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Happy 1,000th Follower! (On Twitter)

1,000th Follower!

On 16 April 2010, I hit a milestone after nearly two and a half years on Twitter, I reached the 1,000th follower mark.

That’s right, you’re all just statistics.

Yeah, but no, but yeah. I probably only converse with about fifty people on Twitter, the rest well.. I guess just don’t mind receiving inane updates from a random dude in Singapore.

Anyway, I wonder if there’s some kind of thousand follower club or something, with vouchers to Swensons or a private room at the next unConference. If not, meh.. I’ve yet to see my life change for the better.

But yes, thank you one and all for following me on Twitter, more than half of you probably don’t use Twitter anymore, the rest of you are probably social media gurus, bots and soulless brands. Those of you who’re real and bothered to use the @ symbol, thanks! I hope you continue to make using Twitter great!

Edit: By the way, I’m incredibly narcissistic.

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Affairs

When You Say Twitter Festival, It’s Just Not Very Sexy

Twstival
Credit: Kevin Lee

So sue me if I take issue with mash up words like Twestival or Tweples, I’m just a stuck up word elitist. But I’m glad we could put aside those differences and just come together in a grand Twitter Meet Up (Tweetup to the uninitiated.), have beers, food, performances and conversations, all in the name of charity.

From what I hear, Singapore managed to raise US$6112, excluding the sponsorship dollars, so Yay! Go us! Read more of the official report here.

So yes, it was for a good cause.. it doesn’t really matter how skeptical you are about these charity events or questioning the intent for sponsors to get on board.. I can be rather cynical. But this time round, we’ll just put aside such petty trivialities and come together, whether for social or for good.

The only thing I wished was done better, was a better set up for the artists that performed. It was difficult to hear what they were singing about, and in the end, it became a competition between punters and performers on who could be louder. Basically we were ignoring them, and I felt it more because I knew Deborah and Thomas who performed. Hell, I even recommended the gig to them.. and trust me, that was a rough gig to play.

The venue just wasn’t right for live music, and I think we could have done without it and just had music playing through the speakers. Would’ve sufficed just as well.

But hey, for something organised from the ground up, and spread through blogs and twitter, the turn out was pretty impressive. Maybe if they want live bands next year, we could have it in more conducive places like Home Club or the Prince Of Wales.

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Opinion, Technology

Google Buzz Idea: Crowdsourced Searches

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So most people I know should now see Google Buzz in their gmail sidebars. For some, it might not mean much, for others.. it might mean a little bit too much. It doesn’t really matter, because I hope I have an idea that perhaps could make Google Buzz matter.

The press tips Google’s latest product as sort of a social network involving your Google profiles. Valleywag sounds out that automatically adding various Google profiles could be a breach of privacy and Hutch Carpenter talks about ideas bringing people closer together. Do any of these things matter? Perhaps. If you’re still thinking that Buzz is exactly like Wave.

Buzz is a sorta of hybrid social network x lifestream. No in fact, it’s so much closer to Facebook, the only difference is that it automatically pulls your interactions on the web into the buzz-feed. Not that it’s important right now, we already have enough online maintenance of our other profiles.

This is important when you want to combine Google’s greatest strength, Search with your social network.

Am I saying that Google should make our searches public? Heavens! I hope not! But I think they could make SOME of our searches public, and share it with our Google Buzz friends, or those that we allow.

The Idea
Think about it, Google has gone as far as automatically making us follow people, and have people following us, pull our web activity into a stream. It shouldn’t be un-doable to have a “Crowdsource” button on the main search page, that makes that particular search public.

And what if you only want to share with colleagues? Well, Twitter has lists, it shouldn’t be a problem for Buzz to implement the same feature.

Getting things done faster
Admit it, we’re voyeurs, that’s why we’re on Facebook, Twitter or reading blogs. But that’s exactly why being able to check out someone else’s search history is mindblowing. I’m leveraging on that innate nosiness that will allow us to help our Google contacts in their searches, if they allow it (By hitting the would-be Crowdsource button).

With this, and the building of the Google social network, it will be so much easier and more effective to collaborate, especially when we’ll be “wasting time” on Google Buzz

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