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Xumii Blog is Born

Seconds after birth Originally uploaded by dhgoodman I just started working with Xumii and as a part of it, we launched their blog this morning. Very exciting. Why is it exciting? Well, it’s certainly not my first. I’m estimating that I’ve started more than 50 blogs in my life. Blogs are easier to prepare than hot breakfasts thanks to great tools like WordPress. But as opposed to hot breakfasts, blogs have life. They grow, they evolve, they meander. They intersect different people’s and company’s lives and they are the time capsule. (One of my first blog posts from 2003) So I always get a little excited with a new blog. Where is going to go? What is it going to look like in 5 years? Will it have a personality all it’s own? Funnily enough, today I ran into a guy that helped me build a content management system back in 1998. It had parent child relationships and we eventually opened it up for multiple authors to write news publicly. It was basically a blogging platform, but we didn’t know it at the time. We (stupidly) thought it was a news story writer and when we stopped doing news, we let it go. I love what blogs have brought to […]

App Review: Social Median

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Coming Up: Barcamp Canberra and MySpace Dev

Barcamp Parliament House Originally uploaded by bigmick So we’ve got some big ones coming up… Firstly… Barcamp Canberra is on Saturday April 19th. A week and a bit. If you’re in Canberra, you should definitely go. Even if you are only someone who loves tech, or loves the Internet or wants to love it you should go. Seriously, it’s a soft way to immerse yourself in some good technology with great people. If you know someone in Canberra who should go, then email/text them now. Do it. Push it. We all complain that our nations capital is slow moving, well this is our chance to do something about it. Email someone. In fact I realise I know someone who used work with Senator and now Minister Penny Wong. I’ll email him now. Do your bit to geek up Canberra! Big /clap for Stephen Trib Collins who I think is the brains, sweat and gears behind this little puppy. Secondly… MySpace are launching their developer community for Australia in Sydney with a party in edgy Surry Hills. They are putting on some beers, chardonnay and pizza triangles and hopefully showing off something cool. I’m hoping for a bit more spice then the Facebook garage a few months ago, which was good, […]

Workshop: How To Use Web 2.0 Tools

charade #16 answer Originally uploaded by ndrwfgg (Note: If you are one of my really geeky friends, you can probably click away, but you’re friends might be interested.) Recently I did a workshop for Government people who wanted to know the basics about web 2.0 applications (blogs, micro, wiki’s, etc). It was good fun and there was lots of interest. Some of the attendees said that they’d try and have a go at using the tools, but were still a bit unsure. So with the Slattery IT group, I’ve put together a workshop on how to use the various web 2.0 applications and tools. A small group of 5-10 people, in a nice, friendly computer classroom. We’ll slowly walk through all the applications and give you a real, hands on experience. You’ll setup and use; * A blog. * A wiki. * Twitter for micro blogging. * LinkedIn for business networking. * Facebook for social networking and it’s “advanced” features. * Forums. * Photo sharing. You might want to do this because: * You want to see what the fuss is about. * You need to use the tools at work. * You want to use the tools at home. * You need to recruit Generation Y people. If you’re […]

The Fuss About Friend Feed & Video Review

There is a big of buzz around FriendFeed right now and lots of people as asking why. I did a quick video review of FriendFeed here if you want to see what it’s about. Follow Mick Liubinskas on FriendFeed here.  Basically it let’s you aggregate your the feeds of different applications and networks and show them in one stream. So I can see my Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube all together. You can also add friends and see what they are talking about, and have a stream of all your friends feeds. Hence, Friendfeed. It’s picking up pace, but I’m curious to see whether this will become something people visit once and don’t come back, visit occasionally, or use regularly? Also, do you want it all in one place, or do you prefer to be able to roam around and have different ‘tastes’ depending on your mood? Let me know your thoughts.

Socialthing Video Review

Quick review tonight of Socialthing. It basically pulls in a lot of feeds (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Digg, Youtube, Delicious) and let’s you interact as much as possible. Like Friendfeed, but apparently even easier. These guys would benefit from a little widget to let me plug a micro version on my blog? In testing, I had a bunch of problems first run though… Big Screen Video 1 And then I got it working. Big Screen Video 2 You can Twitter from it, but otherwise it’s a personal portal. OK, but still not getting added onto my bookmark bar to be daily use. And you know what, I’m not sure I want aggregation anyway. I like roaming around. Sure, give me something mega good in one place that is better than all of their individual flavours, but don’t just aggregate.

Making People Invite Their Friends

twitter has tiny skip link Originally uploaded by bigmick “Invite Your Friends, Or Go!” I just created a Pollenizer account on Twitter and noticed that it was trying really, really hard to make me find or add friends. The skip link was so tiny, and hidden in the top left. We all know that Facebook apps are pretty pushy, and it’s something that apps need to do, but what is the right balance? Do you sacrifice the purists who leave to punish you in order to get the average Jo to invite their entire address book? Do you try and qualify them first? I mean when I join I don’t even know if the app is good, so how can I invite the right people? It’s a tough one and my call is being a bit more aggressive then your users tell you to be, but not a lot more. And definitely give people options to skip, and they should be bigger than Twitters link. Question: 1. What do you do? 2. What have you found about what works? 3. Is it ‘horses for courses’?

Who’s Stalking You on Social Networks?

Stalker mode Originally uploaded by bigmick There is two sides to social metrics. The business side and the user side. This screenshot is one of my first views of how LinkedIn is trying to add more value by letting me see who’s looking at my profile. It was an interesting experience. I felt like I was prying by knowing what other people were doing. And then I felt, “Hey, who are these people looking at me?”. I curious to see if Facebook and other social apps also have tools and stats like this to see who’s looking you up. (5 minutes later) So I couldn’t find any real stalker stats on Facebook, but I’m sure you could scrape them somehow? Or is no permalinks a challenge?? — Question:

How to Safely Play with Web 2.0

test tube flowers Originally uploaded by cyancey I did a presentation this morning to a great bunch of marketing and media people in Australian Government organisations. One of their biggest challenges is that they want to do more web 2.0 stuff, but the legal eagles won’t let them try and the IT guys won’t help them try. So we came up with the idea of playing with password protected tools and then showing the naysayers how we are using it. So here is a list of free applications that you can sign up to and play with in password protected, invite only way. 1. Blogging Where you write stuff and people make comments about it. Try WordPress.com Uncheck the tick box on the second page that says “Privacy” 2. Wiki Webpages that lots of people can add to and change. Try Wetpaint Change “Who can view your wiki” to private. 3. Micromedia Sending little short messages about thinks you’re doing and stuff you’ve found to your friends. Try Twitter Then add me as a friend by going here and clicking ‘Follow’ I’ll follow you back. 4. Forums Where anyone can create a new topic around a subject and everyone talks about it. Try Tangler (of course) Click ‘Private’ under group […]

Afraid of Super Wall and Social Metrics

Afraid of Super Wall? Originally uploaded by bigmick Just noticed this when Super Wall tried again (in vain) to be added by me. Not a chance! “Afraid of abuse..?” Wow, that’s pretty powerful. I must say I feel Facebook knows what’s going on inside it’s app and reacts pretty quickly to give customers the option to ditch evil stuff, like Super Wall. Imagine the data that they must get from this? I wonder if Slide get to see it? I was talking to Mr Jones about how Facebook is missing out on data by not letting users hide/ditch sponsored links in their news feed. If they click, at least you know they saw it and at least you know they didn’t really want it. Maybe it’s a case of if you collect it, the stats might be bad? I’d be surprised if FB took this line. Social metrics is something I’m diving into right now and I’m enjoying the swim so far. Lots to learn (for everyone) but crucial stuff with broad applications. Everything from what is a friend worth to ‘does social networks make us happier?” I’ll write more when I know more. In the meantime, collect everything and keep an eye on the forest and the trees (and […]