Social Media Counter

Social Media counter shows the ever changing amount of data we are churning out every second of the day in real time.
This counter is from Gary Hayes and is shows how many likes and comments we are making on Facebook,  the amount of Apps we are  downloading, videos watched and uploaded to YouTube, Tweets sent, photos uploaded to Instagram, visits to Pinterest and much much more.

Click on Social, Games or Mobile to view the different live stats.

I’d like to that Gary for making this available to us all to use and embed in our blogs, if you want to see historical data and where Gary has sorced his data have a look at his post

Twitter Not All Followers Are Equal

If you are managing or representing a company/business on twitter and have a link to the company/business website in your profile are you monitoring your followers?

This question follows on from the presentations at the media140 conference held in Perth on February 25th 2010 about managing your brand and the image you project. Since the conference I have been looking at twitter profiles that all contain links to company websites. These twitter accounts names are a mix of company named accounts and employee accounts and I have found that some of the followers are rather inappropriate. So I wondered if the users thought about monitoring who follows them?

I know that in the past I have blocked followers, some of these have been porn accounts and others clearly are accounts just building massive follower numbers or have no possible reason to be interested in my twitter stream.

If I was researching a company that I wanted to deal with and looked at the followers and found a lot of porn accounts I would question how they were using twitter and for what means? If twitter is supposed to be a two way conversation and the conversation content is inappropriate for my client base then this could be damaging to not only your company image but also your personal image. If we also enter into the education realm and associated family and children areas then it becomes a very big issue.

I know we can’t control everything inside twitter and an inappropriate @ message can connect you with someone you have no interest or dealings with but as more and more people realise the wealth of information that can be obtained by searching twitter streams monitoring your followers is something that we need to consider.

I would be really interested to get some feedback about this and see whether it is just my over protective way of thinking or something that most have not thought of doing.

Twitter Wave

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For the past two years I have been an avid user of Twitter, I am sure I have gained more from my conversations than I have given, made many great contacts, lots of real life friends and learnt a lot. Outside of this network I have found that the mere mention of the word Twitter, let alone trying to explain what it has to offer and trying to get other engaged has evoked the word “twit” in the listeners mind. I see their eyes glaze over and the look that say’s “She needs to get a life”. it has been a case of “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”.

Not anymore it seems, with all the current media coverage of Twitter boy has that changed. Twitter is now three years old and it is the word of the moment, everywhere you turn it is being mentioned as the new *BIG* thing. The growth of Twitter users has been massive over the past few months it seems every politician, rock band, celebrity, TV show, magazine, newspaper….  all now have twitter accounts.

So is this good or bad?

This question has sparked a lot of discussion on Twitter with some users annoyed that Twitter is not being used “properly”. Seeing that most of us aren’t actually using Twitter in the way that it was originally perceived where uses left tweets in reply to the question “What are you doing?” I think the more the merrier. Twitter has developed into a communication tool, a community of users who share information, help each other and have many many conversations.

One of the things that is different with the new Twits is they tend to have hundreds of thousands of followers but only follow back a few people, this can lead to one way conversations within their twitter network, it just becomes an outlet for their tweets.  It is understandable that they don’t follow everyone back when you have a look at how many followers some people have like @coldplay (489,914 followers/2670 following) , @theellenshow (Ellen DeGeneres 696,746 followers/17 following ) and @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher 791,101 followers/60 following ) have, they would just be flooded with incoming tweets. I think it all comes down to using a tool for your needs, some like @stephenfry (395,062 followers/55199), and @bobbyllew (20,240 followers/203 following) use it to have 2 way conversations while others like @coldplay simply use it as a way of passing information onto fans, and for celebrities like and @mrskutcher (Demi Moore following 68/followers469,894 ) that have so much false information reported about them it must be fantastic to have such an instant quick way of setting the record straight. I wonder as the celebrities and media get a handle on using twitter whether the celebrities will find the true power of twitter and be able to diminish the power of the Paparazzi? If they continue to post their own photo’s on services like twitpic and video on Qik then the media outlets can sidestep the Paparazzi and simply use those photographs.

I will have to end this article or it will never get published. As I have been writing it I have come up with a few more post that I want to write on things like, Why I use twitter, What I get from Twitter and Tips Tricks and Tools for Twitter. To conclude this post I can sum up with Twitter is a tool, use it as you want to, engage with others and don’t take it too seriously as after all you you only have 140 characters to use.

She’s Back

I seem to have started a few posts saying I can’t believe it is ……. since I posted to my blog and here I go again. Wow haven’t done anything since December ’07 . I came to have a look at the many many spam comments that have come into my blog and delete them, because of this I have set comments to approval before they are seen. Then I thought I would have a look at what new themes were available and selected one.

After doing this I thought I had better not be so slack and actually create a post so ……. here it is.

I have been so busy over the past term, I have taken on some extra work at TAFE and most of my classes have kids between 16 – 18 who would normally be in the school system but due to one thing or another school has not worked for them. In Western Australia we have a policy where students need to be in full time education or work until the end of the year they turn 17. So if school doesn’t fit they have come to TAFE. Having these kids for 13 hours over three days is full on and this combined with my software development business has not left me much time and as such almost all of my online activities have suffered, until now – school holidays 🙂 the following images sums things up nicely especially with my recent train trips to Perth and my lack of internet access on my ancient nokia phone.

Sounds of Silence

Geek and Poke Sounds of Silence


Twitter Abstinence Syndrome

Geek and Poke Twitter Abstinence Syndrome


I have met some really great people on twitterand facebook and my friends and followers continue to grow. Having these online contacts is good especially when working from home as it stops me feeling isolated. So if you haven’t yet used twitter or facebookhave a go and see what you think. As with most things on a computer if you have a use for it whether it is software, online communities or even surfing the internet you will pursue with it if not you may view these things as time wasters but you wont know unless you try them yourself. Anyway enough chat for one night and with lots more thoughts rattling around in my head I will be coming a back a bit more often, hopefully someone will still be reading this.

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