner. Within large organizations. special attention must be placed to issues such as information security, reliability, compliance, integration with other enterprise communication platforms (e.g. Microsoft Exchange, back office tools etc).

For the enterprise, several Twitter-like tools are emerging that take these specific requirements into account: www.yammer.com, ESME and others.

Enhancing my own blog ‘Web 2.0 and Management’

Using both my blog and Twitter, starting online conversations about specific topics is more easy:

  • post on my blog (or comment on a blog from another user); and
  • ‘tweet’  links to my blog post or comments on Twitter.

I have also added the twitter stream to my blog (right lower side of the blog)

Good post: ‘9 Benefits of Twitter for Bloggers

How to start with Twitter

Here is how I have started using Twitter:

  • Create an account at twitter.com
  • Use twitter search for some interesting topics and people to ‘follow’
  • The best way to start with Twitter is to also have a blog (e.g. on WordPress.com). This is your ‘home base’ on which you post topics of you special interests.
  • Post references to your blog posts on Twitter (‘tweet’ it) to elicit conversations about the blog post.
  • Start ‘following’  people that have a blog with a shared interest. Increasingly, blog authors indicate their Twitter name on their blog.

Some people on the internet from which I have learned a lot about Twitter are:

  • Chris Brogan: one of the real ‘gurus’ on Social Media. He really known how to combine tools such as blogs and twitter to grow his ‘audience’, and deliver real value to them!
  • Darren Rowse (‘Problogger’): very experienced blogger, has lots of advice on how to start a blog
  • Davied van Berlo (Dutch): ‘evangelist’ on Web 2.0 for Dutch government agencies

Some blog posts on ‘How to start with Twitter: Guide to Twitter for Business

Useful Twitter tools

Twitter is not only an internet tool, but a platform. A whole ‘cottage industry’ has grown around the Twitter platform, providing additional functionality. Some of these Twitter applications that I find very helpful are:

Statistics:

  • twinfluence : ‘twInfluence is a simple tool using the Twitter API to to measure the combined influence of twitterers and their followers’
  • tweetstats : ‘Graph your Twitter Stats including, Tweets per hour, Tweets per month, Tweet timeline, Reply statistics’

Search:

  • Twitter search : Fulltext search on all public tweets (e.g. search on @jeroendemiranda to find tweets addressed to me by other twitterers)

Adobe AIR applications:

These tools are alternative user interfaces for Twitter (i.e. instead of using you browser). You must install Adobe AIR software as a prerequisite:

  • Tweetdeck : ‘It aims to evolve the existing functionality of Twitter by taking an abundance of information i.e twitter feeds, and breaking it down into more manageable bite sized pieces.’
  • Twellow : This is a directory with Twitter users.

Other sources for information

If you want to follow reactions, tune in to my twitter feed at twitter.com/jeroendemiranda


What is Web 2.0?

July 12, 2008

Tim O’Reilly:

…. the internet as Web 2.0 is displacing Microsoft Windows as the dominant software development platform,

…. the competitive edge comes from aggregating the collective intelligence of everyone who uses the platform….. ‘

‘Web 2.0 is a transformative force that’s propelling companies across all industries
towards a new way of doing business characterized by harnessing collective intelligence, ….

from: http://radar.oreilly.com/web2/

Wikipedia’s definition of Web 2.0

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‘5 Tools Everyone Working Online Should Have (IMHO)’ – ReadWriteWeb article

May 14, 2008

This is an excellent article on ReadWriteWeb.com, written by Marshall Kirkpatrick

Quote from the article: ‘We’ve noticed that many people don’t use some tools that would make their lives online much more effective and efficient. Here’s our list of some tools we’d suggest are essential. Several of these tools will deliver huge value to your workday and take less than 10 minutes to get set up.’

Based on this article, I started using some of them – these are indeed essential tools!

 

  1. Multi-service IM: makes IM more easy!

  2. Cross Platform Screensharing Tool: not used yet; is similar to Microsoft NetMeeting used in the corporate environment

  3. A Custom Search Engine: this is really useful; you can now search only on my blog using google

  4. Startpage: I use Netvibes, this is really great!

  5. Blog With Your Name and Contact Info: will put my gmail address on the blog

Do you know other essential tools?


Dosh Dosh – blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies

April 5, 2008

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‘Dosh Dosh is a blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies. Best consumed by bloggers, entrepreneurs, web publishers, marketers, freelancers and small business owners.

Heya. I’m Maki, the writer who’s responsible for all the material you read on this blog. Apart from managing Dosh Dosh, I’m also currently a Philosophy student in Toronto, Canada. ‘

Dosh Dosh is my favorite blog on the topic of Social Media and Blogging!

Here you can subscribe to his feed.


Expertise Marketplace Blog – on marketing professional services

April 3, 2008

You can learn more about marketing your professional services by reading this great blog written by Suzanne Low!

‘About the Expertise Marketplace Blog

Welcome to the Expertise Marketplace blog, where professional service firm leaders, CMOs, journalists, and academics can find:

Suzanne Lowe

About Suzanne Lowe

Suzanne Lowe is a recognized expert in the marketing and management of professional service firms. She is the president of Expertise Marketing and author of Marketplace Masters: How Professional Service Firms Compete to Win.’

She has written a good review on the book of Ford Harding: ‘Rainmaking’. I am reading this book; it is a practical guide to selling professional services. I recommend both this review and the book!


‘The Big Juicy Twitter Guide’

April 3, 2008

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Nice guide on how you can use twitter.com to promote your blog!

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