- I just unlocked the "Great Outdoors" badge on @foursquare! http://4sq.com/jtIhzu #
- Come to the TWiT screening of JJ Abrams' Super 8: June 8, 11p, Castro Theater SF. RSVP to http://Super8Secret.com password MINT #
- We're live from E3 in 5… 4… 3…. (@ E3 2011 LA Convention Center) http://picplz.com/gLdx #
- E3 Expo 2011 LA http://pi.pe/-wymzw1 #
- Just went through the first batch of TWiT Brick inscriptions. You guys are gonna make me cry. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. #
- If I'm ever down I'll just visit the Brick Wall in the new Brick House and be uplifted. #
- @andrewwalberg In many ways. Have you ever visited the chatroom? http://irc.twit.tv in reply to andrewwalberg #
- Yes indeed @alerutte Brick sales support the construction of our new studio. http://bricks.twit.tv #
- @rjlynch21086 Yep. Check Golden Gate Transit. in reply to rjlynch21086 #
- @iKodiak About 650 – we have room for 1-2,000. in reply to iKodiak #
- @BlockDollar Quite a few funny ones, including "<– I'm with stupid." in reply to BlockDollar #
- @hitechjeff Great idea. Definitely! in reply to hitechjeff #
- My office is coming along. (@ New TWiT Studios) http://picplz.com/gZfJ #
- It was custom built to remind of the current cottage backgrop @darrellpratt – this will be the new home of the radio show. #
- Join me tomorrow at 10a Pacific for a free presentation on the Future of Work sponsored by GoToAssist: http://j.mp/iPD9iB. #
- @bevob5 We expect to move in some time next month. Grand Opening in August. in reply to bevob5 #
- @curbnoise Both! in reply to curbnoise #
- Well done! Alice made the global Twitter trending list. Thanks EVERYONE!!! #alicebucketlist #
- Don't be scared @vdubya – it's GoToWebinar and really cool. Still room at http://t.co/KwUMblQ in reply to vdubya #
- Art & Tech Tees is absolutely legit @RlyRlyBigMan – Lori is our album art designer and has our license. goo.gl/zWhxx in reply to RlyRlyBigMan #
- My vision for the new TWiT Brick House. TMBG – Particle Man (on The Screen Savers): http://t.co/t3bLXXs #
- @defiance hmmm. And if we and others hadn't screamed bloody murder would Apple have relented? in reply to defiance #
- @classicURGE Absolutely. We've ordered six black and white fitness balls for our studio audience. in reply to classicURGE #
- I felt terrible taking it @stymeist – it was my last! We're buying more then I'll send it back to you with an autograph and swag. DM address in reply to stymeist #
- Hah! @ThatKevinSmith gets thrown off a @SouthwestAir flight for being too fat. Destroys them on Twitter. Now they're crying uncle. #
- Bday. Yay! (@ MacArthur Place) http://4sq.com/9KZmVn #
- Strike that. Vday not bday. But thanks for the good wishes everyone! #
- There's no option to post a photo in the mobile version of Buzz. That's where I'm MOST likely to want to include a photo! #
- Testing photo posts by email #
- Feed me Seymour #
- Chess Mistress #
- What up Buzz? #
- Posted via Maps on the Nexus One. Yeah this is built into the maps apparently. You have to crop the photo square tho. #
- Running errands with buzz in the background. #
- I have to get new contacts tomorrow. I currently wear Proclear monthly disposables. A friend loves h…http://bit.ly/ayIGp9 #
- Kevin Rose, Guy Kawasaki, and Leo Laporte autographed t-shirts being sold for Haitian relief. http://ow.ly/17SLs #
- @kshep in the house. We're hiring him to helm development on our new web presence. #
- What does this T-shirt say to you? #
- Apologies. The Buzz -> Twitter program I was using doesn't send a picture link along with the text. I'll turn it off now. #
- . @blairday for you and the first 50 people who send a large manila SASE to TWiT Box 1018 Petaluma, CA 94952 – a signed piece of my ball. in reply to blairday #
- Aerorobie Aeropress makes a good cup of coffee….http://bit.ly/a1j9ef #
- What does this say to you?…http://www.google.com/buzz/101261243957067319422/fuHH9n982E5/What-does-this-say-to-you #
- RT @divyamistry: Congrats @ginatrapani! http://nyti.ms/bsqocN Gina Trapani goes to work for the White House #
- @CoffeeGeek I'm a Graffeo fan. But it's a bit of a trip. in reply to CoffeeGeek #
- @paulnevison The Cafe Pilao was a gift from a Brazilian fan. It's fantastic actually. in reply to paulnevison #
- @augieshoots Don't need url shortening on Buzz – no character limit. 140 chars is stupid. in reply to augieshoots #
- @Pogue Really? I've always said "an historic." It's wrong for some (http://bit.ly/9NabTd) but there is controversy: http://bit.ly/cDygYN. in reply to Pogue #
- @pogue Fowler says it's ok as long as you don't aspirate the h. #
- RT @anildash: @leolaporte minor note: Gina's working with me at @ExpertLabs; We want to help the White House, but are independent #
- Live now: Windows Weekly 144 with Paul Thurrott. http://live.twit.tv Discuss here…….http://j.mp/dl2ulN #
- Live now: Maxwell's House 60 with Ray Maxwell: http://live.twit.tv…http://j.mp/901zo4 #
- Today Tony's t-shirt speaks for itself!…http://j.mp/dt03pL #
- Futures in Biotech54: The Personal Genome Project with Marc Pelletier and George Church of http://pe…http://j.mp/affsAq #
- The gym. Long time no see! Have you lost weight? (@ Club One) http://4sq.com/d3EnPC #
- Futures in Biotech54: The Personal Genome Project with Marc Pelletier and George Church of http://pe…http://j.mp/affsAq #
- My pupils are dilated. Even Zsa Zsa Gabor would look good now.( Belladonna was used in the court of …http://j.mp/abWUGS #
- My pupils are dilated. Even Zsa Zsa Gabor would look good now. (Belladonna was used in the court of …http://j.mp/abWUGS #
- Last time I was here Steve Jobs was on stage, now it's a dance company. Akram Kahn. Deeply beautiful…http://j.mp/cVWZFj #
- Last time I was here Steve Jobs was on stage, now it's a dance company. Akram Kahn. Deeply beautiful… http://j.mp/cVWZFj #
- I'm not sure if this means anything but it took me a year to get to 10,000 followers on Twitter. It only took me a week on Buzz. #
- OK that takes the cake. Caller on today's radio show was stealing wi-fi (it's "Linksys" so it's ok r… http://j.mp/a3gSzo #
- No plans at the moment @chasejoseph. I'm staying put until CES. in reply to chasejoseph #
- Nigeria actually arrests, shuts down online scammers (Jacqui Cheng/Ars Technica) http://bit.ly/1axHnO #
- I broke down and pre-ordered the Nokia N900. It was T-Mobile's contract-free Even More Plus plan that sealed the deal. http://bit.ly/4aH9vv #
- RT @holgr: "To those who adjusted their clocks last night, @twitlive begins an hour earlier. "- good point! the US is still on summer time. #
- Really @kypeli? Does the N900 feel too big? Sluggish? my only concerns. Still looking for that iPhone killer! Real Firefox+Flash is exciting #
- There was no urgency @JGallo02. The N900 won't be available in the US until next month. #
- Lately @levisan I've been using Tweetdeck, but Tweetie, Seesmic, Hootsuite, and Brizzly all have their good points. Tweetie 2 on the iPhone. #
- OK @JGallo02! Question 1, how's the N900's battery life? #
- True @redragon, but for now you need Flash to watch TWiT Live. So there's that. #
- Oh you can be sure I'll buy a Verizon Droid when it comes out, too, @randyshapiro. Is it the rise of the Open mobile OSs? #
- I always try to give the UTC time as well as local, @relequestual. What time is it now UTC? I think we're UTC+8 in Cali now right? #
- .@redragon Canvas FTW! #
- .@LinhN I usually have two or three mobiles at any give time. I have (paid) accounts with all four major providers for review purposes. #
- Thanks @spsheridan – timescroller is exactly what I need! Got both the widget and the app! http://bit.ly/12S7Kp #
- Ah @bournecycle but that's where Google Voice is da bomb. It rings all my phones at once! #
- Verizon for 3G T-Mobile for customer service. Coverage depends on location but Verizon is often the winner – with some notable exceptions. #
- For example, Las Vegas is a Sprint town. (Sprint also has excellent 3G but I suspect that's because no one is using it.) #
- Alas @johnpauldickie our new VT-5 tricaster has problems with video recording and playback. We're working on another solution for re-runs. #
- Apologies – there was a screw up on the factory floor and Security Now went out on the TWiT feed this AM. We've fixed this now. #
- If you refresh your TWiT feed you should get the proper show now. So sorry. #
- Hey @Bazzwood – the only ads I do are clearly marked as such on the podcast or radio show. Anything else I recommend for the love of it. #
- Our model, @aaronights, is to have a small number of advertisers I can get behind 100%. If I endorse something it's because I use it. #
- Works better for the advertisers and lets me sleep at night. Well usually anyway. #
- Yeah @curtl – I've been using Friendfeed for the show announcements (http://bit.ly/A8Q85) and the link is sometimes slow. I'll reconsider. #
- A 300-person human tweet to protest an Internet tax in Mexico: http://twitpic.com/mw9cl (via Javier Matuk @jmatuk) #
- Up early today @JScott528 gotta see a man about a car. SHO enuf. #
- One word @CharlieGeorge: passion. If you care deeply about your subject your listeners will care about you. in reply to CharlieGeorge #
- Good idea @briandigital. I'll create a email@example.com address. Thanks! in reply to briandigital #
- Car Shopping http://post.ly/AMJV #
- Definitely @jaymer – we'll be in Vegas for five days, Jan 6-10, broadcasting live. We'll do a meetup Friday evening maybe? Where is good? #
- Hmm @blackneuron. Probably Office. The only reason to use Google Docs is for sharing and universal access. I do use it for everything, tho. #
- RT @LouGriffith: "@leolaporte did you know you are in the Google Social Search demo? http://bit.ly/LaOS9" – cool! Thanks @MattCutts! #
- My Tech Guy radio show is on XM Channel 158, @matagin, Saturday and Sunday 2-5p Eastern. (And around 70 terrestrial radio stations.) #
- We had Quim Gil from Maemo on FLOSS Weekly in January, @JGallo02. http://twit.tv/floss54 #
- @kiwinerd thanks! Forwarded the article along to her and Jennifer. in reply to kiwinerd #
- @lightningboy7 yeppers – KFI broadcasts all six hours of the tech guy show each weekend and it's on I Heart Radio. in reply to lightningboy7 #
- @Seanfunk No Sirius, alas, just XM. in reply to Seanfunk #
- @natasha How about the TWiT Cottage? We need an artist-in-residence. in reply to natasha #
- Wait @MacTipsDaily. Really? _Watching_ TWiT on TiVo? Like video? How? #
- Skip the Storm II, @davidmote, and watch for the Droid and its little brother the Droid Eris/Desire. I hear they're the real deal. #
- I just unlocked the "Gym Rat" badge on @foursquare! http://bit.ly/qFgvB #
- To The TWiTmobile http://post.ly/AgmT #
- To The TWiTMobile http://post.ly/AiUl #
- With any luck Umphrey's McGee @umphreysmcgee will join us in studio today at 4p Pacific/2300 UTC. http://live.twit.tv #
Got this email today from my friend Ben:
Leo, I’d like to propose a challenge.
Next weekend, while you’re streaming, refrain from mentioning twitter. Both days. You’re viewers and listeners love TWiT, but we’re just afraid you have a problem, and we want you to get better. Give it a try?
Remember when the iPhone was the big story? People got awfully sick of that. I’m just as sick of talking about Twitter as you are listening to us talk about Twitter. The problem is that Twitter is a big story, and getting bigger all the time. We talk about it because it’s one of the biggest stories of the day. I understand if you’re bored with it, but we can’t ignore stories just because some of our listeners have heard enough about them.
I refer you to the great radio newsman Scoop Nisker, who signed off every newscast on KSAN in San Francisco with the words,
If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!
I look forward to covering your great leap forward!
This morning at around 9am Pacific “under 50” of the most-followed Twitter users lost control of their accounts, including Barack Obama, CNN’s Rick Sanchez, Fox News, and me.
Both my password and the reset email address were modified. As far as I know the hacker didn’t post on my account, but Fox News tweeted “Bill O’Reilly is gay” and Rick Sanchez announced that he was taking the day off because he was on crack. Twitter was quick to remove these spurious posts and block the hacker. But what really happened?
I got this explanation from Twitter’s John Adams, @netik, via Qik on my iPhone at the Tweetup at the 21st Amendment tonight. According to John, the hacker gained access to Twitters admin tools.
Thanks to Qwitter, now I’ll know when people stop following me on Twitter.
Of course, Gruber stopped following me years ago.
It’s pretty unseemly to make a big deal of how many Twitter followers (or Facebook friends, or Tesla cars) one has, but I have to confess that lately I’ve been spending a lot of time refreshing the Top 100 list on Twitdir, especially as I started to pull ahead of Scoble and Calacanis in the race for the most followers on Twitter.
It’s a stupid thing to care about, I know, but I have an ego (really? no kidding), and knowing that over 21,000 people are following me is kind of cool. Knowing I’m second only to Barack Obama is humbling. Trying to come up with a way to keep all those people entertained is terrifying.
I now know that I will never catch up with Barack (I’m fine with that), that Calacanis can’t overtake me no matter how much stuff he gives away (ha ha), and that Scoble will probably drink both our milkshakes sooner or later (sigh).
I wonder if I could get more followers if I wore a flag pin?
I’d love to pretend that the numbers don’t matter to me. It seems crass to worry about how many people follow me on Twitter, but in my business numbers are all that matter. Shows survive or get cancelled depending on the numbers. Advertisers pay by the numbers. Most importantly for me, I need an audience. It’s what motivates me. It’s much more fun preaching to a full house than a bunch of empty pews. My wife says I’m not fully awake unless there are thousands of people watching or listening. I’m afraid she’s right. So while I know I’m not supposed to care how many people are following me on Twitter, I’m actually glowing inside. Especially since Twitter is the flavor of the month.
A lot of ink has been spilled trying to explain Twitter. If you’re in the dark about why this odd little service has captured the attention of the digerati, CommonCraft’s video explanation, Twitter in Plain English, or Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh’s Quick Start Guide are good places to start.
Part of the difficulty in explaining Twitter is that it can be used in many different ways. Some use it as a sort of IM service. This is, I think, the least interesting spin and I generally don’t follow those folks. Others, like Scoble, Calacanis, and even Obama, I guess, use it mostly to promote what they’re up to. I call it personality spam, and it’s not terribly offensive as long as the personality is doing interesting things. A talented few, like Merlin Mann, use Twitter to entertain the troops, bless ’em.
I, like most folks, use Twitter as a mini-blog with an admittedly funky commenting system. It’s easier to write four or five 140 character blog posts throughout the day, than to actually think through a larger post. That’s how I write to Twitter, but I also read Twitter to keep up with what’s going on. I follow about 300 folks, mostly web mavens, not for social reasons, but to stay on top of fast breaking ideas in tech, politics, and society. Twitter has become my primary source of information about these trends. That’s one of the interesting things about Twitter – you can read it for different reasons than you write to it. And everyone who subscribes to Twitter can customize the service to make it what they want it to be.
I realize that many people don’t care about Twitter. That’s why I segregate my Tweets from the rest of the blog, but because it’s my most common form of posting I also preserve those Tweets here. There’s also a group, like Steve Gillmor, who believe that Twitter is the most important social network out there. More important, even, than Facebook. I agree. But I’ll try not to spam you with my opinions on that score. Unless you’d like to help me stay ahead of Scoble and Calacanis. In which case, join Twitter and follow me at:
To keep from spamming people on that account, I’ve also set up a TWiT Live account where I’ll be posting information about upcoming video feeds for the new TWiT TV channel:
I won’t offer you a Macbook Air, but I do promise to do my best to post interesting, useful stuff.
Other Twittering TWiTs worth following:
- John C. Dvorak – already quite fascinating
- Patrick “one post” Norton
- Kevin Rose (he usually simul-posts on Pownce)
- Amber MacArthur
- Andy “the Wombat” Ihnatko
- Scott “iPhone Vest” Bourne
- Alex “Pixel Corps” Lindsay
- Dane “My Boswell” Golden
- Tom Merritt
- Molly Wood
- Veronica Belmont
Anyone I’ve left out?
There have been numerous comments about TWiT 134: Pave The Cowpaths on our private donors forum, most of them critical of the subject matter, one of our guests, an irrelevant discussion about audio issues in the middle, and my recommendation of a book by Orson Scott Card. Here’s the response I posted on the forum. I wanted to post it here, too, to give you all a chance to comment.
I knew some of you would hate the show – and some of you would love it (far more lovers on Twitter and Pownce than here, not surprisingly). Unlike mainstream media, I don’t make programming decisions based on what “most people” will like. That’s the strength of this new medium – it’s not ratings driven, it’s idea driven.
Sometimes TWiT isn’t going to match your expectations. There are people who want it to be a TechTV Alumni fest, others who want it to be a tech news roundtable. It will be those sometimes, but I program TWiT as a show that reflects the most interesting and important issues in tech, as I see them.
I don’t mean to sound defensive here – I just want you to understand what I’m aiming for. The beauty of the new Internet media is that there’s something for everybody. My shows are always going to reflect my interests. That’s why I make ’em! If you share my interests, you’ll enjoy (or at least appreciate) what I’m creating. If not, there are lots of other people doing really great programming, too. You have so many choices these days – let a million flowers bloom!
I thought Winer was great – very, very insightful. If you can’t get past his voice, listen to his ideas. Twitter et al. are new net memes that are as interesting, and I think, as significant, as RSS, but like RSS I don’t expect everyone to get it right away. Dave is one of the few people I know who understand this stuff at a very deep level.
As for the praise for Orson Scott Card – I love his work; I hate his politics. But that’s no reason not to read or recommend him. I read many, many authors whose politics I abhor. If Card’s homophobia or neanderthal agenda crept into his novels I’d not recommend him, but I can’t think of a single incident where they have. If you can, please let me know and I’ll stop recommending him.
I do apologize for not editing out the audio issues talk – that was just an oversight. I certainly didn’t mean to leave it in. I agree it wastes your time – very sorry.
Let’s use the ratings system for this post to reflect your rating for the show. Thanks!
8. Alex King’s Twitter Tools for WordPress mean my Tweets become part of my blog and no longer evaporate.
7. I miss my San Francisco digerati A-list friends.
6. Jaiku is now Gooku and invite only.
5. How else am I going to find out what Merlin is up to?
4. It’s not about functionality, it’s about family.
3. iJustine said she would follow me.
2. All the cool kids are doing it.
and the number 1 reason why I’m Twittering again…
Scoble must be stopped!
When I talk about Twitter people think I’m crazy. Who would want to be bugged by hundreds of messages a day from your friends telling you what they’re up to. Well, as it turns out, lots of us would. Twitter is positively addictive and everyone, including Mike Arrington at Techcrunch, seems to think it’s going to be the next big thing.
I’m really happy for Ev and the gang at Obvious. Ev jumpstarted the blogging revolution and tried to do the same with podcasting until Apple jumped into the ring and squashed all the competition. Twitter is his well deserved second home run.
But I’m leaving it.
The problem is the name. I wish to heck he’d named it Tweeter, or Tooter, or anything but Twitter. Twitter is so close to TWiT that I’m afraid it’s really confusing. And it hasn’t helped the confusion that I’ve been such a fan of Twitter. I’m sure half the people there think we have some sort of relationship. But we don’t. And the proliferation of programs like Twitbox and sites like Twit This are not helping things much. So let me repeat…
Twitter has nothing to do with TWiT.
And, I’m afraid, I can’t have anything to do with Twitter, either. It’s just fueling the confusion. Fortunately, there are several similar services including Groovr, Dodgeball, and Jaiku. After a cursory glance at all three Jaiku seems to have the best mix of features for me (I’m too old to be groovy, or hooking up) so I’m moving to Jaiku. (In truth, it offers a much richer set of features than Twitter.) My handle is ChiefTWiT. Hope to see some of you there.
And I hope my Twitter friends will consider creating a Jaiku account and adding your Twitter feeds to it so I can still see what you’re up to. If you do, please make sure to let me know!
(Of course the Jaiku server crashed the minute I mentioned that on Twitter. Twitter’s powerful stuff. I’m gonna miss the mojo.)
Dvorak calls me a “joiner.” Someone who signs up for every new site he sees. True dat. But sometimes they’re really worth signing up for, and how do you know until you do? I’ll give you an example.
I’ve always wanted to do a Tumblelog, somewhere – not quite as formal as a blog – to stick all the random cool stuff I come across day to day. The coolest example out there is project.ioni.st (don’t click that link just yet because you’ll never return – it’s that engaging), but there are several others like the original, Anarchaia.
The canonical way to do this is to install Ruby on Rails and Ozimodo. It’s very easy unless you’re using Apache. Then it gets a little harder. I just don’t have the nerve to mess with either of my production servers (TWiT.tv or techguylabs.com), so my dream of creating a TWiT tumblelog has been thwarted. Until now.
tumblr.com makes it trivial to create a tumblelog. Merlin Mann did it first. He inspired me (in more ways than one) to use tumblr to create tumblÃ©o.com. I’m not cheating on you Vox, honest. I can love two blogging engines at once. Hey, I’ve got six sites running on three different CMS systems and two different forum engines right now.
Ideally all this stuff would be collected into a single site. And someday I hope to do just that.
The first step is to move the the radio show site and my home page, both now in PMWiki, to Vox’s sister platform, Moveable Type. Once that’s done (hello Apperceptive, where are you?) I will merge all my old blog postings (now in Expression Engine format) into Vox and crosspost into MT.
Phase two will be to find a Tumblelog template for MT (got one?) and incorporate tumblÃ©o into the site.
Twitter will just have to stay a widget on the site.
That’s three sites reduced into one. What about the other three sites? I don’t anticipate moving TWiT in at this point; Drupal is working so well for it. And the message boards for TWiT and Leoville will stay where they are, twit.tv/forums (running Vanilla) and leovilletownsquare.com (running FusionBB), respectively.
Meanwhile enough voxing around, I’ve got some cool stuff to post on tumblÃ©o.