Twitter Countdown-How Many Blogging Boomers Are On Twitter?

A fellow blogging boomer of mine debated on the number of baby boomers that might be on Twitter. He said 300,000 or is it only 3,000? Many of us may not tell our age. But if you are a blogging boomer on Twitter please share your Twitter Id as a comment in this post. We will keep a count and post the numbers as they come in. Oops. almost forgot, leave the url to your blog also. (Don’t worry if it is porn or a scatter site it WILL NOT be posted for others to click on)

The countdown begins now

PS if you are wondering about the art work it is by boomer hubby Ray Horner jr.

He is not on Twitter yet, but will be …

Twitter Article in Wall Street Journal

Here is an article about Twitter that was in the Wall Street Journal Today.

Birds of a Feather Twitter Together

Social-Networking Service Connects Followers, Not Friends, on PCs and Mobile Phones


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If you’ve heard of Twitter but don’t exactly know what it is or how it works, you’re in good company. In the past two months a bunch of my friends, ranging in age from early 20s to late 30s, have asked me about Twitter — or Tweeter, as one person accidentally called it.
To clear things up, I’ve put together a basic Twitter guide that explains how to use it, Twitter lingo, privacy options, mobile applications that can be used with the service and problems that it has. Let’s get started.
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Twitter limits social-networking updates to 140 characters or less. The service is surprisingly useful, but leaves room for improvement.
hat is it? In short, Twitter is a free social-networking tool that keeps people connected with one another and with sources of information. Twitter users submit updates about whatever they’re currently doing, and these updates cannot exceed 140 text-based characters.
Lingo: Twitter is the name of the service. The term twittering describes the activity of updating a Twitter account. A tweet is an individual Twitter update. Twitterers are people who use the service.
Followers, not Friends: Social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace use the term “friend” to refer to people who are connected with one another, but Twitterers can simply follow one another’s messages by finding a person’s username and selecting a “Follow” option. This alerts the person that you’re following them, and they can reciprocally choose to follow you, or not.
Why use it? While some people primarily use Twitter to post updates about their activities or comments on the news, I use the service more as a follower, allowing me to see quick snippets of news as it occurs. Most tweets are written by real people, while others, such as updates from news organizations that you’ve selected, are automatically generated. Many tweets include the addresses of Web sites with relevant articles that tell readers more on a topic.
Where is it? Twitter works on your Web browser at, where user updates appear in a simple list form as they are submitted. After you’ve signed up and started following other people, those people’s updates, or tweets, will appear when you log onto using a username and password.
Twitter also works on mobile phones, where the 140-character limit allows messages to be sent and received via SMS text messaging. Tweets can also be sent and received via email. Users with smartphones like BlackBerrys or iPhones can use one of the many popular mobile applications for accessing Twitter, which offer much richer options than simple SMS does; I’ll get into these later.
Privacy: Unlike other social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter isn’t focused on holding and sharing personal information about its members. Indeed, the service operates with a majority (80%, according to the company) of users opting to keep their updates public, that is, follow-able by anyone, without permission. This openness encourages people to follow one another or to see who others are already following, and then follow the same people.
However, users can opt to protect their updates, meaning they must grant permission for others to follow them. If you’d like to sign up for Twitter, but aren’t comfortable putting your first and/or last name on the site, you don’t have to; instead, just tell others your username.
Twitter Page Personalization: Each user has a Twitter page showing all of his or her updates, or tweets. (Mine is, and you can follow me.) This page also shows the number of people a user follows, how many people follow her and how many total updates she has posted.
Twitterers can customize their Twitter page by uploading a photo to be used as the background. The icon representing each user can also be personalized, and this is important because it appears beside that person’s tweets on, where followers recognize and appreciate its familiarity. Some people, including me, use pictures of themselves as their icons, while others use random shots.
Apps/Clients: Twitter works on any browser, and will also work on a mobile browser. If you have a mobile device like the BlackBerry or iPhone, you can jazz up the experience by downloading a third-party app like TwitterFon, TwitterBerry, Tweetie or Twitteriffic. Twittervision, another mobile app, plots points on maps to show where tweets originated. Desktop clients also abound, including Twhirl and TweetDeck. Twitterfeed will set your blog to automatically post content to Twitter.
@Replies, Direct Messages: Each tweet that appears in your Twitter feed can be replied to using a shortcut arrow that appears beside the tweet, and these responses to tweets are called @Replies. So if JoeSchmo tweets to say he saw the new James Bond movie and hated it, you can reply to this with a tweet of your own that says, “@JoeSchmo I still adore Daniel Craig.” These @Replies appear for everyone to see, and must start with @ plus the username of whomever you’re responding to.
Direct Messages differ from @Replies because they can be sent only between people who are following one another. These messages aren’t posted publicly. They appear on your page in a right-side section labeled Direct Messages and will also be sent to your mobile device if you have one registered with Twitter.
Favorites: If you read a tweet that you really like, you can save it as a favorite by selecting a small star beside the tweet, thus adding it to a Favorites section on your homepage. Anyone can see anyone else’s Favorites, regardless of whether or not they’re following one another.
Problems: Twitter’s bare-bones approach gets to the point quickly, display ing tweets in a simple, quick-read format. But the site is lacking in many areas. It used to enable searching for people on Twitter, but that capability is currently down. Now, to search for friends on Twitter, you must upload your email contacts from a Web-based mail service. The company says it plans to have people-search working again by the end of the year. Meanwhile, enables keyword or location searches.
Twitter lacks the ability to sort tweets according to what the user wants. If I just want to see tweets from real people and not those that are automatically generated, I’m out of luck. Same goes if I want to keep certain friends’ tweets in a prominent place on my homepage; Twitter has no way of doing this.
Twitter users aren’t notified when someone responds to their tweet with an @Reply. I recently happened to look at @Replies on my Twitter homepage and found three from people who follow me (I don’t follow them).
If you’re adding a Web address to a tweet and the characters in the URL take up too much space, Twitter will automatically use TinyURL behind the scenes to shrink your long link into a shorter one when you post your tweet. But this works only if you have enough remaining characters in your tweet to fit the long20version of your link. A built-in TinyURL converter on the page would help immensely.
Twitter says it’s working to make @Replies more effective. It also says it plans to do more with filtering and sorting, so that the Twitter interface is more useful. In the meantime, Twitter does a good job of giving people simplified news about others and the world around them. If you’re often in a rush, Twitter can be a great resource for fast information.
—Edited by Walter S. Mossberg



Pownce vs Twitter

Pownce???, what is it? How does it compare to Twitter?

Pownce is a micro-blogging site. It just opened to the public in January, 2008. Because I love ABOUT pages I am posting the ABOUT page below.

About Pownce

Pownce is a way to send stuff to your friends. What kind of stuff? You can send just about anything: music, photos, messages, links, events, and more. You can do it all on our web site, or install our lightweight desktop software that lets you get out of the browser.

Who makes this thing?

Pownce is brought to you by a bunch of geeks who were frustrated trying to send stuff from one cube to another.

The team consists of Leah Culver, Mike Malone, Daniel Burka, Kevin Rose, Ariel Waldman, and Shawn Allen (in that order below). Together, we formed a wee company with a great big name, Megatechtronium, that makes this software.

Now, take a few minutes to look at a great site,called Four20 which has provided a fair comparison of Pownce vs Twitter.

I just joined Pownce so I cannot give an expert summation. But if you can share your experiance it would be helpful.

What is Micro-blogging?

We are talking so much about Twitter  these days. Yet, I thought it would be helpful to stop and define this form of blogging called micro-blogging. I will be posting about a few other micro-blogging sites in the next couple of days. So, here is a quick easy definition of microblogging from good old Wikepedia:

Micro-blogging is a form of multimedia blogging that allows users to send brief text updates (say, 140 characters or fewer) or micromedia such as photos or audio clips and publish them, either to be viewed by anyone or by a restricted group which can be chosen by the user. These messages can be submitted by a variety of means, including text messaging, instant messaging, email, MP3 or the web.

The content of a micro-blog differs from a traditional blog due in that it is typically more topical, smaller in aggregate file size (e.g. text, audio or video) but is the same in that people utilize it for both business and individual reasons. Many micro-blogs provide this short commentary on a person-to-person level, or share news about a company’s products and services

Twitter Talk-Retweeting

Here is a great post explaining a Retweet and how to do it on Twitter. I


Read this excellent article on the impact of doing a simple thing like retweets in viral communication in our businesses and organizations.

Please note that I am going to start doing RETWEETS! IF, you want to join me follow my good friend, and alter ego, We can all practice. Also, if you see me doing something wrong let me know.

Examples of How Some Non-Profits Use Twitter

I like the following post because it gives you some great examples of how Twitter is being used by many non-profits. As a baby boomer I thrive of experiance-based technology applications. Ok, what I mean is show me someone who is using it and then I believe you.

So, in my continuing look into many of the practical applications of Twitter I was happy to see this post by a social media expert. 

Also, I appreciate this great overview of Twitter by another social media expert.

Twitter and Non-Profits-Are Baby Boomers Involved?

Many baby boomers are involved in non-profits. Many baby boomers are also exploring Twitter. That means baby boomers are exploring the huge possibilites for social networking to help promote their “difference Making Messages.” I say yes. Read this excellent post on Twitter and Non-profits.

Share your experiances with non-profits and Twitter.