The Inflatable Soapbox

Thoughts on Technology, Society and Life

I just received a new follower on twitter this morning. He sent me a direct message thanking me for following him back and offering this tip on a way to gain new followers quickly.  I’ve been using twitter in a haphazard fashion for a little over 2 years.  I’ve seen some pitches like this before.  I’ve never tried them.  I’m not sure what value there is in adding a large number of people that you don’t actually engage in discussion.  For instance, what use would it be for me to add someone who sells health and beauty supplies if I don’t have anything in common with them. But, today, I’m in a mood for adventure.  This is the text suggested by tweetergetter for emailing:

Hey check this out…

I just found this site that shows you a
way of getting 1000’s of new followers
on twitter, I just started using it
myself and its starting to work
already.

http://tweetergetter.com/TheRainKing

Thought it might interest you.

TheRainKing

I’ll refrain from spamming my contacts with this but, if you are interested in trying to increase your twitter audience, perhaps you’ll click through and try it yourself.  Let me know what your results are and I’ll post my progress in a week or so.



I followed a link on Twitter this afternoon from Dave Sifry, founder of Linuxcare and Technorati, to this post by Glyn Moody. Sifry has started a new service, hoosgot, that allows you to post a request to the web at large for anything: information, stuff, a job, whatever. You can also see the stream of requests from others and respond to it, if you have what they need. A pretty cool and simple idea, resurrecting lazyweb for 2008.

This has been the idea behind GNU/Linux and open source from the outset: create an ever-growing shared library of freely usable, modifiable standards-based tools. Then use those, with a little code glue, to quickly create new applications. Great stuff! Thanks to Dave Sifry for demonstrating this so competently, and to Glyn Moody for bringing attention to it.

This will be my prediction for 2008: Free and Open Source software will be recognized as secure, reliable tools for achieving business  goals. It’s about time.



According to Jack, who posted these updates on twitter Saturday morning, the failure of T-Mobile/Twitter SMS gateway is resolved. Furthermore, it was not a T-Mobile policy issue. I am not convinced. Why is T-Mobile not even listed as a carrier on Facebook’s mobile settings page? I’ll add to this later. It’s 5:30 am and I should probably take a nap.



12-6-07

GenMo? The Mobile Generation

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I’ve been hacking on personal computers since 1982 and on electronic toys since I built my first AM radio as a boy (196?). That means two things: I’m old, and I know a thing or two about technology. But I must admit, I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the crop of youngsters who are growing up with a cell phone, iPod, and [insert latest hip social networking site] as their standard communication tools. I still can’t figure out how to use that damnable auto text mode on my phone. I am just now learning about sites like Twitter and Utterz, that use SMS technology to link the Web, Instant Messaging, and cell phones. Read the rest of this entry »



author photo Tim Kissane, CEO and founder of Timbury Computer Services, has 20 years of industry experience serving large corporations (including Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs, and IBM), small businesses and home users. An avid proponent of Free and Open Source Software since 1994, Mr. Kissane is concerned with maintaining low-cost, unregulated publishing access to the Internet for small business and individuals.