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TwitterNews Helps You See Breaking News Results Quickly and Easily

Posted by grizzlymedia on January 20, 2009

As events were occurring during the recent Mumbai, India attacks, it was difficult for news-hungry readers to keep up with events as quickly as they needed to through regular news outlets. As a result, the inspiration for TweetNews was born. Now thanks to TweetNews, as news is breaking, Twitter users can search for tweets on a specific topic and simultaneously be directed to news articles as well. In the future, all news could be delivered this way, but for now it’s available thanks to a collaboration between Yahoo and Twitter. Yahoo engineer Vik Singh developed TweetNews to combine Yahoo news results with the hot topics that are hitting Twitter. This is different from the way search engines like Google News and other major news websites work; they use complicated algorithms to rank stories, and breaking news item might not make it to the top of the heap. Yahoo News topics are organized around popular Twitter topics, resulting in a search engine that tracks breaking news using Twitter search results. Twitter users will then have access to more valid sources of information in addition to first-hand reports from Twitter users on the scene. You can click here for a link to TweetNews or click here for a link to an article in TGDaily with more information. You can just go to the TweetNews site and type in you own search term, for example today you might try “inauguration.”

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Why I’m in Love with TweetDeck!

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 3, 2008

I have to admit it. I have a new love. Please don’t tell my husband–although I think he suspects it. He has noticed my flirtations and even complained a bit. The new love of my life is my favorite Twitter app, TweetDeck. You may recall that when I first got started with Twitter many months ago, I was not even in love with Twitter. I thought it was just a playground for stalkers. 🙂 But after a while I returned and discovered that people were actually using Twitter for more than just to ask people what they had for lunch. They were using it to share information and to expand their personal learning networks. So Twitter and I became pals again. And then I started discovering all the fab Twitter applications that make Twitter even more fun to use and make sharing information even easier. My favorite? TweetDeck! All you have to do is go to the TweetDeck website, download TweetDeck (and simultaneously download Adobe Air) to your desktop, and then you can use it to tweet away. TweetDeck installs an icon on your desktop and your taskbar and notifies you with a pleasant little chirp and a visual notification when you have an incoming tweet. OK, maybe it’s an annoying little chirp, but you know how to turn the sound down, right? TweetDeck splits your tweets into group-specific columns so that you can see, for example, all of your tweets, your replies, and your direct messages separately. Want to respond to a tweet? All you have to do is click on the tweeter’s tiny little head and a “menu” pops up. You can reply to the tweeter, send her a direct message, retweet her tweet (it was brilliant!), or favorite her tweet (it was super-brilliant!). When you’re posting your own tweets, TweetDeck makes it easy to post a link to your own website or blog, or to someone else’s. You just click on the little button at the top that looks like a conversation bubble to post a tweet, and two boxes open. You insert your tweet in one box, and your link in the other. Then hit the button to shorten the URL, and TweetDeck shortens it using snipurl or some other URL shortening service. You can use other buttons to create groups, search for words or phrases within your tweets, or perform other tasks. Even though TweetDeck says it’s for Windows, Mac, and Linux, it works just fine with Firefox. Marry me, TweetDeck and we’ll live happily ever after!

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Use GoodSearch to Support a Good Cause

Posted by grizzlymedia on December 2, 2008

Here’s a great idea I learned about on Twitter–the new source of all good things! It’s a search engine called GoodSearch. GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo, so you know you get good search quality. But you also get something else: money to support a cause you believe in–Creekview High School, perhaps? Just go to GoodSearch, type in the name of your favorite school or charity in the appropriate box, and then search as you would with any other search engine. I tried it and got happy, reliable search results. GoodSearch was founded in 2005 by Ken Ramberg (the former founder of JOBTRAK, now a division of Monster.com) and JJ Ramberg (an MSNBC anchor and the former Director of Marketing at Cooking.com). GoodSearch donates fifty percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime! In 2007 they also added GoodShop, an online shopping mall of reputable retailers approximately three percent of the sale (but possibly up to 20%! or more) to your cause). GoodSearch makes it easy for you to give..without actually giving. what could be easier?

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Ball Clock: A Cooler Way To Tell Time

Posted by grizzlymedia on November 14, 2008

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I found out about this cool gadget from one of my Twitter friends, a fourteen-year-old blogger named Xavier Lur from Singapore who calls himself Kid Tech Guru. He blogs about cool Web 2.0 tools and tech websites. You can visit his blog here for more cool tips. Kid Tech Guru got the idea from a programmer named Adam Bowman. You can visit Adam’s site here where you can copy the code for the clock so you can embed it into your blog (even WordPress!!!!) or social networking site. According to the site, you can edit the colors of the balls, lines, and numbers. I was only able to change the colors from black to white and vice versa. I wanted to change them to lovely green and blue Creekview colors, but, sadly, they refused to cooperate. Maybe you’ll have better luck. I case you haven’t figured the clock out, the hour is on the bottom line, and the minutes are on the middle and then the top line. Each ball in the middle row stands for five minutes. Thanks Xavier and Adam!

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