Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-09

  • Just bought Twitterific 2.0 Premium for iPhone. Before I became a Tweetie zealot, I was a Twitterific fanboy. Still love @chockenberry. πŸ™‚ #
  • I doubt I’ll switch from Tweetie, but Twitterific 2.0 is a STELLAR app. Very well done: http://yfrog.com/0e44hj #
  • Twitterific 2.0 Pro Tip: go into settings, and turn on “show conversation” for double-tap. Then double-tap a tweet to see the whole thread. #
  • @taridonohue I’ve never heard of a daily show iPhone app, so it probably wasn’t me. πŸ™‚ in reply to taridonohue #
  • Just realized that I have no fewer than *three* Twitter apps that I’ve *paid* for on my iPhone. Tweetie, Birdhouse, and Twitterrific 2.0. #
  • @ChrisLeckness Yeah, I think it’s a sign of a sickness. The worst part is, I can’t bear to think of uninstalling ANY of them. πŸ™‚ in reply to ChrisLeckness #
  • An apt if awkward metaphor: Forrester sez social tech is like sex. You don’t get it unless you do it. http://bit.ly/1aEQVb via @readwriteweb #
  • RT @chartier: Hilarious – Twitterrific 2.0 iPhone Easter Eggs like TWOOSH! and BE AWESOME: http://ow.ly/5P5C #
  • Twitter, Quick! I need to know the best USB headset for Skype calls. There’s a Plantronics one that everyone raves about. Which one is it? #
  • Thanks for the headset recommendations. This to to ship off to remote people for higher quality audio calls/recordings. Appreciate the help! #
  • @Jere_Jones I got one recommendation for the Logitech ClearChat, and the Amazon reviews tended to love it. in reply to Jere_Jones #
  • Kids, repeat after me. “Science is fun! Science is fun!” πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-08

  • @jdlasica It was great to talk to you and @kenekaplan about Intelpedia. Glad we finally all got together, looking forward to the output! πŸ™‚ in reply to jdlasica #
  • It feels like it’s about 40 degrees F in this conference room. I’m usually the warmest person anywhere (well-insulated), and I’m FREEZING. #
  • Glad most of you seem to like Star Trek. I won’t be able to see it this weekend, but as a hardcore teenage Trekkie, I was worried. πŸ™‚ #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-07

  • At @pdxcommconf. Listening to Intel’s David Veneski talk about getting Deborah Conrad on Twitter. I didn’t know either of them used Twitter. #
  • Anyone know David Veneski or Deborah Conrad’s Twitter handle? I’d like to follow them. #pdxcc09 #
  • @keaakre Thanks Kari! (@dveneski and @deborahconrad) in reply to keaakre #
  • Oops. Meant @dveneski. Sorry I keep butchering your name, David! πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 #
  • @pdxcommconf Pro Tip: create a saved search for “pdxcommconf OR pdxcc09” in your client to follow the backchannel. #pdxcc09 #
  • Man, I live in a different world than @dveneski. Traditional media/marketing is so foreign to me. Wish I understood more of it. #pdxcc09 #
  • My @pdxcommconf session is at 9:15, on “Engaging Employees as Brand Champions”. I’ll make it interesting, I promise! πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 #
  • Sitting next to @djtv at @pdxcommconf who’s been seeing my tweets, and kindly leaned over and introduced herself. Nice to meet you Terressa! #
  • You can watch my @pdxcommconf presentation at 9:15 on Google Docs: http://bit.ly/amateurs I may not see you in the chat, though. #pdxcc09 #
  • As always, I’m the only one in this room wearing a t-shirt. This is as it should be. πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 #
  • In @jhardison’s @pdxcommconf session. Found out he used to work for the RIAA. But then he worked for Morpheus. So it balances out. πŸ˜‰ #
  • @kylemaxwell Its a “Void a Warranty, Poke an Eye Out” shirt from @makezine. I think that’s geeky enough. πŸ™‚ in reply to kylemaxwell #
  • HUGE thanks to everyone who came to my @pdxcommconf session. Especially @jschultz, @djtv, and @dveneski, who I picked on by name. #pdxcc09 #
  • @rohitbhargava Very nice to meet you in person! Thanks for coming to my session. Looking forward to your keynote at lunchtime! πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 in reply to rohitbhargava #
  • @jshardison is making WAY too much sense in his @pdxcommconf session on social media strategy. Pay attention to him, everyone. #pdxcc09 #
  • Oh, man, @Tweetie for Mac’s new saved searches in 1.1.1 are great. Love that they show the little blue dot when there are new matches. #
  • @jojohnson I’m speaking at a conference today, so I haven’t dug into the details of the Kindle DX yet. But I can’t wait to. Stay tuned. in reply to jojohnson #
  • @janetleejohnson Sorry my session was at the same time as yours! I would have loved to come. Hope to run into you today! πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 in reply to janetleejohnson #
  • Whoa. The Kindle DX sports a 1200×824 resolution on a 9.4″ screen? And native PDF support? That’s… tempting. But $489 is tough to swallow. #
  • If the Kindle DX can read PDFs natively, I hope that this functionality trickles down to previous gen Kindles via software update. #
  • @gregleff For me, it’s Kindle DX’s extra pixels and PDF support that appeal. I have lots of zines/graphic novels that wouldn’t convert well. in reply to gregleff #
  • @crunchysue A netbook could be a viable Kindle replacement, but I get WEEKS of battery life out of my Kindle, and it fits in my pocket. in reply to crunchysue #
  • @crunchysue The screen is the best part of a Kindle. AMAZING resolution. Only draws power when it changes. High contrast. Love it. in reply to crunchysue #
  • I wouldn’t buy any Kindle without a cover. The leather cover for the Kindle DX is $50, so the “real” price is more like $540. #
  • @Jerry_Makare Nice! I knew all that foam would come in handy! πŸ™‚ in reply to Jerry_Makare #
  • RT @rohitbhargava: If you are at #pdxcc09 and got a copy of PNI, see Pg. 67 for @jabancroft from Intel & Pg. 84 for Voodoo Doughnuts #
  • @blaircook Great #pdxcc09 session on some really cool visualization tools. If you like Wordle, check out Word Tree: http://bit.ly/mviyT in reply to blaircook #
  • In @rohitbarghava’s lunchtime @pdxcommconf keynote. “If you don’t like the presentation, at least you’re eating.” πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 #
  • @StephStricklen Totally agree. Reading on the Kindle is VERY easy on the eyes. High contrast, high res, high DPI. Love the screen. in reply to StephStricklen #
  • Oh, man. Today is not my day for spelling people’s names correctly. Sorry, @rohitbhargava! πŸ™ #pdxcc09 #
  • Now in a panel moderated by my friend @pdxsf with @carribugbee et al. Go to see so many old friends here! πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 #
  • @jschultz Yeah, I figured you go to that one. πŸ˜‰ I’ll tell Sandra you said Hi. #pdxcc09 in reply to jschultz #
  • Who knew April was National Grilled Cheese Month? I TOTALLY missed out. #pdxcc09 #
  • @smileysejalee What are you talking about? My tweets *ARE* my notes on the event. That’s how I roll. πŸ™‚ #pdxcc09 in reply to smileysejalee #
  • @BrianEnigma I do have large pockets. That’s why I wear cargo pants. Regular pants don’t have big enough pockets for my gadget loadout. πŸ™‚ in reply to BrianEnigma #
  • @kellyrfeller I heard that @rohitbhargava *NEEDS* to experience a late night Voodoo Doughnuts run while he’s here in PDX. Hook him up! πŸ™‚ in reply to kellyrfeller #
  • @jaculynn I’d counter @carribugbee with “Don’t hire *anyone* to tweet for your brand. Find enthusiastic amateurs in your own org.” #pdxcc09 in reply to jaculynn #
  • @CarriBugbee is awesome. She’s watching Twitter during her panel, and just called me out to the room on what I said re: find an amateur. πŸ™‚ #
  • @jaculynn @carribugbee Exactly. Find someone passionate and authoritative to be your “brand champion”. Intern or executive, doesn’t matter. in reply to jaculynn #
  • Thanks @pdxcommconf for inviting me. Had a great time. You can find my slides at http://bit.ly/amateurs πŸ™‚ #
  • @shaktispace I bet you could find a LOT of people willing to critque/audit your blog at @beerandblog. Friday afternoons at @pdxgreendragon. in reply to shaktispace #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-05

  • @FlashDriveDT Thanks. There are several issues like that on my blog. I’m planning to rebuild it from the ground up soon to fix them. πŸ™‚ in reply to FlashDriveDT #
  • Woo! @Tweetie for Mac 1.1 update is out. Per account notification control, Growl, RT, saved searches, and a bunch more. http://bit.ly/uoFDD #
  • Also, today is the last day to get @Tweetie for Mac for $14.95 instead of $19.95. If you’re on the fence, go get it. http://bit.ly/z1U55 #
  • @motherpopper Is this you? http://bit.ly/15QgGW If so, congrats! If not, someone stole your name! πŸ™‚ #
  • Everyone’s all excited about the new “big screen” Kindle that’s rumored this week. I’m reserving judgment until I see pics and price. #
  • Giving Twhirl another shot (for our internal laconi.ca instance). It won’t stay on the screen when I switch monitors. Deal breaker. *sigh* #
  • @gregleff I think the keyboard is vital on a Kindle, though. How else are you going to search across all your books, or the store, or web? in reply to gregleff #
  • @Tweetie is there a keyboard shortcut to switch among accounts? If not, may I suggest one? Ctrl+Tab would work nicely and follow convention. #
  • @gregleff Looks like Cmd+Shift+Arrow Keys works to switch between accounts in @Tweetie. Functional, but not intuitive or standard. Thanks! in reply to gregleff #
  • On my Mac, Twhirl has put itself way off the top of the screen. I can’t reach the title bar to move it. How do I get it back on screen? #
  • @xolotl @sundevil @geekgiant Thanks! The right-click on Twhirl icon/Gather Windows worked. Even on the Mac! πŸ™‚ in reply to xolotl #
  • Thanks for all the Twhirl tips. I’m using it for our internal laconi.ca instance. For Twitter, I’m still a @Tweetie zealot. πŸ™‚ #
  • I speaking Wed. at @pdxcommconf. In case, you know, you wanted to bring me donuts or something. πŸ˜‰ #pdxcc09 #
  • I can’t believe how long it takes to copy a 700MB file from a USB stick to my PS3. I want to finish watching RIP:Remix (started on iPhone). #

Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-02


Josh’s Lifelog for 2009-05-01

  • @dhohndel Thanks! I’ll check them out. in reply to dhohndel #
  • Just recorded a session for a “virtual” conference that’s happening in a few weeks. Glad that’s done. No speaker anxiety! πŸ™‚ #
  • Dear LazyTwitter: I need a wireless bridge with more than one ethernet port. Or a router that also acts as a bridge. What do you recommend? #
  • @corvida Wow, that’s an old post. I wrote that three years ago (today!). πŸ™‚ in reply to corvida #
  • Oh, man. Our Vonage phone adapter has died (Linksys WRTP54G). We only used it for phone – anyone got one laying around? πŸ˜‰ #
  • @Durf Hey, now. We dumped our phone service for Vonage years ago. The Vonage box died. I still know how to plug in a phone. πŸ™‚ in reply to Durf #
  • @Durf Problem is, I don’t have anything to plug the phone in *to* anymore. πŸ˜‰ in reply to Durf #
  • @Durf Yeah, too much of modern life has become performing IT management in your own home (VoIP, backups, networking, etc.). πŸ™‚ in reply to Durf #
  • @diancrawford All the cool kids have been over on FriendFeed for a while now. It’s an amazing platform. No need to leave Twitter, though. in reply to diancrawford #
  • With my Vonage down, at least I can route all our calls to @rachelbancroft’s cell phone. πŸ˜‰ (What? No one ever calls me on our home number) #
  • If @GoogleVoice was accepting new signups, I’d take this opportunity to dump our home landline altogether. Oh well. #
  • Lessig’s latest book, REMIX, is finally available under Creative Commons, for free: http://bit.ly/9TJG8 I’m putting it on my Kindle now. #
  • RT @lessig: RT @Joi: REMIX by @lessig now ccFree http://tinyurl.com/cz2tuc #
  • @blogan I’ve read all of @lessig’s books. Super dense yummy brain food. Free Culture is particlarly good. Made me want to be a copyfighter. in reply to blogan #
  • @ahockley Enjoy your Flip Mino HD. Get a GorillaPod or a monopod. You’ll NEVER get steady handheld video with it. πŸ™‚ in reply to ahockley #
  • @ahockley With a sensor that small, taking huge resolution video (1280×720), those things are shake city. Tell us how you like the Ultra HD! in reply to ahockley #

How I Use FriendFeed, and Why I Love It

This post came out of an email conversation I had with a friend, who was asking why I like FriendFeed so much. He’s an active social network user, so it wasn’t a newbie question. Rather, he was wondering how I integrate it with all the other forms of connectivity we have – Twitter, Google Reader, Facebook, etc. My reply to him got kind of long, so I thought I’d repost it here for everyone to share. πŸ™‚

(Update: In case you’re wondering about FriendFeed’s pedigree, Marshall Kirkpatrick has this fortuitously timed piece over on ReadWriteWeb about the guy that built FriendFeed – Paul Buchheit, former Google employee, the guy who built Gmail in a day, and then built AdSense in a day. FriendFeed is no rickety side project.)

In the beginning, I didn’t really “get” FriendFeed. I signed up for it, piped in all of my stuff (Twitter, blog, photos, etc.), but never really used it much. Why would I go to yet another social network to read the stuff I was already seeing elsewhere? What changed it for me is when I happened to pop in to FriendFeed, and noticed that stuff I was sharing was being discussed on FriendFeed, a LOT, and I was completely missing out on the conversation. That’s when I decided that I needed to make it part of my “regular” routine.

I keep FriendFeed open all the time in one of my “standard loadout” tabs (along with Gmail, Google Reader, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I usually end up looking at it anywhere from once to a few times a day. One of the great things about it is that the order of stuff is not strictly chronological, like Twitter, but also weighted by activity/conversation – if something is getting a lot of comments and/or a lot of “likes”, it will bubble up to the top. This makes it REALLY easy to find what’s “hot” or interesting among the people I follow.

As far as the problem of duplicate posts from Twitter, “noise”, etc., one of the most brilliant features of FriendFeed is its filters, and ability to selectively hide stuff. For example, I still pay attention to Twitter, because I follow tons of people there that aren’t on FriendFeed (though I could create Imaginary friends for all of those, it’s not practical). To avoid seeing double tweets from the people who are on both FriendFeed and Twitter, I can tell FriendFeed to hide all tweets, UNLESS they’ve been liked or commented on. That way, I still see occasional tweets, but ONLY when there’s some extra value (likes or comments). Otherwise, I never see them. Hiding is VERY flexible. You can hide each type of message (tweets, photos, Facebook, whatever) from everyone, or just from specific people, and you can conditionally show them if they’re getting activity on FriendFeed, or just hide them altogether (I hide most last.fm updates from everybody – I just don’t care what you’re listening to. Sorry. πŸ™‚ ). It’s easier to show you how this works in person than to explain it in words, but trust me, it’s dead simple to hide stuff you don’t care about in FriendFeed. Mine is very tightly customized to show only the stuff that my friends are doing that’s interesting to me, and nothing else.

I use FriendFeed a lot on my iPhone, too. They have a nice iPhone web interface at http://friendfeed.com/iphone/. You can do most anything you can on the desktop web version. There’s also http://fftogo.com if you have a BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or other web-enabled phone. I haven’t found any good iPhone apps for it yet, though I’d love to see one come out. There are a couple (BuddyFeed, I think, is one of them) that are kind of awful. But in the mean time, the iPhone interface is quite good – it’s often my “home” page in Mobile Safari (along with Google Reader).

Another feature I love is the “best of” view. Say I haven’t been paying attention to FriendFeed all day, but I still want to see if there’s anything “hot” that my friends are sharing or discussion. You can click “best of” to see the most shared/discussed/liked items for the day, week or month. It’s a GREAT summary, and really helps with my “Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)”. πŸ™‚ Works on either the desktop or iPhone version.

You can also create lists of friends, to filter. So I have all of the people I know from work in one list, and I can view only their updates if I want. Same for people I know from the Portland geek world. And family. And developers. And “People I’ve Never Met In Real Life”. Friend lists are very powerful (and something I wish Twitter had!).

You can also create groups (these used to be called Rooms), which are good for discussion specific events/topics. I’m sure there’s going to be at least one good BarCampPortland3 room on FriendFeed somewhere.

Like Twitter, FriendFeed’s usefulness depends on having a clean, relevant list of people you’re following. If you’ve already built that carefully curated list of people on Twitter or elsewhere, you can take it with you to FriendFeed. Not too long ago, they released a Twitter importer that will look at who you follow on Twitter, and let you easily start following them if they’re on FriendFeed. Very handy. I wish they’d released it before I went and spent hours doing it completely by hand. πŸ™‚

You may find that you still don’t have any use for FriendFeed, and that’s totally cool. But for me, it’s become an extension of Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader. My theory of “social gravity” (“go where your friends are”) applies here – a LOT of the people I am interested in following, and am already connected with in some manner, are on FriendFeed. It makes sense for me to be there, too. I suspect you might find that’s the case for you as well, but if not, there’s no real reason to force yourself to use it, or try to convert all of your friends to FriendFeed.

Anyway, I hope that helps you understand how I use FriendFeed, and why I love it. Have YOU tried FriendFeed? Are you still scratching your head, trying to figure out why you should keep using it? Or have you given up on it? Give it another chance. Try configuring it the way I’ve described (a good friends list, filter what you don’t care to see), and you just might find that the conversations and ability to easily see “what’s hot” are interesting enough to stick around. It took me a while, but now, I’d have a hard time living without it. πŸ™‚ I’m jabancroft there – feel free to follow me, and leave a comment here, or there, and let me know what you think!