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I finally get Twitter, then it breaks

twitter.pngApparently, Twitter has been severely hobbled from the convergence of nerds in Austin for SXSW.

I’m still not sure I’d use the service as much in my day to day (maybe Stuart can change my mind), but man I can see it’s use here at a big conference. At smaller shows, like Northern Voice or Gnomedex, Twitter might be less useful, but sending status and finding your friends here in Texas seems to be really handy.

I’m stewtopia on Twitter if you want to help make my txt messaging bill go through the roof.

Tags: swsx2007, swsx, twitter
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Ziki ad follow up

ziki logo.jpgSo first off, if you haven’t used Google Adwords, I highly recommend it. Besides being a great user experience, you can learn quite a bit about search terms that you might be interested in.

To feed the ego, I now have a sense of how many people are searching for ‘Randy Stewart‘ on Google over the last month. I didn’t realize that Google showed this data, but I guess it makes sense to know what you are paying for.

So, Ziki…. how much are they paying for my name? Well, I’m not an SEM specialist, but given that I have the third position when you do a search on my name and I know how much I pay when someone clicks, I’m imagining that Ziki is paying slightly less than I am.

How much am I paying, let’s just say 6x the copper version of Abraham Lincoln. I’m still interested in what Ziki is doing and I think it’s a really smart marketing campaign. They haven’t reached their 10k goal in signups just yet, so there is still an opportunity to get in on their campaign.

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How much for a Google ad?

Given Ziki’s marketing gimmick, I’m curious just how cheap it is to buy an ad for my name on Yahoo! or Google. I’ve never used either AdWords or Yahoo! Marketing Solutions personally, so it will be a fun way to see if I get any clickers. No fair clicking on my ad if you are reading this, but feel free to click on the Ziki one ;-)

I’ll let you know how it turns out in the next few days.

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Nick Douglas leaving Valleywag

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Oh, man, say it isn’t so….

Ever since I left San Francisco a year ago, Valleywag has kept me up to date with all of the Silicon Valley gossip in the bitchiest way possible.

Nick… you will be missed.


[via Techmeme]

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Flash Earth… Beautiful, just beautiful

I might be the last guy looking at this site, but man, Flash Earth is great. Admittedly, I’m a map nerd, but this great mashup rolls all the big services into one.

With one click of a button you can go to the same view on all the different services.

Don’t like the Google Maps’ view?
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Try the Microsoft VE view.
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I had never looked at the NASA maps before… They are updated daily, which is why you can’t see most of the Pacific Northwest today.

Flash Earth

[via Google Operating System]

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Textmate Halloween Icon

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Totally off-topic, but I got a nice little surprise after I updated TextMate today.

Instead of my normal TextMate icon, I got the image you see here. God, I love this program!

[Update from the comments]

Simon Dorfman Says:

“And if you open two or more files and once so you get the document side drawer, the page area has a spiderweb image instead of the textmate icon.”

Very cool! Thanks, Simon.

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Monday Links

Microsoft Photosynth demo
Wow… I never say wow about Microsoft products (unless it’s wow, that’s lame or wow, have you heard of usability?). But this is a very cool 3d photo visualization tool. [via Addicted to Digital Media]

Jeff’s Quick Guide to TV on the Net
Get your fix here. Comprehensive guide to repurposed television shows on the net. [via PVRBlog]

Newton takes down Samsung UMPC
No love lost for the Newton, but a brand new piece of tech taken down by the old school handheld… gotta love it. [via Engadget]

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Moguls of New Media – WSJ

chadvader.jpgWSJ has a great profile of video and audio social media moguls. No surprises here, but Chad Vader sure was fun.

While I’m pretty familiar with the world of user created content, I hadn’t ventured into the world of user created games. Fancy Pants Adventure on AddictingGames is the rightful successor to the Super Mario side-scrolling crown. With simple, yet effective graphics and terrific physics (now those are two words I’ve never put together), it adds up to a truly addictive game.

Show me the money – well, this is the WSJ and nothing is more exciting than a hobby that pays. Apparently their pals over at have made over $30k for their Mentos-meets-Diet-Coke-meets-Bellagio video brilliance and their partnership with Revver.

forbidden.jpgTrashiest link – clearly Forbidden’s MySpace page takes that dubious distinction, with her not-work-safe mega ad for both her and her new line of jeans. This also serves as a good example of the kinds of ways that people are building businesses off of social media.

Great article and a great way to waste a Saturday afternoon.


Tags: video, social media

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Monday Links

Movielink to allow movies transferred to DVD
Didn’t they already do that? Maybe it was the other guys.

Build your own iPod HiFi
Two in wall speakers, $200. Two dead Mac Classics, $25. Retro iPod HiFi, priceless.

Yahoo! to the 9’s
Daily video feature of the top 9 videos from the web. No podcast, so you gotta watch it on Yahoo! And just as an aside, apparently Yahoo! finally figured out how to do video that works with a Mac. Maybe one day Launch will actually work outside of IE6 on Windows.
[via CNET]