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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 […]

Commoncraft of Twitter: Beauty

I just saw the Commoncraft video of Twitter in plain English as shown below. It’s beautiful in so many ways. Firstly, it’s just a pleasure to watch. It’s fun and light and easy. Secondly, it tells the story to the point and with a lovely light layer of interestingness (Van Halen Rawks!). Thirdly, Twitter was able to be told like a skit with plain English and little cartoons. This says so much about your application. If you can’t get someone interested in it in 30 seconds and understanding it in 2 minutes, then go back, cut it in half and try again. Please reread this last point. Tragically, that last point is something I know is true but know is hard. And it gets harder as you go along. Without further ado, here is the Beauty;

How Do You Twitter?

My Birds Originally uploaded by matticgn I’m very curious to know how everybody Twitters? I use; Twhirl mostly (new) Twitter.com sometimes m.twitter.com on the run Fring on the phone sometiems Seesmic, although I don’t do it much Blog posting via Twitter Tools for WordPress That’s a lot. What about you? And please pass this on to others so we can get some bigger numbers; Cheers The other option is for someone to rip out the data from Twitter? Anyone done that?

Communication Tools and Balance

@mpesce and @nickhodge and @twitter – better? Originally uploaded by bigmick (Haven’t blogged for a while, so busy, but here is a quick one..) I had a go at Twitter the other day, and it looked like I was having a go at some of my Twitter friends. Nick Hodge particularly. But I wasn’t. I was lamenting that Twitter doesn’t do everything I want it to do. To be honest I was flat out and didn’t want to put up with any Twitter crap. And when I saw a conversation going on in MY twitter stream, I put my foot down. Funny thing is, I have so many communication devices, that all do different things, and STILL I’m unhappy. Is there no pleasing me? Is there no pleasing you? The reality is that it’s a constantly changing, evolving and tidal situation. From one minute to the next I want and need different things. How can 1 app do that? How can 10? So Twitter comes out of that melee looking brave AND smart. Brave – “Nope, we’re not going to let you write more than 140 chars and we’re not going to give you tools to have 1 on 1 conversations. This is Twitter. Love it or hate it, but […]

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 […]

10 Ways People Find New Web Apps

Surprise! Just what I’ve always wanted! Originally uploaded by Sugar Pond They don’t come in a box, or bought off the shelves. So how do people find new web applications? A really important question for someone who’s just made one and wants a few more customers, or someone who’s thinking of making one.  Notice that most of these hinge on you being awesome. 1. You see a friend using it. This could be directly over the shoulder, or they could casually digesting someones twitter feed and hear that they use it. This is how I discovered Desklickr yesterday as Lachlan Hardy twittered it, not as a promotion, but just that he used it. 2. You get an invite from Facebook, et al. Whether it’s a vampire app or something that is actually useful to the planet, when someone decides to spam/invite you to a new application it comes with (some) credibility. This credibility is like a borse in that the more Vampire’s I get from you, the lower your credibility, the more Quicksilver’s I get, up goes your credibility. 3. You get emailed an invite personally. As far as referrals go, this is the big one. “Hey Mick, you really should check this out, you’ll love it”. Is pretty much […]

Web Applications That Fit With Lifestyle

Im not addicted to skitch Originally uploaded by bigmick I’m sure you’re like me, 100’s of cool apps come across your desktop every year and so many of them would actually benefit you to use them regularly, yet you don’t. Why is that? One of the big reasons people miss is that the app just didn’t suit your lifestyle. I don’t me your sexual orientation, how much you party, or whether you play Warcraft. I mean, does it actually slot into your life as it is today. For instance, Twitter, Pownce and those ‘where are you’ apps like Plazes are pretty interesting, but none of them fit into my life. I had to go somewhere specifically and update something just so that a few people would know something about me? Meh! It was a chore. Then Twitter got more buzz and I had a few more friends using it, so I tried Twitterific. All of a sudden, the app was a seamless part of my life. It had a place. The value was the same, but now the value could be realised for a very tiny cost. Then when I was using it more and finding more friends worth following it was even more valuable. The lifestyle fit actually created […]

Twitiquette: Etiquette for Twitter

Canary at Night Originally uploaded by adobemac I do like Twitter, and think it has lots of room to grow, but I have a particular way that I like it to be used. 1. Cream of Crop. Twitter is not a complete braindump of everything that happens to you throughout the day. It’s not IM’ing from your subconscious. It’s for the gems. The best. The top events, thoughts and things you come across. It’s the stuff you would write home about. Everyone is looking in and if you send too much stuff that isn’t worth looking at, you’ll stop being followed. You can get a lot and it’s not meant to be an exact medium, but there is a point where you miss good stuff because of the bland stuff. 2. Occasionally Personal Qwirky. Once in a while, maximum once a day you can throw in a little bit of individual life. Like, “Back from they gym and I’m really really tired.” That’s fine. Mix it up a little. Let us know you’re human. Just don’t tell us every little thing that happens. Don’t twitter “Morning” “Coffee time.” “Good coffee” “Back to work” “Hungry…” “Reading a website” “Checking emails”. I’m really not interested, if other people are and I’m too […]

2008: Year of Going Outside

stupid sign: “caution door opens” Originally uploaded by berbercarpet This is going to be a big year for big companies venturing outside their own websites. They’ll discover that the Internet is about connected open networks of people, not connections between closed networks. Some are testing the waters with MySpace and Facebook profiles, but the volume is going to increase this year. And that’s a good thing! Being on the Internet is about going outside and playing. Have a home base, yes, but get out there and form connections back to your home page. It’s a two way super highway (*cough*) Blogging is two way. You need to get out there and make comments on other peoples blogs that are relevant to your business. Twittering is two way. Follow interesting people and listen. Social networks are two way. Create profiles but then find friends, groups and applications Get amongst it.