Mobile Twitter (It’s Better Than You Think)

Until recently, I’ve used SMS (text messaging) for updating my Twitter while out and about, and then I’d use either Twitter.com or TweetDeck to read, respond, and update while at home. The problem, however, was that I’d miss out on lots of tweets – which isn’t a big deal (I’m not interested in reading everything) except in times when I really need a quick response, game score, etc.

Enter TwitterBerry, “the” Blackberry Twitter client. It’s free, works great, and is customizable in terms of data connection and syncing. Basically, you have several different screens you can rotate through (Your Timeline, Friends Timeline, Update, etc). It’s easy to favorite and reply to tweets, as well as direct message your friends.

Now, you may think that you don’t want another application that is constantly connecting, depleting your battery juice, and alerting you every 5 seconds. TwitterBerry is very customizable, it only connects when you have it set to, and it has its own sound preferences so you don’t have to get notified every time you get more tweets.

I’ve really enjoyed using it so far. I don’t have cable, and I’ve been doing lots of stuff with family or friends while the NBA Playoffs have been on (I’m a HUGE NBA fan). However, I’ve been able to keep constantly updated live through TwitterBerry with scores, big plays, and commentary by other loyal fans.

TwitterBerry

Also, quick shoutout to @KateSpaeder, @TheNoLookPass, and @lakersnation for keeping me updated on my Lakers throughout the playoffs in times when I haven’t had a TV.

Next Up for Twitter – Group Lists?

By now, you’ve seen the new Facebook chat.  As was expected, you can now choose to whom you want to appear online by creating friend lists.  For example, you may choose to have a “School” list, a “Work” list, and a “Family” list.

It seems as though this is the one major thing Twitter is missing.  TweetDeck has noticed this, and has the ability to sort tweets based on friend lists.  However, with all the changes Twitter recently made (the rotating twitter dictionary, search bar, and “trending topics”, for example), we still haven’t seen a way to organize friends.

Let’s face it – I follow 189 people (which isn’t really that many).  A lot of those (friends, family, and those few “closer” internet buds) don’t tweet that much, but I would still like to read their posts.  There are also a few NBA players I follow (I’m a HUGE NBA fan), and I would like to read all of their tweets, though I don’t see many of them due to frequency of some of the people I follow.  I don’t have the time to look them all up (another great idea – search within your friends) and read their profile pages, and I refuse to have my phone buzz all day with Twitter updates.

So, what do you think?  Would Twitter benefit from group lists?

Choosing the Right URL Shortener

A few days ago, someone sent me this post about the differences between URL shorteners. It was great timing since I have been having trouble choosing.

You see, originally I used ow.ly since it was the default for HootSuite (though I also used it independently). Since I’ve switched to TweetDeck, however, I’ve had to change shorteners. TweetDeck currently uses bit.ly, is.gd, tinyurl, tr.im, or twurl.nl. Deciding between these, I thought, is simply a matter of look and sound – say each one and pick the coolest.

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So, for the time being, I use bit.ly or tr.im. I haven’t decided between these (there is only a 1 character difference), but tr.im looks cooler, so I’ll probably go with that.

I’m Sick of Twitter.com (And You Should Be, Too)

twitter is over capacity!

Have you been getting this message recently?  If you’re a Twitter web user, chances are you have.  A lot.  “Too Many Tweets!”, a cutsy whale, and lots of frustration.  And I’ve had enough.

As you well know, Twitter has gained a lot of popularity over the last few months.  Internet marketers, pastors, web gurus, and companies are all jumping on the bandwagon of this new found social networking gem.  Except the gem has lost its shine.

First of all, Twitter spammers.  I can usually tell the quality of a follower based on their name or customized link, but I can always tell by a quick glance at their page.  To be fair, Twitter has usually been pretty good about suspending suspicious accounts, but I’m still upset everytime someone follows me who has posted only once – “Check out these sexxxy pics – date for free in your area!!!”  Really?  Facebook’s better about blocking that trash.

Secondly, the website has come to a C R  A   W    L.  Out of every, say, 5 times I log in, Twitter is over-capacity at least once, and at least one more time I’ll get a horribly rendered page.  Twitter, you are one of the social networking behemoths.  One of the top 5 social media companies on the ‘net.  Everyone from high profile bloggers to proffessional athletes to CEO’s use your site all day, everyday.  The satisfaction of these people is the only thing that keep your company alive.  This is something you need to address.

Notice, however, that I said I was sick of Twitter.com.  The website – NOT the service.  I’ve gone to using TweetDeck for 90% of my Twitter needs.  I never have trouble logging in, sending or receiving tweets, or appearance issues.  It’s lightweight, highly customizable, and stays nested in my notification area, and is constantly logged in.

So basically, if you’re sick of slow Twitter pages, check out TweetDeck.  And let the guys at Twitter know that Amazon’s got a great hosting deal.

and of course, while you’re here, follow me on twitter!

Followup: Twitter, Narcissism Debate

Today, while reading Lifehacker, I came across a post on the uses of Twitter, as well as a few notes on the narcissism claim. After the tremendous response I’ve gotten from the post a few days ago, I thought I’d post a link to the article and several intersting quotes.

Discounting Twitter altogether because you think it’s ridiculous that people tweet about what they had for breakfast is like claiming that email is useless because of forward chains. It’s a mistake, and you’d be missing out on a great tool if you let that put you off Twitter completely.

Virtually every company has a Twitter account these days, which means if there’s a product you really care about, following them on Twitter is often the easiest way to stay up to date with the latest developments. But more often than not (in the context of Twitter, at least), the thing we care about most is ourselves. We’ve already shown you how to create an ego search to monitor what’s being said about you on the web, but now Twitter is another must-use tool for getting your ego fix. Still, even if you’re not an ego-maniac, surely there’s something that you care about that you could monitor on Twitter. Do yourself a favor and download one of the free desktop Twitter clients to help you create persistent Twitter searches so you can keep track of whatever your want without always hitting up the main Twitter search page. We’d recommend checking out TweetDeck or Seesmic Desktop.

There area many other interesting points and uses in the post, so instead of listing them all here, I’ll just send you to it. Keep in mind that, as said above, while Twitter definitely appeals to the narcissism in people, it can be used effectively to great success.

@jakrose

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