1004 following me to SXSW

Aaarrgghhh, I left my cell phone at home by accident. Maryam is mad cause she can’t call me (neither can you, sorry). But there’s always Twitter. Here at SJC (we’re in the airport on the “nerd bird” as Irina Slutsky calls it) there’s geeks sitting on the floor Twittering each other. The Google Blogger team is here too (just saw Eric Case in line). Ahh, it’s going to be fun.

Oh, just got a new Photowalking up (this time another part of Stanford Linear Accelerator — tour guide is Bebo White, one of the team that built the first US Web site). Just visit ScobleShow to find the two videos. It already got Slashdotted.

Anyway, in just the past few days hundreds have joined Twitter and I now have 1004 followers. You can follow TwitterClub, ScobleStyle on my “with friends” page.

See ya Wednesday. In the meantime you can watch my Twitter account.

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123 thoughts on “1004 following me to SXSW

  1. Rocky has your cell phone and will bring it with him for you tonight. I am gonna kill you when you get home for making me drive like a mad woman all over the place to get you your cell phone.
    Ok, now you have no excuses you better call me everyday and I want a nice present from Texas. Got it?

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  2. Rocky has your cell phone and will bring it with him for you tonight. I am gonna kill you when you get home for making me drive like a mad woman all over the place to get you your cell phone.
    Ok, now you have no excuses you better call me everyday and I want a nice present from Texas. Got it?

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  3. Rocky has your cell phone and will bring it with him for you tonight. I am gonna kill you when you get home for making me drive like a mad woman all over the place to get you your cell phone.
    Ok, now you have no excuses you better call me everyday and I want a nice present from Texas. Got it?

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  4. Maryam = great wife.

    But ya betta’ learn “happy wife = happy wife” (or so shirley tells me)

    Im in Denver, my flight was moved around a bit. Some guys next to me were talking about Chris pirillo and his Vista opinions, what a small geek world.

    From seat 10B via 3G card…see you all soon.

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  5. Maryam = great wife.

    But ya betta’ learn “happy wife = happy wife” (or so shirley tells me)

    Im in Denver, my flight was moved around a bit. Some guys next to me were talking about Chris pirillo and his Vista opinions, what a small geek world.

    From seat 10B via 3G card…see you all soon.

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  6. Maryam = great wife.

    But ya betta’ learn “happy wife = happy wife” (or so shirley tells me)

    Im in Denver, my flight was moved around a bit. Some guys next to me were talking about Chris pirillo and his Vista opinions, what a small geek world.

    From seat 10B via 3G card…see you all soon.

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  7. “But there’s always Twitter.”

    Or MSN IM. Or Yahoo IM. Or AIM. Or GTalk. Or anything really, that’s suited to instant two-way communication rather than using the “Twitter is the answer. What’s the question?” approach because Twitter is new and cool and Web 3.0. 🙂

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  8. “But there’s always Twitter.”

    Or MSN IM. Or Yahoo IM. Or AIM. Or GTalk. Or anything really, that’s suited to instant two-way communication rather than using the “Twitter is the answer. What’s the question?” approach because Twitter is new and cool and Web 3.0. 🙂

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  9. “But there’s always Twitter.”

    Or MSN IM. Or Yahoo IM. Or AIM. Or GTalk. Or anything really, that’s suited to instant two-way communication rather than using the “Twitter is the answer. What’s the question?” approach because Twitter is new and cool and Web 3.0. 🙂

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  10. Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter. You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done. Also, Twitter doesn’t have the expectation I’ll answer. IM does. I can’t use IM because of this (whenever I sign on I get 15 IM windows — all expecting an answer right then).

    I have my phone again. Thank you Maryam!

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  11. Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter. You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done. Also, Twitter doesn’t have the expectation I’ll answer. IM does. I can’t use IM because of this (whenever I sign on I get 15 IM windows — all expecting an answer right then).

    I have my phone again. Thank you Maryam!

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  12. Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter. You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done. Also, Twitter doesn’t have the expectation I’ll answer. IM does. I can’t use IM because of this (whenever I sign on I get 15 IM windows — all expecting an answer right then).

    I have my phone again. Thank you Maryam!

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  13. @9 “You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done.”

    Why, in God’s name, would anyone want to do that? What question does that answer? You wanna have a conversation with someone? Great? Why does the rest of the world need to hear it? Seems like the on line version of listening to someone’s cell phone conversations.

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  14. @9 “You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done.”

    Why, in God’s name, would anyone want to do that? What question does that answer? You wanna have a conversation with someone? Great? Why does the rest of the world need to hear it? Seems like the on line version of listening to someone’s cell phone conversations.

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  15. @9 “You can read my Twitters, and everyone else’s too. You can’t read any IM’s I’ve ever done.”

    Why, in God’s name, would anyone want to do that? What question does that answer? You wanna have a conversation with someone? Great? Why does the rest of the world need to hear it? Seems like the on line version of listening to someone’s cell phone conversations.

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  16. LayZ: why in God’s name would anyone want to comment on someone else’s blog without telling us a thing about who he is? I don’t know the answer to that either but lots of people do.

    To me it’s a way to be part of the community here at SXSW.

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  17. LayZ: why in God’s name would anyone want to comment on someone else’s blog without telling us a thing about who he is? I don’t know the answer to that either but lots of people do.

    To me it’s a way to be part of the community here at SXSW.

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  18. LayZ: why in God’s name would anyone want to comment on someone else’s blog without telling us a thing about who he is? I don’t know the answer to that either but lots of people do.

    To me it’s a way to be part of the community here at SXSW.

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  19. It’s called twitter because it’s used by a bunch of twits. Ever look at any of the stuff on that site? What a bunch of inane babbling.

    I don’t know why people complain of information or communications overload when they sign up for every new/beta/2.0 online service going. There’ll be another flavour of the month soon…

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  20. It’s called twitter because it’s used by a bunch of twits. Ever look at any of the stuff on that site? What a bunch of inane babbling.

    I don’t know why people complain of information or communications overload when they sign up for every new/beta/2.0 online service going. There’ll be another flavour of the month soon…

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  21. It’s called twitter because it’s used by a bunch of twits. Ever look at any of the stuff on that site? What a bunch of inane babbling.

    I don’t know why people complain of information or communications overload when they sign up for every new/beta/2.0 online service going. There’ll be another flavour of the month soon…

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  22. The most interesting thing about Twitter is how extremely different people react to it. Some HATE it, others love it. Being a European, and living in a country where EVERYBODY use SMS every day, even senior citizens, I remember the fury when it all started 10+ years ago. Parents went crazy: Their kids and teens were “texting” all the &/(&&/($%#$% time. And “90% of is nonsense!!!” they said.

    Now, my 80 year old mother-in-law sends me SMS messages like everybody else.

    Not that I think Twitter ever will be even close to IM and SMS, but it’s a new way of communicating. Which happens to be people’s favourite thing to do.

    Cory Doctorow said: “Content isn’t king. Conversation is.”

    So that’s why people embrace Twitter; for the conversation. Not because the content is pure gold. It certainly isn’t.

    The last 24 hours I’ve been told (via Twitter) that X is in bed, that Y eats a steak, that Z has a cold.

    But also that Jajah is cool, that Kathey Sierra had a great speech, how to get free wifi at hotels and that a new version of a GTD app is soon finished.

    I’ll stick with Twitter. But it needs something like Flickrs Family/Friends/Contacts system to send different messages to different people.

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  23. The most interesting thing about Twitter is how extremely different people react to it. Some HATE it, others love it. Being a European, and living in a country where EVERYBODY use SMS every day, even senior citizens, I remember the fury when it all started 10+ years ago. Parents went crazy: Their kids and teens were “texting” all the &/(&&/($%#$% time. And “90% of is nonsense!!!” they said.

    Now, my 80 year old mother-in-law sends me SMS messages like everybody else.

    Not that I think Twitter ever will be even close to IM and SMS, but it’s a new way of communicating. Which happens to be people’s favourite thing to do.

    Cory Doctorow said: “Content isn’t king. Conversation is.”

    So that’s why people embrace Twitter; for the conversation. Not because the content is pure gold. It certainly isn’t.

    The last 24 hours I’ve been told (via Twitter) that X is in bed, that Y eats a steak, that Z has a cold.

    But also that Jajah is cool, that Kathey Sierra had a great speech, how to get free wifi at hotels and that a new version of a GTD app is soon finished.

    I’ll stick with Twitter. But it needs something like Flickrs Family/Friends/Contacts system to send different messages to different people.

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  24. The most interesting thing about Twitter is how extremely different people react to it. Some HATE it, others love it. Being a European, and living in a country where EVERYBODY use SMS every day, even senior citizens, I remember the fury when it all started 10+ years ago. Parents went crazy: Their kids and teens were “texting” all the &/(&&/($%#$% time. And “90% of is nonsense!!!” they said.

    Now, my 80 year old mother-in-law sends me SMS messages like everybody else.

    Not that I think Twitter ever will be even close to IM and SMS, but it’s a new way of communicating. Which happens to be people’s favourite thing to do.

    Cory Doctorow said: “Content isn’t king. Conversation is.”

    So that’s why people embrace Twitter; for the conversation. Not because the content is pure gold. It certainly isn’t.

    The last 24 hours I’ve been told (via Twitter) that X is in bed, that Y eats a steak, that Z has a cold.

    But also that Jajah is cool, that Kathey Sierra had a great speech, how to get free wifi at hotels and that a new version of a GTD app is soon finished.

    I’ll stick with Twitter. But it needs something like Flickrs Family/Friends/Contacts system to send different messages to different people.

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  25. “Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter.”

    No, I understand it fine thanks. I was responding to the fact that you said you left your phone behind and Maryam was mad because she couldn’t call you, and your solution was Twitter. My solution was IM, which more closely models a phone call which seemed to be Maryam’s communication method of choice.

    I’m not sure why if Maryam needs to tell/ask you something that Twitter is the best way. Why tell everyone when you can just tell the one person involved (via email or IM)?

    Just smacks of the blogger mentality of “I have to tell everyone about absolutely everything no matter how mundane.” which kind of bugs me. Sometimes broadcasting is appropriate, sometimes it’s not. I’m not sure broadcast should be the default, which Twitter seems to encourage (as far as I can tell).

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  26. “Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter.”

    No, I understand it fine thanks. I was responding to the fact that you said you left your phone behind and Maryam was mad because she couldn’t call you, and your solution was Twitter. My solution was IM, which more closely models a phone call which seemed to be Maryam’s communication method of choice.

    I’m not sure why if Maryam needs to tell/ask you something that Twitter is the best way. Why tell everyone when you can just tell the one person involved (via email or IM)?

    Just smacks of the blogger mentality of “I have to tell everyone about absolutely everything no matter how mundane.” which kind of bugs me. Sometimes broadcasting is appropriate, sometimes it’s not. I’m not sure broadcast should be the default, which Twitter seems to encourage (as far as I can tell).

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  27. “Tim: you show a fundamental misunderstanding of Twitter.”

    No, I understand it fine thanks. I was responding to the fact that you said you left your phone behind and Maryam was mad because she couldn’t call you, and your solution was Twitter. My solution was IM, which more closely models a phone call which seemed to be Maryam’s communication method of choice.

    I’m not sure why if Maryam needs to tell/ask you something that Twitter is the best way. Why tell everyone when you can just tell the one person involved (via email or IM)?

    Just smacks of the blogger mentality of “I have to tell everyone about absolutely everything no matter how mundane.” which kind of bugs me. Sometimes broadcasting is appropriate, sometimes it’s not. I’m not sure broadcast should be the default, which Twitter seems to encourage (as far as I can tell).

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  28. Robert – just thought that you might enjoy knowing that a twit is a pregnant goldfish.

    I guess a twitter would be someone who inseminates goldfish.

    Warm cheers,

    blazo

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  29. Robert – just thought that you might enjoy knowing that a twit is a pregnant goldfish.

    I guess a twitter would be someone who inseminates goldfish.

    Warm cheers,

    blazo

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  30. Robert – just thought that you might enjoy knowing that a twit is a pregnant goldfish.

    I guess a twitter would be someone who inseminates goldfish.

    Warm cheers,

    blazo

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  31. Twitter? The above thoughts are interesting.

    Here is a thought: How would one feel if you lived your entire life in the mountains of Nepal, caring for and saving the lives of people no one would ever know or care about? And then, after all of your incredible effort, you died there, knowing that with you, died the most amazing story of heroism and sacrifice that could ever be shared. Would you have chosen that life had you known that no one would ever know who you were and what you did?

    Question: How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    Next Question: Are we pointing to something greater than ourselves or is it ME that I want everyone to see and hear and read about?

    Last Question: Does the twitterer get to this final question or have they already twitteled away to twit about something else?

    This is not at all meant as a criticsm. I love the new vehicles available to influence our world. Only thinking outloud about how I use changing forms of communication. Also I will be sending a different form of communication later and wanted to see if this one helps at all.

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  32. Twitter? The above thoughts are interesting.

    Here is a thought: How would one feel if you lived your entire life in the mountains of Nepal, caring for and saving the lives of people no one would ever know or care about? And then, after all of your incredible effort, you died there, knowing that with you, died the most amazing story of heroism and sacrifice that could ever be shared. Would you have chosen that life had you known that no one would ever know who you were and what you did?

    Question: How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    Next Question: Are we pointing to something greater than ourselves or is it ME that I want everyone to see and hear and read about?

    Last Question: Does the twitterer get to this final question or have they already twitteled away to twit about something else?

    This is not at all meant as a criticsm. I love the new vehicles available to influence our world. Only thinking outloud about how I use changing forms of communication. Also I will be sending a different form of communication later and wanted to see if this one helps at all.

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  33. Twitter? The above thoughts are interesting.

    Here is a thought: How would one feel if you lived your entire life in the mountains of Nepal, caring for and saving the lives of people no one would ever know or care about? And then, after all of your incredible effort, you died there, knowing that with you, died the most amazing story of heroism and sacrifice that could ever be shared. Would you have chosen that life had you known that no one would ever know who you were and what you did?

    Question: How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    Next Question: Are we pointing to something greater than ourselves or is it ME that I want everyone to see and hear and read about?

    Last Question: Does the twitterer get to this final question or have they already twitteled away to twit about something else?

    This is not at all meant as a criticsm. I love the new vehicles available to influence our world. Only thinking outloud about how I use changing forms of communication. Also I will be sending a different form of communication later and wanted to see if this one helps at all.

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  34. Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.

    I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.

    As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.

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  35. Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.

    I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.

    As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.

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  36. Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.

    I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.

    As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.

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  37. David: >How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    I need to listen to people. I am listening to more than 1,000 Twitterers now. And about 600 RSS feeds.

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  38. David: >How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    I need to listen to people. I am listening to more than 1,000 Twitterers now. And about 600 RSS feeds.

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  39. David: >How much of today’s rapid communication methods are solely for the purpose of NEEDING to be heard?

    I need to listen to people. I am listening to more than 1,000 Twitterers now. And about 600 RSS feeds.

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  40. @20 – so why not sign into IM as offline. Or why not actually go develop a solution as opposed to brainfarting about other people’s work? How about writing an app that lets you selectively set IM status to “buddies”, like an inbox rule app for IM? Nobody asked you to have 600 RSS feeds, 1000 twits, gazillions of email. it’s all self inflicted. is the s-n ratio worth it?

    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2007/03/theres-ray-plus-plenty-of-room-for.html#comments – ctrl-f, enter “pirillo”, hit next 3 times. nail on the head.

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  41. @20 – so why not sign into IM as offline. Or why not actually go develop a solution as opposed to brainfarting about other people’s work? How about writing an app that lets you selectively set IM status to “buddies”, like an inbox rule app for IM? Nobody asked you to have 600 RSS feeds, 1000 twits, gazillions of email. it’s all self inflicted. is the s-n ratio worth it?

    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2007/03/theres-ray-plus-plenty-of-room-for.html#comments – ctrl-f, enter “pirillo”, hit next 3 times. nail on the head.

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  42. @20 – so why not sign into IM as offline. Or why not actually go develop a solution as opposed to brainfarting about other people’s work? How about writing an app that lets you selectively set IM status to “buddies”, like an inbox rule app for IM? Nobody asked you to have 600 RSS feeds, 1000 twits, gazillions of email. it’s all self inflicted. is the s-n ratio worth it?

    http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2007/03/theres-ray-plus-plenty-of-room-for.html#comments – ctrl-f, enter “pirillo”, hit next 3 times. nail on the head.

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  43. Hahaha, been following the techie blog coverage, tons of art, indyish films and musical acts and yet all the yap yap is over Twittering “Where’s Waldo” partyingisms. Hilarious, yet tragic and oh-so-predictable from ten miles up. 😉

    You know SXSW has jumped the shark, when the shaky cam geeks and html-twiddlefingers invade. Take a regional and independent music slash film fest, add geeks and swarmy venture types, and it’s over. Saw it coming when they started playing up the “Interactive”, which got the Valley’ites out of the woods, this one pretty much sealed the coming fate.

    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter?

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  44. Hahaha, been following the techie blog coverage, tons of art, indyish films and musical acts and yet all the yap yap is over Twittering “Where’s Waldo” partyingisms. Hilarious, yet tragic and oh-so-predictable from ten miles up. 😉

    You know SXSW has jumped the shark, when the shaky cam geeks and html-twiddlefingers invade. Take a regional and independent music slash film fest, add geeks and swarmy venture types, and it’s over. Saw it coming when they started playing up the “Interactive”, which got the Valley’ites out of the woods, this one pretty much sealed the coming fate.

    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter?

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  45. Hahaha, been following the techie blog coverage, tons of art, indyish films and musical acts and yet all the yap yap is over Twittering “Where’s Waldo” partyingisms. Hilarious, yet tragic and oh-so-predictable from ten miles up. 😉

    You know SXSW has jumped the shark, when the shaky cam geeks and html-twiddlefingers invade. Take a regional and independent music slash film fest, add geeks and swarmy venture types, and it’s over. Saw it coming when they started playing up the “Interactive”, which got the Valley’ites out of the woods, this one pretty much sealed the coming fate.

    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter
    AreyouontwitterAreyouontwitter?

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  46. Christopher: if I had been blogging I would have told you about hanging out with Robert Rodriguez’ crew at the Austin Film Society’s shindig (Austin’s version of Academy Awards). Lots of stars and stuff. No Web geeks except for me and a couple people at the AMD table.

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  47. Christopher: if I had been blogging I would have told you about hanging out with Robert Rodriguez’ crew at the Austin Film Society’s shindig (Austin’s version of Academy Awards). Lots of stars and stuff. No Web geeks except for me and a couple people at the AMD table.

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  48. Christopher: if I had been blogging I would have told you about hanging out with Robert Rodriguez’ crew at the Austin Film Society’s shindig (Austin’s version of Academy Awards). Lots of stars and stuff. No Web geeks except for me and a couple people at the AMD table.

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  49. “Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.”

    Now that I didn’t know – I’ve looked at Twitter, but so far haven’t seen a reason to use it.

    “I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.”

    You need better friends 🙂

    Seriously, if Twitter is a centralised IM system with a decent persistent history, that could be quite good.

    And it is basically an IM system – it’s just how the client presents the messages that differs. I suspect you could write a Twitter IM-style client, if there isn’t one already. Actually, my biggest complaint about IM clients is that they don’t really support profiles, i.e. different modes of using them. Sometimes I’m happy to talk to people, other times I’m busy and only want to answer stuff that really needs a response and is a priority (e.g. in your case of 40 new messages, I’d just like to see a single flashing icon in the notification area in Windows). But to do that I have to, e.g. go through MSN IM options to individually disable sounds, alerts, etc. It sucks.

    Plus they’re not centralised in terms of message history (although I think GTalk might be), which would probably be the biggest draw of Twitter for me.

    “As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.”

    I wasn’t complaining that I have to read it, I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life. That doesn’t mean I think it shouldn’t be allowed or something. I once had a discussion on this subject with Douglas Adams, and he said it’s a bit like saying “When people talk to each other in restaurants, it’s mostly a load of old rubbish, and not worth listening it, so therefore I think we should ban people talking in restaurants.” Clearly not sensible.

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  50. “Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.”

    Now that I didn’t know – I’ve looked at Twitter, but so far haven’t seen a reason to use it.

    “I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.”

    You need better friends 🙂

    Seriously, if Twitter is a centralised IM system with a decent persistent history, that could be quite good.

    And it is basically an IM system – it’s just how the client presents the messages that differs. I suspect you could write a Twitter IM-style client, if there isn’t one already. Actually, my biggest complaint about IM clients is that they don’t really support profiles, i.e. different modes of using them. Sometimes I’m happy to talk to people, other times I’m busy and only want to answer stuff that really needs a response and is a priority (e.g. in your case of 40 new messages, I’d just like to see a single flashing icon in the notification area in Windows). But to do that I have to, e.g. go through MSN IM options to individually disable sounds, alerts, etc. It sucks.

    Plus they’re not centralised in terms of message history (although I think GTalk might be), which would probably be the biggest draw of Twitter for me.

    “As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.”

    I wasn’t complaining that I have to read it, I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life. That doesn’t mean I think it shouldn’t be allowed or something. I once had a discussion on this subject with Douglas Adams, and he said it’s a bit like saying “When people talk to each other in restaurants, it’s mostly a load of old rubbish, and not worth listening it, so therefore I think we should ban people talking in restaurants.” Clearly not sensible.

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  51. “Tim: and, you again, demonstrate you don’t understand Twitter. There’s a private mode in Twitter.”

    Now that I didn’t know – I’ve looked at Twitter, but so far haven’t seen a reason to use it.

    “I don’t use IM — everytime I sign on I get 40 IM windows that demand an answer. Twitter doesn’t do that to me.”

    You need better friends 🙂

    Seriously, if Twitter is a centralised IM system with a decent persistent history, that could be quite good.

    And it is basically an IM system – it’s just how the client presents the messages that differs. I suspect you could write a Twitter IM-style client, if there isn’t one already. Actually, my biggest complaint about IM clients is that they don’t really support profiles, i.e. different modes of using them. Sometimes I’m happy to talk to people, other times I’m busy and only want to answer stuff that really needs a response and is a priority (e.g. in your case of 40 new messages, I’d just like to see a single flashing icon in the notification area in Windows). But to do that I have to, e.g. go through MSN IM options to individually disable sounds, alerts, etc. It sucks.

    Plus they’re not centralised in terms of message history (although I think GTalk might be), which would probably be the biggest draw of Twitter for me.

    “As to your concern about broadcasting inane info? So? Don’t subscribe to it then.”

    I wasn’t complaining that I have to read it, I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life. That doesn’t mean I think it shouldn’t be allowed or something. I once had a discussion on this subject with Douglas Adams, and he said it’s a bit like saying “When people talk to each other in restaurants, it’s mostly a load of old rubbish, and not worth listening it, so therefore I think we should ban people talking in restaurants.” Clearly not sensible.

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  52. >I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life.

    By sharing my life with others they improve it. Over and over. I was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.

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  53. >I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life.

    By sharing my life with others they improve it. Over and over. I was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.

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  54. >I was just thinking out loud about the psychology behind needing to publicise minute-by-minute trivia about your life.

    By sharing my life with others they improve it. Over and over. I was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.

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  55. @29 “…was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.”

    You were anging out with stars!!!!1?? Really???? Wow!!! Clearly we are not worthy.

    That’s significant because??????

    Can we say ‘elitist?’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

    Others lives are improved because YOU share YOUR life with them? Again, wow!

    Can we say ‘narcissist’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

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  56. @29 “…was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.”

    You were anging out with stars!!!!1?? Really???? Wow!!! Clearly we are not worthy.

    That’s significant because??????

    Can we say ‘elitist?’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

    Others lives are improved because YOU share YOUR life with them? Again, wow!

    Can we say ‘narcissist’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

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  57. @29 “…was hanging out with stars on Saturday night because I share my life.”

    You were anging out with stars!!!!1?? Really???? Wow!!! Clearly we are not worthy.

    That’s significant because??????

    Can we say ‘elitist?’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

    Others lives are improved because YOU share YOUR life with them? Again, wow!

    Can we say ‘narcissist’, boys and girls? I thought we could.

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  58. Narcissist and bloggers are but synonymous. 😉

    Looking forward to Planet Terror tho, and Sin Cities 2 and 3. 300 has that feel too, but pure historical material, I dunno, the Frank Miller look and take just doesn’t work. Miller needs outlandish pulp, putting raw history in, just muds up the waters, video game faddish with not much plot, a visual splendor-feast however. I felt the same way about the graphic novel, vintage Miller however.

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  59. Narcissist and bloggers are but synonymous. 😉

    Looking forward to Planet Terror tho, and Sin Cities 2 and 3. 300 has that feel too, but pure historical material, I dunno, the Frank Miller look and take just doesn’t work. Miller needs outlandish pulp, putting raw history in, just muds up the waters, video game faddish with not much plot, a visual splendor-feast however. I felt the same way about the graphic novel, vintage Miller however.

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  60. Narcissist and bloggers are but synonymous. 😉

    Looking forward to Planet Terror tho, and Sin Cities 2 and 3. 300 has that feel too, but pure historical material, I dunno, the Frank Miller look and take just doesn’t work. Miller needs outlandish pulp, putting raw history in, just muds up the waters, video game faddish with not much plot, a visual splendor-feast however. I felt the same way about the graphic novel, vintage Miller however.

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  61. Yah, spam filter not workings? But Hollywood’s real headache is…N-I-K-K-I F-I-N-K-E. 😉

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  62. Robert, what do you think about a reddit-like site, but then Google co-op style, where you can select people who’s content you like, or can start subreddits with a bunch of friends…?

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  63. Robert, what do you think about a reddit-like site, but then Google co-op style, where you can select people who’s content you like, or can start subreddits with a bunch of friends…?

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  64. Robert, what do you think about a reddit-like site, but then Google co-op style, where you can select people who’s content you like, or can start subreddits with a bunch of friends…?

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  65. Cool. c: I’ve never left my cell phone at home…but I figure it must be a bit weird not to have it around after probably being used to having it.
    It might be a bit bizarre, but I’ve only just heard of Twitter now, myself. Hmmm. It doesn’t seem to be that big here in the Philippines.
    In any case, cool blog c:

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  66. Cool. c: I’ve never left my cell phone at home…but I figure it must be a bit weird not to have it around after probably being used to having it.
    It might be a bit bizarre, but I’ve only just heard of Twitter now, myself. Hmmm. It doesn’t seem to be that big here in the Philippines.
    In any case, cool blog c:

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  67. Cool. c: I’ve never left my cell phone at home…but I figure it must be a bit weird not to have it around after probably being used to having it.
    It might be a bit bizarre, but I’ve only just heard of Twitter now, myself. Hmmm. It doesn’t seem to be that big here in the Philippines.
    In any case, cool blog c:

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  68. Boy, yet another Webby 2.0 service that can’t seem to scale. Twitter’s broke on the homefront. Web 2.0 — a presentational layer masking underlining infrastructure problems.

    And geesh, does not Bruce Sterling have a split personality? This ones a real gem however (as predicted).

    http://www.theregister.com/2007/03/14/sterling_sxsw/

    “The technology portion of the SXSW music and movie festival has been overrun by the easily impressed and gullible. A fine example of this comes from the constant obsession with Twitter at the show – an application that lets you tell the world when you’ve taken a pee or made a cup of coffee.”

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  69. Boy, yet another Webby 2.0 service that can’t seem to scale. Twitter’s broke on the homefront. Web 2.0 — a presentational layer masking underlining infrastructure problems.

    And geesh, does not Bruce Sterling have a split personality? This ones a real gem however (as predicted).

    http://www.theregister.com/2007/03/14/sterling_sxsw/

    “The technology portion of the SXSW music and movie festival has been overrun by the easily impressed and gullible. A fine example of this comes from the constant obsession with Twitter at the show – an application that lets you tell the world when you’ve taken a pee or made a cup of coffee.”

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  70. Boy, yet another Webby 2.0 service that can’t seem to scale. Twitter’s broke on the homefront. Web 2.0 — a presentational layer masking underlining infrastructure problems.

    And geesh, does not Bruce Sterling have a split personality? This ones a real gem however (as predicted).

    http://www.theregister.com/2007/03/14/sterling_sxsw/

    “The technology portion of the SXSW music and movie festival has been overrun by the easily impressed and gullible. A fine example of this comes from the constant obsession with Twitter at the show – an application that lets you tell the world when you’ve taken a pee or made a cup of coffee.”

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  71. Robert,
    I think you should try out Grandcentral (GrandCentral.com) when it comes out of testing – a simple but well executed idea – one number for all your telephone numbers. Won’t matter if you forgot your phone.

    I wish I could avail of it where I live (Bangkok)!

    Pogue had something about it too:

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  72. Robert,
    I think you should try out Grandcentral (GrandCentral.com) when it comes out of testing – a simple but well executed idea – one number for all your telephone numbers. Won’t matter if you forgot your phone.

    I wish I could avail of it where I live (Bangkok)!

    Pogue had something about it too:

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  73. Robert,
    I think you should try out Grandcentral (GrandCentral.com) when it comes out of testing – a simple but well executed idea – one number for all your telephone numbers. Won’t matter if you forgot your phone.

    I wish I could avail of it where I live (Bangkok)!

    Pogue had something about it too:

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