Iâ€™ve just spent an hour reviewing whatâ€™s accumulated in my RSS reader over Christmas, noting and tagging things that caught my interest for later action.
Not in any particular order, hereâ€™s a round-up of half a dozen of what I found as the most interesting topics.
- If you run your blog on WordPress, this plugin by Andy Bailey might interest you â€“ Twitip: add an additional field to your comment form to include a commenterâ€™s Twitter ID. Iâ€™m doubtful that it will run if you use IntenseDebate as I do to manage comments, but I will try it out. And if you use the Thesis theme (I do), thereâ€™s a workaround to get Twitip to run properly.
- Wouldnâ€™t it be great if there were an authority system that let you filter Twitter comments? Perhaps similar to the Technorati authority system for blogs? Thatâ€™s what Loic Le Meur wants to see and heâ€™s joined by Michael Arrington in the call. Iâ€™d like to see this, too, as another choice, another way to slice and dice information that interests you. If Twitter donâ€™t develop this, I could easily see it coming from a third party.
- A new version of TweetDeck, the desktop Twitter manager that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computers, was released on Christmas Eve. Among 0.21bâ€™s many new features is one whose absence has made TweetDeck almost a showstopper for me â€“ the lack of ability to see your own direct messages. The addition of that functionality now makes TweetDeck the killer Twitter desktop app in my book.
- Even though I rarely visit a Twitter userâ€™s page at Twitter on the web (because I use a desktop app), I have noticed increasing numbers of users with custom-designed page backgrounds incorporating elements like web address, phone numbers, email address, etc. One established service that does these backgrounds for free and which I see mentioned a lot in tandem with the phrase â€˜personal brandingâ€™ is Twitbacks. Thereâ€™s now another one, launched on Christmas Eve â€“ MyTweetSpace.
- A useful Christmas Day post from Jimmy Rogers highlights 15 Twittery Things For Your Holiday Enjoyment. I like twInfluence, particularly its analysis showing a Twittererâ€™s reach. Maybe this is on the track of what Loic Le Meur and Michael Arrington are advocating.
- Daily Telegraph reporter Robert Colvile (on Twitter, naturally) has a pretty good piece in the Telegraph on Why the whole world is in a Twitter.