10 Unusual Uses for Twitter

So I have given in and am writing a post that has a number and some list in it – forgive me this one time. This post is in thanks to @aplusk and others that constantly ask questions on Twitter.

You can use Twitter for any number of things but I thought I would just highlight a few of them. So with out further delay, here are some different ways people use Twitter.

  1. Movie Titles – yes this just did happen http://twitter.com/aplusk/status/1182313837
  2. Vote Requests – @thejessicadrake & Semmys
  3. Finding New Pickup Lines – #nerdpickuplines
  4. Doing quick polls/research – Polldaddy or just doing a search on a hash tag and counting (what I tend to do)
  5. Charity – @tweeterism
  6. Social Media – asking for stumbles, diggs or other social media pushes
  7. Where to eat/go when you are traveling? – When in a new city just ask Twitter – where’s the food at?
  8. Need a presentation? Ask Twitter. – It worked for @chriswinfield (and I did help him – you’re welcome Chris 😀 )
  9. Send Money – I found Twippr the other day and I’m not sure about if it is legit or works but it is an interesting idea.
  10. Blocking Shaq – “@livejamie This 6’0″ person wants to block @THE_REAL_SHAQ on Twitter, just for the pure symbolism of it.”

So that is all I have for now but I know you can (and I could if I tried) to think of more. What is your fave?

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February 6th, 2009 by daver | No Comments »

SuperBowl + Pepsi + Youtube

So I am on Youtube looking up a new band that I found thanks to @KimSherrell. The SuperBowl has just been over for some 50 minutes and Pepsi already has ads up. The ad even is giving its congrats to Pittsburgh for winning – holy fastness Batman.

Pepsi ad after the SuperBowl on Youtube

The ad is nice, clean and big but um, who is Will Arnett?? I had to look him up to figure it out. Was he even in one of their ads tonight? No idea as they had a bunch and I just watched a few hours of football and ads.

Oh well – nice try with the ad guys.

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February 1st, 2009 by daver | No Comments »

Metallica Concert Review @ Allstate in 2009

I have been to some shows but keep failing to write up any sort of review – I am trying to right the ship tonight.

So last night (Monday Jan 26, 2009) Metallica came to Chicago and rocked the house. I would comment on the opening bands but I was late getting to the show. Also I would like to point out that it was not my fault this time!!!

Chicago is cold and snowy = we get lots of snow. The past few weeks have been filled with both and the parking lot of the Allstate Arena showed it. There are usually two entrances in but for the Metallica concert there was only one – never a good sign. All you saw from the road were a few cars (Im assuming they belonged to those controlling traffic) and huge mounds of snow.

After trying two other places with no luck we got back in line to park out in the sticks (it must have been .5 miles plus). The only good side to parking in the sticks was not having to pay some huge parking fee (see my Sears Centre Review for an example).

We finally park, catch a shuttle, and get inside only to run into another problem. Why is it impossible to find a place to get banded? When you are on the floor you need wrist bands but they never tell you where to go other than the wrong place. They tell you a gate or the East Gate or the North Gate but with the lines of people for beer and food you cant see anything. Then after 20 minutes of pushing through lines you find the nice little old ladies that band your wrist.

Once banded we could enter…. the sauna that was the Allstate. As you walked towards the center stage it just got hotter and hotter and did so the entire night. It wasnt until 75% of the way through the night did it feel like they turned on the AC. Thanks to them, the heat, and me wearing a sweatshirt I just about passed out from the heat. PITA getting heat stroke is, especially when its right in the middle of Metallica playing One. Talk about bad luck.

Speaking of the music, I have found a set list that looks correct. Im not 100%, but it should be very close to what Metallica played night 1 in Chicago.

1. That Was Just Your Life
2. The End of the Line
3. Creeping Death
4. Ride the Lightning
5. One
6. Broken, Beat and Scarred
7. Cyanide
8. Sad But True
9. Wherever I May Roam
10. All Nightmare Long
11. The Day That Never Comes
12. Master of Puppets
13. Blackened
14. Nothing Else Matters
15. Enter Sandman

Encore:
16. Last Caress (Misfits cover)
17. Motorbreath
18. Seek and Destroy

Source for set.

The show itself rocked from start to finish. I think the total running time was just over 2 hours with no real breaks. They had 3 down times (including the break prior to the encore) but someone was always on and they kept them really quick.

The spot we had was on the side (it was away from the big mosh pit) and were just some 15 feet away from the stage – very cool. I wish more bands would use the stage setup that Metallica did for their concert – it was small but big. They had plenty of room to roam around, were close to the crowd, and overall just made for great fan/band interactions. Interactions like James throwing his guitar pick and my brother getting hit in the head with it – and no he didnt get it as the people around us jumped on it super fast.

So was it a good show? I have to say yes. It had everything you want from a Metallica or any rock concert:

1. Die hard fans
2. Metallica playing *$@@#$ good
3. Mosh pits were going on
4. Great light and laser show
5. Great seats (go here for Metallica Tickets – thanks guys, you saved me)
6. Coffins hanging from the ceiling
7. Easy out parking
Metallica @ allstate in chicago

I have more photos and videos that I will upload the next few days and share.

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January 28th, 2009 by daver | 1 Comment »

I Confused Yahoo Answers

I was catching up on email tonight and came across something from last Friday. I totally forgot that during the day I was able to break Yahoo Answers doing a “simple” search.

I have a screen shot of the result of my search but blocked out the search that I was doing.  The search had a “-” in it I do recall, but cant recall much else.  I wish that I had saved or made better notes about what I had searched so that I could spend some time to reproduce it again. Next time I will take better notes – I promise.

I do have to admit that I love the default of “4 decades ago” – you guys/gals get an A+ for that one.

Yahoo Answers Confused

If anyone is able to get this error let me know as Id like to recall exactly what I did to get it.

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January 22nd, 2009 by daver | No Comments »

Tennis Scores on Google

I cant say that I do that many searches for tennis scores or players but I did one tonight.  Im sitting here (still am watching and Federer is about to win) watching Federer play and wondered how he has been doing as of late.  So I type in Federer into Google and what do I find but the score of the match I happen to be watching!

Federer Search on Google

The curious person that I am, I hung around Google to see how long from the finish of the match to the time that Google would update the score. Well some 5 minutes after the match was over I got an update by Google of Federer up 4-1 in the 3rd set.  This puts the data some 10-15 min behind.  The final score came in some 20 minutes after the real final. So these arent “real time” scores but they arent bad.

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January 21st, 2009 by daver | No Comments »

StumbleUpon & Its Friend Features

Recently I have become for a better word – addicted to StumbleUpon. I cant count the number of laughs and really informative sites about Web Analytics, CSS, and so on that I have found since I started using it more often.

One problem I have come across while using it more was a lack of diversity in the people I followed and was friends with – I keep seeing the same type of photos and articles. Reading what is basically the same article on 4 different sites a day just doesnt do it for me.

This problem lead me to dig deeper and use the relatively new followers/friends feature. I have to admit – I love it. It has helped me expand the number of people I follow and keeps the great sites coming.

That being said, I have noticed two things about the friends and their friend recommendation engine that could use some tweaking.

Meet New Friends

Meet new friends - StumbleUpon

If you look at the pretty image (I suck at Photoshop, sorry), you can see two issues already. I am pretty sure that every time I load this page and see this feature I see at least one avatar that I know is on my friends list. I mean, I dont have THAT many friends so why is it so hard to show me new people? My other complaint with this feature is that it will show me someone that has a whopping total of 35 stumbles. How do I know based on 35 stumbles if they will brighten up my day or help me learn stuff that I never imagined? If I have 3000 stumbles, how about you show me people with at least 10% that number? That seems fair to me. What do you think?

Ignore Friend Request

Ignore Friend Request - StumbleUpon

The next feature that I think should be tweaked is the “Ignore a Friend Request”. Its a bit harsh to have to say yes or no to a request knowing that “You will not receive future friendship notifications from people you ignored. “. I may not know the person or like their stumbles at that moment but people can change cant they? Again, if someone with 15 or 50 or even 10000 stumbles friends me, I have to say yes or no. Why does no mean no forever. How about a 30 day time frame or so?

Imagine you are a new user and have a few stumbles and are trying to figure the whole StumbleUpon thing out. You stumble here and there and you see this nifty “Meet people like you” area and start clicking. You follow a few and you friend a few of them. If you are like me, you will say yes, no and just wait on others (or maybe you always say no/yes). The user thinks nothing of it and a few months down the line goes looking for interesting people and finds you again, then what? Actually, I dont know what happens. I havent been able to test this due to not knowing who has turned me down, so if someone knows exactly what you see, please let me know. 🙂

So that’s all I got. I finally blog and its to whine/complain – figures eh? To those working on SU – thanks for your work and I look forward to spending many more hours using your addictive site.

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January 15th, 2009 by daver | 1 Comment »

Goodbye 2008, Hello 2009

I have said that I wont do a “Best of 2008” type post and I stand by that. I know 10’s of 100’s or 100’s will but not me.

I will say a few words … well maybe a bit more than a few but I swear … not many.

2008 has been big, fun and great but I’m hoping 2009 to be bigger, funner, and damn fine.

That was all – now go drink, be merry, and read 1000 “Best Of” and “2009 Prediction” posts.

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December 31st, 2008 by daver | 1 Comment »

New Marketing Campagin? Grab the Username

So Im up and about on a Sunday morning and am catching up on the last 12 hours of Twitter – you can miss some good stories/link drops.  After finding a few interesting articles I come across a bit of a fight between @whoppervirgins and @theBKlounge which you can see here:

@whoppervirgins vs @the BKlounge

Now I find it funny that @theBKlounge sent a cease and desist over Twitter but as a Marketer I have to wonder why BK didnt do a land grab and register @whoppervirgins itself? Lesson learned for BK (I hope).

For everyone – if you are starting a new campaign (especially one that is based around viral marketing), you should be sure to own all of the related usernames/handles.

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December 21st, 2008 by daver | No Comments »

12th Annual Toys for Tots XMAS BBQ

It’s that time of year again! When we invite all of our friends for some good fun, good people and free booze!

Bring a new unwrapped toy for Toys For Tots and we take care of the rest.

Saturday Dec 6th 2008.
Piano Man
3801 N Clark, Chicago
Map: Click me for Google Map

Kiddie Party Details:
3:00pm    Party Starts
3:30pm    Mr & Mrs Claus Arrive
4:00pm    Pizza, Chips & Pop served (for my Autism community friends we will have some GFCF choices)
4:30pm    Games, prizes
5:00pm    Magic Show (Not to be missed)
6:00pm    Kiddies Go Home with goodie bags

Of course if you can find a sitter for later in the evening, we’d love to have you back for the rest of the shindig.

Big Kids Party from 7pm-3am includes Live Music, Food, Drinks and Fun.

To stay updated, you are encouraged to read the wiki.

12th Annual Toys for Tots in Chicago

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November 9th, 2008 by daver | No Comments »

Brightcove Network Service is Closing

So I dont think it was 30 minutes that I hit publish and I received an email from another video service shutting down. On December 17, 2008 Brightcove will be shutting down its free Brightcove Network Service.

Brightcove is not shutting down completely, they seem to just be shutting down the free service and forcing those that wish to continue to upgrade to Brightcove 3.

Brightcove 3 is a major new version of the Brightcove online video platform that was launched on October 14, 2008. The new release has a completely re-designed user interface and a wide variety of powerful new features. You can learn more Brightcove 3 in our product section.

From the Compete numbers it actually looks like Brightcove is the small fish only when compared to YouTube.

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November 3rd, 2008 by daver | No Comments »