Social Media and the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

I’m a big supporter of independent media. As part of the team at NowPublic I help build tools that anyone can use to report on the news and events happening around them. With the prevalence of devices capable of recording video, still images and sound, it is almost impossible that a significant event will not be recorded in some way. And sometimes all this content created by the people is at odds with the interests of the corporations that produce or sponsor an event.

The 2010 Winter Olympic Games will be taking place in Vancouver and we are home to some very creative people who will be on the ground, recording and reporting on their experience during the games. For this reason a few days ago Raincity Studios wrote an open letter to VANOC requesting to start a conversation about how we can make sure that everyone will be able to document their Olympic experience:

“In brief, we’d like to have a conversation about how to allow fans and amateur media makers to document their Olympic experience while keeping out of the way of the IOC IP lawyers.”

It remains to be seen what VANOC’s response will be, if any. It would be very nice if everyone could document their Olympic experience and share it with the rest of the world without the fear of getting takedown notices that would make all their efforts useless.

MostPublic Index: Vancouver

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Around Vancouver, Blogging, Business, Social networking

NowPublic today announced, in partnership with the Vancouver Sun, the launch of its fourth MostPublic Index, this time for Vancouver. And I’m in the top 10!

The MostPublic Index identifies the Web’s 20 most visible individuals, those who are engaged in the world around them;

“This is the first attempt to take a group of people and say, ‘Let’s crunch the data and see when somebody says something, how many people do they reach with that message.’ “I think the list will surprise some people,” – Leonard Brody, CEO of NowPublic

Although I do “keep my head down” in many ways, I’m nothing if not prolific on the web. It’s a great honor to be a part of this list.

The Top 10 from the Vancouver MostPublic Index are:

  1. Darren Barefoot
  2. Tim Bray
  3. Boris Mann
  4. Kris Krüg
  5. Roland Tanglao
  6. Tom Williams
  7. Megan Cole
  8. Rebecca Bollwitt
  9. Arieanna Schweber
  10. Tod Maffin

Check out the full Top 20 here. And have a look around the NowPublic site – if you haven’t seen it since the re-design, it’s well worth some of your time. The header is constantly changing too, which is great fun.

And yes, I’m aware the Vancouver Sun mis-spelled my name :(

Twitterrific iPhone Update

Posted in Gadgets & Gizmos, Social networking

In follow-up to my post last week comparing Twitterrific to Twinkle, there’s a new update to Twitterrific that fixes some of my annoyances with the app. Here’s a list of fixes & new features:

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To highlight, important changes include:

  • Contents of text field saved at quit
  • Can now take a photo or use an existing photo
  • Photos are saved to the camera roll
  • More tweets received during refresh (100 instead of 20)
  • Added an “everyone” setting from the public timeline
  • New location feature (like Twinkle) – with bonus options to add maps to your tweet
  • hashtag tweets are now linked to
  • Scroll positions are preserved

I’ll be downloading this tonight to play with it. But it sounds like a major upgrade. If the app crashes less & saves tweets that fail to upload, it may turn into my primary Twitter app on the iPhone.

Twitter on the iPhone: Twinkle vs Twitterrific

Posted in Social networking

Twinkle / Twitterrific

There are so many ways to Twitter from the iPhone – via SMS, via the web, or via a Twitter app. Currently I switch between two Twitter applications for the iPhone – Twinkle and Twitterrific. I’d much rather only use one application, but am stuck using both for now. Here’s a comparison chart (based on my experience) to explain why:



Style Design makes it easier to scan Clean interface but slower to scan
When posting fails You get an error message & need to retry Message goes poof
Location Aware Yes – though I’d rather turn "Nearby" off No
Cost Free Ad supported or Paid
Images in Tweets Yes – take photo or use existing Yes, use existing only – though I’ve yet to post one due to issue #2
Reply features Easier to send direct messages ; replying not as intuitive though Interface doesn’t make it easy to send direct messages ; icons used for reply functions
Navigation Single click to view message Double click to view message (a little annoying)
Links Open in new browser window Open in embedded nav window (so you never leave the app – faster)
Speed Opens quickly & scans quickly Can drag if you’re scrolling
User Profiles Shows profile & many of the latest tweets Shows profile & followers, but no stream of tweets
Issues Was showing me DMs by people I don’t follow. There were profiles I did not want to see. Unknown if this is fixed. Tends to crash a lot.

Neither application makes it very easy to click to people’s profiles that you don’t subscribe to (to follow @name links) or to follow new users. The photo features keep me locked into Twinkle, while the embedded browser keeps me locked into Twitterrific.

What do you think? Do you use either of these applications?

If you want to follow me on twitter, you can find me here:

The Manga Meme

Posted in Arieanna & Ianiv, Blogging, Social networking

I’m feeling a little overworked today, but somehow that didn’t stop me from jumping onto the FaceYourManga meme that hit twitter today. In fact, it made my day just a little bit brighter. I’m not sure who started the meme, but all day my twitter feed has been steadily been going manga. Check it out:

In just a few minutes you can customize your own little manga. The settings are easy to use and the results quite unique. The assortment of options is "enough" while not perfect. In the end, you pay a small price to download your personal manga. Totally fine by me, it was a fun few minutes of my day! Here, see the manga I was making for Ianiv:

And this is the Arieanna manga:

What does your manga look like?

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Launch Party 4

Posted in Around Vancouver, Events, Social networking

Last night, Launch Party 4 was held at The Republic in Vancouver. Launch Party is a mixer for entrepreneus and tech geeks and is always to be counted on for it’s "un-networking" vibe. There are no panels, no speakers. Just local companies doing demos and people having a good time sharing ideas.

LPV4 featured demos for some Vancouver start-ups including Strutta and FundFindr.

Photo credit: Ianiv & Raul

You can check our photo set out here.

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Follow us on Twitter

Posted in Social networking

We may not update our blog very much, but we are on twitter every day.

What is twitter? The insular resonse would be "like lots of Facebook status updates you can reply to like in IM".

Basically, twitter is really a way for you to say what you’re doing from a very simple web interface (or IM client, or mobile device), and to hear what others are doing. To interact in simple ways. It is incredibly social, interacting with individuals and with communities at once. It took me a while to ‘get it’, but for busy people, it is a great way to stay in touch with people and with news.

So, if you’re on twitter, here’s how you find us:

Considering how few updates our site gets, we were tempted to toss our twitter feeds here. But, then it would just become a twitter blog, and that’s probably not ideal ;)


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