Who Do You Follow and Why?

Who do you follow on Twitter, and why do you follow them? Following is a sample of the types of people and organizations I’m following on Twitter. I’m curious to know how you guys are using Twitter.

TweetDeck vs. Seesmic – My Opinion

There are a handful of various desktop applications that can be used to track Twitter on your computer. In this article, I will be comparing two of those applications: Seesmic Desktop and TweetDeck. For the purposes of this review, I am using TweetDeck 0.6.2 and Seesmic Desktop 0.2.1.

On the surface, both applications are very similar. Listed below are some of the general features you’ll find in both TweetDeck and Seesmic.

Facebook Creates Usernames

The team over at Facebook has enabled the ability to create your own unique username, which then allows you to direct people to a vanity URL like http://www.facebook.com/username.

Twitter users should be fairly accustomed to this treatment, as that’s the way Twitter has been set up for quite some time (possibly since it’s inception). The major difference, at this time, is the fact that Facebook still requires you to input your e-mail address to actually login. Therefore, the only major change is the vanity URL. For most people, including myself, this doesn’t seem like that major of an upgrade to the Facebook service. Still, it makes it easier for people that spend a lot of time directing people to their Facebook pages.

I look at it as kind of the difference between giving someone your phone number and telling them to look you up in the phone book.

TweetDeck – Keep Track of Your Twitter Updates

tweetdeck_logoTweetDeck is a free application available for Linux, Mac and Windows (through the Adobe Air application) that allows you to keep track of Twitter in real time, without having to visit (and constantly reload) the Web site.

In addition, TweetDeck offers the ability to keep track of the latest status updates from your Facebook friends.

Integrating Twitter With Your WordPress Blog

Last month, Smashing Magazine posted a great article explaining quite a few different ways to integrate Twitter with your WordPress blog. Many of the suggestions are “hacks” for WordPress, while some are just plug-ins, but they are all helpful.

Here are some of the things the article shows you how to do:

  1. Automatically create TinyUrls for your blog posts
  2. Display your latest tweet without a plug-in
  3. Create a “Tweet this” button
  4. Create a Twitter page on your WordPress blog

Lifestreams – In Case You Want Everyone to Know Everything

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept of Lifestreams (as I was until earlier today), they are basically aggregators for all of your online activity. As if Twitter wasn’t enough to let everyone know exactly what you’re doing at all hours of the day, lifestreams actually combine all of the information you post in all of your online personae, and put them out in a single feed.

FriendFeed is probably the most well-known service capable of doing this, but there are quite a few others. You can view a pretty big list of these services by checking out the Lifestream Blog.

My questions are:

  1. Are you using a service like this? If so, which one do you like best?
  2. What’s the point? Do we really want everyone knowing everything we do online? To a certain extent, isn’t that why we set up separate accounts in different places?