Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-31

  • I’ve arrived in Shanghai. In my hotel (free upgrade to a suite = sweet). Shanghai is awesome so far. And guess what? #
  • Twitter, Flickr, Google Reader, Gmail, Facebook, and my blog all work from my hotel room internet connection. Nothing blocked so far. Yay! #
  • Now, a quick shower and some sleep. I stink, and I’m demolished. See you in a few hours! πŸ™‚ #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-30

  • At SFO, waiting for my flight to Shanghai. Spent the night at PDX last night so as not to drag the fam to the airport at 4 AM. #
  • I just couldn’t make @rachelbancroft and the kids get up that early. And I don’t trust taxis/car service as far away as I live. #
  • @sarahcofer thanks. Keep an eye on http://www.joshbancroft.com for photos, tweets, and other updates. πŸ™‚ @memathews yes, for IDF. #
  • Boarding in a bit for Shanghai. No idea what connectivity will be like on the other side. I’ll be at the mercy of wifi (no roaming for me!) #
  • If my plane goes down over the Pacific, @rachelbancroft has permission to sell all of my gadgets. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @jeffthegreat no idea what kind of plane it is, but its humongous. πŸ˜‰ Prolly a 767. #
  • Anyone know if Twitter works in China? I might be even quieter than previously expected… #
  • Update: apparently, our plane requires 4 pilots. They only have three. Will find out in an hour if they can find a 4th pilot TODAY or not πŸ™ #
  • In other words, I might be delayed at SFO for a whole day. Can I take another night sleeping in an airport? I don’t know… #
  • The scene at the gate is starting to get ugly. We’ve been told there are no other flights. This is it. People are starting to get mad… #
  • How in the heck do they come up short a pilot for an international flight? Did he call in sick? What about backups/redundancy? Argh… πŸ™ #
  • @segphault United πŸ™ #
  • Good news: they found a pilot. Bad news: he’s in Denver. πŸ™ What could have been a 24 hour delay is now only a 2 hour delay. #
  • I don’t believe this. We’ve been sitting on the ground in the plane for an hour and a half. #
  • The keep playing Good News Bad News with us. Good news our 4th pilot arrived from Denver. Bad news is, they forgot to put any fuel onboard. #
  • Good news is, we’re almost fueled. Bad news is, our permit to fly over Russian airspace has expired. #
  • They’re telling us we’ll take off in 30 minutes (3+ hours late), but I don’t believe them. This is turning into a nightmare. πŸ™ #
  • @verso yeah. I already finished the book I bought at PDX last night. And half of the Grisham novel I bought today. #
  • We’re pushing back. No doubt, to go sit someplace on the tarmac. Shutting down again… #

Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-28

  • @shadowbottle Nikon D40 or Canon Rebel XT are good starter DSLR options under $500. I lubs my D40. πŸ™‚ #
  • @davepreston I use and love Foxmarks. I’m sorry you can’t get it working! #
  • If I were still Twittering about the weather, I’d note that the big fat heavy snowflakes have arrived in Hillsboro. But I’m not. #pdxtst #
  • @davepreston I use Firefox. It SHOULD work under Flock, but since that’s the difference, maybe it is a Flock problem. #
  • I blame my recent obsession with Tweeting the weather with the fact that I have a view from my new cube. Before, I never saw outside! πŸ™‚ #
  • In my old cube, I never knew if it was light or dark outside, let alone what the weather was like. πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx Try VisualHub or FFMPEGX to convert them to a more standard format. If VLC plays them, one of those should work. #
  • @psteinb Check out http://hashtags.org to learn the ways of the hash mark #hashtags #
  • @influxx Yeah, the GUI on FFPMEGX is wery nice. #
  • @colligan Get one of these: http://tinyurl.com/2jp25o Drop your video’s on its app, et viola! Speeds up encoding 4x, too. I love mine. #
  • @psteinb It’s a USB dongle with a hardware H.264 video encoding processor inside. I’ll show you mine sometime. Love it. #
  • @ejacqui You’ll get it (Rock Band for Wii) on June 22, with the rest of us. πŸ™‚ ‘Course, there’s a 4 page thread in GESC about lack of DLC. #
  • @psteinb I have it with me all the time. Don’t leave home without it! πŸ™‚ #
  • Last day in the office before my China trip. Making sure I have everything I need (video gear, information, etc.). What am I forgetting? #
  • @JefftheGreat Of course I have the orange Crocs. I love flying with them. So easy to get through security, comfy on the plane. #
  • @shanselman Not plastic. A patented closed cell foam. Can be sterilized in an autoclave or bleach. More info here: http://tinyurl.com/32544d #
  • @shanselman As far as comfort, wearing Crocs is like walking around in marshmallows. πŸ™‚ #
  • @shanselman The tech is part of why I love Crocs. And you can get more "formal" models. @guykawasaki wears them: http://tinyurl.com/35x47c #
  • Aaaand, if you feel yourself with an uncontrollable urge to buy some high-tech, comfortable Crocs, use the link on crocspotting.com. πŸ™‚ #
  • @JefftheGreat The "Buy Them Here" link at the top of the page? #
  • @JefftheGreat Different Crocs models have different size conventions. All are authentic, if confusing. The link on cs is Crocs brand only. #
  • @JefftheGreat Here you go: http://tinyurl.com/2lcm33 #
  • @JefftheGreat The Cayman model is the basic, familiar Croc. That’s what I have, and I love it. #
  • @gerryvz Sure – kids Crocs are cute. πŸ™‚ #
  • @JeffTheGreat The answer is, it depends/varies. Some models are sized with numbers, some with S/M/L/XL etc. I don’t know which is which. #
  • @sourcecode Double tap the video while it’s playing on your iPhone, and it should fix the stretching (but then you’ll have cropping). #
  • @ahockley not true! Lots of other grownups I know admit to wearing Crocs. Not sure they want me to call them out by name, though. πŸ™‚ #
  • @gwalter Hey, now. Plenty of adult mail Crocs fans. @guykawasaki wears and loves them. I know many others, but won’t "out" them here. πŸ™‚ #
  • Of course, I meant "adult male" in my last tweet. Dang homophones. #
  • @marusin Holy cow! Take care of yourself, man. That’s scary. Get better soon! #
  • LIsten, you punks. I KNOW my Crocs are ugly. I KNOW that I have ZERO fashion sense. So I don’t even try. Comfort + remarkable FTW! πŸ™‚ #
  • @sourcecode That’s because the iPhone screen is a weird resolution (480×320) as well as a weird aspect ratio (3:2). Completely non standard. #
  • @jcjdoss I’d be happy to sign your Crocs. The ink will just wash right off, though. πŸ™‚ #
  • @gerryvz Sure you can recraft Crocs. But I don’t know if the Croslite material is biodegradeable. My wife wears the Birks in our family. πŸ˜‰ #
  • My wife, @rachelbancroft, grew up in Eugene (the Hippie Capitol of the World), and went to a hippie commune kindergarten. #
  • @ahockley Behold, the power to influence the Twitter conversation! All because I can’t shut up about Crocs and the weather. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @lyzadanger quotably.com #
  • Must. Resist. Urge. To Tweet. It’s Hailing. Again. In Hillsboro. #pdxtst #
  • @heathbuckmaster You’re allowed to take a break, and tweet as much or as little as you want. It’s all casual, man! Relax! πŸ™‚ #
  • The snow/sleet/hail is back. Even worse than being distracted by seeing it, I can hear it crisping off the windows. #pdxtst #
  • I’m out of here in a few minutes. Will probably be Twitter-quiet until I get to the airport tomorrow night. Next stop: Shanghai, China! πŸ™‚ #

Gearing up for Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in China next week

Getting Geared Up for China

Some of the stuff I’m getting ready for my trip to IDF Shanghai (no, my drink and my Nerf gun aren’t going – they live on my desk πŸ˜‰ ). Most, if not all, of this stuff will be on my person in my cargo pants pockets for the duration, ready to capture audio and video on the spur of the moment:

Of course, this isn’t all I’m taking. The “big” stuff not pictured includes my Canon XH A1 HDV video camera (with the accompanying mic, light, tripod, etc.) and my Nikon D40 DSLR camera. (Those are all affiliate links.)

I’ll be shooting video of some of the keynote and demos at IDF – the Intel Developer Forum – in Shanghai next week. I’ll also be spending some time with the Intel Software Network team there.

This is my first time to China, and I’m excited and nervous. Mainly because I always get nervous/anxious before a trip. I worry that something will go wrong, I won’t have the right gear/paperwork/etc. I’m sure it will all be fine, though.

I may not have very good Internet access (I know a lot of services I use are blocked in China, but I will have VPN access back through Intel’s proxies), and I know I’m going to be really busy, so updates might be sporadic. But I’ll definitely be posting stuff to Twitter, etc. So if you want to follow me on my trip use Twitter, and watch my blog (www.tinyscreenfuls.com) and my lifestream (www.joshbancroft.com).

Shanghai here I come! πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-27

  • I have discovered that I am incapable of playing Guitar Hero and talking at the same time. Something gets crosswired/shorted in my brain. #
  • I think I have made up my mind on how I feel about the new Intel Workplace. I shall deliver the verdict soon… #
  • @verso Oh I sing along to Guitar Hero. I get into the songs. But trying to talk to someone else while playing is what doesn’t work. πŸ™‚ #
  • @sourcecode Interesting you feel that way. I feel almost exactly the opposite. Which is fine – everyone has an opinion, right? πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso I prefer something like the Aiptek Go-HD or the Sanyo CG6, which record to SD cards, to the Flip. It’s a little TOO simple for me. #
  • So, who’s going to write the first/best knock down, drag out comparison between Picnik and Photoshop Express? #
  • @verso I prefer an SD card to integrated flash. And I love that the Apitek records straight to H.264 Quicktime, instead of DivX (like Flip). #
  • @verso and I suspect there are video quality differences, though I’ve not compared them objectively, side by side. #
  • @verso Joel Johnson of Boing Boing Gadgets lubs his Sanyo CG6, preferring it over the Flip. #
  • @SarahCofer I don’t know of one app that will display multiple Twitter accts, but you could use multiple apps. Spaz + Snitter + Twihrl? #
  • Honestly, the number one thing that irritates me about the Flip? That dang loud, irritating "woop woop" noise it makes! Just heard it. Argh! #
  • Best. Comment Moderation Policy. Evar. (from BoingBoing): http://tinyurl.com/yqsbja #
  • I’m being sorely tempted to try out Cory Doctorow’s email philosophy, as described in his latest Thinkernet column http://tinyurl.com/2qw5eg #
  • @rodfather LOL I think you nailed the definition of a MID in your comment on my post. πŸ™‚ #
  • Need TwitterHelp: I have a friend with a C#/Data Access Layer question that’s way over my head. Anyone care to take a crack at it? D me. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jschultz I agree. I’m totaly going to start disemvoweling comments, tweets, heck, maybe even whole blog posts. πŸ™‚ #
  • Blog post: Why should you try Twitter? The value as I see it. http://tinyurl.com/29x2pp What do you think? Good n00b intro? Leave a comment! #
  • Twitter! Storm! Team! Alert! Heavy sleet/hail in Hillsboro. #pdxtst Also, @hangry’s cat is taking a nap. #
  • Picture of the sleet/hail in the courtyard (view from my new cube): http://tinyurl.com/2ctgpb #
  • @gerryvz That’s the downside to Crocs – not so great in the snow/ice/rain (unless you have the right model) #
  • @RevTim I don’t, but that would be cool. I should set up a webcam to watch the weather in the courtyard in front of me. #
  • @psteinb Here’s the correct link for that photo of me taking a photo of the sleet that I tweeted (how meta!) http://tinyurl.com/32xp2v #
  • @RevTim Sadly, UStream doesn’t work from behind the Intel firewall. Besides, the clouds have cleared, and it’s now sunny, blue skies. πŸ™‚ #
  • 20 minutes later, the hail has stopped, and it’s sunny with blue skies. Gotta love spring in Oregon! πŸ™‚ (photo) http://tinyurl.com/3ctzgh #
  • ZOMG I don’t believe it. As soon as I posted that "it’s sunny now" photo/tweet, guess what? It’s hailing again. I give up. πŸ™‚ #
  • @TiEsQue @geekygirldawn I can’t make it tonight, but save me some LoT stickers, please! πŸ™‚ #
  • @oleoptene Yeah, I’m just going to shut up about the stinkin’ weather now. πŸ™‚ #
  • If I were still tweeting about the weather, I’d tweet that it’s sunny and blue skies again, after more hail and snow. But I’m not. #
  • @croncast You got the boy and EeePC? Awesome! Keep us updated on how he likes it, how he uses it, etc. πŸ™‚ #
  • @blogan You’re just trying to get a reaction with that last tweet, I know it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @croncast LOL My 4yo loved the EeePC while I had it, and I’ll probably end up with one or two around the house. πŸ™‚ #
  • Mario Kart Wii will be out end of April. Rock Band for Wii will be out June 22. Buh bye (already scarce) free time http://tinyurl.com/2kc6wn #
  • @davest You’re welcome. Behold, the power I wield to control the weather via Twitter! πŸ™‚ #

Why Should You Try Twitter? The Value, As I See It

I just wrote what became a rather long and detailed email in response to a friend and coworker’s question “why should I care about Twitter?” Even though it’s by no means exhaustive (I could come up with a lot more reasons!), this is what I shared “off the top of my head”, and it needs to be blogged. Remember, this is aimed at someone who I assume has no knowledge of what Twitter is or does.

The value of Twitter, to me, comes as a tool to communicate with my chosen network of people. You only ever see “microposts” (limited to 140 chars) from people you explicitly “follow”. So, no spam, ever, and you control the flow.

It’s become TREMENDOUSLY useful for me to quickly, easily communicate with people I know, and communicate to them what I’m up to, or what I’m thinking. I tend to think of what I put on Twitter as “microposts” – stuff I might have otherwise blogged, or might not have. It can be very conversational, and very ephemeral – you go with the flow, and don’t worry about missing something. It’s a river of conversation you can participate in or ignore as you choose.

Watch this video from Common Craft, which does a great job of explaining Twitter in Plain English:

I’m jabancroft on Twitter if you want to see the kinds of things I post (I’m an edge case – I tweet a LOT) or follow me.

I’d suggest starting out with a small network, and ONLY add people you know in Real Life (or know well otherwise). Don’t feel like you have to reciprocally follow back any people who discover and follow you. Feel free to un-follow people you feel are being too noisy. They don’t get notice that you’ve dropped them, and won’t be offended. You have the right to spend your attention as you see fit.

If you want to get an idea of some Intel people that are using Twitter, look at http://twitter.com/pulseofintel/friends and http://twitter.com/pulseofintel/with_friends (part of a little mashup I’m playing with, but haven’t “launched” yet). There’s also PulseofPDX.com (see what people in Portland are tweeting – the “Stream of Portland’s Collective Consciousness”)

You can use Twitter via the web site, IM, SMS, or use a desktop Twitter application like Twitteriffic (my favorite, Mac only), Spaz, Twhirl, or Snitter (all three use Adobe AIR, so Windows or Mac).

Ignore the public timeline, or any tweets/messages from people you don’t know. It’s impossible to see the value of Twitter when you’re looking at messages from strangers about what they had for lunch, or the fact that their cat is taking a nap. πŸ™‚

It’s OK if you’re not interested, or if you decide that Twitter’s not for you. It’s hard to explain to someone, but if you give it a fair shot, you might like it. Let me know if you have any questions, and let me know if you sign up, so I can follow you! πŸ™‚


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-26

  • Was going to whine about having a 7:30 AM meeting (international), until I heard @psteinb had one at 6:00AM. :- O #
  • Neil Gaiman and his publisher put his 6 year old book, American Gods, online for free. Sales of the book went up THREE HUNDRED PERCENT. #
  • Here’s Neil Gaiman’s blog post on the subject: http://tinyurl.com/ypecrg #
  • Cory Doctorow and Charlie Stross have a history of making their books available electronically for free. I’ve bought multiple from each. #
  • @jezlyn Yes, I agree that authors/publishers need to know that making books available online for free is a HUGE benefit to them. πŸ™‚ #
  • @influxx How it translates to sales? "American Gods", which came out in 2001, saw a 300% increase in sales since they put it online. πŸ™‚ #
  • @psteinb Sure! (This tweet also saved me from turning around and saying "yes" to you). πŸ™‚ Plus, I’m on the phone. #
  • Listen. Do you hear that? A train, in the distance. "Woooooo wooooooo!" I sure hope it doesn’t wreck… πŸ™‚ #
  • Hey, you know that 9" screen version of the EeePC coming soon? It’s going to have a touch screen, and maybe GPS. http://tinyurl.com/2ce4r4 #
  • Pumped after a quick Guitar Hero Wii break with @psteinb. Now, back to work! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Skawtnyc I’ve been advised by my company’s legal counsel that I can’t discuss this topic. Seriously. πŸ™‚ #
  • @pixelmatrix @metafluence doesn’t it have something to do with odd = feature release, even = maintenance release, like the Linux kernel? #
  • Holy Crap! Twitter! Storm! Team! Alert! It’s snowing here at Intel Jones Farm in Hillsboro! #pdxtst #
  • @samgrover beat me to it with the Hillsboro snow report, but in my defense, I hadn’t seen your tweet when I posted mine. πŸ™‚ #
  • @susanreynolds Eh, I’ve started bringing my own controllers, so I don’t have to check them out. πŸ™‚ In fact, I brought Guitar Hero today. πŸ˜‰ #
  • Introducing (drum roll)… Crocspotting.com! Blog post on the origin and process of how it was born in mere hours: http://tinyurl.com/2eaomn #
  • @clint I know that crocspotting.com fills a void in your life, and I’m happy to know I’ve helped to make you whole now. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @leahjones It is launched, active, and ready! http://crocspotting.com #
  • @turoczy Thanks for the juice! πŸ™‚ #
  • @marusin I fully expect to see some contributions to Crocspotting from you. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @turoczy Yeah, I’ve been toying with how to at least get Google Analytics on there. AdSense and Amazon Affiliate links would be nice. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jaacob I think that’s the "endless scrolling" feature that soup.io has. I agree – it’s pretty slick. #
  • For those who requested it, or said "I’m going to go buy some Crocs" (there were a LOT of you!), I put an affiliate link on crocspotting.com #
  • I’m not trying to get rich off the idea, but if you’re going to buy them anyway… πŸ˜‰ #
  • Wow, this is a pretty damning tale of Motorola’s executive. Took some guts for this guy to write and send this: http://tinyurl.com/37q46h #
  • Been a while since I’ve geotagged my photos on Flickr. How long? Apparently back to last summer and beyond. Whoops! πŸ™‚ #
  • @davest ZOMG YES you should sign up for Fios if it’s in your neighborhood. I LOVE mine to death. πŸ™‚ #
  • @turoczy re: Oregon K-12 education deficiency in tech, or whatever – I’m in. #
  • @fiveforefun Yes, I can hear you. Wanna do Ignite Bend? Awesome! What can we do to help? #
  • @fiveforefun Certainly. I’ll do anything for bacon. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @fiveforefun @sarahcofer I’m serious about helping you with Ignite Bend. This week is nuts, then China for 10 days. Talk when I get back? #
  • Adobe Photoshop Express (that runs in your browser) is now in Public Beta. Go play: http://www.photoshop.com/express #
  • Photoshop Express not working for me in Firefox 3 b4, but fine in Safari 3.1 (Mac). Signups are open, so get in on this now! #
  • @pdxbenjamin Yeah, I don’t love Flash either, but this IS Adobe we’re talking about. What else would they use? πŸ˜‰ #
  • Apparently an embargo just lifted, or a press release came about, because in the last few minutes, Photoshop Express is all over my feeds. #
  • My first photo upload to Photoshop Express is stalled at 0%. Tried a couple of times. I’m tired, going to bed. Will play more tomorrow. #
  • I got Photoshop Express to work in Firefox 3 b4 – had to manually go get and install the latest Flash Player 9 from Adobe. #
  • @ahockley Yeah, pw management tools won’t work in Flash, but so far, it’s remembered my login on two different browsers, so not a huge deal. #
  • I love how Ps Express (is that how we’re going to abbreviate it?) can log in and grab photos from Facebook, Picasa, etc. We can has Flickr? #
  • @ahockley Yes, I see the Flickr/Picnik and Ps Express/Picasa alliances here. But I’d still love Ps Express + Flickr. That’s what APIs is for #
  • Sadly, I don’t see a histogram/levels view anywhere in Ps Express. Not surprised, but it would have been nice to have. #
  • OK, going to bed for reals now. Don’t anyone release cool web toys to play with until morning, K? πŸ™‚ #

Ideas + Great Web Services = New Fun Site. Introducing Crocspotting.com!

I love the internet. There are SO many cool tools, services, and ways to network and connect with people that it makes the whole process of turning an idea into reality almost effortless.

For example, a couple of months ago, Scott Kveton wrote a blog post about how cool it would be to have a way to aggregate all of the cool Portland people on Twitter in one place (and yes, he worked a bacon reference in there). He even registered a domain name for the idea – pulseofpdx.com. I thought it would be cool, too, so I started tinkering around with Twitter and Tumblr, and within a couple of hours, we had it up and running. Since then, smarter and more talented people than I have taken it much further – Michael Richardson coded up a better solution, Jessica Beck gave it a swanky design, and the idea even snowballed into other projects (PulseofOpenSource.com, and eventually, the award winning mashup site TweetPeek.com, which launched at SXSW 2008).

Yesterday, another one of those cool “perfect storms” of ideas, easy to use web tools and services, and smart, innovative people happened.

It all started with some photos I posted of a recent trip to the beach, of me in my signature orange Crocs. A conversation on the topic started up on Twitter. I pointed out that I always wear orange Crocs – they’re my “trademark”, my RSS Evangelism Shoes. Something remarkable about me – I’m “the guy with orange Crocs”. @verso chimed in that she’d love to see “orange Crocs Around the World” – sort of like the traveling gnome meme. i thought it was a cool idea, but knew I probably wouldn’t have time for yet another fun little side web project. Kelly (@verso) even came up with some name ideas – crocsvacation, crocsightings, crocspotting.

At this point, I just couldn’t leave the idea alone. I started to think about what would actually be required to do it, and realized the answer was “not much, really”. At the same time, @jcjdoss on Twitter informed me that he had snagged the domain “crocspotting.com” in case I wanted it. That was the final straw. I knew I had to do it. πŸ™‚

So, I started playing around. I’ve been using a very cool tumblog service called soup.io for my lifestream (www.joshbancroft.com) and linkblog (linkblog.joshbancroft.com). I knew the site would have to update itself automatically if it were going to work – I don’t have time to manually update something like that – and soup.io makes a great aggregator/foundation for that piece. You can map a custom domain name to a soup.io stream, so I had @jcjdoss do a little DNS CNAME magic. Then I started messing around with RSS feeds for tags on Flickr, to find the actual pictures of Crocs. I ran into some frustration with the fact that some people tag things that really aren’t what they say. I tried a couple ways around the problem of pictures of crocodiles appearing in the results – Flickr search will let you exclude keywords, but you can’t get an RSS feed of search results, so that was out. I played around with Yahoo Pipes to filter out the unwanted pictures, and that worked beautifully, but it broke some apparent magic that soup.io uses to display large versions of pictures from Flickr, instead of the very small thumbnails that appear in the feed. So, using Yahoo Pipes, filtering worked, but the pictures were too small. In the end, I stumbled upon an elegant feature of soup.io that solved the problem – you can delete items after they’ve been imported from an RSS feed. So I just removed the off-topic pictures. ViolÑ!

So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Crocspotting.com! πŸ™‚


Want to participate? Upload your Crocspotting photos to Flickr, and tag them “crocspotting“. That’s it. They’ll show up on the site. Want to get updates when new Crocs are spotted? Subscribe to the Crocspotting RSS feed.

Pointless and silly? You betcha. Is it well thought out, with a business plan and revenue model? Heck no! Unless someone from the Crocs company is reading this, and wants to work out a sponsorship deal. πŸ˜‰ Hey, if they can sponsor that Mario Batali chef guy (who TOTALLY ripped off the orange Crocs thing from me!), why not sponsor me? πŸ˜‰

The point is that it was fun, and it was easy, and it was fast. It all happened using free web services (except for the domain name cost – thanks @jcjdoss!). It went from the first inklings of an idea to a reality inside a couple of hours.

So, if you don’t care about Crocs, think about your own wild, crazy, idea, and how to make it happen. Use your network of friends and smart people (you DO cultivate a network of friends and smart people, don’t you? πŸ˜‰ ) to help fill in the blanks, and help out, and who knows? Take something you like, mash it up, play with it, tweak it, turn it around, and see what happens. You might be able to make something cool, fun, and remarkable that you never thought possible.


Microposts from Twitter on 2008-03-25

  • I played with PocketTweets again last night after @greghughes recommended it. It’s come a long way. Compares favorably to my fave, Hahlo. #
  • Blog post: photo highlights from my beach getaway with @rachelbancroft last weekend, to Lincoln City: http://tinyurl.com/22t4se #
  • @jcjdoss Thanks! I’m pretty chuffed with some of the photos myself. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @influxx Hey, man, the Crocs are my signature. There’s got to be something remarkable about me, right? I’m the guy with the Orange Crocs. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Skawtnyc Who’s Mario Batali? Is he that Vegas chef dude that wears Crocs? He’s totally biting my style. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Skawtnyc Also, I seriously doubt I’m 100 lbs ligher than ANYONE. But thanks. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Skawtnyc Pfft on this Mario. I scoff in his general direction. Besides, is there a SIGNIFICANCE to his orange Crocs? There is to mine! πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Skawtnyc Pish posh. White on Orange 4 Life, baby. Mine are RSS Evangelism shoes. I tell people that, and they say "What’s RSS?" Bingo! πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso Like what kind of gnome pictures? Orange Crocs around the world? I’m on it! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Skawtnyc You get it! They’re my RSS feet. Feet? Feed? Get it? Ha! πŸ™‚ #
  • @harrisja bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon bacon MUSHROOM MUSHROOM! πŸ™‚ http://tinyurl.com/p2tm #
  • @harrisja You could make a Pipe that filters your Twitter feed, removes any tweet with "bacon". Start here: http://tinyurl.com/ytccje #
  • For my followers who want Orange Crocs Around the World, remember that I’m going to Shanghai, China, in a week. Can Shanghai handle it? πŸ™‚ #
  • For members of the Orange Crocs Around the World Posse: http://tinyurl.com/2duzwg It’s just the beginning. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @JefftheGreat Don’t make me go and register a domain name. It’s a sickness I have. Must. Resist. Crocsaroundtheworld.com! πŸ™‚ #
  • @lyzadanger Like Adobe Kuler? http://kuler.adobe.com/ #
  • @verso Ooh! I like crocspotting.com. You guys are killing me! I don’t have time for another side project, but this would be so fun! πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso Yeah, I know. that’s what’s killing me. It would be relatively easy to do, and that makes me want to do it even more. πŸ™‚ #
  • @verso The crocspotting.com seed is planted. Now, to see when I’ll have time to get to it. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @marusin Thanks. but the inevitable has happened. The wheels are in motion already… πŸ™‚ #
  • @jcjdoss You’re the one who bought crocspotting.com? I just tried to register it, and was cursing whoever was parked on it. D me? #
  • Hey, stats junkies. Want something like Google Reader Trends for your Gmail? Check out Mail Trends: http://tinyurl.com/2u37kh #
  • @jcjdoss No worries – I appreciate it! πŸ™‚ Did you get my D message? I need you to set up a CNAME in DNS for it. πŸ™‚ #
  • @NickStarr You used to be able to just tack "/export" onto the end of your Bloglines URL to get an OPML. No idea if that still works. #
  • @shanselman Here’s how I gave it context = "Site Stats that I care about as a blogger": http://tinyurl.com/353mke #
  • @jcjdoss Just edit the DNS record, and set up a CNAME pointer to point to "soup.io" (without quotes) #
  • @jcjdoss Use crocspotting.com. If you can redirect http://www.crocspotting.com to crocspotting.com that would be perfect. #
  • In a meeting with the web marketing people – the folks who run blogs.intel.com. Whoo fun! πŸ™‚ #
  • I’m having a really difficult internal struggle with the fact that "social media" is now an "industry", and marketers are all over it. #
  • @annierodkins Oh, I’m already poking the beehive, you can rest assured of that. πŸ™‚ #
  • I think social media has jumped the shark. It’s "mature". I want to find the new frontier, what’s new, and leave social media to marketers. #
  • It’s kind of like the web. It was wild, wooly, and innovative for years. Then ads came. It didn’t kill the web, but it got really boring. #
  • @jcjdoss Don’t worry about it. It may be automatic with GoDaddy. We’ll see! Thanks again! πŸ™‚ #
  • @annierodkins Don’t worry. I’m not going anywhere. I’d be bored to death if I worked at a company where everyone "gets it". πŸ˜‰ #
  • "Have you noticed that, in itself, money is kind of one-dimensional and boring? What else can we talk about? " http://cluetrain.com/ #
  • @jcjdoss No, it’s powered by soup.io #
  • @jcjdoss http://www.soup.io it’s a tumbleog/lifestreaming service. Pretty slick. #
  • Twitter InstaResearch Poll: What the heck do YOU think a MID is? Not just defining the acronym, but what IS it? What is it NOT? #
  • @Jerry_Makare Marketing meetings ALWAYS get me riled up. You’ll detect that pattern if you keep following me. πŸ™‚ #
  • Heh. @Britopian called me a "strong personality". He’s so polite! πŸ™‚ #
  • @Britopian No matter how it may seem at times, I’m on your side. Just trying to help Intel avoid making dumb mistakes. πŸ™‚ #
  • Need Yahoo Pipes and/or Flickr help! How do I get it to output larger photos in the RSS feed? #
  • @ahockley I tried that. What I’m doing is Flickr RSS -> Yahoo Pipe to filter certain words -> Soup.io. Flickr direct to soup=big pics. #
  • However, something that I’m doing in my pipe causes the pics to be small on soup.io. I fear it’s some special way soup treats Flickr feeds. #
  • Tangentially, does anyone know how to get Flickr to generate an RSS feed of a search result (not a tag)? #
  • @Johnmont I’ve tried a search on the site, and using the "Flickr" object in Yahoo Pipes. #
  • @jcjdoss That works, but returns even tinier images. πŸ™ #
  • Ongoing InstaResearch: Chime in on the whole "what the heck is a MID" question here: http://tinyurl.com/34a9f6 #
  • @LorenHeiny Thanks! I’ve updated my post with your responses. πŸ™‚ #
  • I just discovered how to delete individual imported posts from soup.io. Awesome! I’m loving this service more and more. πŸ™‚ #
  • Putting the finishing touches on a fun little (not so secret) side project. Going to let it steep overnight, I’ll "launch" it tomorrow. πŸ™‚ #
  • @shanselman You’re welcome! Looking forward to reading your take on blog stats. #
  • Everyone go read @shanselman’s great post on blog statistics, and which ones you should really care about. http://tinyurl.com/2hxtmp #