I Quite Like Mr Tweet

Mr. Tweet -> Your Personal Networking Assistant for Twitter!

Mr Tweet calls itself a ‘personal networking assistant for Twitter’. So I immediatly thought it would be a bunch of arse. Then I used it and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s done a lot of the hard work of keeping my Twitter party rocking and helped me find a bunch of people I should (and shouldn’t be following).

THe way it does the stats is very good – you can get a really quick impression of how someone behaves on Twitter…

Mr. Tweet -> Your Personal Networking Assistant for Twitter!

And here’s how I rate…

I’m pretty average it would seem – I kind of dispute the 28% links though. I’m sure it’s not that high. Unless I’m more boring than I thought.

It sends you an unbothersome direct tweet every 2 weeks with a link to an update which is quite nice. My only complaint, and it’s a teeny tiny minor niggle, is that they’re really pushing the whole ‘tell a friend’ thing in a way that feels a bit too desparate. It’s good so I blogged it without all that pushing. But who am I to judge.

Atom Installation

It’s from 2007, but I’ve just come across this lovely installation by Robert Henke of Monolake fame and Christopher Bauder. A massive matrix of illuminated balloons conrtolled by magic. Details of how and who here.

Beatiful image set on Flickr:

Love it. I came across it because the music has just been released as a download at Boomkat.

Microsoft Songsmith – A Gift That Keeps on Giving

Amazing bit of PC software that creates melody from your voice from Microsoft. Sing into the mic and it creates a perfectly usable tune next to it…

Of course people are all over it, doing fun stuff.

Sticking vocal versions of classic tracks through it is revealing. What does Wonderwall sound like (in a techno stylee)…


Or this lounge version of Creep by Radiohead?

And watch out – I can sense some Songsmith Rickrolling coming up…

Or using it in a slightly different way here’s what happens when you pass stock chart data to it:

There’s loads of them all over YouTube. Interestingly you can see that although it automates things there’s still a skill in making them sound half decent – when you hear a good one next to a bad one you’ll get what I mean.

I can’t wait for someone to feed the news headlines through a reader and into an IDM pack. I’d only ever listen to the Robotic Ambient News ever again…

I Smell A Rat – Or Is It A Meerkat?

Twitter

Deep breath…

There’s this campaign right, it’s called Compare The Meerkat, it’s for an insurance comparison website called Compare The Market, the ad is a bit funny. I could try and describe it, but it’s easier to show you:

Yes it’s all about a word gag. But it works. It’s embedded itself in my head. Ask me to think of a comparison website right now and I know what I’ll think of first. Well not actually right now, because I’m writing about it so I’d obviously think about it first, but generally I think it’s done a good job of using a weird device to get me to think about meerkats when I think about comparing. So psychologically they’ve done a smart thing – I think.

The numbers raise a load of questions…

  • On YouTube the ad’s not had loads of views. Does that matter?
  • No idea of traffic to: http://www.comparethemeerkat.com/ – it’s a pretty basic site, but there’s no point in spending any more on it really, it does it’s job as a spoof.
  • But people ‘seem’ to like the Meerkat chap – he’s got 65,000 fans on Facebook FFS!
  • And there are over 1,000 wall posts – that’s pretty phenomenal in my book – given the fact that it’s just a novelty thing

But here’s where it gets a bit fishy…

Aleksandr Orlov (the Meerkat) started following me on Twitter a while ago. And if you go and look at his Twitter page he’s following a huge number of very well-followed people… Dave Winer, Biz Stone, Om Malik, Tom Coates, Evan Williams, Jason Calacanis, etc. etc. etc. And he’s following 2,000 people with 1,800 followers which just isn’t natural, is it?

I’m not sure what the ethics of this kind of thing are. Or why it bothers me so much. All I know is that it makes me feel a bit yucky. And stops me from liking Meerkats.

Whoever is playing the part of Aleksandr is working it pretty hard. And doing lots of @replies. Which isn’t a bad thing when you’ve got a character that people like. It’s just the follower-spamming I find a bit scary.

Too Damn Awesome – NY Times Superbowl Twitter Chatter

Not only can you see who cheered for who minute by minute:

Map of Popular Super Bowl Words Used on Twitter - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

Which is very cool. If you like American Football.

But they’ve done an interactive analysis of Ad Chatter too. From a quick skim through it would seem like Career Builder made the most Twitter noise during the game.

Map of Popular Super Bowl Words Used on Twitter - Interactive Graphic - NYTimes.com

Very very nice data visualisation. The NY Times get that stuff so right. So often.

Have a play. It’s really good.

Twitter Went Crazy for Snow Yesterday

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In my personal bit of Twitter it felt like there was a lot of talk of snow, trains and snowmen. The thoroughly awesome Twist proves that it was a global trend. Why had no-one alerted me to Twist before? It’s fantastic and does all kinds of trending around Twitter. For some reason I couldn’t embed a live verison of the graph – but here’s a link to it.

I was astonished to find that the Superbowl had around 8% of Tweets on Sunday at 1am!

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But blow me! Snow had 11% of Tweets on Monday morning at 9am. God bless the Brits and our fantastic ability to talk about the weather. Makes you proud doesn’t it…

Slightly Embarrassed Edit: Of course it did snow elsewhere in the world and I’m not claiming that it was just BritTwit that caused the snowspike. Well pointed out James.

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This Twist thing could really take over my life. I must step away…