Monthly Archives: June 2009

Twitter Sites: 6/30

This is my local Twitter Site edition.

1. 304 blogsis a super cool site. I learned about the site from Twitter. It’s a site that compiles blog posts from West Virginia bloggers. Once you post a blog, it’ll go up on the site, it will also be posted to Twitter. That way you don’t have to send out a link, it’s done for you. It’s very easy. Click the add your blog link and fill in your name and url and voila.

2. Do you have a secret? Why not share it on Secret Tweet? A local Marshall student ( @mozunk ) made the site. You have 140 characters to anonymously post a secret. A lot like the Post Secret website. I like the idea, but personally, it makes me paranoid. I’m always worried when I read a post that could pertain to me. But still, it’s a great site.

3. Twitter Local is a download to help you find local Twitterers. I haven’t tried it, but I think it’s a cool idea. Just download it, put in your city/state and how many miles away you want to go and bam – you have Tweets.

Let me know if there are any other local Twitter related sites to add to this.

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Twitter Sites: 6/29

1. Twitter Gadgetis another site designed to show you what’s going on on Twitter without you being on Twitter’s page. Recently, I’ve been getting tired of all of the privacy pop ups on Twitter, I triedTwitScoopand really liked it. This site lets you sign into Twitter, but updates you from their page. Let me know if you try Twitter Gadget and how it works.

2. So Twitter Troll is supposed to be a Twitter Search Engine. I searched, it did nothing. It just gave me an error message. So, there’s not much for me to say about this, other than it didn’t work. On the front page, it shows you Tweets about the web and about Twitter, but that’s all I can get it to do. One thing I always think is interesting is how many times people have Tweeted. This site shows you along with the message you’re interested in. Will try again later and let you know my progress, or lack thereof.

3. If you’re competitive, you may like Twitter Score. I like it because it tells me out of everyone who has been on this site, how much better I am than them 🙂 Kidding, but it’s cool to see where you rank. I think at one time when I did this, I had a 9 point something, but now I only have a 5.4 out of 10. That’s failing, but I’m not sure how to make it better. Forget it, I don’t like this site anymore 🙂

4. If you use Firefox, you may want to check out Twitterfox. It’s an extension to your toolbar. It shows you when people are Tweeting and gives you a box to Tweet directly from your toolbar.

5. Twitterurlyis a site dedicated to showing you the links that people are posting. Right now on this site (Sunday at 11:19pm) most of the links are about Billy Mays. It groups the people who are posting the same link together and shows you their Tweet and tells you how many people have Tweeted that link. There’s an Everything, News, Pics and Videos tab. There is a search button. I looked for WSAZ and there were quite a bit of Tweets. Most were from our work account, but it was cool to see the latest story on wsaz.com about the Boil Water Advisory being lifted was posted in Tweets 5 times.

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Twitter Sites: 6/28

1. Twitter Analyzer I’m not going to lie, it didn’t do much for me. You put in your Twitter name and it shows you a line graph of how many Tweets you Tweet a day. I mean, it’s ok to see the days you Tweet more than others, but I don’t know if I’ll go to this site just to see the days I Tweeted most in a wee.

2. Twitter Digest is a site that I plan on using for a couple of reasons. With this site, you can put in certain users names and see what they’re Tweeting. That’s the point of Twitter right? Well…. if you only have a few people you are following, it would be pointless. But since I’m following 1200 people right now, I am bound to miss a few. I think we’re going to start one of these at work so we can see what all of the local companies that are on Twitter are Tweeting. We’ve realized that many are using their Twitter accounts to put out Press Releases instead of sending them out. We can’t miss anything. Right? I think I’m also going to set one up for the people I work with. There’s times when they ask me if I’ve seen a recent Tweet… and most times I haven’t. Normally what happens is when I see they have Tweeted, I’ll check out their page and catch up on all the Tweets I’ve missed. I’ll update you when I use it and let you know how I feel then!

3. We Followis a Twitter Directory. You can find people who are interested in pretty much anything on this site. You can add yourself and give yourself 3 tags.  There are 15+ (I stopped counting at 15) pages with different “tags”. There are over 300 tags on each page. So, there’s a good chance no matter what you like, you’ll be able to find someone. I think mine are journalist, blogger and news … I don’t remember. It’s been a while since I’ve added myself.

4. Inner Twitteris a site that makes you want to go “Woo Sahh”. You sign up to Inner Twitter and it sends you a chime messages every now and then. “When you receive the chime stop. Listen. Pay attention to your breathing. Pay attention to what is before you. Really look at what is in front of you. Forget yourself and become whatever resonates, like stillness, peace or beauty.”  -InnerTwitter.com. Let me know if anyone does this and if it works. I’m not sure a chime would calm me, but I could be wrong.

5. Twitter Moms has a group for any mom on Twitter. You can use this site to connect with other moms around the world. I think the last time I checked there were 16,900 moms signed up. This doesn’t do much for me now, but when I become a mom, if Twitter is still thriving, I’ll check it out. I’m sure I’ll need all the help I can get!

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AnnAlysis: Poseur: The Good, The Fab and The Ugly

Poseur: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

This is the second book in the Poseur series by Rachel Maude.

The books are about 4 high school girls from completely different molds. One is a hoity-toity Frenchie. One is the daughter of a rapper. One is a hippie. And one is a Plain Jane, whose name just happens to be Janie.

The four are all passionate about one thing: STYLE! They get grouped together for a project where they make their own clothing line. At the end of the first book, they have a party to name the line and on every piece of paper, someone wrote POSEUR.

That’s where 1 left off and 2 begins.

This is more of a tween novel about high school girls, but since I read the first one and thought it was cute, I wanted to try to second. I do love me some series.

I really like how this book is laid out. Instead of having a 1,2,3 at the beginning of every chapter, it tells you who you’re going to be dealing with, and most importantly, what they’re wearing. It’s a nice way of changing it up. And honestly, who really needs the numbers?

I also like how she emphasizes words. In the field of journalism, we do whatever we can to show our anchors which words are important. Most of the time we use /this/ so the anchor knows that’s the word they need to pop. Maude does the same thing here by using italics to let you know which words the girls are emphasizing. I think it shows the personality of the girls. Everyone uses emphasis on different things. To me, it shows not only intelligence, but what’s important to each person.

This may seem childish, but I love the pictures that come in the books. The pictures are supposed to come from the main character, Janie. I like them because every time I read a book, and I think most people do, I imagine in my head what each character looks like. In these books, I know what they look like and how they dress because they are right there on the pages. I also like with this book, they come out with a Trick-or-Treat bag and each of the 4 girls designs are shown along with the final design. And at the end of the book, it picks out an outfit that each of the girls wore and tells you how to make it. It confused me from step one, but it’s a cool, hands on idea.

This is a very trendy book. And while I like to think I know the top designers, I also know after Fendi, Gucci and Prada, I’m all out of resources. They’re not things I can afford, so unless you’re at the Huntington Mall, there’s really no reason for me to know about you unless I’m reading Perez. I’ve learned about a lot of designers through this book. I’ve been googling them as I come across them. I hope Mikey doesn’t stumble across the sites and think I’m really thinking about shopping there. I may need to just go ahead and warn him.

I really can’t say there are much about these books that I don’t like. They are cute and fun and even though I don’t know much about life in California, it’s how I imagine the wealthier side living. Since they are easy reads and they make me happy, I will give this 4 bookmarks. If I gave half marks, it would probably get 3.5, but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

I think these books are super cute. And yes, I will be looking for the 3rd one when it comes out.

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A Sad Week

First Ed McMahon, now Farrah and Michael. So yeah, I’m just a news reporter from West Virginia, and I never met a single one of them, but my heart is still sad.

When I was on my way to work, I was talking to my parents about Farrah and started thinking, this is the first celebrity that I remember dying that I REALLY felt something. Farrah was huge and although I didn’t know a lot about her, it made me really sad. And then Michael, I’m not going to lie, I got a little teary eyed. I know that many celebrities have died in the past 22 years, but I just feel like this is the first round that I’ve been old enough and have had any connection with to feel anything for it.

And tonight on my way home, I realized my job has made this day bittersweet. As soon as I walked in today, we started talking about Farrah. Some people still hadn’t heard so we broke the news. Then we talked about Carrie Cline’s recent interview with Ryan O’Neal.

Just when things started to get calm, my News Director came out and told me to check TMZthat Michael had been transported to the hospital in cardiac arrest. I immediately opened it and put it in my show. I kept clicking the refresh and nearly every time I did, there was an update. First it told us when the 911 call came in, then said he’s in really bad shape, then a message from his dad saying he wasn’t doing well.  When I updated at 5:20, that’s when it hit “Michael Jackson Dies.” I remember yelling it and immediately calling the 5pm producer and telling him. At that time, no one else was reporting his death, but TMZ is a show on myZ and yes, it’s not CNN, NBC or FOX, but it’s one of the most credible entertainment sites out there. We immediately aired it, with credit to TMZ.

At that time, other stations were just starting to report that he was taken to the hospital and that he was in a coma. We got a number of nasty calls and comments on our web story because people said we were jumping the gun. It wasn’t until 6:25 that NBC officialy reported Michael’s death. If people don’t give TMZ credit, they should now. They had the information confirmed and reported an hour before the major media outlets picked it up.

The rest of the night was a blur. We were trying to find a national story about Michael’s life and death to run in the 10. We were also trying to find a live shot or two of California to pull up during our show. All the while, we had CNN (I think) cranked to hear their updates. We turned those down when the NBC special came on. It was all Michael and Farrah all the time.

Shortly after my News Director left tonight, he called me and told me that some websites were reporting that actor Jeff Goldblum fell from a cliff and died today while on set for a movie. Those rumors turned out to be false.

The reason I say today was bittersweet: The bitter is obvious. Farrah has been an icon for women for 40 years. She’s a woman I’ve admired for her beauty and she was just so down-to-earth everywhere she went. The last couple of years, I’ve really admired her for being a fighter. Michael Jackson has been a part of my life since I exited the womb. My mom told me today she considered Michael Jackson the Elvis of her era. So that may show you where I get my love for him. The bitter continues though with my job. Working in the news business, there’s no way to push the news aside. No matter if you want to hear more, you are going to.

But that also leads me to the sweet: I want to know news now. I don’t know if this is something you feel when you see the news, or if it’s just me being a news nerd. But when things happen, I want to be the first to know. The business I am in definitely fills that need. I can’t describe the feelings I had when I read the headline that Michael Jackson had died. But I can tell you that after an hour of us reporting it and having it up on our web page, it was a sigh of relief when everyone else picked it up. The more I write this, the more I feel like I am sounding insensitive. I am sorry if you take it that way. In every business, there is a goal for you to be number 1. In ours, it’s being first and being accurate. And despite all of the harsh comments about premature reporting, we did both of those tonight.

In any sense, Ed, Farrah and Michael will all be missed tremendously.

I am sure MANY websites now have full coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, but I encourage you to check out the TMZ site. They have 3 pages of posts, everything Michael. From pictures of his family, quotes from loved ones and the original post that we broke the news from.

I am not going to add the picture, but here is a link to the Entertainment Tonightsite. They have a picture taken from the ambulance as Michael was transported to the hospital. He has a breathing tube in his mouth and they are trying to resuscitate him. Very, very sad photo.

And finally, my favorite Michael song is “Man in the Mirror.” One of my fellow Tweeters sent me this link tonight. This is Chris Cendana. Born and raise in Beckley and a Marshall University Grad. Love it!

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AnnAlysis: Lean Mean 13

Lean Mean 13

After taking a hiatus and reading a couple of different authors, I was glad to jump back into a Janet Evanovich book. Her writing is smooth and she makes it easy to embrace a character.

Not many writers would be able to talk about exploding rodents and make you feel like you were right there when it happened and make you feel like you should check to make sure there’s not squirrel hair on you. Weird, yes, but true.

I liked the family aspect of this book, and all of the Plum books. I am pretty close with my family and I like the fact that Stephanie’s family is pretty tight knit. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur is by far my favorite character still. She comes in moderation, but never fails to please.

All of the Plum books have had crazies, but the side bars in this book were VERY crazy. A guy who makes and sells stuffed, exploding rodents and a guy who steals goods off the dead to make money.

The main thriller from this story really didn’t do it for me. SPOILER ALERT! QUIT READING IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THIS BOOK!

At first, I thought Dickie disappearing was a great story. Stephanie would have to decide if she would help find her ex, but when she’s blamed for his murder, she doesn’t have an option.  But when you find out Dickie isn’t really dead, the plot doesn’t thicken anymore. The scheme his co-workers had going on was pretty schiesty, but I felt there was still too much of the book left to know Dickie wasn’t dead.

Now his co-workers and the firebombs, well I love explosives (I don’t use and or play and or want explosives, but I like watching movies with rocket launchers) and this aspect was cool, minus the people who got burnt in the process.

In the end, I enjoyed the writing of the book, just not what was written. I gave it 2 bookmarks.

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Twitter Sites: 6/23

1. When I follow people I Twitter, I am picky. I used to follow everyone, but now I like to see what they’re about before I follow them. And I like to follow people that like the same things as me. I am not good with stocks/bonds and a lot of techie stuff, so I’d like to see what they’re about before I add them. So, a way to do that: Twellow. It’s a Yellow Pages for Twitter. If breaks down users by category. Anything from movies and music to journalists to daughters. I try not to search for people to follow unless I don’t have anything to do, but next time I have down time, I’ll check this site out to find new friends with the same interests as me.

2. Twinfluence shows you your influence on Twitter. It shows a lot of things I don’t understand 🙂 It breaks down your first and second order networks (your followers then all of their followers). It also breaks down your velocity, social capital and centralization. If you like the technical side of analyzing your followers, check out the site and you’ll be able to understand more than I can explain!

3. If you want to know if people are talking about you on Twitter, check out TweetBeep. The site allows you to put in your name, your product or you blog (and more) and whenever it’s mentioned, you’ll receive a message. I take it this is one of the sites that people use to get new followers. One time I put I was having anxiety and within 10 minutes I had 10 people follow me that had user names with “anxiety” in it!

4. Since I’ve added one to every post, I have to add a background site. Doctor Twitterwell help you spruce up your site. Most of the backgrounds here are themed. They have patterned ones, but they also have celebrity, tv, and political backgrounds.

5. Twitter is a great tool. It is great for personal use, but also for businesses. In the news room, it is a tremendous help. I found out that Jodie Meeks was staying in the NBA Draft when Coach Cal Tweeted it.  But it’s also good for other businesses and now there’s a E-book out about why Twitter is good for Churches. Twitter for Churches describes the site as “a *helpful, easy* and *practical guide* to reaching the right people with the right message – for free.”

ENJOY!

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