Posterous is dead. Blogger, well its revived.

So Posterous got acquired, and now it seems that they have better things to do at Twitter. So it’s dead. It’s kinda sad, but that’s the order I guess with startups getting acquired. It’s about talent, and less about technology and way less about the product conceived which got them there in the first place.

My blog was down for over a week. Couldn’t get to it. Had all the settings there, but something was wrong at Posterous. And after enough frustrating rounds of figuring out, I’m back with my old faithful, Blogger. And to my surprise Blogger has done some neat things, which I am still getting familiar with. But one thing which I didn’t like right off the bat was the integration of ads without taking anyone’s consent. May be I overlooked or simply ignored where it was asked – but seriously, integrated ads?

Posterous was good when it was launched, then it got better, and finally it was there but something happened and they got picked up by Twitter. Well, its the food chain. Whale has an appetite, so it has to survive eating others. But I’m not sure why whale tweets, shouldn’t it moan!

Anyway, getting on and forward with Blogger now.

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
Twitter Annotations – Twannotations

Twitter Annotations – Twannotations

Twannotations

Looks like @TwitterAPI has been keeping very busy. Raffi Krikorian, Twitter Developer, unveiled today Twitter Annotations – “twannotations”.

Annotations – a note of explanation or comment added to a text.

According to Raffi, Twannotations will bring a context perspective and will add to increased search and streaming ability. The way he’s described the Twannotations looks like is that every tweet annotation will have a “type,” and each type can have several attributes – types can be repeated but attributes cannot, and these will be publicly visible unless you set your account to private. Interesting fact, Twitter is not going to validate Twannotations, but there will be an annotations explorer where one can see the treending annotations, stats, and developers ‘wiki’ zone.

Here’s the presentation:

Common Twitter Terms ‘@, #, RT, …’

Common Twitter Terms ‘@, #, RT, …’

Well I’ve been searching for definitions on now commonly used Twitter symbols and terms a while ago, and thought of them again so decided to post them here for easy reference.

The @ symbol
@ symbol is used as a public reply to or mention of another person on Twitter. In more simpler words, by putting an @ before a person’s username>> you reply to something that they said or you mention that person in your tweet.

To find out where you got mentioned or replied to, log into your Twitter account, on the right hand side of your home page you can click to find when others within the Twitter-O-sphere used @your_username to mention you or replied to your posts.

Some examples,

@khannamanoj hi, what r u in town for?

or

@khannamanoj I’m at myname @ someurl dot com.

The hashtag (#)
# (the hashtag) is used to designate a topic, and topics can be created by anyone. So if I was Twittering on SaaS and Strategy , my Tweet will look something like:

Why You Need A Software As A Service (SaaS) Strategy — http://bit.ly/6i7tvG via #SaaS #strategy #technology #management

The hashtag (#) allows other users to search for the topic “strategy”, “SaaS”, etc. If you want to be tracked via a hash tag, then you can follow follow http://twitter.com/hashtags. You can also search for hashtagged real-time post on http://www.hashtags.org – it shows all of the posts that have been tagged with hashtagged keywords. For my example above, see the screenshot from hashtags.org for #saas & #strategy, and see where my post lies within the Twitter-O-sphere realm:

Some other sites and tools for hashtag and @ search include, http://www.hashtweeps.com/, http://hootsuite.com, and then there are several iPhone apps and such – the one I use currently is Twitterrific. In any case, you can find more with Google.com.

RT (retweets)
RT or retweets occurs when you re-tweet someone else’s Tweet, and essentially you’re giving credit to the original source. For example, if you take the Tweet above about SaaS strategy and wanted to re-tweet it, you would Tweet:

RT @khannamanoj Why You Need A Software As A Service (SaaS) Strategy — http://bit.ly/6i7tvG via #SaaS #strategy #technology

Happy Twittering!!

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
Common Twitter Terms ‘@, #, RT, …’

Common Twitter Terms ‘@, #, RT, …’

Well I’ve been searching for definitions on now commonly used Twitter symbols and terms a while ago, and thought of them again so decided to post them here for easy reference.

The @ symbol
@ symbol is used as a public reply to or mention of another person on Twitter. In more simpler words, by putting an @ before a person’s username>> you reply to something that they said or you mention that person in your tweet.

To find out where you got mentioned or replied to, log into your Twitter account, on the right hand side of your home page you can click to find when others within the Twitter-O-sphere used @your_username to mention you or replied to your posts.

Some examples,

@khannamanoj hi, what r u in town for?

or

@khannamanoj I’m at myname @ someurl dot com.

The hashtag (#)
# (the hashtag) is used to designate a topic, and topics can be created by anyone. So if I was Twittering on SaaS and Strategy , my Tweet will look something like:

Why You Need A Software As A Service (SaaS) Strategy — http://bit.ly/6i7tvG via #SaaS #strategy #technology #management

The hashtag (#) allows other users to search for the topic “strategy”, “SaaS”, etc. If you want to be tracked via a hash tag, then you can follow follow http://twitter.com/hashtags. You can also search for hashtagged real-time post on http://www.hashtags.org – it shows all of the posts that have been tagged with hashtagged keywords. For my example above, see the screenshot from hashtags.org for #saas & #strategy, and see where my post lies within the Twitter-O-sphere realm:

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Some other sites and tools for hashtag and @ search include, http://www.hashtweeps.com/, http://hootsuite.com, and then there are several iPhone apps and such – the one I use currently is Twitterrific. In any case, you can find more with Google.com.

RT (retweets)
RT or retweets occurs when you re-tweet someone else’s Tweet, and essentially you’re giving credit to the original source. For example, if you take the Tweet above about SaaS strategy and wanted to re-tweet it, you would Tweet:

RT @khannamanoj Why You Need A Software As A Service (SaaS) Strategy — http://bit.ly/6i7tvG via #SaaS #strategy #technology

Happy Twittering!!

Information overload. Networking over-rated. Where are we headed?

I keep hearing that networking is a crucial element for any business or consultant to survive and thrive. And then I see a lot of ‘invasion’ and ‘information overload’ in the form of pointless and useless updates, who’s connected to who, tons of forum posts, etc. etc. And all this makes me think, do I really want all this hassle in order to be able to grow my business or network? Haven’t we gone from a ‘simplinostic’ to a very-nostalgic form of network communication? Who’s got the time to skim through all this information floating on the world wide web or the clutter being collected in my inbox every hour? Do I really want to follow someone on Twitter just to find out they landed in Chicago from their nice-weekend getaway trip to Miami? Really? How can we simplify this network exchange? How can we make it so easy for a busy entrepreneur so its easier to live a normal life for him or her? Aren’t we concerned where we are headed? Aren’t we concerned about this information overload?

Gone are the days when ignorance was a bliss. Today its a curse. But why so? Why are you reading this anyway? What’s it to you? How did you get here anyway? Just curious. 🙂

© Manoj Khanna 2003 – 2012.
Information overload. Networking over-rated. Where are we headed?

Information overload. Networking over-rated. Where are we headed?

I keep hearing that networking is a crucial element for any business or consultant to survive and thrive. And then I see a lot of ‘invasion’ and ‘information overload’ in the form of pointless and useless updates, who’s connected to who, tons of forum posts, etc. etc. And all this makes me think, do I really want all this hassle in order to be able to grow my business or network? Haven’t we gone from a ‘simplinostic’ to a very-nostalgic form of network communication? Who’s got the time to skim through all this information floating on the world wide web or the clutter being collected in my inbox every hour? Do I really want to follow someone on Twitter just to find out they landed in Chicago from their nice-weekend getaway trip to Miami? Really? How can we simplify this network exchange? How can we make it so easy for a busy entrepreneur so its easier to live a normal life for him or her? Aren’t we concerned where we are headed? Aren’t we concerned about this information overload?

Gone are the days when ignorance was a bliss. Today its a curse. But why so? Why are you reading this anyway? What’s it to you? How did you get here anyway? Just curious. 🙂

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