Saturday, April 10, 2010

Social Networking Media

"Where have you been?"  "Is all well?"  "Given up on Fb?"

I have been surprised by the number of emails that I have received these last few weeks containing comments like those above. Whilst  I am part  of the demographic that supposedly makes up the  largest group of Social Networking Media users (SNMUs), I refrain from letting it run my life.

It is good to be able to catch up with family and friends across the globe and to be informed of their joys and troubles almost the instant something happens,  but does this always require a written comment or acknowledgment that the post/tweet/blog has been read?  I use the application 'Tweetdeck' on my iPhone, MacBook and the iMacs around the house. When the application is minimalised it opens a window briefly above any open application when someone or some topic I am following has a hit. This includes twitter feeds, twitter searches, linkedin, facebook, alerts from the fire brigade about local incidents and from the railways (V Line) about train cancellations or delays. I can also review all posts during a specific time-frame from the man tweetdeck screen.

So whilst I haven't been posting much in recent weeks,  I have been keeping an eye on things - locally and globally - and feel informed.

In addition to the  usual Holy Week and Easter things,  I have been writing and working on a couple of projects. Today I think I have hopefully avoided the flu to the extent that some others around me have suffered.

My next blog post should look at why all of the most recent blogs  have been about water?

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Anonymous said...

Dear Kevin

Isn't it good that people care about you as to enquire to your well being!

I'm pleased to hear that you think that you have avoided the worse of the virus.

Tweetdeck said...

Apart from, how do I get one of these, my first thought as I watched the iPad being revealed was that TweetDeck was MADE for this device (or should that be this device was made for TweetDeck...unlikely).

TweetDeck's raison d'être, its reason for being, is to display multiple streams of social and real time data in a large, powerful, flexible interface...completely regardless of the platform it finds itself on. Hence our TweetDeck for iPhone is the only true multi-column Twitter client interface available on the iPhone and we've had to do a bit of squashing and squeezing to get it all on there. The TweetDeck App for iPad takes this vision up a level and makes full use of the iPad's large screen size and gesture-based Multi-Touch navigation.

We didn't just want to port TweetDeck for iPhone to iPad so we've built a new interface which is quintessentially TweetDeck but also takes full advantage of all this new device offers - our "highest common denominator" approach. We've actually built two new interfaces, one for portrait and the other for landscape - more on the differences below.