Seesmic Desktop Adds Support for Twitter Lists

Seesmic Desktop adds Twitter listsAmong the Twitter clients I occasionally use, Seesmic Desktop is the first to add support for Twitter lists. At this time, the lists feature is only available to those that are subscribed the Seesmic mailing list, but the are available and appear to be working. I suspect it won’t be long before we see the public release of this version of Seesmic.

Hopefully we’ll start seeing some of the other popular Twitter clients for desktops and mobile phones begin to release versions that support Twitter lists. On the other hand, I have to admit that I don’t yet understand all of the hype over Twitter lists.

Brizzly Gets Facebook Integration

Brizzly adds FacebookBrizzly, a really nice Web-based Twitter client, integrated Facebook into its interface today. Now, in addition to being able to manage multiple Twitter accounts (I currently have three), you can add your Facebook account to the application.

Within Brizzly, you can watch your news feed and your wall. What’s really nice, though, is that Brizzly also allows you to keep track of your recent activity on Facebook. I don’t know about you, but a lot of times, when I comment on someone’s wall post or status update on Facebook, by the time they see it and reply, it’s disappeared from my news feed so I have trouble finding it again. With Brizzly’s new interface, finding that conversation is just a click away.

If you haven’t tried Brizzly yet, I do have a handful of invitations available for those that are interested. Just leave a comment here and I’ll send the invitation to the e-mail address you use with your comment.

Posting to Twitter from Your Web Site

Most content management systems and blogging platforms have a Twitter plug-in available nowadays that allows you to automatically submit tweets when you update a page or post a news item. However, for those of us that aren’t using packaged systems, we have to look elsewhere for solutions to post updates to Twitter.

The other day, while making some changes to the news posting script we use at work, I decided that we should post our news updates on Twitter when we post them to the Web site. As such, I started reviewing the Twitter API. Thankfully, Twitter has a good resource on libraries you can use to make your life easier (after all, there’s no point in reinventing the wheel if you don’t have to).

Why are social networks so unreliable…

…and why do we put up with it?

Lately, it seems that many social networks have become more and more unreliable and unpredictable. Twitter seems to be “over capacity” at least a few times each day, and even when it is available it fails to load all the way much of the time and followers seem to disappear randomly from follower lists. Recently, Facebook seems to be unavailable almost as much as Twitter, and pages, fans and wall posts seem to be disappearing quite a bit, with no explanation as to why from Facebook.

What’s more, it’s not just social networks, either. It seems that everything in the cloud seems to be experiencing issues and problems more and more lately. How many times has Gmail been down in the last few months?

My question is, why do we continue to put up with it, and, even more, why do we still seem so shocked when these things happen? Why do many businesses and institutions seem to rely so much on these tools? What are your thoughts on the matter?

By the way, this is the first blog post I’ve composed entirely on my iPhone, so please excuse any oddities or errors. Thank you.

Are Teens Using Twitter?

I see so many different blog posts telling me that teenagers just are not using Twitter. In my own house, this holds true. My teenage kids are still using MySpace almost exclusively, popping onto Facebook every once in a while just to make sure they didn’t miss anything. However, I also live in an area of the country where there are almost as many teens without a computer in their house as there are with. The fact that we have two computers (three if you count my work laptop) is virtually unheard of in our area.

I have to wonder how much of this “teens don’t use Twitter” stuff really is true and how much is based on inaccurate or misinterpreted data. Looking at my followers, and their followers, I see quite a few teens using Twitter and they are doing so extremely frequently.

My thoughts on the matter are as follows:

  1. There are quite a few teenagers using Twitter.
  2. Twitter doesn’t ask for your birthdate, so how are we tracking the data of teenagers that use or don’t use the service?

I honestly do believe that there are not nearly as many teenagers using Twitter as there are using Facebook or MySpace. But, to say they’re not using it at all is preposterous. There are quite a few reasons for teenagers ignoring Twitter in droves, though.

TweetDeck in 64-Bit Linux

I updated my home computer the other day, installing the latest 64-bit version of Linux Mint. This is my first foray into regularly using a 64-bit version of Linux, so I was not really prepared for some of the issues I experienced. Most of my issues (Amarok not working properly) were easily solved by simply adding some of the default Ubuntu repositories that are disabled by default in Mint.

However, I still had problems getting Adobe AIR and TweetDeck (or Seesmic Desktop, for that matter) to work correctly. After a bit of searching, I found that this is because Adobe hasn’t released a 64-bit version of Adobe AIR, and 64-bit Linux isn’t really prepared, out-of-the-box, to handle the 32-bit version.

I found an article in the Adobe knowledgebase explaining how to get Adobe AIR installed. Unfortunately, the link to the getlibs package in that article is outdated, and it was really difficult to find the real location of that file. I finally found it. This is, apparently, only a termporary location for the package, so I don’t know where it will end up afterwards. There is a topic in the Ubuntu forums where the location is discussed.