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Recently Twitter has started to go mainstream (well in the UK and US).  These past few weeks have seen Twitter mentioned on the BBC (see Declan Curry from BBC’s Working Lunch), radio and in most of the UK Newspapers, especially since Jonathan Ross started “tweeting”.

What is becoming clearer and clearer as time progresses and more interesting people join twitter is that the second it reaches non-geeks, it could kill off Facebook.

Why?

Facebook is useful for following main reasons:-

  1. Finding old friends – since the demise of Friends Reunited in the UK all my old school pals are on FB.
  2. Keeping up to date with what people are doing through status-updates (notice the once empty box now says “What are you doing now?”).
  3. Looking at photographs of friends.
  4. Emailing friends/people.
  5. Live Chat.

That’s all.  Throwing stuff, the apps etc, are totally useless in reality.  Humans are interested in looking at people, seeing how they are doing (what they are doing now) and interacting.  People are far happier to talk online than in real life to long lost friends, this is a fact as I often bump into old school friends (I left school in 1991) that are also FB friends, they are generally embarrassed to talk and normally offer a simple “hi” and wander off into the bustling high street..within an hour I’d get a “great seeing you today” message on FB!

Why is Twitter Useful?

  1. Right now, none of my non-early adopter friends, ex-colleagues or family are on it, however, it is great for meeting new people relevant to both work and play, I have a real mix of people that I find addictive to watch and talk with on and offline.
  2. Keeping up to date with what people are doing instantly.
  3. Sharing links to interesting information.
  4. Finding out who is in whatever location you happen upon ie “Who fancies a coffee in Oxford Street, right now?”
  5. Talking to people instantly.
  6. No limits on the number of people that can follow you and you can follow as many as you want (unlike FB).
  7. Direct Messages (email?).
  8. Getting out emergency notices, fast, such as this on Techcrunch today.

There are similarities to Facebook and it seems FB are actually copying “What are you doing now?”.  I think the second my friends born in the 70’s and technophobe work colleagues and family are introduced to and understand twitter, I would actually stop going to Facebook, FB offers me nothing more than Twitter and I prefer the fact that Twitter has flowing conversation.  The one thing Twitter needs is personalised homepages for each user and perhaps groups for friends, family and work (as we are discussing right now), and maybe allowing photos (the one thing Facebook has over Twitter).  Partnering with Flickr could fix that instantly.

There have been rumours of Twitter talking to Facebook regarding a potential acquisition (although it has been denied).   Of my followers not using an automated service to update their status’ the average friend updates three times per week..Not really live or helpful is it.

Maybe I am wrong and the fact Facebook has 150m users and twitter only 6m users in comparison means something..

I am however,convinced that Twitter, once understood and not just with geeks and people told they *should* use it, will take over Facebook.  Maybe in two years, and the revenue will be SMS based along with businesses paying to use it internally.  I know of many offices that have put bans in place stopping staff “wasting time on Facebook” – Twitter would be seen as a useful tool by bosses.

Your thoughts dear reader?!

UPDATE: It seems I am not alone with this line of thought other people are seeing the benefits including the UK public en masse

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So you just logged into Twitter and found you have a whole bunch of followers missing, “what did I say wrong?” you ask yourself..

Fear not!

Twitter is finally deleting all the spammers from your followers, from their blog:-

Also: we’ll be releasing a change later this afternoon that will start removing deleted and suspended users from your list of followers. As this hasn’t been cleaned up previously, you may notice your follower counts go down. This is to be expected.

Phew, you weren’t so out of order after all!

Mine took a hit of 101 just now, follow me @kevindixie

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The BBC Really Has Lost The Plot

After all the hoohaa about Ross and Brand, now Moyles, it strikes me that the BBC has lost control.  I just clicked on the international BBC site and am convinced they have lost the plot.

I understand the BBC feel it needs to make money out of its overseas online viewers, a simple, simple solution would be to offer BBC iPlayer to those outside the UK for a small monthly subscription say £5 per month, but no, that is just far too easy.  For those that don’t know, you are unable to access iPlayer from outside the UK.

What the BBC decided to do was to put some adverts on the site.  This started off with very discrete 468×60 sized adverts showing animated National Geographic links, very soft and pleasing on the eye, that was pre-creditcrunch.

Now, they have a huge advert on the right hand side of the homepage, I don’t have a problem with adverts at all.  But I can’t understand who these adverts are targeting, how on Earth do they expect to make money from these ad’s?  I mean, who is buying Rolex watches right now??  Surely a paid advert with a rev share would be better given the traffic the BBC generates?

Take a look for yourself:-

bbcadvert

Any thoughts?

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I have Just seen a video of Edwardian London on this new newspaper site and thank Nick the author for bringing it to my attention.

Take a look below and see the delightful Edwardian London and those happy smiley faces 🙂

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Just got this in my emails:-

My Friend,

From the time I entered the Naval Academy at age seventeen I have been privileged and honored to serve my country.

Vote Throughout my years of service, I’ve been faced with challenges where I could have taken the easy way out and given up. But I’m an American and I never give up. Instead, I choose to show courage and stand up and fight for the country I love. Today, I am asking you to stand with me and to fight for our country’s future.

Our country faces enormous challenges and our next president must be ready to lead on day one. My lifetime of experience has prepared me to lead our great nation. I’m prepared to bring solutions to our economic challenges, bring our troops home in victory and improve our nation’s healthcare system.

Time and time again, my country has saved my life and I owe her more than she has ever owed me. I have chosen to show my gratitude through a life of service to our country and tomorrow, you will have a choice before you.

I humbly ask you to make the choice that will allow me to serve my country a little while longer by casting your vote to elect me as your next President of the United States.

Finally, I ask that you never forget that much has been sacrificed to protect our right to vote. We must never forget those Americans who, with their courage, with their sacrifice, and with their lives, have protected our freedom. It is my great hope that you will exercise your right to vote as an American tomorrow.

I thank you for your kind support, your dedication to our cause, and most importantly I thank you for your vote.

With sincere appreciation,


John McCain

Errr John, I am a Brit, I live in France..sorry, no can do…

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Dear Apple,

I acquired the iPhone 3G on launch day in the UK.

This week I was lost in a part of London’s West-End and the fantastic Maps function saved the day for me, pinpointing exactly where I was and showing me where I needed to go, great work.  And then I needed to call one of my clients..

Then the trouble started…you see dear Apple I have adult man hands…Do the team working on the iPhone contact search have little elf sized fingers?  I simply cannot easily find a contact, those letters are too small to locate any particular letter – oh thanks for the magnifying glass search function, the only problem is, the icon is too small to locate with my “man hands”.  If there is any easier way to search, please let me know, i’d be grateful, alternatively why not simply have a permanent search bar at the top, then us people with “man hands” can actually find the people we want to call..

Regards

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I just received the following box:-

Intrigued – I opened it:-

Still none the wiser, lifted the green nest:-

Berocca had sent me some goodies!

Inside the blogger’s relief pack are a load of goodies that are designed to de-stress!  Plus a tube of their orange effervescence multi-vitamin/mineral drink.  This drink is created for people with hectic lifestyles.  I have, as my friends and family will testify, had the worst, in terms of busy and hectic, few months I can remember, I am hoping this drink will be the tonic I need to pick me up!

UPDATE:  I just had a glass of the orange, already I can feel myself feeling mentally more alert.  Fingers crossed that it will help me in a meeting I have today in London.

The contents of the pack are below:-

Thanks for the pack, Berocca – I look forward to receiving more pick-ups in the future!  You can learn more about their range here.  Hopefully we’ll be able to run a campaign with these guys on Fuelmyblog soon. I will cross-post this over there too.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored nor paid post.  I was under no obligation to write about the product in any shape or form.

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