Posted tagged ‘Twitter’

Getting ready for LISA’10

18 October 2010

I started this particular Blog right after the LISA ’09 conference in Baltimore. I’ve not posted to it as often as I thought I would. But with LISA’10 less than 4 weeks away, I have a few things I need to put out there and I think this Blog is the proper medium for doing that.

I’m pleased to see different things being mentioned on Twitter. I’m very pleased to see that the LISA’10 web page lists the #lisa10 tag right at the top. I know that I found Twitter to be quite useful at the conference last year. I have a #lisa10 tag search column defined on my TweetDeck client.

I firmly believe that the “Hallway Track” is one of the most valuable things about a LISA conference. It is no surprise to me that when they listed “reasons to attend” right there on the first web page, they list “Face Time with Industry Leaders” as their first reason. I have been able to sit and chat with a number of the people who teach tutorials and write the books that we all read. I’ve learned that these folks are quite approachable. I’ve offered some detailed feedback to a few of the presenters after I sat through their sessions. They appreciated the constructive comments that help them polish their presentations.

I’m particularly looking forward to connecting face to face with several friends I have met through Twitter. I met Matt (@standalone) on twitter before the conference. I attended his BoF session on Blogging. I believe Matt will be leading the Blogging team for this year’s conference. It was great to get to know him in Baltimore and I look forward to seeing him again in San Jose. There are several other folks I met in Baltimore and I’m not sure how many of them I will see again next month.

For me, it is the people that I meet and get to know at the conference that make it so very valuable. I’ve attended many of these since my first back in 1995. It gets a little easier to choose training sessions and Workshops when I can look at the lists and say “I’ve already been in Tom Limoncelli’s (@YesThatTom) Time Management class“. That leaves me open this year so I can attend the Knowledge Management workshop on Monday morning, led by Mark Burgess.

I will be leading two BoF (Birds of a Feather) sessions again this year. I’m repeating the two I did last year. The first is a GPG Key Signing BoF and the second is a CAcert BoF, both on Tuesday evening. I will be submitting more detailed descriptions for both of these soon. And I plan to put up some added comments and instructions for those who plan to attend.

Google’s Place on Your Top Ten

3 December 2009

I do appreciate the usefulness of Twitter.  I noticed that @ChrisBrogan was posting some tweets about GoogleWave today.  I am experimenting with Wave to try and understand its potential.  I have accounts on the public beta as well as the developers sandbox.  I’ve built up quite a list of contacts who also have Wave accounts.  That’s the first thing one needs in order for Wave to be of any real use.

One of Chris’ tweets was to a neat blog post by @deepakdas.  The author shared his thoughts on Google’s “product proliferation strategy”.  It reminded me of the old days when people talked about how Apple computers were in all the schools in hopes that student’s would graduate having experience with Apple and buy those over PCs.  It also reminded of another strategy I had discussed several months ago.  That one was focused on Starbucks Coffee.

I was sitting with a friend who works for a distributor that delivers product to Starbucks stores.  My friend explained to me that Starbucks had a goal to (as she put it) “become your third place”.  I’ve heard this same idea elsewhere, so I’m sure it is no secret and it may be a topic for various case studies.  The basic premise is this:

We all spend time in various places.  The top two places for most people are their home and their work.  If you count the time spent sleeping, most people spend most of their time at home.  And it is easy to see that where you work would be the next most common place for you to spend your time.  There may be a third place which stands out as the place where you spend the next most significant portion of your time.  The idea is that Starbucks wants you to be so comfortable meeting people or just hanging out at a Starbucks store.

Personally, I believe my church is my third place.  But I must admit that Starbucks must be in my top ten.  And at the same time, I think Google (Gmail, GoogleWave, Google Reader, etc.) is very likely my forth place. OK, so it is not a physical place, but it is where I spend a bunch of time. On the whole, Google is obviously trying to move up everyone’s list of “places” where we spend our time.  They are adding services constantly and getting themselves inserted into as much of our on-line experience as possible. (Look at today’s announcement of Google’s Public DNS service)

So Twitter has once again led me to some valuable information on topics that I am already thinking about and trying to understand.  I suppose that TweetDeck is another of my top 10 “places” where I hang out.  I wonder how long it will be before Google tries to buy up Twitter.  Or might they just find a way to assimilate it into Google Wave.

Where do Google and/or Twitter fall on your list? Your thoughts and comments would be appreciated.

Let’s Talk Following

1 December 2009

I have a question for my fellow Twitter users.  It seems I have new people following me every day.  Now that should not be a bad thing.  But lots of these people are folks I have never met or heard of.  It’s not like like text messages where I have to pay for messages posted to Twitter based on the number of people that the message is delivered to. And it is not like I post anything in an open tweet that I am worried about who does or does not read it.

How should I  decide who to block and who to report as SPAM?

I suppose in part, the answer to the question depends on how and why I use Twitter.  One has to ask who do I hope my tweets are getting too.  I have a network of friends, peers and community members.  I found Twitter quite valuable at events like the recent #LISA09 conference. And I have met some really great contacts through Twitter.

I read nearly every tweet that comes to my TweetDeck screen. It keeps me up on what’s going on with those I follow. And it keeps me up on news and hot topics. I’ve learned a lot since joining Twitter.  Mostly by following very interesting folks like @CaliLewis, @Pogue and @ChrisBrogan.  I keep up on #HEP (High Energy Physics) by following @CERN and @USLHC.

I’m sure that folks @ThinkGeek want followers as a way to promote their products to as many people as possible.  I understand that.  It is good marketing.  And I follow them back to watch for sales.

At present, I have no commercial interest in Twitter.  My blog generates no income and I have no affiliations that bring me any sort of compensation.  Still, I’d like to think that by tweeting each new Blog post I may pick up some new followers, or the Blog or my tweets.  I do appreciate when someone finds a Blog post interesting enough to mention in a tweet to their followers

I am careful about who I do and do not follow on Twitter.  I do not automatically follow anyone who follows me.  I do not even check the profile of everyone who follows me.  I do not see the numbers of how many I follow or how many follow me as at all significant.  Am I unique in my careful approach to followers?  It certainly seems that minority of the Twitter users  who follow me are in it for a numbers game.  I can’t believe they read every post by everyone they follow.

I have blocked people whose follower count is up in four digits while there posts are counted with one or two digits.  I have reported some people as SPAM when the majority of the posts I find on their profile are obviously sales hype. But I don’t have time to review everyone who starts following me.  Some who follow me are disabled by the time I go to check their profile after others reported them as SPAM.

I have used tools like @Foller.Me to help me prune my followers. I can’t get to TwitBlock any longer.  I just wonder if even that is worth my time. I expect to write a blog post on SPAM fighting tools some time soon.  I’d love to hear what your favorite such tool is.

How do you decide who to block and who to report as SPAM?  Please share your opinion via a comment.


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